>[Takao's] 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 funniest scene she's in is after that, though, when Haruna blandly advises her to "go toward the light."
>isn't really about giant mecha combat so much as it is about newly
>fledged sentients feeling their way through their first real glimpse
And, in at least one case, messing it up completely. :)
Amusingly enough (and I'm sure I've said this before), Takao is probably the least daft member of the Fog we see in the anime. Hyūga is the crazy cat lady, Iona has that flat affect going on, her sisters' are even flatter, Haruna has a codependent relationship with a garment, Kirishima was pretty much a raving lunatic before she became a stuffed toy, and Kongō has the mother of all psychotic episodes. Compared to all of that, Takao is pretty much normal. She's just horny and confused, and really, who isn't at that age? :)
>>(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."
I think that's my favorite episode, partly for the comedy but mostly because of how brilliant Chihaya's psywar strategy is. He spends that whole episode fucking with Kongō's head by making a point of not fucking with her head when she clearly expects him to. That's like the joke a friend of mine back in the WPI days made, that a masochist's fondest desire is to find a personal sadist, but a master sadist would turn around and not do anything. :)
>(Character design elements reference
>facts about the ships in question, such as Yamato's height)
Yamato's design in KanColle is pretty brilliant all the way around, in terms of conveying information about the character and her history. The way she combines intimidating size with graceful lines and a certain elegance of manner, so that she seems simultaneously powerful and gracious, is really well-done, and there are so many little details. The cherry blossoms and the umbrella bring across that yamato nadeshiko thing very clearly, and at the same time she's prominently carrying ammunition, displaying that her arsenal isn't just for show. She's wearing that tight-fitting, somewhat abbreviated outfit, but doing so in a buttoned-up and squared-away manner. That Zulu flag she's wearing as an armband is three chained historical references in one. A lot of work went into that design, which stands to reason when you figure they had to know she was going to be, pardon the expression, a flagship character.
>Some designs, like the DesDiv6 girls, aren't
>as clever, I don't think, but they're not -bad- by any means. Just not
Well, with 169 destroyers to dress, the artists can possibly be forgiven for not going hog-wild with most of them. Besides, the Special Type look is classic, which fits with their whole "definitive destroyer type of the era" thing. (Ties back to the "Fubuki is vanilla because vanilla is awesome" argument. :)
(For my taste, the outstanding destroyer costume in the game is the first "flight" of the Kagerō class (Kagerō, Shiranui, Kuroshio). To paraphrase the "Intergalactic" outro, "With the shorts? Tellin' you." :)
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