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The protagonists

    Ayaka Raquel Tresha Godai @ Ayaka Shirokaze @ Iowa (BB-61) 

Mitsuha Miyamizu's Alternate Self. A former inhabitant of the small, primarily Japanese American town of Imamura who hated the rural life as a Shinto shrine priestess and sought to be reborn as a handsome city boy, which she got. Unknown even to herself as Natural Born (the reincarnation of) Iowa.

  • Actor Allusion: In Chapter 23, she recalls having been dragooned into a production of Les Misérables once. Mone Kamishirashi has covered "On My Own" before.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Wears her neuroses from her mother's death and father's absence more openly than Mitsuha does, despite the therapy.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Ayaka wears a primarily blue braided cord in contrast to Mitsuha's red, being a composite "character" with the blue wrist ribbon the original Pacific!Iowa wears. Her eyes are also reddish brown, in line with Mitsuha's colour, as opposed to the obviously brown of Iowa's.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm sorry I'm late."
  • Christmas Cake: Discussed in Chapter 17, where she recounts that though her father and grandmother didn't say anything aloud when she hit 25, her own friends getting married kept the topic salient.
  • Composite Character: Of Mitsuha from your name. and the Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls interpretation of Iowa, plus the name and some characteristics of Ayaka Kagari from Witch Craft Works.
  • Mukokuseki: Played for Drama; O'Bannon takes it poorly when Ayaka reveals she's actually ethnically Japanese. West Virginia slightly more gently reiterates this in Chapter 16.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Tresha, Spanish for three.
  • One Head Taller: Than Uileag.
  • Race Lift: Races are not currently known for the Pacific characters, but Pacific!Iowa is presumably white like the rest of her sisters. Here she reincarnated as Japanese.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted; despite having Mitsuha's reddish tint to her eyes, she's more likely to be a danger to herself than others, unless you're an abyssal.
  • Religious Bruiser: Following her experiences in the film, she has become more accepting of her faith, to the point of undergoing ordainment, and uses kumihimo-weaving motions and the kagura as spellcasting foci.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The Iowa-class battleships were the longest battleships in the world, and Ayaka is accordingly towering: 6'8", or an even 80 inches put another way.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: As a character notes, the kanji of her name, 城風綾火, can be read as fortress, wind, design, fire, all qualities of the fast battleship she is.
  • Time Master: Her primary Sphere. Musubi is time after all.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The white sun hat from her shipgirl outfit is reinterpreted as being the same one that her mother was briefly shown wearing in canon, now passed down to her.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Struggles frequently with her true nature as a shipgirl.


    Uileag Shane Greer 

Partially Taki Tachibana's Alternate Self. An Irish American inhabitant of New York City who finds himself switching places with Ayaka.

Ayaka and Uileag's family and friends

    Hitomi Yura 

Sayaka Natori's Alternate Self. A close friend of Ayaka's.

    Ichiyo Shirokaze 

Hitoha Miyamizu's Alternate Self. Ayaka's grandmother and the chief priestess of the Shirokaze Shrine.

  • Covert Pervert: Nijimi's blush when recounting that Ichiyo tried very hard to give her siblings is... suggestive.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Ichiyo, Japanese for one.
  • Older Than They Look: She is over 90, but as of Chapter 23, anagathics have restored her physique to that of a 60-something person.
  • True Sight: After Ayaka's Reawakening, she becomes able to see that Ayaka is a shipgirl.

    Kagami Lea Cuatha Godai @ Kagami Shirokaze 

Yotsuha Miyamizu's Alternate Self. Ayaka's younger sister.

  • The Ghost: For the first 22 chapters, she never appeared outside of flashbacks and brief mentions.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Cuatha, derived from Spanish for four.


    Missouri (BB-63) 

The Pacific incarnation thereof.

    New Jersey (BB-62) 

The Pacific incarnation thereof.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her default blue dress' neckline goes down to the waist, as per canon.

    Nijimi Shirokaze 

Futaba Miyamizu's Alternate Self. Ayaka's mother and the designated heiress to the Shirokaze Shrine until her untimely death of illness 16 years ago.

    Tetsuhiko "Morrie" Morikawa 

Katsuhiko "Tessie" Teshigawara's Alternate Self. A close friend of Ayaka's.

    Wisconsin (BB-64) 

The Pacific incarnation thereof.


    Yoshimichi Godai 

Toshiki Miyamizu's Alternate Self. Ayaka's father and former mayor of Imamura, now an unspecified New York politician.

  • My Greatest Failure: Is very aware that his behaviour during Ayaka's teenage years was not his finest hour.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A lot more personable than before after nearly 10 years of therapy and reintegrating with his family.

Other shipgirls

    Battleships (BB) and Battlecruisers (CC) 

Fusou @ Harumi Nakahara

The KanColle interpretation thereof, also a Natural Born.

  • Christmas Cake: Implied by Chapter 17, where a family friend asks Yamashiro if she has found a husband yet.
  • Foil: Like Ayaka she is a Natural Born who is also a Shinto priestess and the firstborn of both her human and shipgirl siblings, both lineages of which (used to) worship draconic kamisamanote , but she is a native Japanese whereas Ayaka is Japanese American. Ayaka is also painfully aware that she's nowhere as collected and elegant as Harumi is. As mentioned in the Pacific page both their shipgirl sides are also opposed, with both being nameship battleships but Fusou being Japan's unlucky first native-built battleship while Iowa was the lucky last American battleship class.
  • Identical Stranger: Several characters mention how similar she and Ayaka look, including none less than West Virginia, Yamashiro and a family friend of hers being confused by the similarity.
  • Religious Bruiser: She is a Shinto priestess of the Mizuryu Shrine in Kyoto City.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Harumi can mean calm seas, highly appropriate for an elegant shipgirl.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A dutiful, elegant, gentle and wise ideal Japanese lady.

Hood (51)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

  • Eye Beams: Uses these in her first appearance.

Maryland (BB-46)

The Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls interpretation thereof.

  • Religious Bruiser: As per Pacific canon. In Chapter 18 she leads a prayer service for the Christians on board Tripoli.


A composite drawing elements from the Azur Lane, KanColle and Warship Girls interpretations thereof.

  • Composite Character: A hybrid of KC’s hair and eye colours, WSG’s hairstyle, leg armour and top, and AL’s skirt and thighhighs.

Washington (BB-56)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

  • Consummate Professional: Almost always stoic and disciplined. So dedicated that, in Chapter Nine, Alice says that she recites the UCMJ in her leisure time.
  • Mind over Manners: When O'Bannon acts out over Ayaka's race, she tries using a Mind spell to put her in her place.

West Virginia (BB-48)

The Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls interpretation thereof.


The KanColle interpretation thereof.

  • The Eeyore: As in canon, is depressed by her past failings.

    Carriers (Fleet/Light) (CV/CVL) 

Akagi @ ???

The KanColle interpretation thereof, who is also a Natural Born.

Essex (CV-9)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.


The KanColle interpretation thereof.

  • Actor Allusion: Speaks English with a slight Russian accent because her Japanese voice actress, Sumire Uesaka, is a famous Russophile.


The KanColle interpretation thereof.

  • Playing with Fire: As befitting the historical Yakitori Grill, she uses and has taught Princeton fiery spells.

Princeton (CVL-23)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

Saratoga (CV-3)

The KanColle interpretation thereof.

  • Statuesque Stunner: Her old hull was quite close in dimensions to Iowa's, which comes in handy when Ayaka has to borrow clothing.
  • Team Mom: To Gonzalez Team, with Albacore even calling her such to her consternation.


The KanColle interpretation thereof.

Yorktown (CV-5)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

  • Catchphrase: "So annoying."
  • The Chains of Commanding: Admits in Chapter 16 that she can't afford to get too close to the rest of Uatu.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite trying to be professional in her conduct, she has a snarky side.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Not to the lofty literal heights of Ayaka, Essex or Saratoga, but Chapter 16 reminds us that the Yorktowns' old hulls had less than 10% length difference with the Iowas', which is reflected in her human form.

    Cruisers (Light/Heavy) (CL/CA) 

Atlanta (CL-51) @ Alice Margaret Lindt

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof, but also a Natural Born.

Augusta (CA-31)

An original design thereof by Dirtnap.

Charybdis (88)

An original design of the Royal Navy's Dido-class cruiser.


The KanColle interpretation thereof.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The very first thing she does onscreen is identify everyone on the FNG tour based on the displacement and passively detectable phenomena created by their presence.
  • Badass Bookworm: Her bookish demeanour belies a literally frighteningly effective combatant.
  • Came Back Strong: As a steel hull, she infamously "lost" to an escort carrier in surface action when the latter landed a lucky shot on her torpedoes. As a shipgirl, she's a premier carrier killer, so effective at butchering them that friendly carriers run away from her, and directly mocks her past by throwing her torpedoes to detonate enemy shells.
  • The Dreaded: The mere possibility of her presence causes Essex, Princeton and Yorktown to flee.
  • Expy: Worm's Number Man by way of Virtual Adept.
  • Knife Nut: A fairy-forged one she carries in addition to her canonical gear and puts to very good use.


The KanColle interpretation thereof.

Ning Hai

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

Oakland (CL-95)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

  • Power Fist: She conjures a gauntlet over her right forearm in combat.

Ping Hai

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

  • I See Dead People: One of her manifestations of magic is the ability to communicate with the dead.

Quincy (CA-39)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

  • Came Back Wrong: It is speculated In-Universe that something went wrong with her either during her rest in the supernal or her return to make her the birdbrain she is.
  • Famed in Story: Across the North American continent and on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, her name is still a byword for idiocy.
  • The Fool: Not very bright, to say the least.

    Destroyers (DD) 

Charles Ausburne (DD-570)

The Azur Lane interpretation thereof.

  • Lightning Bruiser: In her warform, she is consistently said to be supersonic, tough enough that battleship shells flatten harmlessly against her, and strong enough that not only can she kick down a bunker door that resists battleship shells with enough force it flies to crush a Ro, she punches a Ta hard enough that Your Head Asplode, its body ragdolls into the wall behind it with enough force to leave a crater, and the shockwaves created throw the remaining abyssals near it around.
  • Older Alter Ego: The main expression of her magic is as an All Might-meets-She-Hulk Amazonesque warform.

Hammann (DD-412)

The Azur Lane interpretation thereof.

  • Healing Hands: One of the shipgirls able to heal others, which she does by spraying the healee with water.
  • Tsundere: Hides any affection and concern for others under prickliness.

Naganami @ Mika Nagamine

The KanColle interpretation thereof. Is secretly a Natural Born, specifically the Alternate Self of Mikako Nagamine from Voices of a Distant Star.

O'Bannon (DD-450)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.


The KanColle interpretation thereof.

  • In-Series Nickname: West Virginia calls her "speed slut". Her countrymen call her "Hayai Harlot"note .
  • Space Master: Compressing a few hundred kilometres' worth of space is, while not trivial, not a huge undertaking for her either.
  • Super Speed: Can hit supersonic at the very least.

Spence (DD-512)

The Azur Lane interpretation thereof.


The KanColle interpretation thereof.

  • Blinded by the Light: Can overcharge her searchlight to blind others.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In Chapters 32 and 33, after repeated appearances establishing her importance to Naganami and those around her, Northampton critically wounds her, and she sacrifices herself to save the rest of the squadron.

William D Porter (DD-579) @ Wilhelmina Delano

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof. Is secretly a Natural Born.

  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Asks to be called "Mina" while off duty.
  • The Jinx: She brings bad luck to ally and enemy alike.
  • The Klutz: The very first thing she does onscreen is fall down a flight of stairs.
  • The Millstone: Deconstructed. She is entirely aware how much of a burden she is to anyone around her and has suicidal ideation because of it but hasn't had the courage to act on it.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Wilhelmina Delano - Will D. She also lampshades being related to FDR.

    Submarines (SS) 

Albacore (SS-212)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

Stingray (SS-161)

The "protagonist" of Down Periscope, shipgirl interpretation designed by GBscientist.

    Other ship types 

Vestal (AR-4)

The Warship Girls interpretation thereof.

Vulcan (AR-5)

An original-ish design thereof.

Other humans

    Japan Self-Defense Force 

Kaishō-ho Shizuka "Hummer" Minami

Commander, Kanmusu Flotilla One, Fleet Kanmusu Force, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

    People's Liberation Army 

Hai Jun Shao Jiang "Settler of Debts" Shao JZ

Commander, Special Purpose Naval Infantry Force, Chinese Navy.

Shao Jiang Shi TQ

Commander, People's Liberation Army Rocket Force.

    United States Armed Forces 

RDML Paris "Razor" Abel

CO, Construct Three, United States Naval Enlightened Science Warfare Command, US Navy.

RADM Jefferson "Husk" Adams

Deputy Commander, United States Naval Enlightened Science Warfare Command, US Navy.

  • Captain Ersatz: Of William "Bill" Adama. Let us count the ways -
    • His name itself, as in William Jefferson Clinton and the family pseudonym from Caprica. The callsign Husk(er).
    • Suggestion of Hispanicnote  or Mediteranneannote  heritage.
    • A close XO named Paul Tai.note 
    • An ex-wife named Lucinda,note  who divorced due to the stresses of being a military wife and was going to remarry when she died in the enemy's undeclared attack.
    • An older son named Jamie Lnote  who he's estranged from and who's also an aviator.
    • A younger son named Tobias Znote  who died two years ago during peacetime flight ops, driving a wedge between him and the surviving son.
    • Mentorship of a hotshot junior aviator named Katie(sic) Samonote 
    • A past reputation for his own share of reckless bravery.
    • Involvement in a "Novaceknote  incident".
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Like his progenitor, the death of his younger son in a crash has driven a wedge between him and his older son. The matter comes up when the discussing the injuries Uileag sustained in the opening abyssal attacks.

CAPT Lyra "Artemis" Cecil

CO, Amalgam Five "Gonzalez", Construct Nine, United States Naval Enlightened Science Warfare Command, US Navy.

  • Overranked Soldier: Discussed when Ayaka first meets her and asks what a captain is doing commanding a six-man fireteam, something that should be a NCO's job. Cecil reminds Ayaka that firstly, there is also a sizable support team to command, and secondly, the fact that Gonzalez has not one but two capital shipgirls in its lineup means this, had it been steel hulls instead of shipgirls, would have been a flag-level responsibility, so she's actually underranked.

CAPT George "Glider" Zelben

CO, Amalgam 55 "Uatu", Construct Three, United States Naval Enlightened Science Warfare Command, US Navy.

Abyssals - potential spoilers ahead!

    Abyssals in general 

The mutated creatures and mockeries of the human form who are invading.

  • Anti-Magic: Demons are resistant to magic effects, both those directly affecting themselves and those the shipgirls buff themselves with like predicting incoming fire.
  • Insistent Terminology: They call themselves Peacekeepers.
  • Knight Templar: While the supreme commander disavows them calling themselves heroes, they otherwise believe the genocide of Japan and the US is the right thing to do, for the good of mankind, and will save this world.
  • Necessarily Evil: They fully acknowledge that the vision of a better world they seek for humanity will be fulfilled only by bloody hands...
  • No Place for Me There: ...and that it will be one that no longer needs them.
  • The Oath-Breaker: They believe they Must Make Amends for breaking an oath apparently sworn to the dead by failing to destroy Japan previously.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: They freely use anti-Japanese slurs.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Like in canon, a number of abyssals have white or silver hair and are as much out to kill humans as the rest of their kind.

    Abyssal leadership - all Walking Spoilers! SPOILER MARKING OFF! 

The leaders in general

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Their leadership over the abyssal hordes is matched by their superior strength compared to the rank and file.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like the shipgirls, they are - perhaps with the exception of the Builder - intelligent, sapient, and capable of using the same supernal magic.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The story wasn't exactly a comedy before, but their ceasing to be idle marks a dark turning point.

The Builder

  • Primal Stance: Perpetually in an animalistic posture due to the blinding hatred of Japan that drives her.

The Bulwark

Northampton (CA-26) ("Nora", "Snow One")

The Pacific interpretation thereof.

  • Absurd Cutting Power: Thanks to dimensional and spatial fields her sword attacks can't be protected against with any purely material defence.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She deduces that Naganami is a Natural Born entirely from how the latter's failure to Step while fighting her implies old training.
  • Expy: Vergil by way of Alexander Anderson.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Most of her moves involve attacking from the draw, though with a twist in that she uses a saber rather than a katana.
  • My Greatest Failure: She mentions having failed the supreme commander before.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: As per canon, she cites how Captain Kitts told her to give herself a chance and that she is doing so.
  • Parrying Bullets: She parries several shells with her sword.
  • Religious Bruiser: As per canon. She uses a lot of As the Good Book Says... and religious language.
  • Sword Beam: She can use Judgment Cuts to slice up targets even hundreds of kilometres away.
  • Teleport Spam: Like the shipgirls, she can Step and uses it frequently to move nigh-instantaneously around.
  • Tranquil Fury: Her anger doesn't burn. It freezes with chill, calm and urbane. Literally so from the cold fog that appears. Just before unleashing a Judgment Cut End her tone is described as "Arctic".

The Supreme Commander

  • Badass Longcoat: A black one that keeps slipping off her shoulders.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She has no qualms whatsoever about genocide, but will not stand for it being done out of cruelty and sadism, because that would defile their cause and lower them to being Not So Different from the Japanese.

The Strategist


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