Visual Novel: Shukufuku no Campanella
In the Nostrum Region, the city of Ert'Aria, is the adventurer's clan, Oasis. Leicester Maycraft is a member of this clan. A meteor shower, that only happens once every seven years, is about to take place, and the city prepares for the harvest festival. Joined by "The Jewel of Ert'Aria", Carina Verritti, traveling street performer Agnes Boulange and member of the Knights Templar, Chelsea Arcot, he sets out to see the meteor shower.
Something very strange happens that night. A meteor, made out of Ale, the world's magical phlebotinum, shoots toward the city and takes the form of a girl called Minette, who calls Leicester her Papa.
Originally a Visual Novel
by Windmill (Happiness
), Shukufuku no Campanella
was adapted into an anime in the summer of 2010, then licensed by Funimation
for DVD release in 2011. A fandisk Shukusai no Campanella
was released in late 2010.
Has nothing to do with character actor Joseph Campanella, sadly.
Tropes in Shukufuku no Campanella include:
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Shelley Maycraft is young-looking enough to be mistaken for her son's ''girlfriend''.
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 8 was about Golem, Ritos and Salsa. They even got their own opening!
- Accidental Pervert / Naked First Impression: Shelley pulls a fast one to put Leicester into such a situation at the Furo Scene.
- Action Girl: Chelsea.
- Adaptation Distillation: The anime shifts focus from Leicester to Minette about halfway through, their ending follows only the bare minimum Save The World plot and gives no closure to any of the characters.
- All-Loving Hero: Leicester states that he doesn't want to save only Minette and Miriam, but Aberdeen and Avril as well. He may have to blow a few craters in the ground to do it, but he sticks with it.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Carina's father Fabious has such amusing antics (such as being a Lolicon) that she can't help but bash him on the head with her staff (though Nina did him in first by tripping him into a face-plant when he tried to approach Minette gleefully).
- An Axe to Grind: Nick Lu'juck's Weapon of Choice.
- Artifact Title: The Blessed Campanella is, in the original game, the name of the new core Leicester creates for Minette so she can give her current one to Miriam. It's completely left out of the anime.
- Artificial Human: Minette. Miriam and Avril too.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Carina's father Fabious' fighting style, with a bit of Dance Battler thrown in.
- Beach Episode: The end of the second episode.
- BFS: Celestine, the Artifact sword Chelsea wields in the finale.
- In the game, Avril also wields one in Chelsea's route.
- Big Damn Heroes: Fabious and Nagan pull this off in the final episode just when the Tortilla Sisters thought they're about to get their asses kicked by a huge crystal monster. Fabious even tops it off with a Dynamic Entry.
- Bishounen: Leicester.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Salsa and Ritos. Which is funny because Ritos is the boke despite having the traditional deadpan manner of a tsukkomi, whereas Salsa is rather energetic for a tsukkomi.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Animals being possessed by the crystals stone.
- Bromantic Foil: Nick
- Butt Monkey: Salsa; often getting this treatment from her younger sister of all people.
- Chick Magnet: Leicester; nearly every girl he meets states they want to marry him in the first episode (who could blame them, among other things given how handsome he is - perhaps taking after his mom?). Surprisingly, he takes the whole Harem thing fairly well.
- If it wasn't for that whole icky blood-related bit, chances are his mom would be in there fighting for a piece of him, too.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Carina is victorious if you pick her in the game, otherwise unlucky.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Carina, who has rather imaginative fantasies for Leicester.
- Corner of Woe: Chelsea, after realizing her lack of direction sense got her into trouble, again.
- Cute Witch: Carina.
- Day In The Life: Episode five is a very relaxed episode, mostly following Minette's shopping trip around the city.
- Deus ex Machina: Suddenly after Aberdeen and Leicester agree to find a way, they are notified about a meteor shower where they have to adventure to fix Miriam's core.
- Drop the Hammer: Nagan.
- Emergency Transformation: Miriam, to be cured of her illness, was turned into an automata. Not without its drawbacks.
- Empathic Weapon: Carina's staff after Leicester's upgrade.
- The End of the World as We Know It: The show's big MacGuffin, the Heaven's Waterwheel, turns out to be the cause.
- In the visual novel, it's different depend on your route.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Even Golem blushes around Leicester. He's just that good.
- Evil Albino: Aberdeen
- Evil Counterpart: Aberdeen to Leicester.
- Evolving Credits: The OP gets a major overhaul on episode nine. In addition to switching to the second verse of the OP, it also changes several scenes to reflect the more somber tone the show is taking.
- The ED also changes. Showing Aberdeen and Leicester on the same side.
- Fainting: Carina suffered Emotional Faints twice - first in Episode 1 after Leicester held her hand to "make up" for not being able to fulfil her earlier fetishes, and again in Episode 4 after everyone saw her in Funbag Airbag position with Leicester and she frantically tried to explain that it was Not What It Looks Like. Given that she claimed to be physically weak, she may suffer more later on.
- Fanservice: Especially the OVAs
- Fanservice with a Smile: The Knights Templar have set up a Maid Cafe for the festival, where Salsa and Ritos (and Golem, complete with apron) help out.
- Festival Episode: Episode eight. Also a Breather Episode.
- Friend to All Living Things: Ritos and Minette woo the crowd with their swimsuits in episode eight. Salsa unintentionally reenacts the opening to The Lion King.
- Funbag Airbag: After an incident with some vines and a jewel, Leicester and Carina end up in an embarrassing position, leading to a very hilarious Not What It Looks Like situation when everyone else arrives.
- Funny Animal: Tango, Agnes' automata cat sidekick.
- Furo Scene: Episode four, along with some Skinship Grope action between Agnes and Carina.
- Gainaxing: Carina, complete with a direct boob shot while serving tea.
- Golem: The Tortilla Company's primary weapon of choice. Not that it does much good against the dragon.
- Gratuitous Italian: In the franchise's subtitle, la campanella della benedizione.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Salsa and Golem have a habit of running towards their destination, only falling into trouble (swamp, cliff) when Ritos points it out.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Carina can go ballistic if any girl shows any kind of affection towards Leichester, especially Minette, who's been a major source of grief since her awakening.
- One case also led to a Biting the Handkerchief moment - Leicester carrying Chelsey piggyback when the latter passed out.
- Hammer and Sickle Removed for Your Protection: A (perhaps unintended) played-with subversion - Leicester's father Nagan has a symbol on his shirt's sleeve that could remind viewers of the Hammer and Sickle (though from a closer inspection it looks more like a Hammer and Scythe).
- Heavy Sleeper: Minette. Being designed as energy-saving.
- Hey, You!: Garnet to La'juck or Nick during a fight in the final.
- Heel-Face Turn: Aberdeen and Avril side with Oasis quickly enough, though their goals were largely similar to begin with.
- Ill Girl: Miriam
- Improvised Weapon: Without access to her sword, Chelsea uses a candelabra to dispose of the crystal snake.
- Instant Fan Club: Minette has an official fanclub in Ert'Aria, with membership cards. Golem is one such member.
- Instant Runes: Some of the more advanced magic, primarily seen with Aberdeen's barriers and Carina's magic books.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Happens in the visual novel, by Carina in Agnes' route.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Aberdeen wanting to save his sister is a noble cause, but he's pretty ruthless in how he goes about it.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Mise Altoise, Agnes' much-alluded to maitresse, is also her mother.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Leichester's weapon appears to be one (a blade on one end, a trigger, sight, and stock on the other).
- Mr. Fixit: Leicester can repair anything upon request. Borders on Gadgeteer Genius as he can even put unusual upgrades as a bonus when he feels like it (like when he added a "beam shooter" to a hedge trimmer that he repaired).
- Also shown in ending of anime and some scenarios in game, in different situations.
- Ms. Fanservice: Salsa. While she's far from this only one to wear sexy clothes (starting with her sister), she also has a tendency to show her legs a lot◊.
- Naked Apron: Ritos wonders why Salsa is wearing clothes when she's wearing an apron while she's making cookies for Leicester. Salsa is understandably confused.
- No Sense of Direction: Chelsea. Lampshaded by Shelley much to Chelsea's embarrassment.
- Clearly demonstrated in episode 3, where she somehow gets a map all wrong.
- And again in episode 5, where she couldn't even find her way to the Main Cathedral of the city (which is hard to miss). If this keeps up, this trope could become a Running Gag. Poor Chelsea.
- Indeed it's getting to the point where she's just about as bad as a certain you-know-who: In episode 8, she couldn't even find the main entrance of the cathedral despite 1) standing right next to it from outside (she actually headed in the exact opposite direction!) and 2) actually going through the right door when leaving the main hall to get there! Both cases lampshaded by Salsa of all people.
- In episode nine, she somehow winds up on an island. There's getting lost, and then there's not even being on the same landmass.
- Not What It Looks Like: Minette was in bed with Leicester for purely innocent reasons. Carina and Agnes, perhaps, not as much. Nina still closed the door to give them their "privacy".
- Ojou: Carina
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Minette, just don't ask why.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Carina
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Archduke Fabious is comic relief through most of the anime, but when the city is attacked, he is out on the causeway leading the defenders in the battle. And, apparently, enjoying it immensely.
- At the same time, the Duchess is caring for Miriam.
- Scenery Porn: The animators seem to have put effort in making beautiful sceneries.
- Shock and Awe: Tango
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The Tortilla sisters. Salsa is a Genki Girl, Ritos is a Deadpan Snarker.
- Simple Staff: Montecchia, Carina's wand/broomstick. It later gets an upgrade from Leicester to speak. And perhaps speaks a little too freely...
- In Carina's scenario the staff gets another upgrade very late - into a grimoire!
- Special Edition Title: Episode eight has an opening by the Tortilla sisters and Golem, since it's their moment in the spotlight.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In the original game, every named character is introduced with his/her name spelled out in English. Funimation's subtitles follow most of these, but while the name of Agnes and Aberdeen's maitresse is spelled "Mise Altoise" in-game, the anime's subtitles call her "Mizeh Altworth".
- Squishy Wizard: Carina mentions that her body is weak. She was possibly an Ill Girl in the past.
- Super-Deformed: Several times in the series itself, but the entirety of the ending. Also sometimes in the original game.
- Tareme/Tsurime Eyes: The Tortilla twins Salsa and Ritos, respectively
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While not played straight all the way, Leichester's father Nagan is not quite what you'd call Bishounen, especially when compared to Leichester's mom Shelley...
- Unwanted Harem: EVERYBODY wants Leicester.