In a world where humanity has lost control of the oceans to the deep sea fleet, the only hope to counter this threat are the Kanmusu, a group of girls who possess the spirit of Japanese warships. The story revolves around Fubuki, a destroyer who comes to the Chinjufu base to train with other Kanmusu.
Don't be Bad, Don't be Ashamed, Don't Slack!
The Operation to Capture W Island!
It's Our Turn! Follow me!
Don't Compare Me to the Girls in Carrier Group Five!
Destroyer Division Six and the Battle of the Curry Seas!
I Hate Carrier Group One!
I'm Not a Hotel!
Let's Do Our Best!
Operation MI Begins!
Enemy Planes Dive-Bombing From Above!
First some items I need to adress. I'm Dutch to expect some spelling errors, if they are to annoying just message me and I'll fix it. My opinion may vary from others and this is fine. People are different so there is a good chance that I will not like what you love. Deal with it. I'm not telling you that you should hate it too, I'm telling you why I didn't like it. I'll try to keep swearing to a minimum but fail utterly on occasion. In general it is the more the anime pisses me off the more I swear so watch out for the low scored ones. Art: Art is fine as it should be for a modern anime. There is a lot of use of CG, especially in the navy scenes. Overall it looks fine but occasionally it is very noticable.. Sound: No real complaints actually, it's pretty ok. Voice actors are good and I don't remember any music either. This is how I generally prefer my anime. Characters: The main character is Fubuki. As a new type destroyer she joins the naval batallion and tries to fit in. As a new type she does have her problems though but she works hard to overcome them. Story. One day Abyssals came from the deep oceans and started a war with Humanity. Now locked in a desperate battle, Humanity, can only rely on those rare girls who carry the souls of famous battleships from the past. Fubuki is a young girl who carries the soul of a new type destroyer. Her mission is to fight the abyssals and defeat them. Rant. What to say about this? Is it stupid? Yes, gloriously so. Forget any logic when watching this anime as there is very little to be found. The story is about young teenage girls who have inherited the souls of famous warships, mainly those from WWII. These girls then attach ship parts to themselves and sort of skate or ski over the ocean. How did these girls get to have the soul of a warship? Don't know. Who are the abyssals? Not told or explained. De we care? Not really. Does any of it matter in the end? Nope. I kind of liked the gimmick of the girls carrying some sort of superstructure and the way they fight. The carriers use bows to fire arrows which then transfrom into an airplane wing that attack the enemy. The really funny part is that the planes are piloted by tiny pilots that look adorable. Every time I see them it gets a chuckle out of me.
Being a an amateur historian of the Imperial Japanese Navy since 1998, I decided to check this anime out. I was pleasantly surprised...the writers and artists put a lot of effort into historical accuracy concerning the girls' combat rigs, and incorporating various events into their personalities (such as shipgirls who served in the same division in World War II being quite close as shipgirls, Kongo being an Anglophile as she was built in England, etc.). I also found the inside joke of 'the bigger the guns, the bigger the bust' to be quite funny. I know a lot of people have gripes that Fubuki was chosen to be the main character, but I really didn't have a problem with it. While I wish the anime could've been longer, they picked a good stopping point for the first season (post-Midway). Taiho's appearance at the end was a pleasant surprise. The 'slice-of-life' aspect was also great, as it showcased World War II warships adapting to human bodies and life in the 21st Century (Episode 6 which centered on the adorable DesDiv 6 and the curry competition was cute beyond words). All in all, if you're a fan of history or the IJN, check this one out...it's one you can watch over and over.
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