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Azur Lane: The Animation is an anime adaptation based on the Azur Lane game directed by Tensho and animated by Tensho's Bibury Animation Studio. The project had been in development since late 2017. Released on October 3, 2019, it has a very similar plot to the game.

When the Earth's oceans are attacked by a mysterious alien force called the Sirens, four major nations, Eagle Union, the Royal Navy, the Sakura Empire, and the Ironblood form the "Azur Lane" military alliance to combat the Sirens using shipgirls, girls fused with naval warships. Eventually, the Sirens are defeated, but a rift forms between the factions, with the Eagle Union and Royal Navy coming in opposition against the Sakura Empire and Ironblood, where the former factions wished to use humanity's own strength to defeat the Sirens as opposed to the latter factions' willingness to use the Sirens' own technology to defeat the Sirens.

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Currently licensed by Funimation and can be viewed in both sub and dub format on their website and in subformat on Hulu. See Preview here.

This anime provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Kaga, in particular, can summon a giant fox that almost killed Unicorn if Enterprise didn't intervene, with her Blood Knight qualities are more emphasized here in contrast to her more subdued (but with equal jonesing for good fights) self in the game.
    • Enterprise is badass enough in the games, but she managed to one-shot Kaga and almost killed her if Zuikaku didn't interfere. However, due to being worn out from the battle, this is downplayed.
    • While Belfast has some history (like going toe to toe with a battlecruiser), it's surprising to see her take on the katana-wielding Zuikaku with just her bare hands (rigging aside)
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Because of the apparent absence of the Commander from the anime, it's not too surprising that the girls are either depicted as not having their romantic orientation being brought up at all or be rather distinctly lesbian. Most notably, Akagi is clearly shown to have a much more intimate relationship with Kaga than in the game, even directing her Yandere behavior towards her in the absence of a Commander.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
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    • Certain ships get taken out easier than others. In particular, San Diego, a ship that would normally be effective against Akagi and Kaga (in particular, the planes they kept calling forth), got taken out (off-screen) and she's shown as one of the first casualties on-screen. She's seen whining about her ship later.
    • Additionally, the small fleet consisting of Helena, Arizona, Long Island, Hammann, and Hornet are all easily defeated (with exception to Hornet) off-screen by Shoukaku and Zuikaku, and even Hornet's shown barely hanging out as she's dodging most of Shoukaku's planes. Even after reinforcements come, Hornet herself is shown being too worn out to fight.
  • Adapted Out: So far, there has been no mention or appearance of the Commander, who is a major character in the game.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Even though there isn't a human commander, Manjuus still show up. Particularly, one seems to have the hat that the in-game Commander is associated with, making people wonder if that Manjuu is the commander, or is just one dressed up as such.
  • Battle Butler: Queen Elizabeth has Town Class shipgirls as maids, but all of them, Belfast in particular, qualify as this.
  • Beach Episode: The third episode (based on preview shots) seem to show a few scenes with the shipgirls in swimsuits having fun in the water.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Sakura Empire's surprise attack is a success, the shipgirls are all on the back foot, and Kaga's giant ninetailed fox kaiju carrier is about to devour a disabled Unicorn... and then Enterprise arrives and singlehandedly turns the tide.
    • Enterprise herself gets saved from Zuikaku by Belfast at the climax of Episode 2 as part of the Royal Navy's reinforcements.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Implied to have happened to Yorktown instead of dying here (much like her real self during the Battle of Midway), based on her shot in the opening with Vestal.
  • Cliffhanger: The second episode ends with Belfast rushing in saving Enterprise from Zuikaku, introducing herself as "a maid passing by".
  • Code Name: Kaga instructs Ayanami and Akagi to use their "Citrus" and "Phoenix" codenames respectively. However, she doesn't care to use her own codename.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Nagato of the Sakura Empire is shown, although covered, during the opening sequence.
    • Hood herself is briefly mentioned during the first episode and is very briefly shown in the opening sequence.
  • Erotic Eating: The camera zooms in to Prinz Eugen's lips as she licks and eats a dango.
  • Fanservice: Befitting the game it's based on, the anime is not lacking in it, be it panty shots, breasts being nigh-exposed, Gainaxing, or even eating foods in the right way, there's no lack of it in the anime.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Javelin has to use her hand to cover her breasts when Laffey accidentally unclipped her strap in episode 2. Right after, Laffey also gets her own left breast exposed that conveniently has a crab covering her nipple.
  • Hidden Depths: Unicorn is shown to be a really good artist, depicting her U-Chan as a really detailed sketch of a unicorn.
  • Irony: Enterprise's catchphrase, "Owari Da" note  is usually associated with her Signature Move, Lucky E. However, in here, it leads to a bad stroke of luck here that her gear broke down, leaving her open to Zuikaku.
  • Killed Offscreen: Non-lethal, but San Diego happened to be one of the first casualties shown in the aftermath of the first battle. And she didn't take the sight of her damaged ship well.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Of all people, Akagi. She warns Kaga against fighting Enterprise, orders a retreat as soon as their objectives are sufficiently accomplished, and even had Zuikaku in reserve to cover the retreat.
  • "Last Supper" Steal: The ending credits for the anime is a panoramic imitation of the Last Supper, with Enterprise in the middle (who closes her eyes at the end) and various notable shipgirls on the side. Also counts as Early-Bird Cameo for Saratoga, Hammann, Ning Hai, Ping Hai, Atago, Yuudachi and Shigure. And although it may very simply be a case of Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory considering that Hornet is sitting in the spot corresponding to Judas relative to Enterprise's, and the number of people around the table is significantly larger than the number of people in the actual painting, with 20 people in total being positioned across the table, whereas the Last Supper only has 13.
  • Living Toys: U-Chan, the unicorn plush that Unicorn carries around with her, is a real unicorn that not only moves but can change sizes. She can even ride on it for battle. Even though it was shown in the game subtly in a Live 2D skin, it's strongly emphasized here. It's even shown eating as well.
  • Mascot Mook: The Manjuus appear in the anime and they're shown helping with the repairs after the battle in the first episode.
  • Male Gaze: There are some panty shots here and there. For example, Helena's rear gets exposed by the wind in Episode 2.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Ayanami and Akagi's codenames, "Citrus" and "Phoenix" respectively, are actually the censored names they appear with in the game's Chinese server.
    • Some of the girls are introduced in shots having a similarity to their default pose artworks, such as Prinz Eugen and Norfolk.
  • Non-Lethal K.O.: Ships that are incapacitated in battle just show signs of damage and need for repair as opposed to being outright dead storywise like the game.
  • One-Gender Race: With the apparent absence of the Commander, it seems that there are no male characters in the anime at all. The Manjuus may be an exception.
  • Out of Focus: Of all of the four nations, Ironblood has the least focus so far. Along with not really appearing in the trailers, none of their ships are even in the credit sequence. However, they have been mentioned, have some emphasis in the opening credits, and even the battleship SMS Bayernnote  can be seen during some of the establishing shots of the base in the first episode.
  • Parrying Bullets: Zuikaku deflects the gunfire from Enterprise's aircraft using her blade.
  • Reality Ensues: After the first battle, a lot of the ships were shown to be damaged and Enterprise herself was shown to still be worn out from combat. A lot of ships here need time and rest to recover (even compared to the game that it's based off) and as shown, her gear wasn't fully repaired, making her almost fall to Zuikaku if the Royal Navy's reinforcements hadn't come in when they did. Also, the small fleet that got attacked by Zuikaku and Shoukaku were not only taken out easily, current reinforcements had to assist them, meaning that they had their hands full in combat.
  • Shout-Out: Beyond mythology gags, several items are references to other works
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Even though the Ironblood are mentioned in the trailers, the only one who really shows up (and for a very short bit) is Z23. Even then, she doesn't get as much focus as the other Starter ships and Unicorn and it's only in the anime introduction we get to see more of them (with Prinz Eugen and Bismarck getting the most focus).
  • Slice of Life: Looks like to mix like this from time to time, especially during moments of peace. Specifically, we get to see some side focus on Javelin and Laffey's friendship and Ayanami's self-conflict with war.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The anime doesn't seem to be based directly off events of the game and therefore, actual naval history, so certain characters seem to be alive when they should have been dead and sunken. For instance, Arizona is alive (although she along with a squadron get beat up by Zuikaku and Shoukaku), while in the actual game (and history), she was one of the first Eagle Union ships to go during the attack on Pearl Harbor. And so far (as of the second episode), Hood is alive and well, despite being the first major casualty in the game, being shot down during the Battle of the Denmark Strait by Bismarck.
  • Wound Licking: Akagi licks the cut on Kaga's cheek while healing her.
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