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Kämpfer (the umlaut is the difference between being German for "fighter"and camphor) is a Japanese light novel series with both a manga and an anime adaptation available. The anime aired in the fall of 2009.
The story starts when Natsuru Senou, a normal high school boy, wakes up to find himself mysteriously transformed into a girl. Immediately afterward, he finds a bracelet strapped to his wrist that he didn't remember putting on, and then a stuffed tiger doll named Harakiri Tora telling him that he was chosen to become a Kämpfer. On one hand, Natsuru gains great strength and fighting abilities. On the other hand, it's apparently a rule that Kämpfers can only be girls, so any boys that are chosen transform into girls when their powers activate, while those who were girls from the start transform in other ways.
Hilarity Ensues, at least until other Kämpfers decide to fight him for reasons unknown even to them. Somehow, the Kämpfers are chosen by talking stuffed animals called Messengers, who are being distributed by an unrevealed entity only known as "The Moderator." The Messengers then inform the Kämpfers who have been chosen that they have to fight each other to the death.
Has a character sheet of its own.
The manga has been licensed by Tokyopop for Western markets and was set to be released in June 2011 but its future is in doubt in the United States due to the company leaving the United States. The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks and was released in January 2011.
A set of two OVAs,  under the title Kämpfer für die Liebe ("Kampfer: Fight for Love") were released in spring of 2011. The first is a kind of sequel to the series and the second is pure waitress fanservice
This series contains examples of:
- Abuse Is Okay When Its Female On Male: Poor Natsuru, regardless of which gender he's in.
- Actor Allusion: In Fur die Liebe, due to Shizuku calling for both Natsuru's, Natsuru then goes back and forth as female Natsuru, normal self, Rio, Matsurika and Mina.
- Above the Influence: Despite many, many, many personal flaws Natsuru has had the decency not to take advantage of Kaede in the face of many opportunties.
- Kaede, on the other hand...
- Action Prologue: The show starts out with a very fast-paced scene where a certain girl runs for her life from another girl with a pistol, but was abruptly cut by the show's introductory sequence. See the Mood Whiplash entry below for details.
- The Abridged Series
Akane: YAY, SANDVICH!
- It's now on Blip.TV and Masako has decided to continue with the series.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council President: She's able to get Natsuru transfered to the girls' side of the school, no questions asked. She also has a throne room. Slightly lampshaded in the second episode of the anime, where Natsuru wonders how much power does she wield.
- Action Girl: Most of the Kämpfers.
- A Day in the Limelight: The four messengers (Harakiri Tora, Seppuku Kurousagi, Kanden Yamaneko, and Chissoku Norainu) get almost all of the Christmas Episode combined with Freaky Friday Flip.
- Adult Child: Femme!Natsuru's teacher in the manga, who seems to be easily bribed with video games.
- Aesop Amnesia: Dammit Natsuru! Stop lusting over the Big Bad! She brain washed you, and tried to kill the people who actually care about you!
- All Love Is Unrequited: Shizuku, Akane and Mikoto all like Natsuru, who is hopelessly in love with Kaede, who in turn lusts for Female Natsuru...
- All Part of the Show: The play in episode 5.
- Ass Shove: Done by Shizuku to Mikoto to help the latter out of being mind-controlled.
- And it's done Thousand Years of Death style.
- Attempted Rape: Kind of averted. Natsuru gets mind-controlled and sent to rape Shizuku. But after pushing her onto the bed, he kind of just stands there at a loss. Above the Influence indeed.
- Happens to Natsuru frequently either gender, but mostly his female form.
- Attractive Bent Gender: Natsuru. so much so that it leads to many an Attempted Rape by her classmates when she transfers to the girls' side of the school
- Author Appeal: Girls With Guns And Swords, She Fu, Les Yay all over the place, Fan Service even more all over the place...
- Bathtub Bonding: Akane and Mikoto in episode 13.
- Battle Aura: So hot they cause Clothing Damage!
- Beach Episode: Episode 9. And it's a Mood Whiplash one at that!.
- Behind the Black: One of Shizuku's many talents is completely avoiding notice until she speaks, at which point the camera shifts slightly to the side to include her.
- Beyond the Impossible: Natsuru gets married. With himself.
- Big Bad: After episode 10 I don't think we have to guess who it is anymore.
- Big Bad Friend: While they are in real terms friends, in this instance it's more of a case of Big Bad Love Interest.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Shizuru acts this way from time to time (at least Natsuru thinks so), played straight with Kaede, especially later in the series.
- Bland-Name Product: "VAGUE" lingerie store in Episode 4. Also, a box of "Packy" in Episode 7.
- Blood Knight: A more subtle example. Shizuku isn't very loud or blood-crazed, but she initially claims that her reason for fighting is "Because." We later find out that she does have a reason for fighting.
- Kämpfer-Akane plays this pretty straight.
- Bottomless Magazines: Played straight, Gewehr have no need to reload and their guns never jam.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Characters constantly are pointing out who other characters are voiced by in real life. Although usually they'll only say they sound a lot like the voice actor, occasionally they'll say something like: "For something voiced by Nana Mizuki, you sure say some pretty queer things!" It should be noted that those voice references actually did occur in the light novel. Natsuru makes the Shizuka-chan reference, while the Tamura and Mizuki references came from otaku-TV enthusiast Akane. That burnt lion, the oldest of the Entrails Animals, hasn't been voiced yet, but according to his description in the novels, he's voiced by someone who dubs a lot of foreign movies.
- The line "For something voiced by Nana Mizuki, you sure say some pretty queer things!" is actually closer to "For something with a voice similar to Mizuki Nana..." in the original Japanese. Guess the Fansubbers are getting sick of using the same line.
- Also as of EP 9, all 4 of the White Kampfers are revealed at the credits (Ueda Rika in Ep 8 though, hence the 'as of') to be voiced by seiyuu with the same surname as the characters, right down to every single kanji. Not a really blatant example of Breaking the Fourth Wall, and could be a new method of painting it instead though.
- Bridal Carry: Natsuru does this to Kaede in episode 5's beauty pageant. She's even wearing a wedding dress.
- But for Me It Was Tuesday: Kaede mocks Shizuku about the death of her friend, saying the name isn't even worth remembering.
- Celebrity Paradox: Kuro Usagi's voice reminds Akane of Yukari Tamura. Which it should, since she's Usagi's voice.
- Chekhov's Gun: The sea slug trinket Natsuru gave to Shizuku ends up snapping him out of Kaede's hypnosis.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Probably not much of a Chekhov's Gunman but remember Kaede tossing out those stuff toys and one of them landed on Mikoto? The White Kampfers also receive it the same way Mikoto did.
- To be specific, in the anime, Mikoto got her Entrails Animal plushie in the bouquet that Kaede threw into the audience, not just tossing her one.
- Clothing Damage: comes with the fanservicy girl-fight action.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: All of the main girls show this at some point, especially at the end of episode 11 when they all force him to grope them.
- In episode 8, Mikoto gets incredibly jealous when she finds out that Shizuku took Natsuru out on a date, and beats him up. Natsuru attempts to deny this, but Shizuku simply adds fuel to the fire. To be fair, she did repeatedly tell him it was a date, and it was Natsuru who kept thinking they were scouting out for White Kampfers. Mikoto later runs away crying.
- Later on Akane comes to Natsuru's house and also demands to know why he went on a date, and forces him to take her on one as well, which leads to the next episode.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: For some reason, the Kämpfers are divided into teams by colored bracelets, including red, blue and white. This didn't stop Akane from trying to shoot Natsuru when they first met, even though they were on the same side.
- Combat by Champion: The whole deal about the Kampfers.
- Creepy Doll: Stuffed animals that can talk and move on their own, called Messengers, are the ones telling the Kämpfers that they have been chosen. Names such as Harakiri Tora and Seppuku Kurousagi don't quite help. It also doesn't help that their insides are coming out. Just to make that clear, these are stuffed animals designed to look like they have committed Seppuku, meaning stabbed themselves in the stomach and ripped upwards to let their entrails come out. Each one has realistic-looking fake guts hanging out of their stomach. Somehow these are considered cute toys for kids to have. Small wonder that the novels tell us that the company manufacturing those dolls is said to be in a bad state.
- Credits Running Sequence
- Cry Cute: Mikoto during episode 8 after finding out Natsuru was on a date Shizuku. She also beats him up for doing so as well.
- Curb Stomp Battle: How else would you describe that supposedly last battle? To elaborate, due to a Theme Music Power-Up and with some upgrades, Akane, Shizuku, and Mikoto defeats the White Kampfers INCLUDING Kaede.
- In the second season  Natsuru quickly defeats all four of the white Kampfers in one shot and then makes a more powerful Kaede, who had already defeated Mikoto, Akane, and Shizuku, retreat. Why he doesn't try fighting earlier is anyone's guess though.
- The Danza: ALL the White Kampfers (so far) namely:
- Dating Catwoman: Attempted. Shizuku spends the better part of an episode ignoring Natsuru's boorish behavior.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The way Akane describes pretty much anything related to being a Kämpfer is full of Innocent Innuendo. Then she'll squeal and say she doesn't mean it like that.
- Dogged Nice Girl: Akane, Shizuku and Mikoto to male Natsuru, and Kaede to female Natsuru. See All Love Is Unrequited above.
- Don't Try This At Home: "Good boys should ignore the crazy lady." "Bad boys should ignore the crazy lady too."
- Dynamic Entry: Mikoto has one during episode 8. In a possible Shout-Out to Haruhi Suzumiya, Natsuru suffers a kick to the head from her, which also sends him flying.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In episode 5, four Entrails Animals are thrown to the audience of the play. The unnamed background characters who recieve them reappear several episodes later as named White Kämpfers.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Episode 3 loves this trope; upon female Natsuru's arrival to the girl's side, the collective reaction of her new female classmates is to perform what is essentially a large, simultaneous group-glomp. Following that, the remainder of the episode features nothing but the rest of the school's female population depravedly fawning over her, with a few even going so far as to capture her and tie her up so they so they could play with her as much as they wanted. Natsuru, you lucky son of a bitch.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Especially a tsundere penguin.
- Especially a Rie Kugimiya tsundere penguin.
- Evolving Credits: Rather crudely done in episode 7 after the official introduction of Mikoto, which just edited some scenes to show her kampfer form jumping from the sky. It's not for the sake of preventing spoilers, either, given how the previous opening goes...
- Fan Service: He-llo LEGS!! The opening and ending themes as well as the eyecatches are nothing but this.
- Double dare you to watch episode 13 and tell us its not THE most fanservicy thing short of Hentai.
- Faux Action Girl: Natsuru and Akane have yet to successfully win a one-on-one battle with anyone. Neither can hit worth a damn, and Shizuku spends a lot of time bailing them out.
- In the light novel at least they beat the shit out of some guys hitting on them a few times. Natsuru twice and once alone.
- Five-Man Band
- For the Evulz: Natsuru is told that the battles between the blue and red Kämpfer serve as a substitute for war in a far away galaxy, but the only moderator we see relishes being cruel and manipulative.
- Foreshadowing: When Seppuku Kurousagi warned us back in episode 3 that his denseness is certified to be in the Guiness World Records, it was not kidding.
- Episode 4 is probably a straighter example. In the Eyecatch, Kaede's expression is similar to her evil side.
- Freaky Friday Flip: Episode 12. The four main casts switch bodies with their respective Messengers.
- Gainax Ending: Episode 12, which is about the main four swapping bodies with their dolls, ends with the dolls in their owners' bodies flying away on Santa's sled. Then the episode (and perhaps the entire series) turns out to be a story told by female Natsuru to her child. And male Natsuru is married to female Natsuru. After that, the final scene is Sakura on Santa's sled throwing Entrails Animals to the children, four of them being the still bodyswapped main cast.
- Gender Bender: Read the intro.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Kaede generally has innocent eyes, but when she goes into Manipulative Bitch mode, you can clearly tell something's up with her. Probably one reason why she was able to fool the other main characters for so long.
- Gratuitous German: The title of the show is just the tip of the iceberg. In short, you've got the title, the names of their weapon types (Schwert, Gewehr, Zauber), and the Idiosyncratic Episode Naming. The Gratuitous German is even Lampshaded within the series thrice to date ("It's German, you retard!", Akane offering to show Natsuru the German dictionary, and once in a next episode preview).
- However, all this remains bearable until episode 11, when the producers decided they wanted the big fight to be accompanied by classical music, so you get to hear some Japanese people who've obviously never studied any foreign languages other than English trying to sing "An die Freude". Hint: "Flügel" does not rhyme with "Google".
- Green Rooming: Happens to Mikoto, who's seen via postcards in the first 4 episodes, then she returns home in episode 5, but doesn't see Natsuru until the beginning of episode 6.
- Guilty Pleasure
- Hand Wave: Played for laughs. In episode 7, all the the main characters spend the night at Kaede's apartment, including the entrail animal messengers. Flashing on-screen text informs us that Kaede doesn't see the clearly visible living toys because she's too infatuated with Kampfer-Natsuru to notice.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today??: Both Akane and Shizuku insist this despite all the Les Yay that happens in the series. To be fair, the main target of their Les Yay affection has the personality and default body type of Male.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Oh boy.
- Natsuru (both versions) is Yoko
- Kaede is Ranka Lee and Gumi.
- Akane is Minorin.
- Shizuku is Nunally. Another Playing Against Type by Kaori Nazuka.
- As mentioned above, for the Messengers, Harakiri Tora is "the original Shizuka", Seppuku Kuro-usagi is Nanoha, and Kanden Yamaneko is Fate. Later, Chissoku Norainu is Ai Enma.
- Mikoto is Yuno.
- Episode 3 introduces an unnamed assistant class representative with the voice of Mikuru.
- You remember that Black Lion? He's (finally, a well-known male seiyuu) voiced by Kenji Utsumi. Better known as the voice of RAOH!!!
- And in episode 13, we get a penguin with the voice of Tsunderie. Outright lampshaded by Mikoto:
Mikoto: Whoa, it's an authentic veteran tsundere! Just like Kugimiya Rie!
- Hopeless Suitor: Akane feels this way because male Natsuru likes Kaede, and while in female form, Natsuru seems even more popular.
- Mikoto probably plays this trope straight however, since she doesn't really seem to have a chance with him. But that doesn't stop her from trying.
- Male Natsuru towards Kaede. Even when Kaede finds out (if she didn't already know) about male/female Natsuru, she tries to seduce the male one into doing bad things to his Nakama and changing into his female form permanently so that "he" can enjoy her. It almost works...
- Hot Springs Episode: Natsuru, you lucky bastard...
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode's title begins with a single word of Gratuitous German.
- Idiot Hair: Mikoto
- Ignored Epiphany: In Episode 9, Natsuru spends 5 seconds considering the white Kampfer, the moderators and other events... and then gets distracted.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: The initial transformation is involuntary and occurs if an enemy Kämpfer is nearby, though it can be voluntary if in the presence of a friendly Kämpfer; the transformation back starts off involuntary, but a Kämpfer gains control over it as she gets used to it.
- It Amused Me: Shizuku forces Natsuru to transfer to the girl's side of the school, and then casually spreads the rumor that male Natsuru and female Natsuru are an item. Because tormenting Natsuru is hilarious.
- Just Friends: Natsuru (in male form) and his childhood friend Kaede Sakura, even saying in the manga that he doesn't want to outright ask her out and potentially get shot down so he decides to stay friends with her. However, when he changes into a girl, Natsuru quickly gets a Relationship Upgrade with her even though she doesn't seem to realize that the two Natsurus are the same person.
- Lap Pillow: Shizuku gives one to Natsuru after he fall asleep during their date. It is implied that she kissed him again during his sleep.
- Light Is Not Good: The White Kampfer
- Living Toys
- Love Dodecahedron: It's a doozy.
"What the heck? Sakura loves and hates me... And I love myself?"
- Love Makes You Dumb: Natsuru's crush on Kaede.
- Loves My Alter Ego: See Just Friends. In the anime, it's reached the point where Kaede actually sees the male Natsuru as a rival for her love to the female Natsuru, while still not realizing that the two are the same person.
- Love Triangle: Type 4, with Natsuru in "a", Sakura in "b" and Natsuru in "c". There's also a Type 5, with "a", "b" and "c" being Akane, Natsuru and Sakura.
- Marionette Master: Kaede has a huge collection of stuffed toys, but the ones she gave to the main cast all seem to be turning into sentient Messengers choosing their Kämpfers. Fan- and Shizuku-speculation is that she's either the Moderator, or is being somehow manipulated by the Moderator.
- Confirmed in episode 10. Where it is clear that Kaede is a Moderator, knows everything that is going on and is commanding the White Kämpfer.
- Melee a Trois: There are three factions — red, blue and white — and
all of them are likely to be engaged in a three-way battle at any time.
- Red and Blue stopped fighting pretty early. So now it's just red/blue versus white.
- Megaton Punch: Natsuru seems to suffer these, like most other harem anime males.
- Mentor Mascot: The suicide plushies.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: Several of the eyecatches, when not doing fanservice of the human characters, sometimes present anthropomorphic versions of the animals. They're considerably less creepy when turned into a human girl. Note that this applies to all of the animals. Even one voiced by Kenji Utsumi.
- Mood Whiplash: The pre-title sequence of the first anime episode is a decidedly humorless scene featuring Kamper!Natsuru running for her life from Kampfer!Akane, who seems to be shooting to kill. The scene ends with Kampfer-Natsuru plunging off the top of a building, seemingly to her death. Cue the opening.
- Episode 9 has Kaede exchanging glances with girls the audience later finds out are White Kämpfers and, at the end of the ep, mind-controlling Natsuru with frightening easiness. Just about everything else in the episode is lighthearted fanservice.
- Morality Chain: Akane's Kämpfer mode is a blood bath waiting to happen, with Natsuru having the unenviable position of having to ride herd on her bloodthirsty antics.
- Naked Apron: Natsuru and Akane are forced into wearing this (among other costumes) by the female students in episode 5, and Mikoto greets Natsuru with it early in episode 6.
- Mikoto also wears one when she gets a job as a cook at a hostess club in episode 14.
- No Export for You: The manga looks like it could suffer this fate due to Tokyopop leaving the United States.
- No Fourth Wall: By the way, the staff ate the other parts of the animals afterward. Yeah, this show makes you feel like the staff really wants to break the fourth wall or erasing the fourth wall all together.
- After Akane imagines Natsuru to look exactly like Kamina (from Gurren Lagann) near the start of Episode 9, the magazine she was reading is shown to have a center spread of Male Natsuru's facial character sheet (used by animators as reference).
- Naughty Tentacles: Some are briefly shown in episode 5.
- Not a Date: At least, Natsuru believes so. Shizuku insisted otherwise.
- Off-Model: This.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: So the only way to differentiate yourself from the original person would be to put
cattiger ears and a tail!?
- Parental Abandonment: Necessary for narration purpose, none of the characters seems to live with their parents. It gets funny when Natsuru says that if he gets home late, Harakiri Tora would be worried. Having a foul-mouthed Creepy Doll as a parental substitute? Maybe this is why he's an idiot...
- The Psycho Rangers: The White Kämpfers
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Akane and Natsuru
- Same goes to the kampfer colors of red and blue
- Interestingly enough both Akane and Natsuru are on the blue side
- Relationship Voice Actor: Not only did they make Kuro Usagi as Yukari Tamura, but Akane's voice is also by Yui Horie. Coincidence much? Or maybe the producers of the anime love to play with these tropes.
- Also added in the joke was that Natsuru mentioned that Harakiri Tiger was voiced by Michiko Nomura, the original Shizuka. Later, her husband, Kenji Utsumi, appears as Burnt-out Lion
- Episode 2 adds in Nana Mizuki.
- As of Episode 6, we have Mamiko Noto.
- Then we have in the first OVA: "Wow! A genuine tsundere voiced by Rie Kugimiya!"
- Rescue Romance: You have to wonder how many girls Natsuru's gonna get this way. Akane developed a crush on Natsuru after s/he pushed her away from a falling street light, Shizuku began to have interest in him after he spared her , and Sakura became obsessed with Natsuru's Kampfer form after she saved her from Akane. Twice. Sadly, the inverse is never true, as no matter how many times Akane or Shizuku save Natsuru from his own air-headed stupidity he never gets the hint.
- Rule 63: Natsuru. That is all.
- Running Gag: In the last episode, everybody that the group runs into immediately says upon seeing Natsuru/Harakiri Tora, "Are you the female Senou Natsuru? Oh wait, you've got a different voice, ears and a tail. You must be somebody else." This eventually gets lampshaded, "I don't really mind, but why does everybody have the same reaction?"
- Sacred First Kiss: Shizuku stole Natsuru's first kiss. And his second kiss. And his third kiss. And his fourth kiss. And his fifth kiss. Six and seven went to Mikoto and Akane, respectively.
- Save the Villain: Justified, since Natsuru isn't a bloodthirsty psychopath.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Plenty on the girls' side for Female!Natsuru.
- Selective Obliviousness: Natsuru. No matter how many times Shizuku tells him that they're on a date, Natsuru is absolutely sure that she's just messing with him and that they're really just trying to lure the white Kampfer out of hiding. It would seem that Natsuru has a hard time accepting that he's popular with girls, even after Akane said it straight to his face.
- Serious Business: Several boys try to break into the girl's side of the high school in the beginning of episode 5. They're promptly stopped by a squad of girls wearing military uniforms and wielding guns to stop them.
- Ship Tease: Most of the principle cast is shipteased in some form depending on how active your imagination is-- both with Natsuru, and with each other.
- Episode 1: "You may be a Kämpfer, but you're not a Mobile Suit!" — there was a Zeon Mobile Suit called the Kämpfer in Gundam 0080, and it's coloured blue, just like Natsuru's hair.
- Episode 2 features the line: "So reds really are three times faster?!"
- Episode 3: "Lily: The Secret Flower Garden" title image is clearly Lillian Academy. Among the girls during the "Talk to Senou-san for 500 Yen" event are Expys of characters from Akikan and Hell Girl. Not to mention This image.
- Episode 4: The line "everyone, listen to my song"
- Episode 5: Shizuku (Hey It's Nunnaly's Voice!) in Zero's get-up.
- Also in episode 5, this is the description of the MC to Natsuru: She's the soldier of Uranus and revolutionary girl who overshadows Haruhi even when she isn't melancholic. Also, "Is this two-timing? Are you both my wings"?
- Voice actor reference: Yukari Tamura, voice of Seppuku Kurousagi, has a radio show titled..."Tamura Yukari's Mischievous Black Bunny (Kurousagi in the original title)".
- In Episode 6, Harakiri Tora tells Natsuru he had a dream about "...becoming a bath-loving girl. And then a guy with glasses and a robot--".One of the ghost in the haunted house is Nomad. Also in the same episode, Mikoto yells out "Destroy!" during her first fight.
- One cannot forget Natsuru pulling off a Matrix move.
- The Eyecatch of episode 7 has Mikoto cosplaying as Miku Hatsune.
- Episode 8: Ippenshindemiru? Of course, to drive the point home, Mamiko Noto gets to say it.
- Episode 9: Akane mentions that her brother (exact word: aniki) once told her "Believe in the me who believes in myself". Natsuru also looks like Kamina during Akane's dream.
- Episode 12: Kanden Yamaneko in Shizuku's body dresses as Lum. Vita Sexualis (another manga) is also referenced. Also at one point Yukari Tamura has this line: "Shut up before I befriend you"
- The next episode previews deserve special mentioning:
- Episode 02: "Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away..."; Natsuru as Luke, Harakiri Tora as Obi Wan, and Shizuku as Darth Vader/Emperor Palpatine.
- Episode 04: Gender-flipped Whisper of the Heart.
- Episode 05: Pirates of the Caribbean; Natsuru as Will Turner, Shizuku as Elizabeth, and Akane as Barbossa.
- Episode 06: Finding Nemo; Natsuru as Nemo, Harakiri Tora as Marlin, and Akane as Dory.
- Episode 07: a skirt-flipping Natsuru Potter.
- Episode 08: Die Hard.
- Episode 10: Victory Gundam.
- Episode 11: Romeo and Juliet. The twist? Both narrated by Kenji Utsumi and Michiko Nomura (original Shizuka). Who are married.
- Skinship Grope: When Fem-Natsuru goes to the public baths in episode 10, most of the female cast cops a feel. At the same time.
- Spit Trail Kiss: Natsuru's first kiss with Shizuku.
- Spoiler Opening: The anime gives away plot points and secret identities from the get-go.
- Squee: The girls like to do this around female Natsuru.
- Stealth Hi Bye: Shizuru seems to be pretty good at this, having mysteriously showed up near Natsuru several times.
- Super Gender Bender: It's apparently a rule that Kämpfers can only be girls, so any boys that are chosen transform into girls when their powers activate.
- Tenchi Solution: At least from the looks of it so far. To be more precise, he chooses to have Shizuku, Akane, and Mikoto over Kaede.
- At the end of light novels, he chose Akane over Shizuku and Mikoto, who remain as just friends.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Happens in episode 11 where Shizuku, Akane, and Mikoto get their upgrade to the Messengers singing the Ode to Joy with Kampfer-y lyrics.
- Actually, those are the proper lyrics, they weren't just changed to suit the show (Except for the subs while it was playing)
- The song returns in the first OVA while they are fighting against the White Kämpfers.
- Theme Tune Cameo: The opening ("Unreal Paradise") plays at the karaoke joint in episode 4.
- Too Kinky to Torture: The evil harem at end of the first season who react enthusiastically from the news that they'll be punished.
- Took a Level In Badass: While Natsuru is still the dumbass we all know and love, in the first OVA, he does manage to one shot KO all the white Kämpfers at the same time with a fire blast and later saves Mikoto from being shot by Sakura. Give him credit for throwing some amount of weight around.
- Transformation Sequence: Because when you're turning into a girl, the right amount of flashiness is a must. Of course, Shizuku (episode 2) and Akane (episode 8) also have them. Mikoto joins them in episode 11, which cheekily adds orgasmic moans to all the transfomration seuqences.
- Kinda subverted: the transformation sequences are not used very often (at most a total of 4 times in 10 eps) so they're not annoying.
- Parodied in Kä TAS 1 when Shizuku attacks in the library
- Kinda subverted: the transformation sequences are not used very often (at most a total of 4 times in 10 eps) so they're not annoying.
Natsuru: Wait when did I change? God damn anime couldn't afford to do it twice?
- Troperiffic: For a 12 episode fanservice-laden Guilty Pleasure series, there's quite a lot of trope in it.
- Tsundere: Akane, thanks to her being a Kämpfer. Default personality: see above. Kämpfer personality: Ax Crazy gun-touting warrior. Wow.
- Twelve-Episode Anime: Specifically, 11 plot episodes and a Christmas episode.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Mikoto, but she won't give up that easily.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In episode 5, Seitetsu Academy gets BLOWN UP by a Rocket Launcher from the girls survival club, has an experiment that went HAYWIRE which caused a (dramatized) Zombie Apocalypse and some Naughty Tentacles and the two bystanders just CHUCKLED that it's the School Festival. Seriously, NO ONE bats an eye at those!?
- Unwanted Harem: At the last count, Akane, Kaede (the only "wanted" part), Mikoto and maybe Shizuku (if she's not just messing with Natsuru's brain).
- Unperson: This is what happens if a Kampfer is defeated in battle.
- World of Cardboard Speech: Shizuku explaining her refusal to fight Akane and Natsuru. Natsuru falls asleep in the middle of it.
- Dunno if it's this trope or not but in episode 11 Natsuru declaring that he chooses Akane, Shizuku, and Mikoto and to prove it, he transforms back to male.
- Voices Are Mental: In episode 12, when the main characters swap bodies with their dolls.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Whether you have it as a normal human or not, you will have some ridiculous hair color in Kämpfer form. Probably the worst is Shizuku, whose hair has a black over layer and a
whitepearly under layer. Few characters have natural eye colors, either.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A on our hero(ine)! Also, the Student Council President--and Mikoto, in later episodes.
- really just two episodes
- Acts more like The Chick on a regular basis.
- Genki Girl subtype.
- Quite levelheaded compared to the other three.
- Mikoto and Akane like male Natsuru, although normal-Akane and especially Kampfer-Akane don't act too differently around female Natsuru. Sakura likes female Natsuru, and Shizuku might, but is more likely screwing with Natsuru's head. Natsuru likes Sakura, but everyone else keeps getting in the way. Add that to the fact that everyone thinks that male Natsuru is dating female Natsuru, while Sakura caught Akane and male Natsuru in a compromising (probably innocent) moment. Oh, and most of the school is crushing on female Natsuru. It's only gonna get worse from here.