Deus ex… sea slug?
I’m impressed. The entire plot is introduced and resolved in this tidy episode, leaving 1-10 purely for fanservice. Of course, it’s not as if there isn’t fanservice in this episode. Oh no no no… there is a ton of it here. We get not one but two transformation sequences; the latter would make Goku proud:
The show really could have made a good parody of shit like DBZ too, but I don’t know why it took so long to get to this point.
How often do we watch macho guys just rip clothes off of each other homoerotically?
Kampfer really brings out the absurdity of this trope.
Aren’t we so ready to sexualize these girls when they’re merely fighting one another? You might protest, of course, that the anime itself provides the sexualization–who could see this screenshot of Shizuku and Kaede any other way? The girls aren’t doing any real damage to their opponents but simply ripping (shooting, cutting, etc.) their opponent’s clothes off. If this isn’t fanservice, then what is? But think about it… when Goku and Vegeta are ramming their sweaty muscular bodies together and into other people, we hardly sexualize that. They almost never do any real damage to each other either (seeing as how they keep coming back to life with convenient plot devices), and if that isn’t fanservice, then what is? Would a DBZ fan walk away from a fight happy if both men weren’t stripped down to their waists, their chests gleaming from their SSJ (almost orgasmic) glow? On the other hand, we are so quick to jump the gun when girls are involved.
Most will see Kampfer as nothing but food for fapworthy thought and that’s probably what the creators intended.
But this was the campiest episode I’ve seen in recent history. Where else can you find giant, neon stuffed animals singing “Ode to Joy” while girls beat the crap out of each other?