Anime With A Side Of History: Kantai Collection

Are you like me?*

Do you like anime? Who doesn’t, amirite? Well, are you interested in historic naval battles? I sure am! How about, high seas excitement? Woo boy, yeah! Fire torpedoes! Do you like cute anime girls? Hell to the yeah! How about cute anime girls with heavy weapons? Quit making the sale when the product is already sold, my bro! Would you Waifu a historic warship? DONE!

Wait… I did what now?

*Probably not…


Welcome to Kantai Collection!

Salute!

[Kantai is Japanese for ‘Fleet’. As in Naval fleet.]

Here is the setting: It’s an alternate timeline, in what can only be assumed to be the 1930’s/1940’s(World War II time frame). War has broken out on the high seas. But no, not between the two Naval superpowers you are thinking of. The world’s seas and shipping lanes are being taken over by fleets of supernatural beings known as Abyssals. And their origins are unknown. What is known is that they are demonic and feminine in appearance. They emerge from the depths and traverse the waters like fleets of Naval warships. They have demonic battleships, as well as what could be described as aircraft carriers, and everything in between. Some look more like monsters than others.

Abyssal aircraft carriers(left 3) with their escorts, and attack “planes” in the air.

Humanity, with supply lines getting cut off, are suffering from the threat the Abyssals pose. So they turn to the Kan-musume*(Fleet Girls) to combat the Abyssal threat. The Fleet Girls are special in that they carry the spirit(and names) of long gone Imperial Japanese Navy warships. Because actual warships apparently aren’t a thing, these girls wear specialized suits that carry weapons and armaments similar to those that were found on those formidable warships. Weapons such as massive cannons and torpedo launchers. The girls glide over the sea as if they are ice skating, wearing ship-shaped boots. Each girl has a ship class, such as: Destroyer, Fast Cruiser, and Aircraft Carrier.

That’s right, friends! The high seas are in the protection of small girls wearing mecha suits of heavy weaponry.

*Japanese language wordplay. Kan = Short for kantai(Fleet). Musume = Japanese for daughter/girl. In the anime even Kan-musume is shortened to Kanmusu.

L-R Back: Destroyer Fubuki, Light Cruiser Kitakami, Aircraft Carrier Kaga, Aircraft Carrier Akagi. Front: Battleship Yamato

So, now that we have some basic idea of the setting, what have we learned about Kantai Collection so far? 

Well, to begin with, a whole lot of unbelievable stuff is going on here. But all the way to hell with realism! Japan succeeded in making warships cute! Because of course they did.

And I am here to thank them for it. 


Digging In To KanColle

The Kantai Collection(or KanColle* for short)anime premiered in January of 2015, and it did not follow a traditional route into existence. As most(not all) anime begin as manga prior to getting the anime treatment. Kantai Collection, though, started as a 2013 video game(and an online manga at about the same time). From there it quickly gained a big following. 

*More Japanese language wordplay. The Japanese love to combine words.

Admittedly, I have never played the online game, as I don’t think it got a western release. The name Kantai Collection suggests you are collecting a fleet of girls to do battle with. A deck builder type system. You collect your fleet, upgrade them and do battle. And from what I understand there was not much of a story involved, just cute anime girls wearing massive suits of naval weaponry doing battle with other fleets of like-attired girls/Abyssals. And that is probably enough, honestly.

From about 2014, during my yearly trips to Japan, I remember seeing these characters in various places, usually in game center(arcades) machines, in the form of figures. Or in advertisements for the game in train stations or various other spots. I didn’t think too much about it then. However, after a while I found out the premise, and my interest got the better of me. I watched the anime on Crunchyroll in 2016, and my initial reactions was that this anime was… unique. Laughable at times.

KanColle consists of a 12 episode season and a single theatrical release movie. No special episodes, as are usually added to anime seasons. The story follows a handful of Fleet Girls named after World War II warships. With names like; Nagato, Sendai, and Kitakami. The primary focus is a single girl though. The special category destroyer named Fubuki. A young girl in appearance, she arrives at the naval district base one day, a nervous wreck. This is her first shot in the fleet. The Naval District is arranged like some kind of school campus. Complete with dormitories and classrooms. The Carriers have their own classes and dorms, the Cruisers have theirs. So do the Destroyers. 

Each class of Fleet Girl has a certain stature, and apparently a dress-code. Just to give a few examples: the destroyers with traditional school-girl attire(fittingly, as it is in Japan, the sailor-style uniform). The carriers wear Kyūdō(way of the bow) uniforms, because they are archers. The fast battle cruisers are dressed as shrine maidens of sorts, or perhaps they are idols. They kind of look like an idol squad. Interestingly, the size of the historic ship dictates the height and… well… endowment of the girl(because this anime is from Japan). The destroyers are smaller girls. The larger cruisers are much taller, and the battleships are well… very… adult in appearance.

In other words, they have the largest breasts, okay! (again, Japan!). 

Image source Front L-R Mutsu, Nagato, Kongō, Yamato, Akagi, Kaga, Fubuki

Incorporated into the story are real navy things like going to the docks(for repairs), and refueling. And these takes are really kinda funny. Refueling takes the form of eating, the most basic form of refueling. The smaller ships eat small plates of food, while the much larger ships eat massive/comical portions like it’s nothing. I got a good laugh out of this. The meal of choice is often curry, which has a very long history in Japanese Naval history*. There is even a whole episode devoted to curry. Another good touch. Maritime curry is delicious. It’s even sold in stores in Japan today**.

*In the current age(past 40 years or so), curry is regularly served every Friday aboard Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ships. The savory meal serves as a reminder of what day it is to the sailors.

**Japanese curry would be my death-row last meal. I love it that much

Going to the docks for repairs takes the form of one of my favorite cultural things about Japan, going to the onsen(hot springs). The Japanese have a very renowned hot spring culture. And these pools of volcano heated, mineral infused waters are said to have healing properties. So, if a Fleet Girl gets “damaged”(injured) in battle, they retire to the hot spring bath until they are rejuvenated. That is kind of brilliant. 

Akagi in the docks. She took a torpedo hit. Estimated time until “repairs” are finished is 15.5 hours.

Of course there is a lot of “fan service” here, with the implied naked(highly censored using light effects) Fleet Girls enjoying their baths(yeah, again, it’s Japan). This was the subject of many complaints because, though age is never mentioned once, many of the characters are depicted as very young. Japan, unfortunately, does have a big problem with sexualizing young girls. Many idols start doing dvd or magazine gravure-style model shooting in their teens. Often in skimpy lingerie or swimwear. The primary audience for these media forms regularly ends up being older men. If you happen to walk past an idol theater(such as AKB48 or NMB48) before a concert, the queues of people out front are often full middle aged men.

The story progresses with Fubuki finding her way at home and in battle. She also makes friends with the other ships, and also pretty much falls in love with her senpai(someone who is senior) Akagi, an aircraft carrier. I think Kantai Collection is pretty much an implied-Yuri genre of anime. Or Girls Love. There is nothing explicit. Just a lot of girls that really seem to love each other in some form. There is literally only one possibly-male character in the whole anime. The Admiral.  And this person is never seen. Their existence is only implied, and if someone is talking to them you never hear their voice. Every single other character in the whole show is female. So, actually, the Admiral’s gender is ultimately unknown. Could be a man. Could be a woman. Could be a robot*.

*not a robot

The battles are pretty one sided, of course. With the Fleet Girls regularly victorious. Though it does have some themes like: winning the battle, while conversely losing in the grander scheme of things. As is often seen in war scenarios. Also, things like ego’s and over-confidence also play into account. The “I can do it alone” mentalities, and whatnot. History shows that those thought processes rarely ever pay off for everyone involved. And if they do, repercussions are usually still left to be had.

Fubuki averts a disaster against the shark-like Abyssal destroyer.
Kongō and Kirishima unleash the big guns.

Towards the end of the series, the Fleet Girls take on the unanimously agreed upon Abyssal’s head base of operations. This sees all of the girls from various task forces come together to fight. Including some girls that had only been seen in passing. I found the ending to be very anticlimactic. Which, I could say was disappointing, but I would be lying to myself if I did. I mean, given what I was watching, it is almost impossible to be disappointed, right? 

Let’s think about it for a moment. I watched things like; the equivalent of a teenage girl take a 6 inch naval gun battery shell to the face, or a torpedo to the legs, multiple times. Afterwards she was okay enough to “steam” back to base with only a tattered school uniform and some scratches, scrapes, and bruises. A quick hop into a bath will fix all that ails you. Realism wasn’t expected from the beginning. And no, I was not expecting these girls to get blown up and have blood and guts sprayed upon a very tiny patch of the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Oh yeah! Another thing, the girls can’t drown. Unless they are “sunk” that is. If they happen to fall over while “skating” on the ocean, they land on the water like they would falling on the hard ground, and just kind of float there on the waters surface. All of that heavy equipment that they can magically carry does not cause them to sink.

This anime doesn’t even take itself seriously. And I am completely fine with that.

Fubuki during a rough training session with Akagi and Kaga. Her uniform becomes tattered and weapons take damage. Stress shows on her rigging. She is literally being blown up and shot at. Nothing a dip in the hot spring can’t fix.

Honestly, I did find the anime as a whole to be entertaining. This was largely due to the facts that I knew what I was getting into before watching it, and that I am a history buff, of sorts. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the anime depictions of some of the most famous(or infamous) Imperial Japanese Navy warships in cute anime-girl form. 

One thing I did struggle with though, was understanding the scale of things. I had to ask myself repeatedly, ”Are these girls giants?”. I asked this because the comprehension of a 6 ship(girl) task force “steaming” across the middle of the Pacific Ocean and engaging in battles is mind-numbing. Also, there is the planes. By all rights, if the girls are normal human sized, then the planes(that are being shot from a bow and arrow) should be, at most, the size of a softball. One girl, a fast-cruiser literally loads a seaplane onto one of her arm-mounted catapults by hand at one point. It was like the plane was a toy. The anime regularly shows large concentrations of the planes in the sky. Reminiscent of old war footage. The scale here appears to be of a real life size. Which makes me wonder if these girls, and their surroundings(their base and buildings) are, in fact, gigantic or not. From there I spend way too much time pondering this stuff.

But then I calm the hell down, have a Snickers, realize what I am watching, and go back to enjoying myself.


The Fleet Girls Historical Connection

Being a student of war history, I found the girls’ connection to actual history interesting. In fact, as soon as I heard some of the names of the girls, I was like ”Oh, shit! That’s the Kaga!”. The creators did a lot of work to tie everything together. There were some big/blatant ties. And there was some small subtle ones. Let’s take a look at a handful of the Fleet Girls and their connection to history.

Destroyer Fubuki

吹雪

*Fubuki means blizzard

Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Fubuki saw about 15 years of service prior to being sunk. She participated in the Battle of Midway as an escort to Admiral Yamamoto’s flagship. She also participated in a few other major campaigns in the Pacific and South Pacific theaters. Fubuki was sunk to the bottom of Ironbottom Sound near Guadalcanal in 1942 by an US Navy task force during the Battle of Cape Esperance. One of the most chaotic night battles in the Pacific War. A comedy of errors by Admirals and Captains on both sides contributed to the chaos. I find the Battle of Cape Esperance to be one of the most intriguing battles in the Pacific theater. Mostly because both sides pretty much let Lady Luck take the wheel.

Ice skating without ice, isn’t as easy as it sounds. Fubuki found that out the hard way.

Kantai Collection Fubuki carries a single handheld turret and has thigh mounted torpedo launchers. As a special category destroyer, she is fast. In history Fubuki had an upgraded powerplant, which set her apart from other destroyers. On first impression, I didn’t think I was going to like her character, but she ended up being a pretty good main character. Not quite ’Best Girl’ quality though. They could have easily made a larger, more interesting ship the main, but they didn’t. And I kind of respect that decision. Her real world tie-in was really well done. Particularly in the Kancolle movie. Ironbottom Sound and Fubuki play a big part to the story.

To learn more about the fate of the Fubuki at the chaotic Battle of Cape Esperance, I suggest this video by The Operations Room


Battle-Cruiser Kongō

金剛

*A difficult word to translate to English. It could be translated as Indestructible Diamond. The namesake is from Mount Kongō in the Kansai region of Japan.

The Kongō saw over 30 years of service, and a couple re-fittings, before being retired to the bottom of the sea. She served in many campaigns, including Guadalcanal. Notably contributing in the bombardment of the U.S. held Henderson Airfield on the largely contested island. In the wake of the Battle of Cape Esperance, Kongō and her sister ship Haruna succeeded where previous attempts had failed in damaging the strategically held airfield’s runways. As well as damaging or destroying a sizable amount of the land based fighter, surveillance, and bomber aircraft.

The Kongō was actually designed and built by Vickers in Britain. In the anime they represent that in an interesting way. The upbeat Fleet Girl Kongō regularly speaks Japanese mixed with English words, and loves afternoon tea time. Cute, a nice/subtle touch. As for the fate of the Kongō, one night in late 1944, as she was steaming in a sizable fleet along with the battleships Yamato and Nagato, she was one of a handful of ships that were torpedoed by the submarine USS Sealion. Kongō sank near Taiwan after succumbing to the damage the lone submarine caused.

Upbeat Kongō about to rain hell.

Kongō was heavily armed. With multiple large barreled turrets. In the history of the real Kongō, she was categorized as a fast cruiser before her upgrade to fast-battleship(although from my research, that classification is apparently contested by historians). Her sister ships: the Hiei, Haruna, and Kirishima, as in history, also play a role in this series. And they too all love tea-time. In fact there was a collection of figurines released with these four sitting around a table drinking tea and eating cakes. Because, why not?

The Kongō sisters. L-R Kirishima, Hiei, Kongō, Haruna. You can see that Kongō is the only one with upgraded weaponry.

A behind the scenes fact from this series that I found interesting was the voice actors selection and use. Many of the same voice actors voiced all of the characters in a class of warships. For example, the Kongō sisters were all voiced by the same person, Nao Toyama. A very nice touch.

Kirishima was one of my favorite Fleet Girls. This was one of her shining moments.

For more information about Kongō, her sister ships, and their fates, I suggest this video by Drachinifel.


Aircraft Carrier Kaga

加賀

*Kaga was the former name of the current Ishikawa region of Japan

The Kaga saw only 13 years of service prior to her sinking, and she and her sister ship, the Akagi, were unique in that they originally had three flight decks(prior to the refitting of both). Each flight deck was stacked on the other. An ambitious, yet in the end, flawed design. As the bottom and middle decks became more difficult to use when newer, larger, planes joined the fleet. Another flaw in Kaga’s design was her propulsion exhaust stacks, which proved to be troublesome in many aspects. Major issues included: aircraft recovery being obscured by the smoke and gas, and the gas seeping into crew quarters.

Kaga and Akagi were originally slated to be battlecruisers, but the plans were changed late in development to make them carriers. This change of plans caused it to take almost 8 years from laying of the keel to seeing the open waters for the Kaga(7 for Akagi, which was finished first). These previous historical things were actually mentioned in Kancolle. A few of the other ships poke fun at Kaga for taking so long in development. Another great tie to history. A few years later Kaga saw a refit that would turn the bottom two flight decks into hangar space, and saw the main flight deck extended full length to the bow. A much more contemporary and practical concept carrier.

On December 7, 1941 the Kaga participated in the devastating Pearl Harbor raid. She was subsequently scuttled as a result of the damages she received during the failed Imperial Navy attempt to secure Midway Atoll in early June, 1942. Bombers from US Navy task forces that included the USS Enterprise, Yorktown, and Hornet got the better of her and her air wing. The Battle of Midway was devastating for Imperial Japan, with the loss of four carriers. The Kaga, Akagi, Hiryū, and Sōryū all had to be scuttled due to damage taken. The Mikuma, a heavy cruiser, was also sunk by US forces in the conflict.

The infamous Imperial Japanese Navy’s Kidō Butai’s strength was greatly lessened due to the damage they sustained in the waters near Midway.

Image source Kaga prior to refitting. the exhaust flaw visible. Obscuring the landing deck.
Image source Kaga is a bit cold, but warms up in the end. In other words, she is a Tsundere.

The aircraft carrier’s portrayal in this series is one of the most interesting aspects of the whole anime for me. As I mentioned, they are archers, and historically archers are very potent in battle. The Fleet Girl carriers wear archer armor. Which historically is very light, leaving them vulnerable. Because archers need mobility. Aircraft carriers are both the most potent and vulnerable in a fleet. The girls have a shield-like “flight deck” on one arm, which they use to protect themselves from bombing attacks. This is a nice touch. As the carrier flight deck was a major target in war. It is a large target. Destroy the flight deck(or runways for land engagements), and they cannot launch and recover planes.

They launch sorties using the arrows. They literally shoot an arrow into the sky and it transforms into three or four fighters or bombers. It’s brilliant. They even make reference to the fact that they need to change course to launch aircraft into the wind once or twice. Another nice touch of realism. Research was obviously done when creating these characters.

Kaga and Akagi launch sorties.

To recover the planes they raise their flight deck for the miniature planes to land on, and the arrow returns to their quiver. But, as in history, fighters were often shot down by other fighters or anti-aircraft fire. Or they were unable to land due to battle. Something that left the planes with no fuel, which in-turn forced the pilots to ditch in the ocean. The planes are small and are piloted by chibi(miniature) pilots called fairies. And absolutely no effort is made to explain their existence in the anime. Or how the arrows transform. They are just cute, and I’ll allow it.

For now…

To learn more about the fate of the Kaga at the Battle of Midway, I suggest this great 3 part series from Montemayor. He breaks down the entire conflict with looks at the US and Japanese sides individually. He does a great job outlining the “fog of war”.


Battleship Yamato

大和

*Yamato literally translates to Great Harmony

The Yamato, prior to her sinking, was a marvel of naval warfare. The sheer firepower she possessed was incredible. It was a testament to the Imperial Japanese Navy’s resolve. She carried over 150 individual gun systems. Amongst them were the 18.1 inch gun batteries. The largest guns ever to be installed on a warship. She also was capable of launching and recovering seaplanes from her stern. The burden she possessed was the upkeep. She came about during the time in the war when resources(fuel and ammunition) were tight for the Imperial Navy. And Yamato, as well as her sister ship the Musashi, were a resource nightmare.

Yamato was sunk during Operation Ten-Go (or Ten-ichi-go)* in April of 1945. This was a suicide mission devised by the Imperial Japanese Navy leadership. The idea was to send this task-force to Okinawa, break through the defenses, beach their ships, exhaust all of their magazines, and then fight to the death on the ground. The Okinawa conflict was already one of the bloodiest in the Pacific war. Then there was this insane plan. One that the Yamato and her strike group would never come close to seeing through. In fact, they never even made it close to Okinawa, as they were attacked by an intense US carrier task-force air-wing consisting of hundreds of fighters and bombers near Kyushu.

*Operation Ten-ichi-go in Japanese(天一号) could translate as Heaven One. A hint at the suicidal nature of the mission.

The Yamato weathered intense bombardment and torpedo attacks, and damage control teams fought hard to keep her moving. Often using life saving/list-correcting measures such as counter flooding(flooding a perfectly good compartment on purpose to offset the flooding in another**). An example of a drastic move included flooding one of her engine rooms, thus crippling her escape speed and sacrificing hundreds of sailors in the process. This doomed the limping warship, and Yamato was pretty much a sitting duck at this point.

In the mid afternoon she finally succumbed to her damage and capsized. The out of control fires within her compartments finally reached the already temperature-critical magazines. The fires ignited her massive payload causing an explosion that was said to have taken out a handful of US fighters that were lingering above. By some reports, the explosion was heard and the smoke plume was seen, well over 100 miles away in Kyushu, Japan.

**Yamato had specially designed compartments for counter flooding

This massive failure would prove to be the final major action made by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.

Yamato in the anime is gorgeous.

The anime version Yamato is introduced at Truk Island and she starts out very demure. She is not allowed to take to the sea and participate in any battles. This is another historical crossover. The reason was because refueling resources were strained. Like I mentioned above, Fleet Girls eat a lot. And the bigger the ship, the more food she eats. When fully armed, she is also as powerful as she should be. Proving to be a deciding factor in the ending stages of the story.

To learn more about the fate of the Yamato and operation Ten-Go, I highly suggest this incredibly detailed video by Drachinifel.


KanColle, The Movie

A theatrical release movie came about in 2016, that takes place after the events of season 1. It introduces a lot of new ships and gives a bit more depth to some girls. Like Fubuki and Kaga. However, the movie kind of centers around Kisaragi, a destroyer that sank in the first season. After a night battle a kan-musume appears from the depths amidst the wreckage of the destroyed Abyssals. It is the long lost, Kisaragi. As events play out, it becomes known that the Abyssals were once ships(Fleet Girls). Ships that had sunken to the depths of the seas. Finally some answers. But, also… so many more questions. As the reason surrounding this is… out there.

Along with the new ships, the chibi fairies that fly the recon and fighter planes appear a bit more. They are now appearing as crew members on the equipment worn by the Fleet Girls. Handling repairs, preparing sorties, and even reloading ammunition. They even appear in the factory back at the base. More answers. But also, more questions.

Okay, wait. Just wait a minute here…

I can’t hold this in anymore! Who are these fairies? EXPLAIN THEIR EXISTENCE, DAMMIT!! I don’t care that a small teenage girl can carry a naval gun battery turret in her hand like it was a toy while totally ice skating across the unfrozen ocean! I want to know what happens to the fairies when their planes are shot down!! Do the die? Do they disappear? Do they have to eat too? How much?

EXPLAIN THE DAMN FAIRIES!!!

Fairies conducting battle prep, acting as lookouts and preparing for missions.

The historical ties that the movie brings are largely centered around the Solomon Islands campaigns. Specifically Ironbottom Sound.

The Kantai Collection movie was definitely a theatrical release anime, in terms of quality. It had better animation, coloring, and action sequences. But also more story building(but again making more plot holes at the same time). The end of this movie turned into a mind-fuck. As anime movies tend to do, for almost no reason. I was given flashbacks to the original Evangelion endings as I watched it. But with that said, I did enjoy the movie.


Thoughts On Kantai Collection And More Historical Connections

In the end, Kantai Collection is not an amazing anime, and it does not have an amazing story. But it was never, EVER, going to be a blockbuster series that sat firmly on the tip of everyone’s tongue, like Evangelion, Bleach, Attack on Titan, or One Piece. Particularly, given that its source material was, more or less, a video game with no plot. There are plot holes all over the place in the anime. And while they try to create some patches for those holes, they kind of made more holes in the process. But, with all that known, it is a fun anime to sit down and watch. I really did enjoy it. Enough so, to actually watch it again prior to writing this. The interesting parts for me, again, lie in the historical Naval tie-ins.

There are little historic easter-eggs all over the place. From the obvious ship names, to things like the use of Truk Atoll. During World War II, Truk Atoll was one of Imperial Japan’s main Naval bases in the central Pacific. In the movie, the South Pacific Island chain known as the Solomon Islands are a main point. I thought this was a great historical connector. The opening of the movie shows a night patrol there. Which is rather historically significant, as the Imperial Navy was well known for their night patrols and movements. They were far more proficient in night battles than the US.

The heavily contested Solomon Islands, specifically Guadalcanal, saw numerous major Naval battles. And in those battles many ships(over fifty!), planes, and men were committed to the depths of the waters of Savo Sound. As a result of the wreckage, this area became dubbed Ironbottom Sound. And to that point, there is a major tie-in to this towards the end of the movie. 

Ironbottom Sound is a protected area now, and is considered sacred. Ships that traverse it’s waters must maintain silence, as a sign of respect to the souls entombed below.

Image source Visual depiction of the US, Australian, New Zealand, and Japanese warships, transport and submarines that were committed to Iron Bottom Sound.

Other historical references include Operation MI, which was the Imperial Navy’s code for the Midway campaign. References to the fact that the enemy had broken their encrypted communication codes were also made. Something that the US Navy was able to do in WWII. This led to their thwarting of the attempt to take Midway. They also make reference to strained supply lines. Which towards the end of World War II, Japan was struggling with.

The Naval District in the anime reminds me a lot of Kure, formerly the Imperial Navy’s master Naval base in Japan, near Hiroshima. My wife and I visited Kure a few years back and we went to the Yamato Museum there. It is a very well put together museum with many great features. They have a massive 1:10 scale model of the Yamato in the main hall. Massive really doesn’t do it justice, though. As you can see with the people standing next to it for scale. This thing could set to sea in my opinion. I wonder if it could actually float?

You can see the scale of this model.
There were anti-aircraft guns installed everywhere on the Yamato.
Forward battery. 2 x triple 18.1″ guns. The largest battery every installed onto a warship.
Fantail seaplane catapults and recovery crane. You can see the track system used to move the planes on deck. Complete with turntables

In doing research for this piece, I found a few articles and videos that bring up the historical inaccuracies of this anime. Some even try to play up that the Abyssal’s are actually a depiction of the US Navy’s Pacific fleet, and whatnot(a notion that is dispelled in the movie, by the way). I can only laugh at these thoughts. Though, in a sense, I get it. But I think they are reading way too far in to this anime. Like I said above, even this anime doesn’t take itself seriously. The historical tie-ins are just interesting. That’s it. They are using real names and places. Who cares?


So there it is. Kantai Collection and some of it’s ties to history. This anime is not entering my top 5 anime of all time list. But I really enjoyed it. I’ve seen some…strange anime in my time(yeah, that’s an understatement), but this was definitely one of the most unique one’s for sure.

Season 2 of Kantai Collection was announced after the end credits of the last episode. Which was kind of odd. Rumor has it that It is apparently finally coming this year. And those rumors are picking up steam. Even MAL is setting a release time-frame of November, this year. The title is “Itsuka Ano Umi de”(literally: Some Day In That Ocean) and from the official release visual(below) there will be a whole bunch of new girls. Supposedly it will only be an 8 episode run though. 8 episodes isn’t much of a release. It’s not even a full season. Well, If it does come out, I wonder if there will be a new game to accompany it? A Western release of a game at some point would be nice.

Image source Key visual for season 2. A lot of new ships incoming.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my look into this series. I will probably do a follow up next year after the second season, if it does release on time.  Creating this was a lot of fun, as I am almost always up for researching World War II. Particularly the Pacific theater.

Cover image is a screenshot from the Crunchyroll app. Anime images in this post without accredited sources are screen shots. GIF images were taken from various internet sources. Yamato museum photos were taken by me.

[This post was originally published at Otherverse Games & Hobbies]



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