Character sheet for High School Fleet.
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Crew of the Harekaze
- Cast of Snowflakes: Invoked by the production team, which included many members of the Girls und Panzer production staff. They deliberately tried to replicate the latter series' famously successful method of achieving this trope ("divide a too large cast into several groups with a recognisable theme, then add some individual characterization to each group's member"). Somewhat downplayed in their results, as the differences between characters are in most cases largely cosmetic, with their screen time providing little differentiation for most of the cast. note
- Cursed with Awesome: Related with Ragtag Bunch of Misfits below, most Harekaze members have some kind of problem that would usually prevent them from performing their tasks (a lookout with poor eyesight, a tone-deaf trumpeteer, a carefree captain, a first officer that got the worst possible marks, a cowardly helmsgirl...). Of course, they all actually benefice from their problems (the lookout is hypertrope and has amazing far vision, the trumpeteer/sonar operator has excellent hearing - just can't play, the captain is a female Kirk, the first officer actually knows her job but lucked down in her exam, the helmsgirl is amazing at evading fire...)
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Every-time there is a situation going on in the Harekaze.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Harekaze is the ship where the students with the lowest grades or with apparently cripling problems are dumped -err, asigned.
- True Companions: Invoked by Captain Mike's Badass Creed ("All people at sea are family"). Her crew follows suit. By series end, they have no hesitation to put their lives in danger for their friends and for their friends' friends.
- Voiced by: Shiina Natsukawa
The captain of the Harekaze who is also the Class President, she was given this role due to her totally accidental high grades.
- A Father to His Men: She certainly thinks this way, where as the Captain of the Harekaze she is the "father", while all the girls under her command are her family. This means it's her responsibility to keep them safe.
- Badass Creed: "All people at sea are family".
- Book Dumb: She admits that her grades aren't that good, and she's convinced that the was only able to get a captaincy because she crammed before the exam. This however doesn't stop her from being a competent skipper when the need arises.
- Born Lucky: She has been blessed by an ungodly degree of luck. This manifests in the improbable successes that the damaged and outgunned Harekaze was able to gain over its opponents, as well as in more mundane situations, like winning a year's supply of toilet paper at a lottery, just when the crew really REALLY needed it.
- Expy: Looks suspiciously like Nanoha Takamachi.
- Heroic BSoD: Suffered twice, one during the storm when they attempt to rescue a Cruiser Ship and later when saving the Musashi.
- The Captain: as noted above, she is compared favorably to Captain Kirk.
- Fear of Thunder: The reason she feels afraid whenever there's lighting is because her mother and father were presumed dead in a storm.
- Risking the King: She always volunteers for away missions, oftentimes right in the middle of battle. This is heavily criticized, and drives her deputy captain nuts. She at least announces she's relinquishing command, but it isn't until Mashiro calls her on it that she does it properly and with a good reason for it (like, for example, her personal sea bike piloting skills being critical for the sucess of a certain rescue). Its yet another way she is compared to Captain Kirk.
- The Nicknamer: She has a tendency to this; though in her case she seems to do it to remember the names of her crew better. Incidentally, the nicknames she gives to her crew are popular nicknames for cats. Also she had a nickname to herself too.
- Examples are: Moka (Moeka), Shiro(Mashiro), Tama(Shima), Coco(Kouko) and Mii(Wilhelmina)
- What the Hell, Hero?: After too many cases of Risking the King above, Mashiro calls out Mike on her behavior, reminding her that a Captain always needs to prioritize their own crew's safety. It works.
- Voiced by: Lynn''I'm so unlucky "
The deputy-captain (2nd in command) as well as the Vice President, she came from a family who served as Blue Mermaids.
- Born Unlucky: She greatly thinks that she is this.
- Butt-Monkey: Everytime something unlucky happens to her, it plays for laughs.
- Follow in My Footsteps: She wanted to follow her mother's footsteps as one.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Shown to have a collection of animal plushies in episode 3. Shows up on the bridge carrying a large shark when the crew is called to action stations when she was asleep.
- The Lancer: Is a strict, grade-a student as opposed to Akeno's looser attitude.
- Number Two: As deputy-captain, this is her role on-board the Harakaze.
- Only Sane Woman
- Why Did It Have to Be Cats?: For some reason she is really afraid of cats. It may be partly due to her accident involving Isoroku in episode 1.
- She gets better by Episode 7.
- Voiced by: Nozomi Furuki
The Artillery Officer responsible for aiming/commanding the Harekaze's Main Guns (As the ship's main armament is mostly automated.)
- Terse Talker: As stated below
- The Quiet One: The least talkative member in the bridge, only answering in a few words.
- Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki
The Torpedo Officer responsible for aiming the Harekaze's Torpedoes.
- Genki Girl
- Hidden Depths: Episode 10 shows that she has impressive comedy skills.
- Hot-Blooded: Especially if it's about Naval Battles or... Using the torpedoes.
- Trigger Happy
- Voiced by: Yurika Kubo
The Chief Navigator/Navigation Officer responsible for steering/controlling the Harekaze's movement. (Aka the Helmsman)
- Lovable Coward Seems to show traits of this, as she had a tendency to panic during naval combat.
- Screw this, lets get out of here! Her reaction to intense naval fighting that they're not expecting.
- Voiced by: Yuuko Kurose
The recording officer/secretary, whose duty is to record everything that happens in the Harekaze's journey.
- Voiced by: Miharu Sawada
- Voiced by: Hitomi Kikuchi
- Voiced by: Minami Tanaka
- Voiced by: Yuka Maruyama
- Voiced by: Rui Tanabe
- Voiced by: Sakura Nakamura
A Sonar Personnel as well as the Trumpeter of the ship.
- Voiced by: Chisato Satsuko
- Verbal Tic: Often ends her sentences with "zona." This garners weird looks from the members of the bridge in episode 6.
- Voiced by: You Taichi
A navigation officer who is assigned in the Port-side of the ship.
- Voiced by: Emi Miyajima
A navigation officer who is assigned in the Starboard-side of the ship.
- Voiced by: Manami Yamashita
- Voiced by: Akane Fujita
- Hair Decorations: Megu has a pair of X-shaped hair clips
- Marshmallow Hell: Thanks to a tight corridor, Megu gets a faceful of Sakura's breasts.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi
The lookout assigned in the Crow's Nest of the ship.
- Badass Boast: «Don't think you can take me down, girls».
- Even the Girls Want Her: Has a notable fanclub, and after a short time aboard the Admiral Spee acquirers a large gaggle of smitten looking germans too.
- Gun Kata: Pulls off some very impressive moves with a pair of large (squirt) guns while raiding the Admiral Spee.
- Target Spotter One of her roles as the lookout.
- Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori
The Chief Engineering Officer of the Harekaze.
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 10 is mostly focused on her.
- Cheerful Child
- Fiery Redhead
- Hot-Blooded: Has a tendency to go this, especially when excited.
- The Napoleon She is the shortest among the Engineering Department and has the most temper among them.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When The Engineer shouths to the captain to "keep going, no matter what happens to the old tin can!", you know this trope is in full effect.
- Voiced by: Natsuki Aikawa
- Voiced by: Ayaka Shimizu
- Voiced by: Sanae Fuku
- Voiced by: Ari Ozawa
- Voiced by: Sayaka Kaneko
- Voiced by: Hiyori Nitta
- Voiced by: Ayuru Ohashi
- Voiced by: Airi Ohtsu
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade "A."
Chief cook of the ship, who is always busy cooking in the сaboose with the twins Kinesaki.
- Voiced by: Momo Asakura
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Given that she is always busy cooking and never participates in battles, she looks more feminine than other girls.
- Power Trio: With Kinesaki twins.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: As the most feminine team members, the twins and Mikan are portrayed as the weakest physically and unlike other girls, they almost never have "pathos" dramatic moments.
Homare and Akane Kinesaki
Two innocent cooks, who are always busy preparing food with Mikan Irako for the team.
- Voiced by: Kanae Ito
- Always Identical Twins: It is never said directly, but it is strongly implied, since their appearance differs only in the hairstyle and they always act synchronously. They even played by one seiyu.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Given that they are always busy cooking and never participate in battles, they look more feminine than other girls.
- Power Trio: With Mikan.
- Single-Minded Twins: Every time they appear on the screen.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: As the most feminine team members, the twins and Mikan are portrayed as the weakest physically and unlike other girls, they almost do not have "pathos" dramatic moments.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Playing for laughs in episode 10, when Homare tells how her childhood friend first confessed to her in love, and then found another girl because she was frightened and fled to the fleet.
- Voiced by: Kana Asumi
The ship's doctor.
The Blue Mermaids as a whole
- Adults Are Useless: Zigzagged. For most of the series it's averted and they're shown to be extremely efficient. Suddenly played straight in the Final Battle.
- At least partially justified in that they are using modern warships that lack the correct weapons to engage a ship as big and well-armoured as Musashi, whereas the students are using World-War 2 era warships that are Musashi's contemporaries.
- The Cavalry: Twice. Once as sea rescue, and once as a combat force.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Bluemers. Yes, it's like "bloomers"
- Females Are More Innocent: Played straight. As a peacekeeping and rescue force, they are a female corps to showcase they are not a combat force.
- Hero of Another Story: While the series focuses mostly on the Harekaze crew and their exploits, we're often reminded that They Are Not Alone as the Blue Mermaids strive to keep the seas safe. Just that they do it offscreen for most of the series.
- Lady of War: So, so very much. With one notorious exception.
- Martial Pacifist: They are not a combat force, but a peacekeeping and rescue one. Yet they are more than able to fight if needed.
- True Blue Femininity: It's in their very name.
- Voiced by: Yuko Kaida
The principal of Yokosuka Girls' Marine High School, Mashiro's mother and a retired Blue Mermaid.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: One of the few who believed the Harekaze crew's innocence. Not surprising, considering her own daughter is part of the crew.
- Retired Badass: In Episode 11, it's revealed that fifteen years ago, she single-handedly defeated an entire armored fleet with just one ship.
- Veteran Instructor: She became a Blue Mermaid instructor after retiring from service and eventually got promoted to principal.
- Voiced by: Mai Nakahara
Mafuyu MunetaniMashiro's eldest sister, who now serves as a Blue Mermaid Officer.
- Voiced by: Sora Amamiya
Misaki's childhood friend and the Captain of the Musashi.
- Damsel in Distress: Revealed in Episode 5 that she is locked in the Citadel of the Musashi, revealing she lost control (aka command) of the ship.
- It's later revealed in Episode 11 that along with her fellow Bridge Crew had locked themselves with the whole ship totally infected which results of losing control.
- Demoted to Extra: She features prominently in the pre-air advertising for the show, but come the telecast her significance drops substantially when its revealed that she's not even in the same ship as Mike.
- Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi
- Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka
A cat that is living around the Girl's Highschool. He went aboard the Harekaze and Mike gave him the position of Admiral.
- Famous, Famous, Fictional: In this timeline the name of course after Admiral Yamamoto however.
- Team Pet
- Voiced by:
Captain of the Admiral Graf Spee, and childhood friend of Wilhelmina Braunschweig Ingenol Friedeburg, who greatly admires her.
- Foreign Exchange Student
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the Spee's captain for a reason. Her role in the Final Battle shows it.
- Badass Adorable: Only as a ship captain, though. Her personal combat skills suck.
- Badass Arm-Fold: As if the rest of tropes below weren't enough during her Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Badass Long Coat: She wears a black gold-trimed caped greatcoat, and the animators seem to have read the line about that garment in the trope page.note
- Big Damn Heroes / The Cavalry: The Spee is one of the ships coming to Harekaze's help in the Final Battle.
- Coat Cape / Badass Cape: The first trope is played straight, as she wears her caped greatcoat that way to show how cool she is. With the camera doing a full 180 around the billowing garment. The second trope is referenced here because most certainly she wouldn't look half as awesome without her cape, as her Older Than She Looks and Token Mini-Moe tropes demostrate.
- Costume Porn: Her uniform's black gold-trimed, red-lined, high-collared, caped naval greatcoat with matching black, gold-trimed jacket and captain's cap gets so much atention from the animators in proportion to its screen time that almost deserves its own entry in the characters page.
- Dramatic Wind: Have we mentioned how much her greatcoat is billowing?
- Gratuitous German: Justified, as it's her mother tongue.
- Older Than She Looks / Token Mini-Moe: When she appears in episode 9, it's revealed she is very short and looks like a small child.
- Stiff Upper Lip: Her answer at the Musashi firing at her ship? "Let's draw their fire away from Harekaze." (Bear in mind, the Spee has battleship guns but only light cruiser armor: a single direct hit from Musashi would sink the ship quite easily).
- The Captain: In the one episode where we see her in action, her orders, tactical acumen, and command style are impeccable.
- The Unseen: She is this for half of the series, with Wilhelmina's desire to rescue Thea being her main motivation, often mentioning their friendship, her skills and the respect and admiration she feels for Thea. Finally a Defied Trope when Harekaze rescues the Spee, and again when the Spee makes her Big Damn Heroes moment.
Wilhelmina Braunschweig Ingenol Friedeburg
- Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi
A German transfer student on board the Admiral Spee who left it for certain reasons. She acted as deputy-captain and helped the crew of the Harekaze during a submarine attack.
- Bilingual Bonus: That German word she said near the end of Episode 3. Also doubles as Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Foreign Exchange Student
- Large Ham: When she's serious and also enjoys watching Japanese movies.
- Occidental Otaku: Watched a lot of Japanese movies and learned the Japanese language from them.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade "A."