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** The lack of heavier-than-air flight in-universe. Some say it's a poor excuse to not have carriers (which would have made the search for the ''Harekaze'' very VERY short), others argue that the writing staff simply didn't consider the massive ramifications it has on how UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was fought, as the latter was ALSO revealed to have still happened in-universe, especially since superior air power was a tipping point in many of the battles that occurred (see the Battle of Britain, ''everything'' that led the way to the Normandy Landings...).
*** Which also raises the question of why the ''Harekaze'' has the anti-air mount that Shima uses to fire on the Harekaze's sister ships. The shots of the Musashi show that it's in the 1942 configuration, without the huge cluster of AA guns that the Yamato-class were refitted with later in the war, but the free-swinging Type 96 autocannon she uses was purely intended as an AA gun on ships. Possibly they could be considered along the lines of a CIWS for small attack craft, but that would almost require "boat carriers" dropping off swarms of little motorboats. And a similar question for why the 10cm high-angle guns would be developed/installed. Their primary advantage over the 12.7cm guns was better anti-air capabilities.
*** Considering that lighter than air flight exists in universe, one could imagine that the anti-air artillery was still a necessity for shooting down spotting balloons, or hypothetical torpedo/gun/bomb 'armored airships' since heavier-than-air flight never made it off the ground. This also explains the presence of a landing deck on the Independence-class LCS's that we see.

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** The lack of heavier-than-air flight in-universe.in-universe (even though lighter-than-air flight, landing decks, and accurately-depicted pure anti-air guns exist). Some say it's a poor excuse to not have carriers (which would have made the search for the ''Harekaze'' very VERY short), others argue that the writing staff simply didn't consider the massive ramifications it has on how UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was fought, as the latter was ALSO revealed to have still happened in-universe, especially since superior air power was a tipping point in many of the battles that occurred (see the Battle of Britain, ''everything'' that led the way to the Normandy Landings...).
*** Which also raises the question of why the ''Harekaze'' has the anti-air mount that Shima uses to fire on the Harekaze's sister ships. The shots of the Musashi show that it's in the 1942 configuration, without the huge cluster of AA guns that the Yamato-class were refitted with later in the war, but the free-swinging Type 96 autocannon she uses was purely intended as an AA gun on ships. Possibly they could be considered along the lines of a CIWS for small attack craft, but that would almost require "boat carriers" dropping off swarms of little motorboats. And a similar question for why the 10cm high-angle guns would be developed/installed. Their primary advantage over the 12.7cm guns was better anti-air capabilities.
*** Considering that lighter than air flight exists in universe, one could imagine that the anti-air artillery was still a necessity for shooting down spotting balloons, or hypothetical torpedo/gun/bomb 'armored airships' since heavier-than-air flight never made it off the ground. This also explains the presence of a landing deck on the Independence-class LCS's that we see.
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*** Which also raises the question of why the ''Harekaze'' has the anti-air mount that Shima uses to fire on the DE's. The shots of the Musashi show that it's in the 1942 configuration, without the huge cluster of AA guns that the Yamato-class were refitted with later in the war, but the free-swinging type 96 autocannon she uses was purely intended as an AA gun on ships. Possibly they could be considered along the lines of a CIWS for small attack craft, but that would almost require "boat carriers" dropping off swarms of little motorboats. And a similar question for why the 10cm high-angle guns would be developed/installed. Their primary advantage over the 12.7cm guns was better anti-air capabilities.

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*** Which also raises the question of why the ''Harekaze'' has the anti-air mount that Shima uses to fire on the DE's. Harekaze's sister ships. The shots of the Musashi show that it's in the 1942 configuration, without the huge cluster of AA guns that the Yamato-class were refitted with later in the war, but the free-swinging type Type 96 autocannon she uses was purely intended as an AA gun on ships. Possibly they could be considered along the lines of a CIWS for small attack craft, but that would almost require "boat carriers" dropping off swarms of little motorboats. And a similar question for why the 10cm high-angle guns would be developed/installed. Their primary advantage over the 12.7cm guns was better anti-air capabilities.


** The Steering's rap of the 10th episode is very popular on YouTube due to its catchiness and incredible narmy.

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** The Steering's rap of the 10th episode is very popular on YouTube Website/YouTube due to its catchiness and incredible narmy.

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* SpecialEffectFailure: An aerial shot of the ship in episode 9 shows some bad texturing on its deck. The "diamond plate" sheet metal pattern is comically oversized, which each bump about the size of a person.

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* AccidentalInnuendo: One of the cooks wears an apron with an ''extremely'' phallic-looking squid and droplets of water that look like they're shooting out of its.... err, ''tip''.


** The reveal in episode 4 that all those ships going rogue ''might'' have been caused by [[spoiler:an unknown species of hamster sneaking aboard the ships and spreading a HatePlague that makes crew aggressive and not willing to listen to reason.]] Needless to say a good segment of viewers declared the show RuinedForever as a result, which is funny, when one remembers that one of the two major theories regarding the cause of the mutiny was, wait for it, Mind Control. That said, those who preferred a more down-to-earth conspiracy weren't too happy either.

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** The reveal in episode 4 that all those ships going rogue ''might'' have been caused by [[spoiler:an unknown species of hamster sneaking aboard the ships and spreading a HatePlague that makes crew aggressive and not willing to listen to reason.]] Needless to say a good segment of viewers declared the show RuinedForever as a result, which is funny, when one remembers that one of the two major theories regarding the cause of the mutiny was, wait for it, Mind Control. That said, those who preferred a more down-to-earth conspiracy weren't too happy either.


* FriendlyFandoms: With ''KantaiCollection'' and ''GirlsUndPanzer'', due to the obvious similarities and parallels. ''Kantai Collection'' due to the focus on WWII ships and naval battles, and ''Girls Und Panzer'' due to the premise of high school girls crewing WWII vehicles. Also with ''{{VideoGame/World of Warships}}'' players due to the anime portrayal of a destroyer as the main cast's vessel is almost similar to what players experienced playing as destroyers in the game. This link only intensified when ''Harukaze'' and ''Graf Spee'' in their [=HaiFuri=] colors and captains became available in game.

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* FriendlyFandoms: With ''KantaiCollection'' ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' and ''GirlsUndPanzer'', ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', due to the obvious similarities and parallels. ''Kantai Collection'' due to the focus on WWII ships and naval battles, and ''Girls Und Panzer'' due to the premise of high school girls crewing WWII vehicles. Also with ''{{VideoGame/World of Warships}}'' players due to the anime portrayal of a destroyer as the main cast's vessel is almost similar to what players experienced playing as destroyers in the game. This link only intensified when ''Harukaze'' and ''Graf Spee'' in their [=HaiFuri=] colors and captains became available in game.


* FriendlyFandoms: With ''KantaiCollection'' and ''GirlsUndPanzer'', due to the obvious similarities and parallels. ''Kantai Collection'' due to the focus on WWII ships and naval battles, and ''Girls Und Panzer'' due to the premise of high school girls crewing WWII vehicles. Also with ''{{VideoGame/World of Warships}}'' players due to the anime portrayal of a destroyer as the main cast's vessel is almost similar to what players experienced playing as destroyers in the game. This link only intensified when ''Harukaze'' and ''Graf Spee'' in their [=HaiFuri=] colors and captains because available in game.

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* FriendlyFandoms: With ''KantaiCollection'' and ''GirlsUndPanzer'', due to the obvious similarities and parallels. ''Kantai Collection'' due to the focus on WWII ships and naval battles, and ''Girls Und Panzer'' due to the premise of high school girls crewing WWII vehicles. Also with ''{{VideoGame/World of Warships}}'' players due to the anime portrayal of a destroyer as the main cast's vessel is almost similar to what players experienced playing as destroyers in the game. This link only intensified when ''Harukaze'' and ''Graf Spee'' in their [=HaiFuri=] colors and captains because became available in game.


* FriendlyFandoms: With ''KantaiCollection'' and ''GirlsUndPanzer'', due to the obvious similarities and parallels. ''Kantai Collection'' due to the focus on WWII ships and naval battles, and ''Girls Und Panzer'' due to the premise of high school girls crewing WWII vehicles. Also with ''{{VideoGame/World of Warships}}'' players due to the anime portrayal of a destroyer as the main cast's vessel is almost similar to what players experienced playing as destroyers in the game.

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* FriendlyFandoms: With ''KantaiCollection'' and ''GirlsUndPanzer'', due to the obvious similarities and parallels. ''Kantai Collection'' due to the focus on WWII ships and naval battles, and ''Girls Und Panzer'' due to the premise of high school girls crewing WWII vehicles. Also with ''{{VideoGame/World of Warships}}'' players due to the anime portrayal of a destroyer as the main cast's vessel is almost similar to what players experienced playing as destroyers in the game. This link only intensified when ''Harukaze'' and ''Graf Spee'' in their [=HaiFuri=] colors and captains because available in game.


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** Is Mike as cheerful and carefree as the series portrays, or is this all a front to keep her crew's morale since she fully understands the dire circumstances that the ''Harekaze'' is currently in?

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AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Mike as cheerful and carefree as the series portrays, or is this all a front to keep her crew's morale since she fully understands the dire circumstances that the ''Harekaze'' is currently in?



** The lack of heavier-than-air flight in-universe. Some say it's a poor excuse to not have carriers (which would have made the search for the ''Harekaze'' very VERY short), others argue that the writing staff simply didn't consider the massive ramifications it has on how WorldWarTwo was fought, as the latter was ALSO revealed to have still happened in-universe, especially since superior air power was a tipping point in many of the battles that occurred (see the Battle of Britain, ''everything'' that led the way to the Normandy Landings...).

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** The lack of heavier-than-air flight in-universe. Some say it's a poor excuse to not have carriers (which would have made the search for the ''Harekaze'' very VERY short), others argue that the writing staff simply didn't consider the massive ramifications it has on how WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was fought, as the latter was ALSO revealed to have still happened in-universe, especially since superior air power was a tipping point in many of the battles that occurred (see the Battle of Britain, ''everything'' that led the way to the Normandy Landings...).

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* NarmCharm: Most of the charisma of this show is based on how cute 15-year-old girls behave like severe professional sailors. This effect is achieved even more strongly in foreign translations (especially strongly in english, russian and dutch), when girls begin to use the naval slang.


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** The Steering's rap of the 10th episode is very popular on YouTube due to its catchiness and incredible narmy.


** Fans have joked that the series should instead be called ''The Hunt for Harekaze'', due to the plot similarities to ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', where a rogue ship is being hunted down by the world's navies. Became something of an AscendedMeme when [[WordOfGod the writers]] admitted that they drew influence from the film.

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** Fans have joked that the series should instead be called ''The Hunt for Harekaze'', due to the plot similarities to ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', where a rogue ship is being hunted down by the world's navies. Became something of an AscendedMeme when This isn't a coincidence, as [[WordOfGod the writers]] admitted that they drew influence from the film.



*** Arguably, the IdiotBall goes to the sub's captain afterwards after the understandable confusion, for relentlessly pressing the attack against a ship that plainly was NOT attacking them.

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*** ** Arguably, the IdiotBall goes to the sub's captain afterwards after the understandable confusion, for relentlessly pressing the attack against a ship that plainly was NOT attacking them.

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*** Arguably, the IdiotBall goes to the sub's captain afterwards after the understandable confusion, for relentlessly pressing the attack against a ship that plainly was NOT attacking them.

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* {{Narm}}: It gets difficult to feel sad about the sinking of the [[spoiler:''Harekaze'']] when you realize that she ''sank in harbor'' and theoretically could be raised again at any time!


** Fans have joked that the series should instead be called ''The Hunt for Harekaze'', due to the plot similarities to ''TheHuntForRedOctober'', where a rogue ship is being hunted down by the world's navies. Became something of an AscendedMeme when [[WordOfGod the writers]] admitted that they drew influence from the film.

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** Fans have joked that the series should instead be called ''The Hunt for Harekaze'', due to the plot similarities to ''TheHuntForRedOctober'', ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', where a rogue ship is being hunted down by the world's navies. Became something of an AscendedMeme when [[WordOfGod the writers]] admitted that they drew influence from the film.

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