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Kantai Collection – 11 – 12 (END)

The day for operation MI is here! This is clearly the final confrontation as far as this season goes. How’s it gonna go down? Why does the commander think that Fubuki is so darn important? All those questions answered and more on the next exciting episode of dragonball z!! *Guitar music for 6 seconds before showing you the episode preview*

Ok, so in all seriousness, I greatly enjoyed the final confrontation. Fantastic anime director Yasuhiro Imagawa can tell you that the best “Final Battle” style episode or set of episodes contains pretty much everyone who was relevant in the story’s run involved in one place fighting for the same cause. This, unfortunately, is an old anime trope that has seen disuse particularly in the last 15 years and that’s quite upsetting to me, but I’m most pleased to see that Kantai has not forgotten the spirit of a classic anime, not unlike the spirit of a true ship girl!

Things go quite poorly for Akagi, who unfortunately starts having ‘nam flashbacks at a moment of crucial import (noting the similarities between their current situation and her recurring dream). She is saved by Fubuki and Kongou, who snap her out of her daydreaming though. This backup helps but is certainly not enough to help combat the Abyssal ones. Several waves of reinforcements arrive for our ship girls, including Yamato and her squad and even Nagato herself! Not unlike Uesegi Kenshin’s arrival on the final battlefield in Nobunaga the Fool, I quite honestly screamed aloud in happiness upon seeing the both of them, and boy did they fuck shit up good.

Eventually, with the help of the commander (Who is quite unharmed, by the way), the girls realize that without destroying the carrier they will be unable to harm the regenerating Abyssal one that has been giving them so much trouble this far (and refusing to die). Fubuki lays the finishing blow and they blowe that motherfucker to kingdom come in a spectacular fireworks show.

The show has ended with Yuudachi and Fubuki greeting Mutsuki, who was waiting patiently for them, and had a rather modest “clean-up”, which was in good taste in my opinion. Anything more than this would have felt over-indulgent as many other anime series tend to do.

Oh, we cannot discount the most important detail….”Sequel in production!” I can’t say I’m surprised, but I’ll be looking forward to future exploits from the ship girls.

Kantai Collection – 6 – 10

You wanna talk some fucking Kantai? Let’s talk some Kantai.

Episode 6 features the cutest, most fun “filler” episode yet as the group of young girls is deadset on winning the shipgirl’s curry contest. Luckily for them, pretty much everyone destroys themselves during the actual competition leaving them with one true competitor, over whom they prevail anyway. Akatsuki, now you can finally consider yourself a real lady! (She’s easily the cutest – I’m always rooting for her).

Ok, back to manly stuff – first division’s Kaga gets severely wounded and unfortunately will need to be replaced in Emergency Mobile Unit 5 for the next operation. She is replaced by Shoukaku, and the operation actually goes quite well. Unsurprisingly, Kaga is worrying about her kinsmen the entire time she is in the docking bay. I wonder if she saw Falco while she was there?

Episode 8 features my favorite ship girl who has thus far been unaccounted for (You may have spotted her in the archive headers for these posts, most recently) – Battleship Yamato makes her appearance! She’s so powerful she can destroy entire fleets singlehandedly with ease…the only issue being her fuel consumption. Such as power comes with a price unfortunately, and Yamato cannot be deployed because her fuel consumption is just so great. Fubuki had an easy enough time overcoming such a limitation by taking her out on a rowboat though. Hey, she’s resourceful when it comes down to it!…How did she not drop straight through that row boat, anyway?

When ship girls “level up”, they get remodeled – however, not every ship girl is eligible to be remodeled. Not unlike the classic RPG system of gaining experience before proceeding to the next level, they must put in enough training time, receive enough damage, and demonstrate a certain level of proficiency before they can be remodeled. Yuudachi, because of her secret nighttime training, becomes eligible and even her appearance received a rework, although a later episode mentions that this is not always typical. As a result, she becomes much stronger. Naturally, this leaves Fubuki feeling left behind by her friend. No worries, Fubuki, something wonder for you is right around the corner…

The Admiral has gone missing – Fubuki recalls how the admiral had asked her to join the fleet. Strangely enough, the admiral left behind instructions for their final operation, involving Fubuki as the crux of the operation. She is to be remodeled as part of the arrangement, Nagato says. In order to become Akagi’s escort, she subjects herself to the harsh training Kaga has offered her, and ultimately succeeds and is, in fact, remodeled. However, her appearance has not undergone a drastic change by any means – but her power is very real.

The final Operation MI is ready to go. I was a little disappointed that Fubuki didn’t have a substantial rework as Yuudachi did, but the power is really all that matters. I’d really love to see more of the Admiral but I know the show enjoys making him some super smart faceless/voiceless guy that works in the background. Oh well.

Kantai Collection – 2 – 5

Man, I have failed in a completely unprecedented manner to keep this blog updated for the winter 2015 anime season, but for that you can thank many, many late nights at the office, general exhaustion, getting the flu twice in march alone, back to back, and getting my wisdom teeth pulled (earlier today, actually). Even such extremes will not keep me from posting about Kantonese cartoons!

I’ve actually been very good at keeping up with Kantai and Death Parade, despite what the blog posts indicate here. I’m somewhat glad I was able to end up bundling these together as the early Kantai episodes have little to discuss.

Kisargi’s death came as a shock to me and actually added the much needed feeling of mortality to the skirmishes present in the series – unless she magically comes back in the final episode, she is dead for good (I can safely say she has not shown up all the way to 11). I must hand it to the show – it killed someone off with no asspulls.

It was nice to feel the bond between Fubuki, Mutsuki, and Yuudachi – kinda reminded me of our crew from Soul Eater Not, strangely enough! (Yuudachi and the aforementioned princess seem to share more than a handful of similarities, and that extends further than their personality). I can put my stamp of approval on each of the three as quite likeable.

I admit – I knew next to nothing of Kancolle before this show – Kongou’s personality threw me for a loop, but I think I like here even better here! She has the liquified, distilled essence of everything that made Karen likeable from Kiniro Mosaic, complete with hilarious insertion of english words and most importantly, the same voice! Kongou’s fleet’s loyalty was moving to me.

Episode 5 was quite interesting – reminds me very much of my own workplace with how frequently teams are assembled and disassembled! In any events, the shambling remains of squads were re-arranged to form a new one, complete with Kongou and Fubuki place with some of Akagi’s girls. Needless to say, Kaga in particular is very proud and did not get along well with the others. I doubt I need to tell you where the episode went as we’ve seen this situation countless times before, but nonetheless its resolution brought a proud smile to my face upon its resolution.

Kantai Collection – 1

Eh, fuck this show, strike witches rip off, dropped.

Haha, I’m so funny right guys? Guys? I am funny right? Maybe if I keep saying this like you can respond it will become true.

Ahem, so anyway. Kantai Collection. Do I even need to preface this with anything? I’m certain everyone knows what this is, but here it is anyway – Kantai collection is a risingly popular game that is based around girls who are world war 2 battleships personified. Yup, shit is crackers.

The premise of this universe seems to be that an otherworldly force known as the Abyssal Fleet has risen from the bottom of the sea in order to subjugate most of humanity. Actually, probably all of it. Most of all of it?

Fubuki, our main heroine, is ready to join the Third Torpedo Squadron naval fleet where she has chosen to enlist. Despite having no practical battle experience, it seems she fits right in, making fast friends with fellow loli-ass ship girl, Mutsuki.

Fubuki meets three of her other roomates, Sendai, Jintsu, and Naka, all with their own interesting, superficial, but cute quirks. In a classic misunderstanding that seems to happen so very often in these shows, she attempts to explain her lack of battle experience which instead gets misconstrued as her being a battle master. Uh, oops.

Such an assumption is not completely outlandish, as Fubuki has joined the Third Torpedo Squadron by the commendation of the admiral herself, who seems to be quite the archer. This seems to be no light compliment.

Fubuki, with the help of her new friends, manages to survive her first battle as an abyssal fleet gets the shit bombed out of it by the higher ranked admirals. I almost feel sorry for her as it was a pretty damn one-sided fight, all things considered. It’s clear that Fubuki wishes to emulate her admiral – but to what lengths will she go? I think we know how this one plays out, ladies and gentlemen.

First episode, while nothing completely new, was cute, fun, and well animated. Looking forward to more!