Kantai Collection Episode 9: Kai Ni-poi?!
My poi can’t be this cute!
Holy… are you serious?
Poi! I was worried I wouldn’t like Yuudachi Kai Ni, but she’s so cute! I did hear it would be a drastic change, but wow! It’s practically a different character design, and she’s changed to the extent that it feels weird thinking she’s supposed to be the same character before and after remodelling. Like an evolved Pokemon. Yuudachi may still be Yuudachi, but at the same time she kind of isn’t – her outfit is classier, her proportions have changed and her hair now features red ends and two cute tufts. In essence, she feels more mature, and I think that’s what they were going for with this – she’s even started using fewer pois, which her admiring pettanko audience picked up on. Of course, Yuudachi is now a lot stronger than she was before, which makes her enough of a formidable military asset to justify an immediate transfer into Carrier Group One. My initial thoughts were that this is how Nagato would be prompted into proceeding with Operation MO, but to my surprise the kanmusu were already at an overwhelming advantage to being with! Which meant that a kai ni was an extra bonus instead of being pivotal to their plan. As such, I’m sure the idea was that Yuudachi would have rekt them irreparably beyond repair, and everyone would be able to return home safe and sound.
At least, that was the idea. This shitty teitoku really is incompetent, and I’m not referring to his decision to cancel what would have been an easy victory with Operation MO, although the case for doing that is debatable as well. Rather, what I really didn’t get was what he did to Fubuki, and that’s not just because he made her go from being absolutely adorable to the most depressed she’s ever been throughout the adaptation. Why would you send her back for recon purposes? Why would you get a flagship of a fleet to do it, and disband the entire fleet at the same time? That makes no sense! The initial restructuring was already questionable enough, and there were entire episodes spent exploring and developing the relationships between the girls in Mobile Unit Five – I’d started to really like the dynamic they had! I still ship Kaga x Zuikaku! I still love onee-sama! Teitoku can’t even claim that he made his choice as a pre-emptive action against the possibility of an attack, because what could Fubuki have done by herself? Also, he may or may not be dead now, after a certain Wo-class decided to take revenge. Given that we’ve never seen him and probably never will, I don’t think it’ll make too big a difference.
My heart went out to Fubuki this episode, and as you can imagine I was just as confused as she was as to why things turned out the way they did. Everything was going so well for her – she was getting stronger, and she recently really grew because of her experiences with Mobile Unit Five. And then all of a sudden, Yuudachi-chan gets a kai ni and the downhill slope starts. It’s not Yuudachi’s fault at all, but Fubuki must have felt devastated nevertheless to hear that Yuudachi would be given a spot in the coveted Carrier Group One – not only because it’s essentially the ace fleet, but also because it’s the one her beloved Akagi-senpai is in. And Shimakaze was surprisingly perceptive in pointing out how strange it was that Fubuki wasn’t the first kai ni target. It was so sad watching her break down in onee-sama’s arms ;_; It’s great that she got better quickly, and is actually getting the remodelling she deserves. They’ve spread it out fairly evenly across the episodes, but she has in fact been working really hard as the short flashbacks indicate. All that will finally be rewarded!