Characters: Arpeggio of Blue Steel
The following is a list of characters and tropes that apply to them in Arpeggio of Blue Steel. Do note that The Other Darrin is in full effect, as the drama CD and anime uses an entirely different set of voice actors. Note that due to the anime diverging from the manga's storyline, some characters' tropes will be a mix from either media.
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Blue SteelThe main characters. On paper an independent firm that also does some work for the Japanese government, at the beginning of the series Blue Steel is the only force that has a real chance at striking back against the Fog Fleet blockade of the Japanese islands. They are eventually hired by the Central government to deliver the blueprint of a weapon that might finally turn the tide in humanity's war against the Fog to the only country still capable of producing it in the numbers needed: the United States of America.Commanded by Gunzou Chihaya, and manned by some of his classmates from the Maritime Institute, Blue Steel's ability to fight the Fog Fleet on (somewhat) even terms is mostly due to the fact that it has its own Fog ship under its disposal: the renegade Fog submarine I-401, Iona, who follows Gunzou for reasons even she herself isn't quite sure of.Initially just composed of Iona, Blue Steel becomes a fleet once Hyuuga and Takao switch sides, but only Takao has a ship to contribute. In the Ars Nova anime Haruna and Kirishima also end up joining.
Members of Blue Steel
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He generally wears a primarily black suit and red shirt when meeting with clients. In Ars Nova he wears the suit all the time.
- The Captain
- Chick Magnet: Both human girls and Fog ships are attracted to him, though (probably) for different reasons.
- Child Prodigy: He was one of the top students in his class back when he was studying to join the navy.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's willing to do whatever it takes to win a battle. Considering his opponents are nigh-invulnerable warships who gave humans a Curb-Stomp Battle they still haven't recovered from, it's not surprising he's forced to think outside the box with I-401.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The revelation that his father was a traitor and losing his childhood friend Amaha Kotono in a fire causes him to become this until he meets Iona.
- Disappeared Dad: His dad, a war hero who captured the I-401 during the final naval battle between the UN Fleet against the Fog Fleet, was presumed dead after leaving Japan in I-401 which later returned without it's crew. However, two years before the series began, Gunzou learns not only is his father and his crew alive but they defected to the Fog Fleet.
- Expy: With his good looks, daring strategic mind, and identical voice (not to mention possessing a Mysterious Waif MacGuffin Girl), drawing comparisons between Gunzou and Lelouch is practically inevitable.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: At first, during the academy. He still has trouble relating to people but is surprisingly comfortable speaking with Fog Mental Models.
- Oblivious to Love: It's doubtful that he had any idea he had two girls swooning over him during school. One still is, the other died in a terrible fire... maybe
- Red Baron: Called the "Battleship Killer" and "Route Holder" in chapter one.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: While not exactly top of the class, he qualifies for this in the merit of always being in the top three at school and is quite a decent captain even compared with those with more experience. End result? Deserted the military, taking a few of their most talented personnel with him, and starts work as a mercenary.
- The Strategist: He comes up with some rather unique tactics during combat to win against his opponents.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Routinely changes plans on the fly based on new information or depending on how event play out. This ability is what makes Blue Steel, and himself in particular, such a threat to the Fleet of Fog.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She has white hair in the manga, while it has more of a blueish tint to it in the anime.
- Amnesiac Hero: She only remembers one order, which was to obey Gunzou Chihaya. This served extremely useful for the humans, who are finally able to fight back against the Fog ships for the first time since their appearance.
- Badass: While she doesn't appear to be one at first glance, she is a pretty effective fighter with the help of Gunzou and the other humans. How this badassery is shown varies depending on the media — the anime mostly focuses on the physical abilities of her Mental Model (more or less taking over Haruna's role during the assault on the Okasabe mansion), while the manga focuses on her leadership and abilities as a strategist (as evidenced by her taking command of Blue Fleet against Hiei and her escorts while Gunzou and Hyuuga were away).
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: During her introduction to Gunzou in the manga, Iona pretty much featured this during her Naked First Impression. Justified as we see her part-way through forming her body and the only part that's finished is her face.
- Character Exaggeration: In the anime, Iona is much more of an Emotionless Girl, and angsts much more about her status as a Fog vessel.
- Cool Boat
- Detached Sleeves: Her default outfit in Ars Nova. She's fond of casual t-shirts and shorts in the manga.
- Emotionless Girl: She's very stoic and calm and rarely shows strong emotions. The anime makes her even more emotionless.
- Little Miss Snarker: Iona in the manga has a pronounced and sometimes downright sarcastic sense of humor, particularly with Hyuuga.
- I Am Who?: In both the anime and the manga, there are enough hints that Iona isn't simply a rogue Fog submarine, though both differ in the details: the anime points to Iona being an avatar of the Admiralty Code, the architect of the Fog Fleet, while the manga instead hints that she's the Joint Tactical Network itself.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Despite being a Fog ship, she only remembers one order, to obey Gunzou. This brings a lot of conflict to other Fog ships she ends up fighting, most of all Kongou.
- Mystical White Hair: She has white hair, which hints at her being a Fog ship.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has waist length hair.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: An Emotionless Girl with white hair and pale skin who is actually the Mental Model of a Fog Ship. This is even more emphasized in the anime, where she's even more emotionless and has blueish hair.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: In episode 10, after suffering from a surprise attack from I-400 and I-402, I-401 begins to break down from sinking into the ocean. Gunzou orders her to gradually cut power to parts of the ship, and eventually orders her to cut off life support functions to preserve her remaining energy. Although she usually follows his orders without question, in this instance she became very conflicted about whether to save him, or let him die and continue the mission of getting the vibration torpedoes to America. So she instead decides to jettison her core and himself in a life pod in an attempt to hold out a bit longer, and fortunately for her, Takao finds them and gives up her nanomaterials to ensure both of them survive.
- Self-Duplication: She has one main form and several numbered clones running around the submarine, taking care of various tasks.
- Skirt over Slacks: In her usual outfit
- Spaceship Girl
- The Stoic
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Talking To Herself: With her other triplet sisters in the drama CD. In the anime each of the 400-series subs has their own voice actress.
- Undying Loyalty: In episode 10 of Ars Nova, she's very conflicted with Gunzou's order to leave him to his fate to save herself and the weapon plans. So she takes a risk in scuttling the remainder of her ship, and jettisoning him in a life pod with her core inside of it. Fortunately Takao finds them shortly afterwards and sacrifices her ship and nanomaterials in order to allow Iona to rescue Gunzou.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Drama CD), Shinobu Matsumoto (Anime)The First Mate of I-401, Sou generally provides inventory of their supplies as well as aiding Gunzou with tactical decisions.
- Childhood Friend: He and Gunzou have known each other since elementary school.
- Cool Mask: He has two; the first allows him to interface directly to 401's systems, likely equipped with a Heads-Up Display. He has a second, smaller one to use when maintaining the first. The reason for the mask has yet to be revealed, although the presence of what looks like a respirator and oxygen supply hints it may be medical (in Ars Nova he makes the hasty excuse that it keeps his allergies in check).
- Mr. Exposition: Particularly in the early chapters as briefings to the other crew so the reader can familiarize themselves with some of the terminology and concepts used in the rest of the series.
- Number Two
- The Blank
- The Faceless: Always has his helmet on. He claims it's easier to contain his allergies this way.
- The Graph Shows the Trend: He loves them.
- The Unreveal: He's opened the mask only once in flashback but we only see Gunzou's reaction.
Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi (Drama CD), Eiji Miyashita (Anime)Weapons officer of I-401, Kyouhei is generally most active when they are fighting an enemy. Otherwise serves as comic relief and occasionally as audience surrogate.
- Big Eater: Not so much in quantity as frequency: it's a common sight to see him eating some kind of snack while others are talking. He's even got a cooler installed at his workstation!
- Black Dude Dies First: He's noticeably darker than the rest of the cast and his decoy was the first killed at Iwo Jima.
- Cool Shades
- The Generic Guy: Compared to the others, at least. All of the human officers who came from the nautical school belonged to the top ten of their cohort with the sole exception of Kyouhei, whose grades were consistently mediocre. He ranked within the top 10 in weapons training though, so his position on the crew is justified.
- Hidden Depths: He might be a goofball weapons specialist but there's been hints that Kyohei is a bit of a history nut, not least of which is his tattoo that reads "man of the sea" in Sumeric cuneiform.
- Otaku: A mild case, since only him and Iona watch anime aboard the ship.
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Drama CD), Minami Tsuda (Anime)The Engineer of I-401, she does all the humanly-possible maintenance aboard the ship and keeps Iona's heavily-modified engine running smoothly.
- Cuddle Bug: Is sometimes seeing hugging Iona or her mini metal models.
- Gainaxing: Usually underplayed but she has the most motion of the cast.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Scotty Time: Almost Always ahead of every engine failure, breakdown or last-second power boost needed. Which is really handy, because it happens a lot.
- The Engineer: Of the Mechanic variety.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak
- Wrench Wench: Comes with being the engineer.
Voiced by: Nao TouyamaThe sonar operator of I-401, she plays the crucial role of locating various hazards outside the sub via sonar.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Oh hell yes. Who would have ever thought that she is skilled in guerrilla warfare prior to the Iwojima invasion arc?!
- Hime Cut
- Mysterious Past: Apart that she was Maruri Hibiki replacement, her past is still a mystery but there's hints she spent time on Taiwan.
- The Quiet One
- Can Not Spit It Out: Attempted to make a love confession to Gunzou... and failed miserably.
- Combat Pragmatist: Something she learned from Gunzou
- Heel-Face Turn: Runs away from the Fog and joins Blue Steel.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Anime-only: She uses the remainder of her nanomaterials to restore Iona back into working order, though she loses her ship and her Mental Body in doing so.
- Averted: Her core survived and she is still able to at least turn up on screens or as projections on board the ship. Her mental model is fully restored during the last episode episode credits.
- In-Series Nickname: Tsundere Heavy Cruiser. Sees regular use by the Yamato-aligned Fog Ships like I-402 and Zuikaku.
- Instant Cosplay Surprise: Is on the receiving end of several rapid-fire costume changes courtesy of Yamato. Notable in that the switches really are instant, illustrating just how out of her league Takao is against Yamato.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In episode 10 of the anime, she sacrifices her ship and mental model after she locates the remains of I-401, and a barely alive Gunzou inside a lifepod with Iona's core inside.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Takao's deck plating can lift aside to reveal as many as one hundred and twenty launch tubes. Part of her character development is learning when to hold back on the firepower.
- Rapunzel Hair: Though it is not directly visible because her ponytail is usually put up in a complex corkscrew, when loose her hair reaches her ankles.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: She's the series Starter Villain, and her ship's sinister red-and-black colour scheme means she looks the part, but she promptly performs a High Heel-Face Turn and turns blue.
- She's Got Legs: More prominently displayed in some of the anime artwork.◊
- Stalker with a Crush: To Gunzou.
- Starter Villain: She's the first Fog warship the I-401 has a proper on-screen battle against. The 'villain' bit doesn't last long, though.
- Themed Aliases: The surnames that Takao used during her forays into human society reflect the aliegances she had at that point: Kirino (literally "of the Fog") after the first time she was defeated by Gunzo, and Aoki (can be read as "pure blue") after she had fully aligned herself with Gunzou and Iona's Blue Fleet.
- Tsundere: She's a Sweet type, which is acknowledged by most characters. She'll be gentle and nice but do not make fun of her.
- Self-Duplication: Like Iona, she too has several mini models that helps her in doing mundane tasks.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Like all mental models, she can change clothes as she wishes, but she's one of few who doesn't stick to one set.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has blue hair.
Voiced by: Saki Fujita (Anime)Former flagship of the Fleet of Fog Second Oriental Fleet. Sunk by Blue Steel before the events of the series and took up a job as port operator on Iwo Jima
- Cat Smile
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: Her schtick in Ars Nova. She can quite easily fend off rockets while talking to Kongo across Iwo Jima and talk to Makie while fighting Takao for food.
- Gadgeteer Genius: For one thing, she built an army of robots, after extracting the raw materials from the Earth herself, since she didn't want to use nanomaterials. She's also built a set of "Option Ships" Iona can dock with for a major power boost.
- Genius Bruiser: She commonly acts as The Smart Guy for Blue Steel but make no mistake, she's all but unstoppable in a fight against anyone who's not another Mental Model.
- Genki Girl: Acts this way towards Iona frequently.
- The Glomp: She loves doing this to Iona.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Took Hiei down with her to buy time for Iona's escape. Thanks to just how resilient Union Cores are, they're both Not Quite Dead.
- High-Class Glass
- Hot Scientist
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Her signature style. It doubles as a Badass Longcoat and since it's made of nanomaterial she can alter how long it is, which she does purely for dramatic effect.
- Love at First Punch: With 12 corrosive torpedoes.
- Power Fist: Chapter 34 of the manga gives her a pair of huge ones, each bigger than her torso.
- Rocket Punch: The aformentioned power fists.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Iona.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Gunzou and Takao. Mostly because she wants Gunzou away from Iona so she get have her herself.
The Fleet of Fog (Japan)The segment of the Fog Fleet blockading the Japanese islands, the Mental Models of its ships are the only ones the audience has met so far. Ostensibly under the direct command of Superbattleship Yamato, the responsibility for actually maintaining the blockade falls under Flagships Nagato (First Fleet) and Kongou (Second Fleet).
Members of the Japanese Fog Fleet
YamatoSupreme Flagship of the Fleet of Fog, and chronologically the first among the Japanese Fog Fleet to gain a Mental Model. Disappeared without a trace during the Great Naval Battle seventeen years ago, made an unexpected return to the fleet two years before the start of the story with a Mental Model. It was her decision for other Fog warships to generate Mental Models as well.As Hyuuga and Takao soon discover, Yamato's mental models look exactly like Kotono Amaha, Gunzou's childhood friend, who was believed to have died two years prior. This casts her keen interest on Humanity in general, and the activities of Iona and her crew in particular, in an altogether new light, especially since (in the manga anyway), it was Yamato herself that "suggested" to Iona to seek Gunzou out.
- Lady of War
- Mysterious Backer: Not that Gunzo and his crew are any wiser, but Yamato is helping them out, to the point where she assigns Yukikaze to keep an eye on Iona, discretely of course.
- Orcus on His Throne: Yamato has yet to do much of anything all series save for pointing people where she wants them to go. You just know that when she's ready to make her plans known, it's going to be big.
- Perpetual Smiler
- Single-Minded Twins: Averted. Unlike Nagato, Yamato's two Mental Models display distinct personalities, with one still acting like prim and proper princess, and the other... acting exactly like Gunzou's dead childhood friend Kotono Amaha.
- The Chessmaster: Yamato is planning something. She's not saying what that something is, but she's been encouraging select subordinates to spend time learning about humans.
- The Ojou
- Troll: In the very non-canon extras included in each manga volume, Yamato takes particular pleasure in trolling her subordinates I-400 and I-402.
- Worthy Opponent: Respects humanity for their strategic skills and will to keep fighting the Fleet of Fog despite the odds.
- Art Evolution: Kongou's design has changed slightly over the course of the manga, primarily in her face which has become more mature and sharply featured. Her appearance in Ars Nova matches that of the early manga chapters.
- Emotionless Girl: Is this, and believes that all Fog ships should be this. Downplayed in the manga where she's more The Stoic."We are weapons. Weapons have no need of emotions."
- Establishing Character Moment: In the prologue for Episode One of the anime, a bit of the Last Great Battle is shown. In it, Kongo is shown at the head of the line (distinguished by her purple glow), and engages the human ships via ramming them, hinting at the brute force method of solving problems she will exhibit later on.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple
- Implacable Woman: She becomes extremely obsessed with Iona and attempts to sink her at all costs.
- Iron Lady
- Liked by the Birds
- Midseason Upgrade: In the manga. She gains access to Flagship Equipment care of Akashi, which aside from giving her a nice new gown and hat, turns her into a one-woman Zerg Rush: she is able to "transport" Fog Vessels from other parts of the Japanese archipelago to her location, giving them new bodies to transfer their cores to. In essence, a battleship-sized 3D printer.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: While she dislikes Yamato's idea that the Fleet of Fog should have Mental Models and humans to help them in their goals, she nevertheless obeys.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- The Strategist
- The Stoic
- Took a Level in Badass: In her early appearances Kongou seemed almost lazy, content to keep the status quo and watch the seabirds. After losing at least five ships note to Iona and crew, Kongou has finally had enough and is going all out. Cue her Mid-Season Upgrade and the summoning of her entire fleet with the express purpose of sinking Iona.
- She's Got Legs: The art rarely misses an opportunity to show them off.
- Villainous Breakdown: She gradually starts to act in ways that causes I-400 and I-402 to question her loyalty. Then in episode 10 of the anime, her ship is locked down by the two subs, and she also finds out that Maya, her last friend/ally, was an AI construct designed to spy on her.
HarunaBattleship of the Fleet of Fog and subordinate to Kongou. Loses her ship body when assaulting Yokosuka, leading to her fateful encounter with Makie Osakabe.
- Badass Longcoat: A rather intimidating All-Encompassing Mantle variant. Its badassery is acknowledged in-universe as well - wearing it gives Haruna a significant confidence-boost. note
- Coat Cape: It covers her entire body, and most of the time only the upper part of her head is visible.
- Chick Magnet: She attracts Makie and Maya very naturally.
- Cry Cute: When her coat is taken away, and when conseling with Makie.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's gone from borderline Emotionless Girl to simply The Quiet One. Time will tell if she softens to anyone but Makie or Kirishima, but now that she's joined the naval academy (undercover) she's not even wearing her coat!
- Girlish Pigtails
- Heel-Face Turn: Saving Makie definitely counts, though she does not want to join Blue Steel.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She might seem stoic, though she does not hesitate when Kirishima or Makie is in danger.
- Instant Cosplay Surprise: By Makie.
- Mama Bear: Woe betide those who would harm Makie. Her destruction of an entire army division with armored support was holding back.
- One-Man Army: She goes Dynasty Warriors style on invading human soldiers and vehicles when Makie is threatened.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kirishima's red.
- Sleep Cute
- Sure, Let's Go with That: Makie discovers Youtaro (actually Kirishima) is now mobile:Makie: Are you involved in top-secret government projects and stuff?! Like me?!!Haruna: Er... I... Uh, yes..?
- The Stoic: Most of the time, especially when her mouth is covered by the collar of her coat.
- Not So Stoic: Without her coat, or if her mouth is visible. Not even the coat could hide her emotion when Doctor Osakabe died.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: After losing her ship body.
- Villainous Breakdown: Professor Osakabe's death sends Haruna's emotions into a destructive feedback loop. She very nearly launches an annihilation attack on all three Japanese capitals before the Admiralty Code steps in.
KirishimaBattleship of the Fleet of Fog, subordinate to Kongou. Lost both her ship body and Mental Model at Yokosuka and has been forced to run around as a stuffed bear ever since.
- Badass Longcoat: In the manga.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her original, post-sinking outfit in the manga was a Badass Longcoat and matching business suit which only buttoned from the collar to her sternum, leaving her midriff in full view. Her outfit in the anime (pictured), despite being more revealing elsewhere, only had a thin strip of skin showing between her trousers and shirt top.
- Butt Monkey: Poor Kirishima often gets the short end of jokes as Yotarou the stuffed bear.
- Expressive Mask: Often, as Yotarou.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: In the anime, though the design was first revealed on the cover of Book 4.
- Irony: Prior to her battle with the I-401 (and the Hakugei in the manga), she sneers at the idea of regret and humans expressing it. Guess what happens after her defeat at their hands...
- Jerk Ass: Before losing her ship.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The Humiliation Conga of getting sunk and getting reconstituted as a stuffed bear has mellowed her out. She's been ready to be the fall-guy when trying to explain things with Kongo and puts considerable stock in loyalty.
- Large Ham
- No Kill Like Overkill: Used to love this trope. The combination play with Haruna (that ultimately got them both sunk) was intended to utterly wipe Iona and crew from existence, just to make sure they stayed dead.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: After being reconstructed with part of Haruna's nanomachines and gaining control of one of Makie's stuffed dolls. Even in this form she can still knock out soldiers with ease. In the manga, the stuffed doll is actually a costume the now chibified Kirishima wears.
- Pride: A traits of hers and what led to her downfall. Haruna and Kirishima could have defeated both the I-401 and Hakugei had they call the rest of the 2nd Oriental Fleet for backup but refuses out of her desire to claim credit in defeating the I-401.
MayaHeavy Cruiser of the Fleet of Fog, currently under Haruna's command and calls her "The Flagship of My Heart". Collects musical instruments and plays all of them (it took her a while to recreate a piano correctly).
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Kongou. Fortunately, Kongou is The Stoic.
- Broken Record: She once spammed Kongou's comms channel by singing a song 189567 times before being interrupted by Haruna. Even assuming the song was only a second long, that's still fifty-two hours non-stop. She could of course just have been exaggerating.
- Butt Monkey: She gets easily hacked by the other Mental Models.
- Death by Adaptation: In the Ars Nova anime. Her ship body is even absorbed into Kongou during the finale.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita
- Genki Girl: Most of the time. In Ars Nova, after the revelation that she's an AI construct designed to spy on Kongou, this attitude takes on a creepy undertone when she starts to repeat herself to Kongou.
- Madness Mantra: Her oft-quoted line "It's a carnival!" is used once in the manga. In Ars Nova she's stuck saying it in a loop after her mind is wiped by the I-400 twins and left to guard/annoy Kongou.
- More Dakka: It's clear that the Fog like this trope, but she likes to take it to a to a completely different level.It's a CARNIVAL! (shoots everything)
- Perky Female Minion: Her current occupation under Haruna which she's found very enjoyable.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Self-Duplication: Uses her mini models as an orchestra.
HieiBattleship of the Fleet of Fog and subordinate to Kongou, leader of the self-governing body "Student Council" formed with the Myoukou-class cruisers.
- The Dragon: To Kongou. To Musashi in the movies.
- Order Versus Chaos: She believes the Fleet should be orderly and not chaotic which is why she hates Hyuga.
- Roboteching: Hiei's "Sniper System" lets her bend the beam of her Wave Motion Gun significantly off-axis. The system is apparently unique to her.
- Student Council President: She and her own personal squadron wear matching Student council uniforms.
- The Rival: To Hyuuga. Hiei doesn't like the former 2nd Fleet Flagship because her eccentric behavior rubbed off on Takao, Haruna, Kirishima and Maya, her subordinates at the time, which lead them to have their own personalities and to defect from the Fog.
- Zettai Ryouiki: A solid Type A.
MyoukouHeavy Cruiser and Hiei's second-in-command of the "Student Council". Takes considerable pride in her abilities and role as Vice-President of the council (although she's still not sold on the uniform).
- BFG: Her Super-Gravity Cannon takes the form of a pair of colossal gun barrels longer than her own hull.
- Cold Sniper
- Eyepatch of Power: Linked to her main cannons as a targeting display, it's otherwise decorative and removable.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her knee-socks are of different lengths. She and Haguro both wear a single armoured bracer in the manner of Japanese archers note The hemlines of all "Student Council" jackets (save Hiei herself) are longer on the left side.
- The Dragon: To Hiei.
NachiSister ship of Myoukou, has top-notch sonar and communications gear and serves as the ears of Hiei's "Student Council".
- Recursive Ammo: Nachi's signature attack is to launch one or more ICBM-sized missiles at the target, each of which is carrying between 12 and 16 torpedoes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Ashigara's Red.
- The Quiet One: Has a very muted personality compared with her sisters.
- The Smart Guy: Is constantly asking Ashigara to slow down and study the data before charging into combat.
HaguroSister ship of Myoukou and member of Hiei's "Student Council". Initially an escort of Hiei and Myoukou, has since teamed up with Ashigara after they were both sunk by Iona.
- Humiliation Conga: Forced to wear Hiei's "Student Council" uniform, was the first one sunk by Iona, reduced to only her (totally helpless) core and then swallowed by a shark. Now that she's been rescued she's still stuck playing second fiddle to Ashigara.
- Token Mini-Moe: Is notably younger looking than the other members of Hiei's group, appearing only as a pre-teen instead of the more typical mid-late teens of the other members.
AshigaraSister ship of Myoukou and final member of Hiei's "Student Council". Initially paired with Nachi, has wound up with Haguro after they were both sunk by Iona.
- Actually Pretty Funny: After getting beaned in the face with a torpedo, Ashigara floats stunned to the surface before cracking up with laughter.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She really likes to get straight into combat. The moment Iona was detected she dove headlong into the water, knowing full well that it meant she could only use torpedoes (which she's not very good with).
- Butt Monkey: Often self-inflicted, Ashigara's tendency for bull-rushing into a fight means that she doesn't get much respect and makes her defeats the most humiliating.
- Hime Cut: With bonus Ojou Ringlets at the ends of her long side locks.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Nachi's Blue.
- Worthy Opponent: Wants to be this for Iona, believing in the Fair Fight. This is why she refuses to simply scuttle Iona from inside when she and Haguro end up in Iona's engine room.
IseBattleship of the Fleet of Fog, and Hyuuga's twin sister. Has taken over patrol duties from Kongou and Hiei since the hunt for Iona really took off.
- The Ghost: No longer as of Chapter 63. She certainly looks like Hyuuga, but dresses like Maya in ruffles and bows. Has a sweet tooth as well.
- Yandere: Potentially. The way she said she'd "give [Hyuuga] even more love," did not seem like Hyuuga would like it.
Voiced by: Aoi YuukiFleet of Fog submarine, member of Yamato's Intelligence Fleet and is loyal to the flagship before all else. Looks exactly like Iona, save for her costume.
- Death by Adaptation: Is sunk by Iona in the Ars Nova anime.
- Qipao: Wears one.
- The Stoic: What we seen about her so far. Is developing into a Little Miss Snarker like her sisters. Least comfortable with contact with humans despite Yamato's encouragement.
Voiced by: Aoi YuukiFleet of Fog submarine, member of the Intelligence Fleet. Also looks exactly like Iona, save for her costume.In the manga, she is the one that retrieves Takao in the wake of her battle against Zordan, and brings her to Yamato for a little heart-to-heart. Later on, she accompanies Takao and Zuikaku to Yokosuka, where she more or less settles into the role of Takao's nanny.
- Death by Adaptation: See I-400's entry.
- Heel Face Door Slam: In the anime at least, she only start to show a tiny bit of emotion just before she got hit for shielding her sister.
- NEET: Worries she might be becoming one in the (non-canon) bonus comic strips.
- Troll: Enjoys teasing Takao over her crush on Gunzo.
NagatoFlagship of the First Oriental Fleet
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Her two mental models do this.
- Single-Minded Twins: She has a pair of mental models as her avatar, one a shrine maiden, the other a geisha. There's very little different between them other than clothing.
- The Chessmaster: Has shown a particular fondness for supporting Kongou's wayward subordinates, apparently just to see what will happen next.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: There seems to be a pattern to these battleships...
ZuikakuA Fog "assault ship" under Nagato, she joins I-402 in infiltrating Yokosuka, and in the process becomes Takao's virtual roommate in their hideout at the docks. Contrary to most Fleet of Fog Mental Models, Zuikaku shows none of the awkwardness in interacting with the local human population, and has become sort of a regular at the local market due to the seafood she catches.
- Friend in the Black Market: Zuikaku herself is this to any restaurant owners looking for fish that can't be caught close to shore, like tuna. Just don't ask how she got them. Rod and reel, usually.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Is shown to have a cat as a pet, though fandom is divided at whether or not it's a real cat, or another mental model.
- Non-Indicative Name: Zuikaku has been repeatedly called (in official materials no less!) an "assault/area suppression ship", but its obvious to all who can see that her ship body is an aircraft carrier.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Like all the other aircraft carriers in the Fleet of Fog, Zuikaku lost her aircraft in combat and was restricted from making any more. She took up fishing to stave off the resulting boredom.
The Scarlet FleetA splinter faction of the Fog Fleet maintaining the European blockade, and commanded by Gunzou's father Shouzou, the Scarlet Fleet has notably deviated from the duties tasked to it by the Admirality Code, to the point where it's been drawn into conflict with the rest of the European Fleet (under the HMS Hood). With the Superbattleship Musashi as its flagship, the fleet seems to be tacitly supporting Shouzou's machinations toward an as-of-yet unknown goal.
Members of the Scarlet Fleet
Shouzou ChihayaCaptain of the Musashi, Former Captain of the I-401 before he defected to the Fleet of Fog
- Cool Shades
- Face-Heel Turn: Was a former war hero who captured the I-401. Now he's one of the Fleet of Fog commanders.
- Schrödinger's Cast: While very much alive and even a major antagonist in the manga, Shouzou's fate is left ambiguous in the Ars Nova anime.
- Only Mostly Dead: Previews for the second Ars Nova movie show that Shouzou is very much alive, and much like his manga counterpart, in command of Musashi.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Based on comments made by Zordan Stark, Shouzou's aim is to use the Scarlet Fleet in unifying humanity and end the international conflicts that have plagued human history. The rest of humanity won't get a choice in the matter.
MusashiSuperbattleship of the Fleet of Fog, and sister ship of Yamato.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Pretty in Mink: Unlike her sister, she appears instead like a Russian Snow Girl.
- Averted in the Ars Nova Cadenza movie previews, where she's shown to be wearing a more revealing, and generally "hipper", outfit a teenaged-looking girl would be expected to wear.
U-2501Fleet of Fog submarine European Fleet under the command of Zordan Stark and his human crew. According to battleship New Jersey, U-2501 is based around the core of destroyer Z1 Leberecht Maass and shouldn't be capable of operating half the systems she has done.
- Cry Cute: When Zordan orders her to cancel her mental model.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Dances barefoot on her deck while she has the ability to do so.
- No Sell: The Mirror-Ring System, which is supposed to be exclusive to Yamato and Musashi, lets U-2501 deflect super-heavy cannon shots.
- Token Mini-Moe: Her mental model takes the form of an adorable child, a marked contrast to her crew who are all in their mid/late teens.
- Undying Loyalty: U-2501 is completely dedicated to Zordan, whom she considers infallible, despite the open disdain he has shown towards her.
Zordan StarkCaptain of U-2501. Personally trained by Adm. Chihaya, Zordan and crew have been dispatched to the Pacific to make an example of Gunzou and Iona.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Germanic Efficiency: Does not like mental models because of their calculation usage. At one point, he even orders his own submarine to cancel her mental model because of it.
- Evil Counterpart: Zordan Stark serves as one to Gunzou Chihaya. Both are human captains of crewed Fog submarines, match each other in tactical skill and share close personal connections with their crews. What sets them apart is Zordan's ruthlessness and their completely opposed views on Mental Models: Chihaya considers Mental Models as people and even leaves Iona in charge of his crew when he's not there; Zordan considers Mental Models a waste of resources on a crewed ship and forbids U-2501 from manifesting one, which is a shame because the one time she did U-2501 was adorable.
- Smug Snake
- We Can Rule Together: After cornering the 401 and its crew, Zordan suggests Chihaya to join the Fleet of Fog under his boss, Chihaya's father.
- Wolfpack Boss: Appropriately, Zordan's strategy. Alongside the U-2501, he also commands a force of automated midget subs known as the Seehund (Sea Hounds), which he uses as forward attack ships. Alongside, he can sacrifice several of these subs to create functional replicas of the U-2501, complete with torpedoes and other special features.
Miscellaneous Fleet of Fog CharactersVarious members of the Fleet of Fog belonging to other fleets or otherwise not directly associated with the above groups.
Unaligned Fog Fleet Ships
BismarckThe first Fog battleship sighted by humans. Last witness of the Admiralty Code, Flagship of the Fog's European Fleet. Currently allied with Chihaya Shouzou's Scarlet Fleet to find the Admiralty Code but if the alliance will last is doubtful.
RepulseA Fog battlecruiser currently on the run due to a disagreement with her former flagship, Hood; while the latter advocated a direct intervention against Shouzo's Scarlet Fleet, Repulse considered the abandonment of standing orders from the Admiralty Code treasonous. When her fellow ship Prince of Wales decided to force the issue, Repulse escaped into Pacific waters instead with her escort Vampire in tow. After the intervention of the Japanese submarine Hakugei in her escape, Repulse is weighing the difficult decision of potentially cooperating with humanity.
- Boobs of Steel: As a battlecruiser she has serious offensive firepower and is possibly the most well-endowed of any Mental Model seen so far, but somewhat subverts the trope in having weaker armor than a true battleship and an even weaker sense of confidence.
- Prehensile Hair: A variation: it's not her actual hair, but Repulse has a pair of long ribbons on her hat which function the same way.
- Meido: Not only has the uniform, but quite literally sweeps up damage with nanomaterial brooms.
- Luminescent Blush: Easily flustered and embarrassed, especially whenever Vampire brings up the potential of working with humans.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Had to abandon her patrol route after Prince of Wales decided she was disobeying orders.
VampireRepulse's escort destroyer, and the first Fog ship shown to have a personality before she was finally given a Mental Model (care of Repulse's annoyed replies). While she obviously doesn't have high opinions of her command ship's leadership capabilities, she's decided to stick with the hapless battlecruiser in her exile to the Pacific.
- Meido: Much like her command ship, Vampire's Mental Model is themed as a Victorian Maid, though she wears a much shorter skirt, as well as a bat-themed ribbon.
- Servile Snarker: Vampire takes every opportunity to belittle Repulse's competency, but it's obvious that she's loyal to cruiser all the same.
LexingtonFlagship of a detachment from the North American fleet, come to "aid" Kongou in Blue Steel's destruction.
- Badass Bookworm: She's converted her hanger deck into a massive library which she's constantly leafing through. She also has a collection of antique globes and historical navigation equipment.
- Not a Morning Person
- Phenotype Stereotype: Blond, light-colored (probably blue) eyes, freckles. Definitely from the American fleet.
- Shout-Out: Lexington's sub units, rather than looking like miniature versions of herself (as seen with Iona and Takao), look like Robbie the Robot.
Supporting Human Characters
Japanese Government and Military Personnel
MitsumineCurrent Prime Minister of the Central District of the three districts that the Fog's blockade has carved Japan into. He's proven far more adept at politics than his former naval career.
- Number One: Was formerly Kita's XO when they took part in the Great Naval Battle.
- Friendly Enemy: Views Kita as this; while they're bitter political opponents, he still has affection for his former captain.
- Genius Cripple: By all accounts is a masterful political figure, despite being confined to a wheelchair with a life-support system since he was nearly killed in the Great Naval Battle against the Fog.
- Good Is Not Soft: See the Chains of Commanding, below.
- Machine Monotone: Possibly. He's yet to be voiced by an actor, but his speech bubbles are shaped like those used for radio communications, so his voice is certainly artificial.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- The Chains of Commanding: Is really feeling it after becoming Prime Minister. Has expressed a few times how he hates himself for having to make hard-hearted choices but holds out hope they're for the best.
Ryoukan KitaDiet member and likely the next Prime Minister of the Central District.
- The Captain: Was formerly a JMSDF destroyer skipper, and acquainted with Gunzou's father.
- Friendly Enemy: Views Mitsumine as this; while they're bitter political opponents, he still has affection for his former XO. That said, he's not as nice about it as Mitsumine is.
- Honor Before Reason: Inverted, Kita gives a couple of his old Army colleges a severe dressing-down over the Osakabe fiasco, which had been motivated by the Army's overwhelming desire to do something after being sat idle since before the Great Naval Battle. After the Iwo Jima disaster, Kita resigns from office in order to minimize the fallout from the affair rather than weaken the army's position further.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Gunzou and his crew are treated to this in episode 3/Chapter 8. During dinner (of which only Iori actually eats anything) Kita tries to convince Gunzou to return Iona to the Japanese government so they can put a "proper crew" on board. The arrival of Haruna and Kirishima adds some urgency to the discussion, but not the (strained) civility).
- Realpolitik: Prime Minister Mitsumine and Asst. Secretary Kamikage are his primary opponents in the power struggle within the Japanese government until Kita resigns to save face for the Army.
Kamikage RyujirouAssistant Secretary to Military Command of Ministry of Defense (later promoted to full Secretary), Kamikage is the government official most sympathetic to Blue Steel. It was his idea to use I-401 to transport the Vibration Warhead data to the USA in the first place, which forms the major plot of the franchise.
- Good Is Not Nice: Is entirely willing to play hardball with political opponents or Japanese citizens if he believes it is in the best interests of the nation. He is ''considerably'' more ruthless in the anime.
- Realpolitik: The power struggle between the various parties and regional capitals in the Japanese government is very real. Kamikage, despite his relatively young age, is a consummate player.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is the highest ranking official in the Japanese government to view Gunzou and Blue Steel as assets and not liabilities. Is starting to win the Prime Minister over to his way of thinking.
- The Chessmaster: Has a lot of assets to move around the board, these only grow after his promotion. All for Japan.
- The Strategist: As part of his job in the Ministry of Defense.
Cruz HerderOne of the United States Marines stationed in Japan before the fog blockade now part of the Japanese Navy as a special forces detachment.
- Badass Normal: He's yet to engage in combat but interactions with other characters detail his professional reputation as one.
- Deadpan Snarker: His casual and often irreverent mannerisms contrast sharply with the much more uptight Kamikage, his primary contact and ally in the Ministry of Defense.
- Older Than He Looks: Given his training and the amount of time confined to Japan, Cruz is probably in his forties. Not that you'd know by looking at him.
Daisaku KomakiCaptain of the Hakugei 3, Japan's latest and greatest submarine.
- Adorkable: Badass ship captain, yes. Completely useless when it comes to women, oh yes. His bumbling attraction to Mauri makes him one of the most endearing of the human characters.
- Badass Normal: Becomes captain of the first man-made ship to sink a Fog warship. That it was Haruna and Kirishima at the same time just makes the victory all the sweeter. Willing to intervene in the escape of Repulse and Vampire into the Pacific.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: An understated, well-trimmed example, but they do go all the way to his jawline.
Voiced by: Kana HanazawaFormer Sonar operator of I-401. Transfers to the Hakugei because of her experience in Blue Steel.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Is still holding a candle for Gunzou. His inability to notice her affection and the massive guilt he carries from losing Kotono is a big part of why she left Blue Steel and rejoined the Navy.
- Love Cannot Overcome: Even though she was the first crew member to join the Blue Steel because she was in love with Gunzou, she couldn't handle the risks of being in Blue Steel.
Makoto "Osakabe"Prime Minister of the Northern District and a Design Child.
- Artificial Human
- Creepy Child
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Team Switzerland: Is willing to support either the Japanese government or the Fleet of Fog as long as Hokkaido benefits from the alliance.
- The Leader: Was genetically engineered to be a capable leader without humans flaws like corruption or greed.
- The Stoic: Neither is he capable of strong emotions, being engineered to be objective and dispassionate. His concern for Makie and by extension Haruna, Kirishima and Maya is noted by himself as deeply uncharacteristic.
Makie OsakabeA young girl with some mysterious origins. Her role becomes much bigger after she runs into Haruna and Kirishima.
- Artificial Human
- Child Prodigy: Helped design the torpedo that has the Fog running scared.
- Little Miss Badass
- Morality Pet: Turned Haruna from a war machine into one of the best developed characters of the manga.
- Mysterious Waif: She isn't allowed to travel very far from the mansion she lives in. As a result, she hasn't had much contact with too many people.
Lawrence Valentine/Toujuurou OsakabeMakie's overprotective butler. Unknown to Makie, Lawrence is actually Toujuurou Osakabe, her "grandfather" and creator.In Ars Nova, he is Makie's adopted father and a prominent weapons researcher. His attempts to defeat the Fog inevitably turns up in failure, largely due to the limitations of humans. He ends up creating Makie in the lab, and with her help, manages to design a torpedo that's capable of defeating Fog ships.
- The Atoner
- Battle Butler: Although Makie just knows him as Lawrence, secretly he is...
- The Professor: Involved in the creation of Makie and the other Design Children and her unseen 'grandfather'.
- Disease Bleach: His hair turned white as he watched most of the design children die in front of him.
- Faking the Dead: In Ars Nova, he faked his death in an attempt to keep the government from doing things to Makie. While Makie believed he really died, Haruna and Kirishima finds out he was still alive, but bedridden. He does eventually die shortly after meeting the two Fog ship girls however, but not before asking them to watch over Makie, after noticing how attached the girl was to them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stopped the Army from assassinating Makie, but it... uh... yeah.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: In Ars Nova where he was a weapons researcher and geneticist. Unlike in the manga where he was only a geneticist.
Saori ChihayaMother of Gunzou Chihaya. She is currently under house arrest, ostensibly for her own protection.
- Death by Adaptation: Hinted to have committed suicide in the Ars Nova anime.
- Gilded Cage: She's under house arrest in a mansion that's heavily monitored by security cameras. The place is lovely with a huge greenhouse/aviary in the back where she can still do her research on birds and has a domestic staff to handle all the chores, but she's still banned from leaving the property.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Takao with her son.
Kotono AmahaThe childhood friend of both Gunzo and Sou, she was the valedictorian of their class at the Maritime Institute. She died when the test facilities of the institute caught fire, but her remains have never been found. It was her death that fueled Gunzou's dissatisfaction with the current state of the world, which eventually made him accept Iona's offer of partnership.There are increasing signs that she might have been one of Yamato's mental models to begin with, sent to live among humanity to satisfy whatever curiosity the supreme battleship had for humans in general. Notably, her death occurs at about the same time Yamato generates her Mental Model.
- The Ace: Her reputation among Gunzo's schoolmates. Sou even calls her "the wall that Gunzou could not overcome".
- Childhood Friend: To Gunzou and Sou.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Her death was the prime motivator for Gunzo to change the status quo of the world, and ally with Iona.
- Posthumous Character: Died in an accident two years prior to the start of the story, however...
- Never Found the Body: ... they never found her body after the fire that killed her.