In Campione! episode 1, “Tale of the Beginning,” Godou Kusanagi was doing his best to return a stone tablet that his grandfather left him. The trouble was, he was Japanese, and he had had to travel to Italy — and he had no clue how to speak Italian. So it was not in the least bit surprising that he was confused when a devastatingly beautiful blonde woman in an elaborate red dress spoke angrily to him. When he tried to introduce himself, she realized he couldn’t speak Italian. So she switched to Japanese. But instead of making things better, she told him to hand over the “grimoire” and pulled a knife to emphasize her “request.” She even had the audacity to act insulted when he asked if this was a mugging! But then something happened that broke their standoff — and changed the course of Godou’s life forever.
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show
Erica did not approve of Godou’s grandfather’s taste in women. Or activities. Or much of anything, for that matter… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This is one of those shows that if you don’t like the characters, the whole thing falls apart — into quite the steaming heap. But I loved the characters. Almost all of them, in fact. So this is one of those series I can watch over and over. It’s not No Game No Life, but I still like it. I mean, where else can I get my mythology fix? And Erica Blandelli is the archetype for one of my most cherished character types: A powerful, indomitable woman who makes her own decisions and is perfectly capable of enacting them.
My Best in Show moment for this episode is one of the moments that shows just how in charge Erica can be. She had just gotten done facing off against a rogue god. To be more precise, Godou had just caught her as the force of the rogue god threw her from the pulverized roof (though I’m pretty sure she would have survived the fall without his help). The rogue god suddenly disappeared, as rogue gods do, and the next thing we know, Erica is sitting beside Godou at a train station. She was explaining some of the finer points of the encounter to him, and she seemed a little surprised an impatient that he knew so little.
Sidebar: Almost every show that deals with this topic has its own explanation for why most humans can’t see the supernatural beings. In Campione!, humans without magic perceive the gods’ devastation as natural disasters. I thought that was kinda cool.
At the end of the explanation, she asked him how he knew so little, yet possessed a grimoire of such power. When he said he was trying to return it to Lucretia Zola, Erica was outraged. She asked why he had something from that “Witch of Sardinia.”
Erica was surprised Godou had such a power grimoire but absolutely no idea of its history or power. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Godou’s answer that she had given it to his grandfather when he was younger — who was probably was dating Lucretia at the time.
“Your grandfather is quite sociable, then,” she quipped (07:20).
In the face of her scorn, he didn’t wither. He asked, “Why are you looking at me?”
They looked and sounded like a bickering old couple! They were already so comfortable with each other, though they didn’t know it, that they could have an exchange like that as if it were nothing unusual.
Even though I know what’s coming (I’m not really sure how many times I’ve watched this…), I really enjoy watching their chemistry as their relationship develops.
What did you think of the mythology in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts about This Series
Other Anime Sites
- The Glorio Blog: Summer 2012 Anime First Impressions: Campione!
- Random Curiosity: Campione! – 01
- The Fandom Post: Campione! Episode #01 Anime Review
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Review: Campione! Episode 1: Tale of the Beginning
- Review: Campione! Episode 2: The Landscape with a King
- Review: Campione! Episode 3: From Afar, An Enemy Comes
- Review: Campione! Episode 4: Rogue Athena
- Review: Campione! Episode 5: Unpleasant Days
- Review: Campione! Episode 6: The Kings Converse
- Review: Campione! Episode 7: Wind, Rain, Wolf
- Review: Campione! Episode 8: A Hero Arrives
- Review: Campione! Episode 9: The Missing King