>I'm entertained by the idea that Rensouhou-chan has become such a
>fixture that the Duckies'
>rigging is designed with carrying racks for the little guys.
The Duckies' turrets have an even funnier name. The real Akizuki class had long 100mm guns designed as dual-purpose surface attack and antiaircraft weapons, as opposed to Shimakaze's 127mm guns. Thus, while Shimakaze's turret buddies are called Rensōhō-chan, literally "twin gun turret -chan", the Duckies' are called Chō-jūsenchi-hō-chan ("long ten centimeter gun -chan").
The reason I think that's funnier is because the Japanese themselves generally romanize it "Chou-10cm-hou-chan", and, well. I dunno, in English it's just funny. :)
(I think this may have come up around here before, but meta-wise, Shimakaze, her semi-sister Amatsukaze, and the Duckies all have Turret Buddies instead of carrying their guns around like luggage, as most of the other destroyers do, or as inanimate parts of their rigging, because they're drawn by the same artist.)
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