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Blizzard of the Red Castle (SpaceBattles link) (FF.net link) is a Kantai Collection fanfic that has Fubuki as an orphan looking for the identity of her parents. What she doesn't know (at first) is that her mother is still alive, and happens to be someone Fubuki looks up to very much...

  • All According to Plan: Kongo - twice!
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Poor, poor Nagato.
  • And I Must Scream: Kongo during WWII was fully aware of what was going on around her, and could do nothing to stop the Japanese Empire on its road to destruction.
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  • Bland-Name Product: Mutsuki's favorite brand of whiskey? Dack Janiels. Kongo's favorite rum? Admiral Jellicoe.
  • Bilingual Bonus: If you know what the names of the characters mean in English, you've be able to know who the principal characters will be in each chapter, and sometimes even get an idea what the plot might be.
  • Cool Old Lady: Kongou, with a dash of Cool Big Sis.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: An active military base is no place for an infant, much less one that's been attacked.
  • Disappeared Dad: Fubuki's father was killed by the Abyssals before she was born.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience knows full well that Akagi is Fubuki's mother, and that drama is milked for all its worth in the build up to The Reveal.
  • Flashback Echo: The first half of the Sick Episode.
  • Glorious Mother Russia:Gangut temporarily becomes a walking example.
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  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Fubuki's father was among the first to see Akagi as a woman and not a weapon, and told her as much. According to Kongo, that... Stirred something.
  • Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming: With few exceptions, each chapter in some way includes or refferences the English translation of the name or names of the characters that are the principle actors. Even the title isn't exempt!
  • Immodest Orgasm: Poor Kongo. The happy couple are enjoying each other in the next room... And there's only a sheet of plywood and some wallpaper between their headboards.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Kitakami finally catches on that Ooi likes her more as a potential lover than as a sister. Hilarity Ensues.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Mutsuki's response to finding out Akagi is Fubuki's mom? Guzzle down on Dack Janiels. Her reaction to finding out the Admiral is her uncle? Drain her stash.
    • According to Kongo, the only way she can tolerate Kirishima's attempts at brewing tea is to slip a little bit of rum into her cup.
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  • Intrepid Reporter: Aoba, obviously. After being denied information about Akagi and Fubuki's relation, she made a bunch of exaggerated claims in order to force the truth out.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Akagi being Fubuki's mom is revealed in the very first chapter.
  • Lethal Chef: Hiei's attempts have not been shown. Though, considering that the anime is canon to the story... However, Kirishima apparently can't brew a proper spot of tea to save her life, though Kongo doesn't have the heart to tell her this.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Fubuki's mother is Akagi, with the Admiral of the Yokosuka base being her uncle.
  • Meaningful Name: Yuki Yamashita, literally translated as "Snow under the mountain." In her childhood, she lived near Mount Akagi.
  • Moment Killer: No matter where or how Haruki and Akagi managed to get ready for some sexytime, someone would interrupt.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Due to a range of reasons from it being private to concerns of people wanting to use Fubuki as a Child Soldier Laser Guided Tyke Bomb on Abyssals, Akagi, the Admiral(s), Kongo, Kaga, and Hosho made sure no one else knew Akagi was pregnant, then sent her to an orphanage inland to keep her safe from future attacks.
  • Oblivious to Love: Daisuke - the Admiral and Fubuki's secret uncle - doesn't pick up on the fact that Nagato is in love with him.
  • Orphanage of Love: By all accounts, where Fubuki was sent as an infant.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Fubuki was understandably bothered at how, no matter where she looked, she couldn't find any information on her birth parents.
  • Porn Star With A Heart Of Gold: Musashi, before being discovered to be a shipgirl, was an AV actress. Though as chapters focusing on her reveal, there's a lot more to her than that.
  • Quest for Sex: Apparently, Fubuki's parents went through a lot of effort to conceive her. It's even in the chapter title!
  • Reincarnation: Most shipgirls are summoned, being brought back from the pages of history through a special ritual. However, certain ships chose to be reincarnated and are actually ordinary girls and women that need to have their souls "awakewned" before they can manifest and use their riggings. These have been dubbed "Natural Born" shipgirls due to being brought into the world, or "born," naturally. Of these natural borns include but are not limited to:
    • Naka - born Sayaka Kurosawa. Was an idol before being discovered.
    • Musashi - born Mitsuki Shimabukuro. She was an AV star.
    • And of course Fubuki. Born as Yuki Yamashita... Real name Fubuki Misaki. She's special as she's the only shipgirl that is also the offspring of a shipgirl.
  • Running Gag: A random NCO in the Naval District keeps getting his attempts to have a peaceful drink interrupted by kanmusu shenanigans. Specifically, shipgirls talking about their relationship issues with their sisters.
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  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The two Misaki Brothers - Haruki, Fubuki's father, and older brother Daisuke, the Admiral of the naval district - both are good, dependable men, and both managed to win the undying love of shipgirls, the reincarnated spirits of powerful warships. Though Daisuke borders on Harem Protagonist territory, what with all the shipgirls he's collected.
  • Sister-Sister Incest: Just like in the anime, Mutsu and Ooi are really into Nagato and Kitakami respectively.
  • The Talk: Yuudachi asks about this, much to Fubuki's chagrin.
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