At the academy Miami Takashi attends, higher education has sunk to the lowest levels of depravity, with armed hall monitors, teachers who wear masks to hide their identities and special detention sessions in a torture chamber beneath the gym! It's a curriculum designed to chew up sweet young things, and poor Miami's been voted "Least Likely to Survive" in her class! Is there no hope? Can no one save her? Enter Kekko Kamen, the most outrageous superheroine ever! Clad in a red mask, red boots and nothing else, she is the supreme protector of innocents like Miami. Armed with her trusty nunchaku and a body that just won't quit, she'll make chopped pork out of the swine who run this school from hell! But who is she really? The only one who knows for sure is creator Go Nagai and he's not giving anything away... except lots of free peeks at Kekko Kamen's magnificent physique!
"Nobody knows my face, but everybody knows my body. I am the messenger of justice, sent by God to this school of perversion! My name is Kekko... Kekko Kamen! I hide my face but expose all else."
While this wasn't the women-empowering, albeit perverted, superhero romp I'd hoped it'd be, it was still a perverted superhero romp with lots of female characters to enjoy (and not just for their bodies), and that's good enough for me!
I'm not going into a full-blown feminist critique of this show because hell, I'm not getting paid to do it, and few would probably read it. Suffice to say, you can
view 'Kekko Kamen' as a satire of oversexualised female superheroes set in a trashy universe, or you can see it as yet another text making a woman's body her main character trait (Kekko Kamen is identified by her body and not her face, after all), as well as exclusively sexually exploiting female characters and not male ones (equality means I get to see some men sexually exploited, too!) -- although this is because the perverted principal is "not interested in the male students", in my opinion, the biggest perverts care not for gender and relish all bodies!
So while no men are punished, we do have a male character in episode 2 who IS sexualised, and this has to be the strongest moment of the anime -- when he uses his muscular body as a weapon to weaken/distract Kekko Kamen. The whole thing is bloody hilarious, and I recommend the show based on this episode alone! I also appreciated the character Yuka Chigusa not depending on Kekko Kamen to help her friend, Mayumi Takahashi, who's the main victim of the principal's punishments. Girl power, yeah!
My reaction to this show was very similar to the enjoyment the principal gets from punishing Mayumi Takahashi -- laughing gleefully at the absurdist humour and oggling at the big tits. If you find females being sexually compromised offensive, even in a humourous context, give this a pass (and maybe give all ecchi/hentai anime a pass, too).
"The crisis at the school is over for now. However, if the sales of this video are really good, she will return! For now, goodbye, Kekko Kamen. Thank you Kekko Kamen!"
Rampant nudity? Superheroes? Nazis? The Big Toenail of Satan? If any of this sounds exciting, then Kekko Kamen is likely the series you've been waiting your whole life to see.
Absurd is the first thing that comes to mind. Don't be fooled into thinking of this as a bad thing though. Kekko Kamen is the type of series that works because of its absurdity. The humor is very well executed and makes the show into something worth watching. It is a bit of a one trick pony with each episode revolving around a different "Punishment Director" finding a way to strip students naked as punishment.
However, the short length of the series doesn't allow for things to truly become tiresome and repetitive.
If you've ever seen a Go Nagai show, you know what to expect in this department. Characters are attractively designed and backgrounds are sufficiently detailed. Great attention is paid to the abundance of naked bodies and nothing ever seems out of proportion. The animation quality may be a little below par, but it's nothing that makes you take notice of it as being particularly poor.
The background music is pretty generic and forgettable. Kekko Kamen's theme song is also rather bland musically, but the over-the-top hilarious lyrics make up for that. The same must also be said about the ending theme "Morodashi Heroine Kekko Kamen (Naked Heroine Kekko Kamen)." Brilliant writing. Sound effects are put to good use in battle as well as for comedic effect. As far as voice acting goes, the Japanese cast does a great job. Jokes are delivered well and in the case of certain characters, every sound made is side splitting. The dub actors change around a few too many lines, but overall they created a solid track as well.
Mayumi is the star here, but really doesn't have much personality aside from being a below-average student. Kekko Kamen is well done as the mysterious heroine. A naked superhero who delivers lines such as "nobody knows my face, but everybody knows my body" is hard to erase from your memories. The Principal Toenail of Satan. This guy is a master of perversion. The show is worth viewing for his involvement alone. Each episode's "Punishment Director" is also unique and I enjoyed watching them demonstrate their special techniques. There obviously isn't much character development to be found here, and if that is honestly what you're expecting from something like this...I don't know what to tell you.
I found myself laughing out at loud at countless scenes especially when characters were using one of their ridiculous techniques (OPEN THIGHS JUMP!). The rewatch value on something like this probably isn't very high though.
While this OVA is by no means a masterpiece, it is definitely worth a look. Its short length of four 22-minute episodes will surely provide a fun and memorable diversion from your standard anime.
All I've got to say is: WTF? Just know that this is full of nudity, and absurdity. Quite funny if you take it's creation as a joke. I just wonder what American company decided this would make them money... WTF. Good for a laugh, and short enough to not feel like you wasted your time.