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Hibiki-Chan!

So for this post we are heading back to Kancolle!  I promise to expand out to new shows soon (I am watching Hetalia this week!).  Hibiki is one of my favorite characters in Kancolle and I absolutely loved learning more about her.  Originally launched on June 16, 1932, she was one of the last Fubuki Class destroyers built.  Now if that class name sounds familiar it is because the Fubuki Class was named after the destroyer Fubuki, the main protagonist in Kancolle.  That is why Fubuki is referred to several times as a name ship.  But anyways, back to Hibiki.  I love Hibiki’s character design as I feel it truly reflects her history in the Imperial Japanese Navy.  Hibiki served throughout the entirety of World War II and was one of the few ships involved with the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands.  These were the islands that stretch of the tip of Alaska and was one of the only times Japanese boots walked on American soil during WWII.  I believe this is why Hibiki was given ice-blue hair.  Another thing to note about Hibiki is that she often speaks Russian throughout the anime.  This is because in 1947 the Hibiki was given to the Soviets as a spoil of war after WWII.  She was ultimately renamed the Dekabrist (Декабрист) (Decembrist) and served several years in the Soviet navy.  Sadly she would end up being sunk as a target dummy in 1953.

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Akagi Senpai!

From the hit anime Kancolle produced by Diomedéa, based on the game Kantai Collection by Kadokowa Games, Akagi is the anthropomorphization of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi.  So for those of you who do not know what Kancolle is its basic premise is that high school girls are the manifestation of WWII Japanese battleships that are fighting the mysteries “Deep See Fleet” that look like a cross hybrid human/monster/battleships.  So Akagi is a representation of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi, commissioned on 25 March 1927.  The Akagi was originally meant to be a battle cruiser but after the Treaty of Washington (which limited the number and size of naval vessels to be built) she was stripped of her guns and made into an aircraft carrier.  This is reflected in the anime Kancolle by Akagi acting with what I interpret as “the heart of a warrior.”  She was originally built for the front line but forced to take a supporting role as a carrier.  I appreciate how Akagi is depicted in the Anime as a leader seeing as she was the flagship of the first 1st Air Fleet (known as Kidō Butai).  The Akagi fought from Pearl Harbor to Midway, where she was damaged beyond repair after a dive bomber hit her while reloading and refueling planes below decks.  Thankfully in a divergence from historical accuracy, Akagi survives the battle of MI in the anime to return for season  2!