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Ship Prefix: IJN / IRN (CN version)note 

Representing the Dai Nippon Teikoku Kaigun or Imperial Japanese Navy, the Sakura Empire is a member of the "Crimson Axis" alliance with Ironblood, making their ships more difficult to obtain early game but in return become a lot more powerful late game. In particular, a number of them don't live in the gacha at all - they're only available as rewards in certain story chapters. More than a few are a bit infamous for this.

A unique feature of Sakura Empire ships in Azur Lane is their animal ears and tails as a reference to the youkai and oni in Japanese mythology. They tend to lean towards offense with skills such as Double Torpedo and Focused Attack. Their frontline ships largely focus on torpedoes, even more so than the Royal Navy, and their carriers rival the Eagle Union's in strength. However, their major carriers work better in pairs than alone. They are the only faction to field Aviation Battleships, which trade auxiliary guns for aircraft.

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With ships such as Mikasa and Nagato and skills that encourage team synergy by making individual ships stronger together than alone, the Sakura Empire rivals the Royal Navy in sheer single faction focus.

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Destroyers (DD)

     The Kamikaze-class 

Kamikaze

Artist: NoriZC

Voiced by: Madoka Asahina

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Kamikaze (Retrofit) 
Kamikaze, First Destroyer Division ship number one, has arrived. Are you certain you're the commander? Then things are gonna get interesting from now on. *Giggle* Enjoy watching me do my work~

Matsukaze

Artist: NoriZC

Voiced by: Madoka Asahina

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Matsukaze (Retrofit) 

Hatakaze

Artist: NoriZC

Voiced by: Madoka Asahina

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  • You Are Number 6: Subverted. She's quite happy that they chose to change her name from what it originally was, "Destroyer No.9."

     The Mutsuki-class 

  • Moveset Clone: They're all extremely similar to each other mechanically besides their Luck Stat and Minazuki's 10-point lower Anti-Submarine Warfare stat. They're low-rarity destroyers with the lowest non-Bulin Firepower in the entire game, below-average HP and Anti-Air, above-average Torpedo, and average Reload and Evasion for a destroyer. All of them (except post-retrofit Mutsuki) have only Quick Reload as their lone skill, identical limit break bonuses, and identical weapon efficiencies. Each of their non-Luck stats are within 8 points of each other at level 100 besides the 24-point HP gap between a Common and a Rare ship; within the same rarity, all these stats are the exact same.
  • Rare Random Drop: Downplayed example with Mutsuki, Kisaragi, and Uzuki compared to other ships: They can only be obtained via Light ship construction, which is a massive pool of ships in the first place. Players may see them less often than the true common ships (which can be acquired from map drops) or even Com Mon SSRs like Belfast and San Diego, who can be obtained in multiple construction categories. But you will get them eventually.

Mutsuki

Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo

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Mutsuki (Retrofit) 
Com...man...der? Are you someone like my mommy or daddy? Wa~ It's the Commander! But this candy is mine, I won't give you!

  • Cheerful Child: Mutsuki is the classic cheerful, sugar-crazed child, always talking about candy.
  • Eye Take: Her chibi sprite animation has her opening her eyes wide as a indication of surprise. This expression pops up in several emojis featuring her, as well as on plushes of herself featured on other shipgirl skins.
  • Playing House: As early as Friendly affinity, Mutsuki will propose the commander and her play house.
  • Sweet Tooth: Carries a bit of candy in each hand.
  • What Does This Button Do?: She ends up pressing a "Do Not Press" button that Mikasa set up for her model collection, which causes them to self-destruct. Why would Mikasa set up a self-destruct button for her model collection is another question entirely.

Kisaragi

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Kisaragi (Retrofit) 

Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo

Comman… der? Hi, I'm Kisaragi… um, uhh, awh… I don't taste good, please don't eat me.

  • Shrinking Violet: She's incredibly shy and nervous, even though she wants to participate in fun events with everyone else.

Uzuki

Voiced by: Mako

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Fumizuki

Voiced by: Chiyo Ouzaki

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Minazuki

Voiced by: Mako

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Mikazuki

Voiced by: Mako

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Nagatsuki

Voiced by: Chiyo Ouzaki

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     The Fubuki-class 

Fubuki-subclass

Fubuki

Artist: Alisa

Voiced by: Mao Ichimichi

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Yoo-hoo! I'm the oldest of the Fubuki-class! You're the Commander, right? I'll be in your care!

  • Super Prototype: When laid down, she outclassed every previously existing DDs in the world, with firepower comparable to light-cruisers, and thus set up the bar for DDs around the globe from thereon forward.
  • Support Party Member: Buffs all her cousins as well as herself.
  • Toast of Tardiness: Her school skin.
  • Yōkai: Her motif is based on a Nekomata.

Ayanami-subclass

Ayanami

Artist: Ootsuki Momiji

Voiced by: Yo Taichi (Japanese), Lara Woodhull (English)

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Ayanami (Retrofit) 
I'm… Ayanami. I'm often called a demon. Pleasure to meet you.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: She can give this vibe off at times, because her understanding of things is mostly limited to fighting and she has trouble understanding some human interactions or concepts like her ears being cute. It's not to Robot Girl levels or whatnot, but it's there and she can be a bit of a space cadet in events where she features, going along with folks (the other starters in particular) out of habit.
  • Collection Sidequest: In the CN and EN versions of the game, she's unlocked as a playable ship only after every other starter ship (Javelin, Laffey, and Z23) are max limit-broken, in sharp contrast to other collection sidequest ships which let you pick and choose a few partial limit breaks. Once you get all fifteen "rank" stars, a free copy of Ayanami is given as a reward, and future copies can be obtained from the build menu or obtained as drops from the same maps where the other starters can be found.
  • Cool Sword: all skins have one of some sort with various tricks (like mechanically lengthening, depending on the skin's chibi), with her musician skin having a combination sheath/instrument. No effect in gameplay though. She does use it in the anime, however.
  • Fanservice Pack: Mixed with an aging up. She's not much curvier but her legs are longer/more emphasized and her top gets smaller. It makes a divide between certain costumes, some of which are based on her base art and some on her remodeled art (newer ones). And her first L 2 D at least seems to emphasize her bust (if not an actual increase)
  • Glass Cannon: Has the highest Torpedo stat among the starters but has lower speed than Javelin and lower HP than Laffey and Z23. Post remodel, she has the highest Torpedo stat in the game, and her new skill boosts evasion while giving a powerful linear barrage ending with Torpedoes, allowing her to rip through entire enemy fleets with ease, especially in PvP where she is considered one of The Dreaded.
  • In-Series Nickname: She's called "Ayaya" in "Lunar New Yay-Yay-Year."
  • Red Baron: Her primary skill is named after the epithet given to her namesake ship "Kishin or Demon (God) of Solomon", an epithet parallel to Yuudachi's for their performance in the Battle of Guadacanal.
  • The Slacker: There's a few signs she has this tendency like her Nico Nico skin, and her early appearances in Slow Ahead. But on duty she doesn't really show it.
  • Starter Mon: One of three available starters in the JP/KR server along with Javelin and Laffey, and with Z23 available as a reward for level breaking all three starters to maximum level. In CN/EN, she's the unlockable one.
  • Verbal Tic: Wakaranai des.note 
    • Another is frequent use of "des/desu" which tends to be translated as ", yes."

Akatsuki-subclass

Akatsuki

Artist: Ootsuki Momiji

Voiced by: Nozomi Yamamoto

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I am Akatsuki, the eldest of Destroyer Division six! Commander, please, you must allow me to rebuild Des Div Six! Eh? There is no such thing as destroyer divisions here?

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In 'Slow Ahead', she's shown getting distracted by a nearby Ninja goods store while she was attempting to search for Hibiki.
  • Irony: A ninja that is afraid of the dark, nuff said. With good reason though, as she was sunk when she tried to illuminate her enemies, she drew the gunfire from many of the allied ships.
  • Ninja: Is styled after one. Heck, considering her name, Manjuu in essence made her a walking Naruto homage.
  • No Sense of Direction: in 'Slow Ahead' chapter 42 she seems to lose her way easily

Hibiki

Artist:

Voiced by: Maaya Uchida

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  • Sarashi: Her open shirt shows she wears one.

Ikazuchi

Artist: Ootsuki Momiji

Voiced by: Kazusa Aranami

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I am Ikazuchi. I might be one of those “can’t read the atmosphere” types. I wonder if you will later meet my younger twin?

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Javelin's Monthly Manga" mini-event (crossover with Slow Ahead official manga) had her and Inazuma do a self-admitted shameless plug for Yostar heading to Anime Expo 2019 (on EN), or advertising Queens's Orders (on JP). They even wondered if extended maintenance would cause the players to miss the message.
    • Her normal dialogue does this, though unlike her sister, tends to insult your in-game performance and ask you to let her take over.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Similar to her sister, she comments that the first boss of the Kizuna AI collaboration event is a "tutorial boss" for the group, since Kizuna had just gotten her destroyer rigging.
  • Meta Girl: She shares this role with Inazuma during the Kizuna AI collaboration event, where most of their dialogue is dancing around the absurdity of the situation.

Inazuma

Artist: Ootsuki Momiji

Voiced by: Emiri Katou

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You are the Commander? You don’t look that reliable though. Ah, I haven’t introduced myself. You can call me Inazuma.

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her normal lines has her recognizing the player beyond the screen.
    • After earlier chapters in the Kizuna AI collaboration event dancing around the fourth wall, she finally breaks it in Chapter 4 of the Event. She also breaks it explicitly in "Javelin's Monthly Manga" mini-event.
    Inazuma: Even their nameplates on the dialogue box are different!
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Engages in a bit of this during the Kizuna AI collaboration event, where she talks about the Trapped in Another World trope and then directly mentions the fourth wall itself.
  • Meta Girl: She shares this role with Ikazuchi during the Kizuna AI collaboration event, where most of their dialogue is dancing around the absurdity of the situation.
  • Nice Girl: Is quite nice. Her upset line has her promise that she will stay with the commander, no matter what they become, her return to port line has her comment that she'll always be there for them, and she comforts the commander after discovering they have mailophobia.

     The Hatsuharu-class 

Hatsuharu

Artist: ALLENES

Voiced by: Marika Kouno

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Hatsuharu (Retrofit) 
I-i-it's nice to meet you. I-I'm Hatsuha... U-um... P-please don't stare at me so much...!

  • Fanservice Pack: Her retrofit outfit replaces her schoolgirl uniform and kimono and gives her a midriff baring top that is also much tighter, emphasizing her bust more.
  • Shrinking Violet: In her character quest, she seeks to overcome her nervousness by directly talking to the Commander more often.

Wakaba

Artist: ALLENES

Voiced by: Minami Tanaka

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Hatsushimo

Voiced by: Natsume Iwasa

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Hatsushimo (Retrofit) 
Oh no, don't show a me such a scared expression, it's not like I'm going to eat you. Right, I am Hatsushimo of the Hatsuharu-class. It'll be my pleasure to work with you. Ahah~

Ariake

Voiced by: Karin Isobe

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Ariake (Retrofit) 
I am Ariake from the Hatsuharu class. Hello, commander...say, is Yuugure also here? If so, did...she cause you any trouble?

Yuugure

Artist: ALLENES

Voiced by: Madoka Asahina

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Yuugure (Retrofit) 
Ariake-class destroyer Yuugure, I shall be in your care from now on, Commander —— shouldn't I be Hatsuharu-class? No, I'm Ariake-class. This is something I won't back down from!

  • Bare Your Midriff: Her Retrofit look.
  • Insistent Terminology: She doesn't call herself a Hatsuharu-class ship, but an Ariake-class. This is a nod to how some naval history experts consider Ariake its own subclass, and Yuugure to fall under the Ariake-subclass, due to all the design changes done before they were finished.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Of the Cat Girl type.
  • Meido: One of her skins.
  • Support Party Member: She reduces the damage taken by any carriers and after refit, she gains the ability to boost their damage.

     The Shiratsuyu-class 
  • Animal Motif: Dogs, specifically, Shiba Inus.
    • With Yuudachi the motif is strongest as she's not the brightest bulb, but is a fierce foe. The EN twitter actually calls her a "doge", and she displays some dog mannerisms like sniffing meat, though she doesn't like it when you do treat her like a dog.
      Yuudachi: Commander, seriously, stop throwing that frisbee at me. I'm not a dog~!

Shiratsuyu

Artist: Saru

Voiced by:Narumi Shinohara

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Erm, I am the first ship of the Shiratsuyu class destroyers, Shiratsuyu...hi commander, my name is Shiratsuyu...Eh? I just said that? Erm...I guess I will stay here since I forgot the way back, please take good care of me commander.

Shigure

Artist: Saru

Voiced by: Yuuki Kuwahara

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Shigure (Retrofit) 
I'm Shigure, a Shiratsuyu-class destroyer. I don't mean to boast but the goddess of luck protects me~ Hehe, it's time you admit that luck is a part of one's strength♪

  • Artificial Limbs: In her refit art, she has a couple of mechanical claws added.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her standard skin.
  • Born Lucky: Claims to have this attribute. She's not entirely wrong, since she boasts a high 84 Luck Stat.
  • Fanservice Pack: Her refit art makes her curvier and her top much smaller, revealing some sideboob among other things.
  • Hellish Pupils: Also an odd case because her pupils aren't black but rather light red in the opposite contrast of her darker iris.
  • The Rival: To Yukikaze and the feeling's mutual. Both are similar (haughty ships famed for luck). Her refit skill in a way weaponizes this as if in the same fleet as her, Shigure's Torpedo stat will get a boost and gives her a high chance of firing a special torpedo spread.
  • Red Baron: Shigure of Sasebo, in part because Sasebo was her usual homeport.
  • School Swimsuit: Her summer skin.
  • Support Party Member: Post refit and not sharing a frontline with Yukikaze, she will gain the same supportive ability (backline damage reduction and a once per battle desperation heal to a backline ship)
  • Tsundere: Much like her rival, she's definitely tsundere, though heavier on the tsun.

Yuudachi

Artist: Saru

Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori (Japanese), Krystal LaPorte (English)

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I'm Yuudachi, fourth ship of the Shiratsuyu-class. I'll tell you this right now: I'm pretty loud at night, so brace yourself.

  • Big Eater: Plenty of her lines have to deal with food.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Possibly the girl with the thickest eyebrows in the whole game.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her default skirt is incredibly short, to the point where it shows her underwear.
  • Hellish Pupils: She has cat pupils, despite being very dog-like.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Virtually all of her outfits are incredibly revealing in one way or another. In addition, she's fairly busty in spite of her seemingly young appearance.
  • Rare Random Drop: Can only be gotten from the boss node of 6-4.
  • Red Baron: She fancies herself as the "Mad Dog of Solomon" in her introductory line, claiming that it sounds tough. She's alternatively called "The Nightmare of Solomon", also the name of her self-buff skill.
  • Stripperiffic: Her general outfit is a microskirt that shows off her underwear and a crop top Sailor Fuku that shows off underboobs. Her Shogun of Snowballs outfit shows off some cleavage and underboobs, while featuring Zettai Ryouiki and another microskirt. And her Christmas skin is a rather skimpy number that brings to mind the "Dangerous Beast" look.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: She has a visible tattoo on the right sight of her midriff, possibly an allusion to her rebellious nature.
  • Underboobs: Exaggerated. All of her skins show this. Even in her oath skin she gets one.

Kawakaze

Artist: Nagashiro Mito

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

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My name is Kawakaze, of the Shiratsuyu-class. I have no intention of becoming intimate with you, so greetings are unnecessary.

  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Her torpedoes have the same modifier against all types of armor, which allows her to damage some types more and some types less.
  • Blood Knight: Admits after fighting Mikasa's group in Ink Stained Steel Sakura that it was partly out of excitement for getting to fight someone strong.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: She's personal bodyguard to Nagato, who is the leader of Sakura Empire. Even still Nagato is a battleship who can more than handle herself.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Evidently doesn't have an issue with attacking her opponents while they're in the middle of a conversation with someone else or sneaking up to knock them out from behind.
  • The Comically Serious: A lot of humor involving her in the Looking Glass of Fact and Fiction event is derived from the serious way she handles everything from the Hololiver's quirky personalities to the absurd situations they have to deal with.
  • Cool Sword: She sports two black and red swords.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Normally a character who doesn't show up in either event stories or supplementary materials, the Looking Glass of Fact and Fiction event has her be one of the main characters on the Azur Lane side helping the Hololivers resolve the incident. Being done by Hololiver Fubuki's artist may have a role in it. Their similarities are lampshaded several times.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts off fairly cold and pessimistic. Her Monochromatic Interlude skin shows that she eventually warms up to become a bit more optimistic and open to interacting with others.
    • Defrosts even further in her Unsullied White Fox wedding skin. By that point, she's openly happy to spend time with others, supportive of the commander's more optimistic ideals, and claims her goal is to become a protector of others rather than just a weapon of destruction. It's quite the far cry from her original more dour self.
  • Hidden Depths: She likes fishing since it lets her relax without having to think about anything.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: She's perfectly willing to attack people she outright admits are her allies, such as Mikasa's group, in order to fulfill her promise to Nagato to protect her while she's sealed within the Sacred Sakura.
  • Praetorian Guard: She serves a minor role in the anime adaptation as Nagato's and Mutsu's personal guard.
  • Shout-Out: She says "War... war never changes" whenever she starts a mission. In the anime, it's said a lot by Enterprise.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Primarily ice to everyone with a bit of sugar sprinkled here and there. It's hinted that while she does care about the people around her more than she likes to let on, she has issues fitting in with the rest of the cast since she doesn't know how to let her guard down in the name of connecting with others.
  • The Worf Effect: Downplayed. The mirror sea clones of Mio and Shion are shown to be competent threats by being able to fend off Kawakaze's attacks.

     The Asashio-class 
  • Buxom Is Better: 4 out of 5 ships have particularly large chests for their size, Kasumi's the only exception.

Asashio

Voiced by: Yuiko Tatsumi

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Ooshio

Voiced by: Hikaru Aono

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Ara, it seems to be a capable Commander here~ How can I tell? Of course it is due to having so many sisters having your back~ I am Oshio, everyone in the fleet~ I'll be in your care~

  • Ambiguously Bi: Besides being nice she has some sort of interest in cute girls.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: In the English localization, this is rendered with liberal injections of "ya", "yer", "whatcha" and "don'tcha"s. In general, her accent seems more pronounced than Shouhou's.
  • Nice Girl: This is her main character trait: She's just a nice and gentle girl. Her character quest is titled "Gentle and Sweet Ooshio" for a reason.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: A mini event in december 2018 had one for her as its final prize and it certainly emphasizes her curves.
  • Through His Stomach: An early point in her character quest is her feeding the commander some cookies.

Michishio

Voiced by: Tamari Hinata

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Oh cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms~ la~ la~ la~ Ah, you... Oops! Hello, Commander, this seems to be our first meeting. I am Michishio, I'll be in your care from now on.

Arashio

Voiced by: Hikaru Aono

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Destroyer Arashio, is joining your fleet~ I'll support everyone properly~

Kasumi

Artist: Byulzzi

Voiced by: Mariko Takeda

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     The Kagerou-class  

Kagerou

Voiced by: Yuriko Yano

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Kagerou (Retrofit) 
First ship of the Kagerou-class, Kagerou. Hmm, you look like a capable Commander - let's advance together!

  • Attack Drone: A familiar-like turret not unlike the Rensouhou familiars in KanColle.
  • Bandage Babe: In her Halloween skin.
  • Disk One Nuke: She's a very effective torp destroyer for her rarity and being a rather common earlier world drop.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: While not to the level of the Fletcher class, Kagerou does have a good number of little sisters which she sometimes refers to.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Shiranui, who is every bit as dour as Kagerou is cheerful and optimistic.
  • Support Party Member: Buffs the front line's torpedo damage and post refit, able to slow down larger enemies. The first is notable as unlike most such skills sakura ships have, it doesn't exclude Heavy Cruisers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Visibly with her turret familiar post-remodel as it has an eyepatch, cigar and has its arms in a badass armfold.

Shiranui

Voiced by: Kanae Ikadai (Japanese), Kate Bristol (English)

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Shiranui (Retrofit) 
I am Shiranui, the second ship of the Kagerou-class… I humbly ask for your kind treatment, Commander.

  • Cute Ghost Girl: Claims to be one and has wisps around her
  • Flying Broomstick: Upon retrofit, although what she's flying on is actually an oar.
  • Magikarp Power: Her remodel makes her a very respectable R (rare) rarity ship.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her default expression is a frown, with a dour personality to match.
  • Shopkeeper: Replaces Akashi as the ship in charge of the regular shop as Akashi moves to take charge of the gem shop.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Kagerou. She's proud to advertise in her "Stranger" affinity line that she's the polar opposite of Kagerou, and that "if she is light then I am shadow."
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Her "Like" affinity line mocks the commander for wishing to make everyone happy, but uses it as the reason for her to watch over the commander.
  • Sour Supporter: As the commander's affinity with her grows, she doesn't relent on insulting him as idiotic and troublesome, but she will nonetheless resolve to help him.
  • Troll: In Queen's Orders she likes to troll people with horror-related stuff.

Kuroshio

Voiced by: Yuuko Oono

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Oyashio

Voiced by: Yuuko Oono

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Yukikaze

Artist: Saru

Voiced by: Kana Yuuki

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Hohoho, as a reward for getting this far, I, the lucky Yukikaze shall join you! Think of it as an honor♪

  • Adapted Out: Interestingly, the game actually leaves Yukikaze's post-war history completely unmentioned, and that history is what further cemented her status as an unsinkable lucky ship. She was transferred to another navy as war reparations, and actually served around the time of the Korean War, intercepting cargo vessels for her new home country and making multiple defensive patrols; she also memorably visited Manila, where she drew a huge crowd of visitors. She was only finally wrecked by a typhoon that hit her home harbor in 1966, in the middle of an effort to have her repatriated to Japan to become a museum ship. The problem? The new navy in question was the Chinese navy - the Republic of China Navy. As a result, Yongshi/Manjuu have apparently felt it prudent to leave her postwar history completely unmentioned.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Near the end of her character quest, the commander has one of two options on how to physically compliment her for opening herself up to them: a head-pat or a hair-ruffling. Yukikaze responds positively to either.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her standard outfit.
  • Born Lucky: There's a reason why she's called The Unsinkable Ship or The Miracle Ship, and plenty of her lines deal with luck. Her second skill is "The Unsinkable Lucky Ship", and half of the skill description is just her bragging about her luck. To cap off her luckiness, her Luck Stat is a massive 98, one of the highest in the entire game.
  • Cry Cute: When her tsundere attitude backfires during her love line.
  • Hellish Pupils: An odd case because her pupils aren't black but rather white in the opposite contrast of her darker iris.
  • In-Series Nickname: Shigure gives Yukikaze the insulting nickname "Yuckykaze" during Yukikaze's personal quest.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Thanks to the fact that she possesses nearly 190 evasion and has a skill that has, maxed out, a 1-in-4 chance of effectively negating any damage she takes (and is checked every time she takes a hit), along with whatever arcane voodoo her 98 luck provides, she is far and away the hardest DD to kill in the entire game. She's also got really good speed, a top-ten-category Torpedo stat, and her barrage attack is a torpedo barrage, so it makes use of her strongest stat. Put it all together, she hits like a truck and can, especially with some help from the Random Number God, be seemingly impossible to kill.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Of the Catgirl variety.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: In a couple of ways.
    • First off, she's a destroyer with basically a tank skillset. This works a lot better than you might expect (because the skills are just that good), but to get the most out of her, she needs to be at the head of a formation, ideally running with other destroyers to make the most of her speed, and a tank auxillary gear or two goes a long way too (although her torpedo stat makes Type 90 torpedoes very tempting too).
    • Secondly, her All-Out barrage is a torpedo spread, not a bullet hell pattern. While this is ultimately beneficial because it makes use of her obscene torpedo stat, the torps fire in a fairly tight pattern directly ahead of her when the skill activates and have no tracking, and do have usual torpedo movement speed. This means you need to lead with them a bit to get the most out of the skill.
  • No-Sell: Her "The Unsinkable Lucky Ship" skill reduces incoming damage down to 1.
  • Red Baron: Yukikaze of Kure for being her usual homeport, and The Unsinkable Ship or The Miracle Ship for participating through most of Japan's most ferocious battles and surviving till the end of the war.
  • The Rival: To Shigure, and mutual at that.
  • Twin Tails: More prominent in her standard outfit.
  • Tsundere: She's a pretty soft variant of tsundere and quickly shifts between the two moods in even a single conversation option. Generally, she's haughty but friendly.
    "Friendly" dialogue: You'd like to go to an amusement park with Yukikaze the Great? Hmph! There's no way that I'd do something so childish... Ahh! W-wait, let's talk this over! I'm sure there's some fun to be had at an amusement park!
  • Verbal Tic: NANO DA!note 
    • Also, WA-HA-HA!
    • Also also, Ma... MATSU-NO-DA!note 

Urakaze

Voiced by: Minami Tanaka

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Isokaze

Voiced by: Anju Inami

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Hamakaze

Voiced by: Natsumi Hioka

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Hamakaze (Retrofit) 

Tanikaze

Voiced by: Natsumi Hioka

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Tanikaze (Retrofit) 
  • Damage-Increasing Debuff: She's able to make any target she hits with torpedoes take more damage from them for a time.
  • Glass Cannon: Mixed with her skill, she has a rather high torpedo stat, but a number of other stats are lower.
  • Rare Random Drop: Similar to the Mutsuki destroyers, she's a downplayed example — she's only available from Light ship construction despite being a permanent roster edition, and is deceptively harder to find as a result.
  • Sole Survivor: Her Miracle Wind ability encourages this trope, significantly boosting her defense against planes and boosting her Firepower when she's the sole remaining vanguard ship. This reflects her history in the real life Battle of Midway, as she managed to avoid most aerial bombings.

Nowaki

Artist: Saru

Voiced by: Emiri Katou

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This is...eh, you are Mr. Commander? Ahem, destroyer Nowaki, joining your fleet from this point on!

  • Born Unlucky: Zigzags with Born Lucky. She comments she's not as lucky as Yukikaze or Shigure despite also surviving some serious engagements. She was also responsible for scuttling Akagi and Chikuma, and in the latter's case, after rescuing Chikuma's crew, she was sunk by USS Owen, meaning she lost many more men than usual when she sunk. Her Luck Stat boasts an average value of 72 as a result.
  • Friendly Fire: One of her lines mentions that she likes she doesn't have to hurt any of her allies in this new life, this is because she was forced to scuttle both Akagi and Chikuma in real life.
  • Hellish Pupils: Par on course for a Saru girl.
  • Hidden Depths: Behind her tendency to fall asleep lies a very broken girl. Just take a listen to her self introduction:
    "Kagerou class destroyer Nowaki. Fortune? That is the specialty of Kurenote  and Sasebonote , we don't have it here in Maizuru. I left Maikaze to fend for herself at Truk due to my cowardice, while charging into the fray recklessly to save Chikuma at Leyte Gulf...but they ended up suffering the same fate anyways...in my dreams, everyone is still by my side..."
  • Random Effect Spell: Downplayed. Her "Gambler's Ship" skill "only" has three effects to draw from, but they're wildly diverse nonetheless: every 20 seconds, she either gains evasion, gains a damage buff, or takes more damage. Overall, she's 60/40 lucky/unlucky to get one of the two positive effects versus the negative one.
  • Sleepy Head: She's always falling asleep.

     The Yuugumo-class 

Makinami

Voiced by: Rui Tanabe

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     The Akizuki-class 
  • Adapted Out: Curiously, both of the ships from Ink-stained Steel Sakura, Harutsuki and Yoizuki, actually had much longer service histories with other naviesnote  but in AL this goes completely unmentioned by either one of them and doesn't influence their characterization whatsoever. It's suspected that it's omitted because those were not happy times.
  • Animal Motifs: Fennec foxes. Except for Suzutsuki who is partially modeled after an owl.
  • Anti-Air: They have high AA for destroyers, and the latter two get bonuses when shooting down planes.
  • More Dakka: The Akizuki-class (and Super Akizuki Kitakaze) are the only Destroyers to get a Main Battery Guns+1 upgrade as part of 2nd level break instead of extra torpedoes. This is a reference to the fact that they only had 1 torpedo bank in real life. This is still considered to work to their detriment, though, because despite the additional battery shots, their actual firepower stat is extremely low, as per Sakura Empire destroyer standard.

Niizuki

Artist: Alisa

Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo

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I am No.5 of the Akizuki-class, a member of the Circle-3 Program...but also probably the most embarrassing one, wuuwuu...

  • Born Unlucky: Has a low 32 stat for luck, reflecting the fact that she didn't have a long life (only 3 months or so)
  • Rare Random Drop: She only drops in Stage 9-4, Boss node only.
  • Stance System: Has the "Anti-Air Mode" skill, enabling her to boost her rather high anti-air at the expense of her firepower.
  • Support Party Member: Buffs the reload of her allies.

Harutsuki

Artist: MayaG

Voiced by: Rei Mochizuki

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I was guided here by the gods... Ah! M-my name is Harutsuki! Pleased to meet you!

  • Miko: She's a very dedicated assistant miko to Nagato, who is pretty much the Head Priestess of the Sakura Empire.
  • Prone to Tears: She comes as being this, (she seems ready to burst into tears half the time), but this is mostly because she's a bit overwhelmed to be reunited with her sisters at your Azur Lane base. (Historically, the Fuyutsuki subclass ships all survived the war, but were split up by the Allied powers post-war and never saw each other again before being scrapped.)

Hanazuki

Artist:

Voiced by: Honoka Kuroki

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Suzutsuki

Artist: shisantian

Voiced by: Kotori Koiwai

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Yoizuki

Artist: MayaG

Voiced by: Rei Mochizuki

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I'm honored to meet you, Commander. I have come to assist you. From now on, I can help you with your work whenever needed.

  • BFS: She carries a nodachi that is longer she is.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears stockings with different lengths.
  • Flipping the Table: She does this to a balance beam/hurdle in her track-and-field-themed sports skin.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She seems unaware of how much is visible in her skins.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Her regular skin features such an Impossibly-Low Neckline that it begs the question how she's not exposing herself just by walking; especially when the coloring makes it look like a portion of her areola is already exposed as is.
    • Her sport skin, introduced with the rerun and English versions of "Ink-stained Steel Sakura", is infamous for being one of the most outright fanservice-y official works for the game. It's enough to say that some major discussion hubs for the game require the splash art for it to be behind a "Not Safe For Work" tag and we'll leave the matter at that.
  • Nice Girl: One of her defining characteristics: she's helpful just because it's what she feels comes naturally. The catch is, her quiet helpfulness actually ends up putting distance between herself and others, because a lot of folks around her can't believe someone is that dutiful without an ulterior motive. She's come to accept the distance, though (which is why a relationship with the Commander surprises her).
  • Oblivious to Love: Not unlike Renown, she's rather slow on the uptake about what the Commander's invitation to a date and what her own quiet feelings about it really mean until you oath her. She at least realizes she was being a bit thick once you finally give her the ring, though.
  • Rapunzel Hair: As her sports skin shows, her ponytail is utterly titanic. Sitting in a tuck-legged position results in a good two feet of hair coming in contact with the floor.
  • Serious Business: She generally treats most of her work like this in a quiet fashion, which contributes to her being a bit distant from other people. If her sport skin's idle animation is anything to go by, track and field is especially serious business.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: In her sport skin her shirt is wet.

     The Kitakaze-class 

Kitakaze

Artist: tsliuyixin

Voiced by: Sakura Tange

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Indeed, the preparations are complete... Now that I, Kitakaze, shall be assisting you with your operational command, you can now sleep more soundly at night, Commander. Heheh!
The personification of the Super Akizuki-class Kitakaze, introduced as part of the second round of World of Warships collaboration.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Her "Kitakaze Style - Unanimous Slash" allows her to ignore her own ammo type and deal 100% (up to 115%) damage to all armor types, similar to Black Heart. It also boosts her gun efficiency if equipped with Japanese DD guns. This makes the gold rarity 100cm guns quite deadly in her hands.
  • More Dakka: Gets the "Main gun +1" limit break perk allowing her to fire even more rounds, and while her firepower still isn't much more than usual Akizuki-class, her ability to ignore enemy armor type and efficiency bonus with Sakura DD guns allow her to alleviate that issue and function as a good of a gunboat as other dedicated gunboat DD like Laffey and Z23.
  • Square Race, Round Class: A japanese destroyer that focuses on guns (fire power stat is better than just about every other japanese destroyers, especially her Akizuki class cousins which she shares the "main gun +1" perk with. She has better gun efficency). That being said her ability to use Torpedos is still pretty strong.

Light Cruisers (CL)

     The Nagara-class 

Nagara

Voiced by: Akari Kitou

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Ehehe, I'm Nagara. Commander, were you hoping to see me?

  • Buxom Is Better: Unlike her Kancolle counter part, she is the busty one between her and Isuzu.
  • Nice Girl: Very kind and her upset line has her worried about the commander (you)
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to giggle in her sentences.

Isuzu

Voiced by: Akari Kitou

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Isuzu (Retrofit) 
Wuah! Th- that scared me...so it was the Commander. I'm Isuzu, you're not here to bully me are you......

  • Art Evolution: Her retrofit art, to the point she verges on You Don't Look Like You.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: She's the Japanese version of Atlanta, thus sacrificing surface combat capabilities for very strong AA. To the point one of her limit break upgrades is "AA mount+1"
  • Fanservice Pack: Beyond the art evolution listed above, puberty hits Isuzu like a freight train after her retrofit. Starting out as a somewhat disheveled kid wearing conservative oversized clothes her retrofit turns her into a tall and slender young woman wearing a midriff-baring sailor fuku that that properly fits her, makes her once hidden curves apparent, and packing long legs clad in thigh-highs that put her at a solid B+ Zettai Ryouiki. In-universe the commander seems so surprised upon completion that she has to ask if she really looks that different.
  • Hidden Buxom: Downplayed, but her alternate skins shows that her normal outfit hides some decent curves.
  • Rare Random Drop: 7-3 any node but with a lower rate than what her rarity would have. To compare how hard she is to find, it's easier to get Gold Battleship retrofits than it is to get her by trying to farm for her on Hard Mode.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her refit art shows her with surprising confidence and a combat leaning pose. But she's still at heart the same Isuzu.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: her Christmas skin shows her smiling in a few expressions, a step up from her nervous/frightened ones.

Kinu

Artist: Werkbau

Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi

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I'm Kinu. If you want this demon to do your bidding, then you'd better show me what you're capable of!

  • A-Cup Angst: Downplayed, but she's not happy how she still loses to Nagara in femininity.
  • Bifauxnen: Particularly in her retrofit outfit.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Swords are an integral part of her design, and attitude, and will even carry a wooden practice sword in alternate skins.
  • Oni: Two small horns, though they're normally hidden

Abukuma

Voiced by: Akari Kitou

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Abukuma (Retrofit) 
Hi, Commander... I'm Abukuma. What are you looking at? My horns? Don't mistake me for Kitakami or Oi...

     The Yuubari-class 

Yuubari

Artist: Yumesaki Kaede

Voiced by: Yui Ogura

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Yuubari (Retrofit) 
I'm Yuubari, the light cruiser. Master, you say you've seen me somewhere before? Mmpf… th-that's impossible… I shouldn't have any sisters…

  • Experience Booster: Boosts Cruiser experience, a nod towards her experimental status.
  • MacGyvering: Her refit skill has her toss together some sort of prototype item in the heat of battle, producing a number of random results; some less beneficial than others, but none directly harmful.
  • Mad Scientist: Assists Akashi in various experiments, being a nod to her own highly experimental status. Her retrofit skill directly references this. She's even more of this than Akashi, given her plain disregard of safety, because she believes that any rewards comes with risks.

     The Sendai-class 

  • Animal Eyes: They all have vertical slit pupils.
  • Animal Motifs: Foxes. The three Sendai class ships all have fox ears and tails.
  • Buxom Is Better: All sisters have pretty nice bustlines, Jintsuu more so and Naka less so.
  • Cool Big Sis: Both Sendai and Jintsuu are this to Naka.
  • Rare Random Drop: Sendai drops in 11-3 (any node) and Jintsuu drops in 10-4 (Boss node only). Naka's the exception being the lowest rarity ship in the 'Crimson Echoes' event banner.
  • Support Party Member: Given they were used as leading ships of torpedo raid teams with Destroyers in history, they all have buffs that increases CL and DD torpedo damage and loading. Powerful ones at that. Jintsuu's skill can also overlap with Sendai's/Naka's, resulting in very powerful buff multipliers.


Sendai

Voiced by: Tomoyo Chuujou

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Sendai (Retrofit) 
"I am the first ship of the Sendai class, Sendai. Even though I am no match for my sister, I was the flagship of the Third Torpedo Squadron. I participated in many campaigns, the last one being at Bougainville Island. In the end, I don't have any regrets as a warrior."

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Invoked as a motif. Sendai loves fighting with her bare fists. The bandages on her hand are meant to protect them when she fights. After retrofitting, she finds she don't even need the bandages anymore.
  • Cultured Warrior: Very much so. She might take up half the page if we are to include all her quotes.
    "Commander, who do you think is our biggest enemy? The Sirens? I feel that our biggest enemy is ourselves."
  • Damage-Increasing Debuff: After retrofitting, Sendai gains the ability to shoot flares into the sky, which decreases enemy dodge in a area for a fixed period of time.
    • Combine this with Sendai's personality this very much invokes the image of exposing a hiding or running enemy in order to beat them to a pulp.
  • For Great Justice: Although her means are brashful, Sendai lives to uphold justice. She also hold the same standards up to herself, leading to lots of introspection.
  • Glass Cannon: Sendai has both powerful firepower and torpedo power for a light cruiser, but goes down quickly under concentrated fire.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Jintsuu's blue. Also counts as Sibling Yin-Yang. While Jintsuu is calm and calculated in her approach to combat, Sendai is hot-headed and quick to resort to using raw power.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives you the most Shonen manga love speech ever if you oath her.
    Commander, before receiving this, I would have just left if you did not remain faithful to your ideals. However, if you forget your ideals now, you had better clench your teeth. Punches filled with love and anger are very painful.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Averted. Although Sendai and Jintsuu differ in many ways, they hold each other with great respect. In fact, when entering battle together, Sendai will ask Jintsuu for strategies.
  • The Fettered: Sendai holds herself very seriousily to her standards of justice, to the point she actively fears she might one day forget her own principles.

Jintsuu

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto

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Jintsuu (Retrofit) 
"The battlefield changes every second; only when one stays cautious and cool-headed, can one stand undefeated - has the Commander achieved this already? Flagship of the Second Torpedo Squadron, Jintsuu - greetings to you."

  • Badass Bookworm: A brilliant strategist in character, and widely regarded as one of the best light cruisers in game.
  • Brains and Brawn: Have this motif going on with Sendai. The two's skill sets even compliment each other nicely.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Averted. The fans she hold are not for fighting. She saves them for strategizing......and dancing.
  • Cultured Warrior: Comes with the strategist motif.
    "If cautiousness is perceived as a weakness, then should we view ferociousness as recklessness?"
  • Glass Cannon: Similar to Sendai, Jintsuu also has both powerful firepower and torpedo power for a light cruiser, but lacking in defence.
    • Her retrofitting invoked the Dying Moment of Awesome of her original ship, giving her a 20% damage reduction buff and further buffs to fleet torpedo damage, thus turning her into a Lightning Bruiser instead.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When things turn sour(sortie defeat), She will not hesitate to retreat to avoid unnecessary sacrifices.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Sendai's red.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Averted. Although Sendai and Jintsuu differ in many ways, they hold each other with great respect. Jintsuu sometimes would admire the straightforwardness of Sendai.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Complete with the paper fan hiding her expressions.
  • The Strategist: Wise, cool, and calculated in all situations. She handles management of the fleet with remarkable ease when assisting you. If you disappoint her with your abilities, she won't even bother confront you, but would instead secretly seize command over the fleet and have you out doing something else out of the way in one swift move.
  • Think Nothing of It: Jintsuu credits her fellow ships when she scores an MVP in sortie.

Naka

Voiced by: Konomi Fujimura

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"I am the 3rd ship of the Sendai Class, Naka. Due to an earthquake, I was finished much later than my sisters, and I didn't have much service record as the flagship of the 4th Destroyer Fleet. But that's fine, I will continue to work hard with my sisters as the end goal, till I surpass them!"

  • Big Sister Worship: Deeply admires both of her sisters, and aspires to become like both of them.
  • Hot-Blooded: Mild-mannered but enthusiastic about everything she does, especially training. She will find some training to do whenever spare time is given.
  • Kid Sidekick: When sortied together with her sisters. She is downright enthusiastic about it.
    "I wish to shine as much as my sisters too!"
  • Sibling Rivalry: Downplayed, Naka wants to become even better than both her sisters, but striving to do so is shown to be an extension of her admiration for them, not hostility or envy.
  • Training from Hell: Not exactly hellish, but the training schedule Naka gives herself every day is very, very intense.
  • To Be a Master: Naka strives to improve herself and become as great at both brains and brawn as both of her sisters specializes in them, and one day become even better then them.

     The Mogami-class 

  • Permanently Missable Content: They were available exclusively from the re-run of the Visitors Dyed in Red event. Any player that missed this run of the event or were unable to obtain them during the events are out of luck, as they were not added to the construction pools following the event being archived, and do not drop in the archived event because they were not drops in the first place. With the January 8th update in the Japan/China, Mogami was added to Light Construction, with Mikuma following suit in February. They would also be added to the EN version for the April 16th update.

Mogami

Artist: realmbw

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito

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Mogami (Retrofit) 
Mogami, reporting in. You don't need to care about me, you can just put me somewhere and ignore me.

  • Blade on a Stick: Upon retrofit.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Originally designed as a catgirl, but later redesigned as a single-horn oni.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Perhaps based on trouble in her ship life, she has very little self-esteem in herself and tends to be belittle herself, unaware that upon refitting she's easily one of her nation's strongest Heavy Cruisers.
  • Oni: Styled after one.
  • Prestige Class: Fully remodeling her changes her ship class from light cruiser to heavy cruiser, trading in one torpedo capacity for an additional gun mount, effectively making her a Gun CA that can occasionally fire torpedoes.

Mikuma

Artist: realmbw

Voiced by: Anna Yamaki

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I am Mikuma, Mogami's sister, if you ever meet sis, please look after her, sis's personality is a little bit...awkward.

Suzuya

Unlike Mogami and Mikuma, Suzuya starts as a Heavy Cruiser. Refer to her Heavy Cruiser section for more details.

     The Agano-class 

Agano

Voiced by: Haruka Shiraishi

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Are you the Commander? I am Agano. Pleased to meet you. Giggles ...Sorry, it's nothing. I look forward to serving in the fleet.

  • Buxom Is Better: Pretty well endowed and her skins highlight it in different ways.
  • Declaration of Protection: If she sorties with Nagara, she'll seriously state that she'll protect her this time.
  • The Gadfly: She really likes messing with people, especially the Commander. Her higher affection lines have her admit she likes toying with the Commander because she finds it interesting. She also likes to mess with Noshiro.
  • Miko: Her original outfit seems akin to this, notable as she doesn't seem to have horns (Unlike Noshiro) or animal traits.
  • Verbal Tic: Just like Nagara, she has a tendency to giggle in her lines.

Noshiro

Artist: ATDAN

Voiced by: Anju Inami

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I'm the new arrival, Noshiro, second ship of the Agano-class, reporting for duty. Let's do our utmost to prove our worth to each other, shall we?

  • BFS: She has a nodachi in her rigging.
  • The Comically Serious: Similar to Suruga, her generally serious attitude often leads to funny situations.
  • Dual Wielding: In addition to the nodachi, she has a katana and a wakizashi which she sometimes pull out in her animation.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible sister to Agano.
  • Kimono Fanservice: Her Uncharted Festival Grounds? skin has her wearing a red one to a festival.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Unlike Jintsuu, she is like this from the start without retrofit. She has high gun and torpedo power, including a self buff against enemy carriers, vanguard crit rate and torpedo buff, that combines with an evasion Rate (which is superior to any evade stat buff) self buff that also decreases vanguard torpedo damage, and still retaining the speed of a light cruiser. Even better, her torpedo buff applies to the entire vanguard, not just light cruisers and destroyers, which means Ibuki benefits.
  • Oni: Unlike Agano, she is obviously an Oni with a pair of horns.
  • Support Party Member: She has similar buff like Jintsuu, but has the advantage of being able to buff Heavy Cruisers as well. In addition gunboat cruisers still gain some benefit due to her critical hit buff not only affecting torpedoes.

Heavy Cruisers (CA)

     The Furutaka-class 
  • Disc-One Nuke: They drop from a number of maps and can be refitted to have performance roughly equal to Takao.
  • Moveset Clone: The sisters have identical stats pre- and post-retrofit, even their Luck Stat.

Furutaka

Artist: kisetsu

Voiced by: Akari Kageyama

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Furutaka (Retrofit) 
Ah, sorry for bumping into you… Huhh!? You're the Commander?! F-Furutaka, 1st ship of the Furutaka-class, has now arrived arrived! (small voice) Can you forget about what just happened? Ehehe~

Kako

Artist: kisetsu

Voiced by: Akari Kageyama

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Kako (Retrofit) 
Second ship of the Furutaka-class, Kako, waiting for orders……despite saying that, just show me whether you're worthy for me to follow.

     The Aoba-class 
  • Moveset Clone: Besides Kinugasa's extra 13 points in her Luck Stat, she and Aoba are identical in stats and skills.

Aoba

Artist: kisetsu

Voiced by: Akari Kageyama

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/aoba_2.png
Hmm hmm, I can smell it. This fleet is going to make the headlines! So you're the Commander, huh? Just let me, Aoba, gather all the information without holding back!

  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She's the foolish, reckless sibling to Kinugasa's constant worrying.
  • Intrepid Reporter: She's a frequent face in events since she's driven to report on anything exciting or unusual. Just like her KanColle counterpart, this is because Unno Juza, the father of Japanese Sci-Fi novels, was on board the ship during World War II.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches her legs.

Kinugasa

Artist: kisetsu

Voiced by: Akari Kageyama

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Pleased to meet you! I'm Kinugasa. Have you been eating and sleeping well, Commander? Don't be like my big sis... Speaking of which, is she also here by any chance?

     The Myoukou-class 
  • Moveset Clone: Myoukou and Nachi have identical stats and skills besides 4 extra points in Luck for Nachi.
  • Sailor Fuku: All three sisters wear these outfits. Nachi, being the least responsible of the trio, wears it differently from her sisters.
  • Stone Wall: Myoukou and Nachi, especially with their Draw Fire skill to redirect vanguard damage to them. At level 100, they have the third-highest HP stat of all heavy cruisers regardless of rarity, below only Prinz Eugen and a retrofitted Portland, and the third-highest Evasion as well besides retrofitted versions of Portland and Exeter. As a trade-off, they have the second-lowest Torpedo stat and third-lowest Firepower stat among heavy cruisers, above only the other Stone Wall cruisers Norfolk and Dorsetshire.

Myoukou

Artist: kisetsu

Voiced by: Eri Suzuki

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I'm Myoukou, Myoukou-class heavy cruiser ship number 1. Is there anything I can help you with, Commander?

  • Cool Big Sis: Likes to train the destroyers, and pat their heads. She's also the one who gave Ashigara her walk-man, and she often gives advice to her youngest sister, who takes it all to heart.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears only one thighhigh.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Nachi's foolish.
  • Hair Wings: Brown feathers that almost look like fox ears.
  • It's All My Fault: If her fleet's defeated, she will say that it's because she was weak, and apologizes to the other ships for letting them down. On the flipside, if she's MVP, she will say that they won because of everyone's efforts, not just her own.
  • Red Armband of Leadership: Given she's the responsible one.

Nachi

Artist: kisetsu

Voiced by: Eri Suzuki

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nachi_0.png
I'm Nachi. Although I was the Sakura Empire's first treaty heavy cruiser, my design is truly impeccable and absolutely perfect. Nice meeting you.

Ashigara

Voiced by: Chiwa Saitou

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ashigara.png
Ashigara, reporting for duty. Commander, my blade shall cut down all your enemies.

  • Anachronism Stew: She has a very modern cellphone, attached to what appears a walk-man deck, which is what her retro headphones are plugged into.
  • Buxom Is Better: While not as clear in her base skin due to her position, her others make it clear that she's generously endowed, especially her swimsuit skin.
  • Big Sister Worship: A good chunk of her lines defer to her sister, Myoukou, for advice, and she reveals that the reason she keeps her walk-man on her is because she records all the advice Myoukou gives her, so she can listen to it when she has free time.
    • She also goes to Nachi for some advice like fashion, resulting in her swimsuit which is VERY flattering on her.
  • Cat Girl: Unlike her sisters Myoukou and Nachi, she is definitively a catgirl instead of an indistinctive animal.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: In her personal quest, she's noted to be a clumsy secretary at first, spilling the commander's tea and losing pens.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: She wears big bulky headphones and is noted to be lacking in social skills. Also, she's wearing them where a human's ears would be, and she has cat ears, so... That said, other Sakura girls are noted for having two pairs of ears: human ears and animal ears.note 
  • More Dakka: Her skills give her shots a chance to fire a special barrage.
  • Nice Girl: Is polite and kind to the Commander, to the point that her Upset line has her asking the Commander if she is a nuisance to him.
  • When She Smiles: Her base has a serious default expression and downplayed smiles in that and her new year skin, her swimsuit skin has her with some very radiant smiles.

     The Takao-class 
  • Balance Buff: On the Dec 22nd update, the "Takao class barrage" skill was change to take only 4 shots to trigger and on the first trigger, gives the ship a 10% evade rate for the rest of the battle.
  • Historical In-Joke: Takao and Atago's large busts are most likely a reference to the fact that the two ships initially had problems with seaworthiness due to their designs being rather top-heavy, eventually resulting in them undergoing a fairly large rebuilding.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Every sister is seen with one, though Takao and Maya seem more fond of actually using them.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Dogs. All four of them have dog ears of various sorts, though they're a bit hard to see on Takao and Choukai due to them blending in with their hair. Takao and Atago both have skins where they are accompanied by a Shiba Inu with the same ears as them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: All the ships are attractive with all but Maya having very curvy figures, even oddball Maya being cute in a way. The older two sisters are quite well known in large part due to this.
  • Rare Random Drop: Both Maya and Choukai are only gotten via the boss node of 8-4 and 12-4 respectively. In contrast Takao is buildable via heavy construction from the get go, and same for Atago (originally an event constructed ship from an early event, she was made permanent pretty fast).

Takao

Artist: kishiyo

Voiced By: Ai Kakuma (Japanese), Terri Doty (English)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/takao1.png
Are you the Commander? Please allow this lowly Takao to what little strength she has.

  • Canine Companion: An unnamed Shiba Inu follows her in her wedding skin, and appears in battle with her. It also shows up in her "Spring's Learning" skin, but does not follow her into battle there, and it appears in a loading screen with her. A plush toy keychain of it appears on her bag in her school skin. To further link them, the dog has the same ears as Takao's dog ears.
  • The Comically Serious: She takes everything seriously, from fighting to volleyball, and from sand-castles to calligraphy. Becomes heartwarming when she reveals in her wedding skin that she's taken countless bridal training sessions, because she really wants to be a good wife. Atago's character story reveals that Takao once passed out in training due to believing that her own burning spirit would keep her hydrated.
  • Foil: To Atago, more or less. Takao is formal and strict, Atago is more easy-going and informal. Takao speaks in archaic and traditional style, while Atago speaks more or less normal and modern. Takao is shy, and Atago is open. Even their wedding dresses look opposite: Takao's is a traditional hakama, while Atago wears a more modern (and more revealing) white wedding dress.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Has shades of this as while she wears a number of outfits very well, she seems unaware of her charms, a stark contrast to Atago, who is VERY aware of her charms.
  • Panty Shot: She's prone to this, to the point her official art in the CN had to be censored a bit.
  • The Rival: Her Swimsuit skin has her in a rivalry with Saratoga in various beach activities.
  • Sailor Fuku: In one of her skins.
  • Samurai: Described as one in her Facebook announcement post.
  • Shout-Out: Her design and voice lines have several references to Samurai such as Kenshin Himura (from whom her Warrior Poet tendencies below are taken), Hajime Saito (from whom her Skill Activation linenote  is taken) and Goemon Ishikawa XIII (from whom her MVP linenote  is taken).
  • Warrior Poet: She uses poetic language to describe her life to a tee.
    Takao (Details page): Small strokes fell great oaks, constant drops pierce through rock. Those who train through the most humdrum of days shall seize victory in the most critical of moments. That is my belief.

Atago

Artist: kishiyo

Voiced By: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Marissa Lenti (English)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/atago.png
Oh my, what a cute commander! Please allow your big sister Atago to take good care of you from now on!

  • Absurd Phobia: According to Takao, she's afraid of ghosts. Given the presence of Shiranui, who has ghost theme going on, Kagerou and her ghostly turrets, or Eldridge's Astral Projection however, this might not be that absurd. Queen's Orders reveals she's not good with scary things in general, as she was knocked unconscious when Shiranui tricked her and Queen Elizabeth into seeing a horror movie. A character episode in Crosswave has her along with Shiranui and Long Island prank Takao as pay back for being teasted about this.
  • Big Eater: If the anime's ED scene is any indication, she can gobble up a copious amount of rice bowls without much problem and can still keep on going.
  • Canine Companion: Like Takao, she has a Shiba Inu with ears similar to her own, though it only appears in her winter kimono skin.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In Volume 2 chapter 3 of comic anthology, Atago quarreled with Eugen over Shota Commander and right to become his secretary. She didn't back up even when Akagi and Grap Zeppelin joined to quarrel. They started to a battle which lead to the endangerment Commander's life. Luckily it wasn't Commander at all, but a robot made by Akashi to bait the girls. In the game she has her possessive moments. This references some of the mild possessiveness she has.
  • Comedic Shotacon: Volume 2 chapter 3 of the comic anthology comic which saw the Commander turn into a young boy had Atago's perverted big sister persona go into maximum overdrive as she immediately took the opportunity to strip her shirt to bury the Commander in her chest. She was the first one to make a move on him in fact, and it was all played for laughs. This is not an uncommon portrayal in fan materials.
  • Cool Big Sis: A clear Onee-san type. Ironically, she's not actually the eldest, but some of Takao's lines seem to imply that she still acts as one towards the actual eldest sister. She's also trying to become one to the Commander, too, aggressively so in Queen's Orders.
  • Foil: To Takao, more or less. Takao is formal and strict, Atago is more easy-going and informal. Takao speaks in archaic and traditional style, while Atago speaks more or less normal and modern. Takao is a bit shy regarding normal interaction, and Atago is... not. Even their wedding dresses look opposite: Takao's is a traditional hakama, while Atago wears a more modern (and more revealing) white wedding dress.
  • Historical In-Joke: Her acting like a big sister to all three of her sisters despite not being the eldest is most likely a reference to the fact that she was the first one to be commissioned (About 2 months before Takao was commissioned), despite being laid down at the same time as Takao and Takao being the first one launched (about 1 month before Atago launched).
  • Kill It with Fire: She has a skill that boosts HE damage, burn chance, and burn damage.
  • Not So Different:
    • In Queen's Orders, she's one to, of all people, Queen Elizabeth, with both being in love with the Commander, can be quite possessive of him, and jealous of anyone who wants to take him away. Warspite notes that their similarities are probably why Queen Elizabeth can't really stand Atago.
    • There are signs that she's this with Akagi to a mild extent as her character story hints at her seeing the commander as a pillar and the mild possessiveness that is most clear in her oath line.
  • Sailor Fuku: In one of her skins.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Has no issues drawing attention to her good looks. In Queen's Orders she even attempts to give sexy photos of herself (including one apparently nude picture) to the Commander, only failed due to Commander being on extended leave from overwork and Queen Elizabeth's intervention. Her chapter, a bonus in the Volume 2 book, takes the series' fanservice to another level, including a shot of her (in her race queen skin) resting on a Meowfficer in such a way its tail is in between her breasts.
  • Shout-Out: Her skill which boosts HE damage is called Arsonist which is an achievement in World of Warships and a reference of her high chance of setting enemies on fire in that game.

Maya

Artist: kishiyo

Voiced by: Saori Oonishi

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/maya_8.png
My name's Maya. I am the one who tears the skies in half. I guess you're the commander… I see, just don't come close just cause you feel like it. You'll get hurt.

  • A-Cup Angst: Rarely appears but in a scene in Atago's character story, it's clear that Maya's all too aware of her sisters being ample where she is not.
  • Heel Realization: One of her lines acknowledges the moment the Sakura Empire started attacking other countries, they lost the right to call themselves just. That or the matter of warfare in general.
  • Historical Injoke: Her radically different appearance and skill is a nod to the Legend of origin of Mount Maya. It may also refer to the number of tweaks she recieved that her sisters didn't, like improved Anti-Air guns (in game she has a slightly higher stat than her sisters)
  • Informed Attribute: Choukai being her twin. Fans have taken it to the level of calling her adopted due to the number of differences.
  • More Dakka: She has a skill increasing her reload, and one could build her to reach this trope by heavy cruiser standards; which may compensate for the lack of a skill that would boost her gun damage in any way.
  • Sailor Fuku: Unlike her sisters, this is actually her default outfit.
  • Uniformity Exception: Unlike her sisters, she's slim, has short white-haired, and wears a dark school uniform.

Choukai

Artist: kishiyo

Voiced by: Ayaka Oohashi

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/choukai_6.png
I have a feeling that we've met a long time ago... I am Choukai, Maya's younger sister. Please take care of me later.

  • Identical Stranger: She looks like younger version of QBZ-95/Type 95 From Girls' Frontline
  • Nice Girl: Is quite personable and kind even when her affection is down to "Disappointed" or you gave her the Special Touch, though never shameless like her older sister.
  • Support Party Member: Increases the firepower and torpedo stats of all cruisers.

     The Mogami-class 

Mogami (Remodel)

Light Cruiser Mogami turns into a Heavy Cruiser post remodel. Refer to her Light Cruiser section for more details.

Suzuya

Artist: momi

Voiced by: Azumi Waki

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/suzuya.png
Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser, Suzuya, reporting for duty. Commander, from today on, I will be in your care alright~

  • Covert Pervert: Several of her secretary lines heavily hint at this, especially her 'Special Touch', where she states she was expecting the Commander to do this to her and offers no resistance or disgust at what is done to her, even giggling about it.
  • Big Sister Worship: Reveres Mogami and is insistent on her ship class being "Mogami-class" as opposed to "Suzuya-class"
  • Ms. Fanservice: No doubt due to her artist doing things of a risque nature, she checks off various boxes with a school girl flavor, be it her shirt strained by her ample bust to her long legs highlighted by her skirt and pantyhose.
    • Shameless Fanservice Girl: While not constantly present, her special touch and oath lines show that she has no issue with risque things.
  • She's Got Legs: They seem long enough to perhaps rival Souryuu.
  • Uniformity Exception: She stands apart from her sisters Mogami and Mikuma; for one, she starts off as a heavy cruiser right away. Her mythological oni theme is downplayed, focusing more on being a high school girl — Suzuya lacks a single oni horn like her sisters, instead having a pair of thinner but longer horns. She's also curvier than her rather slim sisters.

     The Ibuki-class 

Ibuki

Artist: MayaG

Voiced by: Misato Fukuen

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ibuki_1.png
Was it you who woke me up from my long dream? I am unworthy and still training, but if that is okay with you then please put me to use.

The personification of the Ibuki-class Ibuki, introduced as part of the World of Warships collaboration. She's one of two Priority Rare class ships in the Sakura Empire.


  • Artistic License – History:
    • She uses 10cm carriage mount AA gun instead of historical 127mm guns as secondaries. However, this is intentional by Wargaming/Lesta, since initially she had a more historical loadout, but her secondaries was changed from 127mm to 100mm to buff her AA power.
    • Prior to the 3rd round of Priority Rare ships (which introduced Mainz), she was the only PR ship that actually physically existed, having been laid down, before an order to convert her into a light carrier was issued and underway, and eventually scrapped altogether. Her inclusion as part of the World of Warships collaboration is due to her incarnation in this game being based on Lesta's concept of what Ibuki would be like had she actually been finished as a heavy cruiser.
  • Buxom Is Better: Noticeably well endowed to the point where even in her new years skin, she has some Gainaxing as she walks.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Has heterochromia, with a red left eye and a blue right eye.
  • Square Race, Round Class: She's a heavy cruiser with the skillset of a Sakura destroyer (usually very torp heavy), which causes a couple of issues as she can't use the torp buffs from ships like Jintsuu note  and makes her guns largely go to waste as she has no skills to buff them. This makes her better played as a destroyer (focusing more on torpedo strikes and the better guns/armor enabling her to wait out the torpedo reloads).

     The Tone-class 

Tone

  • Anime Hair: She has a braided ponytail which seems to reach to her knees.

Chikuma

Large Cruisers/Supercruisers (CB)

     The Azuma-class 

Azuma

Artist: kishiyo

Voiced by: Kiyono Yasuno

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/azuma_5.png
The personification of the Design B-65 Azuma, introduced as part of the second round of World of Warships collaboration. Notably, she is, alongside Friedrich der Grosse, one of the first vessels ever to debut at "DR" rarity - which is the Research equivalent of Ultra Rare, and unlike UR retrofits, she begins to play at that rarity.
  • BFG: She's capable of equipping the Deutschland-class's 283mm SKC/28, and also introduces one of her own: the 31 cm/50 Type 0 Prototype, which is one of the largest caliber guns that Large Cruiser designs are hypothetically able to be equipped with note . And, like the Deutschland-class, she uses this as a vanguard ship.
  • Buxom Is Better: Much like other Kishiyo-drawn cruisers, she is not lacking in curves.
  • Square Race, Round Class: Supercruisers are...complicated beasts when it comes to classification, both in real life and in-game. The combination of their low-grade battleship armaments and cruiser-killing roles makes them fit very well with Jackie Fischer's original idea of the battlecruiser, however, their armor scheme is generally barely better than heavy cruisers and nowhere near a battleship's armor. Then again it also doesn't help that the definition of "battlecruiser" is also quite nebulous, given the variance from Dunkerque to Hood. Because of this and the fact that supercruisers are classified as cruisers in World of Warships, Azuma is classified as a new type of vanguard ship in order to make her able to fight in escort roles. This does enable her to use the Very Heavy Armor Aux item which upgrades her armor to heavy, becoming the only frontline ship to pack such armor.

Munition Ship (AE)

     The Kashino-Class 

Kashino

Voiced by: Reina Kondou

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kashino.png
Well met, Commander. I am Kashino, munition ship of the Sakura Empire. Hmm... I may be a rather peculiar ship, but... if there's anything I can help with, please entrust it to me... is that acceptable?

  • Animal Motifs: A cow, as shown by the horns on her head as well as her rather generous proportions.
  • Buxom Is Better: Quite possibly the most well endowed ship in the game, even compared to the likes of Taihou and Sirius.
  • D-Cup Distress: She's fallen over in her 'Hot Springs Relaxation' skin since she couldn't see where she was stepping. Her Special Touch line in this skin has her mention they're pretty heavy as well.
  • Historical In-Joke: If she's in the same fleet with Shinano, she activates a hidden "I've brought your cannons!" skill and fires a barrage, since she was built to carry the Yamato-class' massive guns.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: While her swimsuit skin highlights her very ample charms, she never does anything to intentionally flaunt them.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Munition ships aren't exactly designed for combat, as shown with her pitiful firepower and her inability to equip secondary guns or torpedos. What she can do is equip exclusive cargo items, which can provide various buffs to your fleet; The only downside being that you can only have one piece of Cargo equipped at a time.
  • Super Strength: She mention easily being able to host destroyers on her sholder as well as carry stuff, but as the above example, it has limits
  • Support Party Member: She has very limited combat prowess, but can provide buffs to the fleet depending on the cargo she's carrying with her.

Battlecruisers (CC/BC)

     The Kongou-class 
  • Katanas Are Just Better: All but for Kongou, who sports a very British saber.
  • Lightning Bruiser: They all take pride in being the fastest battlecruisers out there. They can boast considerable evasion for their ship class from Kongou's buffs.
  • Older Than They Look: The Kongou sisters are some of the oldest ships in the game, rivaling Langley, and only younger than Mikasa and Avrora. That said, they all got some serious upgrades around 1935.
  • Oni: All four sisters have Oni horns (well Kongou has hers on her hat)

Kongou

Artist: Criin

Voiced by: Chiwa Saitou

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kongou_8.png
I am Kongou, Kongou-class battlecruiser ship number one. I offer you my guidance on the path to victory!

  • Support Party Member: Buffs her sisters in various areas.
  • Uniformity Exception: She's blond, dressed like a British shipgirl, uses a sabre instead of a katana, and doesn't have natural horns (hers are attached to her hat). This is because she was built in Britain, while her sisters were built in Japan.

Hiei

Artist: Criin

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hiei_3.png
Kongō class second warship – Imperial warship Hiei has come. Commander, where should we go next?

  • Beware the Nice Ones: After witnessing her whip Haruna and Kirishima back into line, the Commander notes that Hiei is rather intimidating despite her gentle and softspoken persona.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Appears to be Mikasa's bodyguard/assistant.
  • Buxom Is Better: The most endowed of the four ships
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: White uniform. Long straight hair. Busty — the total opposite of Haruna.
  • Supreme Chef: It is noted in Hiei's Sideline Quest and event dialogue that she is a masterful cook. Her sisters also add that she is famous for hosting extravagant banquets and parties. Contrast that to her Kancolle counterpart, a bona fide Lethal Chef.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Passive, soft-spoken and gentle, but also a competent fighter. She also has pale skin and dark hair, to contrast with Kongou's more western beauty.

Haruna

Artist: Criin

Voiced by: Sayaka Harada

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/haruna_1.png
Hello, I am Haruna, one of the first fast battleships of the Sakura Empire. I'm someone who prefers the fist to the sword. Nice to meet you.

  • Fanservice Pack: Her "Scarlet Innocence" skin emphasizes her bust considerably.
  • Gathering Steam: Her main skill ups her firepower stat with each main gun firing.
  • Hidden Buxom: Downplayed but while the pose/etc of her base art and schoolgirl skin makes her look flat, her formal skin and apperance in 'Slow Ahead' (where she's shown in poses that reveal her chest size fully) reveals that while still the smallest of the sisters, she is not flat.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Kirishima solely and it's mutual
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Black uniform. Twin Tails. Small-chested — the total opposite of Hiei.

Kirishima

Artist: Criin

Voiced by: Chie Matsuura

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kirishima_3.png
I am fast battleship, Kirishima! The road ahead of us is still long. Commander, let us tread it together!

  • Chuunibyou: She's depicted as this in Slow Ahead.
  • Meganekko: In one of her school skin.
  • Ninja: Acts the part but isn't really one.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: One of her skins is a rather racy shirt w/a cut out and short jean shorts, and a number of lines reveal that she's rather embarrassed to wear it and is only doing so at the Commander's request.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Haruna solely and it's mutual
  • Theseus' Ship Paradox: She mentions this in one of her lines, as she was originally going to be a cruiser, then a battlecruiser, and then finally a Kongou-class fast battleship.
  • Uniformity Exception: Literally. She is the only member of the class that doesn't wear a military uniform, dressing like a ninja instead.

Hiei-chan

Artist: Criin

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hiei_chan.png
Commander? The person that Hiei will serve will become an even more incredible person! ... Ugh, but it won't do if I don't polish up myself here first.

The personification of the first dreadnought-style capital ship built in Japan... who has been, rather like a certain Royal Navy Light Cruiser, made to take on the form of a human child instead of her natural form of a mature woman. She still holds her mighty katana proudly... even if it's now several times longer than she is.

  • BFS: Played for Laughs. Hiei still has the same katana she always carries... except that, since it didn't change size with her, it's now at least twice as long as she is tall. Some of the expressions actualy show her trembling, implying it's not easy to carry it.
  • Dub Name Change: Actually averted, unlike Little Bel and Zeppy - since Hiei is a Japanese shipgirl, it makes sense for her to actually retain the honorific, despite the current localization team generally avoiding the use of them.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. It's revealed younger Hiei wasn't as elegant or graceful as her adult counterpart.

     The Amagi-class 

Amagi

Artist: Liduke

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Elizabeth Maxwell (English)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/amagi_9.png
Cough cough… Battlecruiser Amagi, at your service. I should be able to demonstrate my capabilities here… Commander, may I ask you to give me information on our enemies?

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives one to Kaga to get her out of her Death Seeker funk, especially because other girls got injured due to her recklessness.
  • Artistic License – History: The real Amagi never got finished due to the Washington Naval Treaty and her subsequent damage in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, so her appearance at all counts for this.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: "Azur Lane" by Sumire Uesaka spoiler 
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Amagi is a nice girl, but that's what makes her moments stand out more, like knocking both Akagi and Kaga on their heads all while maintaining a smile.
  • Buxom Is Better: The fact that one can see a considerable bustline despite properly wearing her clothing suggests that she's easily Akagi's bigger sister in this area. Her swimsuit skin confirms this.
  • The Chessmaster: She's the most cunning of the Sakura Empire's "fox sisters" and implied to be their best strategist. Much of Crimson Echoes is spent following her attempts to subtly manipulate Kaga in order to mold her into her protege and Akagi's Replacement Sibling, though the Washington Naval Treaty and Kaga's subsequent rampage nearly derail her plans.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Akagi, and Kaga.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Her death is all but stated to be the reason why Akagi became an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy and a Yandere. Most likely not helped by her asking Kaga to look after her.
  • Dying as Yourself: She expresses in her final battle against Kaga that she would like to fire her artillery one last time.
  • Foil: To Hood - they're both proper ladies and super rare battlecruisers with overwhelmingly powerful barrages that activate when they fire their main guns rather than on a timer, and both were doomed in history, but Hood is a Stone Wall and offers offensive buffs to the backline, and Amagi is a Glass Cannon who focuses on defensive buffs to the whole fleet and debuffing the enemy fleet, as well as and receiving an offensive buff from her IJN sisters - almost everything but giving an offensive buff. Also, in a personality sense, Hood is more motherly or aunt-like to the Royal Navy and plays the proper lady traits straight, while Amagi's known relationships with the Sakura Empire's ships are more sisterly and there are signs that she might not be quite as proper as she lets on.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Playable Amagi is implied to be healthier than her Crimson Echoes counterpart who had a defective Wisdom Cube, and Amagi was only obtainable through the limited gacha, which is also referred to as ship construction and which uses Wisdom Cubes as an input, implying that she legitimately does not have the same innate flaw that doomed her in-story.
  • Glass Cannon: Amagi has powerful offensive capabilities, including the highest firepower of all battlecruisers and a devastating barrage and powerful skills, but she has a hitpoint count only slightly better than many battlecruisers a rarity lower, her anti-air is awful, and as a battlecruiser, she only has medium armor instead of heavy.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite her Incurable Cough of Death and her defective core that leaves her a coughing mess if she engages in any particularly strenuous physical activity, she is able to take to the field, fight on the frontlines and defeat Kaga in the Wargame, and afterward, she is able to push deep into Siren territory to bring Kaga back once she decides she'd rather die as a battleship than suffer this disgrace of being turned into a carrier (until Houshou and the Sirens show her just how dangerous a carrier's planes can be).
  • Ill Girl: Probably as a nod to the fact that her real-life counterpart got damaged and scrapped before launch, she is portrayed as rather sickly in-game. In-Universe, it's a result of her Wisdom Cube being defective.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: She coughs a lot as pretty much the only symptom of her condition, we later find out why.
  • Kitsune: Just like her would-be sister ship Akagi, she's got fox ears and multiple tails. And is a bit devious.
  • Lady of War: Possibly on par with Royal Navy's Hood.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She's usually sidelined due to illness, but she'll get her gear on and march against the Siren Girls in a rescue mission out of her own volition.
  • Luminescent Blush: Her face positively alights if she's embarrassed or flustered.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Joins the Ugly Sisters, Tirpitz and BB!Kaga in being a Main Fleet unit with a non-zero torpedo stat and a skill that periodically launches a barrage of torpedoes.
  • Not So Different:
    • Reproached Kaga's selfishness for trying to fight the Sirens as a battleship rather than go through the retrofit, but she fought Kaga, in part because she wanted to fire her guns, even if it possibly meant dying.
    • Though characters comment that Akagi and Amagi couldn't act more different, her Valentine's message implies she isn't exactly above Akagi's deviousness in getting the commander's attention.
  • Playing Sick: Downplayed - She is actually ill, but it's implied that the playable version of Amagi is significantly healthier than her counterpart from the Crimson Echoes story and is not above exaggerating her condition for attention. For example, her 2019 Valentine's gift comes with the following message:
    "*Cough, cough*... Since I'm so frail, I cannot cook properly, and even with my best efforts I cannot make anything better than this..." Perhaps you will want to try my handmade chocolate even more if I say that... *Giggle*...
  • Secretly Dying: Her core was defective, to begin with. Getting torpedoed by a Siren didn't help.
  • Smart People Play Chess: The opening scene for Crimson Echoes begins with Amagi finishing a game of shōgi, having played (and beaten) Kaga ten times in a row.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She might be the most refined of the Sakura Empire girls, she might even be an Ill Girl, she can still wreck your shit up.
  • The Strategist: In battle acts akin to one and her debuff and buff skills are akin to strategies.
  • Take Up My Sword: Has Kaga carry on her duties on her behalf at the end of Crimson Echoes, including being a good sister to Akagi.
  • Tranquil Fury: She almost never loses her composure, even when angered or in the midst of a vicious battle.
    Hidden beneath Amagi's loving smile was a rage that would frighten even the most vile of beasts. All the bystanders knew this for a fact.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: With Akagi, given they're sisters.
  • Visual Pun: Like many other Sakura shipgirls, she wears a metal band around her waist - a literal armored belt.
  • Walking Spoiler: Even if you know history, her role in the story is unexpected and very important to the Sakura Fleet.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's demure and polite, but assertive. In the story itself, she's humble about her power even as she successfully challenges others in the wargame.

Battleships (BB)

     The Shikishima-class 

Mikasa

Artist: Criin

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara

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I, Mikasa, the dreadnought who emerged victorious through smoke and fire to bring power and glory to my home country and the flagship of the Sakura Empire. Pushing forward!

  • Artistic License – Ships: Mikasa's self-categorization as a member of the Shikishima class is somewhat questionable, as while the Japanese ordered four battleships (Shikishima, Hatsuse, Asahi, Mikasa) from British shipyards around the same time, the latter two were based on a different master design and were both distinct enough to be considered one-offs in their own unique classes.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The first mission of the Z flag event chain is a level with preset ships that run afoul a major Siren and having no luck; Cue her and Hiei to turn things around (as their shots will do major damage to the Siren boss).
  • Born Lucky: Being one of the longest intact battleships and surviving through 2-3 wars gives her a luck stat of 95 and combined with her Z-flag, it'll hit 100.
  • Cool Big Sis: Happily spends Christmas looking after and playing with the Sakura destroyers.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her first appearance in the English version was in one of the Christmas event cutscenes, even though she hasn't been released in the English version yet. She also appeared in Ink-Stained Steel Sakura before her English release, where she plays an important role in the story.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: She marvels at both the new things of the current time and at how ships have come since her days. Justified as she mainly was in service before carriers were invented, much less major parts of navies, and she is herself a pre-dreadnought, and even gun-armed ships are far more advanced than the designs that were her contemporaries, with single-caliber batteries, larger cannons, all-or-nothing armor schemes, oil-fired boilers, greater rates of fire, radar-directed gunnery, and more. This is partially a joke on how, unlike nearly everyone else on the roster, she didn't serve in World War 2 at all - so naturally, she's unfamiliar with technology much past 1923, the year of her decommissioning.
  • Hopeless with Tech: In Slow Ahead, she gives up trying to buy a vacuum online because she can't wrap her head around all the things you have to do to register online. In the game she's shown to at least being able to use smartphones, given that she's able to use Juustagram, although with typos scattered here and there.
  • Iconic Item: The Z-flag, seen wrapped around her arm, and an aux equipment that one could obtain from a mini-event that runs alongside hers. It has a number of extra effects when she equips it. Historically, the Z flag in Japanese service was a prearranged signal declaring that a Decisive Battle was about to begin, and was raised on Mikasa (in her role as flagship of the Combined Fleet) before epic victory at the Battle of Tsushima.
  • La Résistance:
    • She, along with the 2 Shoukaku-class girls and a few others, runs a group of Sakura shipgirls that aren't willing to cooperate with the Sirens (and are, lore-wise, basically the explanation for the player-controlled Sakura ships). Her event is more or less her and several of her followers joining you directly, rather than you manifesting your own from Wisdom Cubes. (Ironically, you do need to roll them from her event gacha to obtain them.)
    • It is worth noting that, while in private she is deeply suspicious of Akagi's plans for the Empire and intends to oppose Akagi's plans vigorously, in public she is very careful to not call or frame the group as a rebellion; when she visits the Diadem of Light during "Swirling Cherry Blossoms", she passes the group's existence off as a "side show" that's simply intended as her way of contributing to the Sakura Empire's defense. Which is definitely true, as it goes.
  • The Leader: One of her skills encourages making her the flag ship and she quickly takes over as the leader of the "Reborn Combined Fleet" (her name for the resistance movement). Ink-Stained Steel Sakura also mentions that she was the flagship of the Combined Fleet before Nagato, meaning she used to be the leader of the Sakura Empire (or its navy, at least).
  • Lethal Chef: Implied. In "Ink-Stained Steel Sakura", an off-hand offer to cook for the Shoukaku-class girls leads to Zuikaku's very quick refusal (her expression turns flat instantly and she says her "palate [isn't] ready to try that yet").
  • Malaproper: She has trouble pronouncing loanwords, such as pronouncing "Christmas" as "Crissmoss" during the Christmas 2018 event.
  • More Dakka: All three of Mikasa's weapons slots are devoted to weapons for surface gunnery - her main battery, a CL/DD gun slot, and a DD gun slot. These can shore up her low base firepower and provide a lot of fire against bomb ships or any production ships that creep too close. On top of this, she has very high reload, so all of those guns can fire pretty rapidly. Of course, the trade-off to her surface-gunnery focused kit is that it means she has absolutely no dedicated AA weapons. Last bit is justified as her active time was before the advent of Carriers.
  • Older Than She Looks: She looks mid-20's at most, but is one of the oldest ships in the game (with only Avrora possibly coming close), having been commissioned in 1902. She's the only ship on the roster to date that was actually built prior to, but didn't serve in, WW2 in some capacity - she's primarily famous for being one of the world's oldest museum ships and the last surviving pre-dreadnought battleship in the world as of the new millennium.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Being the most senior shipgirl in the Sakura Empire fleet, as well as being a respected veteran of the previous Siren conflicts, other Sakura Empire girls regardless of class refer to her as "Mikasa-daisenpai", or "Great Elder/Senior Mikasa".
  • Silver Vixen: Kinda played with, due to the fact that shipgirls are immortal. Her age is more or less... emphasized compared to other girl, even by herself, as one of the oldest girls among the cast. Still, Mikasa looks very young and is a rather attractive and wise woman. Bonus point is that she doesn't complain about this, unlike Yorktown (who insists you should not confuse 24 with 42).
  • The Strategist: Mikasa has a great deal of experience as a leader, and as leader of the Reborn Combined Fleet, she manages to pull off great successes despite their limited numbers and her obsolete rigging. For example, in Swirling Cherry Blossom she out-gambits Suruga, herself a skilled strategist, during their ceremonial duel and admonishes Suruga to not think her strategies as outdated as her rigging after she has Zuikaku and Shokaku negate the advantage Suruga had hoped to gain from backing herself up with production carriers to exploit Mikasa's horribly inadequate anti-air capabilities.
  • Support Party Member: She temporarily buffs the firepower all Battleships and Battlecruisers in the fleet when she fires her main battery and passively buffs the firepower and reload of all Sakura ships in her fleet. However, her poor stats in every regard except reload mean that she isn't terribly useful outside of the buffs she brings to the table. And is outdone by Nagato in various areas.
  • Uniformity Exception: Much like Kongou, she has a distinctly British feel to her in her design note , a nod to her partially British origin. Her first Alternate Skin has a very strong English vibe even compared to her normal outfit. It's a nod to how the commanding officer of the ship went to school in Britain.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Mikasa's rigging is hopelessly outdated and she knows it, but her decades of experience allow her to trounce a Siren that Zuikaku was barely able to scratch through precisely aimed fire.

     The Fusou-class 
  • Animal Motif: Black cats. Yamashiro even has a cat paw pose post-remodel.
  • Artistic License – History: While carrier conversions for both the Fusou and Ise classes were proposed (with the plan being to do them in steps, as the IJN couldn't afford the time or money to fully convert a battleship to a carrier in one go), the Fusous were never actually refitted, and even though the mechanically act as the prototype of the concept and their retrofit was implemented first in-game, they were only scheduled for such conversion after the Ise-class, which went first in part because Hyuuga had suffered a turret explosion, and as such, was down a turret anyway. Before the Fusous could be refitted, they were both sunk at the Battle of Surigao Straits.
  • Born Unlucky: Both claim they're this as the first dreadnoughts of the Sakura Empire. Their Luck Stat is happy to reinforce this: Fusou and Yamashiro have 13 and 14 Luck, respectively, some of the lowest values in the game. Being black cat girls is a nod to this.
  • Flawed Prototype: Twice over:
    • First, in history, they were Japan's first truly modern battleships, echewing the echelon turrets of early dreadnoughts for a sturdier all in line design and armed with a fully uniform main batterynote , and they were plagued with problems, many of which stemmed from using six two-gun turrets instead of four three-gun turrets, which required them to be very long, which in turn required more armor to protect all of their vital spaces, and the two amidships turrets required sub-optimal placement of much of their machinery. All in all, their design was troublesome, and for a variety of reasons, even before their sinking, they developed a repuation as unlucky ships.
    • Second, in game, they are essentially the rough first attempts at an aviation battleship refit compared to the Ise-class' more perfected process, and as such, their performance as aviation battleships is much lower than the Ise-class and they lack the powerful and specialized skills that make the Ise-class much more effective as aviation battleships.
  • Liminal Being: After their aviation battleship retrofits, they're personifications of Military Mashup Machines and act as both carriers and battleships, but also not quite either.
  • Loophole Abuse: Their Aviation Battleship retrofits are rife with this. Essentially, Aviation Battleships count as carriers whenever it's advantageous to do so, as battleships when it's advantageous to count as such, and don't count as either when it would be disadvantageous to count as them. They tend to receive any buffs other ships give to either and they can partake of training classes for both carriers and battleships, but they don't count as battleships for the purposes of Tirpitz's "Lonely Queen of the North" skill, which gives her a huge buff when there are no other battleships in the fleet.
  • Miko: They're meant to be some sort of shrine maiden, though they wear black.
  • Military Mashup Machine: After their retrofit, they become aviation battleships, a fusion of carrier and battleship that can both launch planes and shell the enemy fleet.
  • Moveset Clone: Both pre- and post-retrofit, they have identical stats, equipment, and skills except for two stats: Fusou has 335 more hitpoints than her sister, and one less point in Luck (since she sank first in the Battle of Surigao Strait).
  • Power Up Letdown: Fully converting to aviation battleship (BBV) trades in the third shot of their main guns and their secondary guns for a weak airstrike. It's to the point it's advised to take the remodel process most of the way, but not take the "modernization" node that actually converts them from battleship to aviation battleship. Doing this, as a result, gives them a rather monstrous Firepower stat (among others) for their rarity.

Fusou

Artist: Rain Lan

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu

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Fusou (Retrofit) 
It is an honor to meet you. If I'm not mistaken, you are the Commander, correct? Very well. I have been waiting for you for a long time. This too must have been guidance from the gods. I hope we can serve each other well from this day on.

  • Buxom Is Better: She's easily a match for most of the shapely shipgirls in the game.
  • Cool Big Sis: Older sister type, though downplayed towards the commander compared to Atago and such. She is one to the destroyers.
  • Sweater Girl: She has a skin of her casually wearing a sweater and not much else.
  • Qipao: One of her two skins has her in a rather snug one.

Yamashiro

Artist: Rain Lan

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu

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Yamashiro (Retrofit) 
Woah! It's Milord! Milord in person! Uh, umm, I'm, uhm, Yamahi-… Yamashiro! I hope we can get along nicely!

  • Breakout Character: She has proven to be VERY popular with fans and as a result has gotten A LOT OF skins, some of which are gotten free. By October 2019, she has the highest number of skins available, at 8 (one of which is, at the time, exclusive to Taiwanese server), dethroning Ayanami at 7.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She is quite clumsy, tripping over a vase in the base and even accidentally firing her gun when starting a sortie. This might be something to do with her poor luck.
  • The Ditz: While not as bad as San Diego, she isn't terribly bright, but it comes off as cute.
  • Fanservice Pack: Gains more assets post-retrofit.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: In the Visitors Dyed in Red, she'll fight fellow Sakura Empire girls when ordered.
  • School Swimsuit: Her swimsuit skin.

     The Ise-class 
  • Blade on a Stick: Both girls use Naginatas.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Their Aviation Battleship (BBV) retrofits let them do a little of everything at least decently - they're sturdy and can do powerful, targeted attacks like battleships (albeit sans one volley), they can clear the screen of projectiles and drop bombs like a carrier and have better aviation than the lower-end light carriers, but have fewer planes. Additionally, Hyuuga buffs all backline ships with guns and can defend the backline like a true battleship with her "Melee Barrage" skill, while Ise's "Aviation Battleship Fleet" skill brings her closer to being a true carrier by launching extra planes either for her first two airstrikes, or all of her airstrikes if there are any light or fleet carriers in the fleet with her.
  • Liminal Being: After their aviation battleship retrofits, they're personifications of Military Mashup Machines and act as both carriers and battleships, but also not quite either. Unlike the Fusou-class, their post-retrofit skills have them each try to act more like one of their two natures - Ise's "Aviation Battleship Fleet" has her try be more like her new carrier nature and encourages her to sortie with true carriers, while Hyuuga's "Artillery Command - Main Fleet" and "Melee Artillery" skills have her try to stay closer to her original nature as a battleship and encourages her to sortie with battleships, battlecruisers, and monitors.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Both girls have animal ears and tails, but different species.
  • Loophole Abuse: Like the Fusou-class, their Aviation Battleship retrofits are rife with this. Essentially, Aviation Battleships count as carriers whenever it's advantageous to do so, as battleships when it's advantageous to count as such and don't count as either when it would be disadvantageous to count as them. They tend to receive any buffs other ships give to either and they can partake of training classes for both carriers and battleships, but they don't count as battleships for the purposes of Tirpitz's "Lonely Queen of the North" skill, which gives her a huge buff when there are no other battleships in the fleet, even as Hyuuga's "Artillery Command" skill buffs both her and Tirpitz.
  • Military Mashup Machine: After their retrofit, they become aviation battleships, a fusion of carrier and battleship that can both launch planes and shell the enemy fleet.
  • Power Up Letdown: Subverted: It might be expected that their BBV retrofit would be a downgrade like Fusou and Yamashiro's, but they're given powerful skills and a better statblock with a much higher aviation stat to make up for the loss of their secondary armament and losing one salvo from their main guns, and the actual class change is much earlier in their retrofit tree than Fusou and Yamashiro's. As such, their retrofit is often seen as a sidegrade instead of a downgrade.

Ise

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/iseicon.png

Artist: kisetsu

Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura

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Ise (Retrofit) 
I’m the last battleship in the Sakura Empire Navy who fired a full salvo —— Ise of the Ise-class battleships!
  • Bare Your Midriff: Both pre and post-retrofit.
  • Fanservice Pack: Upon retrofit, Ise shows more skin and seems to gain a cup size or two.
  • Historical In-Joke: If she's disappointed with you, she'll ask if you're in the army, referencing the major rivalry between the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy, which actually affected government policy.
  • Human Cannonball: She'll offer to make you fly out of her gun barrel if you poke her a few too many times.

Hyuuga

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Artist: kisetsu

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe

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Hyuuga (Retrofit) 
I’m the little sister of my stupid big sister ——ahh, that doesn’t mean that I’m the stupid little sister alright! Anyhow, I’m Hyuuga, I’ll be in your care.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Post-retrofit only.
  • Cat Girl: Unlike her sister, who is a fox.
  • Fanservice Pack: Upon retrofit, like her sister, she shows more skin, losing all of her torso coverage except her sarashi.
  • Sarashi: Wears the 'bra' variant.
  • Sentimental Drunk: Not to the degree of Eugen, but she does open up when drunk, even calling the commander cute.
  • Support Party Member: She's able to increase the firepower of the backline. Since she doesn't count as a battleship once she retrofits to an aviation battleship, she can even buff Tirpitz without disabling Tirpitz's "Lonely Queen of the North" self-buff.

     The Nagato-class 

  • Ace Custom: They both have the barrage skill "Big Seven - Sakura" which is a dramatically improved version of the original skill, making it useful for the whole game.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Out of all of the Big Seven, they're the only ones portrayed as preteen/early-teen girls. Pre-redesign, this was true for just Nagato.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Before becoming playable, these two had a different artist. It isn't known why exactly the change occurred. Of the two, Mutsu had a more dramatic change, going from a teenage or older blonde to the kid of the two. Nagato, in contrast, went from Serious Shrine Maiden Samurai to a more calm and neutral shrine maiden.

Nagato

Artist: Mzt (original/unplayable), Alisa (Playable)

Voiced by: Misaki Kuno (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

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I am Nagato, the flagship of the Sakura Empire's Combined Fleet. Are you the commander? Whether or not you have the power to take over the world, I will confirm this with my own eyes.

  • Achilles in His Tent: Seals herself inside the Sacred Sakura Tree after realizing she got manipulated by Akagi. It does not come out until Mikasa smacks some sense into her.
  • The Ageless: Beyond the usual deal for kansen, and used mostly for comedy — despite being a warship with origins in the early post-WWI era (and thus reasonably aged by the time of the game proper), in her New Year kimono skin, it is implied rather heavily that she's not allowed to drink due to being perpetually underage.
  • Animation Bump: The combat sprite for her 2020 New Year kimono skin is ludicrously more fluid and animated overall than her previous sprites, or than nearly anything else in the entire game. Unlike her older sprites, virtually every part of her that you'd expect to be affected by the physics of movement animates on this sprite.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Only really present when she's giving public speeches, as she tends to give them in a very formal manner.
  • The Atoner: The reason why she sealed herself inside the Sacred Sakura Tree. As powerless as she was, she deeply regretted having initiated the war against Azur Lane. A nod to how the historical Emperor Hirohito admittedly relented about after Japan's defeat against the Allies.
  • BFG: One of the original Big Seven, the seven battleships with 16-inch guns permitted under the London Naval Treaty.
  • BFS: Her original design toted a pretty large katana, which seems even bigger due to her small size.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Nagato at least seems designed around the phrase "Miko Miko no Miko", a pun using three meanings of the word Miko (Honorable Fox, Divine girl, and Shrine maiden). This largely survived the new artist's redesign.
  • Kitsune: One of her skins has her chilling with Amaterasu. Her New Year kimono skin shows her with the traditional fox tails that often appear on humanoid kitsune (which aren't visible on her other skins but are sometimes implied).
  • Little Bit Beastly: Appears to be more of a foxgirl than her sister, reinforced by having her with Amaterasu in one of her skins and tails in another.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She points out that she doesn't socialize with others because she doesn't know how to, in part because of her past position in the Sakura Empire, where everyone reveres her and even are intimidated by her. The next part of the conversation reveals that she's also always carrying her rigging, so she gets flustered when the commander starts to take it off.
  • Miko: Her main motif.
  • Physical God: Not really god, but certainly revered as one; being constantly portrayed with Amaterasu while also depicted as a Miko just adds to this, likely as a nod to real life Japanese emperors claiming a lineage to Amaterasu.
  • Puppet King: Is a revered figure in the Empire that is manipulated by Akagi (Story ver) into starting the war and then told to leave things to her. Basically, she's the Azur Lane equivalent of the Emperor and implied to be based off Emperor Hirohito. note 
  • Support Party Member: She buffs both battleships and carriers, with the latter getting more note from players due to the strength they have, particularly Kaga and Akagi.

Mutsu

Artist: Mzt (original/unplayable), Alisa (Playable)

Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa

Good day I am Mutsu! Nagato's little sister! Err, are you the Commander? Why? How did you become a Commander? Are Commanders amazing? Tell me, tell me!

  • BFG: One of the original Big Seven, the seven battleships with 16-inch guns permitted under the London Naval Treaty.
  • Cheerful Child: Acts the part pretty well, though she sometimes counts as a Bratty Half-Pint.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Appears to be more of a catgirl, as her lines have her say "Meow". She also has a cat on her rigging.
  • Miko: Her main motif.
  • Samurai: Her alternate skin has her putting on a helmet and swords akin to one/a warlord of the Warring States era (in part from Urakaze), including some katanas. It faintly seems an incidental nod to Nagato's original design.

     The Tosa-class 

Tosa

Artist: Liduke

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

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I am Tosa, the first Tosa-class battleship. My construction began long ago, but its completion never came... I have been an aircraft carrier, a battleship, a weapons testbed, and a target; they worked and reworked me to the bone. But now I am here, in this form, and I will not disappoint you.

The personification of the never-completed IJN Tosa — the actual sister ship of Kaga.


  • Ahoge: She sports a big, obvious one. It's even more obvious on her chibi field sprite.
  • Animal Motifs: A fox... a fennec fox, which makes her stand out from the other "fox sisters", even Amagi.
  • Artistic License – History: Much like Amagi, the real-life Tosa was not completed; she was a "victim" of the Washington Naval Treaty. She was, in fact, one of its more famous casualties, as she was actually hull-complete and launched by 1922, and she was ready for fitting-out (even her guns were prepared and ready quayside). The Japanese weren't able to negotiate for her completion, however, and her ultimate fate was to be a gunnery target for the Navy's Hiroshima gunnery school. (The fame of her cancellation is why some players were left scratching their heads over her absence from the original Crimson Echoes run.) The playable Tosa is an Azur Lane extrapolation of what a properly fitted Tosa would be like as a shipgirl.
  • Big Little Sister: Reversed. She refers to Kaga using the highly formal and archaic term "Ane-ue" or "elder sister", despite the name of her class implying that she would be the older sister. Historically speaking, Tosa was laid down first, though Kaga would later be launched first and would survive to be repurposed into an aircraft carrier. Referring to the trope entries above, kansen Tosa is the representation of what the original would have been as a full-fledged battleship, built after battleship (and subsequently aircraft carrier) Kaga.
  • Blood Knight: Downplayed, but her low HP line has her exclaiming battles with some tension are best.
  • Foil: To her sister Kaga (battleship), while she acknowledges the effectiveness of force, she'd rather resolve things with words and talks about a number of topics. In short while she's able to be fierce and aggressive, she doesn't take it to reckless levels. And her line with Amagi has her talking about being unable to beat her, which unlike Battleship Kaga, seems to also reflect the mental/strategic arenas.
  • More Dakka: Her primary barrage is ridiculously big, like "almost a monitor" big, eclipsing even Amagi's. And, oh yeah, she essentially has three of the things (a main proc barrage, a "you're too close and/or dared to hit me" barrage, and a unique barrage involving the other fleet in a sortie). Fitting, given that (had she been built) she would've been able to out-shoot most of the actual completed "Big Seven". Also, her rigging does try to cram in every single one of her main gun turrets (the Tosas were rather famous as one of the first attempts to fit ten 41cm guns to a warship) and leaves it looking a bit unwieldy as a result.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Not counting submarines, she's the second ever ship who can affect the other fleet's battles, and the first who can attack, from outside said fleet, having a special barrage that only fires to support the fleet she's not assigned to note . There's also the fact Tosa is the only battleship in the entire game who has three different barrages, including the aforementioned off-fleet barrage.
  • Power Glows: The swords she carries alongside her rigging faintly glow with power.
  • Power Up Letdown: Her off-fleet barrage, while interesting in concept, has several conditions restricting its use note  and even when it does proc, the barrage is small and weak, to the point you can essentially ignore it exists to absolutely no detriment to yourself. This is likely meant to represent that Battleships can only offer minimal fire support from that extreme a range, and from a meta perspective, to serve as a balancing factor, as otherwise a powerful off-fleet barrage could make Tosa too strong.
  • Reality Ensues: This is probably the point of Tosa's off-fleet barrage: despite being a barrage skill with many restrictions for its use, the volume of fire and damage of the barrage are extremely low, especially when compared to Tosa's other two barrages. As Tosa has to be on a different fleet entirely to fire this barrage, this neatly shows through gameplay the lesson of Crimson Echoes, the one that Amagi learned and made her compatriots to see: The limits of Battleships, and thus, the power of the Aircraft Carrier; namely, its ability to operate effectively at ranges far surpassing those of Battleships with more accuracy. Tosa's off-fleet barrage is weak because she simply does not have the range necessary to effectively shell an enemy who is too far away. It's a testament to Tosa's obscene gunnery that her fire even reaches the enemy at all.
  • Stripperific: Her swimsuit has a very daring cut, to the point that it had to be censored in China.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Unlike Akagi (but like Akagi and Amagi), Tosa and Kaga are easily identifiable as siblings at a glance, sharing major similarities in their outfits, footwear, hair color, and facial casts. The primary difference is that Tosa's ears flare out from her head like a fennec fox (rather than Kaga's "traditional" fox ears), her eyes are mostly pink with a hint of blue (as opposed to Kaga's blue), and her fur in her main skin looks a bit... ragged, compared to Kaga.

Kaga

Artist: Hao

Voiced by: Ai Kayano

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I'm Kaga, second ship of the Tosa-class battleships. Built as an improvement to the Nagato-class, I was to serve as part of the Eight-Eight Fleet Program. Amagi... I would like to fight alongside her someday.

The personification of the IJN Kaga. You know, the Kaga - the Tosa-class battleship, the successor to the Nagato-class, slated to be the fourth battleship in the Japanese arsenal to bear the mighty 41-centimeter main guns which are more powerful than any other previous naval artillery, carrying more than Nagato herself, destined to become the symbol of Japanese might, the-

What's that? A naval treaty signed in Washington mandates her scrapping... or, with the "death" of the battlecruiser Amagi in the 1923 earthquake, her conversion into an aircraft carrier?

Well then.

A "what-if" vessel and one of the stars of the "Crimson Echoes" event, this Kaga represents her in her originally-planned configuration as a Tosa-class battleship. The story of her conversion - with a few Azur Lane embellishments - is the focus of the event.


  • A Day in the Limelight: "Crimson Echoes" focuses around her and the events that led to her conversion to an aircraft carrier.
  • Artistic License – History: The Tosa-class battleships were never finished as-is due to Washington Naval Treaty, so Kaga's appearance as battleship fits this trope.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Gets one at the hands of Amagi, because her selfishness dragged other Sakura Empire girls into conflict with the Sirens.
  • Ascended Meme: A lot of DIO related imagery is used with Kaga, from her fox mask in her official art, her activation skill icons, and even her rejection of her aircraft carrier refit in lieu of Dio rejecting humanity.
  • Backstory: The "Crimson Echoes" event, which details her conversion from battleship to an aircraft carrier.
  • Big Sister Worship: Despite being different classes, she does look up to Amagi, although she also wants to prove she's better than her.
  • Dying as Yourself: She hated the idea of being converted to Aircraft Carrier due to the Washington Naval Treaty, so she decided to fight off the Sirens on her own as she wanted to die as a Battleship. She gets over this thanks to Amagi, and perhaps also the humbling defeat they very nearly suffered at the hands of Siren aircraft, before Houshou's own fighters drove off the Siren bombers.
  • Exact Words: She can activate Akagi's "First Carrier Division", which says it boosts Akagi's aviation when she's in the same fleet as Kaga, just as well as her more stoic carrier version.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair was definitely wilder when she was a battleship.
  • Hot-Blooded: To say that Kaga was very offense-oriented in her "youth", as it were, is an understatement to say the least. Of course, by the time we met her as an Aircraft Carrier, she's the cool and collected member of the Akagi-Kaga duo.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Joins the Ugly Sisters, Tirpitz and Amagi in being a Main Fleet unit with a non-zero torpedo stat and a skill that periodically launches a barrage of torpedoes.
  • Replacement Sibling: Amagi asks Kaga to take care of Akagi in her stead.
  • The Social Darwinist: Kaga believes in the value of strength and the right of the strong to rule over, and even to kill, the weak. Her definition of "strength" is fairly broad, though, and she comes to see the player Commander as a strong person for their organizational and command skills (and it's possible to read in a softening of her views as she progresses up her affection lines).
  • Visual Pun: Like many other Sakura shipgirls, she wears a metal band around her waist - a literal armored belt.

     The Kii-class 

Suruga

Artist: fuzichoco

Voiced by: Aya Endo

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I am Suruga, Kii-class battleship number three. I sadly wasn't constructed in time for that infamous war... It seems some threads of fate have led me to join this fleet, one I shall devote all my soul to. It is my pleasure to serve you.

  • Artistic License – History: As she herself points out, she wasn't actually built; the Kii-class ships were one of the many classes struck down by the Washington Naval Treaty, and were another take on the "expanded Nagato with more 41-centimeter guns" idea along the lines of original Kaga and Amagi (and were basically up-armored Amagis). It goes even further, though, in that Manjuu has taken a page out of Wargaming's book and have assigned a name to a ship that never had one. The only Kiis who had names decided on were Kii herself and Owari; "Number 11" and "Number 12" (so numbered for their place and construction order in the eight-eight fleet plan), however, never even had partial keels laid like the other two, and the naval office never approved official names for them. (And once the WNT was discarded, Japan had moved on to the Yamato-class and had begun preferring aircraft carriers, so production was never taken back up.) "Suruga", therefore, is entirely an invention of Manjuu, and Battleship Number 11 was never referred to as such historically. That being said, a more up to date Navypedia article does list "Number 11" and "Number 12" as "Suruga" and "Omi" respectivly, bringing more validity to Manjuu's naming decision.
  • Canon Immigrant: She, along with Shimakaze, first appeared in Azur Lane: Crosswave as the main characters before she was properly introduced into the main game in December 2019's "Swirling Cherry Blossoms" event.
  • The Comically Serious: Suruga's something of a fussbudget and takes a lot of things a bit more seriously than she should. This ranges from her occasionally embarrassing herself (getting very flustered when she thinks you're paying too much attention to her because she's secretary) to the slapstick (her New Year's skin shows she is... very serious about her sports TV).
  • Dark Secret: As revealed in Crosswave, and as she occasionally references as secretary, she hides a dark secret. A terrible secret. One she's embarrassed to show to anyone. The secret is that the Kiis, rather than the foxes or oni of many of the other heavy Sakura ships, are instead tanukis, which is shown by her tanuki ears when she is in full panic in the 2nd day of the Exercise in Crosswave. Suruga thinks this is wildly inappropriate for a heavy battleship and would result in her not being taken remotely seriously; therefore, the leaf she wears in her floral arrangement is in fact a catalyst for a famous tanuki ability and allows her to, essentially, glamour her ears into looking like horns instead, allowing her to pass herself off as an oni.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite her usual outward exterior of humble confidence, Suruga actually struggles to believe she can hold a candle to the more "established" ships, and even in her post-oath lines, is fairly strident in denials to herself that she's suitable for a flagship or similar leadership role.
  • Serious Business: If that sword slash in her Live 2D skin is any indication: interrupt her sports matches on TV at your own peril, Commander.
  • The Stoic: Subverted: In Crosswave, she acts like this not because she is one, but due to her being Not Good with People and wanting to stay out of limelight. Her inner monologue shows just how much of a dork she actually is.
  • Wonder Child: In a sense — because Suruga, as noted, was never built historically, the Sakura Empire had to take notable measures to bring her into being as a kansen. This involves an artifact they possess, the Watatsumi, which they use in a ritual to somehow bring otherwise-impossible ships into being. Suruga is evidently an early successful result of this, and during "Swirling Cherry Blossoms" several others note how remarkable her birth is as a result (which she finds very embarrassing).

Kii

Voiced by: Sayaka Kaneko

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I am the first ship of the Kii class Battleship - Kii. Due to various reasons I could not realize my expectations to perform well in the great war... But now, I finally got the chance to express my true potential! Commander, do not be restraint , use me according to your will!

The personification of the battleship Kii and the lead ship of her class. She first appears in the event Dreamwaker's Butterfly.


  • Artistic License – History: Kii was never completed; Unlike Suruga, the Japanese was laying down her and her sister Owari's keel before the Washington Naval Treaty struck the Kii-class, limiting the displacement on battleships. note  Furthering the trope is that, from what one can see on her rigging, she is very clearly based on her World of Warships counterpart, such as the appearance of the dual-purpose 100mm secondary batteries, despite not being a PR ship.
  • BFS: Wields a very long tachi that she is able to sheathe on her hip. Unlike other shipgirls, Kii makes it up with her stature.
  • Bigger Is Better: Believes in this in regards to weapons, guns in particular.
  • Blood Knight: Kii enjoys a good fight and always itching to have one, willing to prove herself to be the best.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has a quite sizable rack, and she's one of the strongest Sakura Empire battleships.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: In the Dreamwaker's Butterfly event, Kii's role is the primary retainer and escort of Shinano's entourage.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She loves her sake, and her lines imply that she will often ask Suruga to have a drink with Ise.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A Statuesque Stunner with noticable rack, especially notable in her swimsuit skin.
  • Proud Warrior Race: Unlike her sister Suruga, Kii is very proud of being a warrior, and doesn't even try to hide her tanuki ears.
  • Samurai: Her design evokes one, and unlike other samurai-themed Sakura girls, she is based on a Kamakura-period samurai rather than Sengoku or Edo period depictions, making her look a lot like an adult Ushiwakamaru/Minamoto no Yoshitsune
  • Sarashi: Wears one that is visible underneath her armored kimono as part of her samurai getup, though it does very little in holding (or hiding) her breasts
  • Statuesque Stunner: As shown in both her artwork and swimsuit skin, Kii has a noticeable figure and is very tall.
  • Wonder Child: Like her sister Suruga, though the explanation of her birth is overshadowed by Shinano's.

     The Izumo-class 

Izumo

Artist: Alisa

Voiced by: Reina Ueda

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Battleship Izumo, reporting for duty. Are you the Commander? You don't look very dependable, though… Listen up, if you ever hold me back then I won't let you get away with it!

The personification of the Design A-140-J2 note  Izumo, introduced as part of the World of Warships collaboration. She's one of two Priority Rare class ships in the Sakura Empire.


  • Crippling Overspecialization: "Specialized Armor" makes her an ideal flagship for Ironblood or Siren-centric events, which tend to hurl a lot of AP shells at the backline, but in regular gameplay and about half of events, the enemy fleet is either so low level it doesn't really matter (most mini-events, normal mode (A and B maps) in large events, and campaign worlds 9 and lower) or the Sakura Empire, which primarily uses HE shells instead of AP, setting her ablaze with ease. Since high-level campaign maps are generally harder than events, her ability usually hurts more than it helps. The fact that burn damage scales (even a low level ship can ruin you if they set you on fire) makes things even worse.
  • Shout-Out: Her "Specialized Armor" skill is a reference to her Chinese World of Warships nickname/meme "Blazumo" note .
  • Irony: These days her basis in World of Warships has been buffed noticeablynote  while the closest thing her Azur Lane version got is the ability to improve her barrage at the end of the Fate Simulation.
  • Super Prototype: Downplayed heavily. While she's a step beyond the Nagato class in conceptual progression, it's likely that the completed Yamato class exceeds her. But in gameplay, she's practically a Flawed Prototype with the number of issues she has in addition to the whole "easily gets set aflame" matter. She's considered the worst Prototype ship.

Aviation Battleships (BBV)

Battleships of the Fusou and Ise classes turn into this ship type post remodel. Refer to their respective entries in the Battleships (BB) section for more details.

Light Aircraft Carrier (CVL)

     The Houshou-class 

Houshou

Artist: Sky-FreeDom

Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi

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Ahh, it’s the Commander……my name is Houshou, I’ll be in your care from now on~ Hoho, please leave the kids in the fleet in my care. Don’t worry, I won’t disappoint you~

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Houshou has a light cruiser gun mount, which no other carrier or light carrier had until Zeppy was introduced (a handful of other light carriers have destroyer or anti-air gun mounts), which seems pretty awesome, as it could give her a useful niche in stopping bomb ships with such a weapon's superior per-shot damage and range compared to destroyer main gun mounts, especially in all-carrier or carrier and battlecruiser (or USN battleship) backlines. However, it is made utterly impractical by the fact that her firepower stat is literally non-existant.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Houshou's fighters save Amagi and Kaga from a drawn-out death at the hands of Siren aircraft during the Crimson Echoes event.
  • Buxom Is Better: Shapely all around, a contrast to her slim KanColle counterpart in looks alone. In personality, they actually have some common ground.
  • Cool Big Sis: Tries to act like this to the other carriers, but as you progress in the affection she admits she's more a mother figure.
  • High-Class Call Girl: One of her lines refers to her as an Oiran (a high-class courtesan), and even acts like one for the Commander.
  • Support Party Member: Besides the carrier experience boosting skill, she also has that boots other carriers' aviation when she launches an airstrike.
  • Team Mom: To the other carriers.

     The Zuihou-class 

Shouhou

Artist: Mzt

Voiced by: Hiromi Kouno

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Shouhou (Retrofit) 
Commander, Shouhou's the name. I don't have lotta firepower or planes like those regular carriers, but there's plenty o' stuff I can do that they can't! A real pleasure to meet ya!

  • Combat Medic: Her Support Carrier skill lets her heal the vanguard by up to 8% of their maximum health whenever she uses an airstrike, so offense and defense go hand-in-hand.
  • Covert Pervert: Her reaction to being groped in her base skin is to object, but only because she feels such things should be saved for nighttime. Post-retrofit, her reaction is to ask if the Commander feels she's grown up.
  • Crutch Character: Tying into her Disc-One Nuke status, she's strongest early before the need for Unicorn herself shows up as competition. Even post-retrofit with upgrades where she's distinct enough from Unicorn to not stand in her shadow, she's less universally useful: Unicorn remains sturdier with her valuable Reload Command skill for the entire vanguard, while Shouhou has higher Aviation (relative to a CVL, but worse than any CV besides the low-rarity Wasp) and gets the situational Air Support skill to buff other CV/Ls (but it can be impractical to do so in places and Nagato does buffing carriers better). Her lack of fighters (while Unicorn focues in them) will be a liability late game.
  • Disc-One Nuke: She's often regarded as a discount Unicorn pre-retrofit. Like Unicorn, she has the amazing Support Carrier skill to heal the vanguard and nullify inevitable scratch damage. Shouhou is weaker all-around, a rarity lower, and an oil cheaper, but can be farmed much earlier and easily (Shouhou will often be picked up on a casual clear of World 2, since she's in the latter three maps, while Unicorn shows up earliest in 4-4 and 5-4). For longer-term play, she's also relatively cheap to upgrade to Elite rarity via a retrofit. Post refit makes her a good choice for many earlier worlds.
  • Genki Girl: She's as chipper as her namesakenote  even when talking about the Battle of the Coral Sea where she was sunk.
  • Glass Cannon: her plane loadout means she can do damage (especially post refit), but will have trouble against enemy planes.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Post-retrofit, she's this compared to Unicorn — she has a more offensive loadout (trading a fighter for a torpedo bomber while retaining a dive bomber + AA gun) with higher individual aircraft proficiency and Aviation stat. Of course, trying to juggle healing duty and damage isn't always a good thing, especially since torpedo bombers generally have longer cooldowns: Since her healing is tied to airstrikes, she is often optimized for airstrike speed to the detriment of her damage.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: The English localization renders her dialogue with lots of "'bout"s and other cut-off gerunds (i.e. "thinkin'"), generally making her sound vaguely Southern (with "y'all").
  • She's Got Legs: Upon retrofit. She even gives Souryuu a run for her money, not in length, but certainly in proportions.
  • Support Party Member: Both of her skills are in the Support category: Support Carrier, which heals the vanguard every time she launches her planes, and Air Support to buff other CV/Ls.

     The Ryuuhou-class 

Ryuuhou

Artist: Tony Taka

Voiced by: Juri Nagatsuma

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Remodeled Taigei-class Submarine Tender, Zuihou-class Light Carrier Ryuuhou, reporting for duty. I will strive to bring you victory, Commander! Yes, this time, I won't be held back by failures on my path to victory!

  • Artistic License – History:
    • Weirdly, she self-identifies as a Zuihou-class vessel (as seen above). However, the converted Ryuuhou (which she also explicitly identies herself as and behaves like, with reference to her old sub tender history) had less in common with both the Zuihou ships than would be obvious, despite their outward similarities (all of them being being tender-to-CVL conversions) and she is typically considered her own distinct class of one ship in most fleet lists.
    • Also, to be frank, her Super Rare designation and overall power level is not entirely in keeping with her actual war record; while Azur Lane can go back and forth a bit on matching a kansen's rarity and "power level" to their historical performance, Ryuuhou does feel particularly egregious even compared to a few other arguable cases like Nagato. To lay out the real world ship's history...note 
  • Combat Medic: Both of her skill functions as this. Her Swirling Cherry Blossoms skill can only heal 3 times per battle and will heal only a single target at a time, but like Fumiruiru she can target any ship, not just vanguard. (And, being a non-collab ship, she'll be rerun and put into the general pool some day unlike poor Fumi and she's the only character on the English server who works this way, since EN seems unlikely to get the Uta collab.) Her second skill, Dancing Waves, is a heal skill for submarines, referencing to pre-conversion role as submarine tender Taigei.
  • Crutch Character: A funny example — in general, healers in AL only fit into certain kinds of content at high level (mostly challenge mode and certain kinds of high-end main chapter farming), and are left out of other kinds of content due to not being very useful. Well, that's true for Ryuuhou as well... unless you are trying to level a low level vanguard character in high level content. In that case, she becomes a titanium crutch because her heal scales off of her health pool; she's capable of rocketing low level characters back to nearly full HP with just a single airstrike. This makes her incredibly useful for leveling content in general, and can help solve the frustrations that come with trying to level new vanguarders.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She is more or less the closest thing "Swirling Cherry Blossoms" has to a main character alongside Suruga; the event is still more of an ensemble piece, but she features prominently throughout the storyline. It's telling that her healing skill shares a name with the event itself.
  • The Glomp: She's a victim of one if sortied with a submarine.
  • She's Got Legs: Given that she's designed by Tony Taka, this is an aspect no one saw coming. Her L2D New Year skin takes it Up to Eleven, with the animations putting a significant emphasis on her legs.
  • Situational Sword:
    • Her heal. Because it's based on her own HP pool, not the recipient's (like every other heal in the game), its effectiveness can vary wildly depending on who it gets used on. Used on battleships, it likely won't be very hot; used on a Destroyer, it's likely to heal them for a huge chunk of their health pool, because a destroyer's relative health is so much lower than Ryuuhou's.
    • Also, her entire submarine tender gimmick. If you aren't using subs at all, that aspect is worthless. If you are able to make use of subs, she increases their endurance significantly and the subs make her stronger.
  • Support Party Member: As noted in Combat Medic, both of her skills are healing skills. Dancing Waves also helps reduce damage done by enemy submarines to your vanguard fleet.

     The Hiyou-class 

Hiyou

Artist: MusyneXSK

Voiced by: Seiko Yoshida

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Light aircraft carrier Hiyou reporting in—— Commander, don't underestimate us sisters just because we're light aircraft carriers.

Junyou

Artist: MusyneXSK

Voiced by: Seiko Yoshida

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Uhoh, Commander~ Why so late? Junyou can't wait any longer~ Now, let's also go home together today.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She treats her relationship with the commander like this. She attempts to help the commander recover their promise with increasing higher affection level. note 
  • I Reject Your Reality: Insists that she's not crazy and everyone else is being tricked into forgetting her being the Commander's childhood friend and girlfriend, and outright denies that she lost if the fleet she's in is defeated.
  • Yandere: Continuously insists that she's the Commander's childhood friend (which isn't possible), threatens to kill anyone who comes between her and the Commander, and her Love line has her insist that she's not sick, and that everyone else is sick and being tricked by the world, which she claims is why nobody remembers the commander's relationship with her. This makes her quite dangerous even compared to the likes of Akagi, Taihou, etc. And her sister remarks on it in her lines.

     The Ryuujou-class 

Ryuujou

Artist: tsliuyixin

Voiced by: Aya Suzaki

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Commander, I am Ryuujou, a warrior from the land of the Rising Sun! I swear my loyalty to you from this forth, would that I have seven lives to give to you!

  • Art Evolution: She got an art upgrade upon being able to be acquired, improving on the original art quite a bit.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's been present in the game for a while (she's on the torpedo training banner), but not as a playable ship.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She has dragon horns and a dragon tail.
  • Monster Girl: Of the Dragon-type.
  • Shout-Out: Answers the question "What would happen if we showed a carrier as many Kamen Rider Series as possible?" Many of her lines reference different rider quotes, most of her poses in the game and in Slow Ahead mimic the Riders, even her introduction in her sidequest is complete explosions and special effects as if she just debuted on her own show.
  • Support Party Member: Her first skill on top of having a chance to buff her own aviation damage, also buffs all carrier's reload and reduces their damage taken. Her second adds a bombing run to her allies' airstrikes (twice per battle)
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Is a big fan of wagashi.

Aircraft Carrier (CV)

     The Akagi-class 

Akagi

Artist: Hao

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Amber Lee Connors (English)

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We meet at last, Commander. But… there seems to be quite the number of "eyesores" here… Firstly, some cleaning is in order, then we can take our time to deepen our friendship. (Giggles)

  • Ax-Crazy: It's rare to find her not threatening the "eyesores" around her, whether they be other girls in the Commander's fleet or her actual enemies in the story. At least her playable version downplays this trope, especially within her character quest; in the end, she does have the sense to recognize allies versus enemies, even with her unhealthy mental state. But then again, one of her lines outright indicates that she's only holding herself back from killing everyone for the sake of the Commander. So, atleast she can be professional but only when the Commander is present.
    Akagi: Ah, welcome back... Commander, if you had taken any more of your sweet time, I would have turned this place into a sea of fire~.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Crosswave, instead of the cackling villain, we have a rather strait-laced acting leader of the Sakura Empire and a good if strict mentor to Nagato. It stems from her hearing Amagi's dying wish for peace and the far lower amounts of Siren manipulation in the time. She also appears to be rather civil with Enterprise.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Because of the lack of commander in the anime adaptation to speak of, her Yandere tendencies are instead directed towards Kaga, strongly suggesting that she is a lesbian in the adaptation.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: She and Kaga are very proud of their status as carriers from the 1st Division.
  • The Atoner: "Red Spider Lily's Love" shows that the player version of Akagi is very much fighting to atone for the possibility of the suffering she may have caused in a different timeline.
  • Berserk Button: The story version of Akagi hates Enterprise. While the playable version obviously tolerates her enough to fight alongside her, the one has seen in "Visitors Dyed in Red" decides to try and finish off Zuikaku for daring to even talk about the "Grey Ghost".
  • Blasphemous Boast: In her MVP line, Akagi boasts that she would even kill a god for her commander.
  • Cleavage Window: Part of her outfit, which is featured prominently in art and more pronounced compared to Kaga's.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She constantly demands the commander's attention and is quickly jealous if he so much as looks at another girl during her character quest — she outright clings to him when they go shopping together!
  • Color Motif: Red, taken from her name, which translates to "Red Castle".
  • Cryptic Conversation: In Akagi's questline, Playable Akagi spills the beans to Graff Zeppelin that she hasn't told the Commander about Sanctuary, their soul, the nature of Kansens and the "Original" from which all derive from.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Though it's overshadowed by her more obsessive and impulsive tendencies, Akagi is intelligent and observant, and she can compose some fairly devious stratagems when she puts her mind to it. Unfortunately for her, her impulsive, obsessive, and prideful nature frequently comes back to bite her, preventing her from becoming the full-blown Chessmaster that her sister Amagi is. (Of course, Amagi sets a rather high bar to clear...)
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Amagi's death really affected her, and is likely the reason why she's unhinged. It's even more pronounced in the anime.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The end of Crimson Echoes heavily implies the death of Amagi caused her mental state to take a catastrophic nosedive and played a major part in becoming the violent, possessive woman she is in the present day. Kaga even notes her personality is like night and day compared to back then and Amagi's mildly shocked by the development.
  • Disney Death: "Crimson Echoes" implies she survived the Battle of Midway, and "Visitors Dyed in Red" confirms it, to Zuikaku's surprise. Although there're some theories this is actually a case of Cloning Blues.
  • Does Not Like Spam: A number of things highlight her absolute hatred of coffee. In the original Polaris Juustagram posts, Akagi's seen objecting to anyone liking that "coal water". In Crosswave, an incident is referred to with her spitting out coffee, and in Slow Ahead, she's sees trying to drink a coffee milk, hoping it'll be better.
  • The Dragon: In the story of the main levels and events, Akagi appears to be the second in command of "The Master" (highly implied to be related to the Sirens) and doing things on their behalf. He is to Story Akagi what You (The commander) is to Playable Akagi.
  • Enemy Mine: Playable Akagi absolutely despises the shipgirls from the Union Navy, especially Enterprise, but is willing to fight alongside them for the Commander's sake. note 
  • Foil: She and Kaga are this to Atago and Takao, the other pair of Sakura Empire sisters with dog adjacent animal ears. Both involve Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic, with the Red Oni (Akagi and Atago) being obsessed with the Commander while Kaga and Takao (the Blue Onis) are more professional towards him and exasperated at their sister's obsession with him. Akagi however is a Yandere that smothers the Commander with warnings as much as affection while Atago is prone to using a more mellow method of flirting. Both are still The Tease and Shameless Fanservice Girl with the Commander, and frequently make passes at him. Not to mention, Atago is a heavy cruiser vanguard fleet ship while Akagi is a aircraft carrier. Finally, while marrying the commander, Atago and Akagi wear somewhat revealing dresses while their sisters Kaga and Takao wear conservative traditional robes.
  • Friend to All Children: Interestingly enough, she is shown to have a rather caring attitude towards the destroyers of the Sakura Empire, both implied in her own questline, and she is explicitly shown to comfort Uzuki after accidentally she bumps into Kaga in the anime, giving the entire Mutsuki class a bag of candy to share after accepting their apology.
  • Giggling Villain: Not a villain (well, the playable version isn't), but being a Yandere, she giggles... a lot. Even when threatening to kill other girls who are coming near the Commander (You). The storyline version is most definitely a villain, working for the Sirens, and turning her fellow ships into hollow shells that exist solely to serve "The Master", with the implication that the process might actually remove their souls as a sacrifice.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Out of all Sakura ship girls, she is one that displays the most hostility towards the Eagle ship girls, especially Enterprise and even threatening to frag them while on the same fleet.
  • The Heavy: If an event involves the Sakura Empire it's usually a safe bet that Akagi's Crimson Axis self will be in some way responsible for the conflict, will find a way to benefit her own agenda, or manage to do both.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: In the event-driven story. Even without knowing the exact details it's increasingly clear to the Reborn Combined Fleet that Akagi has some secret personal agenda no matter how much she insists that everything she does is for the good of the Sakura Empire. Once Shinano awakens Akagi becomes one of her primary concerns, knowing that she must be stopped before she dooms the entire Sakura Empire with her secrets.
  • Interservice Rivalry: There is bad blood between the 1st and the 5th Carrier Division. And in Akagi's character quest, she is seen venting some frustrations by running them ragged.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: In her oath and new-year skin.
  • Irony: She's basically the Azur Lane equivalent of Hideki Tojo… who was in the Imperial Japanese Army, which had an Interservice Rivalry with the Imperial Japanese Navy so intense that the main political factions in Imperial Japan eventually became "Army" and "Navy". Extra ironic considering that the real life IJN Akagi was under the direct command of Yamamoto Isoroku at one point, who was actually opposed to the real life tripartite pact and a vocal opponent of Tojo, and always held the Akagi as one of his most cherished command posts in his service career. That said, The Social Darwinist aspect of Tojo and the rest of World War II Japan is given to her sister Kaga instead, and neither appear to be racial supremacists like the rest of the watered down Axis.
  • Jerkass: The playable Akagi acts this way towards other ships in your fleet, especially Enterprise. She just loves to threaten them, seeing them as mere obstacles between her and her love. In her character quest where she serves as the commander's secretary, she does manage to reign in her insults for the sake of professionalism and is almost polite to Enterprise, but as soon as they go shopping she's back to insults and clinginess. Double so in one of her lines where she really doesn't care for the other girls in your fleet and will not bat an eyelash if they die in battle. That would be convenient for her.
    Akagi: I was hoping that they wouldn’t have come back at all... Commander, I’ve already confirmed the completion of the commission. No more than a glance should be needed from you.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
      • Even with the above in mind, the playable Akagi does occasionally show signs of softness, for instance, for all her vocal threats, she never actually delivers on them, and can actually be pretty jovial and helpful on occasion. For a specific example, she does show genuine care for the less experienced ships of her fleet in her own sidequest while getting drunk with Graf Zeppelin, and seems to be the one side of Akagi that is shown without even the slightest hint of maliciousness or contempt.
    Akagi: I came on a whim. Besides, someone has to look after the kids. That's why you're here, no?
    • As a testament to how much she cares for her sister, Kaga is the only one that Akagi is welling to share the Commander with, as she'll otherwise threaten every other ship girl that looks at him funny.
  • Kitsune: Much like Kaga, she is much more obviously patterned off of a classic kitsune than many other Sakura shipgirls. She's got proper fox ears, nine large tails, and has flaming will-o-wisps which orbit around her (another common kitsune visual motif). Furthermore, her personality and relationship to the Commander seem inspired by traditional depictions of Tamamo-no-mae.
  • It's All About Me: Akagi is ultimately an extremely selfish and controlling woman who only wants the Commander to be hers (whether you like or not). Everyone else be damned, especially Enterprise.
  • Kill 'Em All: She threatens to do a "clean-up" when you acquire her, meaning she wants to destroy any other girls you have in the surrounding area. Good God.
  • Laughing Mad: Her mind is not really in the right place, and she loves to laugh like this. a lot.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: The questline "Red Spider Lily's Love" implies the Commander is this to her.
    I wanted to save the Sakura Empire. For the sake of everyone, I failed to protect, as well as overcoming my own memories. For that purpose, even if I had to rely on the power of the gods...However, that too is past... for I've found my soulmate.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Story Akagi manipulated Nagato into declaring war on the Azur Lane faction. She also works closely with the Sirens.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: She has obsessive feelings for the Commander, to the point of warning him/her that she would kill anybody who got in the way.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Almost to the point of being her Verbal Tic. Though it frequently evolves into something more psychotic and less refined midway.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Her Oath skin does not include the traditional tsunokakushi headwear, which would be worn to signify a bride's resolve to be gentle and obedient. You do the math.
  • Odd Friendship: She seems to get along very well with Graf Zeppelin, as shown in her own questline, referring to her as "another Akagi". Might be a reference to the fact Graf Zepplin's design had taken reference from Akagi. That said, the two in certain adptations will butt heads over control of the Commander.
  • Paper Master: Her planes are paper figures, which she infuses with crimson flames when launching.
  • Pet the Dog: Or rather pet the fox, but it is nice for her to care about her sister Kaga to the point where she's willing to share the Commander with her. Considering that she's a yandere that will threaten any ship girl or even the Commander himself if she's not getting his attention, it must take a lot of love for her to consider this thought.
  • Playing with Fire: She launches her planes magically, and her magic is based on fire.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Two of her other official skins have her with these. In particular, her "Swimsuit" version which has her sporting a very open-mouthed grin in a psychotic manner that would probably make a Yukianesa-influenced Jin Kisaragi proud.
  • Rare Random Drop: As noted in more detail on the game's main page, she's one of the game's biggest examples - you get her from one fight in one stage (3-4) and that's it. No gacha construction, no item trade. You grind for her and her sister or do without.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Most of her outfits have this colour scheme, and her story version is the one who pushed the Sakura Empire into war, while the playable one is openly psychotic in her obsession with the Commander.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Akagi is the passionate and extroverted Red Oni to Kaga's stoic and traditional Blue Oni. She also has red eyes and mostly red and black outfits except for her wedding dress which is white. The anime, however, does throw a few curveballs to this dynamic by showing that Akagi becomes the more levelheaded one once Kaga's Blood Knight nature is activated.
    • Also has this with Amagi. Amagi is the calm, cool-headed tactician whereas, as Kaga points out, Akagi could not be any more different than her older sister.
  • Sadist: On a bit of a lesser level than Ajax, but it's there. There's even one instance where she threatens the Commander into cutting him up into little pieces so that he will always stay by her side in her upset line.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Befitting of her nature as a yandere in order to make the Commander want her as much as possible, though notably less so than Atago who is full on The Tease. A noteworthy example of this trope is when the Commander marries Akagi, whose wedding dress she wears loose on purpose or seems to have modified in order to give him a good view of her cleavage.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: TWICE. Both with Amagi and Kaga. See Red Oni, Blue Oni.
  • The Starscream: The story Akagi. Despite working with the Sirens, she's also seeking the power to destroy them as well.
  • Third-Person Person: In her character quest, Akagi picks up the habit of referring to herself in the third person (and she has to stop herself from doing it in the very first part of her quest in favor of "I").
  • Threesome Subtext: In Akagi's character quest, she's quick to call other girls pests or insects, but is perfectly fine with sharing the commander's attention with Kaga.
    Akagi: Now, now, don't worry about [being a third wheel]. I'm fine sharing the Commander with you.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: With Amagi.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In the present day of the game it's pretty clear that she's being manipulated extremely easily by the Sirens through her desire to revive Amagi.
  • Visual Pun: Like many other Sakura shipgirls, she wears a metal band around her waist - a literal armored belt.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She tries to present her using the Siren technology as having the Sakura Empire's best interests at heart but after Visitors Dyed in Red, Ink-Stained Steel Sakura, and Swirling Cherry Blossoms there's a sizable number of her countrymen who know she's full of it even if they're not sure what her endgame is and are unable to act against her yet. Shinano, however, understands that Akagi's love for the Sakura Empire is in fact genuine. That said, Shinano also understands that this passion is also extremely dangerous, that Akagi will go to any lengths if she believes it will save the Sakura Empire, and that even if her love is genuine that she will have to somehow stop Akagi from unwittingly using it to pave the road leading to calamity.
  • Yandere:
    • Akagi is violently possessive of the Commander and will threaten both the Commander and the rest of the fleet over smelling someone else on her Commander. If given an Oath Ring, Akagi will literally chain her Commander in the bedroom so they can't run away. Still, most of the time her attitude borders that of a parody, with other ships not wanting to bother anymore and just letting Akagi be Akagi.
    • Eventually Subverted at the end of the questline "Red Spider Lily's Love", in which it is highly implied that she has managed to grow past her violently possessive nature towards the Commander.
      If Commander were to say he would not only look at Akagi, that's fine... If he were to say he would not only belong to Akagi... That's also fine. Akagi only wishes that Akagi's love for Commander be engraved upon Commander's heart...

Akagi-chan

Artist: Alisa

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara

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So you're the best this fleet has to offer? Well then, to please Amagi I'm going to have to start by dominating you. Hehehe... How blessed you are. From this day forward, you're Akagi's number one slave.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: She thinks very highly of herself and Amagi.
  • Bully Hunter: She makes it pretty clear that she fights the Sirens to stop them from "bullying" the Commander.
  • Big Sister Worship: She clearly has a lot of affection towards Amagi, even more blatantly so than her normal version, which is justified because Amagi wasn't introduced until long after the normal version of Akagi.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: For starters, her introduction to the fleet includes naming the Commander as her number one slave.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: If she's the flagship she will keep insisting that she's the only one allowed to bully the commander, and vows to take anyone daring to bully him down themselves.
  • Mythology Gag: Battleship!Kaga refers to younger Akagi as annoying in Crimson Echoes. When she's properly introduced, she's revealed to be an arrogant little brat.
  • Ojou: Seems fond of acting like one towards the Commander, calling him her underling. Though it is implied that she may just be teasing him.
  • Remembered I Could Fly: Starts by introducing herself as a Battlecruiser before realizing her mistake and correcting herself.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Considering she's a younger version of Akagi, this definitely applies just as much as the rest of the child form ships. However, she's manifested as a carrier and not a battlecruiser like a normal young Akagi would be.
  • Smug Smiler: Her default face has her with a very smug-looking grin on her face, and most of her other faces also apply to various degrees aside from her disappointed face.
  • Yandere: Downplayed, she does not blatantly threaten other ships as normal Akagi does, but she definitely shows some signs of jealousy in her affection lines. And her pledge line implies she's awakening to this aspect of herself.

Akagi (Muse)

Artist:

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara

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The version of Akagi augmented by Muse Weapon technology. She's Polaris' bassist.
  • Support Party Member: Inverted; she gets buffs from other Muse ships.
  • Yandere: A bit downplayed from her normal self: she's still the same Akagi, but the difference is that she's willing to get along with her bandmates, as long as the Commander looks at her and only her.

     The Kaga-class 

Kaga

Artist: Hao

Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Dawn M. Bennett (English)

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Will I be able to find a worthy foe here? Very well. I'm yours. Perhaps this, too, is destiny.

  • Absolute Cleavage: After the Sauna in Slow Ahead, she's seen wearing just a skirt and top draped over her chest showing quite some cleavage.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Amagi tried to get her to stop or tone down her Social Darwinist ways when she was younger, but apparently didn't take until later. Downplayed in that she's not quite as bad as her younger self.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Crimson Echoes focuses around her younger days, and how she ultimately became an Aircraft Carrier. See also Kaga under Tosa-class Battleships.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: She and Akagi are very proud of their status as carriers from the 1st Division.
  • Big Sister Worship: To Akagi, whom she's generally willing to follow.
  • Blood Knight: Zig-Zagging Trope. Kaga's acquisition line indicates that she joins your fleet in hopes of finding a Worthy Opponent to crush, but her self-introduction screen has her say it's out of duty, not fun.
    • In the anime adaptation, this aspect of her gets shown in way more detail than in the game, not wanting to back down from a fight against Enterprise when it starts to get challenging while Akagi tries to persuade her to retreat.
    • In Slow Ahead, she's seen making a challenge of who can stay in the sauna the most and after the first round, she's still eager for another round.
  • Cleavage Window: As part of her outfit, which is featured prominently in art. It still shows less than Akagi's take on the outfit.
  • Disney Death: Crimson Echoes implies she survived the Battle of Midway, while Visitors Dyed in Red confirms it, stating that it was due to the Sirens. Although there're some theories this is actually a case of Cloning Blues.
  • The Dragon: Story Kaga is this to Akagi, constantly going along with Akagi in her schemes.
  • Dub Personality Change: Playable Kaga is much more visibly annoyed with Akagi's fawning over the commander in the English translation. In both Zuikaku's and Akagi's character questlines, she stops just short of calling Akagi a bootlicker. One interpretation of this is that she holds some antagonism towards Akagi from her battleship days that she does not show in the original script, jealousy or simply to show she's different from Story Kaga, who despite appearing to have reservations still goes along with Story Akagi's plans.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She went from wanting to go down fighting Sirens in Crimson Echoes, to willingly and openly serving them in the story. However, some of Story Kaga's lines imply that she does have reservations about Akagi's plans.
  • Familiar: In the anime adaptation, her ship transforms into a giant nine-tailed fox during the Sakura Empire's attack on Azur Lane's home port. It defeats and nearly eats Unicorn before it was repelled by Enterprise.
  • Historical In-Joke: Her ability to easily endure the Sauna in Slow Ahead is a nod to how hot the actual ship ran in some places so she's used to such heat. In contrast, Akagi's practically fainted.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: At the end of "Ink-Stained Steel Sakura", when Leaning on the Fourth Wall, Story Kaga ponders what others would do, and does so in a way that implies that she's going along with Akagi in her quest for power, for the sake of the Sakura Empire.
  • Interservice Rivalry: There is bad blood between the 1st and the 5th Carrier Division, though unlike Akagi, she doesn't seem to antagonize the other pair in their shared appareances.
  • Irony: Her Big Sister Worship. Back when she was a battleship, she hated Akagi. As well, Amagi asked her to look after Akagi in her place, but after becoming an aircraft carrier, she ended up being the one who looks up to Akagi as a big sister, rather than vice versa. And similar to Akagi above, she seems to be partially based off Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, as Yamamoto tended to be against Hideki Tojo's policies and decisions during the war, but decided to go with them out of duty to his country.
  • Kitsune: Along with Akagi, she has rather obvious fox ears and nine tails, along with a spiritual aura. She also wears a fox mask to further enforce this.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: She unexpectedly does this at the end of "Ink-Stained Steel Sakura", when after her dialogue with Akagi ends and the screen fades to black, we suddenly get Kaga again, pondering what others would do in her situation. Whether she's asking the player directly, or just wondering how Amagi would handle this situation in her place is left ambiguous.
  • Might Makes Right: She pairs this with The Social Darwinist in that justice is only for the strong.
  • Pet the Dog: While she coldly states that the Commander would be too weak to persevere should they fall in battle, she also points out that she would still avenge you should it happen, assuming her affection towards you is at least friendly.
  • Paper Master: Her planes are paper figures, which she infuses with blue flames when launching.
  • Playing with Fire: Like Akagi, she uses fire magic to launch her planes, though her flames are blue.
  • Rare Random Drop: Just like Akagi. From the exact same fight and drop table slot as Akagi, too, which can make getting them both for maximum synergy a bit of a nightmare.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kaga is the stoic and traditional Blue Oni to Akagi's passionate and extroverted Red Oni. Likewise, she has Icy Blue Eyes and all of her outfits have a blue and white color scheme. Her wedding dress in particular also does not show off any cleavage as she has a more traditional wedding with the Commander, while Akagi wears a dress that gives him a good view of her figure while she is barely being able to restrain her emotions and desire to ensare him. She's overall serious with the Commander and especially in the English version, is exasperated by Akagi's constant attempts to control him and his affections.
    • She's also this to her younger battleship self, having some of her bloodthirsty aspects toned down.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: See Red Oni, Blue Oni.
  • The Social Darwinist: While she believes in the superiority of the strong still, her matter of the weak dying is more passive than in the past.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the anime, she is shown on several occasions that she doesn't trust Prinz Eugen and the Ironbloods, only barely containing her contempt for Akagi's sake.
  • Undying Loyalty: See Big Sister Worship and The Dragon above. In the anime adaptation, she threatens Souryuu and Nagato for their abandonment of the missing Akagi and the subsequent order to postpone Project Orochi, which itself holds deep meaning to Akagi. When she reaches the conclusion that she never even had a place at Akagi's side, Kaga still swears to carry out her wishes at any cost, even taking it upon herself to launch the Siren warship, the Orochi.
  • Visual Pun: Like many other Sakura shipgirls, she wears a metal band around her waist - a literal armored belt, though as a carrier, her belt is definitely thinner than it was as a battleship.

     The Souryuu-class 

Souryuu

Voiced by: Karin Mitarai

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Souryuu (Retrofit) 
My name is Souryuu. Commander, from now on, please request my permission before doing anything weird.

  • Death Dealer: Her attacks are cards.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: She would really like to never hear about Midway again.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Bunny girl.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's a frequent face in events as the event coordinator or just the simple voice of reason. In the "Lunar New Year Celebration" event, for example, she's one of the voices trying to rein in Akagi.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Upon retrofit, her hair reaches her ankles!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm analytical blue to Hiryuu's Hot blooded red. This extends to their school outfits with hers being a hall monitor or student council president type outfit.
  • She's Got Legs: Very leggy, almost to a "gag legs" level, enough so that the Japanese player base has nicknamed her "Longlegs Monster". It's certainly a nod to how long she was as a ship.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: Upon retrofit, she's seen using a long thin pipe.

     The Hiryuu-class 

Hiryuu

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami

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Hiryuu (Retrofit) 
Aircraft carrier, Hiryuu, awaiting orders! Leave the missions to me. I'll fight until my dying breath.

  • A-Cup Angst: Has a line remarking on not being as developed as others, though it's part of her feeling that she lacks femininity.
  • Big Sister Worship: Seems quite reverent of Souryuu and seems particularly fond of her ankles. And her post-refit lines has her trying to act like her, which actually worries Souryuu in one of her own post-refit lines.
  • Blood Knight: She's combative and eager to fight, even from her introduction.
  • Death Dealer: Her attacks are cards.
  • Japanese Delinquents: In her school uniform, she dresses up as a delinquent, though she says she's only playing the part so that her sister, Souryuu has something to do in her role as class rep.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Bunny girl.
  • Mutual Kill: In the story mode, she and Yorktown kill each other with their final airstrikes. This is actually a minor divergence from history, as while Yorktown's dive bombers did kill Hiryuu, Hiryuu's torpedo bombers didn't quite kill Yorktown, who barely survived and wouldn't die until the submarine I-168 finished her off the next day.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Her "Final Counter" skill keeps her alive for fifteen seconds after she hits zero hitpoints, immediately launching a skill-based airstrike and likely giving her time to launch one last normal airstrike.
  • Playing with Fire: Upon retrofit, her hanafuda cards, and the tips of her coat, are smoldering.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She always had long hair, but upon retrofit, it goes down pretty much almost to her ankles.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Hot-blooded red to Souryuu's calm analytical blue. Her school outfit is a delinquent toting a plane-bat.
  • Taking You with Me: One of her skills allows her to survive lethal damage long enough to launch an extra airstrike. A nod to her fate during Battle of Midway (even in story) where she launches a final attack that successfully takes down Yorktown.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's an obvious tomboy who's always thinking about combat, but she's also immediately concerned with being seen as not feminine and wants to improve, even at "Stranger" affinity.

     The Shoukaku-class 
  • A Day in the Limelight: The sisters are pretty much the proper "protagonists" of the Sakura Empire branch of the extended event storyline (and their branch runs Visitors Dyed in Red -> Return of the War God -> Ink-Stained Steel Sakura -> Swirling Cherry Blossoms). They get the most focus in VDiR (especially Zui) and are then still a major part of the ensemble in ensuring events.
  • Animal Motifs: Cranes note , mainly in their oufits. The sleeves of their robes are deliberately large and coloured white with black tips, mimicking a crane's wings.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Before the crane girls were made playable in the first iteration of "Visitors Dyed in Red" about four months after the game's Chinese launch, they had completely different art (drawn by Windforcelean, the artist for HMS ''York'' and ''Exeter'') as placeholdersnote , leading to a serious case of You Don't Look Like You once VDiR rolled around. The original art is available on the wiki, for the curious.
  • Enemy Mine: Their joining of Azur Lane is purely to oppose the Sirens and the 1st Carrier Division. You still encounter their historical counterparts as opponents pretty deep into the main story/history chapters (which can lead to a hilarious amount of Stop Hitting Yourself, depending on when you recruit them).
  • Interservice Rivalry: There is bad blood between the 1st and the 5th Carrier Division. And it gets ten times worse when Zui discovers the "Sanctuary" following Midway, finds that Akagi and Kaga cheated death somehow, and they've brainwashed Shoukaku into serving them.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Each girl carries a katana with them as part of their outfit. Shoukaku rarely ever uses hers, however.
  • La Résistance: The sisters are the other major component of Mikasa's Reborn Combined Fleet movement. "Visitors Dyed in Red" is essentially the story of how they started down that path, and "Return of the War God" is the tale of how they met Mikasa following Zuikaku's rescue of Shoukaku and their blind, semi-desperate flight from the Sanctuary.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Averted. Their theme (cranes) are in their clothing design rather than making them kemonomimi, unlike most of the other Sakura Empire girls.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The sisters' mechanical differences. Without dipping into their actual personalities, Shoukaku is self-sacrificing while Zuikaku is selfish. Shoukaku has a buff-for-debuff tradeoff skill in Fifth Carrier Division, increasing her Aviation but increasing the damage she takes, while Zuikaku gets an Aviation buff and a reduction in damage taken when the sisters are together. Shoukaku has Crane's Protection, buffing the entire fleet's damage and reducing their damage taken when launching airstrikes, while Zuikaku has Crane's Endeavor, a stacking damage buff for her own airstrikes and gaining strength from Sakura allies.

Shoukaku

Artist: Enka

Voiced by: Risa Taneda (Japanese), Katelyn Barr (English)

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I'm Shoukaku, the 5th Carrier Division's flagship. …A word about my predecessors from the 1st Carrier Division? …How about "I'll work hard to try be as good as them!"? (Giggles)♪ I did that on purpose.

  • Balance Buff: A small but helpful one in that her "Crane's protection" skill effects will now apply to the airstrike that triggered it.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She will always try to protect Zuikaku, no matter what, even if it means getting hurt all the time.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In "Visitors Dyed in Red," Shoukaku appears as an enemy before snapping out of it to save her sister.
  • The Cassandra: On several instances in the anime, she openly questions the 1st Carrier Division's ability to summon Siren warships as well as their ulterior motives behind Project Orochi. Of course, Zuikaku and the other Sakura shipgirls waved off these suspicions as more of Shoukaku's contempt towards Akagi and Kaga.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Threatens her sister with serving her tempura for dinner if she doesn't stop challenging the Eagle Union ships to duels. Given her passive aggressive attitude towards Eagle Union ships, this may not be a punishment.
  • Covert Pervert: Notable in that she doesn't get upset or surprised if the Commander touches her chest. Instead, she welcomes him.
    "Commander, come and indulge yourself in Shoukaku's tenderness."
  • The Jinx:
    • Whenever paired with Zuikaku, she takes more damage, due to her Big Sister Instinct. While both sisters were ultimately sunk, and most sunk ships have lower Luck Stats as a result, only Shoukaku's is lower at 49 while Zuikaku is at a pristine average value of 73. This is a nod to real life when Shoukaku would always take more damage where both carriers would be out on sorties.
    • She ends up being this to the Sirens and the 1st Carrier Division, as her managing to break free of her mind control through sheer willpower causes the Observer to realize that they're Not So Omniscient After All.
  • Madness Mantra: Downplayed, she's "only" a bit stressed when Akagi's character quest leads to Akagi pushing the Sakura carriers into a particularly strict exercise.
    Shoukaku: Bad seniors, bad seniors, bad seniors, bad seniors, badseniorsbadseniorsbadseniors...
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: About half her dialogue is made up of passive-aggressive barbs directed at the First Carrier Division. This is rooted in them getting the fame while she and Zuikaku were reduced to training ships until they went down at Midway, leaving the difficult task of winning up to them. Not even American ships are safe from this as she makes a number of such remarks towards them, implying her tempura remark may be a sly encouragement on the matter.
  • Support Party Member: Her "Crane's protection" skill upon an air launch boosts the fleet's damage inflicted by 10% and decreases the damage taken by 10%.
  • Take That!: Her acquisition line could be seen as one towards her KanColle counterpart as she says something similar to her, but then then reveals she wasn't serious with the remark. The line in question being working nicely with her seniors (something that this Shoukaku can't/won't stomach).
  • Troll: Downplayed, but expect her to talk like she frequents 4chan every time she posts or comments something that mocks Akagi on Juustagram.
  • Vapor Wear: Her formal dress Live2D skin leaves very little to the imagination, being extremely translucent with no visible undergarments, a generous bit of chest jiggling, and the inner skirt riding quite high up on her butt.
  • When She Smiles: She's generally not a very happy person, but we do see her smile in a couple of pieces of loading screen art. When she does, she's positively adorable.

Zuikaku

Artist: Enka

Voiced by: Risa Taneda (Japanese), Michelle Rojas (English)

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From the Sakura Empire's carrier division, their last elite fleet carrier in the Great War, Zuikaku! Well, I can only utilize my full power when my sister, Shoukaku, is around. That said, it's a pleasure to meet you!

  • Badass Longcoat: What's ostensibly her kimono comes across a lot more like this.
  • Balance Buff: Her "Crane's Endeavor" skill on the Dec 22nd update has an effect added; 20% damage boost if there's three or more Sakura ships in the fleet.
  • Big Sister Worship: Adores Shoukaku. She gushes about how cute she is when embarrassed, and her love line is her saying that she feels like she's around Shoukaku when she's with you...before verbally backspacing and insisting that she doesn't think of you as her sister.
  • Buxom Is Better: Compared to her KanColle counterpart.
  • Cool Sword: Yup. With a side of Katanas Are Just Better, naturally.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She's the main character of the "Visitors Dyed in Red" event, which pits her against her fellow IJN ships in order to rescue her sister and try to free the Sakura Empire from the force pulling their strings... or at least comprehend what that force is. She's also one of the main characters in the "Looking Glass of Fact and Fiction" Hololive Collab event alongside Kawakaze and the Starter Ships. And then there's her roles as part of the Reborn Combined Fleet.
  • Disc-One Nuke: Even moreso than other event reward ships. Not only is it much easier to get her as "disc one" - the original event had the core maps go from level 32 to 50, making them very much in striking distance of players in their first week, and the JP and EN reruns retained this level bracketing - but her solo-focused skill functions in such a way (being a straight damage increase, rather than a stat increase) that it scales to increase her performance regardless of how well-leveled she is, meaning it helps her contribute earlier. She's famous in fan circles for becoming by far the most powerful unit in a new player's fleet for players who start during a run of VDiR (and these days in general as the event is archived)
  • Does Not Like Spam: Loudly proclaims her hatred of turkey, to the point that she doesn't like Taihou, simply because the chinese for turkey is "fire chicken", as in you know, a Phoenix.note 
  • Gathering Steam: Her primary solo skill gives her stacking damage upon her air strikes up to three times. Her air attack score is fairly middle-of-the-road for her rarity, and so her initial damage is a bit unimpressive... but if you get to her fourth strike, she'll obliterate you. With the new effect from the Dec 22nd update, it can lessen the need, but also increases the potential damage boost she can enjoy.
  • Good Luck Charm: Shoukaku is this to her, taking less damage also present in your fleet. A nod to real life, to the point where Zuikaku was finally sunk only after Shoukaku was sunk on a prior sortie.
  • Ideal Hero: Especially compared to just about every other Sakura carrier, with the possible exception of her sister. Zui is basically an idealized shounen manga hero as a shipgirl - she uses a Cool Sword, she likes fair and sporting fights, she accepts her original defeat at Enterprise's hands with even-keeled grace and humility (and becomes E's shounen-styled rival as an AL member) and she grows increasingly adorable at higher affinity levels. This is in contrast to nearly all the other Sakura fleet carriers (even, to some extent, her own sister), who range from "quietly bitter" to "mildly sociopathic" to "violently, flagrantly psychotic".
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is tied up in a high ponytail, and it still reaches her ankles.
  • The Rival: Always looking for another duel with Enterprise...
    • Unknown Rival: However, Enterprise never acknowledges her, though it's implied it's more Enterprise sees EVERY Sakura carrier as one, thus Zuikaku doesn't stand out.
    • Inverted with the playable Akagi. Player-Kaga notes that Akagi has come to view her as such a complete non-factor in her plans that Zuikaku is possibly the only girl in the fleet that Akagi doesn't mind seeing walk with the player.
  • Support Party Member: Inverted, if there's 3 or more Sakura ships in the fleet she gets a 20% damage boost.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Shoukaku's Tempura.

     The Taihou-class 

Taihou

Artist: Yunsang

Voiced by: Aoi Yūki

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My body is burning and my heart is throbbing… at last, I get to meet you, Commander! I may not be much, but I hope I'll be of service to you♡

The personification of the heavily-armored aircraft carrier Taihou.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Taihou really can't stand Albacore's mere presence and sees her as a rival to the Commander's affection and even shows some fear towards her, whereas Albacore herself just wants to befriend Taihou and doesn't even care that much about the Commander. This in itself is a Historical In-Joke considering that Albacore was the ship that sunk Taihou in real life unwittingly (it was fuel ignitions sparked by the otherwise non-fatal torpedo strike that did Taihou in)
  • Ax-Crazy: Her "Starting Mission" line has her declare that she will kill anyone who stands between her and the Commander (You). And yes, that includes other shipgirls in your dock.
  • Animal Motifs: Her standard outfit resembles a phoenix, as in her name.
  • Balance Buff: Her "Predestined Launch" skill was reworked so one effect would always proc, but lowering the chances of the other two from 30 percent to 25, increasing her consistency if at the expense of the chances of getting the triple effect payout.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has the firepower and defense to go with her sizable chest, and her "Armored Carrier" passive skill reduces high-explosive and airstrike damage against her.
  • Buxom Is Better: Enough to rival possibly Illustrious, and compared to her KanColle counterpart again.
  • Character Development: She has basically an arc that extends through various events, showing her opening up more and more to other kansen, including Albacore
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Taihou is clingy to an uncomfortable extreme. During her secretary's quest, Albacore points out just how big a turn off that kind of behavior can be and that in doing so she risks alienating herself from the Commander. Shortly after, unaware that this conversation occurred, the Commander suggests that Taihou take a vacation from secretarial duties at which point Taihou believes Albacore's warning has come to pass, locks herself in her room, and has a total emotional breakdown. Both her character story and the Yamashiro dress mini-event show that she can otherwise socialize with other girls without issue, assuming they are not Akagi.
  • Cute and Psycho: She may be massively in-love with the Commander, but don't let that fool you into thinking that she doesn't have a loose screw.
  • Enemy Mine: In her Questline, she and Shoukaku team up to form an impromptu "Anti-Akagi Alliance", much to the Commander's concern. Also a Historical In-Joke given that Taihou and Shoukaku sailed together following Akagi's sinking and the reorganization of the 1st Carrier Division.
  • Everyone Has Standards: According to "Universe in Unison" cutscenes, as quick as she is to think about doing violence to the competition, even she thinks Roon takes it too far.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Has very long ones in her normal skin.
  • Hidden Depths: She may be best known for being a lustful Yandere, her character story has some hints of the yandere aspects in part being a mask to cover up her lack of sociability and confidence in herself (due to her record as a ship) and wants to be seen as useful by the Commander. This being said, she goes about things with a zeal that isn't exactly sane.
    • There's hints that she made her own Chinese new year dress and taught herself to play the accompanying instrument.
  • Idol Singer: Becomes one in the "Universe in Unison" event, where she gets paired surprisingly with Roon as part of the duet act Verheerender.
  • Kill 'Em All: If her "Disappointed" line is anything to go by, she will have no qualms in killing every other shipgirls in the Azur Lane if they steal her Commander away from her.
  • Laughing Mad: Not as much as Akagi, but she does have her moments of these.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The quote with her Chinese new year skin has her mention intentionally skipping some holidays as to have her outfit have more impact.
  • Leitmotif: Kanjou LOYALTY, shared with Roon as part of Verheerender during the "Universe in Unison" event.
  • Love Martyr: How devoted Taihou is towards the Commander? For one, her "Disappointed" line - unlike the other shipgirls who has them having a very low opinion of the Commander if they reached this state - she instead threatens to do something about the "little insects" around him (obviously, she's referring to the other shipgirls). This, alone, points out that even if the Commander is being an asshole towards her, she simply interprets it as the other shipgirls stealing your attention away from her. She's so in love with the Commander that she expects him to be devoted to her alone, as well.
  • Miss Fanservice: Especially in her Live [2D] which features her using a red cocktail dress.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: She's perfectly willing to harm or threaten anyone, friend or foe, whom she perceives is getting too close to the Commander.
  • Mythology Gag: Before she was properly introduced, she was mentioned by an off-hand comment in Akagi's Questline, referring to her as an annoying stalker.
    Akagi: ''Taih- That wench is right behind us! One day Akagi will end her, Akagi swears it...!
  • Odd Friendship: Taihou is seen with Albacore quite a bit in event dialogue, which is funny considering Albacore sunk Taihou and loves to screw with her even now that they're part of Azur Lane. When she's not out to scare Taihou into unconsciousness Albacore is also quite adept at pushing her buttons and getting Taihou to hang out with her.
  • Random Effect Spell: Her attack skill has one of three random but beneficial effects, two add more planes of a certain type to her airstrike, directly increasing her damage while the last buffs all the carriers. Unlike most examples, each effect has its own proc chance so if you get lucky, you'll get all three effects at once and a very large number of planes. The Dec 22nd update makes this skill more consistent but lowers the chance of all three happening slightly.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is already extremely long in Girlish Pigtails and if you were to undo it, it'll drop all the way down to the floor.
  • The Rival: To Akagi for the commander's affections and the feeling's mutual.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Taihou is pretty much "Commander-sexual".
    I know everything, everything there is to know about you~ Because to me, you are the only person in the world, Commander~
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Almost every line of hers is oozing and dripping with sex. She doesn't tease Commander, oh no! She's dead serious about sleeping with him if he allows it. She's also shameless about wearing her clothes really loose on purpose to arouse the Commander and give him a good view of her breasts, which carries into her New Year's getup with the added bonus of competing with Atago for showing off the most skin in her Race Queen outfit, which is pretty much another bikini.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It is possibly a spelling error in the EN version, but her title card in cut-scenes refers to her as Taiho, but all the dialogue refers to her as Taihou.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Taihou is quite afraid of Albacore, the sub who sunk her, to the point of passing out if she sneaks up on her. Which is quite frequent.
  • Yandere: A different sort than Akagi. Since she's already obsessively in love with the Commander, her affection lines imply that it's the Commander who's becoming warming up to her rather than the other way around as is the case for most other shipgirls. It's implied that it's driven by insecurity.

Taihou (Muse)

Artist: Byulzzi

Voiced by: Aoi Yūki

  • Glass Cannon: Compared to her normal self as she lacks her original's defensive passive and her offensive skill boosts her airstrike's damage at the cost of Hit Points (500 or so). While she has a special barrage that triggers at lower hp that heals based on damage inflicted, it's best to end things before getting to that point.
  • Only Sane Man: Between her and Roon in Verheerender, she' the saner one and noted to be tasked to keep the other girl in check.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: This hasn't changed with her special touch line remarks on "causing a scandal on stage".

     The Yamato-class 

Shinano

Artist: sorayuna

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

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This sensation... is that of reality... Was it you who awoke this one from her long slumber? Such is the inevitability of fate... Please allow Shinano, third ship of the Yamato-class, to guide you forward upon the right path.

Introduced in dialogue during the Swirling Cherry Blossoms event, Shinano is a kansen shipgirl, and the incarnation of the infamous converted aircraft carrier who began life as one of the Yamato-class battleships. She is initially aligned with the main Sakura Navy under Akagi; though, given that she's described as being in near-constant slumber, one might wonder how willingly this is.

While an offscreen presence during "SCB", she made her proper (and wakeful) playable debut during the Dreamwaker's Butterfly event on Sept 17th, 2020, to commemorate the game's 3rd Anniversary in Japan.


  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies, which are commonly associated with spirits and change, representing not only Shinano's power to see the future through her dreams, but also her growth from a passive observer resigned to fate to an active fighter trying to change it.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • Another "what-if" ship in the same vein of Amagi, Tosa, and BB Kaga. The real-life Shinano was eventually planned to be converted from a Yamato-class battleship to a carrier after the disastrous losses suffered at the Battle of Midway. However, unlike Akagi and Kaga (who had the benefit of a decade in which to be experimented on and refined in non-wartime conditions) her hull was too far along to outfit her as a proper fleet carrier (and the equivalent resources and time that had gone into Akagi and Kaga simply didn't exist), and while she could and did sail, she was sunk on a supply mission long before anything like proper outfitting could be completed. The in-game Shinano portrays her as a fully-completed aircraft carrier.
    • The game also classes her as a "Yamato-class carrier", which is not how most fleet lists classify her; since her layout ended up being radically different from a Yamato battleship (natch, being a carrier conversion) she is usually considered a unique class of her own in both Allied and IJN fleet lists.
  • Buxom Is Better: Overlapping with Boobs of Steel, she's quite buxom in both her default and her Light of the Hazy Moon CG. And as befits her Ultra-Rare rank, she packs quite a punch for a carrier.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: A variation. In the final level of her event, Shinano will support both fleets with a skill unique to the level, Blessing of the Butterfly. After a short period, she will begin to continulously launch screen-filling barrages of butterfly shells. While many ships use unique abilities as a boss, this is a rare instance in the game where it's in the player's favor (assuming your device can handle the performance instability when her skills are activated). The same perk will be active on other levels in clearing mode.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: Her dialogue lines is littered with this, even when speaking to her fellow Sakura Empire ships.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: A bit of a variant — Shinano is, evidently, aware of all things happening in the present while dreaming, regardless of distance or subject. And that vision extends to other timelines.
  • Dream Weaver: While it's unclear precisely how well she can control the dreams of others, this is the primary way in which she is, evidently, a Waif Prophet, and does seem capable of interacting with the waking world in some way (otherwise the rumors would never start).
    Yamashiro: From what I've hard, she's far from useless! They say that she can see everything that is happening, and can even conduct a ritual from within her slumber! Although, they're just rumors...
  • Game Changer: The first ship to have the 'Ultra Rare' designation that isn't either a Research vessel (Azuma, Drake, Friedrich) or a retrofit of an existing ship (Warspite and San Diego).note  She's also this on a story level as her visions reveal a considerable amount of insight on the game's overall plot.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Befitting her Ultra Rare classification, her kit is absolutely packed. A passive destroyer buff, a passive carrier buff (this includes herself), passive damage reduction, a second damage buff for herself for her first two battles, a timer-based barrage that also supports the off-fleet, and a stackable debuff to an enemy's offensive and defensive abilities. Furthermore, her first equipment slot can accept any type of aircraft, giving her a greater deal of versatility and can be respecced to fit the enemy type you'll be facing (This is a bit of a Historical In-Joke as at one time, one of the proposals for the converted real life Shinano was to be repurposed as a supply carrier (that is, a carrier who supplies the planes for other carriers) rather than the regular fleet carrier.
  • Kitsune: Like her sister carriers Akagi and Kaga, she sports nine tails and distinct ears. The former two may be references to Tamamo-no-Mae as mentioned above, but Shinano is a reference to Japanese depictions of Inari herself.
  • Made of Iron: A combination of high HP, Heavy Armour and a 20% damage reduction through her skills makes her nearly as tanky as Friedrich Der Große
  • Mighty Glacier: Claims the crown for tankiest carrier in the game, beating out previous title holder Graf Zeppelin by over 1200 HP on top of sporting Heavy Armor and the second-highest Aviation stat in the game that's only beaten by Retrofit Saratoga.
  • My Greatest Failure: Her lines has her lamenting the fact that she was unable to change the tides of fate. This references how in real life that, despite her having been commisioned and expected to relieve the losses that she and her sisters were supposed to do, Shinano was sunk without having done any significant impact in turning the tides of the war.
  • Sleepyhead: Befitting of someone who has been awoken from her long slumber, she speaks in a very quiet and drowsy manner much like resident sleepyhead Laffey (who appears in her event and chapter in Show Ahead), and is just as prone to dozing off at the drop of a hat.
  • Unseen No More: She is discussed in a fair amount of detail during "Swirling Cherry Blossoms", but she does not appear on-camera. Granted, she apparently wakes up right at the end of the epilogue, but then, naturally, cut to standard gameplay, that's all for now folks!. She finally appeared and became obtainable in the "Dreamwaker's Butterfly" event, in addition to being the event's main character.
  • Waif Prophet: She's described in this way, invoking primarily a trope common to far eastern fiction of "the sleeping priestess who interacts with the world through dreams".
  • Wonder Child: Possibly, and one of the things that necessitates putting some qualifiers on just who she "is" ahead of a more in-depth reveal; she was evidently brought into being via the use of a capital-C "Catalyst" in addition to the Watatsumi, although Akagi does not elaborate on what this is (and Akagi herself is rather disdainful of the result), with some implication that "standard" kansen creation wouldn't have cut the mustard for Shinano. Given that the actual Shinano was commissioned and did serve (albeit briefly and disastrously), it feels a bit strange that a Shinano kansen would require special intervention to come into being, leading to shades of skepticism that the girl in question is "just" the incarnated Shinano.
    • To be fair, for all intents and purposes during the war, the real life Shinano was only technically half-complete (which makes Akagi's initial disdain, assumedly due to her initial impression, towards her a bit justified). Plus, in-story, the Watatsumi is able to construct ships that never completed or even laid down (with the exception of the Priority research ships) in their as-planned, completed form, as seen with the Kiis.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Shinano is a kind-hearted woman, if not a bit too lethargic, and also a very powerful aircraft carrier.

Submarines (SS)

     Type B-class 

I-54-subclass

I-56

Artist:

Voiced by: Naomi Mukaiyama

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I-58

Artist: Aixioo

Voiced by: Tomori Kusunoki

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I-58, reporting in. I usually like hanging out in the water by the docks, so you know where to look if you need me~

  • The Atoner: There's a number of signs that she's not too happy about sinking Indianapolis, and her attempts to befriend her are seen progressing through her affection lines. This may be a nod to how her captain post-war assisted in clearing the other ship's captain.
  • Starter Mon: She's automatically acquired after beating 3-4 to introduce players to the submarine mechanics. Unlike the true starter ships, she's nothing special, but still generally considered a pretty-good submarine.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: As the submarine that sunk Indianapolis, she muses that she'll have to learn how to work with her now that they're on the same team, but she'd rather not work with Indy's sister Portland. This likely is more the case with the latter than former considering the above trope. She finds herself doing just that in Portland's character quest.

     Kaidai-type-class 

I-168-subclass

I-168

Artist: Saru

Voiced by: Sakura Tange

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  • The Dreaded: Originally feared by Yorktown for her role in her sinking, but they're on friendly terms now that they're in the same team.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Hammann, eventually. When she first arrives, Hammann holds a grudge against her for sinking both her and Yorktown, made worse by 168 being quite proud of it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Her pledge line has her comment that the Commander has finally opened up to her, and how they're not honest with their feelings. This is coming from the girl who the Commander notes is less honest with her feelings than Hammann.
  • In-Series Nickname: Iroha note 
  • Tsundere: Downplayed compared to others, but definitely there. The Commander even compares her to Hammann, who is a major tsundere, in her higher affection lines.

Repair Ship (AR)

     The Akashi-class 

Akashi

Artist: Saru

Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese), Macy Johnson (English)

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I'm Akashi, the Combined Fleet's sole repair ship. I want you to let me take care of you if you get hurt. But still, don't take your own life lightly…

  • Cat Girl: VERY cat like, from her "nya" verbal tic to her mannerisms, to her fondness of pets (which ups her affection thus her giving you gifts, though not as well as actually buying stuff). One of her lines even references a common mindset of cats, "He's nice to me, I must be a god!"
  • Guide Dang It!: Unlike other ships, Akashi can only be obtained by completing her questline - while the missions aren't too difficult to completenote , but it doesn't tell you how to start said questnote , and the second to last mission (collect 11 pawprints) doesn't tell you where to find said pawprintsnote . Fortunately, completing her questline also adds her to the Light and Aviation construction pools.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: She has this in all of her skins (and in her appearance in Juno's skin). Her Live2D model shown in the shop menu as well as official materials such as Queen's Orders and the anime suggests that she can change her hand forms from having myriads of tools as fingers to regular hands at will.
  • Intrepid Merchant: Will occasionally appear in Operation Siren maps to sell you various items. She can even appear in Mirror Seas and leave with no apparent harm, all by herself. As a repair ship.
  • Mad Scientist: When not running the cash shop, she does experiments with cubes. One such experiment was how Belchan was made. To be fair, she's more safety conscious than Yuubari.
  • Ms. Exposition: She often appears in events in this capacity when she's more serious than a scheming cat girl merchant — she explains what a Wisdom Cube or a shipgirl is during the Priority Research cutscene and explains how the Bel-chan series of little shipgirls came about.
  • Not the Intended Use: As a Repair Ship, Akashi can equip cranes which periodically restore HP, has a skill which lets her heal her fleet and provides the fleet with emergency repair stratagems. However, in practice, Repair Ships are actually inferior in the role to traditional healers like Unicorn and Shouhou. What they are good for is providing a staggering amount of Anti-Air power to your fleet because they have two slots for AA guns and 3 slots for auxiliary equipment, which includes the gold AA radar, an item that can increase the AA stat of a ship by up to 100 points apiece. AR ships are considered valuable when used as AA gun platforms for later worlds where enemy planes are aplenty, rather than actual maintenance ships.
  • Oblivious to Love: Her pledge line has her mistaking you giving her the ring as asking for her to take care of that instead of you proposing to her.
  • Pungeon Master: A purrveyor of cat-related puns. Even at the end of the Priority Research cutscene:
    Akashi: ...Until then, Akashi expects your continued support and patronyage at her shop. It'll be a pleasure doing business with you, nya~"
  • Shopkeeper: Once ran the normal shop, now runs the cash shop. This is very comparable to her KanColle counterpart.
  • Verbal Tic: "Nya."
  • You're Drinking Breast Milk: One of her secretary lines has Akashi offering you a beverage freshly squeezed from the other shipgirls...

Unclassified/Misc. Characters

     "The Decisives" 
An apparent group of kansen who even Akagi seemingly must answer to, at least on a formal level. While they do not appear on-screen during "Swirling Cherry Blossoms", the dialogue and other context strongly suggests these are none other than the incarnations of the Yamato-class battleships Yamato and Musashi.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Needless to say, the group name suggests this is a group of Decisive-rarity ships, or their equivalent of Ultra Rare - the rarity reserved for Azuma, H39 Friedrich der Grosse, retrofit Warspite, and retrofit San Diego.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Before and during "Swirling Cherry Blossoms", they come across this way; they can't be bothered to show up for a fairly important ritual, and otherwise have left things to Akagi and Kaga so far. They've also taken no apparent action against Mikasa's Reborn Combined Fleet (though even Akagi, in SCB, seems a bit hesitant to move quickly against Mikasa thanks to the overwhelming reputation she enjoys and must tolerate the Reborn Fleet's presence at the Diadem of Light peacefully). The only other person who's even mentioned Yamato-the-kansen before SCB is Nagato, albeit only briefly (in her "Like" line, where Nagato remarks to have appointed Yamato as the next flagship), Musashi is remarked by Kumano in Dreamwaker's Butterfly to have a similar imposing presence as her sister Shinano, and in Operation Siren mode storyline, Queen Elizabeth admits that she hoped to see Yamato rather tahn the usual Nagato-Akagi IJN delegates.
  • Puppet King: The general impression during "Swirling Cherry Blossoms" is that they are this (or at least Akagi and others think they are); Akagi seemingly has to functionally answer to them when acting, but even other girls acknowledge she's the real de facto leader of the Sakura military forces. How much the Decisives are truly beholden to Akagi & Kaga versus how much they're simply letting the two act and have more control than is apparent is, as of SCB, unclear.
  • The Unseen: They are, as of "Swirling Cherry Blossoms", only a background presence.

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