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Imperial Japanese Army VesselsThe Imperial Japanese Army never had a good relationship with its naval counterpart. While many armies more or less possess naval vessels to facilitate their operation, it is unlikely that anyone would exceed the level that the IJA had due to its rivalry with the navy, which was very reluctant and hesitant to provide any support to the former, from landings to transport to escort missions. As it became obvious that relying on the navy for protection was unlikely, and doing without one proved to have an extremely high fatality rate, the IJA decided to work around the problem by starting their own naval units.The lack of know-how and the worsening war draining the remaining resources meant that most of them were barely sea-worthy. However, because of their upbringing, in the game they tend to have unique functions that no IJN ships can perform. The first batch of them were introduced in 24 December 2013 along with the Large Ship Construction features.
Imperial Japanese Army Vessels
Akitsu Maru (Landing Craft Carrier/Escort Carrier; Amphibious Assault Ship in-game)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
- "My name is Akitsu Maru. It is an honour to be part of this fleet."
- Fanservice Pack: Gets noticeably bustier in her remodeled form, and the remodeled form's "damaged" illustration has some of the most extreme Clothing Damage in the game, with almost her entire shirt and bra destroyed.
- Genre Savvy: A few of her hourly lines are dedicated to how practically wasteful actually getting her through LSC is.Akitsu Maru: 1400. Such a large amount of resources!
Akitsu Maru: 1500. You could build a battleship with what you used for myself, yes?
Akitsu Maru: 1600. That was quite reckless Admiral. One such as I is specialised in amphibious operations. Now that you've spent so much I shall have to....what!?
- Loophole Abuse: One of Akitsu Maru's major benefits is that an admiral can take her onto certain event maps that don't allow the use of conventional aircraft carriers. She doesn't count as an aircraft carrier, but she since she's able to carry fighter aircraft she's often used in such maps to gain air superiority in battles.
- Onmyodo: After remodelling, she gains a scroll as well as the ability to launch plane shikigami. She does have a styling closer to Buddhism compared to Ryuujou and the Hiyou-class' Shinto styling (also by the same artist), what with the Siddham writing all over her scroll...
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin/Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Appeared as one with chalk-white skin in unimpressive grey clothes both before and after remodelling. However, she gained a bit more colour from accessories (and a black outfit) after remodeling and her remodeled form's damaged sprite reveals that she has normal-coloured skin, implying that the white skin could be due to make-up. It is speculated to be based on a combination of army camouflage and the grey colouring scheme that warships in the period used. Fanworks sometimes depict the Abyss Fleet mistaking her for one of their own because of this.
- Running Gag: in the 4koma, Akitsu Maru constantly tries to get her remodel in order to carry planes. She actually does remodel a couple of times, only to revert back to her base form by the end of the chapter.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Even when remodeled, many players often ignore Akitsumaru due to the fact that she can only carry green (or Combat Air Patrol) planes. However, two events in a row — Summer 2014 (Midway) and Fall 2014 (Operation Kon), whose real-world plans had amphibious landing components — have unusual branching requirements that make her useful on certain maps for providing extra fighter power while sending the fleet on a less random and less battle-intensive path. Events that followed (specifically for the finale of Summer 2015) practically required Akitsumaru to get safely routed to installation bosses. She is also a necessity for getting Air Superiority if you're using Transport Combined Fleet, due to the fact that CV/Ls are not allowed, and trying to use BBV, CAV, or AV to achieve AS tends to get the seaplane bombers heavily damaged, or wiped out, resulting in complete rank loss, since seaplane bombers participate in bombing and thus are affected by AA, while Akitsumaru's fighters aren't.
- Verbal Tic: ~ De arimasu, along with how she pronounced "2" (ni instead of futa) in her hourlies. Part and parcel of her militaristic formalities as it is based on Yamaguchi dialect from western Japan, where the IJA found its root and thus became its lingua franca.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Barely visible in her basic form, and a little less obscure in her remodeled form.
Maruyu (Transport Submarine; simply Submarine in-game)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
- "Nice to meet you... Maruyu, reporting for duty. Huh? You havenít heard about it? ...Oh no...!"
- Composite Character: She is not stated to be based off any particular individual Maruyu.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She is often called a "Mole" or a variant thereof (since she was used for mole runs, which were covert supply missions done with submarines). She doesn't like it all that much though.
- Friendless Background: Hinted through some of her lines. Likely due to the fact that, as an Army ship, all the other Kanmusu would look down on her (although in the 4-koma, they avoid her for a different reason, namely trauma from historically being sunk by submarines).
- Joke Character: As a transport submarine, her stats are abysmal, and she is the only ship (as of her introduction) not to have an equipment slot until remodel. However, as modernization material, she can boost a ship's luck, which no other ship currently can. For this reason, Maruyu as a luck boost is actually a desirable outcome of LSC over common battleships/carriers, since anyone experienced and conduct LSC would have abundance of them and have no option other than scrap/modernization on these battleships/carriers.
- Odd Friendship: With Kiso. According to her hourly lines, Kiso even teaches her to cook curry for herself.
- School Swimsuit: A white swimsuit with her name painted in red on her chest.
- Super Drowning Skills: Implied to have this as she almost drowned herself when taking a bath (repairing at dock), which is pretty impressive given that she was a submarine taking a bath. It is a historical reference to a real Maruyu-class ship sinking during its ceremonial launch, of all things.Maruyu: Whew, Iím so tired... Iíll just go take a nice bath and... Huh? N-No! I keep on sinking!
- Verbal Tic: She has a tendency to say "Mogu-mogu", it's another reason why she is often referred to as a mole.
The KriegsmarineThe naval arm of Axis-era Germany, the Kriegsmarine (literally War Navy) historically focused much of its operations in the Atlantic Ocean, and barring commerce raiding in the Indian Ocean by U-boats of the Monsun Gruppe, had little to no overlap with its allies in the Imperial Japanese Navy.Three of its ships are the first non-Japanese ship personifications introduced to the game, added during the March 14, 2014 White Day update.
- Author Appeal: The first batch of Kriegsmarine ships were designed by Humikane Shimada (of Sky Girls, Strike Witches, and Girls und Panzer fame), and as such display a distinct lack of skirts or pants of any kind.
- Gratuitous German: Sure, they are supposed to be German but, due to lacking voice actors that can speak German well, they speak barely more German than I-8. U-511 even drops most of it after becoming Ro-500.
- Named After Someone Famous: Currently all but one of them are named after someone famous - though not necessarily famous in Germany. Prinz Eugen is named after Prince Eugen of Savoy, a field marshall serving under the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy in the late 17th and early 18th century. As Austria had been annexed into Germany at the time, famous Austrian figures like Eugene were retroactively considered German.
- Phenotype Stereotype: All of them but Z3 have blue or aqua eyes and varying shades of blonde, going from U-511 and Z1's platinum blonde to Prinz Eugen's medium strawberry blonde.
The Zerstörer 1934-class
The first class of destroyers built by the German navy after World War I, these ships were fraught by design problems by virtue of being built in a hurry. From engines that required excessive levels of maintenance, to limited operating range (half of that of contemporary British Royal Navy destroyers), to limited ammunition stores, it's no wonder that most of the class did not survive to the end of World War II.
- Born Unlucky: Have the lowest Luck scores of any Destroyer, at least when unremodelled. A reference to the ill-planned way they were designed.
- Necessary Drawback: Both have above-average durability, three equipment slots from the beginning and a base ASW rating of 69, which is equal to those of both Yuudachi and Shigure Kai 2, and joint-second only to Verniy's 74. However, their other stats are lacking and they have the lowest evasion amongst the Destroyers. In their "zwei" (German ships' equivalent of Kai 2) incarnations, besides a minor upgrade to most stats, their AA stats become second and third only to Shigure Kai 2's.
- Theme Naming: All named after male Imperial German Navy personnel who were killed in action during World War I. In the case of Z1 and Z3, they shorten these names to something more manageable for the admiral.
Z1 Leberecht Maass
Voiced by: Aya Endo
- "Guten Morgen. I'm Leberecht Maass. Lebe is fine, yep."
- Bokukko: It's hard not to think of her as a little boy from first glance. Her name and speech mannerisms don't help either, leading the IJN destroyers to mistake her for a boy.
- Born Unlucky: 8 luck when unremodelled, due to the ill-planned way she was designed, as well as how she sank.
- Boyish Short Hair: It doesn't go below her ears, adding to the confusion about her gender.
- Culture Blind: If the Admiral pokes her.Lebe: "Admiral, what is it? Is this one of this country's greetings? It's going to be difficult until I'm used to it."
- Face Death with Dignity: If she gets sunk.Lebe: I'm sinking, once again, huh. But, this time... it was in a real battle...
- Happy Holidays Dress: She has new CG for Autumn 2015. Unlike the Japanese shipgirls, who are dressed in yukata, she is dressed up for Oktoberfest instead, wearing a dirndl and "equipped" with beer and German food.
- Named After Someone Famous: She is named after Leberecht Maass.
- Poor Communication Kills: How her historical counterpart was sunk. The Kriegsmarine had failed to notify its destroyers that the Luftwaffe (the German air force) was making anti-shipping patrols at that time and had also failed to inform the Luftwaffe that its destroyers would be at sea.
Z3 Max Schultz
Voiced by: Aya Endo
- "Guten Tag. I am the Destroyer Max Schultz. But, Max is fine. Pleased to meet you."
- Born Unlucky: Like Lebe, due to the ill-planned way she was designed, as well as how she sank. However, her unremodelled luck is lower at 6, possibly due to sinking with all hands while Z1 had 60 survivors.
- Boyish Short Hair: Just like her sistership Leberecht-Maass, but with longer hair in the front, making it easier to identify her for a girl.
- Named After Someone Famous: She is named after Max Schultz.
- The Stoic: And truly icy at that.
Heavy Cruisers (CA)
The Admiral Hipper-class
Voiced by: Ari Ozawa.
- "Good morning! I'm the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Nice to meet you!"
- Big Sister Worship: Despite not being an actual sister, she treats Bismarck as if she was one.
- Blood Knight/Genki Girl: She get's pretty excited when entering battle, cheerfully shouting "FIRE! FIRE!" in German when she attacks.
- Born Lucky: Contrast to the other German ships who appeared before her, she starts with high luck. Considering she survived the war and tests Able and Baker at Crossroads. She only sank because of damage unrepaired only because she was too radioactive to be able to do so.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Which makes her more fully dressed than the other Kriegsmarine ships, because at least she has a skirt. But only barely.
- Gender-Blender Name: Perhaps the most glaring case among the Kantai Collection characters, as she is named after an Austrian prince complete with the masculine title. "Eugen" is exactly what it sounds like, the German equivalent to Eugene."I'll just get this out of the way: I'm not a boy."note
- Necessary Drawback: Like the other German ships however, she has excellent durability but a lower maxed base AA compared to comparable Heavy Cruisers.
- Nice Hat: A peaked hat almost identical to Bismarck's.
- Rare Random Drop: Finally added as an obtainable drop for the Fall 2015 event, but as it was on a non-boss node it was not a guaranteed drop regardless of result. While she was discovered to be obtainable on Easy, enterprising admirals soon discovered through experimentation that she only drops on a specific enemy formation (line ahead), which spawns very rarely on Easy (where resource consumption would be the lowest) unless specific conditions were met (the boss being in the killzone).
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type B.
Voiced by: Aya Endo
- "Guten Tag. I am Bismarck, the nameship of the Bismarck-class battleships. You should remember it well."
- Achilles' Heel: For a battleship, Bismarck has a ridiculously low Anti-Air score. To give you an idea of how low it is, Akigumo, a destroyer, has a higher AA score than her, at least until her zwei form, and even then Z1 and Z3's zwei forms, generally regarded as relatively weak destroyers, have better AA than hers. The real-life Bismarck did indeed have unimpressive anti-aircraft armament, and was also crippled in a torpedo attack by hopelessly obsolete biplanes.
- Boobs of Steel: One of the overall strongest ships, and she even wears a Breast Plate.
- Born Unlucky: Initially at least; she starts with below average luck due to being sunk in her first operation. On the other hand, her zwei remodel gives her above average luck, presumably due to her being able to sink the world's largest battlecruiser HMS Hood during said operation.
- Historical In-Joke: Phenotype Stereotype is played even straighter when you realize that this is supposed to reference Hitler's requirements for being part of the Master Race, which is the Aryan race (blonde, blue-eyed, and "pure" German). In fact, the only thing Hitler may have been iffy about is the fact Bismarck here is also a girl (at least her commanding officer, Capt. Ernst Lindemann would), but she's otherwise the perfect representation of what Nazi Germany truly wanted.
- Lightning Bruiser: Has a listed speed of "Fast", like the Kongou-class. Furthermore, her health when remodeled (94) is third only to the Yamato-class (96 and 97) and second only to Musashi (97) with her zwei and drei remodels (96). Her third remodel further extends the Bruiser aspect of her by giving her the ability to launch (relatively weak) torpedoes. Since night battle firepower is calculated by adding the Firepower and Torpedo stats together, the relatively weak torpedo combined with her higher than average luck gives Bismarck night battle power only slightly behind that of Yamato and Musashi.
- Named After Someone Famous: She is named after Otto von Bismarck.
- Necessary Drawback: To offset her great durability, she has a ridiculously low Anti-Air stat. The Anti-Air stat is later compensated itself in her third remodel with the ability to launch (relatively weak) torpedoes. This reflects her real-life sister ship Tirpitz having been refitted with torpedo tubes. Bismarck in real life was sunk before she could receive this refit.
- Nice Hat: A Kriegsmarine peaked cap with radar wings on its sides.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Played straight, as she's drawn as tall, blonde, and busty.
- Vanity Is Feminine: She talks in a feminine way and takes care of her appearance.
- Zettai Ryouiki: A grey Type A pair.
Standard Aircraft Carriers (CV)
The Graf Zeppelin-class
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
- "Guten Morgen. I am the carrier, Graf Zeppelin. You are the Admiral overseeing this fleet, yes? Is that so? Roger!"
- Born Unlucky: Has a luck of 4 (7 when remodeled), only above Taihou and Mutsu, for a good reason - she was the only fleet girl whose real-life counterpart was never even completed!note
- Cards of Power: According to Humikane, she stores her planes within metallic cards inside her waist pouch which then can summon the plane once inserted into a slot behind the deck elevator.
- Gender-Blender Name: Not as quite glaring an example as Prinz Eugen (Zeppelin is her namesake's last name and thus gender-neutral), but she still has the male title Graf (Count). The female equivalent would be Gräfin.
- Master of None: Frankly, she doesn't do much well. Her pathetic plane capacity means any other standard carrier and even some light carriers are better at the air superiority/opening airstrike role. While she can attack at night, giving her two guns for double attacks just means depleting that already poor air wing even further, meaning she can't be good at direct combat either.
- Must Have Caffeine: Her hourlies shows this."0300. Right! You desire coffee? Leave it to me. Be ready to taste the greatest of coffees. I am quite confident when it comes to aroma and flavor of coffee."
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Graf was von Zeppelin's noble title, which roughly translates to "Count".
- Necessary Drawback: She has strong stats, being offensively on par with Akagi and Kaga while also having a base range of Medium (previously only available on Shoukaku-class second remodel armoured form) and having guns which allows her to attack at night. However, she also has a paltry 43 plane capacity (56 when remodeled - even lower than some light carriers or the already pathetic Unryuu-class).
- Nice Hat: A white version of Bismarck and Prinz Eugen's peaked hat.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Like Bismarck, she's the Aryan ideal of beauty, albeit even paler.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Wears pantyhose, unlike the socks of the other Krigesmarine surface girls.
- Rare Random Drop: She was only available as a drop at the boss node in Fall Event 2015 E4, at least when she was first introduced. The devs have all but explicitly confirmed that she will be a drop again for the upcoming Winter 2016 event.
U-Boot Type IXC
Voiced by: Ai Kayano
- "Submarine U-511 of the German Navy, please call me Yuu. I've come a long way, so I'll be in your care...""Submarine Ro-500, formerly U-boat U-511. I'm Ro, formerly called Yuu! Admiral? I will be in your care."
- Animal Motif: A wolf pup. Her initial uniform's radio headset resembles dog ears, and when remodeled, she sometimes growls like a "little wolf".
- Ascended Meme: One of her hourly lines has her asking if she's going to visit Orel or Bashi.Explanation
- Born Lucky: Indeed, she had to travel from France to Japan, and she survived the war.
- Character Development: As U-511, she's very quiet and shy, and struggles with her Japanese a bit. Once she's remodeled to Ro-500, representing adapting to her new home, her Japanese is fluent, her personality is much more cheerful and outgoing, and she seems to have become very good friends with the other submarines.
- I Have Many Names: Is referred to "Yuu" or simply "U" as U-511, Satsuki #1 About the name as an alternate name when remodeled, and "Ro" or "Ro-chan" as Ro-500.
- Flower in Her Hair: As Ro-500.
- Going Native: Her transformation into Ro-500 is heavily implied to be this.
- I'm Cold... So Cold...: If she gets sunk as Ro-500.Ro-500: No... Nooo... It's cold... So cold... And dark...
- Nice Hat: As U-511, a garrison cap with a radio headset that looks like a dog's ears.
- School Swimsuit: Exchanges her uniform for the requisite swimsuit of the Japanese sub-girls with the addition of a cropped German-style sailor uniform (similar to Z1 and Z3) as Ro-500.
- Tan Lines: Ro-500 has these around the edges of her swimsuit.
- You Don't Look Like You: Her design and personality suddenly change after her conversion, from being an unemotional pale girl in a uniform-like wet suit to a cheerful girl with a tan who looks far more like her Japanese submarine peers (but without denying her actual roots).
- Verbal Tic: She tends to end her sentences with "-tte", which is mainly used as a form of Japanese case-making particle.
The Regia MarinaThe naval arm of the Kingdom of Italy, who were allies of Germany during the Second World War, the majority of the Regia Marina's operations were centered in the Mediterranean Sea, which Mussolini infamously declared "Mare Nostrum" (literally "Our Sea"). It had limited operations in the Atlantic, the Middle East, and the Baltic, before Italy eventually surrendered to the Allies in 1943.The first Italian ships were added on April 2015, during the 2nd-Year Anniversary of the game, as rewards for the Spring 2015 event.
- Author Appeal: Jiji, the artist who drew both Littorio and Roma, is a regular contributor of lolicon or mecha musume art (the former showing in the design of Libeccio, who he also drew), but when he does draw adult women, he draws them busty and plump. He also has a thing for Mami Tomoe of Madoka Magica fame, who Littorio oddly reminds people of...
- Gratuitous Italian: Similar to the Kriegsmarine shipgirls, they speak very few Italian and the little they say usually makes sense considering the context they are used.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: On some levels, all Italian ships (except Libeccio) are this, since currently they are the only ones that have alcoholic beverage appear on Anchorage Bar Counter furniture after 5am. Pola is the only one who has alcohol appear on counter 24/7, however.
- In-Series Nickname: "Land of the pasta" (パスタの国; lit. pasta country) for Italy, in the description of the Italian equipment and in Littorio/Italia's library intro line. As a result, the Italian equipment and the Vittorio Veneto-class have been given the Fan Nicknames of Pasta equipment and Pasta BBs respectively.
- The Battlestar: As of 24th February 2016 live update, the Italian battleships and heavy cruisers can now equip seaplane bombers and fighters post-remodel, effectively turning them into aviation battleships in all but the official classification. They are not classified as true aviation battleships or cruisers for a reason though, as they were unable to send their seaplanes for anti-submarine warfare and their plane slot capacity were nowhere as spacious as that of an aviation cruiser, let alone the actual aviation battleships such as Fusou or Ise-class, which puts them at significant risk of being depleted in an aerial engagement.
- Lethal Joke Item: The Ro.44 Seaplane Fighter. First introduced as January 2016 ranking reward, it's a seaplane that was intended as a fighter aircraft. However, true to their historical plane, they comes with a very poor stat, to the point that even a regular Zuiun is comparatively far superior. It was initially regarded as a Joke Item as they behaved similarly to seaplane bombers, until the next update reclassified it as proper fighter planes and allow it to be equipped on Nagato and Yamato-class. Still a poor aircraft nevertheless, but they no longer participate in air bombing phase, thus increasing their survivability at the expense of their functionality as artillery spotters, allowing your fleet to reliably secure air supremacy and enable artillery shelling in maps that otherwise denied any air power to both sides.
- It gets better during the Spring 2016 Event, as proficient seaplane fighters now gains the same air power bonus as fighter planes. In fact, one of the event maps would be much easier if you were Crazy-Prepared enough to upgrade one of the seaplanes into a seaplane fighter.
Voiced by: Kitou Akari
- "Good morning! I'm Libeccio, a Maestrale-class destroyer! Just Libe is fine. Nice to meet you Admiral!"
- Ambiguously Brown: Her skin is noticeably darker than Italia and Roma's, and she doesn't appear to have any tan lines like similarly dark ships Ro-500 and I-401.
- Big Sister Worship: She and Roma aren't sisters, but Libeccio admires Roma and wants to become a battleship like her, much like how Kiyoshimo admires Musashi. Naturally, Kiyoshimo and Libeccio become friends. In her Kai form's 1700 hourly, she thinks that HMS Warspite is the strongest battleship.note
- Girlish Pigtails
- Happy Holidays Dress: Gains a special Halloween costume during early November 2015 along with Roma, apparently for trick-or-treating.
- Necessary Drawback: She has tremendous ASW and above average AA but overall weaker Torpedoes. Her other stats are otherwise similar to an average destroyer.
- Nice Hat: It resembles a part of her superstructure.
Heavy Cruisers (CA)
- Necessary Drawback: To compensate for the class' very low torpedo statExplanation , they are the only Heavy Cruisers with Long range by default. Their main guns also gives Long range to any ship that is equipped with it but, like the Italian battleship guns, it comes with lower accuracy. In addition, they are the only standard Heavy Cruisers capable of fielding Seaplane Bombers and Fighters, though it is still ill-advised (at least for bombers) due to the pitiable capacity of their equipment slots.
Voiced by: Akasaki Chinatsu
- "Buon giorno! I am the first of the Zara-class heavy cruisers, Zara! "Tenacity" is my motto. Please to meet you, Admiral! "
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards her younger sister Pola, who she often worries about due to Pola's drunken antics.
- Catch Phrase: She frequently mentions her tenacity, and she outright states in her introduction that "tenacity" is her motto. This is due to the real Zara ship's motto being "Tenacemente" (Italian for "tenacity"), which was displayed prominently on her Y turret.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She's the responsible one to Pola's foolish.
- Nice Hat: Similar to Libeccio's and it's also based on a part of her superstructure.
- Plucky Girl: Comes with her tenacious personality.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt
- "Buon giorno. I'm the third ship of the Zara-class heavy cruisers, Pola. I'm at an age where I want to challenge myself with everything. I'll do my best."
- The Alcoholic: Many of her lines are about her wanting to drink and some of her hourlies actually has her drunk. This was also implied from Zara's lines even before making her in-game debut. In fact, currently she is the only ship to have Bar Counter furniture filled 24/7, while other drinking girls, including Jun'you, doesn't.
- Born Unlucky: She has slightly below average luck both before and after remodeling. This likely has to do with the circumstances of her getting sunk during the Battle of Cape Matapan:
- 1) Pola gets hit by a British torpedo at dusk. Many of the crew panic and jump overboard.
- 2) Crew realise that Pola is not sinking after all and climb back on board. They strip off their wet clothes and start to break out the booze. The immobilised Pola calls for a tow and the entire 1st Cruiser Div (including her sisters Zara and Fiume) come to her aid. RN radar spots them as they move in.
- 3) Pola mistakes incoming Royal Navy battleships for friendlies, fires off a recognition flare and helps the enemy confirm the identity of their radar contacts.
- 4) As Zara and Fiume are obliterated, Pola's crew resign themselves to their fate and descend into total anarchy. Most of the crew jump overboard (again). British boarding parties find hundreds of drunken sailors and empty wine bottles rolling on her deck. Her remaining crew is evacuated and Pola is sunk by Royal Navy destroyers.
- Clothing Damage: Significantly downplayed in comparison to the other characters' damage portraits. Though her skirt is slightly ripped, none of her other clothing appears to be torn due to the strong implication that she actually stripped off most of her clothes before they could be damaged at all. This is, of course, a reference the Historical In-Joke that her crew took off their clothes after they abandoned ship during the Battle of Cape Matapan.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She's the foolish one to Zara's responsible one.
- Historical In-Joke: Her drunken and stripping characteristics are a reference to what her crew did during the Battle of Cape Matapan in 1941. The crew had abandoned ship, drinking enough wine to get drunk beforehand to keep warm in the icy waters, and stripped off their soaked clothes.
- Naked People Are Funny: A couple of her lines indicate that she sometimes strips when drunk.
- Nice Hat: Identical to Zara's except with a different decoration.
- Toplessness from the Back: The result of removing her top in her damaged portrait.
- Zettai Ryouiki: A white Type A pair.
The Vittorio Veneto-class
Built as a response to the French-made Dunkerque-class of battleships, the ships of the class were some of the most modern for their time. Unfortunately for them, their tours of duty were cut short at the capitulation of Italy to the allies.
- Awesome, but Impractical : The 381mm / 50 Triple Gun Mount, which was initially available as one of March 2015 ranking rewards, and are the default equipment of the Littorio-class battleships, are regarded as this, as it is very powerfulExplanation and long-ranged for it's modestly-sized 381mm caliber* . However, the guns itself comes with a significant loss of accuracy and slight reduction of evasion despite being less than 16 inch (40.6cm in metrics) in caliber, making it all the more impractical in the Combined Fleet due to the huge accuracy penalty imposed for mobilizing such a massive fleet means that this already inaccurate gun are unlikely to hit enemy ships with reliable accuracy. Since there are no in-game restrictions up to 46cm for the caliber size of the main guns for fast battleships, many players has regarded it as a joke armament and opted to replaced the stock Italian BB guns with more accurate guns. The gun itself is upgradeable into its Kai version, fortunately, though the gun remained somewhat inaccurateExplanation .
- This is pretty much what the Italian 381mm guns were like in real life, which fires very high-velocity shells (muzzle velocity of 870 meters per second, a good 50 m/s faster than the Bismarck's guns and indeed faster than any other battleship's main guns of any size) which resulted in a theoretical maximum range on par with the 46cm guns equipped on Yamato-class battleships, but also resulted in excessive barrel wear and poor accuracy.
- Lightning Bruiser: True to their historical counterpart, they are classified as fast battleships and they have both excellent firepower Explanation and durability as well as decent AA.
- Necessary Drawback: In exchange for such impressive firepower, range and speed, they are fairly resource intensive to maintain, having a much higher fuel and ammo consumption rate than the Nagato-class battleships. They also require a blueprint for their (single) remodel as well.
- Nice Hat: Technically a diadem, which is shaped like the bow decoration of the ships they are based on.
- Of Corsets Sexy: And used to accentuate the Littorio-class' impressive... fuel tanks.
- Vocal Dissonance: Despite being battleships, Littorio and Roma have very high-pitched voices, in the same range as the higher-pitched destroyers.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Both sport a Grade-A with their striped thigh-highs.
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno
- "The second ship of the Vittorio Veneto-class battleships, Littorio.* I have confidence in my speed and firepower. Nice to meet ya ~""I'm Italia, the second ship of the Vittori Veneto-class battleships and previously known as Littorio. Nice to meet ya ~"
- Born Lucky: She starts with above average luck due to having survived the war.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Roma's responsible. This applies to both in-game and 4koma.
- Happy Holidays Dress: Has two so far; first in the Summer Season where she wears a swimsuit and in the Christmas Holiday where she wears a Santa outfit, complete with a ROMA snowman.
- Meaningful Rename: She was originally named after the Lictor, which were symbolized with the fasces. As the fasces was a symbol and namesake of fascism, when Mussolini was kicked out of power, she had to be renamed to something else. Thus "Italia", a name would be acceptable to all Italians.
- Supreme Chef: Strongly implied to be this with all food she cooks.
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno
- "I'm the fourth battleship of the Vittorio Veneto-class, Roma.* Nice to meet you. What? Please don't stare at me, okay?"
- Born Unlucky: She's the first major warship to be sunk by a guided bomb attack after one of the Fritz-X radio guided bombs launched by the Germans struck one of her magazines. The force of the explosion was so powerful it blew her number 2 turret clear off of its mountings off the ship, which is why her damaged artwork is missing a turret.
- Don't Look at Me!: She seems to hate being stared at as her quotes seem to indicate.Roma: I'm going to need a little repair. What? Don't stare at me.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Littorio's foolish. This applies to both in-game and 4koma.
- Happy Holidays Dress: She gains a Halloween-themed sprite along with Libeccio for November 2015. In her case, it's a Cute Witch costume complete with Jack-o-Lantern cannons.
- Meganekko: A pair of Pince-nez.
- Rare Random Drop: Unlike her sister, who was a reward for clearing map E4 of the Spring 2015 event, Roma can only be obtained as a random drop after getting an S rank on the boss node of E6 (or on a node along the way, for a much lower chance) for the same event. She's such a rare drop that many frustrated admirals have declared that Roma is a myth. After often more than a hundred runs, many admirals have also spent a multitude looking for her than they did on the entire event combined. If you hardly had any resources left to begin with, the hunt for Roma gets all the more difficult since you also have to carefully manage your resources and are often forced to pause to let your resources recover a bit which costs valuable time.
- For the Summer 2015 event that followed, where Roma was not only a drop at a map that had guaranteed routing, even admirals playing on Easy difficulty had a chance to get her, but she was still a very rare drop.
- It only gets harder in the Fall 2015 event. Roma isn't a drop at the boss node this time, she's on a dead end node, which has an installation boss and several PT Imp Packs. S-ranking on a node that isn't the boss doesn't guarantee a drop, so it's possible to go through a perfect run and not get any sort of drop whatsoever.
The United States NavyThe naval branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the largest naval forces in the world. While they participated in much of the Atlantic Theater, such as the Normandy landings alongside the other Allied forces, they were more famously known for their actions in the Pacific Theater, as much of their engagements were present there.
- Unexpected Character: While the US Navy was speculated to have come since the first introduction of Foreign navies, most people thought that the developers would stick to the other Axis powers, filling up their navies for the most part before using the Allies' navies. And even then, Libeccio mentioning Warspite in her lines led to some thinking that this was a Foreshadowing for Warspite to be introduced as the first shipgirl of Allied origin. Thus, the appearance of a shipgirl from the US Navy ahead of the Royal Navy comes as a shock. This combined with said shipgirl's fame led to a pandemonium among the fanbase.
- You Are Number 6: Their hull numbers, specifically, which are used by the US Navy in Real Life to identify each respective ship.
- Penultimate Weapon: The 16inch Triple Gun Mount Mark 7 note , which was initially available as one of December 2015 ranking rewards - and being the default equipment of the Iowa-class battleships it certainly qualifies - as the gun itself has outstanding firepower* and accuracy* , making it a very practical armament to be equipped on virtually any battleship in Kancolle should the player managed to obtain it* .
- The gun itself becomes even better with June 30 2016 update, as the gun is not only improvable from Akashi's Arsenal, it can also be upgraded further with an integrated gun fire control system, further increasing its accuracy* and grants slight increase to evasion. For all the perks however, the gun itself doesn't get any extra firepower or range, and it takes massive amount of resources to upgrade the gun in the first place.
Voiced by: Chinami Hashimoto
- "Hi! It's me of the Iowa-class battleships, Iowa. You are the Admiral of this fleet? Not bad! Take care of us!"
- Anti-Air: Exceeds even the Akizuki-class destroyers at their maximum base stat, due to the real Iowa having a high number of AA guns when air superiority and defense became increasingly important by the time she was launched and commissioned. This is referenced by the Bofors 40 mm cannons and Oerlikon 20 mm cannons mounted on top of Turrets 2 and 3.
- Her unique (at the time of her introduction, at least) equipment all have a good amount of anti-air stats as well. Special mention goes to the 5inch Twin Gun Mount Mk.28 mod.2 and the Bofors 40mm Quadruple Autocannon Mount, both of which can activate anti-air cut-ins under the right conditions.
- Badass Boast: Her night battle line is this, referencing how her class was the last class of battleships active in the entire world.Iowa: If you think battleships are outdated, watch this. Fire!
- Bare Your Midriff: Her short corset accentuates part of her shapely abdomen.
- Boisterous Bruiser: As seen by her attack line:Iowa: Fire! Fire! Ahahaha! Let's go! Yeah!
- Boobs of Steel: Which is comparable to the Yamato sisters. Historic note
- Born Lucky: Well, she's still around today as a museum ship. She even managed to survive a turret explosion, unlike Mutsu.
- Bragging Rights Reward: Being the completion reward for clearing hard mode on KanColle Kai, and later the last stage of the browser version's Spring 2016 event, she kind of comes off as this, particularly for seasoned Admirals of the latter who somehow cleared the said map on on Hard.
- Cleavage Window: Her knotted shirt-corset combo makes for quite an "impressive" view of her "displacement".
- Cuteness Overload: She has this reaction upon seeing the Kongou sisters in her 16:00 hourly line, being shocked at how pretty they are.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Her skirt is only twice as long as the belt used to secure it.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her equipment lines border on flirty and outright sexually suggestive, due to how the lines are pronounced.
- Eagleland: STRONG case of Type 1. She's depicted in an over-the-top, very Patriotic manner, and is firmly on the side of good.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Stars as her pupils.
- Foil: To Yamato. A Boisterous Bruiser to Yamato's more shy and polite demeanor, lead ships of their respective navies' largest and most powerful battleship class, and grays to Yamato's reds. And they were more or less like hotels in their respective navies - Iowa has a bathtub and elevator due to ferrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Tehran, while Yamato's nickname of "Hotel Yamato" was because she had better living conditions compared to other IJN ships.
- Foreshadowing: Both in the game and mange, her 16inch Triple Gun Mount appeared before she did, heralding the arrival of at least one Iowa-class battleship, which turned out to be the nameship herself.
- Game-Breaking Bug: While she historically equipped the 16-inch Mk7 Main Guns, for some reason the MK7 initially caused the same overweight penalty as the 46cm guns from the Yamato class, resulting in an accuracy penalty. While this could've been chalked up to being a fast battleship, it should be noted than none of the other fast battleships suffered the same penalty. Thankfully, this was resolved in the June 30, 2016 update.
- Gratuitous English: An even bigger user of this than Kongou, judging from how many English words are in her introduction quote alone. Of course, when read in Japanese, it's not actually very good. Some have speculated that her speech pattern is modeled after Bonin English.
- Going Commando: Her damaged art slightly reveals that she is not wearing any undergarments beneath her already Fanservice-laden outfit.
- Idiot Hair: Right in front of her cap, although it's more noticeable in official art featuring her shaking hands with Yamato.
- Innocently Insensitive: In some of her hourlies, she refers to Yamato as the Yamato Hotel while complimenting her cooking.
- Interface Spoiler: Her existence was spoiled by the Kancolle Kai Platinum trophy listing, as the trophy for acquiring her is simply called "Iowa".
- I Uh You Too: Evoked with her marriage lineIowa: Admiral, what's this ring? An engagement ring? For me...? Thank you... me too...
- Lightning Bruiser: Even moreso than any other fast battleships, as her base stats aree second only to Yamato-class in the game, and her real-life maximum speed was approximately 33 knots (38mph/61kmph). To put it simply, she's the Infinity+1 Sword of fast battleships.
- Marshmallow Hell: In the 4-koma, Iowa squezes both Shimakaze and Yukikaze in gratitude for rescuing her from the Abyssal ships and their faces get squashed right into her cleavage. The two flustered destroyers later can only describe the experience as "amazing..."
- Necessary Drawback: Her stats were outstanding for a battleship, bearing outstanding anti-air stats and her firepower and armor stats are well over 10 points above any battleships apart from the Yamato-class. In return, her stats were somewhat inferior compared to the latter, and although she retains the "fast" speed and similarly fewer resource consumption in comparison, her resource consumption is still leagues apart from an average battleship* .
- Her gun range is limited to plain "Long" as well, unlike the "Very Long" range of the Yamato and Vittorio Veneto-class battleships* , meaning her shelling commences after both battleship classes during the first shelling phase.
- She also has lowest evasion among all remodeled fast battleships, at 70.
- Nice Hat: Her naval cap designed to look like her rangefinder and funnels.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Which emphasizes her Boobs of Steel and bears her hull number, 61.
- Opera Gloves: White ones that are combined with navy blue Fingerless Gloves that has large cuffs.
- Patriotic Fervor: Her outfit comes off as this, in part due to being based on pinup girls from World War II-era war bond drives.
- Perpetual Smiler: All of her art shows her smiling or having a happy expression. Ever in her damaged art, she's still not frowning.
- Phenotype Stereotype: She is the first American ship to be in the game and she is portrayed with blonde hair with blue eyes.
- "Silly Me" Gesture: She does this in her damaged portrait.
- Sole Survivor: At the time of her introduction, she's the only ship in the game to have not only survived through WWII but to have lasted intact to modern times as a museum ship.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's often portrayed as being considerably taller than even other battleships, due to her class historically being the longest battleships ever built.
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit is already highly revealing by the game's standards, with only Musashi beating her in this department. Interestingly enough, she looks to have been based off of old American WWII pin-up posters, showing that her design does actually have some historical basis.
- This Is Not a Drill: Says this word for word in one of her secretary lines. Historic note "This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill! Hey, Admiral?!"
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Her leggings feature American flag colorings. Fanartists even sometimes portray her undergarments as an actual American flag.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type A with red, white and blue thigh-highs and garter straps.
The Fleet of Fog*During the Fall 2013 Anime season, the anime Arpeggio of Blue Steel aired, coinciding with much of Kantai Collection's rapid rise in popularity and recognition. Naturally, a collaboration between the two franchises was inevitable. It started with a few endcards in the anime with some Arpeggio ships paired with their KanColle counterparts, and culminated in a crossover event in the KanColle game running from 24 December 2013 to 8 January 2014. During this time, certain ships from the Fleet of Fog were usable as temporary allied units, which were removed when the event ended.All ships of the Fleet of Fog retained their anime voices, had hourly lines, and could not be remodelled. The ship library did not include them either. They also retained their personalities, and a number of their lines were references to the anime (although there was no mention of Gunzou).For the tropes depicting the Fleet of Fog in the Arpeggio anime, please see here.
- Big Eater: In fanon, considering the massive amounts of resources required to resupply and repair them, even more so than the likes of Yamato and Musashi (although that's only because they're used a lot more frequently; the Yamato-class ships actually cost more to fully repair or resupply). Commonly attributed to the nanomaterials.
- Born Lucky: At least, they get higher starting luck than their KanColle counterparts, but their maximum luck is lower as well (except for Iona). In particular, Iona's starting luck was 50, which was equal to Yukikaze's. Then again, it capped at a relatively average level (59) if you fed her with Maruyu (not that you'd be likely to).
- Guest Star Party Member: At least they averted So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear.
- Lightning Bruiser: With the exception of Anti-Air and Evasion for Takao and Haruna, all of them had much higher stats than their KanColle counterparts (including a longer range), and all had a listed speed of Fast. Iona is a particular case, because as a submarine the damage she took was already naturally reduced, and all the KanColle submarines (including her KanColle counterpart, I-401) have a listed speed of Slow, and nowhere near the giant HP pool (by submarine standards) that she had.
- Necessary Drawback: Their soft stats* never increased regardless of level. For Takao and Haruna, they also had the Graviton Cannon in exchange for reduced Anti-Air and evasion. Takao also got only 3 equipment slots (a remodelled heavy cruiser has 4). These, coupled with their high consumption, are pretty much the only drawbacks they have. In addition, when it came to recon seaplanes, their slot size was 0. This did not affect much when they were around (in fact Iona couldn't carry seaplanes anyway), but if they were in the game now, they would be unable to conduct artillery spotting.
- No Sell: The Klein Field, at least in theory. In practice, they were just fancy miss animations. And unlike the anime where the Klein Fields were all of different colours, every Fog ship's Klein Field in the game (both enemies and allies) was pink.
- Target Spotter: Again, they all started with high Line of Sight, far exceeding that of equivalent ship classes in KanColle (except for the Tone-class heavy cruisers' LOS beating Fog Takao's, and even then only at high levels).
- Wave Motion Gun: Except Iona.
The Fleet of Fog
- "Submarine I-401, Iona. Crash dive~"
- Catch Phrase: Crash dive~ (急速せんこ～, Kyuusoku senko~). Contrast the anime, where she said the line only once (in episode 1), and nowhere in the same cutesy tone as in here.
- Flight, Strength, Heart: So Iona had a high Torpedo stat, high Armor, high Luck, high Line of Sight, fast Speed, high HP, some Anti-Air... wait, what was she doing with long Range and high Firepower, again?*
- Hates Being Alone: Her idle line.Iona: Where are you, Admiral? I don't want to go back to that dark dock. I hate being alone.
- Lampshade Hanging: Poking her would make her lampshade the rarity of Submarines (although with 1-5 coming out some time after the Arpeggio event ended, this may no longer be the case).Iona: Are submarines that rare for you, Admiral? When it's just the two of us, why do you want to look at my stomach?
- Sorry That I'm Dying: If she got sunk, although you really had to be trying for it to happen.Iona: Sorry... I wanted to fight with you to the very end, but I can't surface anymore... Farewell, Admiral.
- "Heavy Cruiser Takao, launching! All those who would call me the 'Tsundere Heavy Crusier', get out of here now!"
The Fog ship which first appeared as a boss in E1. Upon defeat she disappeared from the boss node and became available as a usable unit upon completing the quest which unlocked E2, in the same manner as Iona. As a heavy cruiser, one of her most notable uses outside of the event maps was manipulating the compass to clear maps like 4-4 efficiently.
- Can Not Spit It Out: One of her hourly lines.Takao: "Erm.. Admiral? If you're going to take a siesta you can use my... my... la... It's too embarrassing to say!"*
- Determinator: Her line when heavily damaged.Takao: "Love... will never sink!"
- Tsundere: Natch, with a classic tsundere line to boot. She even knew of her fame as the "Tsundere Heavy Cruiser", as shown in her introductory line and the quest to find her.Takao: Don't misunderstand me! It's not like I'm fighting for you or anything!
- Weaksauce Weakness: Her E-1 boss form couldn't touch subs so the easy way to beat her was to just send subs against her.
- "Battleship Haruna.... is here."
The Fog ship which first appeared as the E2 boss. Similarly to Takao, she disappeared on defeat and was obtained together with access to E3. As a battleship, she consumed the most resources of the three (repairing her to full took over 1000 steel; thankfully she still consumed less than the ''Yamato''-class, though one can only wonder just how much resources the Fog Yamato-class would consume). However, as a battleship, she also hit really hard (in fact, she is to date still the only ship that can exceed the maximum firepower soft cap for day battles even in red T engagement). A notable use outside of the event maps was for getting a second shelling phase to clear maps more easily.
- Badass Longcoat: As in the anime. Interestingly enough, getting heavily damaged would make her lose her coat, although repairing her somehow let her get it back.
- Cry Cute: If repaired while heavily damaged. Also one of her hourly lines where she had to take a bath.
- The Stoic: Most of the time, except her Cry Cute moments.