As a hardcore ecchi anime fan, I find there are very few "naughty" shows I turn my nose up at. In fact, they're usually a great way to sit back, relax and have a good giggle at the completely mindless fun bouncing around on screen. Part of the problem now is that originality in this genre is extremely difficult to find, especially when watching some of the older (and for some reason, more risque) shows.
I went into Kekko Kamen after a joke recommendation placing it alongside Butt Attack Punisher Girl. Yup, the title says it all - mindless ecchi of the most perverted kind. The similarity between the two is quite striking. Just like in Butt Attack Punisher Girl, a scantily clad superhero - the titular Kekko Kamen - takes the initiative to smite the perverted opposition on her school campus using some extremely questionable wrestling moves.
The culmination of flimsy plotline and extreme stereotyping results in pure, unashamed fanservice. The wafer thin story usually revolves around one completely hapless and innocent school girl Mayumi, who is regularly punished for her failing grades. This discipline usually results in her very perky and ample bosom being exposed, and then her pathetic cries are answered by the masked and butt naked Kekko Kamen. Fighting for "Love and Justice" apparently makes the indecent exposure perfectly acceptable as she deftly sweeps aside her next foe. The predictability of each kinky predicament numbs the viewer and kills off what could have been some comedy gold moments. With content that may have been funny in its day (the show is now 18 years old), the recent outpouring of ecchi might have taken the edge off the humour for todays audience.
The over the top speeches by sexy Kamen are usually met with witty retorts by the enemy, and fans of the genre might appreciate the utter depravity of the humourous advesaries. Usually leading to some rather amusing punishment situations for poor Mayumi, the girl is subjected to hilarious situations as a study tutor who chastises poor grades with some rather adventurous tentacles. The extreme ecchi will be the shows' saving grace for some viewers, and the final nail in the coffin for others.
As is the case with a lot of older and dirtier animation, the production budget was not huge, and as such the anime looks middle of the road. That said, it seems the artistic team now have a speciality in drawing breasts having had plenty of practice drawing the sublime female curves throughout four short episodes.
Although not bad, there is very little else to make Kekko Kamen stand out in the artistic department. Facial expressions are very limited and simplistic, whilst action scenes are mostly spent covering the modesty of Kamen and her open legged attacks. Consequently, you're left with a drudgery of animated mediocrity.
Sadly lacking an opening theme, I had to settle for one of the funniest and bizarre ending themes I have heard in a long time. The funky tune is accompanied by such original lyrics as "What a nice set of buns, nice set of buns, of buns - thats our Kekko, Kekko Kamen".
Although not greatly forthcoming in the soundtrack department, the Japanese voice actors were all highly suited to their roles. From the dominant, sexy tones of Kekko to Mayumi's whimpering lament, the seiyuu are all well chosen.
The female protagonist, Kekko, leads the way in the character freak show. Once you get over the fact she fights crime in her birthday suit, the stripped hero doesn't offer a whole lot more. With no backstory to the character, viewers are left wondering who exactly she is and why she became the envoy for feminine justice. While occasionally feigning shyness and covering her boobtastic assets, she spends most of the time flying across the screen in such devastating moves as the "Muff-o-cation ring" in what can only be described as a brashly stereotyped wet dream.
Mayumi comes across as a whiny, feeble and pathetic individual with the depth of a puddle, ending up in some extremely compromising positions. Living up to a perverted otaku's desires, she experiences such questionable situations as being placed naked onto a rotating swastika and having her clothes whipped off by an enthusiastic nazi woman. Subjecting the poor girl to such bizarre atrocities is a whole host of evil teachers, doctors and the Principal Toenail of Satan. As well as the crazy naming choices, the characters suffer from zero development - although, can anything else really be expected in four episodes of debauched mayhem?
Blatantly laughing in the face of womens rights, Kekko Kamen is a feminist's nightmare. It uses some very questionable material to get laughs, and quite often falls flat on its face. However, if tongue in cheek ecchi humour is your cup of tea, then the show definitely delivers on its promise of fanservice, over the top perversion and produces one of the most naked female characters currently listed on Anime-Planet.
At the Spartan Institute, students have access to a quality education -- at a price. The headmasters are lecherous old men, the punishment for poor grades (if you are female, that is) involve removing clothes forcefully through a variety of means, and for girl named Mayumi the torment never stops! Who better than to save the day than Kekko Kamen, a mask-wearing superhero who wears nothing but... her birthday suit?! With villains to deal with such as an S&M femi-nazi and a samurai who removes clothes with his sword, Kekko Kamen has a lot to handle, breast jokes aside!
As a not-so-closet perv, I love watching anything involving panty-shots, handfuls of cleavage and an innuendo fuelled plot. Although most of my reviews will err on the risque, I also love the obscure, the twisted and things that make you think - drop me a line if you want to discuss any of them!