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Azur Lane 24 March 2020

2019-2020, 12 episodes: AniDB. Schoolgirls with the spirit of WWII Japanese fighting ships take on an alien navy. Hang on, this sounds familiar…

But no, this isn't Kantai Collection volume 2 (which still hasn't been made), it's a series based on a completely different game about schoolgirls with etc. Honest guv. But since there's no particular attempt to emulate the gameplay, this comes over as much more of a ripoff of that earlier series than the games apparently do of each other.

There's much less attempt at linking the characters of the ships to their historical models – indeed, the personification of Queen Elizabeth appears also to be the actual Queen of England – but it's still an utter nonsense anyway, and mostly this is the story of Enterprise ("Grey Ghost") suffering combat stress and eventually saving the world. The aliens' powers wax and wane with the needs of the plot, and most battles are a massacre one way or the other. The aliens do have some lovely if impractical ship designs, though.

Yeah, that's "impractical" as "the approach paths to the two carrier decks cross each other". Not that we ever see an aircraft survive combat anyway.

This show is basically for the action fans, with a very generic story, lovingly-rendered warships and planes, and entirely stock character designs. I wouldn't go to any trouble to seek it out, but it's quite fun as long as you keep your expectations low.

See also:
Kantai Collection

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