Funky, almost outright magic, was something that Admiral James Thompson was quite familiar with. Ship Girls operated on the stuff after all, and let's not even get into the Abyssals. But outright getting shot back to serving aboard the girl he considered his best friend? That wasn't something he could really say he expected with his life...
Not that he wasn't going to make the best out of a bad situation.
Changing Destiny provides examples of:
- Alien Space Bats: Admiral James Thompson, commander of the combined Japanese-American Kanmusu unit based at Yokosuka is teleported back to Pearl Harbor circa June 1940 as Rear Admiral James Thompson, commander of Carrier Division 1 of the US Pacific Fleet, with his flagship being the USS Saratoga (CV-3).
- Some viewers have noticed butterflies before Thompson arrived, which included Blücher surviving the Norwegian campaign and HMS Glorious surviving in turn effecting the attack on Taranto, which happened on the scheduled date of Trafalgar Day. Some suspect it may relate to the same forces that teleported Thompson back to 1940.
- Chapter 38 introduces a very critical butterfly. The attack on Pearl happening on November 30th, a full week earlier than in OTL.
- The Atoner: Thompson already silently regrets fighting against the Japanese shipgirls, and hopes he could be forgiven by them by the time the Abyssals roll around.
- Badass Adorable: USS Enterprise, known to her friends as "Little E", is an adorable moeblob who wants nothing more than to make her big sister Yorktown and her admiral Bull Halsey (who she looks to as a father) proud. As for the badass part, she's USS Enterprise. No more should need to be said.
- Crossover: Nisei USS San Francisco from Belated Battleships makes a cameo in an omake.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Thompson's an Admiral from the Abyssal war thrown back to the dawn of World War II. He's not alone, either.
- Interservice Rivalry: Plenty, even within the same service.
- Thompson and Halsey, both carrier admirals, get a lot of push-back from the traditionalist battleship admirals.
- Navy BuOrds denies there's anything wrong with the American torpedoes, even after Thompson arranges a test to prove that they're faulty.
- Historical In-Joke: Thompson teaches the Thach Weave to its original inventor, John S. Thach.
- Mama Bear: Utah might not technically be the mother of anyone on battleship row, but she's got the attitude down to a tee. Played with though. To a girl, ever battleship she looks after is newer, bigger, and more powerful than she is.
- Never Was This Universe: It's 1940 as we all know it... only there's ship spirits wandering around.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's more open to Thompson's crazy ideas, even the ones about shipgirls, than most. He's also quick put his new knowledge into action.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Chapter 40. Utah self-summons herself as a shipgirl and goes on one of these when the Japanese start gunning down her crew members that were wading in the water awaiting rescue.
- Wham Episode: Chapter 40. Seeing Pearl Harbor as it happens early and differently would be enough on its own, but then Utah apparently summons herself as a shipgirl.