>Now that you've said that, I'm particularly thinking of the scene
>where Takao goes to a bookstore to find out what a "captain" is. And
>Hyūga's silently referenced collection of Iona merch, which is
>ever-so-slightly fourth-wall into the bargain. :)
Ohh, I forgot about Hyuuga's Iona shrine! And, yes, a lot of what I was referring to is done through Takao. Her tsundere personality is played for laughs, of course, just like Hyuuga's obsession (which I'm sure would be yandere if the show's tone were darker) but really, she didn't have that much to do with the plot after she was sunk. The show isn't really about giant mecha combat so much as it is about newly fledged sentients feeling their way through their first real glimpse of humanity.
>I seem to remember a bit in the Awkward Dinner Party episode where
>Hyūga (who, if memory serves, spends pretty much the entire episode
>trolling Kongō) remarks on Kongō's personal style choices, and
>Kongō basically snaps back that the algorithm just dressed her
>that way and furthermore shut up. :)
>(That whole scene is gold, even considering that Hyūga annoys me
>like Haruharu annoys you. "Your meaningless human platitudes offend
>me." "Mm, that's exactly why I chose to say them.")
(paraphrasing) "You're not helping." "It's sweet of you to assume that was my goal."
>One of the interesting things that's emerging as we kick stuff around
>for the next part of the Fleet Record is that, at least in some cases,
>there are explanations for some of the things Corwin finds mysterious
>about the fleet, such as Yamato's peculiar fitment for and
>comprehension of concepts of hospitality, and Shimakaze's clothes.
>The rationale behind either one is not readily apparent to the
>observer, but they both have very specific reasons.
This is a great example of clever writing and character designs coming together. You have both IC (The character is dressing herself how she -thinks- is cool while still working in society, and most are only getting it half right) and OOC (Character design elements reference facts about the ships in question, such as Yamato's height) elements, and when both come together it has noticeable impact. There's some muddling through because the Arpeggio and KanColle character designs aren't exactly analogous, but some still manage it beautifully, like Tenryu. Some designs, like the DesDiv6 girls, aren't as clever, I don't think, but they're not -bad- by any means. Just not as inspired.
As for personality, you've already been matching the scant information available into excellent new personality development as the characters have interaction with people who know better how to behave in society. Of course, you've had a hell of a lot of practice at this, and I'm enjoying the result immensely.
Yamato's housekeeper personality I didn't guess, but it makes perfect sense in retrospect. Shimakaze's clothing I'm not yet sure about. But I look forward to finding out. =)
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