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Destroyers (DD)

The smallest surface ship class in the game, Destroyers are characterized as having low armor, attack, and hit point values, with their best guns only reaching up to 12.7 cm (5 inches) in caliber. However, they can also mount torpedoes, and have the highest evasion rates in the game in return, and they truly shine during night battles.
  • Badass Adorable: Mostly portrayed as aged middle-school (the Kagerou class) and younger (the Akatsuki and Mutsuki class), most won't expect that they will be a serious threat. Which is true in a day battle, where anything above a cruiser will only take scratch damagenote  from them, but not in a night battle, where the badass part comes out.
  • Com Mons: Most of them, anyway. Those that aren't are Rare Random Drops. There's virtually no in-between.
    • Junk Rare: The majority of the Rare Random Drops are generally regarded as this due to destroyers being generally weak, and even where a destroyer would be useful, one would usually be better off using a Com Mon (especially those who have Kai 2) with a Magikarp Power than the rare drop. However, while most rare destroyers come with only average stats, they also come with rare items upon remodeling. Yukikaze and Shimakaze are highly powerful among destroyers, even at level 20 (compared to 55~70 for a Kai 2) while Amatsukaze and Isokaze are above-average.
  • Fragile Speedster: High evasion, but low armor and hit points. Some of the stronger destroyers also border on Glass Cannon.
  • Theme Naming: All of them are named after some kind of natural phenomena or a time of the year. Some classes take it further with a majority being named after variants of the same phenomenon.

     The Shimakaze Class 

Shimakaze

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

"I'm Destroyer Shimakaze. I won't lose to anyone in speed. Swiftly like the island breeze."

Shimakaze (Island Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Shimakaze. She often boasts about being the fastest ship and has a cocky attitude. Shimakaze is often accompanied by Rensouhou-chan ("Twin Gun Turret-chan"), familiar-like turrets which originated from Shimakaze's three twin 12.7 cm/50 naval gun turrets.

Shimakaze is the titular character of the manga, Shimakaze, Girl of the Whirlwind, though it would be more accurate to say that she shares the lead role with Asashio, who she regularly butts head with due to the latter's straight-laced nature.

She also appears in the anime, but instead of being the problem child that she's been shown as in her own manga, she's portrayed instead as a hyperactive and excitable if absent-minded girl. Despite this, she's shown to be one of the most skilled Destroyers on the base, easily outfighting a squad of enemy destroyers while Fubuki had enough trouble with a single one.
  • Attack Drone: Basically how her Rensohou-Chan turrets behave in the Anime, as exemplified in her sortie with Fubuki and the Kongou Sisters, although they don't go far away from her unlike the the usual examples of the trope.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loves boasting about how fast she is, but if she sinks she'll admit that speed isn't enough.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In the anime. Shimakaze acts like she's on a permanent sugar high when awake, and has a habit of sleeping in unusual places, but later it's shown that she can outfight much larger and far more numerous Abyssal destroyers on her own.
  • Catch Phrase: "So slow!"
  • Fragile Speedster: Even more so than the other destroyers; true to her real-life basis, Shimakaze has the joint highest evasion stat in the game (tied with Yukikaze, whose evasion stat is for a different reason). Modernized and equipped with a Steam Turbine, she becomes one of the hardest to hit in the game. Yet since she is a destroyer (albeit one with one of the highest armor and hit point levels), a single hit (PvP wise) can knock her out.
  • Iconic Outfit: Who wears a sleeveless sailor top, elbow gloves, a hair ribbon tied like rabbit ears, a microskirt and a very visible thong? That's Shimakaze, alright.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She is the only Destroyer without any sister ships. In the official 4-koma, she openly writes about it, while in Shimakaze, Girl of the Whirlwind, she acts like a jerkass because she feels lonely and seems happy after befriending her foil Asashio.
    • Meta-speaking, Shimakaze was the only ship of her kind available. Cue Amatsukaze (who's the closest thing she has to a predecessor) and you have fanart of an extremely happy Shimakaze.
  • Jerkass: In Shimakaze, Girl of the Whirlwind, she's rude, impatient, and insulting to everyone around her, Asashio in particular.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As Iconic Outfit points out, her outfit is designed to toss in as much fanservice as possible.
  • Necessary Drawback: Due to her speed and her armaments (her historical counterpart was equipped with an extremely powerful steam engine and more torpedo tubes than other destroyers), she also consumes more fuel and ammo than any other IJN destroyer.
  • Power Equals Rarity: She is one of the only two destroyers that starts with a rainbow rarity (the other is Yukikaze) prior to the introduction of event-exclusive ships such as Amatsukaze and Akizuki, and she is one of the best destroyer stat-wise in a single remodel until more second-remodels for other destroyers come along.
  • Wolverine Publicity: When viewing the front page of the DMM website, she's the first ship you'll see. Over time, fans have taken to referring to her as "newbie bait" (she attracts people to get into Kantai Collection, but they soon find other characters to be their favourites instead of her).

     The Fubuki Class 

Fubuki

Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka

"Nice to meet you! I'm Fubuki! Thanks for having me!"

Fubuki (Blizzard) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Fubuki. She is the poster girl of the game, the central viewpoint character for the 4koma Fubuki Will Do Her Best, and the heroine of the anime.

In the 4-koma she is portrayed as a newbie ship that tries her best at everything she does and is often weirded out about all the other ships' antics. In the anime she is also a newcomer to the naval base, but offsets this by her earnest attitude and a willingness to improve herself.

While she is often accompanied by her sister ships Shirayuki and Miyuki in the manga, the anime instead groups her with Mutsuki and Yuudachi, where she becomes both their roommate and a member of Torpedo Squadron 3. As of episode 5, the existing squadrons are reorganized and Fubuki winds up being picked as flagship of the new Mobile Fleet 5.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: A case of divergent evolution. Her original art has dark green eyes; the anime ran with the dark part and turned them brown, while later game-related art by Shibafu only made them greener and greener.
  • Advertised Extra: In the game and many of the print spinoffs. With the advent of the anime, people have started to pay attention to her, though she is still comparatively more bland than her fellow starters.
  • Anti-Air:
    • Her second remodel gives her specialised AA equipment and a very good AA stat.
    • The anime makes her an escort to Akagi, with a lot of emphasis on her AA capabilities.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Her marriage line.
    Fubuki: "Umm... Hey... Commander… I... really... l-l-li... no.. I have total faith in you! Yes!"
  • Catchphrase: Ganbarimasu!
  • Fangirl: For Akagi, in the anime. Not even Akagi's infamous eating habits discourages Fubuki.
  • The Forgotten Hero: You'd be forgiven if you didn't know that poor Fubuki is supposed to be the main girl of the game... only to get overshadowed by more popular characters like Shimakaze, Kongou or even Inazuma/Ikazuchi. At least in the 4koma, the first Famitsu series of comics and the anime, Fubuki is the viewpoint character.
  • Hidden Depths: In the 4koma, she not only knows how to speak Russian (which comes in handy when communicating with Verniy, Hibiki's 2nd remodel), she's even more fluent at it than Verniy is.
  • Only Sane Man: A subtle positive trait of hers is that she's less prone to be infected with sudden bouts of crazy, lazy, or stupid than nearly anyone else. This trait even carries over into the anime, where she quickly becomes the tsukkomi to the antics of the Kongou sisters. It's this, combined with some good old fashion competence, that lands her the flagship position in the anime.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Doesn't have any special features, gimmicks, quirks, or history to her name. It's become a joke by this point, like when the other destroyers tour her room, they're disappointed that it's completely average compared to the zaniness of everyone else's.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: In the game, if she's damaged after her second remodel, her hair is let loose from her iconic ponytail.
  • Starter Ship: One of the five destroyers an admiral can start the game with.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • The first starter to have a Second Remodel and while her new gear isn't fully historical, it does give her a decent offensive boost and the best AA for a non specialized destroyer with the main caveat is having less endurance than Shigure and Yuudachi.
    • As of episode 9 in the anime, this Second Remodel is about to become a reality for Fubuki, who'd been fretting over whether or not she'd done well enough until that point. It actually comes to pass in the 10th episode.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the anime, for Akagi. Most of Fubuki's development is driven by her need to prove herself worthy to be Akagi's escort.

Shirayuki

Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka

"I'm Shirayuki. Thanks for having me."

Shirayuki (White Snow) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Shirayuki. She is a quiet girl.

  • Happily Married: In her secretary-line once she is married.
    Shirayuki: "I'm so happy..."

Hatsuyuki

Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka

"I'm... Hatsuyuki... nice to meet you."

Hatsuyuki (Early Snow) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Hatsuyuki. She is a lazy, yet dutiful girl.

  • Can Not Spit It Out: Her marriage line.
    Hatsuyuki: "Umm.. I... l-li-... that is to say... erm... um... never mind..."
  • Commonality Connection: Invokes this in the 4-koma, where she's particularly happy about meeting Yayoi, another lazy ship.
  • Hikikomori: Acts like a stereotypical one.
    Hatsuyuki: "Gonna hide in my room... for a bit."
  • Hime Cut: Part of her Never-Go-Outside look is maintaining this hairstyle, traditional for proper ladies who were supposed to stay indoors all the time.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: If she is battling.
    Hatsuyuki: "I'm better if I get serious...!"
  • The Quiet One: She speaks a few words if necessary.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Thanks to never ever going out, she ends up amassing a vast amount of vouchers, essentially base currency for things like food or free days. Something she later waves over a hungry Miyuki's head.
  • The Slacker: Effort? What's that? As shown in the 4koma, the reason she never goes out is because she is just flat out lazy. Even talking is a huge effort for her!

Miyuki

Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka

"I'm Miyuki. Great to meet you!"

Miyuki (Deep Snow) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Miyuki.

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Much like Kitakami, at times she refers to herself with the pronoun "-sama".
  • Boyish Short Hair: This, combined with her boyish personality, makes her stand out from the rest of her sister-ships.
  • Genki Girl: Particularly in the 4koma. This is likely due to the fact that she's actually able to go out and do something, unlike the ship she was based on, which sank prior to the war due to a collision with Inazuma.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: If she gets sunk.
    Miyuki: Sorry... I'm going ahead.... see you later...
  • Tsundere: In her marriage line.
    Miyuki: "Erm, umm… I like the commander!.. What is it? Don't look at me with that face!"

Murakumo

Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka

"So you're the commander, huh. Well, you better try your hardest."

Murakumo (Massed Clouds) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Murakumo. She is a Boisterous Bruiser that is quite cold towards the Admiral but is implied to be Tsundere for him/her.

  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: The mechanical ear-like things that float on the sides of her head.
  • Berserk Button: She is a proud member of the Fubuki-class and not an outsider, thank you very much.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her mast is rendered into a spear. Her Kai Ni art lacks it, but an official publication shows that she still has her spear with a slightly altered design, including an actual spearhead instead of just a pointy end.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Her design has more in common with Hatsuharu and Nenohi than her own sister ships due to being drawn by their artist. Her divergent design also helps in making her stand out amongst the other starter ships compared to the greater relative similarity of Fubuki and the other sister ships. This is eventually lampshaded in an episode of the 4-koma.
    Kitakami: So, why is that one outsider with you?
    Murakumo: I'm not an outsider!
  • This Is Unforgivable!: If she gets sunk. Some speculated that this could be either said to the one who shot at her, or to her Admiral.
    Murakumo: I won't forgive you! That's right, I won't!!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her second remodel gives her a stat spread similar to Hatsuharu Kai Ni's, but with better Firepower, Anti-Air, and Torpedoes at the expense of a bit of Armor and Luck.
  • Tsundere: Her marriage(temp) line puts her firmly as this.
    Murakumo: I don't really dislike you, you know. You can give me any orders you like... wha! I-I didn't mean it like that!

Isonami

Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka

"U-um... my name is Isonami. Pleased to meet you."

Isonami (Surf Wave) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Isonami. A shy and dutiful girl.

  • Hidden Depths: She occasionally spits them out. For example, if she gets docked she comments that it is like a paid vacation and if she gets married she asks the Admiral if he has a girlfriend.
    Isonami: "Umm.... Admiral... do you have a girlfriend?.... Oh, so that's it. Fufu, hmm~ I see~♪"
  • This Cannot Be!: If she gets sunk.
    Isonami: Sinking... I am...? No... not me...

     The Ayanami Class 

Ayanami

Voiced by: Nao Touyama

"Nice to meet you. I'm Ayanami, a special class destroyer."

Ayanami (Twilled Wave) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Ayanami. She is a humble and dutiful girl.

  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Stated on her hourly lines.
    Ayanami: "I have your lunch ready. Today is Ayanami's Special Nikujaga Meal Set! How does it taste? "
  • Glass Cannon: Her second remodel. Maximized, she is similar to Yuudachi but only somewhat weaker than the latter. Her stock equipment makes her accurate in night battle which gives her the ability to easily destroy her foes at night. Of course, being a destroyer, if she gets so much as sneezed at during night battle, say goodbye to most of her hitpoints.
  • Those Two Girls: With Shikinami in fanworks, and the Calm Seas manga where no chapter goes by without the two of them making a background cameo.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From being one of many average Com Mon destroyers to the best Night Battle destroyer in the game with outstanding offensive stats and great luck (40), plus she comes with a Searchlight and Star-burst shells, giving her great accuracy in Night Battles. This is based on her Real Life actions. Her second remodel represents her performance during her final mission, a night battle where she formed a single 'prong' of a three-pronged attack alone (other prongs each contained a light cruiser and multiple destroyers), sank (or helped sink) three destroyers, heavily damaged a fourth, and assisted Kirishima in trading fire with a battleship, the USS South Dakota.

Shikinami

Voiced by: Nao Touyama

"I'm Shikinami. I'll be in your care."

Shikinami (Spreading Wave) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Shikinami.

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Has a lot of pride in her abilities as a destroyer.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Her marriage line.
    Shikinami: "Commander, yeah, I've got something I wanna tell you, nah, it's not a complaint or anything, you know? Erm.. Umm... man, I can't say it!"
  • Foil: She is more informal compared to the polite Ayanami.
  • This Cannot Be!: If she gets sunk.
    Shikinami: Eh!? I can't...believe..that I'm sinking...
  • Those Two Girls With Ayanami in fanworks.
  • Tsundere: Implied in some of her lines.
    Shikinami: Don't call me if you don't have business with me... It's not like I hate it.

Oboro

Voiced by: Kozue Hayasaka

"I'm the Ayanami-class destroyer Oboro. I won't lose to anyone. Probably."

Oboro (Haze) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Oboro.

  • Art Shift: She and her sisters got vastly improved seasonal art for Summer 2015. Hard to believe it's the same artist.
    • Hidden Buxom: The new seasonal art gives her a chest nearly on par with fellow 7th Destroyer Division member and sister ship Ushio ...until she takes moderate/heavy damage which then shows her suddenly several cup sizes smaller than Ushio.

Akebono

Voiced by: Kozue Hayasaka

"Special-type destroyer, Akebono. Hey! Don't look at me, you shitty Admiral!"

Akebono (Daybreak) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Akebono. She is a Boisterous Bruiser who likes insulting the Admiral from time to time.

  • Alpha Bitch: Towards the Admiral; however in the face of her companions she behaves normally.
    • In some fanarts, she behaves this way especially towards her fellow members of the 7th Destroyer Division. However she actually cares for them.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Has a lot of pride in her abilities and complains if she receives equipment or is docked.
    Akebono: Enemy? Hehehh, let them come!
  • Freudian Excuse: Her dislike of the Admiral and abrasive personality are based on the service of the historical Akebono, which suffered a lot of undeserved abuse and mismanagement from the higher ups in the IJN.Explanation 
  • Hair Decorations: A flower and circular chime hairtie.
  • Holiday Mode: She has a new portrait for New Year 2015 which features her with a kimono and a broom.
  • Miss Swears A Lot: With the Admiral as her target, calling him/her "shitty" all the time.
    Akebono: Using upgrade as an excuse, you really just want to see my naked body, don't you, you shitty Admiral!
  • Tsundere: For the Admiral, if only slightly.
    Akebono: Major victory! Go on and praise me, you shitty Admiral!

Sazanami

Voiced by: Kozue Hayasaka

"Ayanami-class Destroyer 'Sazanami', Master. You write it like this, but read it as 'Sazanami'"

Sazanami (Ripple) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Sazanami. She is an Otaku who speaks in 2ch slang.

  • Beware the Silly Ones: Even Sazanami herself knows it.
    Sazanami: Everyone thinks I'm just playing around, but well, a bit of effort is amazing, yeah?
  • Determinator: As shown in her battle lines.
    Sazanami: You won't escape, Sazanami is persistent!
  • Hair Decorations: Hair bobbles in her pigtails
  • Happy Holidays Dress: Gains a Santa cosplay complete with cake for Christmas 2014.
  • Iconic Item: Her bunny button and the rabbit on her 12.7 cm gun.
  • Otaku: Sazanami speaks 2ch slang, makes references to random trivia, and refers to the Admiral as "Master" in the same way a maid cafe waitress would a customer.
    Sazanami: Welcome back! Master ♪

Ushio

Voiced by: Kozue Hayasaka

"I'm Special-type Destroyer.... Ayanami-class 'Ushio'. It would be nice to be dismissed soon..."

Ushio (Tide) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Ushio. She is a selfless Shrinking Violet who tries to be helpful.

  • Art Shift: See Oboro's entry, although less so with her second remodel artwork being more inline with the current art style by her artist.
  • Berserk Button: She might sound like an easily-frightened mouse most of the time, but don't mess with her fellow companions.
    Ushio: You are not allowed to hurt my comrades!
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Her marriage line.
    Ushio: "Admiral, I adore... No, wait... respect you! Yes! Always!"

     The Mutsuki Class 
  • Necessary Drawback: They're the cheapest and easily available surface ships in the game but are also the weakest, making the entire Mutsuki class favorites for any expedition that requires destroyers, and usually also for those that don't require a specific class.
  • Iconic Item: A crescent moon clip. Mutsuki and Kisaragi both lacked this in-game (their official art outside of the game later gave them one each) until their Valentine's sprites each gave them one, and later on their second remodels gave them two of those apiece.
  • Stellar Name: All of them are named either after the Japanese traditional months (thus, Yayoi) or aspects of the Moon. This nomenclature is shared with the Akizuki-class.

Mutsuki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"I'm Mutsuki. Let's work together!"

Mutsuki (January) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Mutsuki. She is a cheerful, childish girl who wants the Admiral's approval.

In the anime, Mutsuki is cast as one of the first girls that Fubuki befriends, and her eventual roommate alongside Yuudachi. In a departure from her in-game incarnation, Mutsuki is far more calmer and levelheaded, especially when compared to two roommates. To underscore this, she loses both her Third-Person Person way of speaking, as well as her hyperactive demeanor.

As the series progresses, she becomes Fubuki's closest friend, and much like Kongou, becomes the sounding board whenever Fubuki needs to talk to someone about her worries.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: She's the most notable example of having this in the anime, being calmer and more mature than her game counterpart.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: In her 2nd Remodel.
  • Badass Adorable: Mainly this for a destroyer, in her 2nd Remodel however, she taken it Up to Eleven.
  • Big Little Sister: In the anime, she acts a bit inmature and relies a lot on her sister Kisaragi, who is actually younger than her. This refers to how the the real-world Kisaragi finished its construction before Mutsuki.
  • Catch Phrase: She doesn't have one, but most of her lines end up with a "nanodesu" or a "nyaa."
  • Genki Girl: In-game only. The anime version is a whole lot calmer.
  • Happy Holidays Dress: Gains a special sprite for Valentine's Day 2015.
  • I Regret Nothing: If she gets sunk.
    Mutsuki: At least, I served, a bit, nya...
  • I Will Wait for You: She spends most of Episode 4 waiting at the docks for Kisaragi's return, unable to accept that the latter sank. It takes a Cooldown Hug from Fubuki to make her cry out her heart and move one afterwards.
  • Motor Mouth: To add more in her Genki Girl demeanor.
    Mutsuki: Whatwhat?
  • Nice Girl: In the anime, Mutsuki's characterized as this, becoming the happy medium between Fubuki's earnestness and Yuudachi's ditzy tendencies.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her leggings even get an argyle pattern to them in the anime.
  • Stepford Smiler: Despite Kisaragi's sinking in Episode 3, Mutsuki acts as if nothing happened in the following episode and keeps on waiting at the docks for Kisaragi's return, up until Fubuki musters enough courage to give her a Cooldown Hug and get her out of this state.
  • Those Two Girls: With Kisaragi due that both of them came in the same Des Div as well as they are both drawn by the same artist.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her second remodel, which increase her stats to be 'nearly' on par to most other destroyers at their first remodel, with higher AA stats than the stock destroyer's stats, and comes with stock equipments (including a boiler which increases their evasion) that were previously stocked only on rare destroyers. On top of this, their new artworks looks awesome with the new jackets that has two moon clips on them, making it all the more awesome whenever she's kicking ass in battles.
  • Verbal Tic: "Oyo?", when she is surprised. In the game only.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her eagerness for the Admiral's approval rivals Ikazuchi's. She points this out in her marriage line.
    Mutsuki: In truth, I wanted the Commander to praise me, so Mutsuki did her very, very best.

Kisaragi

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"My name is Kisaragi. Please keep me at your side."

Kisaragi (February) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Kisaragi. She is a feminine girl who presumes about how beautiful she is and loves talking in a sexually suggestive tone of voice.

In the anime, Kisaragi is cast as Mutsuki's responsible sibling. In a departure from her in-game incarnation, Kisaragi is far more calmer and levelheaded than Mutsuki. To underscore this, she loses both her sexually suggestive talk and flirty personality, but she retains her feminine demeanor.
  • Cool Big Sis: In the anime, she acts as a proxy big sister to Mutsuki, referring to how the the real-world Kisaragi finished its construction before Mutsuki.
    • In more recent game updates, her characterization is somewhere in between, acting like a mature big sister to Mutsuki and teasing the Admiral.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a pink hair bow.
  • Happy Holidays Dress: Gains a special sprite for Valentine's Day 2015, specifically an apron and a Repair Bucket's worth of chocolate.
  • Meaningful Name: February, hence her dialogue lines.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: In fanworks the Admiral mostly ignores her sexually suggestive talks.
  • Odd Name Out: The only Mutsuki-class destroyer where the kanji 月 in her name is pronounced differently from the rest.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She follows her real life counterpart's fate in the anime third episode and gets sunk by an enemy airplane's bomb. This haunts the rest of the main cast in the following episode.
  • The Tease: Most of her lines are sexually suggestive.
    Kisaragi (if docked while lightly damaged): I'm feeling a little tired, so I'll have a rest in bed. Would you like to join me?
    (if docked while heavily damaged): But I want to be with you for as long as I can... let's have you resting with me.
  • Those Two Girls: With Mutsuki.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her second remodel, complete with artworks and jackets that looks just as awesome as Mutsuki's. She comes with all the aforementioned perks Mutsuki have with slightly higher stats in exchange of lower luck.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Given her ship class, she is quite young for all those suggestive lines...
    • Then again, since her ship-class is the oldest of all of the Destroyers...
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Loves boasting about how beautiful she is.
    Kisaragi: Look at my beautiful skin... you should take a closer look.

Yayoi

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"Yayoi, reporting for duty... Pleased to meet you. Don't have to go to so much trouble..."

Yayoi (March) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Yayoi. She is a Perpetual Frowner that looks like she's angry despite her claims that she isn't.

  • Expy: Fans have noted she bears a striking resemblance to Patchouli Knowledge of Touhou fame.
    • Others see her as the Vocaloid Yuzuki Yukari.
  • Hair Decorations: She uses her crescent moon clip just like Nagatsuki (a later-built ship which appeared in the game since the beginning), as a hair ornament on her left side.
  • Odd Name Out: The only Mutsuki-class destroyer not to have the kanji 月 in her name.
  • Perpetual Frowner
    Yayoi: Eh...? Yayoi, is not angry, you know ?... Sorry if I'm so hard-looking.
  • Rare Random Drop: May or may not be this, since while it's hard to obtain her as a drop from sorties, she can be crafted from the cheapest construction recipe. That said, how frequently she drops from said recipe is a different story...
    • Subverted in World 5-4, when many players (for numerous reasons play 5-4 repeatably) end up bothered by her repeated appearance.
  • The Slacker: According to the 4koma, she is actually quite lazy. She even relies on Mochizuki to feed her. Yes. Mochizuki.
  • The Stoic: Can probably rival even Kaga.
    Yayoi: Commande~r. Comm... ander... It's hard. Hawawa!? W-were you listening? I see... thank goodness. No, that's good. Commander... erm... thanks for everything. Let's keep going together... okay?
  • Tragic Keepsake: The tattered ribbon on her 12cm gun is speculated to be Mutsuki's.
  • Those Two Girls: She is never seen without Mochizuki.

Uzuki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"Yay~! I arrived-pyon! My name is Uzuki, you can call me U-chan!"

Uzuki (April) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Uzuki. She is a cheerful Genki Girl.

  • Animal Motifs: Rabbits. This is reflected in her personality and Verbal Tic.
  • Cheerful Child: Just like Mutsuki but taken Up to Eleven.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: Hyperactive and has a really high-pitched voice.
  • Flower Motifs: Cherry blossoms.
  • Hair Decorations: Same as Yayoi but on the right side. Also has a different one (looks like a bunny face) tying up her long hair.
  • Genki Girl: Can probably rival even Nenohi or Ikazuchi.
    Uzuki: Comman~der, play with me~, I'm bored-pyon...
  • Rare Random Drop: Unlike Yayoi, she cannot be crafted, although a mistake made by the developers made her craftable for a few minutes (before they fixed it). Normally she drops from boss nodes of World 3 onward, but the end of March update made her drop as early as World 2 as a special mini-event for April (due to being named after April herself).
    • Subverted in 5-4, for the same reason as Yayoi above.
  • Sarashi: She wears one, which is revealed when she gets heavily damaged.

Satsuki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"I'm Satsuki. Good to meet ya!"

Satsuki (May) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Satsuki. She is a cheerful girl who wants to be stronger and useful.

  • Dojikko/Determinator: Implied in one of her quotes.
    Satsuki: I kept getting injured again and again on missions, but I fought bravely to the end as the 5th of the Mutsuki-class destroyers.
  • Guns Akimbo: Carries a pair of 12cm cannon.
  • Its Dark So Dark: If she gets sunk.
    Satsuki: H-hey? What's this.... the ocean... is dark.... I can't see anything... why?
  • Rapunzel Hair: Tied in long twintails that reach her waist.
  • Plucky Girl: She wants to be stronger and for the Admiral to acknowledge her.

Fumizuki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"I'm Fumizuki. Nice to meet you~"

Fumizuki (July) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Fumizuki. A naive girl who likes battles.

  • Children Are Innocent: Comes off as this, when she seems happy and not understanding when the Admiral pokes her.
  • Determinator: If she gets sunk. A reference to how during Operation Hailstorm a torpedo caused gradual flooding in Fumizuki, which the crew could not control, and it later sunk.
    Fumizuki: Fumizuki... will not be finished... like this...
  • Hot-Blooded: Usually a Cheerful Child, but when it comes to battles, she is this.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, in her intro.
    Fumizuki: Once, I collided with a large ship while guarding a fleet and got terribly damaged...It was too hard for me~.

Nagatsuki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"Nagatsuki here. Don't make light of me as destroyers. I'm useful."

Nagatsuki (September) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Nagatsuki.

  • Born Lucky: Her high luck (highest of the Mutsuki class) is most likely due to her not having been sunk in Real Life: she was heavily damaged, but managed to beach herself to avoid sinking. However, it proved impossible to repair the damage and she was later destroyed by enemy aircraft.
  • Hair Decorations: She uses her own crescent moon clip as one of these on her left side.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: If she is battling... at night.
    Nagatsuki: I don't get this serious often! Let's keep going!
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: If she gets sunk.
    Nagatsuki: Sorry everyone... looks like this is as far as I'll go.

Kikuzuki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"I'm Kikuzuki, let's move out together"

Kikuzuki (Chrysanthemum Moon) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Kikuzuki. She is a negative girl who sees the battlefield with pessimism and yet does not want to sink.

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: To the Admiral in her wedding line.
    Kikuzuki: If this war is over...can't I stay with you, Commander...? It can't be happening, can it...?
  • The Cynic: She has a pessimistic view about war.
    Kikuzuki: Another ship has to throw herself into the battlefield again huh...
  • Determinator: Her quotes when she is damaged. Yes, despite her cynicism.
    Kikuzuki: Ugh, I, Kikuzuki, am not going to sink from this!
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Given her pessimistic attitude, she is prone to give this.
  • We Will Meet Again: Implied in her sinking line.
    Kikuzuki: Let's meet at the cherry blossom tree on that hill

Mikazuki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"You're the commander, right? I'm Mikazuki. I hope you welcome me warmly into your fleet."

Mikazuki (Crescent Moon) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Mikazuki. A dutiful and responsible girl.

  • Declaration of Protection: To the Admiral in her wedding line.
    Mikazuki: I wanna get more and more strength to help everybody. But, the one I want to help the most is...Commander...Ah, pay it no mind...yeah...
  • Foil: To the slacker Mochizuki.
  • Parting Words Regret: If she gets sunk.
    Mikazuki: Commander...I wanted to continue fighting together with you...

Mochizuki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

"Hmm? Ah, I'm Mochizuki."

Mochizuki (Full Moon) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Mochizuki. She is a slacker girl who is constantly bored.

  • Foil: To the responsible Mikazuki.
  • Heavy Sleeper
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Invokes this when the Admiral proposes to her in her wedding line, implying that the Admiral should be with a more energetic girl.
    Mochizuki: You really shouldn't be spending time and money on me... Even if I do my best... But, I'll hear your praise.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: If she is battling... at night.
    Mochizuki: Fine...! It's about time I get serious!!

     The Akatsuki Class 
  • Iconic Item: A "III" clip, signifying that they are the third generation of special-type destroyers (the Fubuki super-class).
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Ironically, Inazuma, the most proper and feminine of the bunch, is the only one who doesn't sport this.

Akatsuki

Voiced by: Aya Suzaki

"I'm Akatsuki! Treat me like the fully-fledged lady that I am!"

Akatsuki (Dawn) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Akatsuki. She does her best to act like a true lady and thus, doesn't like to be treated as a child. This has the side effect of making her look even more childish.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Tries to invoke this trope unsuccesfully.
    • At least in her kai ni, she does manage to do it.
  • Character Tic: Her need to be treated and seen as a sophisticated lady.
  • Cool Big Sis: Or tries to be.
  • Insistent Terminology: She insists on being treated like a proper lady...
  • Irony: ...which only serves to make her look childish instead. To add to the irony, she also sulks about being deployed to tough battles or being given heavy equipment. She even makes childish exclamations while being attacked.
  • Just a Kid: Believes the Admiral treats her like this, much to her chagrin. For example, in her hourly notification lines, she asks the Admiral to buy her a luxurious lunch and the Admiral buys her a child lunch instead. Luckily, she didn't notice...until her marriage line.
    Akatsuki: To have a meal with the Commander, just the two of us, as a lady.... Wait! Why do I have juice? Furthermore, why does the pilaf have a flag in it!
  • Keigo: As part of her attempts to act like a lady, she frequently tries to speak in a polite way.
  • Malaproper: In the anime, in an effort to appear more sophisticated and adult-like, Akatsuki tries use a lot of difficult words. Unfortunately, she just mangles them in the process (see how "elegant" turned into "elephant"), which makes her look even more childish in the process.
  • Proper Lady: Subverted in Akatsuki's case. She proclaims herself to be one, acts seriously and does her best to be one, but her miniature stature makes it hard for others to take her seriously, which makes her frustrated. Some of her lines in the game justify how she is treated.
    Akatsuki: ''I'm NOT a kid!" (when attacking)
  • Stop Petting Me: In her secretary lines she complains about being petted by the Admiral, because it makes look childish. In fandom this becomes a Memetic Mutation and most of her fanart involves the Admiral petting her.
    Akatsuki: Don't pat my head like that! Didn't I say that I'm not a child anymore?
    • Though apparently she doesn't seem to dislike it and after she is married she pets the Admiral.
    Akatsuki: C-c-c-commander, as you've done your best, I'll give you some praise. Stick out your head.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While it doesn't made her the proper lady she proclaims herself to be, her 2nd remodel gives her 3rd best maximum Firepower and Torpedo stat, and the highest LOS stat among all destroyers. She also comes equipped with Searchlight, which is presented in her portrait, which reflects on her last mission at Guadalcanal .

Hibiki

Voiced by: Aya Suzaki

"I'm Hibiki. I'm also referred to as "The Phoenix" from my exploits."

Hibiki (Echo) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Hibiki. She is a stoic quiet girl who sometimes uses rudimentary Gratuitous Russian in her dialogue. She goes through a second remodeling in the form of her post-war self: Verniy (Faithful). She also has the nickname of "Phoenix" due to her surviving from heavy damage several times during the war.

  • Born Lucky: Not entirely played straight (she does not have more luck than the other ships); she is only lucky in the way that she avoided most of the Curb Stomp Battles by being conveniently in repairs during those times, which she also lampshades:
    Hibiki (If docked while heavily damaged): The secret of the Phoenix is the timing of its repairs.
    • The above is why Verniy is the war surviving ship with the lowest luck (20, only above average) and one of the most durable destroyers in the game with a HP count of 37 (Equal to Akizuki, higher than Shimakaze, both are significantly larger and heavier than she is).
  • Catch Phrase: "Khorosho" ("Good" in Russian) ends up being her catchphrase in the anime, as she doesn't say much of anything else until episode 6.
  • Dying as Yourself: If she gets sunk as Verniy.
    Verniy: My true name is Hibiki... Dasvidanya... Farewell.
  • Emotionless Girl: It's speculated that being the only WWII survivor among her sisters made her rather dour.
  • Gratuitous Russian: Not quite, as the 4koma reveals that she has a very limited Russian vocabulary.
  • Magikarp Power: Her second remodel (Verniy) is obtainable at level 70. Although she is generally regarded as the weakest of the second remodels (even Yukikaze is usually better).
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Akatsuki class.

Ikazuchi

Voiced by: Aya Suzaki

"I'm Ikazuchi! Not 'Kaminari'! I'll ask again later!"

Ikazuchi (Thunder) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Ikazuchi. She is an cheerful girl who is very devoted to the Admiral and frequently seeks his/her approval and attention.

  • All Take and No Give: Some of her lines imply that she wants the Admiral to rely on her more than everyone else.
    Ikazuchi: Yeah, you can rely on me ever more!
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: It appears she is one towards the Admiral. Not to Kongou's extent, but she wants the Admiral to be dependent on her. Even if she is sinking, she gets more worried about the fact that she won't see the Admiral anymore.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Shown in fanwork where she cooks for the Admiral.
  • Flanderization: In canon, she is very loyal to the Admiral and frequently points out that she'll always be there for him/her. In fanworks, she can range from a devoted housewife to a Clingy Jealous Girl to a Yandere.
    Ikazuchi: Commander, I'm here for you, aren't I?
  • Genki Girl: And proud of it.
  • Nice Girl: She, along with her sister, Inazuma, has this personality. Apparently, this is a reference to the humanitarian act of her historical counterpart, where Ikazuchi/Inazuma pair rescued about 900 stranded survivors from the Royal Navy and US Navy ships that were sunk a day earlier.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Inazuma's Blue.
  • "Well Done, Ship" Girl: Her lines imply this. She wants the Admiral's approval and sulks heavily if s/he doesn't.

Inazuma

Voiced by: Aya Suzaki

"I'm Inazuma. Pleased to met you."

Inazuma (Lightning) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Inazuma. A very shy girl, she is also one of the 5 starter ships and a Nice Girl at heart who wants to win the war, but also to save the enemies' lives.

  • All-Loving Hero: How she is often portrayed in fanworks and official media alike.
  • Children Are Innocent: Up to Eleven in fanworks.
  • Dojikko: Her lines hint to this. Most likely portrayed as such in reference to the very notable count of collision accidents that her historic counterpart had got into.
    • The IJN and JMSDF have had a total of four ships named Inazuma (Kancolle's being the second one). The first Inazuma was an Ikazuchi class destroyer which served in the Boxer Rebellion and the Russo-Japanese War before being sunk in a collision with a merchant vessel off Hakodate in 1909. The third Inazuma (DE-203, Ikazuchi-class destroyer escort) also proceeded to rack up collisions like nobody's business. Thankfully, the fourth and still afloat today Inazuma (DD-105, Murasame-class destroyer) seems mostly safe.
    Inazuma: Beware of ramming.
  • Nice Girl: She, along with her sister, Ikazuchi, has this personality. Apparently, this is a reference to the humanitarian act of her historical counterpart, where Ikazuchi/Inazuma pair rescued about 900 stranded survivors from the Royal Navy and US Navy ships that were sunk a day earlier.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Ikazuchi's Red.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Her dialogue hints at wanting to avoid combat if possible and wanting to save the enemy ships.
    Inazuma: I want to win the war, but I also want to save lives... Is that weird?
  • Starter Ship: A popular choice of new players.
  • Verbal Tic: She doesn't actually have one in the game, but fandom has it as nanodesu. She was given a few new lines added with nanodesu in, but it still isn't enough to be considered a Verbal Tic.
    • Played straight in the anime, as she rarely lets a sentence go by without adding "nanodesu" to the end of it.

     The Hatsuharu Class 

Hatsuharu

Voiced by: Motoko Kobayashi

"We are Hatsuharu. We thank you in advance."

Hatsuharu (Early Spring) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Hatsuharu. An antiquated, graceful girl.

  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: Some mechanical chevron-like thing floating over her head.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Talks in a very formal and archaic register, with the design to complement it. This is translated as an equally archaic queenly speech, complete with Royal "We".
  • Attack Drone: How her 12.7 cm guns are portrayed until her second remodel.
  • Rapunzel Hair: According to this troper's estimation, if her hair wasn't put in a ponytail, it would most likely pass by her feet!
  • This Cannot Be!: If she gets sunk.
    Hatsuharu: We are... sinking?
  • Took a Level in Badass: From being one of many destroyers with generic stats to having offensive and defensive stats on par with Shigure. She notably gains slightly more AA than Shigure as well as having excellent torpedos for the price of lower firepower.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Comma-shaped eyebrows evoking the Hikimayu phenomenon from the Heian period.

Nenohi

Voiced by: Motoko Kobayashi

"Hello, it's Nenohi. I hope my name wasn't hard to read, yes?"

Nenohi (New Year's Day) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Nenohi. She is a cheerful Genki Girl who likes giving hourly reports with her own name, intending puns.

  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: Some mechanical ear-like things floating over the sides of her head.
  • Arm Cannon: Has a 12.7cm Twin Cannon on her right hand and a single cannon on her left.
  • Pungeon Master: Several of her lines are about what day is today and answering with her own name, which essentially means "New Year's day".

Wakaba

Voiced by: Motoko Kobayashi

"Destroyer, Wakaba."

Wakaba (Young Leaves) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Wakaba. A quiet and serious girl.

  • Determinator: She is serious even when acting as the Admiral's secretary!
    Wakaba: Even without sleep for 24 hours I'm okay.
  • Feel No Pain: Everytime she gets attacked, she says she's fine...
    Wakaba (if damaged): It hurts... but, I don't mind...
  • The Stoic: Only speaks a few words if necessary and she only displays any emotion when it comes to battles.
  • Those Two Girls: With Hatsushimo in fanworks.

Hatsushimo

Voiced by: Motoko Kobayashi

"Fourth ship of the Hatsuharu class, Hatsushimo. Everyone, I'm very pleased to meet you!"

Hatsushimo (First Frost) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Hatsushimo. A dutiful and polite girl that wants to protect her fellow ships.

  • Anti-Air: On her second remodel, she becomes one of the best AA destroyers, complete with dedicated AA equipment and a great AA stat.
  • Born Lucky: This is not literally the case for her, but with her second remodel, she now boasts the second highest base luck and the highest max luck in the whole game due to having done something that not even Yukikaze had done: coming out of Operation Ten-Go practically unscathed.
  • Chaste Hero: In her wedding line she politely rejects the Admiral because she is not interested in romance yet.
  • Dojikko: According to Wakaba. Which is based on Real Life facts: Hatsushimo collided with Wakaba in dense fog, forcing Wakaba to have 2 months of repairs.
    Wakaba: Ah, be careful of heavy fog. It's easy to get hit. Especially Hatsushimo, you need to watch out for her.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears a single stocking in her left leg in her 2nd remodel. Again, this is implied to be from emulating Yamato as an Operation Ten-Go participant.
  • I Will Protect Them: Wants to save all the fellow ships she can. Which is based on her Real Life actions.
    Hatsushimo: Even if it's just one boat, just one man, if I can save them, then I'm satisfied.
  • Nice Girl: Hatsushimo is known to be very humble and polite, and willing to protect her comrades. According to the other wiki, her personality is loosely based on her last captain, Sakawa Masazou (酒勾雅三), who was stated to be a devoted humanitarian.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Gains one in her second remodel.
  • The Nondescript: Despite her record (being one of the few surviving ships of Operation Ten-Go), the circumstances of her wreckage, and the fact that she was the last destroyer to be put out of commission during the war, her generic design and Memetic Mutation put her squarely as this. Time will tell if her second remodel will break her out of it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her second remodel. She has excellent defensive abilities as well as exceptional luck (see above). She also gets to look the part! The contrast is very much a reference to her real-life history; Hatsuharu-class destroyers were typically not used for dangerous operations, but by the time of Operation Ten-Go there were very few options left. Essentially, she became a badass out of necessity.

     The Shiratsuyu Class 

  • She Is All Grown Up: Shiratsuyu and Murasame's 1st remodel, and Yuudachi and Shigure's 2nd remodel, makes them look more mature.
    • In Yuudachi's case in the anime, it becomes a bit of a plot point, as she's not only taller, but better-built in the bust department, a fact not lost on Fubuki. In the following episode, Yuudachi herself muses on how her old desk in the Destroyer classroom is now too low and too cramped for her.

Shiratsuyu

Voiced by: Yumi Tanibe

"First ship of the Shiratsuyu-class destroyers, 'Shiratsuyu'!. Yes, the first ship!"

Shiratsuyu (White Dew) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Shiratsuyu. A cheerful girl who wants to excel at everything.

  • Attention Whore: Her constant references to "Number 1!" may refer to Real Life events like the Circle 1 program, where she was the first of six ships built for the then-developing tensions for World War II. Oh, and she was also designed to be the heavy hitter of the fleet.
  • Character Tic: Her obsession with being the first. Naturally in fandom this leads to her getting annoyed at how Shigure and Yuudachi got second remodels before she did.
  • Expy: Ritsu anybody?

Shigure

Voiced by: Yumi Tanibe

"I'm Shigure, of the Shiratsuyu-class destroyers. Nice to meet you."

Shigure (Late Autumn Rain) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Shigure. A quiet girl who associates eveything with rain, she has very high luck after her second remodel, though this is slightly lower than that of Yukikaze since, unlike Yukikaze, she did end up being sunk in the last year of the war.

  • Backpack Cannon: Her most salient physical trait is her backpack rigging. As displayed in her portrait, it's a twin cannon instead of a chimney. She was often compared to a Guncannon (and still is) but, her artist revealed that she doesn't use it while it's on her back. In the case of her second remodel, she splits her rigging in two and use them as big tonfa-like guns.
  • Born Lucky: Not exactly born lucky, but her second remodel boosts her luck to a level third only to Yukikaze's.Historical note 
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: According to the artist, the ear-like hair flaps she gains in her Kai 2 form is to give her the image of a faithful hound.
  • Face Death with Dignity: If she gets sunk.
    Shigure: Looks like this is it for me... Admiral, everyone... Goodbye.
  • Happy Holidays Dress: Her Kai 2 gains a custom Christmas-themed sprite for Christmas 2014.
  • Magikarp Power: Her Kai 2 form, obtainable at level 60.
  • Tragic Keepsake: On her second remodel, Shigure starts wearing the Fusou sisters' hair decorations as a sign of remembrance, referring to their real-life fate during the Battle of Surigao Strait.
    Shigure: "Fuso and Yamashiro were amazing... Even if everyone else forgets, I will be the one to remember them..."
  • You Have Failed Me: Her 2 night battle quotes, in which she is presumably insulting the enemy.
    Shigure: "I'm disappointed in you guys."
    • Said line can be also interpreted as Survivor Guilt; The reason she is disappointed at her enemies might be because they did not take her down along with her fellow ships at Surigao Strait.

Murasame

Voiced by: Yumi Tanibe

"Yes ye~s! I'm the Shiratsuyu-class destroyer 'Murasame'! Everyone, nice to meet you!"

Murasame (Passing Shower) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Murasame. A cheerful girl who loves battles.

  • Boisterous Bruiser: She is proud of her record-history as a ship, even calling her class the "Rainy Sisters".
    Murasame: "I'll show some a little of Murasame's greatness!"

Yuudachi

Voiced by: Yumi Tanibe

"Hi, I'm Yuudachi, a Shiratsuyu-class destroyer. Nice to meet you!"

Yuudachi (Evening Squall) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Yuudachi. A childish Genki Girl with peculiar Valley Girl speech.

In the anime, Yuudachi is Fubuki's other roommate, and completes the Power Trio of the three viewpoint destroyers.
  • Badass Adorable: Shown more prominently post-second remodel. While she is seen as scary in the eyes of the enemy, she still behaves childishly towards her Admiral.
  • Badass Boast: Her second remodel, spoken at the start of both day and night battle, as well as sometimes during day battle. And in the Shimakaze manga.
    Yuudachi: "I'll show you the Nightmare of Solomon."
  • Glass Cannon: Maximized, she has the raw firepower of a Heavy Cruiser as well as excellent torpedoes but she has lower health than the other Kai 2 ships (besides Shigure and Hatsuharu) and even the standard Kagerou and Yuugumo classes.
  • Hair Decorations: A bow on the top of her head, and later the hairclip on her 2nd remodel.
  • Magikarp Power: Her Kai 2 form, which can only be done at level 55.
    • By Kai 2 level requirement standards however, her remodeling level is the lowest among the destroyers, which usually have their second remodels achieved at around Level 60-70s.
  • Oblivious to Love: Her response when the admiral confesses to her.
    Yuudachi: "Admiral, your face is, like, red? Why? Love consultation? Person I like? Eh, no way, what should I do~?"
  • Red Baron: Proclaims herself as the "Nightmare of Solomon" (see below).
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her second remodel, where her firepower gets a bump.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Gains one during her second remodel.
  • This Cannot Be!: Her line pre-2nd remodel.
    Yuudachi: Don't tell me... I'm, like sinking?
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her '2nd' Upgrade form, which reflects her battles during the Guadalcanal and Solomon Islands Campaign. Where she single-handedly knocked-out a cruiser as well as several destroyers.
  • Valley Girl: How her speech patterns and "poi" is translated into English.
  • Verbal Tic: "poi". As it literally means "like", this is translated as Valley Girl speech. Explanation 
  • "Well Done, Ship" Girl: Towards the Admiral.

Harusame Meaning 

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto

"5th Shiratsuyu-class destroyer, Harusame, yes. Leave the transport missions to me"

  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Stated on her hourly lines.
    Harusame: And for breakfast it's Mapo Haru... I'm kidding. I made a Japanese set meal. Please help yourself to it.
  • Iconic Item: Besides her beret, she also carries with her a rice container (and after her remodel, a drum container) almost at all times.
  • Lost Forever: Used to be this for awhile but is ultimately subverted. Prior to the introduction of Map 6-3 on 26th June 2015 update, she was an event reward from the first map of the infamous Operation AL/MI event on Summer 2014, and was unavailable outside of event maps drops for nearly a year after she was introduced.
  • Nice Hat: That beret, one of her unique features.
  • Punny Name: Her name could also apply to a variant of cellophane noodles made with potato starch.
    Harusame: "Looks delicious... Wait, not that kind of Harusame!"

Samidare

Voiced by: Risa Taneda

"My name is Samidare! I look forward to working with you. Please leave any escort missions to me!"

Samidare (Early Summer Rain) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Samidare. A clumsy girl.

  • Cannot Spit It Out: To the Admiral in her wedding line.
    Samidare: Admiral, I...the Admiral...I li...NOTHING! I'll do my best from now on too!
  • Dojikko: Her lines hint to this. Most likely portrayed as such in reference to the very notable count of collision accidents that her historic counterpart had got into.
    Samidare: I won't let anyone call me clumsy anymore!
  • Punny Name: It can be confusing to hear Mogami mention her. What is being referred to is actually the namesake phenomenon.
  • Rapunzel Hair: A staple, particularly in fanart, as it's one of the few ways to tell her apart from Suzukaze.
  • Repressed Memories: Implied with one of her secretary lines.
    Samidare: When it is night, from time to time, I think back of something. Something about apologizing to Hiei-san. But, I co~uldn't remember clearly... What was it I wonder~? ...Just a bit more...
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: If she gets sunk.
    Samidare: I'm sorry... it seems that this is as far as I can go...

Suzukaze Meaning 

Voiced by: Risa Taneda

"'ello! I'm Suzukaze. If I join the fleet it will be equivalent to 100 ships!"

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Just see her introductory line.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: To the Admiral in her wedding line.
    Suzukaze: Emmm. I... the A...admira... li... Ugh. ...Nothing....You're wrong! I said nothing!
  • Hot-Blooded: Surprising, especially when compared to her sister Samidare.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: If she is battling.
    Suzukaze: I'll show the serious Suzukaze!

     The Asashio Class 

Asashio

Voiced by: Wakana Miyakawa

"Destroyer class, Asashio. I'm always ready for a battle."

Asashio (Morning Tide) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Asashio. She is a serious and dutiful girl.

  • A-Cup Angst: In Shimakaze, Girl of the Whirlwind, she reacted poorly after Shimakaze wondered why Asashio was so slow even with her smaller fuel tanks.
  • Class Representative: Not exactly, but Shimakaze often mocks her that she acts like one.
  • Foil: To Shimakaze in Shimakaze, Girl of the Whirlwind.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: If she gets sunk. She makes a remark on the enemy who sank her.
    Asashio: To attack me when I'm on a rescue operation...... How cheap.
  • Oblivious to Love: She is so serious that she mistakes the Admiral's apparent love confession for a strategy meeting in her wedding line.
    Asashio: Admiral, what is it, calling me out to such a place. Just the two of us… ah, this is... a strategy meeting, yes?
  • Serious Business: She's not only serious about battles, she extends it to everything. To the point that in Shimakaze, Girl of the Whirlwind, she gets mocked for this.

Ooshio

Voiced by: Wakana Miyakawa

"Destroyer class, Ooshio~! A small body with large torpedoes! Leave it to me."

Ooshio (Spring Tide) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Ooshio. A cheerful, high-spirited girl.

Michishio

Voiced by: Wakana Miyakawa

"Michishio here. Why did I get assigned to such a fleet?"

Michishio (High Tide) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Michishio. She is a cranky, sulky girl.

  • Grumpy Bear: She complains about everything.
    Michishio: Don't go planning boring operations, tch!
  • Survivor Guilt: Heavily implied. Despite being a Grumpy Bear, she gets really nervous and lonely when going to a dock. Which is based on her Real Life counterpart. When the destroyer Michishio was under repair for about a year, her fellow sisters in Destroyer Division 8 - Asashio, Ooshio, and Arashio - were all sunk.
  • Tsundere: She is quite cold towards the Admiral, but according to Arashio, she admires him/her.
    Arashio: Everybody admires the Admiral, you know? That Michishio-chan, she really does, no? Ufufufufu.

Arashio

Voiced by: Wakana Miyakawa

"Oh, I haven't introduced myself yet, have I? My name is Arashio."

Arashio (Stormy Tide) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Arashio. She is often giggling and trying to act feminine.

  • Girly Bruiser: She tries very hard to be feminine, but she still takes part in the fighting alongside everyone else.
  • The Ojou: Acts like one; presumably she is built/born also in Kobe.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She is often seen giggling, like Atago.
  • Skirt over Slacks: She wears bike shorts that are clearly visible under her skirt.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: If she gets sunk
    Arashio: Oh my... you've sunk me... you'll regret this...
  • Vanity Is Feminine: She acts feminine and takes care of her appearance a lot. Also, she dislikes bombers because they damaged her smokestack.
    Arashio (damaged): Geez... my appearance is ruined...

Yamagumo

Voiced by: Yui Horie

"Good morning~~. Asashio Destroyer number six, Yamagumo. Please treat me well!"

Yamagumo (Mountain Cloud) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Yamagumo. She is slow and does things at her own pace, but she is very attached to her sister Asagumo.

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Even Asagumo admits that Yamagumo is a bit...off.
  • Big Sister Worship: To Asagumo, who is actually the younger of the two.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She talks in a slow and sluggish tone of voice all the time. Even if she is sinking.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She is shown to make her own special jam and she owns a vegetable garden.
  • Hair Decorations: A green bow, and a green hairtie which she wear slightly differently after kai. She also gains an antenna on the bow after kai.
  • Repressed Memories: She feels uncomfortable when there is something reminding how her real life counterpart and her fleet were sunk, such as feeling bad after midnight, or when meeting Fusou and Yamashiro.
    Yamagumo: Is that...Fusou and Yamashiro? Uuh, for some reason, my stomach is starting to hurt...uuh, guess I'll go home...
  • Tender Tears: Sheds them after seeing Asagumo with "an unknown guy" in her hourly lines.

Asagumo

Voiced by: Yui Horie

"Asashio-class destroyer, Asagumo, reporting in! So you're the Commander... huh. Hmm. Well, it's fine. I'll do it!"

  • Big Little Sister: To the older and ditzy Yamagumo.
  • Fan Nickname: Errorgumo, due to a rather spectacular resemblance to the girl in the "connection to server lost" error screen.
  • Together in Death: If she gets sunk.
    Asagumo: ...Fufu, Yamagumo... We're together again. It's not like I'm... like I'm lonely, you know...
  • Unknown Rival: Self-declared rival of the Kagerou-class.
  • Tsundere: Implied to be one for the Admiral, as she always backs off after saying something.
  • When She Smiles: On her remodel. Most of the art differences between standard and remodeled Asagumo are subtle enough that they could easily be overlooked if not viewing them side by side. What you'll notice immediately is her remodel's cute smile.

Arare

Voiced by: Wakana Miyakawa

"I'm Arare.... I won't say 'ncha-'... Look after me..."

Arare (Hail) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Arare.

Kasumi

Voiced by: Wakana Miyakawa

"Kasumi, ready to go. Keep up with me!"

Kasumi (Mist) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Kasumi. She acts irritated and bored most of the time, but has a lot of pride in her abilities.

  • Surrounded by Idiots: Treats the Admiral like a servant and the enemy as weaklings.
  • This Cannot Be!: If she gets sunk.
    Kasumi: To think that I'm sinking... I won't... I won't accept this...!
  • Tsundere: Towards the Admiral. Especially in her marriage line.
    Kasumi: "Oh, for the Commander to be in such a place, he must have such copious free time, huh... eh... present? For me? Erm.. Ah.. you idiot.."
  • Worthy Opponent: She acknowledges the enemy if she is badly damaged.
    Kasumi: "I guess we have some half-decent opponents. I give you my praise."

     The Kagerou Class 
  • Fan Nickname: The Kagerou/Shiranui/Kuroshio trio got the nickname "Yaggy" from Pixiv, obtained by smashing the first parts of their introduction lines together.
  • Modesty Shorts: Worn by the first three Kagerous (Kagerou, Shiranui, and Kuroshio).
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The class has the largest variation of character designs for a single ship type.
  • Rare Random Drop: While the first three ships are almost Com Mons like the other Destroyers , the rest of the Kagerou class cannot be crafted save for Yukikaze, and are only obtainable from boss battles of mid- or end-game stages. Yukikaze herself (with a rainbow rarity compared to the others' silver) counts, albeit as a drop from a few more boss nodes (5-4 is the best option, so yukikaze is common among very experienced players), as well as being a rare result from crafting (you have to use the resources for a light cruiser instead of destroyer to even have a chance).
  • White Gloves: The ships drawn by Konishi (Kagerou, Shiranui, Kuroshio, Hatsukaze, Nowaki, Maikaze) and Parsley (Urakaze, Isokaze, Hamakaze, Tanikaze) wear them.

Kagerou

Voiced by: Saki Fujita

"Great to meet you! I'm Kagerou. Treat me well!"

Kagerou (Heat Haze) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Kagerou.

She is the main character of the Light Novel series Kagerou, Setting Sail!, where as a newly-transferred Fleet Girl to the front lines of the Yokosuka Naval District, she aims to prove that she's not merely a "bumpkin from Kure".

Shiranui

Voiced by: Saki Fujita

"I'm Shiranui. I look forward to your guidance and encouragement."

Shiranui (Phosphorescent Foam) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Shiranui. She is a stoic girl who loves battles.

  • Bad Liar: As seen in her idle line:
    Shiranui: Shiranui is absolutely not bored. No, please don't mind me. Do as you like...
  • Blood Knight: Loves battles a bit too much.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: In fanworks, to contrast with the cheerful Kagerou.
  • Dying Curse: If she gets sunk. Some speculated that this could be either said to the one who shot at her, or to her Admiral.
    Shiranui: If this is death, everyone is coming with me... That includes you.

Kuroshio

Voiced by: Saki Fujita

"It's Kuroshio, nice to meet 'cha!"

Kuroshio (Black Tide) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Kuroshio. She is an informal, cheerful girl.

  • Everyone Can See It: Apparently in her marriage line, her feelings for the Admiral are very obvious.
    Kuroshio: I... I'm...always lookin' at the chief? Really? I don't believe it~
  • Face Death with Dignity: If she gets sunk.
    Kuroshio: I... I can't live any longer... Goodbye...

Hatsukaze

Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcut

"I'm Hatsukaze, nice to meet you. Admiral, how many did you have before me, I wonder?"

Hatsukaze (First Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Hatsukaze. A girl who acts hostile towards the Admiral and also idolizes Myoukou.

  • Genre Savvy: She asks the Admiral how many of 'Me' he/she has had before. She may be aware of the fact that you can obtain multiple ships of the same kind...
    • Irony: She is a Rare Random Drop of the boss node of 3-4, have 3% chance to drop if and only if you get a complete win in boss. The map is simply one of the most difficult normal maps,It is unlikely for an admiral to ever have multiple Hatsukazes.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She acted hostile towards her Admiral only in hopes of him/her becoming stronger.
    Hatsukaze: Admiral... I just wanted you to become stronger... That's why I said bad things to you... I'm... sorry...
  • Tsundere: Towards the Admiral, as shown in her sinking line (above) and marriage line.
    Hatsukaze: Why're you calling me over here? I've got maintenance and resupply - I'm quite busy... eh? Such a large bouquet... for me? No way, I'm happy... haaa.. just what are you saying, stupid Admiral! Geez, I'll take it already!

Yukikaze

Voiced by: Saki Fujita

"The eighth ship of Kagerou-class destroyer, I'm Yukikaze. I'll be in your care!"

Yukikaze (Snowy Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Yukikaze. A Genki Girl who likes boasting about her high good luck (50, 60 when upgraded in the game) and her title as the "Unsinkable ship". She is often compared to some sort of rodent or a beaver due to her prominent upper teeth and often carries a pair of binoculars around.

  • Boisterous Bruiser/Catch Phrase/Plucky Girl: "Yukikaze will not sink"! During a battle, she will say something along the lines of not going to sink, regardless of the damage she sustains. Unless she does.
  • Born Lucky: Has the highest luck stat (and joint highest evasion stat, tied with Shimakaze) in the game, reflecting how she avoided getting sunk in some of the most brutal naval battles of the Pacific War.
  • Glass Cannon: Frail as every Destroyer, but due to her high Luck, she's perfect for Night Battles with a Cut-In (an Equipment-Setup consisting of Torpedo and Main Gun combinations), a special attack with chance activation that relies on Luck.. Cut-Ins are famous for wrecking even the asses of flagship battleships in the enemy formations to kingdom come (read: They Oneshot them). The downside of this and where the Glass part comes in, is the aforementioned vulnerability of Destroyers, especially in Day Battles. If Yukikaze gets hit by the very same BB you want her to oneshot in the night battle, her health will go into red and she will be unable to fight at night or proceed to the next battle.
  • Hair Decorations: She has some horn-like structures on the sides of head. They are actually a pair of Type 22 surface radars.
  • Irony:
    Yukikaze (when attacking): I will protect the fleet! (Guess what happened to the ships she escorted.)
  • Nice Hat: One which resembles her superstructure.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: And we're not just talking about her lack of pants here. Ironically, with division-mates Amatsukaze and Tokitsukaze now playable, both featuring a similar design to Yukikaze, Hatsukaze (a division-mate featuring a design similar to Kagerou) is now the odd one out.
  • Not So Invincible After All: If she gets sunk.
    Yukikaze: The unsinkable ship... does not exist in this world...
  • Red Baron: In fanworks she is often called either as Reaper/Shinigami a reference to her real life.
  • Sole Survivor: Of not only the Kagerou class, but of all the IJN vessels that survived the war that are currently implemented. Explanation 
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her binoculars, with which she saw the demise of her fellow fleets.
  • Verbal Tic: She always refers to the admiral as "しれぇ" ("Shiree", Commander). Memetic Mutation makes this her cry.

Amatsukaze

Voiced by: Yui Ogura

"There's a nice wind coming...The next generation destroyer prototype, it is now mine, Amatsukaze's, turn."

Amatsukaze (Heavenly Wind) is the personification of the Japanese Destroyer Amatsukaze. She makes frequent references to wind and enjoys taking walks along the beach, for the sea breeze.

  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears a white glove only on her right hand.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: As stated in her hourly lines.
  • Fragile Speedster: Both Downplayed and Enforced at the same time. Downplayed because she is actually one of the most durable destroyers, Enforced because her remodeled form comes with the best turbine in the game, increasing her already above-average Evasion stat beyond Shimakaze and Yukikaze.
  • Hair Decorations: A chimney-like hairband, and a tube near the top of each pigtail.
  • Historical In-Joke: Due to her being the technical predecessor of Shimakaze, her overall design is based primarily on Shimakaze, complete with a wonky turret called Rensouhou-kun.
    • Her relatively high durability for a ship-girl with a single remodel as well as being the destroyer with the highest armor in the game actually stems from an incident where her bow was destroyed by a submarine attack. Miraculously, she didn't sink but she was presumed to be sunk until she was found 6 days later by a patrol boat and eventually towed to Singapore, where she got a temporary bow rigged on. This temporary bow is the other reason why she has higher evasion., after this when she was finally taken out of action for good from a air raid she was able to be beached instead of sunk then was later scuttled by her crew after recovery of her proved to be out of the question and then her partially sunken hulk was then expended as a target ship for bombing practice by the Japanese, So Amatsukaze saw and survived quite a bit of abuse in her last years.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: If she gets sunk.
    Amatsukaze: I finally sank into the sea...it's so cold...and dark...
  • Necessary Drawback: In return for her good stats and durability, she consumes more fuel like Shimakaze does.
  • Nice Hat: A chimney. It even produces a heart after Amatsukaze is remodeled.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Her design is mostly a combination of Shimakaze's and Yukikaze's designs with enough changes to make her look significantly different to the two of them.
  • Not What It Looks Like: She says this to Shimakaze regarding the Admiral in her hourly notifications.
    Amatsukaze: Shimakaze!?... erm... that's right... we are just fr... friends...wha.. What's with that face?
  • Rare Random Drop: Unlike Hatsukaze, she is one of the Spring 2014 Event awards, so its later rarity get overshadowed. However for any player joined after 2014 spring, she is an utter luxury: a rare drop in the already resource-consuming Summer 2014 Event. Consuming each resources over 30000 to get an Amatsukaze is not uncommon.
  • When She Smiles: On her remodel, she makes a small smile. Along with that, her chimney-like headband bubbles out little heart-shaped smoke bubbles, a sign that she is warming up to the admiral.

Tokitsukaze

Voiced by: Saki Fujita

"Kagerou-class Destroyer tenth ship. Tokitsukaze...has arrived!"

Tokitsukaze (Timely Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Tokitsukaze.

  • Animal Motif: Her ear-like flaps of hair have lead to many comparisons to a puppy.
  • Big Sister Worship: Towards Yukikaze, Hatsukaze and Amatsukaze, and it's reflected in her clothing. Justified, since the four of them were members of the 16th Destroyer Division.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted. She is really helpless at cooking and her sisters or the Admiral have to do it for her. It is natural since she is a little girl.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Invokes this when the Admiral proposes to her in her wedding line.
    Tokitsukaze: "Commander, what's the matter? Are you looking for Hatsukaze? Wrong? Amatsukaze? That's wrong too? Then who? Huh? Ah, me? Why? Err, err... Thanks"
  • Nice Hat: It resembles Amatsukaze's chimney, but cocked to the other side of her head and it has decorative ribbons.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: She essentially looks like Yukikaze with a hairstyle resembling dog ears and a mirror-flipped version of Amatsukaze's hat.
  • Verbal Tic: Always refers to the player as "しれぇ", just like Yukikaze.
  • We Will Meet Again: If she gets sunk.
    Tokitsukaze: "Yukikaze, Hatsukaze, Amatsukaze... I'll see, you... soon..."

Urakaze

Voiced by: Mana Komatsu

"It's me, Urakaze, nice to meet 'ya!"

Urakaze (Seaside Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Urakaze. She is a cheerful girl that constantly reminds the Admiral not to make reckless decisions.

  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Her sinking line:
    Urakaze: Don't worry 'bout me, it's better to do a speedy withdrawal... from here... yeah...
  • Nice Hat: A sailor hat, one of her several unique features.
  • Odango Hair: Implied to be from emulating Kongou, who has a similar hairstyle.
  • The Reliable One: What she wants to be for the Admiral and the fleet.
    Urakaze: "There's no need to worry. Because I'm here this fleet is safe!"

Isokaze

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi

"12th Kagerou-class destroyer, Isokaze. Don't worry, I will protect you."

Isokaze (Seashore Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Isokaze.

  • Anti-Air: Her remodelled form gives her AA weaponry, an upgraded Air Radar, and a good AA stat, which reflects her real life refitting.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears stockings of different length. This is implied to be from emulating Yamato, who wears stockings exactly the same way.
  • Guns Akimbo: She also carries the same weapons like her fellow sisters of 17th Destroyer Division, except when she reaches her kai, the 12.7cm will be replaced by a Dual Purpose Late Model 12.7cm Cannon.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Invokes this when the Admiral proposes to her in her wedding line.
    Isokaze: "Commander, what? This important discussion. Is it about the 17th Destroyer Division's formation? What, it's not? Then is it something about that Hamakaze? It has nothing to do with Hamakaze... I see. Nn... That ring... to me... w-what... eh! U-um..."''
  • I will protect you: Wants to protect the Admiral and her comrades.
  • Lethal Chef: The admiral suffered from stomach ache after eating her cooking for breakfast. By night, before she even got to finish the word 'dinner', the admiral fled from the office.
    • To be frank, she is the only one in the 17th Destroyer Division that has no experience in cooking.
    Isokaze: "Thank goodness for Urakaze... Cooking is hard."
  • Those Two Girls: With Hamakaze, by historical references that they are often together in operations and when they got both sunk at Operation Ten-Go.

Hamakaze

Voiced by: Mana Komatsu

"Destroyer, Hamakaze. Henceforth I shall be attached to your fleet."

Hamakaze (Beach Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Hamakaze. A serious girl.

  • Boobs of Steel: Inverted, for she is a Destroyer. But her "Fuel Tanks" are very obvious, compared to the others.
  • Buxom Is Better: Like I-19, she gained a rapid surge of popularity thanks to her... displacement, even overshadowing the Kriegsmarine ships. To the extent that someone got her to level 99 and married(temp) her just two days after she was released.
  • Determinator: Her line when heavily damaged.
    Hamakaze: This pain... is nothing compared what Kongou and Shinano had went through...!
  • Fan Nickname: Origami or Youmu.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Stated by Isokaze.
  • Guns Akimbo: Carries a 12.7cm Twin Cannon in her right hand and a 25mm Twin AA gun in her left. Also her fellow members of the 17th Destroyer Division follows this style as well.
  • Hair Decorations: A pair of hairclips.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Downplayed. Her uniform is a combination of Yukikaze's top with the other Kagerou-class' bottom. However, this was averted when Tanikaze and Urakaze appeared, and later Isokaze, as they wear more or less the same clothes, indicating that they are part of 17th Destroyer Division, officially bridging the two design styles in the process.

Tanikaze

Voiced by: Mana Komatsu

"Admiral, I'm Tanikaze! I'll be in your care from now on."

Tanikaze (Valley Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Tanikaze.

  • Buxom Is Better: Averted, she is the only one in her division to not have a large chest. She also happens to be the least popular of her division.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Her idle line sounds like this:
    Tanikaze: "Eeeeeek! I'm bored anyway. Why not go somewhere to have a night battle?"
  • Hair Decorations: A white hairband.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Invokes this when the Admiral proposes to her in her wedding line.
    Tanikaze: What a strange Admiral you are to be interested in me, Tanikaze! Then, tell me how you get to love me from the beginning. Hehe, never mind, the night is long, you know.
  • Odd Name Out: Amongst the 17th Destroyer Division, Tanikaze is the one who doesn't fit the "Seashore" Theme Naming.

Nowaki

Voiced by: Ari Ozawa

"Kagerou-class destroyer, Nowaki, reporting in. Now, Commander, let's go."

  • Bifauxnen: Not precisely, but fans think that she looks very boyish.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Apparently the Admiral calls her "Nowacchi", much to her embarrassment.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: If she gets sunk.
    Nowaki: No good... I'm sinking... Chikuma-San... I'm sorry... I... hh...
  • Stop Poking Me: Not just the Admiral, Maikaze also likes to do this to her.

Maikaze

Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcut

"Hello~! Kagero-class destroyer, Maikaze! I'm not good in gloomy atmospheres!"

Maikaze (Dancing Wind) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Maikaze. A cheerful girl who loves dancing.

  • Hidden Depths: In her marriage line.
    Maikaze: This is something I can only say to you, Admiral... truthfully, I can't help being scared... so I distract myself by dancing...But, with the Admiral by my side, everything is alright... can I stay close to you some more...?
  • Let's Dance: Says it all the time.
    Maikaze: Admiral~ come and dance with me~!
  • Meaningful Name: Maikaze means dancing wind. She references dancing all the time.

Akigumo

Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu

"Akigumo, reporting for duty~ Look after me Admiral~"

Akigumo (Autumn Cloud) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Akigumo. An airhead who likes drawing.

  • Beauty Mark: Under her right eye. However, this is definitely not the first thing you notice about her...
  • Doujinshi: Many of her lines hint at her being a doujin artist.
    • For Art!: She often talks about drawing. The Admiral pokes her? Let's sketch him/her. The Admiral marries her? Let's draw him an ero book with pictures of them. Docking time? Let's draw in the bath. She is sinking? Hope someone sketches the moment.
  • Memetic Mutation: See Smug Smiler below.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Drawn by the Yuugumo-class' artist and even wears their uniform. This is a reference to the IJN mistaking her for a Yuugumo-class destroyer.
    Akigumo: Uniform? Yuugumo-style, Kagerou-style... Ah, whatever~!
  • Smug Smiler: Her default expression is a smug grin with raised arms, something that fan artists make a lot of fun of.

     The Yuugumo Class 
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: They are prone to this in their hourly notifications.
  • Rare Random Drop: Previously Summer 2013 event drops, they can now be found in boss nodes, but are still somewhat hard to get. Except for Hayashimo and Kiyoshimo...

Yuugumo

Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu

"1st ship of the Yuugumo-class, Yuugumo, has arrived. Admiral, I'll be happy to spoil you, you know."

Yuugumo (Evening Cloud) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Yuugumo. She is very doting towards the Admiral and acts as the Team Mom to the rest of her ship class sisters, who look up to her.

  • All Take and No Give: She really likes spoiling her sisters and the Admiral.
    Yuugumo: Ah, Admiral~, your hat is askance again. You're the commander of such a big fleet, please do look the part. Just how much do I have to look after you... eh? It's fine to keep on doing it? Well, that's . just . lovely
  • Beauty Mark: Has one under her mouth.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: She frequently does this.
    Yuugumo: Admiral, shall we check the rankings? Let us put in a fun comment!
  • Cool Big Sis: To both her sisters, but specially to Makigumo.
  • Mercy Kill: In Makigumo's drowning lines. A reference to how Yuugumo had to scuttle the heavily damaged Makigumo in Savo Island.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In her hourly notifications, she tries to explain to a jealous Makigumo that she is only planning battle strategy with the Admiral and not whatever Makigumo is thinking.
  • Team Mom: Not to Houshou's extent, but she acts very doting towards her sisters and the Admiral.
  • Third-Person Person: In half of her lines.
  • We Will Meet Again: If she gets sunk.
    Yuugumo: Oh... I'm sinking too, no? Admiral... thanks for everything... up to now... See you... later...

Makigumo

Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu

"Yuugumo-class destroyer, I am Makigumo. Following big sis Yuugumo's example, I'll do my best!"

Makigumo (Cirrus Cloud) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Makigumo. She looks up to her big sister Yuugumo and often stalks her.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Towards Yuugumo and Akigumo in fandom, whereas she tries to be more responsible-looking for the Admiral.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Like her sisters.
    Makigumo: "Commander-sama, KanColle isn't going anywhere, so let's just sleep~..."
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: For Yuugumo. She even complains when her big sister acts doting towards the Admiral.
    • However, her hourly notification lines indicate she doesn't really dislike the Admiral and even tells him/her that If It's You, It's Okay.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Combined with Hair Antennae and Odango Hair.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Of the cute variety.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Implied in her marriage line.
    Makigumo: "Commander-sama, thank you very much for letting me take my time today. Makigumo too, has to graduate from big sis Yuugumo some time. Is that okay?"
  • Last Request: If she gets sunk.
    Makigumo: Big Sis Yuugumo. I can't move anymore, please leave me. My final selfish request...the one to scuttle me, should be you...
  • Stalker with a Crush: So much that she even stalks her in Yuugumo's hourly notification lines.
    • Implied with the Admiral in her idle quote.
    Makigumo: *stare* I'm always looking at the Commander-sama from the screen. *stare*

Naganami

Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu

"I'm THE Naganami, Ship No.4 of the Yuugumo-class destroyers. And off we go. Yeah!"

Naganami (Long Wave) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Naganami. She is a Hot-Blooded Genki Girl who loves battles and a vivid fan of Rear-Admiral Raizou Tanaka.

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Like her sisters.
    Naganami: "Once you've seen the rankings, why don't you change the comments too?"

Takanami

  • Born Unlucky: The original ship was sunk only three months after completion.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Her sinking line implies this.
    Takanami: "Seems I'm getting concentrated fire again... Maybe lighting the enemy ship... was also helpful... Commander..."
  • Verbal Tic: "-kamo" and "-kamodesu". Translates as "maybe" or "perhaps" but, taken as a name, translates as "duck". That made her a frequent target for Wordplay gags.
  • When She Smiles: Shown in her Rainy Season CG and later in her Kai.

Asashimo

Voiced by: Ai Kayano

  • Fashionable Asymmetry: As many other Operation Ten-Go participants, she wears a single left thighhigh over her pantyhose after remodel.

Hayashimo

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto

"I've... come again, to these seas. Yuugumo-class destroyer, Hayashimo... reporting for duty."

Hayashimo (Early Frost) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Hayashimo. She speaks in a calm and monotone voice and constantly giggles in a creepy way.

  • Cannot Spit It Out: After the Admiral marries her.
    Hayashimo: "Commander. I think you're working a bit too much too. Umm... Sometimes, together, we should... Uugh... I-it's nothing..."
  • Creepy Child: In fanworks. probably due to her creepy giggle and Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She speaks in a calm and monotone voice. Even when she is happy, angry or sinking.
  • Giggling Villain: AVERTED by a long shot, she's not a villain (that's the Abyssal Fleet). But in some of her lines where she is giggling, it sure creeps you out like she is one.
    Hayashimo: "You're giving someone like me your blessing? Commander, you're a good person. Fufu...Ufufu."
  • Hair Decorations: A white hair bow.

Kiyoshimo

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto

"Hello! Last of the Yuugumo-class, it's Kiyoshimo! I'm a bit late, but I'll be in your care!"

Kiyoshimo (Clear Frost) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Kiyoshimo.

  • Multicolored Hair: Gray on the outside and blue on the inside. More subtle than Naganami.
  • Tender Tears: If the Admiral proposes to her she is moved to the point of tears.
    Kiyoshimo: "Commander? What's wrong, making a serious face? Eh, what's... this? You're giving it to me? Really? Nn... thank you. I wonder... why... my tears are coming out."

     The Akizuki Class 
  • Stellar Name: All of the completed ships of the class (although, only Akizuki herself is currently available) are named after aspects of the moon and in one case, a japanese traditional month name. Nomenclature shared with the Mutsuki-class.

Akizuki

Voiced by: Ari Ozawa

"Akizuki-class anti-air destroyer, first ship, Akizuki. I'm reporting in here. Please leave it to me!"

Akizuki (Autumn Moon) is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Akizuki. She is specialized in Anti-Air combat to great effect. Her ship parts include a pair of turrets styled after Shimakaze's Rensouhou-chan, named Chou-10cm-Hou-chan ("Long 10cm Gun-chan"), that are mounted directly to her waist armor instead of moving around freely. She also has four spare barrels strapped to her thigh, reflecting the fact that the real-life 10cm guns' extremely high velocity resulted in short barrel life.

  • Ace Custom: She comes with custom 10cm turrets, specifically meant for shooting down planes.
  • Anti-Air: She's a destroyer purpose-built for anti-air, and as such she's better at it than any other ship. She's got the highest AA stat, and comes with several useful pieces of AA equipment, most notably an AA fire director (in both standard and remodel form). This despite being so specialised she doesn't even need it.
  • Hair Decorations: A black bow.
  • Historical In-Joke: Several art make light on how she and Yuubari resemble each other. At the very least, they have nearly identical hairdos. This refers how the class were mistook as mass-produced Yuubari-class by the US Navy. The Akizuki-class were closer in displacement to Yuubari (Akizuki at 3700t and Yuubari at 4100t, full load) than the next heaviest Destroyer (Shimakaze at 3300t, full load) as well as the similar design of their funnels.
  • Love Confession: To the Admiral, in one of her hourly lines.
    Akizuki: 0200. The moon tonight... the moon sure is beautiful, commander. Eh, commander?
  • Necessary Drawback: Her AA is spectacular, significantly higher than Yamato when both are maxed and over 40 points stronger than the second best AA destroyer. Add three slots when stock, an above average firepower, an excellent base ASW as well as excellent durability, but her torpedo stat is very low for a destroyer as it was historically sacrificed for even more AA. Because of that, she is the weakest destroyer in night battles of the game.
  • Shout-Out: Many of her lines are references to the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. For example, her Night Attack line references Bright Noah's "That barrage was weak! What the hell are you doing?!?" line, while one of her day battle attack lines has her paraphrase Dozel Zabi's ""As long as I am here, I shall not let you!" line, which was uttered during the Battle of Solomon

Light Cruisers (CL)

The next ship class from Destroyers, Light Cruisers have better armor and hit points compared to Destroyers, and can equip heavier guns as well (up to 20.3cm, the same guns Heavy Cruisers have). They have the second-highest evade values after Destroyers, and like them can still attack submarines via depth charges. They can also equip and launch seaplanes for scouting, but this is generally only done after they are remodeled.
  • Theme Naming: All of them but Katori are named after Japanese rivers.

     The Tenryuu Class 

  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: A trademark of the said class.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Their Summer 2015 Art.
  • Older Than They Look: The Tenryuu class is the second oldest of real ships classes currently represented in the game. In real life Tenryuu and her sister ship were laid down as World War I was coming to a close and went into active service after. They were already old ships when World War II finally broke out, but unlike their contemporaries the Kongou class, they never received any upgrades, which made them hopelessly obsolete. This fact is reflected in their relatively poor in-game stats.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Their overall color motiff

Tenryuu

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

"My name is Tenryuu. Fufufu, ya scared?"

Tenryuu is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Tenryuu. A tough-looking and Hot-Blooded girl who tries to be tough in personality as well.

  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: Two horn-like pods floating beside her head. Her 2015 rainy season lines suggest that they're RADARs.
  • Blood Knight: She's quite eager to get into the fight and readily expresses her displeasure at being called away from the front lines for any reason.
  • Boobs of Steel: Considerably bustier than her sister or even most of her fellow Light Cruisers.
  • Butt Monkey: Her characterization in fanworks portrays her as Tatsuta's Chew Toy.
  • Catch Phrase: "Fufufu, ya scared?" Enough for it to be well-adopted by the fandom.
  • Cool Sword: Uses a katana that, for some inexplicable reason, has a painted waterline on it.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Likely in reference to having one of her searchlights shot out during one of her first major battles in WW2, similar to Heavy Cruiser Furutaka. However, fanon commonly interprets it as her trying to look cool.
  • Fanservice Pack: Her Summer 2015 art places great emphasis on her sizable "fuel tanks" and well-toned figure.
  • Flanderization: Let's just say that fanworks take her efforts to look tough and intimidating Up to Eleven only to utterly fail and to be mocked by a Troll Tatsuta.
  • Friend to All Children: Despite her proclaiming herself to be "scary", she is actually good with Destroyers (which are mainly depicted as kids).
    • Team Mom: Her parental surrogate role for Destroyers has been partially canonized as of Summer 2015, in which one of her seasonal lines has her setting up and managing a game of beach volleyball for them.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Makes herself out to be intimidating despite being one of the weakest among Light Cruisers stat-wise, making her prone to Tatsuta's teasing in many fanworks.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: If she gets sunk.
    Tenryuu: Damn... I can't advance nor retreat, huh... Tatsuta... sorry... I'm going ahead of you...
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears a black pair.

Tatsuta

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

"Nice to meet you, I'm Tatsuta~. I hope Tenryuu-chan hasn't been causing you trouble?"

Tatsuta is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Tatsuta. Depicted as a foil to Tenryuu, she has a demure, yet somewhat sadistic personality.

  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: Has a metallic halo-like structure floating above her head.
  • Berserk Button: In the 4koma, submarines. Yes, most of the kanmusu dislike submarines after their Real Life counterparts were sunk by them, but when I-168 and I-58 are introduced, Tatsuta looks at them with a threatening aura.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tatsuta is very soft spoken and gentle, along with a nice and healing smile... even when ostensibly threatening someone.
  • Big Little Sister: To Tenryuu. She's seen as being more mature than "Tenryuu-chan", especially in fanworks.
    • Yandere: How much of the fandom portays her "relationship" and personality. Characters like Yuuka and Iris Heart come to mind as well.

     The Kuma Class 
  • Fan Nickname: "Brain Problem Sisters", due to how all of them act as if they're a few cards short of a full deck, one way or another.

Kuma

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

"Kumaa. Nice to meet you, kuma."

Kuma is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Kuma.

  • Let's Get Dangerous: If she is battling.
    Kuma: "Don't underestimate me, kuma!"
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Kuma has stats that are slightly stronger than Sendai's and Naka's second remodels and she's rather easy to obtain. Unfortunately, she's easily overlooked due to the Sendai class's rare equipment and memetic personalities, her sisters that become torpedo cruisers, the low consumption and overall popularity of the Tenryuu class and the high rarity of the Agano-class.
  • Stop Poking Me
    Kuma: "Don't pat me, kuma. I'm not a teddy bear, kuma~"
  • Verbal Tic: Almost all of her lines have her appending "kuma" at the end of all her sentences or simply saying it alone.

Tama

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

"Light cruiser, Tama. I'm not a cat, meow."

Tama is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Tama.

  • Animal Motifs: Talks and behaves just like a Cat Girl only without cat ears. Also due to her name ("Tama" can be written to mean "furball" and is a common cat name in Japan).
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: She claims she is not a cat, but still uses her cat-like verbal tic.
    Tama: "Tama's my name, but I'm not a cat, nya!"
  • Verbal Tic: Same as Kuma but with "nya" instead.

Kiso

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

"I'm Kiso. I'll bestow upon you the absolute best victory."

Kiso is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Kiso. She is a tough Boisterous Bruiser who values strength.

  • Cool Sword: Gains a cutlass(!) on her second remodel.
  • Expy: Her artist deliberately based his personification of the light cruiser on Touhou's Murasa as a self reference to his past drawing Touhou Project fan art.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Likely to reinforce her tough girl image, as well as to make up for her lack of verbal tic compared to her sisters. Her second remodel has her sporting an even better-looking version.
    • The damaged CG of her second remodel reveals it's just for show however, as she seems to be wearing a colored contact and fake scar underneath it.
  • Glass Cannon: Her Torpedo Cruiser form's torpedoes give her battleship-grade offensive capability. Don't expect her to take those hits in return, as she's still as frail as a light cruiser.
  • Graceful Loser: If she gets sunk.
    Kiso: You're sinking Kiso... You can be proud of it.
  • Historical In-Joke: The actual Kiso never became a torpedo cruiser but she was planned to be one. Her second remodel is what if she actually was remodelled into one mixed with her camouflage from the northern operations.
  • Hot-Blooded: Though she cools down a bit when she gets heavily damaged.
  • Jack of All Stats: Compared to Kitakami and Ooi (she's still a hardcore Glass Cannon in general). She doesn't have a torpedo stat as freakishly huge as the two of them, but is a good deal cheaper to refuel and unlike most "cheap alternative" ships, she actually has better everything else (with the exception of luck), increasing her survival rate by quite a bit.
  • Magikarp Power: Her transformation into the third Torpedo Cruiser after Kitakami and Ooi, which is only available at level 65.
  • Ms. Imagination: Her tough girl mannerisms and eyepatch caused many fans to interpret her as a chuunibyou. This was later canonized with her second remodel and the 4-koma, wherein she is called out for being a chuuni due to how she pictures her Kai 2 outfit looking.
  • Odd Friendship: With Maruyu, going as far as teaching her to cook curry. Gets amplified in the fandom to Big Sister Instinct levels, especially when one remembers just how vulnerable to damage the in-game Maruyu is.
  • Pirate: Her remodel makes her aesthetically similar to one, but not to historical pirates. Oh no, we're talking about the Captain Harlock kind.
  • Sweet Tooth: Might be one according to her 2013 Christmas voice, where she (gleefully?) proclaims the Christmas cake is too sweet.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her Kai 2, natch; she actually lives up to her tough girl image now.

Kitakami

Voiced by: Yuka Ootsubo

"I'm light cruiser Kitakami, nice ta meet 'ya."

Kitakami is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Kitakami. She is a Boisterous Bruiser who likes boasting about her abilities and is also best friends with Ooi.

In the anime, Kitakami is characterized by her laid-back attitude, which contrasts with the possessive, positively territorial personality Ooi exhibits. The two are constant presences in each episode, but they receive more focus once they join Fubuki in Mobile Unit Five in the wake of the fleet reorganization in episode 6.
  • Alpha Bitch: In fanworks, when she is not being a Tsundere.
  • Bare Your Midriff: After her second upgrade.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: She becomes more of this after remodeling.
    Kitakami: It's Super Kitakami-sama, equipped with type-93 oxygenated torpedos, with 20 firing tubes on each side. It's been said that I have overpowering strength, but I did not really get any chances to shine. Feh.
  • The Bully: To Abukuma, mostly in fanon. In canon, Abukuma avoids her at all costs, because of the real-life collision between the two ships. Kitakami, being Kitakami, is oblivious to it.
  • Fan Nickname: KTKM-sama. See Boisterous Bruiser above.
  • Glass Cannon: Same as Kiso, with greater emphasis on the "cannon" part due to a higher maxed-out torpedo stat, giving her damage output that can rival the Yamato-class battleships. However, this advantage comes with its own set of additional drawbacks that Kiso is not subjected to.
  • Hidden Buxom: In the anime. No one expected Kitakami to fill out that two-piece bikini she wore in episode 8 so well.
  • Necessary Drawback: To compensate her tremendous power with torpedoes as a CLT, she has poor Anti-Air and she uses more ammo than a standard CL, especially in her second remodel where an update increased her ammo usage even more.
  • Oblivious to Love: She only sees Ooi as her sister ship and best pal.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Kuma class.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ooi, in many official media. This is due to the fact that, as a Torpedo Cruiser, many find her indispensable to fleet compositions due to her massive first strike potential when equipped with midget subs. On top of that, their Kai 2 form opens up a third equipment slot, enabling them to set up for cut-in or double attack during night battle all while still being able to launch pre-emptive torpedo strikes with their midget sub.
  • Tsundere: Her characterization in fanwork towards destroyers.

Ooi

Voiced by: Yuka Ootsubo

"Hello. I'm Light Cruiser Ooi. Pleased to make your acquaintance."

Ooi is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Ooi. She is a Boisterous Bruiser who loves battles and bragging about her torpedoes. She is also best friends with Kitakami.

In the anime Ooi is characterized by being nice and sweet to Kitakami... and rude to everyone who isn't Kitakami, to the point where any and every interruption to the time they spend together is considered a grave offense (case in point: in episode 7, she got angry at a rain squall, which is a natural phenomenon). She joins Mobile Unit Five along with Kitakami in the wake of the fleet reorganization.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Kitakami calls her "Ooi-cchi".
  • Bare Your Midriff: After her second upgrade.
  • Berserk Button: Hurt Kitakami and you'll be receiving Ooi's lovely torpedo shots, so don't do it.
    Ooi: Who's the one that hurt Miss Kitakami?!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: More blatant in the anime, where she's nice only to Kitakami, but rude to everyone else.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loves bragging about her torpedoes and comments out-loud in battle that she wants to use them already.
  • Characterization Marches On: Ooi has experienced some of the more obvious changes in characterization among the known Fleet Girls to date. See many of the entries here? They're no longer accurate, as per the most recent update as well as the anime, which more or less sets in stone both her Psycho Lesbian and Yandere tendencies. Just check her Valentine's Day lines!
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Her characterization in the anime, with some Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Flanderization: When she debuted in the game, she was a subdued Blood Knight that's clingy towards her sister-ship, slightly tsundere toward the Admiral and dismissive of the rest of the fleet. Now, in the anime and among fans, she's a violent Psycho Lesbian that is utterly obsessed with Kitakami and downright hateful to everyone else.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She is the one who cooks in her hourlies. She also cooks for breakfast and dinner in Kitakami's hourlies. However, it is implied that the special curry she serves during dinner might be drugged.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: In-game, Ooi is somewhat less ambivalent towards the Admiral after her second remodel. Recent updates however imply that (unless you marry(temp) her before you remodel her at all) it's less growing affection for the Admiral, and more of tolerating the Admiral's presence. For now.
  • Tsundere: At one point, for the Admiral. Recent updates kicked this to the curb, turning Ooi completely Kitakami-sexual.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: See Berserk Button.
  • Yandere: For Kitakami. Not helped when a later update added even more dangerously suggestive lines, involving knives and poison.

     The Nagara Class 

Nagara

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

"Light Cruiser Nagara! Please take good care of me!"

Nagara is the personification of the Japanese destroyer Nagara. A fit girl who loves training and battles.

Isuzu

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

"I'm Isuzu. Leave the torpedo squadrons to me. I'll bring victory to the Admiral with all my power. Pleased to meet you."

Isuzu is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Isuzu. She's notorious for being "farmed" for the radars she gets at level 12, as well as the large amount of Anti-Air she gives for modernization.

  • Anti-Air: Isuzu's second remodel has the best AA stat among Light Cruisers, and as of the July 31st 2015 update she joins Akizuki and Maya in being able to do Anti-Air Cut-In without a Fire Director. This reflects her real life conversion into a dedicated anti-aircraft cruiser. Famously, she also gives a good boost in AA when modernising other ships.
  • Fanservice Pack: Isuzu goes up about at least two sizes during her second remodel as well. This is lampshaded in the official 4koma, with her Kai 2 version used as an example of "chest armor enhancement".
  • Guns Akimbo: On her 2nd upgrade.
  • Hair Decorations: A pair of white ribbons prior to her second remodel. At Kai 2 she gains a "radar mast" hairband as well.
  • Magikarp Power: Her Kai 2 remodel at level 50, which greatly increases her AA and Anti-Submarine capabilities.
  • Mega Twintails: A thick pair that reaches a little past her waist.
  • Necessary Drawback: To compensate for her Kai 2 version's strong AA and ASW, her default range was changed from Medium to Short. Nothing that a 20.3 cm cannon can't fix, though, so it's not that big of a drawback.
    • This situation worsened in 23/04/2014, with the introduction of Artillery Spotting, seaplanes come to importance, with Isuzu Kai 2 having 0 capacity thus being denied benifits of this system. Some players went so far as claiming the entire Nagara class now becomes inferior compared to Sendai-class second remodels.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Compare her second remodel with the base Isuzu, and the changes are staggering.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Same as Nagara, however after her second remodel the brown garters holding her stockings up get a new pattern as well.

Natori

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

"I'm called Natori... I'll do my best not to trouble you!"

Natori is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Natori. An insecure Shrinking Violet who tries to do her best at everything.

  • Reluctant Warrior: Her dialogue hints at wanting to avoid combat if possible. In her marriage line she is happy because apparently she and the Admiral are Not So Different.
    Natori: "The Admiral doesn't really like fighting as well, it makes me feel at ease. For the Admiral, no, for y-you... I'll keep doing my best."
  • Shrinking Violet: The quietest of the Nagara-class ships.

Yura

Voiced by: Yumi Tanibe

"Fourth ship in the Nagara-class Light Cruisers, 'Yura'. Pleased to make your acquaintance!"

Kinu

Voiced by: Iori Nomizu

"Yeah yeah yeah! Finally, Kinu has arrived!"

Kinu is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Kinu. A hard-working girl who seems to have a soft spot for Admiral.

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her 2200 hourly mentions "KanColle time".
  • Declaration of Protection: To the Admiral in her marriage line.
    Kinu: "Admiral! We're always just training together, maybe that's a signal that we should spend some more time together...maybe... haa.. Eh?! No, I didn't mean it in that way, I mean that I since I'm nearest to you, I should protect you... I want to... yeah... ah, whatever!"
  • Hot-Blooded: The Admiral is her motivation.
    Kinu: "When I look at the Admirals face, I get all motivated~"
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: If she gets sunk.
    Kinu: Admiral, sorry, looks like this is it for me.... please withdraw the other girls...

Abukuma

Voiced by: Iori Nomizu

"H-hello, I'm Abukuma, a light cruiser."

Abukuma is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Abukuma. An insecure Shrinking Violet.

  • Achilles' Heel: Her bow, because it had been weakened due to a based on Real Life collision with Kitakami.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Just like Kinu, in her hourlies.
    Abukuma: 1900! Study, work! And then Kancolle!
  • Butt Monkey: In fanworks she is Kitakami's.
  • Cowardly Lion: Likely the result of the collision between her and Kitakami. In fandom, it is depicted as the result of Kitakami's (and sometimes Ooi's) constant bullying.
  • Expy: Most people would see her as Usagi Tsukino.
  • Girlish Pigtails: With Odango Hair.
  • Guns Akimbo: On her 2nd upgrade, but unlike Isuzu who wields 2 14cm-like guns Abukuma carries 2 12.7cm Late Guns.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Prone to give this from time to time.
    Abukuma: Am I really just no good? But, I don't want to lose like this!
  • Loophole Abuse: Her second remodel practically runs with this trope. While it didn't raise her stats to the level of the Sendai-class light cruisers, the remodel allows her to equip Daihatsu-class landing crafts for additional resources per expedition and midget submarines for preemptive torpedo strikes, all while retaining her classification as a pure light cruiser and the ability to field reconnaissance seaplanes, greatly increases her versatility as stated below. The price for this versatility is quite steep however, as she has the highest remodel requirement of all light cruisers at Level 75 and requires a blueprint for the aforementioned upgrade, as well as reducing her default range to Short.
  • Shrinking Violet: Around the Admiral.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Due to her classification as a "pure" light cruiser, albeit with several additional functionality tacked into her second remodel, she can participate in certain maps and expeditions that discriminates against torpedo cruisers or other Daihatsu carriers such as Expedition 21 and 37 and Map 1-6, 3-2, 3-5 and 6-3 which discriminates against torpedo cruisers, as well as fulfilling the "one" light cruiser requirement in the Combined Fleet's escort composition, potentially increasing the number of preemptive torpedo-capable ships to four along with the three torpedo cruisers.
  • When She Smiles: On her second remodel.

     The Sendai Class 

Sendai

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

"Sendai has arrived. Please leave the night battles to me."

Sendai is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Sendai. She loves battles, especially at night.

  • Hot-Blooded: Especially when her beloved night battles are involved.
    Sendai: C'mon~, night battle~!
  • In-Series Nickname: She is called "Yasen Baka (Night Battle Idiot)" by Abukuma and Kumano in their night battle lines.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Sendai's 2nd remodel makes her look like this.
  • Running Gag: Her behavior at night is brought up by a number of other ship girls in their lines; through either their night battle lines (as mentioned above), or their hourly lines at night (20:00, 22:00 or 23:00), where they comment on how loud she is or how noisy it is (or in Hatsukaze's case, how quiet it is when she's not here).
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Gains one on her 2nd remodel.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From being the slightly stronger Elder Sister Com Mon to being the best performer in Night Battles with stats second only to Jintsuu for pure Light Cruiser, a Searchlight and Starburst shells, and night-specific seaplane unique to Sendai Kai 2, giving her the ability to disassemble her foes in Night Battles.

Jintsuu

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

"Uh, I'm the light cruiser Jintsuu. So, I would appreciate your favor..."

Jintsuu is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Jintsuu. She is a quiet, reserved girl.

  • Badass Headband: Gains one after being remodeled.
  • Hates Being Touched: She hates all type of physical contact. She even is scared of touching equipment!
    • Which is based on her Real Life actions: Jintsuu was sunk after lighting up enemy ships with her searchlights, causing them to light her up with retaliatory gunfire.
  • It Has Been an Honor: If she gets sunk.
    Jintsuu: Admiral... I...together... it was an honour...
  • Joke Item: The searchlight she gets from her second remodel is a reference to how her historical counterpart was sunk at night after her searchlights were switched on. Her second remodel's sprite comes with a searchlight. When she gets heavily damaged, it gets switched on.
    • Lethal Joke Item: Equipping it to one ship also increases the cut-in chances of your entire fleet and decreases that of the entire enemy fleet, at the cost of the ship equipping it being more likely to be targeted, which makes it valuable for night battle-only nodes.
  • Magikarp Power: Gets a second remodel at level 60, and in the process also provides an astonishingly appropriate piece of unique equipment: a searchlight. And a huge buff to her stats.
  • Sarashi: Shown on her 2nd remodel form.
  • The Shinsengumi: Whilst Sendai is outfitted as an Ninja, Jintsu, particularly in the fanarts, is depicted as this.
  • Shrinking Violet: Quiet and reserved.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From being an unremarkable Com Mon to being essentially the strongest pure CL in the game. Maximized, her stats are either equivalent or superior to similarly maximized Furutaka and Aoba classes. This also comes with an extra level in assertiveness.

Naka

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

"The fleet's idol, Naka-chan! Nice to meet you!"

Naka is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Naka. She is a cheerful Genki Girl who claims to be an Idol Singer (that said, it's hard to disbelieve her when she says so).

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her MVP line.
    Naka: Even if the game is boring, please don't hate Naka-chan!
  • Com Mon: In addition to her rarity (which is the lowest possible in the game, but tied with many destroyers and light cruisers anyway), she's also a very common crafting result in normal ship construction, regardless of the recipe you use. Thankfully, Large Ship Construction doesn't drop her. Since players are so likely have her drop/get constructed frequently, she's gained the Fan Nickname "2 Fuel 4 Ammo 11 Steel", representing the materials gained by scrapping her...which most players will do immediately, especially when they start getting duplicates of her.
  • Cranial Eruption: When she gets heavily damaged in her Kai 2 form, one appears on her head, complete with an Instant Bandage on it, on top of the Clothing Damage she suffers.
  • Frilly Upgrade: Her Kai 2 remodel gives her a noticeably more frilly outfit than her first one.
  • Happy Holidays Dress: The first ship to be given a special Christmas-themed sprite on top of holiday-themed lines.
    • And she gains another for her Kai 2 form in Christmas 2014.
  • Idol Singer: Certainly acts the part, and most of her lines are real-life idol references, specifically to Atsuko Maeda, where her library card number, second remodel (Kai 2) level, and even full Hit Points after said remodel are all 48. Her Kai 2 remodel also gives her a more idol-esque outfit, complete with a microphone.
  • Not in the Face!: One of her quotes if she is attacked.
    Naka: "Kyaa! Not the face~!"
  • Odango Hair/Hair Antennae: Her signature hairstyle.
  • Third-Person Person: She ups this one a bit by almost always referring to herself as "Naka-chan".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Used to be a plain annoying Com Mon without any noticeable advantage stat-wise. Received a Kai 2 form and became one of the strongest Light Cruisers available (her Hit Points and ASW in particular are now higher than those of the Agano class, all at the lowest second remodel level in-game to boot).
  • Zettai Ryouiki: A white set, after getting remodeled a second time.

     The Yuubari Class 

Yuubari

Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcut

"Oka~y, thanks for waiting! The experimental armament cruiser 'Yuubari' has arrived!"

Yuubari is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Yuubari. She is a cheerful, yet slow, ship that loves anime and even stays up late at night to watch them.

  • Bare Your Midriff: A reference to the modifications done to the belt line of the real-life ship to save weight. Ironically the historical Yuubari actually ended up heavier than her planned weight due to all of the stuff put on stacked on top of it.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Her Mid-Summer 2015 line yoinks Yuudachi's "poi".
  • Informed Flaw: Despite her multiple lines of her being slow (including her MVP line, no less!), which are references to her boilers which were meant for destroyers and were installed to save weight, she has a listed speed of Fast. As a result, the lines saying that she's the slowest in the fleet stop making sense when you have all other ships in said fleet having a listed speed of Slow, or when she's the only ship in the fleet.
  • The Mechanic/Wrench Wench: In the print spinoffs where Akashi is not present, Yuubari fills this role instead. Extends to the anime as well, again due to the absence of Akashi.
  • Necessary Drawback: Has more equipment slots than any other Light Cruiser (which means that when remodeled, one can potentially stick four 20.3 cm guns on her, though typically her slots are used to give her a hybrid AA-ASW role), but in return she has a much lower maximum Hit Point, Armor, and Evasion stat than her peers.
    • This situation worsened in 23/04/2014, with the introduction of Artillery Spotting, seaplanes come to importance, with Yuubari have 0 capacity being denied benefits of this system.
    • The introduction of Ooyodo, who also have 4 slots and have none of the above drawback (but in turn have other weaknesses), replaced Yuubari in this role. There's even fanart depicting Yuubari's jealousy at Ooyodo.
    • Glass Cannon: Especially against submarines. In fact, her historical counterpart was sunk by a submarine.
  • Not the Intended Use: She wasn't meant to be a submarine killer (historically she didn't even carry any sonars), but with the huge buff to ASW equipment, her extra slot changed from being a mere gimmick to something that made her extremely viable for ASW use, both for pure enemy submarine or mixture of submarine and regular ships (a hybrid AA-ASW role for Yuubari in this case, with High ASW and Night battle power. This role is only for Yuubari even now, see Ooyodo below). Later when drums were introduced and 4+ drums were required in 5-4 to easily reach the boss (and get some fuel on the side), she was one of the few ships (and the only non-CAV) constantly being used for drum-carrying duty, since it meant that only one ship would need to carry drums, allowing for the other 5 ships to focus on damage dealing (this role largely taken over by Ooyodo, but the latter is much harder to obtain)
  • Otaku: Sure Yuubari, you don't stay up to record post-midnight shows.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Which kind of clashes with her midriff-baring outfit in a way.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Due to her low armor and evasion, she's used for virtually nothing outside of fighting submarines, but she's the best in that field bar none, due to having 4 equipment slots as well as ASW equipment having received a boost. In particular, during the Arpeggio event where Iona was in many people's PvP fleets, Yuubari was invaluable in taking her down.
    • Her unremodelled form is the most fuel efficient light cruiser in the game, so she's also used for expeditions which consume only fuel.

     The Agano Class 
  • Awesome but Impractical: Sure, they are on the stronger end of their ship type, but they pay for these advantages with higher-than-average fuel and ammo consumption for Light Cruisers. The fact that they are only available from Large Ship Construction despite being mere cruisers does not help.
    • As of October 2014, all four except Noshiro drops in regular maps. However, only Agano is (relatively) easy to get.
    • The Agano class become even more impractical when the Sendai class received their second remodels, giving them superior stats to the Agano class as well as valuable equipment.
    • With the addition of artillery spotting, they are at least more useful, and they have 1 more plane in each slot than most other light cruisers. Ooyodo is still better than them in that regard however.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: They all wear a single stocking on their left leg.

Agano

Voiced by: Yuki Yamada

"Hello~! I'm the latest light cruiser Agano~. Teehee~"

Agano is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Agano. She is a cheerful slacker who frequently sleeps and is quite an airhead.

  • I Regret Nothing: If she gets sunk.
    Agano: Again.... Agano leaves before everyone else? Well, that's okay, I worked pretty hard this time... bye bye.
  • The Slacker: Not that she admits it.
    Agano: I-I'm not slacking off! I'm just adding an entry to the Admiral's log!

Noshiro

Voiced by: Yuki Yamada

"2nd light cruiser of the Agano-class, Noshiro, has arrived. Glad to meet you!"

Noshiro is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Noshiro. She looks up to her big sister Agano.

  • Big Little Sister: She is portrayed to be more mature than the slacker Agano. Kumano even mistook her for the secretary ship because she was doing all the work while Agano, the actual secretary, was just loafing off.
  • Big Sister Worship: For Agano. Not to the extent of Yamashiro, Chikuma and Hiei, though.
    • Surprisingly, it turns out in her marriage line that she loves the Admiral more.
  • Braids of Action: Easy to miss, but she ties her hair in a pair of braids.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Towards the Admiral. Implied in her idle line but confirmed in her marriage line.
    Noshiro: "Admiral, sorry to bother you at such a busy time. There's something that I've wanted to say to you...Everyone thinks that I just want to care for sis Agano, but I... I really... want to care for the Admiral... I think... Really! This is like a dream! Admiral! Noshiro will do her best!"
  • One-Note Cook: She declares it in her hourly notification.
    Noshiro: Ah, I was found out, huh. The truth is, Noshiro can't cook anything except curry.

Yahagi

Voiced by: Yuki Yamada

"Light Cruiser Yahagi, reporting for duty. Let's work at it together to the end, Admiral!"

Yahagi is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Yahagi. A dutiful and serious girl.

  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She is the other responsible ship of the Agano class.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Invokes this when the Admiral proposes to her in her wedding line.
    Yahagi: Wha, Admiral, you... Just what are you doing? That face, it's got such a serious expression... Eh, this is for me? Not for someone like Yamato or Yukikaze? For me!? W-what should I do... erm.. What should I do... it's for me...
  • Lady and Knight: Popular among fandom as the knight to Yamato's lady.
  • Not Afraid to Die: If she gets sunk.
    Yahagi: That's enough, get away from me... I can see Yamato and Yukikaze again... that's not so bad...
  • Rare Random Drop: To a ridiculous degree, such that the only way to get her prior to the implementation of Large Ship Construction was at the boss node node of E-5, during the Fall 2013 event, announced and implemented suddenly at the last week of such event, after many players have run out of resources, together with the extremely hard E-5, creates general frustration among players. This incident is the most notorious among Special Events even today. Yahagi is initially a rarity 6 (rainbow-hologram background) ship girl. And after her remodel, she takes two steps up and becomes a rarity 8 (sakura-hologram background) ship. The only other ship girls with that rarity are Yamato and Musashi (plus the later addition of Hiryuu Kai 2).

Sakawa

Voiced by: Yuki Yamada

"Pyan♪ The fourth Agano class Light Cruiser, Sakawa! Commander, nice to meet you!"

Sakawa is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Sakawa. Like her sister ship Agano, she is a cheerful girl. Also openly admits that she likes the Admiral.

  • Big Sister Worship: She seems to really like Yahagi.
  • Genki Girl: Like her sister Agano, if not much more so.
  • Repressed Memories: Implied with one of her secretary lines.
    Sakawa: Commander! I like you! Cross...roads? What's that? I don't know what it is...but don't think I like it!
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Agano class, she was the only one to make it through WWII. Historically, she hadn't even finished construction before Agano and Noshiro were sunk.
  • Verbal Tic: "Pya", "Pyan" and other similar sounds.
    • In her marriage line, she mentions that she uses it to express her feelings, mostly gratitude, towards the Admiral.
    Sakawa: Commander, I'm always saying things like "Pyuuu!" or "Pyaaaa!" to you but...what I actually trying so hard to say was I'm really thankyouthankyouthankyou!...eh? You can understand? Really!? I love you too! Pyaaaa~!

     The Ooyodo Class 

Ooyodo

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi

"Admiral, Light Cruiser Ooyodo has joined the battle lines. Please leave the fleet administration and supervision to me. "

Ooyodo is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Ooyodo. She functioned only as an NPC before making her playable debut during the Summer 2014 event. She is specialized in launching seaplanes, making full use of the "artillery spotting" combat feature.

  • Mission Control: She has been doing this at the start of each event since AL/MI. Also in the anime as well.
    • As a command ship, she also comes with the Fleet Command Facility after remodeling, which which proves to be valuable when one of the ships in a Combined Fleet were heavily damaged, allowing the said ship to be towed out at the expense of one of the destroyers from the escort fleet being unavailable for the remainder of the sortie, saving the fleet from costly retreats during the events.
  • Necessary Drawback: Like Yuubari, she has 4 equipment slots except that Ooyodo is more durable, has offensive and defensive capabilities equivalent to the Agano-class ships (with the exceptions listed below), has the highest LOS among the Light Cruisers and carries the most seaplanes amongst Light Cruisers, allowing her to perform artillery shelling. In return for those, her maxed torpedo and ASW stats are extremely low and are even naturally 0, owing to never having equipped torpedoes and depth charges to the profit of seaplanes, historically.
  • Not the Intended Use: She was meant not to be a submarine killer, but (see Yuubari above, for huge ASW equipment buff) if and only if you have best ASW equipment, her ASW capacity would surpass even Isuzu Kai 2, second only to Yuubari. Also more suitable for 5-4 drum-carrying, but not AA-ASW hybrid task for the aforementioned weaknesses.
  • Quest Giver: Her NPC role is to basically hand out and take note of composition, sortie, or miscellaneous quests.
  • Rare Random Drop: Like Akashi, she cannot be crafted and is only obtainable from event map drops prior to the introduction of World 1-6. While the map itself is comparatively easier than other Extra Operations, the nodes that has her as a possible drop are preceded by a submarine and airstrike node, with the latter gives away D-rank unless if you bring along ships that can bring fighter aircraft, which the destroyer routes discriminate against. Additionally, the aforementioned node has a chance of not dropping any ships at all even with an S-rank victory on top of her rainbow-rarity. She's also available as a drop at the Map 6-3 boss node as well. However, the boss node is much tougher as it entails sending your light fleet fighting against a fleet with battleships and Destroyer Princess.
  • She's Got Legs: And her Zettai Ryouiki clearly emphasizes them.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Black and enclosed in white open-toed "geta"-styled boots.

     The Katori Class (Training Cruiser) 

Katori

Voiced by: Ai Kayano

"I'm Training Cruiser Katori. Don't worry, because I'll teach you various stuff... gently."

The personification of specialized training cruiser, Katori.

  • Joke Character: She has pitiful combat stats with by far the lowest maxed stats among cruisers as well as being the only cruiser with "Slow" speed. This stems from the fact that as a training cruiser, she wasn't intended to actually go into actual combat. However, war attrition forced Japan to use her and her sister ships in actual combat; Out of the three Katori-class ships, only one survived the war. Katori herself was sunk at Truk after being attacked by the Battleship Iowa, and was sunk with all hands lost.
    • To compensate, she has four equipment slots when remodeled. This means despite having the combined weaknesses of both Yuubari and Ooyodo and then some, she is still a good ship for ASW purposes. Also, as a training cruiser, she provides a small boost on experience gain when she is the flagship in naval exercises. There is also a 24-hour expedition she must lead that yields sizable experience.
  • The Tease: Did you see her introduction quote?, Her 3rd Secretary line isn't much better.
    "Ara. Hoho. I see. Looks like you need a little discipline..."
  • Whip It Good: She carries a riding crop.