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Kantai Collection: KanColle

January 7, 2015

The long awaited and much hyped “Kantai Collection: KanColle” is finally here. This new winter anime is based on the Japanese online game “艦隊これくしょん” which became massively popular, spawning an entire franchise that gained a large following not unlike Vocaloid or Touhou.

Know quite a few otaku comrades who are addicted to the game and my Twitter timeline is often filled with gorgeous illustrations of its cute fleet girls like Kirishima, Kongou, Fubuki, Yamato and Shimakaze. Shimakaze could be considered somewhat similar to Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid, as she was one of the first KanColle characters to proliferate in fan created art and gained immense popularity.

Loved the first episode of “Kantai Collection: KanColle”, it was excellent in every aspect, not only did studio Diomedéa deliver with stunning animation, but everything else from the pacing, atmosphere, backgrounds to the character interaction was terrific.

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Although the premise of cute girls who don weaponised outfits to battle a foe that threatens humanity makes the show near identical to “Strike Witches”, the overall atmosphere and tone of its slice-of-life moments make “Kantai Collection: KanColle” feel more like “Girls und Panzer”.

While there may be plenty of fleet battle action, the show excels even more with its comedy and slice-of-life moments, showing us the daily lives of these irresistibly cute fleet girls. If its first episode is any indication, “Kantai Collection: KanColle” could easily become the best anime this season for me.

Highly recommend this series to anyone, but even more so to fans of shows like “Strike Witches” or “Girls und Panzer”.
“Kantai Collection: KanColle” is available to watch on Crunchyroll.

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