Campione! Weekly Update – Episode 4

Erica is still the hottest piece this summer season. Sadly that can’t be said about her show.

The story behind Athena finally gets fully fleshed out. It’s an interesting mesh on all the Mother Goddess legends that creates a very unique background for this rogue deity. Campione! has succeeds in creating an addicting premise buoyed by references to old lore.

Erica’s position is still a bit unclear. She clearly has a plan of action but its scope is lost to me. I still hope she peels away her goodie two shoes mask to reveal a manipulative bitch, but at this point I don’t think that’s the case. Her feelings for Godou, however obnoxious, seem to be real. I don’t have a problem with romance, but this looks, tastes, smells, sounds and feels like plastic. Completely fake.

My mind has checked out from the story. I take in all the mythological babble to fuel my enjoyment of the episode. It’s the only reason I tune in week in and week out. But the story that frames its core ideas is hollow, to say the least. Poor writing and characterization will ruin even the best mythos.

Godou and Erica are uninteresting leads that lack chemistry. They kissed a few dozen times over the course of the series, and all I can do is roll my eyes. You can’t feel the magnetism between the pair when they’re in sync with one another. The dynamic deflates scenes that are otherwise supposed to bolster their relationship.

Sadly the action scenes, a highlight in previous outings, have taken a turn for the wordy. The final battle between Godou and Athena felt like a college lecture of Ancient Literature. I don’t really mind the use of dialogue to ground the action, but his little speech brought the episode to a complete halt. Campione! needs to step its game up by focusing in on the characters and fleshing them out a bit more. It would remedy nearly half the things that are wrong with this show.

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