As expensive as dakimakura are – for rectangular pieces of fabric with a picture printed on them, anyway – I keep buying them. Here we have one of the main character of Kämpfer, and also probably the closest that this site is going to get to featuring a review of a hobby item with a dude.
At first glance, Kämpfer appears to be about teenaged battlers duking it out in a struggle for secondary school supremacy, but it rapidly evolves into a romantic comedy in which fisticuffs serve only an ancillary role. The center of attention and affections is protagonist Natsuru Senou, a young man who awakens one day to find himself turned into a girl. If this were an American show, it would have spent half of the first season explaining exactly how and why it happened but as it is, the first episode spends scarcely more than a few sentences on Natsuru’s mysterious transformation.
In addition to the biological concerns concomitant with a nonconsensual genderswap, Natsuru has to contend with a horde of amorous suitors, as it appears that the entire female student body of his school is homosexual or bisexual. He – she – is rapidly subdued and pimped out in various student activities, and while he’s – she’s – doing this, Natsuru has to fend off the advances of the main cast while trying to score with Kaede Sakura, with whom he is smitten.
Sakura is one of the school idols, and she falls in love with Natsuru. Unfortunately, it’s the female Natsuru she falls in love with and she – and everyone else – does not seem to realize that the female and male Natsurus – who go by the same name – are the same person.
Joining Sakura in her pursuit of the female Natsuru is Akane Mishima. Normally a meek, bespectacled girl who works in the school library, she transforms into a foul-tempered, foul-mouthed, gunslinging fireball.
Shizuku Sango is the student council president. Seductive, measured, and elegant, she sets her sights on Natsuru, twisting him around her finger and taking what she wants without asking, making her perhaps the coolest character in the show.
The last girl is Mikoto Kondo, Natsuru’s worldly childhood friend. She’s the last of the main cast to be introduced and the show tries to play up the mystery of her identity, but she sends postcards to Natsuru through all the early episodes and shows up in the ending and opening sequences from the start, rendering the innuendo rather pointless.
This dakimakura is from Chara-High, who’ve also made dakimakura of Shizuku and Akane. It’s 150 centimeters by 50 centimeters in size and is made of polyester. It feels like many of the other dakimakura I have, or the tablecloth I sometimes use as a photo backdrop. If you’ve got any polyester garments, I suppose you know how this pillowcase feels.
Being that pillowcases aren’t all that complicated, whether one likes a particular dakimakura is really going to be a referendum on whether one likes the images printed on them and I certainly very much like the pictures presented here. I prefer dakimakura that feature a front and back view of a particular character, but that sort of design doesn’t seem to be that common; instead, many dakimakura show a character in different clothing or in a state of undress on the reverse side. That’s one of the reasons I like this pillowcase of Natsuru a lot, since I gotta say, he’s got a great ass.
Lots of fetishes being nailed here … maid hat, garter belt, striped underpants, toplessness … good stuff all around.
Anyway, this is a great pillowcase, a bit showy but not overly so. However, I’ve got another dakimakura in the mail, one that is almost ineffable in its explicitness. Stay tuned!