Is The Order A Rabbit?


In a quiet, picturesque town nestled in a seemingly Alpine region is a quaint cafe. Its doors tingle to the customers seeking a warm beverage of the caffeinated kind. Through that door, a young girl seeks employment and effectively asks…Is the Order A Rabbit? From that moment on, the establishment’s dynamic is changed forever.

gochuumon_2This TAIL is simple enough. It’s about a young girl named Cocoa who recently transferred to this town’s high school and is looking for somewhere to stay. She is attracted to the Rabbit House; the cafe run by Chino Kafuu and her father where she is seeking employment and lodging. She makes an ‘impression’ with her constant demands for rabbits it being a ‘rabbit house’. After RABBITING on [sorry!] for what seems like an eternity, Chino relents hires Cocoa to help out. We then meet Rize Tezeda, the part-time waitress of the cafe…in her underwear hiding in a closet. Self-defense apparently? After a surprising shot of skin, the trio [including Tippy, the possessed bunny/fluff that Chino ‘wears’] slowly [it feels slow!] begin to work together and show Cocoa the ropes which she grasps fairly quickly which was unexpected. I had expected a long and painful slog but got a refreshingly swift learning curve; not bad! The rest of the early episodes are dedicated to the group running the cafe, going to school, meeting other cafe owners and basically going about daily life. That’s pretty much it, very insular. Quaint. Non-threatening. Saccharin.

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Seriously, this show is incredibly sweet. Its mission is to take you by the hand and make you relax in its fluffy surroundings where the threat of aliens or warfare will not encroach this picturesque domain; apart from Rize’s latte art in the shape of a tank. It has no reason of being other than to be something to stare at and be inoffensive to all that choose to watch its short-form comedic style. Is The Order A Rabbit’s four panel style of storytelling is evident with Cocoa’s delving into latte art being the standout example in the early entries of this show. That’s about as perilous as proceedings get. It’s not going to hurl blood in your face; maybe some errant drops of coffee but that’s about it. This safe and delicate approach is all well and good for those looking for a show with charm, but put simply I was bored. Now some of you might respond to that statement with “Masako, you’re a guy. It’s not meant for you and your needs!” and I get that; this show is meant to be a fun romp for young girls to mutually squeal at due to its cuteness. Or is it? There are a few scenes scattered about which linger a little too long on the girls changing, in their PJs and generally giving off an innocent but sexy aura. The whole Rize in her lingerie may simply be that she was changing at the time of Cocoa coming into the room but surely Chino would know she was in there thus saving the awkward episode. But no, we got closeups of Rize’s…yeah. Those moments which punctuated an otherwise slow plot got me thinking of the sinister undertones present.

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Yes, I may be thinking too hard about this but it’s something I wish to address. Is The Order A Rabbit? is moe. Moe, in this context, is the uniquely Japanese characteristic of making characters look younger than they are supposed to be in order to add more cuteness and seemingly pure innocence. Moe has broken out a lot in the last several years in anime with more anime resorting to the ‘moeification’ of some otherwise mature-looking series with A Certain Magical Index being the chief example. Granted, Is The Order A Rabbit’s manga was already quite moe but it’s a cheap ploy for viewership; as is the sexual suggestions which die down thankfully later on but still, in the first episode? Really? It’s like Magical Warfare again with the one-time breast growth ploy! This whole tangent is not a dealbreaker for the anime as a whole, it’s just something to take heed of. Otherwise, the show is safe enough.

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Cocoa, as a main character, dips and dives in my estimation of her. At first, you think she’s going to be an annoying lead with a rabbit fixation, nay fetish. Then you get to know her and she is pretty smart. She’s able to do complex mental arithmetic and master latte art in a little over a weekend. She picks things up quickly despite being a little bit lacking when it comes to a sense of direction. One trait offsets another and all that jazz. Then there’s her sister complex towards Chino which Cocoa mistakes as being a term of endearment but instead it’s a bad thing and she runs around screaming ‘Sister complex!’ at full volume to the one customer that seems to be in the cafe at any one time [Seriously, there barely seems to be anyone actually there! What are they doing all day?]. Chino and Rize, the other workers, are cookie cutter character models with the former being the stoic lolita figure with a kind heart and the latter being the tsundere [aggressive externally] military enthusiast. We then meet Chino’s father [albeit briefly] who actually owns the cafe and runs it as a bar at night; this plot point filled me with relief because it meant that the girls don’t own the cafe but instead just work there; more plausible premise. Phew!

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Is The Order A Rabbit? is a calming, mellow production which looks competent enough but it doesn’t really push the envelope in terms of narrative. It’s all rather pedestrian. I found myself checking how far into the episode I was, wanting to make progress which is never a good sign. The characters are rather predictable save for Cocoa with her above average intelligence. Each episode I watched followed the same pattern of short skits and self-congratulatory moments with the girls being proud of themselves or growing a little inside. It’s by no means a bad show; it’s just not all that exciting really. It’s better than I expected in that the story is more grounded than I first thought [Save for the talking rabbit with the soul of Chino’s grandpa inside] but it doesn’t capture my interest enough to warrant repeated viewing. Perhaps it might for you, it’s all down to personal taste with this one.

Is The Order A Rabbit? is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CAUTION [It might be for you if your bag is quaint, sweet series full of cute characters, otherwise it’s a pass.]

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Brynhildr in the Darkness


You look up at the night sky and what do you see? For most, it’s the infinite expanse of the known universe twinkling across the inky black horizon; sparkling like precious gems amongst galaxies, pools of ink dispersing into the blackness. Others see the vast amount of stars out there and think about whether our planet is the only inhabited one or if there are others strewn about the celestial map. In Brynhildr in the Darkness, we feel that curiosity in spades as well as finding out that aliens may be closer to home than you might think.

brynhildr_4Our story begins with two children, one named Ryota and the other known as Kuroneko [or black cat on the account of her hair I’d assume?]. They spend their nights looking through a telescope at the stars and Kuroneko would proclaim that aliens do exist; in fact she knows where one is and takes Ryota to where it is to prove it…which leads to her death. Or so we think. Ten years after that day, a similar looking girl called Kuroha transfers into Ryota’s school and he can’t help but put two and two together and come up with his childhood friend. She herself can’t put two and two together as proved later on! Kuroha is drawn to Ryota as bad things are going to happen to him and she is there to stop them for the time being. She is revealed to be a scientific experiment [referred to as a “witch”] which has escaped from a scientific facility along with two dozen scattered around Japan. We don’t know the fate of most of them but we mainly focus on three: Kana, Kazumi and Kuroha herself. A fourth comes in later but I won’t go into detail to save it for your viewing. These girls all have certain powers ranging from hacking, clairvoyance, time-travel and brute strength. Naturally the laboratory they escaped from isn’t happy that these beings are roaming free and the series is dedicated to them and the girls in a game of cat and mouse. The girls have a fatal flaw in that they need pills to live and if they don’t take them after a certain time, they die. Not just stop breathing but bleed out of the skin before doing so. Yikes. That’s not how they die, there’s more but again *spoilers* so go watch yourself for the gory details. Why is this so gory? Does the art style look familiar to you? Like from a similarly graphic anime you might have seen or at least heard of? You’re not mistaken.

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Brynhildr in the Darkness is written and animated by the same team that produced Elfen Lied, the 2004 anime which is about an escaped scientific experiment with special powers and an innocent bystander taking her in whilst outwitting their former captors. Lynn Okamoto and Studio ARMS have effectively hit the copy and paste button and replicated the general gist of Elfen Lied but modified it enough so that people won’t cry foul. The key differences being that there are more “witches” with similar powers, the main character [Kuroha] can properly talk and convey her feelings, slightly more comedy, a lighter ambience [but still pretty heavy on blood] and more of a sci-fi edge to proceedings. On the surface, the whole escaped patient angle may seem a little safe and if you saw Elfen Lied you’ll feel right at home but it feels a little more complex than the aforementioned anime. It actually feels more mainstream and something that is more accessible. The 2004 show was clearly meant for adults and was pure nightmare fuel; a niche product. Ten years later and Brynhildr in the Darkness feels like it’s done its homework and realised that it needs to tone the gore down a little, up the girl count and use the W-word. That’ll make it sell! It’s like the production has had a crash course of selling anime and come up with something more marketable. Demonstrate a magical vibe despite the powers being sourced from questionable technology and people will be less likely to tune out for the sheer gore fest. The series Pupa from the Winter 2014 season proved that too much mindless violence and blood will lead to horrified viewers switching off [It was third in Anifile’s worst 5 anime as chosen by its visitors]; so Okamoto’s team had to work out a happy medium.

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The “witches” themselves are identifiable enough with reasonable personality traits. Kuroha is the confused yet determined lead, Kazumi is the smart-alec schemer and Kana is the mouthy brat; even the fact she’s completely immobile doesn’t stop her from airing her discontent. That plot point was interesting though. Kana’s condition adds a real crux to her makeup. She has the power of seeing the future at the cost of her physical mobility. She is not a perfect being; none of them are actually. Kuroha’s memory is wiped if she uses her magic too much and Kazumi’s hacking skills are dependent on computers so she’s not much good without one. These imperfections save these characters from being imbalanced and overpowered as a unit. They’re on the run and they have just enough ability to keep it that way. Then we come to Ryota. There isn’t much to say except he is very similar to Elfen Lied’s main lead Kouta [even their names sound similar!] in that he’s a naive yet smart good guy who will take in anything with a pulse especially if it’s alien-esque. Then again, he’s not a cardboard cutout. He has a soul and that is demonstrated with his REPEATED memory of him and Kuroneko falling. It shapes his character enough to push him away from being a generic male high school student. If you think about it, you can equate that sentiment to the anime itself; it does enough to make its premise not a carbon copy of the anime it’s clearly inspired by.

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Brynhildr in the Darkness is a technically accomplished show which does a good job at animating and detailing the world that Ryota and friends live in. It’s a well-made product with a less than original premise. This show isn’t going to win awards but Okamoto has succeeded in making a show which is shocking yet nowhere near as repellent than his previous creation. It’s graphic enough to be spread through word of mouth and not have people throw up through said mouth. The plot has a lot of hooks in which to keep you involved. I myself was susceptible to the whole “one more episode” bug which is the sign of an interesting plot. I liked Elfen Lied and therefore it’s not wrong to assume that I like this show too.

Brynhildr in the Darkness is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CONTINUE [This show has got that hook which will keep you involved for a good amount of time.]

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Selector Infected WIXOSS


So you just moved to a new school and are having trouble finding friends in said establishment. Naturally you would look to what the current fad is and follow the crowd. It’s not exactly the most morally just way to become ingratiated with people but it’s what our leading lady Ruko does in the trippy and inwardly sinister Selector Infected WIXOSS.

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Ruko lives with her brother and grandmother [who is AWESOME by the way. Really down with the kids!] who have just moved into town. Ruko has no friends in this new world and seems to be perfectly OK with being a social outcast and keeping herself to herself. That is until her brother gifts her with a copy of the popular card game WIXOSS [pronounced ‘we-cross’] to try and get people to like her. It’s a kind gesture but a little cheap in terms of trying to get people to like you but that’s the order of the day! With these cards, she’ll hopefully get ACROSS [sorry~] how good a friend she could be. That is until she opens up the white box containing the card pack and discovers her LRIG card, who she subsequently names Tama, can talk [well…babble if you want to be specific.] meaning that Ruko is a Selector. Selectors are chosen girls [because it HAS to be girls and only girls for some reason.] who can play for the chance to become the Eternal Girl [Sorry guys, this ain’t for you! Way to marginalise a card game…] and have their dreams come true. This is all laid down in front of Ruko by similarly gifted Yuzuki who immediately battles her and becomes her friend/colleague? It’s kind of uncertain what Yuzuki wants Ruko to be. The rest of the episodes chronicle how Selectors fight in a specially created mind arena where their avatars fight in person [Holy Ra! Real monsters!] and if they lose three times, it’s game over for their dreams and time with the game. That’s the main plot, that is. There are some subplots out there which really give Selector Infected WIXOSS some depth over other card-game shows in the animesphere.

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I’ll get this out of the way, this show apes Madoka Magica so much that it HURTS. A lot. From the schizophrenic changes of mood, the juxtaposing art style, the angelic avatars whom have a noticeable lust for blood and battles, the BLOOD…it’s clear that the producers of this original anime sat down and marathoned Madoka Magica and said “Let’s take this and add some Yu-Gi-Oh to the mix and market it!”. That’s the feeling I get from this show; like Yu-Gi-Oh!, the players fight with their avatars and ‘feel’ their pain whenever they get hurt except without the cool DUEL DISK SYSTEM! and instead sit in dragon chairs…OK, that’s not so bad. Ruko’s avatar Tama is very similar to Kyubei [the adorable and incredibly sinister mascot from Madoka Magica] in both appearance and personality with a little bit of Togepi from Pokemon thrown into her attire. Tama’s sweet exterior seems to hide a killing machine and this notion seeps into Ruko’s dreams with a WHOLLY DEMONIC version of Tama destroying everything in sight with a wide and twisted grin. Gosh, that’s something. So what happens when we strip away the similarities and look at this show on its own? We get something pretty good actually!

wixoss_5J.C.Staff and chief director Tatsuya Sato [director of similarly immersive Steins;Gate] have done well to produce something which justifies the premise of Selector Infected WIXOSS. The artwork is solid and has a smooth edge to it whist also being rather detailed where it counts most. The battle arenas are sights to behold and give a more ethereal stroke to an otherwise familiar premise of a children’s card game. The story itself too is strong. Ruko and Yuzuki then befriend another girl Hitoe and then quickly gain a rival in the form of Akira, an upcoming idol whom is an utter two-faced prude!! I’m not going to lie, I hate this character with a passion. She puts on a sweet demeanour but in game, she uses her tactics to uncover people and destroy them through taunts and underhanded emotional blackmail which she uses on Hitoe and Yuzuki early on. When she doesn’t get what she wants despite winning those games, she has a hissy fit and her true persona is shown in its ugly, high-definition glory. When I saw her acting so cruelly, I felt myself getting emotionally invested which is a good sign that what I’m watching is engaging me on an emotional level. However, there are some things about this show which disappoint slightly. Yuzuki’s wish is to have her twin brother Kazuki fall in love with her [hello, twincest!] which has been seen before and is a cheap shock tactic which didn’t work with me and probably won’t with most anime buffs but it doesn’t discredit Yuzuki’s character at all. She’s a very confused girl and is clinging onto the idea of WIXOSS granting her wish; her avatar Honoya is actually a helpful sounding board and gives poignant advice in times of heated angst. See? Not all cute avatars want to bathe in the blood of their foes! Ruko’s character is a bit of an enigma too, she is quite selfless in that she has no dream or wish at first and will happily sacrifice her cards to let other people get closer to their dreams…that is before Tama ‘corrupts’ her and she starts to enjoy the game. Actually, her grandmother is into the game and the pair discuss tactics and play together which is pretty cool and a charming side point which I wanted to bring up. Is Ruko really a good person or a dormant tyrant? We’ll have to wait and see. I will!

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This show is not ashamed to acknowledge its admiration of Madoka Magica and profit from its unexpected success. It lays its cards on the table [sorry again!] and presents something that a committee will think sell; especially considering that there is a real-life version of the WIXOSS game in the works which will be released soon in Japan and probably in the US too as Funimation have picked this show up. Selector Infected WIXOSS is here to sell an upcoming game but it differs from most tie-in productions in that it feels strong on its own. I like it and I want to see what happens. It’s hooked me with its look and feel, but it’s not a fully original show which saddens me, but doesn’t ruin the overall appeal I have for it. I want to see Akira get her just desserts and Ruko beat her into the dirt [by any means necessary!]. Give this a look!

Selector Infected WIXOSS is available to stream on Funimation’s website.

RATING: CONTINUE [A strong production which is only hindered by its somewhat derivative premise.]

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Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutarou!!


Sumo wrestling is a sport with a proud tradition. A discipline which is highly regarded in its native Japan. If you are a sumo wrestler, you act with honour and with dignity outside of the ring and you’d be treated like the biggest celebrities by the public. It has principles…principles which Matsutarou, the lead of Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutarou!! is keen to shake up and throw to the curb!

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This is a simple story of a very unruly and unkempt roughian named Matsutarou who has grown up in a small town during the Showa period of Japan [most likely in the seventies or eighties judging by the surroundings]. He is still in middle school with kids a fraction of his age and is a no-hoper. He’s the eldest of six siblings and proves to be the world’s worst brother and indeed a candidate for least likeable person in the world. The story adds a schoolyard crush in the form of Minami-sensei, the only reason Matsutarou even shows up to school; to please her. He does a good job at that; getting thrown into jail for kidnapping her, a truck and driving it into a public bath. Instead of drawing Minami closer to him, it riddles her with guilt and she moves back to Tokyo. Distraught, Matsutarou tries to find a job and bumps into some sumo wrestlers and gets into a fight [that’s what he does]. In the end, he ends up impressing sumo wrestling managers and get enlisted…just so he can be close to Minami. That’s the story in a nutshell; you know where it’s going to go – he’ll become a pro wrestler to impress his crush. Cut and dry prognosis, yeah? No.

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This anime is dated. Really dated. You can forgive it since the original manga began publication in 1973 and ran for a good twenty years. It’s a popular manga given such a long run and that would explain the seventies aesthetic and rural settings. The retro feel is present right from the opening credits and the warbling baritone of Matsutarou serenading the audience is reminiscent of classic anime intros; it’s a nice throwback but it doesn’t hide from us that there are problems with this show. Major problems. First off, Matsutarou is REALLY unlikeable. The first episode is devoted in proving to the audience that he is a real jerk to everyone around him and is a no hoper. I can understand why this would make people switch off and label him and this series a lost cause. I get what the creative team behind this were doing; it’s a long term plan to illustrate the sheer transformation that Matsutarou will make by the series’ end. Going from a beast to a sporting hero is a potentially compelling narrative and the amount of character development in said narrative will be through the roof…if people are still watching of course. The majority of the initial audience will have gone elsewhere long beforehand. It doesn’t help that the show looks poor too.

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In the first two episodes, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutarou!! looks very loose and lazy but its a characterful style which has some personality which is rare in anime these days. It reflects the seventies anime feel well and fans of that thing will appreciate it; but it does mean that refinement is sacrificed. There are many times when extras and props look hideous with no effort put into them and this gets worse with episode three. From episode two to three, there is a monumental decrease in animation quality and my hopes for this show quickly waned. The artwork for the characters is looser than untied shoelaces! I was stunned with how bad it was; especially when you see that this wasn’t made by an amateur outfit. This is made by Toei. TOEI. One of the biggest studios in the anime business. How could this be? Simple. Budget, restraints on resources and low priorities. Toei has tons of enormous properties to take care of like Dragonball Kai, One Piece and up until recently Toriko. The company’s bottom line is built on these huge properties and some more obscure properties can feel like they’ve been pushed to the periphery by Toei. You would think that Toei would have the expertise to make Matsutarou’s tale look good or at least competent; sadly not. It’s a real shame because there was real potential hidden here. Matsutarou is kinda of like Wreck-It Ralph from the film of the same name in that he’s a strong and angry soul with little social grace but has a heart hidden amongst the muscle. The similarties are noticeable but I feel that unlike Ralph, Matsutarou will remain a relative savage. This series needed to tone down the unlikeable first episode a lot; it failed as an opening act to draw viewers, it’s repelled them.

matsutarou_2Do I hate Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutarou? No. I am disappointed. I wanted to like it but I just couldn’t get behind it. Its shoddy narrative structure and equally dire animation quality failed to capture my dedication; but I still think there’s a glimmer of hope if Toei can get their act together and put more effort into production. I like the seventies throwback vibe though, that was cool but that’s a fleeting plus point which is quickly eroded through repetition. I’m sad that this show is going to be either forgotten or find itself as a candidate for one of the worst anime of this season; certainly one of the most disappointing.

Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutarou!! is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CANCEL [It’s with regret that I cannot recommend this series. It’s just too flawed.]

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EDITORIAL: Why Kämpfer is in my Top 10 and Why I Abridged It


I like the anime Kämpfer. I wanted to make a parody of it, so I did. End of.

Relax, there’s more to it than that. I could use that above statement for every question regarding that subject and leave it at that but I want to talk about it a little. I made the decision to host my abridged series of Kämpfer after years of constant YouTube takedowns despite my project being a parody and clearly stating so and the beginning of each episode. At every con I go to, somebody mentions that they loved Kämpfer Abridged and miss it terribly. Each time I hear that it makes me smile; I’m not a comedy writer primarily but it’s awesome to think that, with the help of TFS colleague takahata101, I made an abridged series of my own which people liked. Therefore, I chose to use my space here to host it so fans have a more stable platform in which to rewatch and enjoy. Each week I shall post another episode all the way to episode eleven, the last episode of both it and the original series. So have at it, friends!

So how did Kämpfer Abridged come to be and why did I choose to put the original anime in my Top 10 over other more technically accomplished titles? I was talking with my girlfriend the other night and she brought up the question and it made me think for a moment. Why do I like Kämpfer? It’s not the deepest anime out there nor is it particularly substantial [unless you take the girls’ frontages into account]. Its modus operandi is also pretty flawed in that *SPOILERS* the whole reason the characters are fighting each other is to settle a battle between two gods who couldn’t be bothered to do it themselves */END SPOILERS*. The animation either isn’t that stellar; it does the business but doesn’t stun. So far it doesn’t sound good, but hear me out. I like Kämpfer because it has charm and it’s full of character. It’s self-aware in that the whole premise of the show is pretty non-sensical and as such, most of the show is devoted to all the girls having fun and socialising with one another with occasional flirtations [sometimes literally] with the main plot. The majority of the middle section of the series has little to no mention of the overall plot and instead revolves around a school festival with the primary premise only coming back in episode nine. Some people could accuse Kämpfer being nothing but fanservice fodder and they ARE right to an extent. There is a lot of skimpy clothing and sexual nuances peppered throughout the whole show with Sakura Kaede [our supposed love interest] being the chief culprit. Granted, there are other comedies that are more polished and more successful but this series in question resonated more with me personally; I completely understand why people would have dismissed this series. It’s made little impact in the anime world with only a subtitled release in the west thanks to Sentai Filmworks. Still, I enjoyed it. Now as you can probably gather, this show is ripe for parody despite it already being a comedy.

It’s 2009 and I was having a creative slump with my first series Naruto: The Abridged Series and had just completed work on a one-shot spoof of Mahoromatic where I tested my writing skills. It proved good enough for me to find a full series to spoof. At the time, Kämpfer was halfway through its Japanese run and I was catching up. I got to episode two where the ‘faux villain’ Shizuku enters and knew I had to dub it despite there being a lack of female abridged talent at the time. Still, I could voice Natsuru as I have a ‘talent’ for female voices and could cobble together a comedic voice for his female version. Jump forward to November 2009. Myself and the rest of TeamFourStar had just met for the first time in person at Youmacon, our first convention appearance in Detroit and we were excited to chat. During dinner one night, I was talking with takahata101 and mentioned I was thinking about abridging a show and stated it was Kämpfer. Instead of a blank stare, taka looked delighted and knew exactly what I was talking about. He encouraged me to make it and after some thought I chose to act on his enthusiastic affirmations. Work began upon my return to the UK. First things first was to write a script and come up with an overall hook. In the end, it came to making the Kämpfer versions of the characters facsimiles of Team Fortress 2 characters. It proved a popular choice in the end!

I then focused on finding talent. I knew a few voice actresses who were already established but I wanted to pick new people; people who were doing their own show and where I could approach them to appear in my abridged production. First up was Nowacking [Jessi Nowack]. She had been making Bobobo-bobobo Abridged and I spotted her knack for zany acting as well as a wide vocal range despite only being sixteen! I immediately contacted her and she was up for it! Then came Akane and Shizuku. For Akane I picked a Voice Acting Alliance friend named sakurasenpai and for Shizuku I chose a member of the Sailor Moon Abridged crew, whip0falchemy. Whip’s deeper voice suited Shizuku perfectly as well as Whip’s ability to masterfully emulate the character’s deadpan nature and to also sound authoritative. For Mikoto I chose to call upon a friend and the person who got me into voice acting back in 2005, Rina-chan [Kira Buckland]. My main cast was complete. For the stuffed animal sidekicks, I relied on my TeamFourStar pals KaiserNeko, Lanipator, takahata101 as well as Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged creator LittleKuriboh. A mix of well-known internet voice actors and new talent was perfect for me. It allowed me to have a versatile cast and to see each of them grow into their respective roles.

Episode one debuted at MAGFEST on January 5th 2010. It was played during a panel I had with Kirbopher and LittleKuriboh and it was received well. It was also a chance to meet Nowacking for the first time which was a cool surprise. I hadn’t expected her to be there and to get to meet her was awesome and a coincidence; she got to see the premiere which meant a lot to me. Once the series debuted on the internet a couple of weeks later, it grew a small but dedicated following which stuck with the series despite constant takedowns over 2010 which nearly killed my enthusiasm to continue. The gap between episodes six and seven was ten months; a lifetime in abridging. What spurred me to continue to the end though was wanting to do my cast proud and not be afraid of being defeated by YouTube’s bots. I did counter-claim my videos and with other shows, the process worked; not for me! OneKids [one of the characters of Pokemon ‘Bridged] helped me with that ordeal and admitted his surprise of the counter-claim not working. It dented my confidence and played on my insecurity which I was riddled with in 2010. I chose to use this nervousness instead for positive purposes and galvanised myself. I would see the show through to the end; and I did. It ended in September 2011 with a flourish of plot holes, Team Fortress 2 references and Stan Bush.

It was complete. I had finished an abridged series. It was a great feeling. I know that Kämpfer has a second ‘season’ [more like two episodes] but these episodes are pretty lewd and I wouldn’t feel comfortable making my cast record for that so I have disregarded them. There’s also the Christmas Special which I do hope to do eventually but as it was non-canon, I didn’t count it in my initial run. After the series finished, I still had to deal with videos being removed and then the parody’s channel being removed entirely. It was frustrating and made me feel disinclined to repost the episodes…until now.

So that’s where we are. Anifile is now the home of Kämpfer Abridged. I hope that old fans will enjoy watching the episodes again and that new visitors enjoy discovering it. Thank you for reading and I hope that this editorial has shed some light on my creative thinking behind the project. Check out the first episode and have fun!