If you’ve watched the previous episode (and you should have if you’re reading this review), then you should already know that Fubuki is due for a remodel per the Admiral’s orders. In true, Fubuki fashion, she begins pushing herself as hard as she can in an effort to spark the remodel. Meanwhile, Nagato is wracking her brain, trying to figure out where the Abyssal base mentioned in the Admiral’s notes is. She and Mutsu determine that the name must be a code, due to the fact that the enemy had previously intercepted their communications. Their only course of action is to scout out enemy bases and do their best to determine the right base.
You can probably imagine how this goes: Fubuki gets sent out, gets overzealous, and gets herself into trouble because she’s trying to prompt her remodel. While this may be fairly predictable overall, the writers do a good job of at least throwing in one curve ball during the fight. One thing that seems inconsistent in this episode, though, is that, despite being damaged in the battle, Fubuki spends very little time in the baths getting “repaired.” Previous episodes seem to have established that girls damaged in battle can take a while to heal without a special item, yet Fubuki seems to be out fairly quickly. It’s a minor detail, certainly, but still something that stands out.
Honestly, this is probably one of the more serious episodes in the entire series. Fubuki spends a lot of time in self-reflection, and there is one particularly intense scene with Mutsuki. Incidentally, it feels like this scene is trying to imply something deeper, although nothing actually happens between the two girls–just something to be aware of. By the climax of the episode (no, the battle is not the climax), Fubuki is given the opportunity to do something she has wanted since episode one, but first she must endure a harsh trial. These, too, are some pretty intense scenes to watch, although the removal of the threat of death does diminish some of the tension.
While KanColle may not be the greatest anime ever created, it still does well with what it is, and manages to present something that is enjoyable to watch. While certainly not without its faults, it makes you want to come back for more, and this writer can’t help but feel a bit of anticipation as the final battle approaches.
Romans 5: 3-4 – Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Fubuki’s efforts to achieve her remodel offer a parallel to these verses. Much like Paul describes good things coming from our sufferings, Fubuki also realizes that, in order to achieve the good thing she wants (a remodel), she will have to go through some sufferings. These include, among other things, a lot of training and a beating from two of her fellow fleet girls. The end of the episode shows Fubuki battered, weakened, and likely exhausted, yet she doesn’t give up—she presses on, completes the task at hand, and achieves the goal for which she was working.
This example should be an inspiration and encouragement to us Christians, because it is a tangible way to look at what we are hoping for in Christ. As we watch others achieve their goals, despite sufferings (whether in real life or fiction), we can be encouraged that there are results to be had at the end of our trials.
Language: 1 “j**z”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Nagato and Mutsu’s midrift outfits; Shimakaze is shown in her usual tiny skirt—you can see her underwear straps and part of her butt crack sticking out of the top; Fubuki is shown in the bath, but as usual you only see the equivalent of cleavage; there is a brief underwear shot at 20:58
Violence: Fubuki destroys some targets; bombs are shot at a squad of girls; Fubuki shoots an Abyssal; a girl is hit twice by enemy fire; Fubuki is hit by practice fire; planes are destroyed
Other: Mutsu refers to Nagato as the girl she cares “so much about”; Oicchi is creepy with Kitakami (again…); Mutsuki and Fubuki have a serious conversation, and Mutsuki wraps her pinky around Fubuki’s—from a distance it looks as though the two are standing very close and facing each other, although nothing is actually shown to occur; Fubuki looks at Yuudachi’s chest and then at her own
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