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Heavy Cruisers (CA) / Aviation Cruisers (CAV)
A step up from Light Cruisers, Heavy Cruisers are second to only Battleships in terms of Attack Power and Armor, but still retain the speed of Light Cruisers. All Heavy Cruisers can equip seaplanes for scouting, but apart from remodeled Mogami-class and, given special requirements, the Tone-class (both of which get reclassified as Aviation Cruisers, and can launch seaplane bombers and autogyros for that role), are unable to attack subs. They are also much cheaper to maintain than Battleships as well.
- Jack of All Stats: The go-to class when an admiral can't quite decide on a ship to fill their fleet's line-up. As of the more recent updates, the class to go to when map routing requires a "medium" fleet (meaning no battleships or any ship with a speed rating of "Slow").
- Theme Naming: All but Kako, the Mogami-class and the Tone-classnote are named after Japanese mountains.
The Furutaka Class
"I'm Furutaka. I'll be happy to show how all the good points of heavy cruisers."
Furutaka is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Furutaka
. She is a Hot-Blooded
girl who has a lot of pride about being a heavy cruiser.
"Second Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser, name's Kako! Nice to meetcha!"
Kako is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Kako
. She is an airhead and Heavy Sleeper
The Aoba Class
"Hi, thanks for your time, I'm Aoba! Please can I have some words!"
Aoba (Green Leaf
) is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Aoba
. She is an Intrepid Reporter
always looking for a scoop.
"Ye~s, It's Miss Kinugasa's debut! Together with Aoba, take good care of me!"
Kinugasa is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Kinugasa
. She is a Genki Girl
who seems to take a liking to the Admiral.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Declaration of Protection: Her line when you confess to her.
Kinugasa: "Admiral, I want to protect you, I will grow stronger. But, if you get in trouble, please run away. I don't want to lose someone special."
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails: Which changes into a single sidetail in her Kai 2 remodel.
- Lame Pun Reaction: Implied to be given this from the Admiral in her idle line.
Kinugasa: Ooooi! Oooooi!! Ah, you're not Ooi, you say? ...aah, I got glared at...
- Stop Poking Me: Surprisingly averted.
Kinugasa: "If you keep touching me, I'll touch you back~ Hey hey!"
- Those Two Girls: With Aoba.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Black, and geta-style sandals with propellers at the back of the heels.
The Myoukou Class
"I am Myoukou, of the Myoukou-class Heavy Cruisers. Let us work on this together."
Myoukou is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Myoukou
. She is a quiet, reserved girl.
"You are my commander? I'm Nachi. I appreciate your contribution."
Nachi is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Nachi
. She is a serious girl.
"I'm Ashigara. My specialty is surface combat. Nice to meet you."
Ashigara is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Ashigara
. She is a Boisterous Bruiser
who values victory.
In the anime, it is revealed that she is one of the many instructors of the Destroyer classrooms.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Loud, excitable, and very keen to get into the thick of things.
- Character Tic: Her constant use of the word "victory".
Ashigara: Ah, it's natural consequence with me, Ashigara! A great victory!
- Christmas Cake: Her characterization in fanworks. Her "Hungry Wolf" nickname (as she's always hungry for victory) has been interpreted by Japanese fans to mean that she's always on the look out for men.
- Poked fun of in the anime, where Kisaragi initially mentions that she's suffered yet another failed mixer and didn't land a guy. Three episodes later this happens again, where she turns an otherwise fun curry-making contest into Serious Business of incredible proportions due to her belief that getting first place would prove that she deserves to get married already. Take note, her opponents are technically kids.
- Cute Little Fangs: Grows a pair with her second remodel, to help with the wolf motif.
- Hair Decorations: A white hairband.
- Hot-Blooded: Just see her lines.
Ashigara: It's time for a sortie! Battle... VICTORY is calling for me!
- Lethal Chef: Her curry causes heartburns to the Admiral. As the anime reveals, Ashigara's idea of curry is closer to the subcontinental Indian style (read: incredibly spicy) than the comparatively mild version many Japanese (and in this case, Nagato) are used to.
Ashigara: Eehhh! My katsu curry caused heartburn! H-how did this happen!?
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: See Myoukou's entry.
- Red Baron: The Hungry Wolf. Not because she's always hungry (that's Akagi), but because of her need to claim victory.
- Took a Level in Badass: Like Myoukou and Haguro before her, she has a significant boosts to her stats with her second remodel. Unlike the two of them, she comes stock with three 20.3cm #2 turrets instead of two and a radar, giving low-end battleship-grade firepower on an otherwise smaller ship.
"I'm Haguro. I'm the youngest of the Myoukou-class heavy cruiser sisters. U-um... I'm sorry!"
Haguro (Black Feather
) is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Haguro
. She is an insecure Shrinking Violet
who apologizes for everything.
- Apologizes a Lot: Her crippling insecurity makes her assume that the Admiral noticing her means she's done something wrong.
Haguro: C-commander? ...I'm sorry!
- Cannot Spit It Out: In her marriage line.
Haguro: After this battle is over... T-together with the Commander...! Erm... Ummm... Errrmm...
- Character Development: See Took a Level in Badass below.
- Hair Decorations: A hairclip.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Prone to give this from time to time.
Haguro: I... don't need to receive this kind of strength...
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: See Myoukou's entry.
- Shrinking Violet: She sounds like an easily-frightened mouse most of the time. All the more surprising, given her ship class.
- Now with her Kai 2 upgrade coming through, her artwork depicts her looking much more confident, and her introduction line reflects it too.
Haguro: Fourth ship of the Myoukou-class heavy cruisers, Haguro. Together with everyone, I will support the front lines!
- Tears of Joy: Which appears to be constant with her new remodel.
- Took a Level in Badass: Outside from the occasional CA buff, with her new remodel, she is now the second strongest pure CA in the game which like Jintsuu, comes with an additional level in assertiveness.
The Takao Class
"Good morning. I'm Takao. It's great that you look like a capital Admiral."
Takao is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Takao
. She is a dutiful and serious girl.
"I'm Atago, Admiral, please remember it, okay?"
Atago is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Atago
. She is a Genki Girl
who is often seen giggling and is notorious for her...big fuel tanks.
She is the current flagship of the Maizuru Naval Base in the Shimakaze, Girl of the Whirlwind
"Yo! Name's Maya, nice to meet you."
Maya is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Maya
. She is a tomboyish and boisterous girl.
- Anti-Air: While all her sisters have decent AA scores, Maya is the queen of this, as she has the best Anti-Air stat of all non-Carrier surface vessels. This makes her indispensable for Admirals tackling maps with tons of enemy Carriers.
- Bare Your Midriff: More prominent in fandom.
- Boisterous Bruiser: It rivals Kitakami.
Maya: Isn't it obvious? I'm Maya-sama, you know?
- Hair Decorations: She and Choukai share "radar mast" hairbands. Maya also has a cross hairpin on one of her bangs.
- The Lad-ette: Has the personality of a stereotypical crude and uncouth seaman.
Maya: Hey you, you've gone and made me mad, huh.
- The Prankster: The Side:Kongou drama CD established her as one, trying to switch around the Kongou-class sisters' headbands as payback for eating Hiei's "unique" curry. That didn't work well of course.
"I am Choukai. My best regards."
Choukai is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Choukai
The Tone Class
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Both Tone and Chikuma wear a single stocking on their left legs. Upon their remodel, each of them gains a single long glove as well.
- Going Commando: Both sisters gain a long skirt with a very high slit with their second remodel. Unfortunately, all that slit does is make it painfully obvious how both Tone and Chikuma aren't wearing any panties — not even the side-tie bikinis that Tatsuta, Akashi, or Yamato use.
- Not the Intended Use: On their second remodels, they become CAVs... see the Mogami class for more information.
- Target Spotter: Both Tone and Chikuma have the longest Spotting ranges of any Heavy Cruiser, which is very useful for getting pre-battle Scouting bonus to Accuracy and Evasion and getting artillery spotting to trigger. With their second remodels, they have the highest maximum spotting range in the game, only rivaled by the Standard Carriers.
"I am Tone! With my addition to the fleet, there will be no problems searching out the enemy!"
Tone is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Tone
. She is very serious about battles, speaks in an old-mannish tone and sees her younger sister Chikuma as a rival.
"Pleased to meet you. 2nd of the Tone-class, Chikuma."
Chikuma is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Chikuma
. She is very protective of her big sister Tone, unaware that she does not share the same feeling.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As shown in the 4koma, even she gets fed up with Tone's attitude.
- Big Little Sister: In fanworks she is portrayed as being taller than Tone. As well as bigger.
- Big Sister Worship: Unlike Yamashiro and Hiei, who look up to their big sisters, Chikuma wants to protect Tone, much to the latter's chagrin.
- Declaration of Protection: She wants to protect Tone, but the latter believes that because of this, she does not see her as the big sister.
Chikuma: Why am I so strong? There's a person that I want to protect. *giggle*
- Unknown Rival: To Tone. Chikuma is oblivious to this, though.
- You Remind Me of X: After getting married, she tells the Admiral that he/she reminds her of Tone because of his/her kindness.
Chikuma: Admiral… I appreciate your kindness. You resemble my sister, Tone. Fufu…
The Mogami Class
- Born Unlucky: All of them save for Mogami start with below average luck. This refers to their numerous design flaws as the designers tried to cram as much power in them as the London Naval Treaty permited for light cruisers.
- Not the Intended Use: Meant to carry weapons/planes. Made to carry drums for 5-4, as they have 4 slots and 4+ drums are needed to easily reach the boss. There are only 2 ships that are not CAVs that can carry 4 drums (Yuubari and Oyodo) but both are unsuitable for various reasons. The former is too fragile for the task, while the latter has a pitifully low torpedo stat.
- Rare Random Drop: Except for Mogami, the other three are hard to craft and drop only at boss nodes of certain stages.
"I'm Mogami. It's alright, I won't collide with anyone this time. Really!"
Mogami is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Mogami
. She is a tomboyish ditzy girl.
- Affectionate Nickname: Mikuma refers to Mogami as "Mogamin". The fans soon follow suit.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Becomes one after being remodeled into an aviation cruiser.
Mogami: This is my true power, dude. 'cause I'm something like the pioneer of the helicopter destroyers, you know?
- Bokukko: And the actual tomboy of the game.
- Boyish Short Hair: Comes with the tomboy image.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In fandom, to contrast with the graceful Mikuma.
- Dojikko: She always crashes into other ships, a fact that she is aware of.
Mogami: Yeah, yeah, I've got a habit of blowing the other ships out of the water, I wonder why?
- Those Two Girls: With Mikuma.
- Took a Level in Kindness: To the Admiral after being remodeled.
"Greetings, I'm Mikuma. I wonder where Mogami could be hiding?"
Mikuma is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Mikuma
. She is a formal girl.
- Cannot Spit It Out: In her marriage line.
Mikuma: Admiral, for taking such great care of me up until now, my gratitude is boundless. Umm.. If it's okay, afterwards, together with Mikuma…. Kumarinko!
- Character Tic: Her propensity to play with the -kuma segment of her name, and insert it into her lines. It doesn't count as a Verbal Tic however, as unlike, say, CL Kuma, she doesn't end all her lines with it.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Mogami.
- Girlish Pigtails: Matches well with the way she speaks.
- Hair Decorations: A pair of red ribbons.
- Keigo: Speaks very formally, to contrast with the tomboy Mogami.
- Those Two Girls: With Mogami.
Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcut
"I'm Suzuya! What a lively fleet it is. I'll be in your care!"
Suzuya is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Suzuya
. She is a cheerful and informal girl. She and Kumano are the viewpoint characters of manga The Perched Naval Base
- Cannot Spit It Out: In her marriage line.
Suzuya: "A~dmira~l! It's a bit of a serious talk, but thanks for taking a ship like Suzuya this far! Again, 'grats...eh..ah...umm...anyway, as always, please take care of me!"
- Fanservice Pack: At her upgrade as an aircraft cruiser.
- Hidden Buxom: As a result of her holding that newly added flight deck up. She actually seems smaller until she gets Clothing Damage.
- Genki Girl
- Large Ham: Frequently gives them.
- Oh, Crap: If she gets sunk
Suzuya: "C-crap... my torpedo tube, exploded...? That... could be bad..."
- Valley Girl: Suzuya also speaks in a relaxed and informal slang.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Striped kneesocks that go above her knee.
Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcut
"Good day to you. I am the heavy cruiser Kumano."
Kumano is the personification of the Japanese cruiser Kumano
. She is a sheltered and formal girl.
Alongside her sister ship Suzuya, Kumano is a viewpoint character in the manga spinoff The Perched Naval Base
- Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Kumano has a very strange battlecry, which makes her sound, among other things, like a dolphin.
- Keigo: Speaks very formally, to contrast with the tomboy Suzuya.
- The Ojou: Her lines and way of speaking point to her being raised in a privileged household.
- Parting Words Regret: If she gets sunk.
Kumano: To sink in such a place... I wanted to wear cute clothes and eat Kobe beef... in my birthplace of Kobe...
- Sheltered Aristocrat: The fact that she's amazed at a simple sandwich bought at a convenience store says a lot.
Kumano: "Admiral? These "Convenience store" sandwiches, this is the first time I have had them. They are unexpectedly good... Ah, 1 o'clock."
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Although she looks feminine.
- Vanity Is Feminine
- Zettai Ryouiki: See Suzuya's entry.
Battleships (BB) / Aviation Battleships (BBV)
The most powerful of the so-called "surface ships", Battleships have the highest Health, Attack and Armor values in the game, and can equip the largest caliber guns available. In return for this however they are incapable of launching torpedos, and are especially vulnerable to dive bombers and — barring Aviation Battleships, who can launch seaplane bombers and autogyros to counterattack — submarine attacks. They also
have the largest Maintenance costs in the game, and take ungodly amounts of time to repair if their Health dips to critical levels.
The Nagato Class
- Infinity-1 Ship: The two sisters are considered this, due to how comparatively easier the two are to get compared to the Yamato class; both Yamato and Musashi are available for building only through a significant investment in resources. And while Nagato and Mutsu are also available through LSC, one can use the default LSC recipe and still have a good chance of getting them, something that's impossible to do for Yamato. In return for this (relative) ease in acquiring them, an admiral is treated to a ship class that's second only to the Yamato-class in Firepower, Anti-Air, and Armor.
- However, getting Nagato is anything but easy for medium-experienced players, who may get ship No.2~115 but not Nagato as No.1. While Mutsu is easy to get once you finish the 5-3 nightmare and dive into 5-4 repeatedly for easy EXP, Nagato is rare everywhere. Any map that drops her (5-4 not among them) either have random dead ends(2-4, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 4-4) and/or outright hard (all of those except 3-3, plus 6-2 which do have a definite route to boss note ). Unlucky players also won't get her through Normal construction (2% chance) or LSC (about 5% chance) for a while.
"I am Battleship Nagato, pleased to meet you. Leave the enemy battleships to me."
Nagato (literally "Long Gate"
) is the personification of the Japanese battleship Nagato
. Despite being one of the IJN's most well-known capital ships, her character gives off the aura of a Sugar and Ice Personality
Nagato is the secretary (or Flagship) of the Admiral in the anime, which puts her in overall command of the naval base by proxy.
- Alternate Character Reading: "Nagamon" is the alternate reading of her name, and it is commonly used by the fandom whenever she does something completely wacky (or perverted).
- Bare Your Midriff: An excuse to show her impressive abs.
- Contralto of Danger: Her voice pitch is quite low and powerful in the anime, perfect for the stern authority she displays as the adaptation's secretary ship, though she lets up when approached by a chipmunk.
- Cuteness Proximity: More often than not, a good chunk of the fandom portray her as this. This art by her official illustrator of one magazine cover seems to back this up. During these cases, she's given a personality akin to Sasaki from Azumanga Daioh, complete to keeping a telephoto camera on ready to capture said cuteness for posterity. It's partially canonized in the anime, where Nagato displays a completely goofy and cutesy side when a squirrel appears in the Truk base's bath.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength/Dojikko: Less often depicted by fandom compared to the Cuteness Proximity example, with most depictions having her accidentally break random things due to her Super Strength (the justification to that strength being that she is one of the most powerful battleships both in Real Life and in-game). Sometimes however the fandom depict her intentionally breaking things with it!
- Driven by Envy: While the game doesn't show this at all, the official 4-koma portrayed her as one. Despite Nagato being the best battleship in the game after Yamato, and her being supposed to be one of the Big 7, Yamato's popularity easily overshadows hers, even with Yamato's whole existence being kept secret before.
: Even though I was the national idol at the time, all the later anime and movies are named after you instead!
- Hair Decorations: One seemingly refering to the radar spires beside the original ship's command tower.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: If Fubuki, Shimakaze, Kongou, and Yamato were not as popular as they are now, Nagato would have effectively been the poster child of the game. Her standing in the fandom (well-loved) and the game proper (number one in the sorting) are very high and well-appreciated, but unfortunately not enough to compete with the other characters.
- Repressed Memories: Of her involvement in Operation Crossroads, as per her marriage line:
Nagato: What is it I wonder? What is that landscape, deep inside my memories? Friendly and enemy ships, and then that enormous light... Hey, Admiral...I must be stressed out.
- Sole Survivor: Of not only her ship class, but of all the capital ships in the Imperial Japanese Navy.
- Born Lucky: As a result, she has the single highest overhead Luck stat of the entire capital fleet (99).
- Zettai Ryouiki: Red ones with black trim, contrasting with her mostly-white color theme.
"Nagato class battleship 2nd ship, Mutsu. Pleased to meet you. Don't play with fire too much, ok? Please..."
Mutsu is the personification of the Japanese battleship Mutsu
. Mutsu has a demure and ladylike personality that contrasts wildly with her role as a front-line battleship.
In the anime, instead of being a front-line Battleship, she instead serves as the assistant of her sister Nagato, making her the secretary of the Admiral's secretary.
- Animal Motifs: Her horn-like headgear gives her a resemblance to a slug or a snail. Drawing Mutsu as a slug became a meme in some parts.
- Bare Your Midriff: See Nagato's entry.
- Born Unlucky: Before the introduction of Taihou, she had the lowest luck stat in the game, given she was sunk at home by a disgruntled crewman who set her munitions on fire. (Probably; see below.)
- In addition, the real Mutsu was an unfortunate target of the ever-so-infamous Washington Naval Treaty, so she was a literal case of Born Unlucky.note
- Catch Phrase: "Ara? Ara-ara~", a line usually associated with sweet big sisterly characters.
- Chained by Fashion: She has an anchor with a chain wrapped around her left leg
- Hair Decorations: See Nagato's entry.
- Man on Fire: Mutsu is always mentioned in the game along the lines of "Don't play with fire". There is a reason behind that: The real life Mutsu's no.3 turret exploded on June 8, 1943 when Mutsu was moored in the Hashirajima fleet anchorage. It is concluded that the explosion was most likely caused by a disgruntled, suicidal crewman who sabotaged and set the fire around the turret, although the true story behind the explosion remains a mystery. Regardless, the result of the explosion caused Mutsu to literally split into half. If you put it this way, she was indeed, literally on fire.note
- My Eyes Are Up Here: In her marriage line.
: Admiral, why are you looking at my third gun turret? If you're going to look, look over here.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Hers are more like knee-socks however.
The Kongou Class
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In the anime. The four sisters are... quirky, to say the least. Even Kirishima isn't free from this. As a result, Fubuki's image of a "cool" Kongou gets completely shattered when she learns the truth.
- Hair Decorations: The "radar wing" hairbands they share.
- Lightning Bruisers: They are the only Japanese battleships with a listed speed of Fast.
- Necessary Drawback: In return, they start with only 3 slots before their remodel, and they cannot equip medium caliber guns. Not much of an issue for mid-level or above admirals, but lower-level admirals will have a significantly harder time increasing their firepower apart from sticking more main guns.
- Infinity-2 Ship: See Nagato class above, Kongou class are really easy to get for medium-or-above Admirals, and the above drawback doesn't apply since long caliber guns are abundant. Together with some map's discrimination against Slow ships, the Kongou Fast Battleships are core of the fleet for most Admirals.
- However, obtaining both Nagato sisters is still highly desirable, due to unlocking of some tasks that give uncraftable strong items, and some Special Event maps (or task) have discrimination against Fast ships. Nagato and Yamato class also efficiently perform in ultra-hard maps like 5-5 and Summer E-6 while Kongou Class might not.
- Miko: In theme only, unfortunately, and they don't perform anything remotely miko-like.
- Sarashi: Revealed to wear one when badly damaged. For some reason, Kirishima lacks it (at least until her Kai 2 form).
- Thigh-High Boots: With leather flaring and toes, changes to a pair with red soles and a "knob" heel on for Kongou and Hiei's second remodel.
"It's the British-born returnee, Kongou! Nice to meet you!"
Kongou (literally "Indestructible"
) is the personification of the Japanese battleship Kongou
. She has peculiar speech habits which include using random English words. She is also an avid drinker of black tea and is very clingy towards the Admiral.
While appearing much earlier in the anime, Kongou (and her sisters) only come into focus in episode 4, with Kongou herself joining Mobile Unit Five as the squadron's battleship in the wake of the fleet reorganization in episode 6. Here she retains her cheerful personality and her sisters look up to her. She is also very open about her feelings towards the Admiral, often daydreaming about him.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Loud, excitable, and hits like a freight train.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Very clingy towards Admiral.
Kongou: "Even though I told you to not look away... Admiral, just what are you doing?"
- Cool Big Sis: Or at least Hiei thinks she is. Same goes to Urakaze, which implied that Kongou is truly a cool big sister.
- Genki Girl: While she can be thoughtful and tranquil, 90% of the time she acts like her fuel was replaced by sugar.
- Gratuitous English: A bad habit she picked up in England.
- Surprisingly Good English: That said, while it is used randomly, her pronunciation is much better than you'd expect (though not without the usual stumbles common with these tropes).
- Green-Eyed Monster: When showing the Admiral the Player Score.
Kongou: "Admiral! You've got mail! I won't forgive you if it's a love letter!"
- Large Ham: Prone to behaving like this in battle.
- Lightning Bruiser: Kongou and her sisters are the only Japanese Battleships in the game with a listed speed of "Fast". All the other battleships are slow-moving behemoths by comparison.
- In fact, Kongou's (and Hiei's) Kai 2 forms, when maximized, are both practically as powerful as the Nagato-class and still as fast as a cruiser. And that's not counting Kirishima Kai 2, who's even more powerful.
- Older Than They Look: Arguably. In Real Life, Battlecruiser Kongou was launched in August 1913, which was before World War I, making her one of the oldest ships participating in the Pacific Theater overall.
- Precision F-Strike: If heavily damaged.
The precious equipment I got from the Admiral!
- Race for Your Love: There is a reason why the term "Teitoku LOVE" is famous among the Japanese fans. She is out to gain your affection, dear Admiral.
Kongou: ''I'm the one who will capture Admiral's heart!"
- Spot of Tea: Tea time is serious business. Yet another habit she picked up while in England.
- Team Chef: In Someday as the Seas Turn Calm, she's the one who makes the (English) food for her sisters. However, her food is well-liked by everyone.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Black Tea, of course!
- Verbal Tic: A lot of fans believe her other lines end with "DEEESU", her Katakana variant of "desu".
"I'm Hiei, Big sister Kongou's sister. I'm looking forward to gaining experience and getting closer to my sister's brilliance."
Hiei is the personification of the Japanese battleship Hiei
. She idealizes her big sister Kongou and wants to be as strong as her.
"Fast battleship, Haruna, was appointed. You're the Admiral, correct? Please take care of me."
Haruna is the personification of the Japanese battleship Haruna
. A polite, humble girl.
- Born Lucky: Technically luckier than the her sister ships (she has an above-average Luck header post-second Remodel), but this is for a completely different reason.Explanation
- Catch Phrase: "Haruna is alright". It gets so bad, in the Drama CD's roll call she nearly introduces herself as Battleship Daijoubu.
- Declaration of Protection: As shown in her marriage line.
Haruna: "What is it... this desire to protect...is overflowing. My comrades... and the Admiral... you too..."
- Face Death with Dignity: If she gets sunk.
Haruna: If this is my fate...I'll accept it. I'm sorry...
- Humble Warrior: She has a modest, humble personality.
Haruna: "I'm just doing what is natural. To give special assessment, it will be too good for Haruna."
- Informed Attribute: According to Kirishima, Haruna is as smart as her.
- Irony: Her historical counterpart was the first among her sisters to have her modernization to fast battleship spec complete. In-game, she is the last among her sisters, in both date of implementation and level requirement, to receive her Kai 2 remodel.
- Lightning Bruiser: Like her sisters, but with a bit more Lightning than Bruiser. She traded Durability and Firepower for Evasion and enhanced Anti-Air. As she also remodels later than her sisters (at Lv. 80), she sports more gear than the others.
- Shrinking Violet: In fanworks, exaggerating her humble personality Up to Eleven.
- Third-Person Person: The only one among the sisters to do so.
- Unknown Rival: To Kirishima.
"Is the microphone's volume good? Check, 1,2... Okay. How do you do, I'm Kirishima."
Kirishima (literally "Fog Island"
) is the personification of the Japanese battleship Kirishima
. A dutiful and brainy girl who sees Haruna as her rival.
The Fusou Class
"Super-Dreadnought/Battleship Fusou Class, the elder Fusou. Please take care of me along with my sister Yamashiro."
Fusou (an ancient Chinese name for Japan
, also one of many Chinese names for a Chinese Hibiscus
) is the personification of the Japanese battleship Fusou
. She is very attached to her little sister Yamashiro and vice-versa and often sulks about being Born Unlucky
"Fusou-class battleship sisters, younger sister, Yamashiro. Umm, have you seen elder sister Fusou?"
Yamashiro (literally "Mountain Castle"
) is the personification of the Japanese battleship Yamashiro
. She is very attached to her big sister Fusou and vice-versa and often complains about being always having to be repaired or about being Born Unlucky
The Ise Class
"Super-dreadnaught, 1st of the Ise-class, Ise. Setting off!"
Ise is the personification of the Japanese battleship Ise
"You're the Admiral? I see. Anyway. Second ship of the Ise class, Hyuuga. Remember me, if you would."
Hyuuga (literally "Towards the Sun"
) is the personification of the Japanese battleship Hyuuga
The Yamato Class
- Awesome but Impractical: The most awesome ship class, but also the most impractical of them all. They have the highest firepower stats in the game, as well as formidable armor and AA, but devour even more resources than the other battleships for maintenance and take an eternity to repair, especially when under heavy damage. Not to mention you can only get them through Large Ship Construction, meaning you're gonna have to pump tons and tons of resources just to have a chance to obtain them. Rational Admirals not particularly interested in Yamato-class would build a experienced and balanced fleet before devoting such amount of resources. Devoting at least 18,000 resources (four types combined) only for an 2.5% chance each to get Yamato or Musashi, many players get frustrated and desperate from LSC failures, some to the extent of outright abandoning the game, making her truly impractical.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Yamato has the Fashionable Asymmetry variant, with only the left stocking coming close to her miniskirt while the other one seems to have slipped loosely below her knee, whereas Musashi has it accented with wrapped bandages.
"1st of the Yamato-class battleships, Yamato. Heading forth!"
Yamato (named after the ancient province of Yamato, also an ancient name for Japan) is the personification of the Japanese battleship Yamato
. She is a strong, yet shy and polite, ship that has to frequently correct the Admiral about being called "Yamato Hotel".
In the anime, Yamato finally makes her appearance in episode 8, and oversees the management of the Truk Lagoon Base. Said base, however, seems more like a four-star hotel than an anchorage on the front lines. Due to her management duties, Yamato has barely any battlefield experience, but the truth of the matter is that, despite being essentially the
most powerful ship in the fleet, she's far too expensive
resource-wise to sortie. This fact bothers her greatly.
- Boobs of Steel: Literally, at least when you count her Type 91 bra. Her firepower (139) is also the joint-highest, tied with Musashi. The fact that the fandom often sees her as having the biggest breasts out of all of the girls is yet another thing.
- Big Eater: As episode 8 showed, Yamato manages to out-eat even Akagi. A reference from the game, where Yamato's resource maintenance costs are easily twice as much as the next most-expensive fleet girl (Nagato).
- Hair Decorations: A radar-mast themed hairband decorated with cherry blossoms.
- Insistent Terminology: About being called "Yamato Hotel".
Yamato: Hotel, you say? N-no, you're wrong!
- Parasol of Prettiness: Easy to miss, but yes, she's actually holding a small one in her right hand. The shaft of the parasol is based on the battleship's distinctive inverted-tripod mast.
- Pink Means Feminine: A great number of fanartists usually have her pictured under cherry blossoms, one of the most feminine things in Japanese. In fact, her card looks like it even has these cherry blossoms and her official artwork has cherry blossoms in her hair. This may be due to how the name "Yamato" is a historically poetic name.
- Shrinking Violet: According to Musashi.
Musashi: If Yamato is here, then that's amazing. That girl, she's unexpectedly shy, you know. She doesn't go out much.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: A long one that goes past her waist.
Yamato: Admiral? Erm~ well...my living condition is a level above the other ship girls...is that okay?
Side note: Air conditioned quarters, bathhouse, kitchen with refrigeration facility, full course meal for officers with live band playing in the background...
Voiced by: Misato
"Hmf, making me wait... 2nd of the Yamato-class battleships, Musashi, has arrived!"
Musashi is the personification of the Japanese battleship Musashi
. She is a Hot-Blooded Boisterous Bruiser
who really loves battles.
- Ambiguously Brown: A design choice that frankly puzzled many fan artists at first.Historical reason
- Bandage Babe: Has wraps on her upper arms, waist, and legs. Even her "bra" is really just a few strips of these wrapped around her boobs several times.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: She is extremely proud and unabashedly declares herself the mightiest ship in the fleet, but her marriage and sinking lines imply that her haughtiness and love of battle stem from a fierce desire to protect her fellow shipgirls and keep people safe.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Boobs of Steel: And barely kept in check by her "bra" too.
- Coat Cape
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Which makes her stand out, as barring I-401, everyone else has been portrayed as uniformly fair-skinned.
- Declaration of Protection: To the Admiral in her marriage line.
Musashi: "Admiral, you can trust that I will protect you from anyone who would aim at you. Oh, you doubt me? This Musashi, you are taking her lightly. At any rate, I look forward to working together, partner."
- Determinator: Her quote when she is badly damaged. A reference to the ridiculous amount of damage she endured during the Battle of Sibuyan Sea (part of the set of battles that would comprise the Battle of Leyte Gulf), where she remained operational after being struck by nineteen torpedoes, twenty cannon strikes and seventeen bombs before finally going down.
Musashi: "Not yet... with just this, this Musashi... will never sink!"
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hair Decorations: A "searchlight" hairband.
- Horned Hairdo: Although she is not villainous or malicious at all.
- I Regret Nothing: Her sinking dialogue.
- Meganekko: A small obloid pair.
- Sarashi: What her "bra" seems to be.
- Third-Person Person: Usually refers to herself by her given name, and rather haughtily at that.
Light Aircraft Carriers (CVL)
The smaller cousin of the Fleet or Standard Carrier, the ship class was historically designed to keep up and directly support Fleet Carriers. They have much lower Armor and Hit Point values than their bigger relatives, and have a lower plane capacity as well, but in return they also have far lower maintenance costs, and can use their planes to attack submarines. Like Fleet Carriers however, Light Carriers are helpless at night battles, unless one mounts guns in lieu of aircraft.
- Archer Archetype: Houshou, the Shouhou-class and Ryuuhou share the Samurai Archer style that the Fleet Carriers follow, but each has their own spin.
- Marionette Master: This is how the Chitose-class control their planes once they convert into carriers.
- Onmyodo: Ryuujou and the Hiyou-class are themed around being paper Shikigami users.
- Theme Naming: All of them, save for the Chitose-class, are named after flying animals, fictional or not, that are considered auspicious. Purpose-built carriers use "龍"(Dragon or "Ryuu"), "鶴"(Crane or "Kaku") and "鳳"(Phoenix or "Hou"). Converted warships (like the Shouhou-class, Ryuuhou and alluded to with the Chitose-class' design) use "鳳"(Phoenix) in particular. Converted merchant-ships (like the Hiyou-class) use "鷹"(Hawk/Falcon or "You") instead of the above.
The Houshou Class
"Aircraft carrier, Houshou. Though I'm inexperienced, I look forward to your guidance."
Houshou (Flying Phoenix
) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Houshou
. She has a very motherly, caring personality and is more reserved than the other ships.
The Ryuujou Class
"Light aircraft carrier, Ryuujou! Ain't my silhouette distinctive? But, launching carrier planes one after another makes me a proper carrier, ya know! You can count on me!"
Ryuujou (Prancing Dragon
) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Ryuujou
. She speaks in a Kansai dialect and looks smaller and younger than all of the other carriers. She is also known for her visibly flat chest.
The Hiyou Class
"My name is Izumo Ma...no, Hiyou. I'm an aircraft carrier. Pleased to meet you, Admiral!"
Hiyou (Flying Hawk
) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Hiyou
"Ex-merchant ship aircraft carrier, Jun'you~! Woohoo!"
Jun'you (Peregrine Falcon
) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Jun'you
The Shouhou Class
"Light aircraft carrier Shouhou, at your service. I realize that I'm a little small, but please make a place for me in your fleet!"
Voiced by: Mana Komatsu
"I'm Zuihou. I'm a light carrier, but with some experience, I'll be just as good as a regular carrier, just you see!"
Zuihou is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuihou
- A-Cup Angst: In the 4-koma. Ryuujou is not the only aircraft carrier with an extra flight deck.
Shouhou: Well, any straight, flat place would work, really...
Fubuki (looking at Zuihou): Flat...
Zuihou: Wait... don't look at me!!
- Badass Headband
- Feminine Women Can Cook: As seen in her hourly lines.
- Rare Random Drop: The only light aircraft carrier that is notoriously hard to get.
- Subverted in 5-4, drop regularly.
- Sweet Tooth: As seen in her hourly lines.
- Together in Death: If she gets sunk.
Zuihou: All hands....abandon ship... I'm... sunk... Will I... see Shouhou... again?
- Tomboyish Ponytail
The Chitose Seaplane Tender / CVL Class
- Awesome but Impractical: As Seaplane Tenders. Although they look awesome in their official art, they have little good use during sorties except in expeditions where they can equip an item that increases the yield of resources.
- In recent patch, they can become quite useful for new admirals who manage to had them, where they able to trigger seaplane spotting in maps where enemy carriers are absent as well as in 1-5, where they are good substitute for dealing against submarines.
- Badass Headband
- Fanservice Pack: Both Chitose and her sister become much bustier as they're upgraded to their Kai 2 models as Light Carriers, as their damaged sprites reveal them to have become incredibly well-stacked◊ despite their normal sprites having the same dimensions and shape as their previous ones.
- Magikarp Power: The Chitose sisters start as Seaplane Tenders, where their only viable use is to equip seaplanes for aerial reconnaissance and minimal bombing damage in the aerial combat phase. However, they're also the only ships in the game which can be upgraded up to 5 times. Their second upgrade comes equipped with midget submarines that are incredibly useful by virtue of allowing certain ships (namely themselves, low-leveled submarines, and most importantly the torpedo cruisers Kitakami, Ooi and Kiso) to make an initial torpedo attack before the shelling phase. On top of that, their final upgrade at level 50 makes them among the best CVLs in the game.
Voiced by: Wakana Miyakawa
"I'm Chitose. I'm the the first Japanese seaplane tender. Nice to meet you!"
Chitose is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Chitose
. She is Chiyoda's big sister.
- Aloof Big Sister: As shown in the Drama CD.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She takes a lot of pride about her seaplanes.
Chitose: I'm proud of my newly developed E12 seaplanes!
- Cool Big Sis: Her lines show that she likes to look after Chiyoda.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Implied in-game, whenever she asks for the Admiral if she wants something to drink. Confirmed in the 4-koma, where she's apparently Jun'you's regular drinking buddy. For some reason this part of her is never mentioned again after she is remodeled.
Chitose: Admiral~ you can really knock them back! Here, another drink!
- Oblivious to Love: She cares a lot about Chiyoda, but has no idea of her feelings towards her.
Chitose: Ah? Chiyoda, she ran away all angry. I wonder why?
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Wears black leggings, in contrast to Chiyoda.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Easy to miss, but yes, she has one.
Voiced by: Wakana Miyakawa
"Seaplane tender Chiyoda. My older sister Chitose isn't bothering you, is she?"
Chiyoda is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Chiyoda
. She looks up to her big sister Chitose and wants to be as strong as her.
- Big Sister Worship: Most of her lines are about how Chitose is the most awesome thing since midget subs.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Chitose. Especially in the Drama CD.
- Dreaming of Times Gone By: In one of her lines (when set as the secretary ship in seaplane tender form) she appears to be having a dream about the battle where she and Chitose were sunk the last time.
- Fragile Flower: She cries a lot during her hourly notifications, sulking about Chitose's closeness to the Admiral.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards her sister. She also doesn't like when Chitose spends time with Admiral, but she doesn't seem to have any ill intentions.
: The Admiral's so stubborn! You'll be my rival in love from today! Eh, it can't be helped. Here, have an onigiri.
- What Does The Admiral See In Her?: A subversion, since it's the Admiral she's not happy with, rather than Chitose. In her hourly notifications she's asking all the time what the Admiral sees in Chitose and if s/he likes her. Needless to say, Chiyoda is not happy with the Admiral's replies.
Chiyoda: Admiral, what do you think of Chitose-nee? You're gonna answer me in an hour!
(1 hour later) Sooooo, you like Sis, huh? E-eh!? N-No, you can't!
- Zettai Ryouiki: To contrast with Chitose's tights, Chiyoda wears black thigh-highs instead.
Taigei Class Submarine Tender / Ryuuhou Class CVL
"Good day, I'm Submarine Tender Taigei. I may be inexperienced, but I am glad to be of service."
"Carrier Ryuuhou, remodeled from a Submarine Tender. I'll once again try my best as a carrier!"
Taigei ("Great Whale") or Ryuuhou ("Dragon Phoenix") is the personification of Japanese Aircraft Carrier Ryuuhou
. The real-life counterpart was a submarine depot ship that was converted to a light carrier in December 1941.
Standard Aircraft Carriers (CV) / Armored Aircraft Carriers (CVB)
Otherwise known as Fleet Carriers, they are the counterpart of Battleships, in that they have some of the highest Hit Point and Armor values in the game. Unlike the Battleships, who use their massive guns to attack their enemies, Fleet Carriers use a vast swarm of planes to torpedo and divebomb their foes into submission, at the same time claiming air superiority over a battlefield. In return, they have some of the highest Maintenance costs in the game, take a heck of a long time to be repaired even if damaged a little, cannot attack at all if their hit points are 50% or below (except for Armored Aircraft Carrier Taihou, whose restriction is reduced to 25% or below), and are helpless during Night Battles.
- Archer Archetype: All of the Fleet Carriers besides Taihou and the Unryuu-class* are themed around being Samurai Archers, down to being equipped with the tradional yumi and muneate.
- Rare Random Drop: All of them have at least a Gold rarity. And all of them are hard to get (except for Akagi, which you can get by completing a quest, unless you sunk her that is).
- Theme Naming: All but Akagi and Kaganote as well as Amaginote use the same nomenclature as the Light Carriers. If we go by "during-war" designs, the Unryuu-class, save for Unryuu herself, uses Mountain names as Akagi did and they are of a size between a heavy cruiser and a battleship of the era. The Shinano is another conversion from a battleship hull (a Yamato-class hull, no less) and thus, kept her original name.
The Akagi Class
"I'm the aircraft carrier Akagi. If you're forming a mobile carrier squadron, just leave everything to me."
Akagi (after Mt. Akagi, literally "Red Castle"
) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi
. She is Kaga's best friend and is known due to her reputation of eating up all the Bauxite in the Admiral's inventory and long repair times in the game. Like Kaga, she can be serious at times as well.
Akagi doesn't fit the usual flying animal Theme Naming
because she was originally intended to be an Amagi-class battlecruiser. Due to the Washington Naval Treaty temporarily banning battleship and battlecruiser construction she was converted into a carrier.
In the anime, Akagi is still part of the famed 1st Carrier Division who, alongside her best friend Kaga, has made a name for herself in the fight against the Abyssals. Here she projects an elegant and mature personality, and serves as an inspiration to Fubuki, who hopes to one day become her escort ship.
- Big Eater: While all carriers are resource drains (true for any ship class above Light Cruiser really), Akagi's so far the only kanmusu who has this as a character trait in official media. Indeed in the 4-koma, Bauxite runs are nicknamed "Akagi's feeding time". Her infamy for being such a Bauxite hog stems from the fact that, unless an admiral somehow lucks out during construction, she's the first Standard Carrier he or she will get (due to her being a quest reward), and she will VERY quickly use the Bauxite stores (as it's used for maintaining her planes). The Awesome but Impractical nature of carriers only makes the situation worse as she will burn through ammo and steel quickly once she levels up and gets hit.
- Canonized in the anime, where Akagi's massive appetite is highlighted constantly whenever there's food involved.
- Cool Big Sis: To Fubuki in the anime. Her mature and elegant manners of course clash wildly with her also being a Big Eater, though Fubuki doesn't see the latter as a negative at all.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Her idle line.
Akagi: Um, Admiral? Is it mealtim-No! Is it time to begin the operation yet!?
- Single Issue Psychology: In the 4-koma, anything even remotely sounding like a reference to how she sunk at the Battle of Midway will turn Akagi into a panicked and quivering wreck (which can be righted with bauxite though).
- Sorry That I'm Dying: If she gets sunk.
Akagi: My apologies... Please... scuttle me with the torpedoes.
- Those Two Girls: With Kaga, since they form the 1st Carrier Division.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Rice and bauxite. She's usually seen with a bucketful of either.
- Understatement: Her docking line is this for her abnormally long docking time.
Akagi (if docked while heavily damaged): It seems like it will take a little time to repair the flight deck.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears a white-colored pair.
The Kaga Class
"I'm aircraft carrier Kaga. Are you my Admiral?... I have a fairly high expectation of you."
Kaga (named after the historical Kaga Province) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga
. She is Akagi's best friend and is known due to her serious personality.
Like Akagi, she doesn't fit the normal Theme Naming
for carriers because she wasn't originally intended as one. When Akagi's sister ship Amagi (also being converted into a carrier) was damaged beyond repair by the Great Kanto Earthquake, the Tosa-class battleship Kaga was the only other sufficiently large ship whose hull was far enough along in construction to be used as a replacement. Kaga's shorter, wider hull was considerably less suitable for an aircraft carrier, resulting in a variety of problems (see My Blood Runs Hot
below for one of them).
In the anime, Kaga almost always appears with Akagi, though with the reorganization of the fleet she finds herself assigned to Mobile Unit Five, which unfortunately puts her in the same squad as Zuikaku. The two constantly butt heads as a result.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In the anime, for Zuikaku. While she constantly belittles Zuikaku and her sister, in episode 8 she eventually admits that Zuikaku did a good job.
- Hidden Depths: Displayed by her skill at making towel-bunnies, which catches everyone by surprise. Apparently taught to her by Akagi, as a way to pass the time while in the bath.
- I Feel Angry: Always stoic and serious, no matter what.
Kaga (if attacked): It outrages me..
- My Blood Runs Hot: As revealed in the 4-koma, Kaga apparently has a higher-than-normal body temperature (the real Kaga's exhaust system was unable to get rid of exhaust gases properly, leading to heat building up in the interior of the ship, resulting in overheating of the flight deck and some crew quarters), so much so that all the other carriers think it's possible to use her as a replacement for the kotatsu heater.
- Necessary Drawback: Can field the most planes in the whole game with a massive third slot (98, with a third slot of 46 planes, bigger than what some Light Carriers can field with all of their slots). Thus, she is instrumental when you need to have Air Superiority but as a result, she is also the most expansive carrier to maintain, even more than Big Eater Akagi. Some players also get frustrated when they perceive she is more likely to be heavily damaged, forcing the Admiral to retreat.
- Only Sane Woman: Between Akagi to take care of her Bauxite eating, the Destroyers who are kids and need someone to look after them, and the rest of the classes who are usually out, most fanartists depict her as the one person who takes everything seriously.
- The Stoic: Talks in a calm and even tone.
Kaga: I... displaying emotions.. well.... Even I... right now, I'm extremely happy though...
- Those Two Girls: With Akagi.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: A very short sidetail, one that's not very noticeable in her in-game sprite. Emphasized in fanart however.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears a black pair of thigh-highs.
The Souryuu Class
"I'm aircraft carrier Souryuu. Count me on when organizing a carrier task force!"
Souryuu (Blue/Green Dragon
) is the personification of Japanese aircraft carrier Souryuu
- Ace Custom: Her second remodel comes with more powerful versions of regular planes, piloted by the Egusa Squadron pilots.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Despite being historically different ship classes, in-game Soryuu and Hiryuu were fairly similar in both starting stats and character designs. Come their second remodels however, the differences between them became very pronounced, with Souryuu lagging behind her contemporary in Firepower, Armor, Evasion and Luck.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Those Two Girls: With Hiryuu, since they formed the 2nd Carrier Division. And because Hiryuu was built to a modified Souryuu design, to the point that they're sometimes considered sister ships.
- Took a Level in Badass: Like Hiryuu, her 2nd upgrade. She becomes second only behind Hiryuu and likewise, gains her equipment from Midway.
The Hiryuu Class
"I'm aircraft carrier Hiryuu. Leave the carrier battles to me, I can fight on against any and all adversity."
Hiryuu (Flying Dragon
) is the personification of Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryuu
The Shoukaku Class
- Rare Random Drop: Notoriously hard to get, since they were originally event rewards at early 2013.
"I'm Shoukaku, the first of the Shoukaku-type carriers. I will try my best with Zuikaku to try and live up to the names of my seniors in the first and second aviation divisions."
Shoukaku (Flying Crane
) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoukaku
- Born Unlucky: In the 4-koma, Shoukaku is such a huge magnet for misfortune that Kaga was horrified to learn she'd have to stay in the same dorm with her. Subverted in the game however, where she has average luck.
- Cool Big Sis: Tries to makes sure Zuikaku doesn't bother the Admiral so much.
- Hair Decorations: A red hairband.
- Informed Flaw: Despite her talk of getting injured easily, which would imply having bad luck (as shown in the 4-koma), her luck in the game is average.
- Planning For The Future Before The End: In her marriage line, no less! Based on her being sunk in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, part of the Marianas Campaign.
- Thigh-High Boots: Wears a black and armored-looking set with "wings" at the ankles that have propellers on their ends.
- White-Haired Pretty Girl: To contrast with Zuikaku.
"2nd of the Shoukaku-class aircraft carriers, the younger sister Zuikaku. The lucky carrier, you say? That's not it, I just fight with all my might.. As long as I have planes, I won't lose!"
Zuikaku (Fortunate Crane
) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku
The Taihou Class (CVB)
"Yes... I am Taihou. Thank you for your reception. Admiral... I shall bring victory to you and your task force!"
Taihou (Great Phoenix
) is the personification of the Japanese aircraft carrier Taihou
The Unryuu Class
- Animal Motifs: Of course, dragons, which she somewhat resembles. She even takes on the "cloud" part of her name!
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Her upgraded art◊. Saying the fandom likes to add green horns to her as well is an understatement. The official art "merely" gives her what appear to be green lightning bolts hovering in a horn-like position just above her head.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Braids of Action: A single long braid at the back.
- Buxom Is Better
- Magikarp Power: Somewhat averted; despite her un-remodeled version not even coming with planes, maximizing her stats makes quite useful in early maps like World 1 or 2. Once remodeled however, she comes with a strong set of veteran mid to high-tier planes.
- Mystical White Hair/White-Haired Pretty Girl
- Necessary Drawback: She is the cheapest Remodeled Fleet Carrier in the game, using only slightly more Fuel and Ammo than a Hiyou-class and having offensive stats comparable to Akagi and Kaga. However, she also has the lowest plane count and the lowest durability amongst Fleet Carriers.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Unlike everyone released before her, she isn't some form of archer. In fact, she resembles far more a Final Fantasy character than anything else in the game. This took nearly everybody by surprise; it was expected that she would strongly resemble Soryuu and Hiryuu given that the real-life Unryuu-class utilized Hiryuu's hull design and Soryuu's propulsion system (this might be due to the fact that the artist for Unryuu is the same person who did Ryuujou).
- In the 4koma episode dedicated to her, Fubuki and her gang initially mistook her as a Chinese Hermit until Shigure comes in to explain who and what she actually is. This is how different she looks.
- Onmyodo: Like the Hiyou-class and Ryuujou except that her flight deck has been turned into a banner. She's unique among standard carriers for launching her planes in this manner instead of using arrows.
- Wind is Green: Takes on the general green motif associated with dragons in common Japanese mythology.
- Beauty Mark
- Buxom Is Better
- Third-Person Person
- Stripperific: Averted with her base form wearing a full body kimono but on remodeling she gains a outfit much like Unryuu's that falls into to this. Her base form's damaged illustration shows that she's wearing the stripperific outfit underneath her kimono, and just discards the kimono when remodeled.
- An explanation as to why her CG artwork is depicted that way, as an anonymous commenter on the game's Wikia puts it:
A Wikia Contributor: To wit, Amagi in real life was camouflaged and sealed away in Kure, never given planes. This is represented with her heavy clothing and packed away staff. The remodel represents a major "if" where she may have been allowed to sortie as a combat-capable fully equipped Unryuu-class carrier. Also, her damaged CG is probably a reference to her capsizing.
Submarines (SS) / Aircraft Carrying Submarines (SSV)
The silent stalkers of the deep, Submarines fill a unique niche in Kantai Collection. They have the lowest Attack, Armor, Hit Point, and Evasion values in the game, with only their Torpedo Attack stat worthy of mention. However
, they can only be attacked by Destroyers, Light Cruisers, and Light Carriers, all of which must target enemy submarines if there are any, and even then they have a higher-than-normal chance of taking the bare minimum of damage when hit. This makes them ideal for maps that are swarming with Battleships or Standard Carriers... or use against PVP teams that neglected to add an anti-submarine complement to their fleets.
Maintenance-wise, Submarines have some of the lowest upkeep costs in the game with regards to refueling, rearming, and repair. Excepting I-168, remodeled subs (and unremodeled I-401) are reclassified as Aircraft Carrying Submarines, which can also launch seaplanes for scouting, but in return double the time required to repair them when damaged.
- All of the Other Reindeer: In the 4-koma, they are disliked by most of the other kanmusu, because of their Real Life counterparts being sunk by submarines.
- Boring but Practical: Using them to farm for fuel in 2-3 is tedious, but it gives a better rate of fuel than expeditions can.
- Memetic Mutation: This is known in most kancolle Fandom circles as Orel Cruising with Goya and Imuya being frequently portrayed lamenting or being annoyed at constantly sent out there Note .
- The Dreaded: Sometimes, the mere announcement that they're coming is enough to have the other ships running for the hills. It's a Running Gag in the official 4-koma for example.
- Friendly Sniper: They're no doubt friendly (at least those introduced so far anyway), and some of them call themselves snipers, which is hard to dispute.
- Goroawase Number: They apparently chose to do this with their names to make it easier for the Admiral and themselves to pronounce their names.
- Rare Random Drop: Any submarine that becomes readily available becomes this, with the possible exception of event maps (and 1-5). Arpeggio's Iona (available for the Christmas 2013 event), a submarine herself, even lampshaded this:
Iona: Are submarines that rare for you, Admiral?
- School Swimsuit: The basic uniform for all submarines. As stated by Goya:
Goya: If it's armor, it has to be a school swimsuit! Look, it's efficiently smooth!
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: As long as they still have Hit Points, otherwise Super Drowning Skills apply.
- Third-Person Person: To differing extents. Goya being the most.
- You Are Number Six: Japanese subs of the era all have a number appended after their class character. "I" for 1st class submarines (most of those available for the player) and "Ro" for 2nd class submarines (Ro-500).
"I'm I-168. What? It's hard to say? OK, just call me Imuya. Nice to meet you!"
I-168 a.k.a. Imuya is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-168
. A dutiful and serious girl.
"Hello! I-58 here! You can call me Goya. I'm not bitter!"
I-58 a.k.a. Goya is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-58
. A Genki Girl
who likes swimsuits.
- Berserk Button: Not exactly berserk but Goya is sure to be angry if you call her "Dechi", as demonstrated by Ro-500's hourly line.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Born Lucky: 40 luck pre-remodel, 50 post-remodel (the real-life I-58 survived the war; although it shouldn't really count given that she was finished less than one year before the war ended).
- Genki Girl
- Hair Decorations: A peculiar one consisting of a golden clip holding two sakura petals and two ribbons that appear to be connected to her Hair Antennae.
- Okinawa Regional Accent: Speaks with a heavy Okinawan accent.
- Power Up Letdown: While remodeling her into an aviation sub increases her stats across the board (especially the Evasion stat, which is very important for submarines), this also doubles her repair cost and repair time. What's more, this makes her ineligible for use in some sub-only Expeditions, as she now counts as a carrier hybrid. (It was later fixed so that she and the other submarine carriers can be used for these expeditions, of course at the cost of them no longer being valid for carrier expeditions.) It's no wonder some Admirals just pass on remodeling.
- Punny Name: "Goya" is also the Okinawan name for a bitter melon. This is the reason why she says she isn't bitter in her introduction.
- Those Two Guys: With Imuya in the 4-koma.
- Verbal Tic: "dechi".
Voiced by: Misato
"Such a great admiral makes me happy. I'm I-19. Yep, calling me Iku is fine!"
I-19 a.k.a. Iku is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-19
. She is playful and loves flirting with the Admiral from time to time. Iku is very often seen holding her torpedoes in such a way that they go between her breasts.
Voiced by: Misato
"Guten Tag ... ah, my mistake... sorry, please call me Hachi."
I-8 a.k.a. Hachi is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-8
. A serious girl who loves reading.
"Good day, Admiral. I'm I-401, the second ship in the special submarine series. Just call me Shioi."
I-401 a.k.a. Shioi is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-401
. Unlike the other submarines, she can carry aircraft even before being upgraded.
Go see the Kriegsmarine's shipgirls
. She would appear here as a German submarine who came to Japanese hands.
The Support Party Members
of the fleetnote
; in real life large navies had a large Auxiliary Fleet to support and maintain their vessels. They possess little capability to protect themselves, which is reflected in the game with their poor stats.
So far, there are only 7 Auxiliary Vessels in the game (Three, the Chitose-class and Taigei, are quickly converted in-game to CVL, while another, Akitsu Maru, is an IJA vessel); only Akashi is playable while the two others are usable items. This is unlikely to change any time soon, because auxiliaries rarely do anything interesting in battle
Mamiya (Food supply ship)
Mamiya is the personification of the food supply ship of the same name. A motherly woman who can relieve fatigued ship-girls with her excellent desserts. Is only available as an item card.
- Hair Decorations: A big red ribbon and a red hairclip on her bangs.
- Happy Holidays Dress: Was given a new portrait for the Christmas 2014 event, giving us the opportunity to look at her cleavage at the same time.
- Suddenly Voiced: She had no voice until a certain update in late 2014.
- Team Mom: The impression she gives off, just by her design alone, and her role in-game to deliver supplies and sweets that helps relieve the stress of the ships under the Admiral's command.
Irako (Food supply ship)
Irako is the personification of the food supply ship of the same name. A young lady who can increase the morale of the ship-girls with equally excellent desserts as her senior. Is only available as an item card.
Akashi (Repair ship)
"I'm Repair ship Akashi. If you take a little damage, I can fix you up in the base. Just leave it to me!"
Akashi is the personification of the repair ship of the same name. Previously the shopkeeper NPC, she can now join your fleet and serve as a medic of sorts as well as a way to upgrade existing gear.
- Ascended Extra: Used to be the Shop Keeper until the game's first anniversary elevated her to a playable ship.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Akashi's post marriage line when you poke her at the main screen is great enough to make you blush.
"...Admiral, It wouldn't do you good if you don't go for maintenance, you know? I...will offer myself to be at your service, okay?"
- Hair Decorations: A red ribbon, visible at her nape.
- Happy Holidays Dress/Holiday Mode: Like Ooyodo, she gains a traditional furisode for New Years 2015.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
1800. Do you want to eat out for dinner? Like the Yamato hotel, perhaps… just a joke, really.
- Martial Arts Headband: She gains one once remodeled.
- The Medic / The Engineer: Her role once she is in your fleet, as she can repair/heal your ships. Of course, since she is only support, she has poor combat abilities (which she even admits if you let her attack something) and paper-thin armouring which means she is barely able to take a hit.
- Shop Keeper: Her original role, but most players tend to see her as a black market-style scalper, as the entirety of her inventory can only be purchased via DMM points, which can only be gained by paying real-world money.
- Wrench Wench: She even gets a Secret Shop, Akashi's Improvement Arsenal (hidden behind the normal construction dock button and only accessible is she is the fleet's flagship) in which she can tinker with your equipment and make it stronger.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Black and enclosed in white open-toed "geta"-styled boots.