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Submarines (SS)/Aircraft Carrying Submarines (SSV)

The silent stalkers of the deep, Submarines fill a unique niche in Kantai Collection. They have the lowest Attack, Armor, Hit Point, and Evasion values in the game, with only their Torpedo Attack stat worthy of mention. However, they can only be attacked by Destroyers, Light Cruisers, and Light Carriers, all of which must target enemy submarines if there are any, and even then they have a higher-than-normal chance of taking the bare minimum of damage when hit. This makes them ideal for maps that are swarming with Battleships or Standard Carriers... or use against PVP teams that neglected to add an anti-submarine complement to their fleets.

Maintenance-wise, Submarines have some of the lowest upkeep costs in the game with regards to refueling, rearming, and repair. Excepting I-168, remodeled subs (and unremodeled I-401) are reclassified as Aircraft Carrying Submarines, which can also launch seaplanes for scouting, but in return double the time required to repair them when damaged.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: In the 4-koma, they are disliked by most of the other kanmusu, since many of their Real Life counterparts were sunk by submarines.
  • Boring, but Practical: Using them to farm for fuel in 2-3 is tedious, but it gives a better rate of fuel than expeditions can.
    • Memetic Mutation: This is known in most kancolle Fandom circles as Orel Cruising with Goya and Imuya being frequently portrayed lamenting or being annoyed at constantly sent out there note .
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  • The Dreaded: Sometimes, the mere announcement that they're coming is enough to have the other ships running for the hills. It's a Running Gag in the official 4-koma for example.
  • Friendly Sniper: They're no doubt friendly (at least those introduced so far anyway), and some of them call themselves snipers, which is hard to dispute.
  • Goroawase Number: They apparently chose to do this with their names to make it easier for the Admiral and themselves to pronounce their names.
  • Olympic Swimmer: Most portrayals show the submarines as very adept swimmers for obvious reasons.
  • Power Up Letdown: Goya, Hachi and Iku turn into aircraft carrying submarines (SSV) when remodeled. While this increases their stats across the board (especially the Evasion stat, which is very important for submarines) and gives them a second equipment slot allowing for devastating torpedo cut-in attacks, this also doubles their repair cost and repair time. Combined with the fact that submarines have very limited use in late game maps with restrictive branching rules, it's small wonder some Admirals opt not to remodel them at all.
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  • Rare Random Drop: Any submarine that becomes readily available becomes this, with the possible exception of event maps (and 1-5). Arpeggio's Iona (available for the Christmas 2013 event), a submarine herself, even lampshaded this:
    Iona: Are submarines that rare for you, Admiral?
  • School Swimsuit: The basic uniform for all submarines. As stated by Goya:
    Goya: If it's armor, it has to be a school swimsuit! Look, it's efficiently smooth!
  • Third-Person Person: All of them refer to themselves with their own nicknames, to differing extents. Goya being the most.
  • Vague Age: Due to their art style, wide vocal range, and varying bust sizes it's somewhat difficult to pin down all of the subs' physical age.
  • You Are Number 6: Japanese subs of the era all have a number appended after their class character. "I" for 1st class submarines (most of those available for the player) and "Ro" for 2nd class submarines (Ro-500).

     The Type J3-classs 

I-8 "Hachi" (2nd)

Artist: Shobon

Voiced by: Misato

"Guten Tag ... ah, my mistake... sorry, please call me Hachi."

I-8 a.k.a. Hachi is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-8. A serious girl who loves reading.
  • Alternate Character Reading: She calls herself Hachi, but it sounds too much like "Acht" (eight in german) so she asks the Admiral to call her Hacchan instead.
  • Badass Bookworm: She likes books... that happen to summon torpedoes when she opens them.
  • Born Lucky: Luck of 20 in her base form, 25 at Kai. One of only two submarines (the other being U-511 (Yuu)) out of seven which managed to complete a trans-oceanic voyage between Germany and Japan, but unlike Yuu, she did a round trip from Japan to Germany and back. Her luck, however, is lower than Yuu due to having been sunk during the war.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: One of her hourly lines.
    I-8: Admiral is playing KanColle! I am reading! Eheh~
  • Gratuitous German: A reference to the real life I-8 being the only submarine during WW2 to successfully make a round trip to Germany.
  • Holiday Mode: Received a winter outfit art in Christmas 2017. What makes this surprising is that prior to this, the artist hadn't contributed any art to Kancolle in years, and thus Art Evolution is very much present.
  • Meganekko: Which is strange when one thinks of it, as she spends most of her time submerged.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: A pair of Grade A white ones, which is a bit odd for a sub.

     The Type AM-Class 

  • Always Identical Twins: They are the first class actually designed to be twinsnote , and identical they are. While they do each have identifiers to determine which is which, they can still easily be mistaken for the other. Ironically, in Real Life, the two weren't actually finished in the same day (or even close to it).
  • Cleavage Window: They wear a top with a hole that frame their (small) breasts, although they're covered by their swimsuit.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Their costumes along with the positioning of their gear, their hairdos and how they pose makes them mirror images of each other.
  • Nice Hat: Their hats are shaped like their bows.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: On the other hand, I-13 is a Shrinking Violet while I-14 is a Genki Girl, stemming from their respective fates.
  • She's Got Legs: Both sisters show this off.
  • You Are Number 6: Their swimsuits have their pennant numbers - in this case also their names - printed on them.

I-13 "Hitomi" (1st)

Artist: Shizuma Yoshinori

Voiced by: Ayaka Imamura

"Large-sized submarine aircraft carrier, made to support the Sentoku-class...... I'm the Type AM-class submarine, I-13. Um... Please call me Hito—... No... It's... nothing..."

I-13 a.k.a Hitomi is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-13. She's introduced as the E-3 drop in the Winter 2017 Event.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Not above using violence when disciplining her sister.
    I-14 (Iyo): 2200. Owww. Big sis, you didn't have to punch me while crying... Owww...
  • Born Unlucky: One of the things that distinguish the two is I-13 has really poor base luck (6 unremodeled, 8 remodeled). This is due to her very short career, sinking only a few days during her sole mission.
  • Character Development: Is initially prone to bouts of indecisiveness, but becomes more decisive after being remodelled to Kai.
  • Clothing Damage: While it's normal for most subs to suffer this, her damaged art takes this Up to Eleven with the top part of her swimsuit gone, thus showing a lot of skin.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Hitomi is the responsible one despite her shy demeanor.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: She has a longer lock of hair on her left side.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: See Born Unlucky above.

I-14 "Iyo" (2nd)

Artist: Shizuma Yoshinori

Voiced by: Ayaka Imamura

"Part of the Type A Submarines born to operate Seirans, I'm I-14. It's alright, call me Iyo. Admiral, nice to meet you! "

I-14 a.k.a. Iyo is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-14. She's introduced as the E-3 reward in the Winter 2017 Event.
  • The Alcoholic: Not to the same extent as other ships who drink like Pola, but Iyo does try to find lots of occasions for bringing out the booze. This stems from an incident regarding her crewmen having a drunk party when their ship captain's out, somewhat similar to what happened to Jun'you.
  • Born Lucky: Iyo has above-average luck (24 unremodeled and remodeled), due to her being the only submarine out of those participating in the Ulithi Atoll attack who accomplished her assigned mission, namely to deliver Saiun aircraft to Truk Anchorage. She also survives the war.
  • Clothing Damage: In contrast to Hitomi, this is downplayed, with the damage only being seen on her hat.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish one out of the twins, though mostly when alcohol is involved.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: She has a longer lock of hair on her right side. The submarine sail strapped to her left arm also has an open hanger and launch catapult, unlike Hitomi's.
  • The Tease: Teases the Admiral at times, such as playfully inviting them to bath with her.

     The Type B1-Class 

I-19 "Iku" (3rd)

Artist: Shobon

Voiced by: Misato

"Such a great admiral makes me happy. I'm I-19. Yep, calling me Iku is fine!"

I-19 a.k.a. Iku is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-19. She is playful and loves flirting with the Admiral from time to time. Iku is very often seen holding her torpedoes in such a way that they go between her breasts.

I-26 "Nimu" (8th)

Artist: Kuuro Kuro

Voiced by: Yui Ogura

"Hey, hey, hey! Are you the Admiral? I'm the submarine I-26! Nimu's fine! Nice to meetcha!"

I-26 a.k.a. Nimu is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-26. She was released in the Summer 2016 Event as the E-1 and E-3 boss drop.

     The Type B3-Class 

I-58 "Goya" (3rd)

Artist: Shobon

Voiced by: Megumi Nakajima

"Hello! I-58 here! You can call me Goya. I'm not bitter!"

I-58 a.k.a. Goya is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-58. A Genki Girl who likes swimsuits.
  • Berserk Button: Not exactly berserk but Goya is sure to be angry if you call her "Dechi", as demonstrated by Ro-500's hourly line.
  • Born Lucky: 40 luck pre-remodel, 50 post-remodel (the real-life I-58 survived the war; although it shouldn't really count given that she was finished less than one year before the war ended).
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Speaks with a heavy Okinawan accent.
  • Punny Name: "Goya" is also the Okinawan name for a bitter melon. This is the reason why she says she isn't bitter in her introduction.
  • Those Two Guys: With Imuya in the 4-koma.
  • Verbal Tic: "dechi".

     The Type C-Class 

I-47 "Yona" (7th)


Voiced by: Saki Fujita

"I'm the 1st class submarine, seventh ship of the Type-C cruiser submarines, I-47. You can call me "Yona". That's "Yona". Ehehehe, Admiral, did you get that?"

I-47 a.k.a Yona is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-47, introduced in the Rainy-Summer 2020 Event as the reward for the E-3 map.
  • Born Lucky: Starts out with 47 at base and then maxing out at 90, 50 at Kai before maxing out to 97. She had been later converted into a Kaiten Historical note  that sunk USS Mississinewa in 1944, surviving post-war until she herself was later sunk as a target in 1946.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail goes down to her knees.

     The Kaidai V Ia-Class 

I-168 "Imuya" (1st)

Artist: Shobon

Voiced by: Megumi Nakajima

"I'm I-168. What? It's hard to say? OK, just call me Imuya. Nice to meet you!"

I-168 a.k.a. Imuya is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-168. A dutiful and serious girl.
  • Anachronism Stew: One of the clearest hints that this game does not actually take place in WW2 times is that she fiddles around with a smartphone during her free time.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Friendly Sniper: She's friendly, and she calls herself a sniper in her MVP line.
    Imuya: "I did it! You can rely on Imuya, the sniper of the sea! I can even sink an aircraft carrier!"Historical reason 
  • One-Note Cook: She can only cook curry.
  • Parting Words Regret: If she gets sunk.
    Imuya: It's a pity that I couldn't bask in the sun any more... I've had enough of... the bottom of the sea...
  • Those Two Girls: With Goya, in the 4-koma.

     The Sentoku-class 

  • Ambiguously Brown: Both sisters share this particularity.
  • Born Lucky: Downplayed. I-400 and I-401 have a luck of 19 and 20 respectively in both their base and remodelled form. They did survive the war, but never got to do anything of significance whatsoever as they were deployed way too late into it.

I-400 "Shion" (1st)

Artist: Shibafu

Voiced by: Ayaka Imamura

"Admiral, nice to meet you. Eldest of the Sentoku-class, first ship, I'm I-400. Hm? Shi...o...n? Yes... please call me... Shion."

I-400 a.k.a. Shion is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-400. She's introduced in Fall 2017 Event as a drop reward in the E-3 Map.
  • Genki Girl: If her Docking Minor line is any indication, she appears as full of energy, like her sister before her.
  • Lethal Chef: Downplayed. She seems to be on the same boat as Ashigara when it comes to curry, hers being close from the very spicy, subcontinental Indian curry when Japan is used to a very mild variation thereof. This ends up giving the Admiral heartburns.
    • In the 4koma she uses alot of dishes that heavily rely on butter much to the chagrin of the other submarine ships.
  • Tender Tears: Has these when she's proclaimed the MVP.
    ''"Oh, me? I'm glad that a Sentoku-class was able to be of use. H-huh, no, my tears are... ahahaha... why... that's enough..."

I-401 "Shioi" (2nd)

Artist: Shibafu

Voiced by: Mariya Ise

"Good day, Admiral. I'm I-401, the second ship in the special submarine series. Just call me Shioi."

I-401 a.k.a. Shioi is the personification of the Japanese submarine I-401. Unlike the other submarines, she can carry aircraft even before being upgraded.

     U-Boot Type IXC 

U-511/Ro-500 "Ro-chan" (41st)

She is listed along with the Kriegsmarine's shipgirls. She would appear here as a German submarine who came to Japanese hands.

     The Marconi-class 

Luigi Torelli/UIT-25/I-504 (4th)

She is listed along with the Regia Marina and Kriegsmarine's shipgirls. She would appear here as a Italian submarine that was captured by Germany after Italy's armistice, then came into Japan's possession after Germany surrendered.

Escort Ships (Coastal Defense Ships)

The smallest ships currently available in the game, Escort Ships (also known as Coastal Defense Ships, or kaiboukan in Japanese) are small, light multipurpose ships designed for coastal defense, convoy escort, minesweeping, and other tasks, freeing up larger ships for more important jobs. They have even less firepower than destroyers, and with their lack of torpedoes do not possess good night battle capability either. In return, Escorts are the cheapest surface ships to run and maintain (having maintenance costs on par with submarines), and have great anti-submarine abilities.
  • Badass Adorable: Although not to the same level as the Destroyers, their role as Submarine hunters mustn't be underestimated.
  • Child Soldiers: They are portrayed as children even smaller and younger than most destroyers.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Escort ships have the highest available anti-submarine scores in the game without the need to remodel, and can also obtain the ability to perform opening anti-submarine attacks at a lower thresholdnote , allowing them to beat even light cruisers in ASW. This however comes at the cost of being the weakest surface ships in all other aspects, having the lowest hit points, firepower, armor, and anti-air of any surface ships, a speed of 'slow', and lacking the ability to equip torpedoes that make destroyers deadly.
  • Theme Naming: All of the Escort Ships except the Type D-class are named after islands. As an extra, the first three ships to appear in the game are named after individual islands of the Kuril Islands, due to appearing in the event about the Battle of Shumshu, (the northernmost island of the archipelago and namesake of the very first of the ship class).

     The Shimushu-class 

Shimushu (1st)

Artist: UGUME

Voiced by: Hitomi Sasaki

"I'm the first ship of the Shimushu-class destroyer escorts, Shimushu, su. Leave the coastal defense to me, commander, su. I'm the destroyer escort that will protect the seas, su!"

Shimushu is the personification of Japanese escort ship Shimushu, introduced as a drop in the E3 Map of the Spring 2017 Event.
  • Born Lucky: Lone survivor of the disastrous Hi-40 convoy, survived a torpedo from submarine USS Haddo, repatriation duty after the war, and served with the Soviet Navy until her scrapping in 1959. Her starting off at 40 and maxing out at 79 while in her base form, and then 50 to maxing out at 89 in Kai is well earned.
  • Cheerful Child: Has a rather upbeat personality.
  • Memetic Hand Gesture: Her default art, which has both her hands on her forehead like a makeshift shade. It's making quite a scene in fanart circles.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to end her sentences with "-ssu", punning on how her name is pronounced.

Kunashiri (2nd)

Artist: UGUME

Voiced by: Hitomi Sasaki

"Shimushu-class destroyer escort, I'm the second ship, Kunashiri. What's the matter? That's wrong? Well, Kuna... is fine for you to call me with."

Kunashiri is the personification of Japanese escort ship Kunashiri, introduced as a drop in the E3 Map of the Spring 2017 Event.
  • Born Lucky: Survived the war and performed repatriation duties before running aground in 1946, starting with 35 points at base and 45 in Kai. She is the very reason why Kamikaze ran aground herself.
  • Tsundere: Not in the same levels as Akebono and Kasumi to an extend. However her posture and manner of talking might consider her to be Himedere.

Ishigaki (3rd)

Artist: UGUME

Voiced by: Kanon Takao

"I'm the Shimushu-class coastal defense ship, Ishigaki. What? Is there something on my face? ...Oh, alright then. Leave destroying submarines to me. I'm serious."

Ishigaki is the personification of Japanese escort ship Ishigaki, introduced as a drop in E-2 and E-3 in the Spring 2019 Event.

  • Born Unlucky: Starts off at at dismal 9 in her base form, 10 in her Kai.

Hachijou (4th)

Artist: UGUME

Voiced by: Kanon Takao

"Oh, me, I'm Hachijou. Yup, a Shimusu-class destroyer escort. "Hachi"? Hmm, well, that's fine. You can call me that. Please take care of me."

Hachijou is the personification of Japanese escort ship Hachijou, introduced as the E2 Map reward in the Spring 2019 Event.
  • Born Lucky: Like her older sister-ships Shimushu and Kunashiri, Hachijou starts off with rather high luck, 40 at base and 49 at Kai, before maxing out to 79 at base and 92 at Kai. The reason for her luck is that her historical counterpart just missed meeting her end because of being detached from escorting cargo ship Akagane Maru, who was later sunk by USS Indianapolis on February 19, 1943. Hachijou was decommissioned in 1945 and later scrapped in 1948.
  • Oral Fixation: She has a lollipop in her mouth.

     The Etorofu-class 

  • Multicolored Hair: It's their main shtick as no other ship classes feature it. Downplayed with Etorofu herself, as she only has a little streak of blonde at the tips.
  • Nice Hat: They wear stylized sailor covers.

Etorofu (1st)

Artist: Yuzu Akasaka

Voiced by: Yukina Shutou
Click here to see her Kai form 

"Commander, good morning! I'm the first ship of the Etorofu-class coastal defense ships, Etorofu. Today, I will do my best!"'

Etorofu is the personification of Japanese escort ship Etorofu, introduced as a drop in the E4 Map of the Spring 2017 Event.
  • Born Lucky: Fairly high luck that starts at 37 (40 in Kai), which made sense as she survived the war, serving repatriation duties before her scrapping in 1947.
  • The Reliable One: Her lines shows this well, she also says a similar catchphrase like Fubuki's.

Matsuwa (2nd)

Artist: Yuzu Akasaka

Voiced by: Yukina Shutou

"I'm the coastal defense ship, Matsuwa. Uhm, like Etorofu... I'll also... do my best."'

Matsuwa is the personification of Japanese escort ship Matsuwa, introduced as a drop in the E5 Map of the Summer 2017 Event.
  • Born Unlucky: Her base luck stat is 7, while her Kai base luck stat is 9, due to sinking in the Hi-71 Convoy alongside her sister-ship Sado and Hiburi.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes just about to her knees.
  • Unpicky Eater: Her Mackerel Pike Festival line has her getting offered Saury by Isokaze. Not only she eats it, but she finds it delicious (albeit a little on the bitter side). Either it being the cause of Matsuwa having a stomach of iron, just being nice, or Isokaze's cooking skills having actually improved is up to anyone's guess.

Sado (3rd)

Artist: Yuzu Akasaka

Voiced by: Ayaka Imamura

"I'm the third ship of the Etorofu-class coastal defense ships, Sado-sama! Com-man-der! Take care of me! Hee hee!"

Sado is the personification of Japanese escort ship Sado, introduced in Fall 2017 Event as the E-2 Reward.
  • Born Unlucky: Base 7 when unremodelled, 9 at Kai. She was sunk in the ill-fated Hi-71 Convoy alongside Matsuwa and Hiburi.
  • Declaration of Protection: If her Kai form is declared the MVP.
    Sado: "Ah, me? I'm number one? Hehe~♪ Hey... Taiyou, Hayasui, just watch me. This time I'll protect you. This time. For sure."
  • Holiday Mode: Dons a Santa outfit during Christmas 2017.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: When she is sunk.
    Sado: "It's cold... I'm going under again... it's cold... it's lonely... I don't want... to..."
  • No Indoor Voice: She screams more often than she would talk normally.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Is part of the smallest ship type introduced so far, but boy does she have a massive ego.
  • Third-Person Person: Usually refers to herself as "Sado-sama". Her boastfulness contrasts sharply with Matsuwa's crippling insecurities.

Tsushima (7th)

Artist: Yuzu Akasaka

Voiced by: Ayaka Imamura

"The Etorofu-class coastal defense ship, Tsushima... has arrived. I'll put this body made for defending the Southern Corridor to good use... Just wait and see..."

Tsushima is the personification of Japanese escort ship Tsushima, introduced in the Fall 2017 Event as a drop reward in the E-2 Map.
  • Born Lucky: She starts off with an impressive 47 at her base, starting off at 49 in Kai. This is due her surviving the war and serving in the Republic of China Navy until being her scrapping in 1963.
  • Death World: Lampshaded several times in her lines.
    Tsushima: "The Southern Corridor is full of dangers. The Naval Base is... full of dangers too? *heave* Ufufu♥"
  • Dissonant Serenity: She speaks very slowly not unlike Yamagumo, and tends to giggle in a rather unsettling manner. While Yamagumo just seems like a Cloud Cuckoolander, Tsushima's behavior can appear as mildly creepy to some.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: When she is sunk.
    Tsushima: "So, this is... this is... what they call 'sinking'?'s... dark... and cold... I can't... see anything..."
  • Punctuated...For...Emphasis: Sometimes leaves a short beat between each syllable of her name.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Downplayed because it's not as much of a glaring example as her sister Sado, but she shows a lot of confidence in her depth charges.

Hirato (9th)

Artist: Yuzu Akasaka

Voiced by: Yurika Moriyama

"Commander, Hirato of the Etorofu-class coastal defense ship has arrived. Let's work together. Don't worry... This time, I won't reveal a finger of the admiral's."

Hirato is the personification of Japanese escort ship Hirato. She's introduced as a drop in the E-5 Map of the Autumn 2019 Event.

Fukae (10th)

Artist: Yuzu Akasaka

Voiced by: Mana Komatsu

"The Etorofu-class coastal defense ship, Fukae, has arrived! Commander, I will not lose...! I cannot lose!"

Fukae, literally "Blessed Creek", is the personification of Japanese escort ship Fukae, introduced in the Spring 2018 Food Mini Event as a drop reward in the World 2-4 and World 6-3 Map.
  • Alternate Character Reading: The characters "福江" can be spelled as "Fukue" or as "Fukae". The latter spelling is the pre-reform spelling, used during the war.
  • Born Lucky: She starts off with 36 base luck and remodeling her will raise it to 40. This is due to her surviving the war until she was handed over to the UK as a repair ship and eventually scrapped in 1947.

     The Mikura-class 

Mikura (1st)

Artist: acea4

Voiced by: Shuu Uchida

"Name ship of the Mikura-class escort ship, I'm Mikura. I'll be taking my post. Admiral, by all means please look after the Mikura-class. My body may be small, but I will do as much as I can."

Mikura is the personification of Japanese escort ship Mikura, introduced as a drop in the E1 and E2 Map of the Summer 2019 Event.

  • Surprisingly Good English: Averted, she's a Shuu Uchida-voiced ship who doesn't use English at all (and so far, the only one).

Yashiro (7th)

Artist: acea4

Voiced by: ???
Click here to view her Kai art 

"I'm the fifth ship of the Mikura-class coastal defense ships, Yashiro. Reporting for duty. No matter how difficult things get, I'll do my very best! It's my duty to protect everyone after all."

Yashiro is the personification of Japanese escort ship Yashiro, introduced in the Rainy-Summer 2020 Event as a drop in the E-6 map.
  • Born Lucky: She maxes out at 80 in base form and 98 at Kai for a number of reasons. In short order: survived several air attacks, survived a direct hit to her bridge while part of Hi-87 Convoy that killed most of her officers, hit a sea mine that flooded her bow, and finally served in Taiwan post-war until her scrapping in 1963.

     The Hiburi-class 

  • Nice Hat: Stylized covers like the Etorofu-class.

Hiburi (1st)

Artist: Shibafu

Voiced by: Yuka Ootsubo

"Lead ship of the Hiburi-class destroyer escorts, I'm Hiburi! Admiral, Hiburi-class, on deck! I'll do my best!"

Hiburi, name ship of the Hiburi-class escort ships, is the personification of Japanese escort ship Hiburi, introduced in the Winter 2018 Event as the E-2 Reward.
  • Born Unlucky: Starting at a dismal 7 at base, and her Kai base starts at 9. The reason is she was sunk in the ill-fated Hi-71 convoy alongside Matsuwa and Sado.

Daitou (2nd)

Artist: Shibafu

Voiced by: Yuka Ootsubo

"Second ship of the Hiburi-class destroyer escorts, I'm Daitou! On de~eck! So you're the admiral. Heh heh, that's fine! I'm counting on you, too! Well, let's go!"

Daitou is the personification of Japanese escort ship Daitou, introduced in the Winter 2018 Event as a E-4 drop.
  • Born Lucky: Starts off with 33 at base, 37 at Kai base. She survived the war only to get sunk by a naval mine in the aftermath.

     The Type D-class 

  • Goroawase Number: Chosen to do this so as to make it easier for the Admiral.
  • You Are Number 6: Unlike the earlier escort ship classes, the Type D escort ships are only identified by their numbers.

Daiyongou "Yotsu" (2nd)


Voiced by: Saki Fujita

"I'm the 2nd ship of the Type-D coastal defense ships that were created under the Maru-Sen Plan, Kaiboukan No.4. Yeah, you can call me '"Yotsu"' instead. Admiral, happy to work with you!"

Daiyongou a.k.a. Yotsu is the personification of Japanese escort ship Dai 4 Gou, introduced in the Rainy-Summer 2020 Event as a drop in the E-4 map.
  • Born Lucky: She starts at an average 18 at base and 20 at Kai before maxing out to out to 76 at base and 80 at Kai. This could be attributed to her possibly sinking both USS Scamp and Swordfish, as well taking three air strikes before being sunk by HMS Formidable's planes in July 1945.

Auxiliary Vessels

The Support Party Members of the fleetnote ; in real life large navies had a large Auxiliary Fleet to support and maintain their vessels. They possess little capability to protect themselves, which is reflected in the game with their poor stats.

So far, there are 13 Auxiliary Vessels in the game (Three, the Chitose-class and Taigei, are quickly converted in-game to CVL, while Akitsu Maru and Shinshuu Maru are IJA vessels, and Commandant Teste is a French (Marine Nationale) vessel); Akashi, Akitsushima, Hayasui and Mizuho are playable while Mamiya and Irako are usable items. This is unlikely to change any time soon, because auxiliaries rarely do anything interesting in battle.

    Auxiliary Vessels 

Mamiya (Food Supply Ship)

Artist: Fujikawa

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese), Mallorie Rodak (English)

Mamiya is the personification of the Japanese food supply ship Mamiya. A motherly woman who can relieve fatigued ship-girls with her excellent desserts. Is only available as an item card.

  • Happy Holidays Dress: Was given a new portrait for the Christmas 2014 event, giving us the opportunity to look at her cleavage at the same time.
  • Suddenly Voiced: She had no voice until a certain update in late 2014.
  • Supreme Chef: She's mainly known for her desserts, which are good enough to lower ship girls' fatigue and boost their morale. This is, of course, because the real-life Mamiya was a food supply ship.
  • Team Mom: The impression she gives off, just by her design alone, and her role in-game to deliver supplies and sweets that helps relieve the stress of the ships under the Admiral's command.

Irako (Food Supply Ship)

Artist: Fujikawa

Voiced by: Yui Horie

Irako is the personification of the Japanese food supply ship Irako. A young lady who can increase the morale of the ship-girls with equally excellent desserts as her senior. Is only available as an item card.

Akashi (Repair ship)

Artist: Fujikawa

Voiced by: Risa Taneda
Click here to see her remodeled form 

"I'm Repair ship Akashi. If you take a little damage, I can fix you up in the base. Just leave it to me!"

Akashi is the personification of the Japanese repair ship Akashi. Previously the shopkeeper NPC, she can now join your fleet and serve as a medic of sorts as well as a way to upgrade existing gear.
  • Ascended Extra: Used to be the Shopkeeper until the game's first anniversary elevated her to a playable ship.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Akashi's post marriage line when you poke her at the main screen.
    "...Admiral, it wouldn't do you good if you don't go for maintenance, you know? I...will offer myself to be at your service, okay?"
  • Happy Holidays Dress/Holiday Mode: Like Ooyodo, she gains a traditional furisode for New Years 2015.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    1800. Do you want to eat out for dinner? Like the Yamato hotel, perhaps? just a joke, really.
  • Martial Arts Headband: She gains one once remodeled.
  • The Medic/The Engineer: Her role once she is in your fleet, as she can repair/heal your ships. Of course, since she is only support, she has poor combat abilities (which she even admits if you let her attack something) and paper-thin armor which means she is barely able to take a hit.
  • Shopkeeper: Her original role, but most players tend to see her as a black market-style scalper, as the entirety of her inventory can only be purchased via DMM points, which can only be gained by paying real-world money.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Fixing things is pretty much all she knows how to do, so it's her go to solution whenever she's tasked with anything.
    "Should I repair this?"
  • Wrench Wench: She even gets a Secret Shop, Akashi's Improvement Arsenal (hidden behind the normal construction dock button and only accessible if she is the fleet's flagship) in which she can tinker with your equipment and make it stronger.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Black and enclosed in white open-toed "geta"-styled boots.

Akitsushima (Seaplane Tender)

Artist: Shizuma Yoshinori

Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu

"I'm Seaplane Tender Akitsushima! Make sure to remember me along with this Taitei-chan, alright!"

Akitsushima (another old name referring to "Japan") is the personification of Japanese seaplane tender Akitsushima, released in the Spring 2015 Event as a reward for clearing the sixth and final map.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Since she's more or less ineffective outside of map 6-3, she's mostly viewed as a trophy for successfully clearing all six maps of the Spring 2015 event.
  • Joke Character: She is borderline useless in every map outside of 6-3 and expeditions that require seaplane tenders. For reference, while Chitose, Chiyoda and Mizuho can carry midget subs and up to 24 seaplanes, Akitsushima can only carry 3 planes and doesn't even have a torpedo stat. And despite her H8K flying boats in real life having been decent long-range bombers, in-game they're for reconnaissance only.
  • Nice Hat: A really small one that looks like the bow of a ship.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Her Kawanishi H8K flying boat "Nishikitaitei-chan", which she refers it as "Taitei-chan".
  • Oblivious to Love: Probably one of the worst offenders among the shipgirls, if her marriage line is of any indication:
    "Admiral, you called me here? I'm not giving you Taitei-chan if it's about her. Eh, that's not it? Ugh...this is... wow... it's beautiful... amaaazing... so, why are you giving it to me?"
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Map 6-3 is designed specifically around her. Its composition requires exactly one Seaplane Tender and has a special resource node that gives more resources if her unique Flying Boat is equipped.
    • Even so, most players prefer to use an unremodeled (Seaplane Tender form) Chitose-class or Mizuho because of their superior combat strength.
    • She gets it again during the Summer 2015 event, in which she allows for special routing through map E-5 and can get bonus resources using her unique flying boat. Unfortunately, the same route can be achieved with a much stronger fleet and the resources gained from taking her aren't worth bringing her along.
    • This comes into play once more with the 'Emergency Anchorage Repair' mechanic introduced in Summer 2019- while the mechanic itself is often ignored, the ability to route onto Anchorage nodes is often advantageous, and with her ability to equip (small numbers of) seaplane fighters this makes her extremely valuable to secure a good route for the fleet while providing limited airpower.
  • Transforming Mecha: her artist has stated in his Twitter that Nishikitaitei-chan can (or has the potential to) transform into a humanoid mech.
  • Verbal Tic: "-kamo", this is shared with Takanami but she is less likely to be associated with ducks.

Mizuho (Seaplane Tender)

Artist: Akira

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami

"Admiral, thank you for your hard work. Seaplane Tender Mizuho has now arrived. It is a pleasure to meet you."

Mizuho (also an old name referring to Japan) is the personification of Japanese seaplane carrier Mizuho, introduced in the Summer 2015 Event. She is soft-spoken, and often apologizes to the admiral for being slow.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Just like the Chitose-class AV, except that she has better stats and can carry more seaplanes than the other.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Her dress and manner of speech are gentle and feminine and many of her lines have her cooking for the admiral.
  • Holiday Mode: For Autumn 2015, she was given a yukata with her distinctive colors. Later holiday events gave her different objects on top of her pedestal instead of a AA gun. For Valentines 2016, she forgoes the pedestal and simply holds a box of chocolate.
  • Lazy Artist: Her artist making seasonal CGs by simply replacing the object on her pedestal and nothing else has become a Running Gag.
  • Miko: Her uniform is stated as this.
    • She finally gets an alternate sprite for Autumn 2016, but as this is part of a restaurant collaboration, it's not permanent.
  • Necessary Drawback: She can carry more seaplanes and has a very high Line of Sight compared to the Chitose-class. The post-event update further increases her already high LoS, but also reduces her speed to Slow since she was historically equipped with less powerful diesel engines instead of steam turbines.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She is the first playable ship girl drawn by the Abyssals' artist. This is because her Abyssal counterpart is a boss in the event that drops her.

Kamoi (Oiler/Seaplane Tender)

Artist: Akira

Voiced by: Asami Seto
Click here to see her Kai form 

"I'm Kamoi, an oil tanker. Yes, my name is derived from Cape Kamui, Hokkaido. I'll try my best, to work hard."

Kamoi is the personification of Japanese oiler/seaplane tender Kamoi, introduced as a drop on the E3 map of the Spring 2017 Event.
  • Alternate Character Reading: The kanji 神威 can be pronounced as either "Kamoi" or "Kamui". "Kamoi" represents the original, pre-reform spelling.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Her Ainu traits obscure the fact that she wasn't built in Japan. Only her library entry mentions where she was built: the United Statesnote , though this trait is significant enough that using her as flagship can result in being able to construct Saratoga from LSC note .
  • Discard and Draw: While Kamoi's Bo remodel, which reverts her back into an oiler ship, features the best overall stats and some new perks like the ability to carry Large Flying Boats, she also loses her seaplane tender form's much larger aircraft capacity, reducing her ability to use airstrikes. Of course, all of this is an integration of her own history into gameplay.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: A few of her lines are actually in the Ainu language. More precisely, "Hello" and "Thank You".
  • Miss Fanservice: While not intentional, the skin her outfit showed has gotten artists' attention.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Few people expected that her design would be based on the Ainu and yet, it fits considering the basis of the event she first appeared in. This representation stems from the fact that her name is derived from Cape Kamui, which is located in Hokkaido where the Ainu people hail from. Also the third shipgirl the Abyssal artist, Akira worked on.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A. First, they are black bandages acting as thighhighs enclosed in Ainu-style fur boots. Later remodels replace them with blue thigh boots with rudder heels of the same length.

Hayasui (Replenishment Oiler)

Artist: Konishi

Voiced by: Iori Nomizu

"Good morning! I'm Hayasui, an oiler equipped with seaplanes! I'll do my best to support everyone!"

Hayasui is the personification of Japanese fleet oiler Hayasui, introduced in the Summer 2015 Event.

Much like the other introduced auxiliaries, she provides a unique function not available to all the other ships: the ability to refuel during mid-sortie, under very specific circumstances. In her case, once the average fuel and ammunition of the fleet drops below 25%, she (temporarily, for that sortie only) resupplies them back to that level. Doing so however consumes a special item available only through a monthly quest or the cash shop.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Her ability to refuel during a sortie, on paper, would be a massive boon, particularly for maps with a massive number of nodes to pass through (see world 2-4). In practice? Not really as practical as it would seem, as Hayasui's massive fuel costs, a well as the fact that to even trigger her refuel ability requires not only a cash item, but some fudging with regards to resource averages (to the point where Admirals sortie her with half fuel just to get her to trigger her ability at all), and it's no wonder some players just don't bother using her. The developers have tried to alleviate the situation, however, by making the player manually able to trigger refueling before boss node, and make the required gear able to be acquired via monthly quest.
  • Big Eater: She consumes a huge amount of fuel, on par with a Battleship.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Many of Hayasui's hourly lines involve her preparing food.
  • Hidden Buxom: Seen on her damage art. She doesn't look particularly flat in her standard art, but her baggy track jacket doesn't accentuate her chest.
  • Loophole Abuse: Similar to Akitsu Maru, admirals can use Hayasui and her torpedo bombers on certain event maps that don't allow the use of aircraft carriers since Hayasui is a fleet oiler.
  • Master of None: Currently the only shipgirl that can deploy torpedo bombers and seaplanes at the same time. Along with that, she can still attack at Night Battle (using a gun of course) as well as do ASW. However being a support ship, she is not as good at any of those compared to the specialised girls.
    • Glass Cannon: Compared to the rest of the auxiliary ships though, she can potentially hit very hard when equipped with torpedo bombers. Her survivability is more or less on par with all of the rest of the auxiliary ships though, which is pretty poor.
  • School Sport Uniform: What she wears under her track jacket.
  • Unfortunate Name: Her name literally means "speedy sucking", which lead to hundreds of fellatio jokes (among other dirty ones) within minutes of her announcement.

Nisshin (Seaplane Tender)

Artist: bob

Voiced by: Yume Miyamoto
Click here to see her A form 

"Are you my admiral? Ahh, you have a fearless expression. I am seaplane carrier, Nisshin. Remember, I will be in your care."

Nisshin is the personification of Japanese seaplane carrier Nisshin, introduced in the Winter 2019 Event as the E-3 Reward.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Surprisingly, despite her looks, this is downplayed! She actually uses a fairly thick and antiquated form of Hiroshima dialect which makes her sound old but not outright archaic. In fact, she's the only character from Kure (in Hiroshima Prefecture) out of many to appropriately use the dialect. The only other user, Urakaze, while a Kure resident, is Osaka-born.
  • Born Unlucky: Starts off with 9 at base, 10 at both Kai and her A remodel.
  • Foreshadowing: She was foreshadowed with the Type C Kouhyouteki fairy, which ended up being her look-alike.
  • Master of All: The epitome of versatility. With her history as the IJN's most advanced AV, her stats certainly place her above the rest of her contemporaries with the highest firepower, torpedoes, anti-air, and second highest plane capacity for Seaplane Tenders. With the ability to launch opening torpedoes, recon planes for daytime artillery spotting, seaplane fighters/bombers, and equipping flying boats, Daihatsu landing crafts and medium caliber guns, she is undoubtedly the best tactical/offensive AV to date.
  • Miko: Like the Kongou-class and the Fusou-class battleships, only in terms of aesthetics. In fact, with her outfit, she seems to vaguely invoke traditional depictions of Amaterasu, something her Abyssal counterpart exploits to the full extent.

Jingei (Submarine Tender)

Artist: Yuzu Akasaka

Voiced by: Yumi Tanibe
Click here to see her Kai form 

"I am the name ship of the Jingei-class submarine tenders, Jingei. Admiral, I am glad... to meet you. Let's do our best together!"

Jingei, name ship of the Jingei-class submarine tenders, is the personification of Japanese submarine tender Jingei, introduced in the Rainy-Summer 2020 Event as a drop in the E-2 map.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Her sunk line has her calmly noting that she dying before giving a farewell to the admiral.
  • Spot of Tea: A lot of her hourlies mentions serving tea to the admiral.

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