>We never really have confirmation one way or the other, I suppose. It
>doesn't make a lot of sense to start the Kongous as Battlecruisers and
>then evolve them into Battleships by loadout and have Warspite reflect
>her final state.
On the other hand, Akagi doesn't start with three flight decks, two of which are not very useful, and open-cockpit, fixed-gear fighters. It's all over the place, since it's all about the artists' whims. But then that's one of the beauties of KanColle, I suppose, is that there is so much room for interpretation. If you don't like one artist's insanely possessive Ōi, keep looking until you find one who's just cheerfully lecherous. And so forth.
As an aside, I suspect Warspite and Utena would at least have the opening for a conversation; one of the former's sister ships was called Valiant.
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