- 1 Season
Campione is a Japanese anime series based on a light novel by Jo Takezuki about a high school boy battling with growing up whilst waging a secret war on a series of Gods who have moved into evil ways. The 13 episode first season of Campione was broadcast as thirty minute episodes in 2012 on Japanese television and was a co-production between Barnum Studios and Diomedea; Campione was directed by Keizou Kusakawa and follows the plot of the original light novel and resulting manga series closely. Campione has been licensed to be broadcast in North America. Opening with the main character of Campione, Godo Kusanagi travelling to Italy from his native Japan to deliver a mysterious object to a friend of her Grandafther's. The first episode deals with Godo becomes a Campione, or god killer. In Italy 15 year old Godo meets a mysterious teenage girl called Erica Brandelli; the pair finally meet the Persian God of War Verethragna and begin a battle over Godo's grandfather's stone grimiore. With Erica's help Godo defeats Verethragna and kills the god to gain the title Campione, Erica then reveals she is a knight in a secret organization called the Bronze Black Cross that is charged with defending humans from the vengeful Gods. Returning to Japan as a Campione Godo finds Erica has followed him to his homeland and starts the new high school year with him. Erica and another knight of the Bronze Black Cross, Lilliana assist Godo in fighting Gods while Lilliana tries to get to the bottom of her mysterious dreams. Throughout the series Lilliana dreams of a mysterious figure who she feels linked to who threatens her friendship with Godo; the mysterious figure then slips into the real world and appears to Lilliana. The plots of individual episodes and the series as a whole can be complex and involve characters spying on each other on the orders of the Committee of the Bronze Black Crosses.