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1* 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''.* 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?* BrokenBase:** The lack of heavier-than-air flight 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...).** 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.]] * EnsembleDarkhorse: [[GermanicEfficiency Wilhelmina]] seems to be quite popular, as a foreign character who manages not to be a [[FunnyForeigner walking stereotype]]. In addition, she also appeals herself to many of the naval buffs tuning into the show by displaying a good grasp of tactics, which many of the crew of the ''Harekaze'' ...really don't.* FriendlyFandoms: With ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' and ''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.* LesYay:** The companion manga is full of this. Hiromi Kuroki enrolls at Yokosuka after she meets Mashiro at a Blue Mermaid PR event, and her ChildhoodFriend Maron only follows her because she wants to keep an eye on Hiromi.** In-series, Kuroki seems to constantly worry about Mashiro, something Maron clearly disapproves about.** Mimi Toumatsu, the chief accountant of the ''Harekaze'', is attracted to ship lookout Machiko Noma, as she thinks that the latter is "cool".** And let's not get into the touchy-feely nature of ChildhoodFriends Mike and Moka's relationship. [[spoiler:When they finally get to see each other again at the end, it almost feels more like a reunion between separated lovers than friends.]]* {{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!* 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.* MemeticMutation: ** 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. This isn't a coincidence, as [[WordOfGod the writers]] admitted that they drew influence from the film.** With the revelation in episode 4 [[spoiler:that the cause of all those ships going rogue ''might'' be because of an unknown species of ''hamster'' spreading a HatePlague]], some people have been comparing it instead to ''Videogame/{{Freelancer}}'', which features, among other things, an independent ship getting targeted by previously friendly factions with little reason [[spoiler:because it turns out they were mind-controlled by aliens]].** The Steering's rap of the 10th episode is very popular on Website/YouTube due to its catchiness and incredible narmy.* 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.* WhatAnIdiot: ** The suggestion to use the ''Harekaze's'' active sonar to try and communicate to the I-201 via Morse Code. To submariners, it's usually a sign that an opposing vessel is ''ready to attack them''. In addition, Mike decides to go ahead with the idea even when the rest of the bridge crew tells her this.** 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. ** The ship itself not "going dark" during its encounter with the submarine. As Wilhelmina points out, they might as well have been advertising "please, shoot us!" to the opposing sub crew.

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