Kantai Collection Episode 8: I’m Not a Hotel!
It’s not ‘ho-te-ru’, it’s ‘ho-tell~’!
This was such a cute episode! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect after last week, but they seem to be gently rolling the plot forward while still focusing on what now seems to be the ‘main’ cast of kanmusu. I actually really like these girls, and would be devastated if any one of them died – which means that they’ve achieved an objective of character development, I suppose. I’ve grown to like watching Ooicchi get all thirsty over Kitakami, and I think I’ve jumped ship to Kaga x Zuikaku, with their quasi-tsundere squabbling and head patting. And I love Kongou-san the most… maybe!
Now, I don’t know much about Yamato, but I think the little snippets I’ve heard of her have been faithfully incorporated into her character. When Mutsu mentioned a new ship, I was actually hoping for it to be Amatsukaze as I remember her being a prototype of some sort. But alas, it wasn’t to be. Yamato looks like a very elegant kanmusu, and I have a feeling she would be quite difficult to build or otherwise acquire in the game – and certainly maintain, taking into account exactly how much Nagato complains about her resource and fuel consumption. She eats as much as Akagi, and after seeing her fully equipped I’m not surprised any more – because holy shit, those armaments are massive. It’s even bigger than Kongou’s! No wonder the rice paddle was bigger than Yuudachi’s face!
The story behind all this is that Yamato has always been hidden away on the island, unable to train or get any experience out at sea – which kind of defeats her purpose as a kanmusu, as Fubuki has noticed. Especially when she’s allegedly the strongest of them all – and it’s quite something to have the celebrated veterans Kaga and Akagi acknowledge that. After Fubuki’s earnest efforts, Yamato is a real kanmusu now! But was it worth it to showcase her power for the sake of what seems to be a few surveillance planes? As I understand it, Yamato is supposed to be a really powerful trump card of sorts, that Chinjufu shouldn’t really be playing until it’s the right time to do so. Basically, she was kept secret for a reason beyond taking up lots of resources. Now the Abyssals know that there’s something that can take them out in a single hit, on top of all the communications they’ve already been intercepting. I think that’s about it in terms of the plot, although from what Nagato and Mutsu have been discussing it’s likely that the kanmusu will continue pressing forward as hard as they can. And next week we’ll see Kai Ni! It’s actually happening!
Now, on the topic of Nagato and Mutsu. Actually, this relates to Nagato in particular. I… didn’t know she could be that cute. My heart was just as confused as the lucky squirrel she grabbed. Have I been getting the wrong idea about her this entire time?
Gap moe is scary. I love how Mutsu pretended she hadn’t seen anything though. Then she struck when Nagato was least prepared.
Ahh, this was such a cute episode!