Kantai Collection (Japanese: 艦隊これくしょん Hepburn: Kantai Korekushon, translated as "Fleet Collection", subtitled as "Fleet Girls Collection"), known as KanColle (艦これ KanKore) for short, is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created by Diomedéa, based on the game of the same name by Kadokawa Games. The series was announced in September 2014, and aired 12 episodes on Tokyo MX and KBS, and later on other TV stations, between January 8 and March 26, 2015.
The series features Fubuki as the main character, with the storyline based on her point of view. In a world where humanity faces the threat of the abyssal fleet which has taken over the seas, special human girls who don weaponized outfits and possess the spirit of historical naval vessels known as kanmusu (艦娘, literally "fleet girls" or "ship girls") are the only ones capable of countering them. The kanmusu live together at a naval base, where they spend their everyday lives as they train for battle.
Fubuki arrives at the naval base, where she meets other girls that she will eventually fight alongside. Despite lacking adequate combat training, she is recommended into the Third Torpedo Squadron by the admiral, and quickly finds herself sortied into battle. Upon being rescued by Akagi in a dangerous situation, Fubuki strives to do her best in order to train, with the hopes of eventually being able to fight alongside Akagi.
Why It Sucks
- No explanations why Kanmusu and Abyssal Fleet are fighting each other, Even the game it was based on had little to no story about them. The manga heavily implies that the Abyssal Fleet is of extraterrestrial origin, which makes a little more sense, but that's about it.
- Fubuki, despite being the main character, is shadowed by other characters (e.g Yuudachi, Akagi, Nagato).
- Each episode has little to no story connections and seems to have an identity crisis, as it keeps switching back and forth between a serious and dramatic tone and a laid-back slice-of-life comedy.
- In episode 3, Kisaragi (Who is the sister of Mutsuki and Fubuki's friend) was sunk (died). However, she died too easily (She took only single bomb hit and sunk). And she got hit while thinking about her hair!
- To make Kisaragi's death much worse, she is the only Kanmusu who sunk in the whole show.
- And even worse: while she is sinking, her clothing is damaged (which is a common trope in-game) and her bra and midriff is visible, turning it into fanservice.
- In episode 4, the Anime debuts the popular personification of Battleship Kongou and her sisters, and this episode is purely for comedic value. Everybody acts like nothing happened with Kisaragi.
- The battle scenes feel incredibly laggy.
- Many battles are actually based on WW2 Pacific battles, which Kanmusu persona participated in battles are actually matched with real life ships of IJN participated in WW2. For example, the battle in episode 8 is based on The Battle of Leyte Gulf. The Abyssal Fleet, portrayed as antagonists, strongly resemble the United States Fleet. The only difference is that Kanmusu (Which is based on the Imperial Japanese Navy) won every battle. Some might consider it as far-right revisionist propaganda.
- Various aspects of episode 10 are strikingly similar to the Attack on Pearl Harbor, except for the fact that the Kanmusu is the one who's being attacked due to the Abyssal Fleet using a surprise attack when most of ship were on expedition (similar to how the United States' ships were on expedition around pacific at the time when the attack begun), and greatly damages the naval base, and it "triggering" Kanmusu to attacking the Abyssal Fleet with their full might in the final episode.
- The final episode was based on The Battle of Midway. 20+ Kanmusu participated in this battle, which is absurd considering the original game allows only 6 Kanmusu to fight per battle. Also, The Battle of Midway presented in this series portrayed the Japanese as superior forces, when the Americans won the real battle, which can also be considered to be propaganda.
- Yuudachi can be considered ANNOYING, due to her saying "Poi" too much.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Its artstyle is pretty good.
- The soundtrack is good, especially the opening song Fubuki.