That. Was. -EPIC-.
Reviving I-401 entirely by accident? Not-very-well-executed retreat and evade? Inadvertently dropping the "I am your God!" on to a whole -host- of unexpected Fog ships?
You were right, Gryph; Corwin was well and truly off his game. For good reason, and entirely understandably; but certainly off his game; at least for the first half.
But this was still -phenomenally- enjoyable. I got as far as this:
>>There were six of them that he could see: the carrier, the battleship, and
>>four much smaller vessels, each all but identical to the other three.
and realized -precisely- who those "four smaller vessels" must be. I didn't stop grinning from there.
I think what I like most about this piece, is how expertly the KanColle and Arpeggio aspects dove-tail together. The Fleet Girls used meshed perfectly with the idea of Fog ships figuring out this whole "Mental Model" thing, and having seen both series I was able to very clearly hear each one. Kudos on that once again!
Seeing the ripple effects of this as it continues to play out are going to be spectacular.
"If at first you don't succeed, bull-
riding is not for you."