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2009 Anime Kämpfer Gets English Dub For First Time

Kämpfer, the 2009 anime series about gender-swapping fighters, is turning ten this year—and finally getting an English-language dub.

That’s the word from Sentai Filmworks, who announced the dub with a simple, one-sentence tweet today.

Kämpfer, a 12-episode series (with a 2-episode sequel) aired in 2009, and was based on a light novel series by Toshihiko Tsukiji. It was directed by Yasuhiro Kuroda (Guardian Hearts) at studio Nomad. Sentai, who originally released the series back in 2011 in sub-only format, describe it like this:

Waking up transformed into a beautiful girl might be the stuff of some guys’ fantasies, but when the suddenly effeminatized Natsuru is informed by a stuffed tiger that he’s now a Kampfer, a mystical fighter who has to fight other Kampfers in female form, his life becomes a living nightmare!

Putting aside the obvious “plumbing” issues, Natusru’s best childhood friend turns out to swing the other way and SHE has a crush on his new female body. Not complex enough? Natsuru’s school has separate sections for boys and girls, so he and she are now double enrolled. The rumor-mill has it that he’s dating herself. And there are other Kampfers attending the school who want to “take her out,” and he’s not sure which ones mean “on a date” and which ones mean “permanently.” Oh, and did we mention that some Kampfers use swords and gun?! Hormones, fists, and other body parts will fly as the daring, new gender-blender defender must become a contender or die!

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.