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Battleship Girl Game Phenomenon "Kantai Collection" Inspires Light Novel and Manga

Otaku obsession expands into more media

While Kantai Collection or "Combined Fleet Girls Collection", KanColle for short hasn't registered too firmly in the conscious of international Cool Japan enthusiasts, since its launch in April, the free-to-play online social card starring anthropomorphic moe battleships by Kadokawa has become huge among Japanese otaku. Fueling the assumption that its only a matter of time before the hit franchise spawns an anime series, the game has now inspired a new manga and a light novel series. 


In the game play as an admiral, assembling your fleet of battleship girls, going to war against alien enemies to keep things from getting too politically weird.


The manga by Sasayuki starts in the December issue of Comptiq. This new adaptation joins a 4panel spoof starring the girls in school by Momoi Ryota running in Famitsu Comic Clear


Tsukiji Toshihiko's (Kämpfer) light novel debuts in November. NOCO illustrates it.



The game currently has over 600,000 and spaces for 150 fleet girls

Types include

  • Battleship(): Has strong power and defense, whilst requiring large quantities of resources.
  • Aircraft carrier(正規空母): Allows for preemptive strikes before battles. Have long repair times, and the planes require bauxite.
  • Light aircraft carrier(軽空母): Has better fuel consumption and is able to damage submarines, however has lighter armour.
  • Seaplane mothership(水上機母艦): High enemy formation detection stats. Largely weak.
  • Heavy cruiser(重巡洋艦): Able to deal significant damage, and are fuel efficient. Have decent overall stats, however does not excel in any particular areas.
  • Light cruiser(軽巡洋艦): Strong anti-submarine type, effective during night combat. Have low endurance.
  • Destroyer(駆逐艦): Good for night battles, and have good fuel and repair rate.


Some examples of prominent ship girls include


No.10 島風

Shimakaze Class Destroyer


No.007 加賀

Kaga Class Aircraft carrier


No.006 赤城

Akagi Class Aircraft carrier


No.58 羽黒

Myōkō Class Heavy Crusier


No.15 叢雲

Fubuki Class Destroyer



No.028 天龍

Tenryū Class Light cruiser


No.029 龍田

Tenryū Class Light cruiser


No.39 球磨

Kuma Class Light Crusier


No.021 金剛

Kongo Class Battleship


No.60 愛宕

Takao Class Heavy Crusier


No.11 吹雪

Fubuki Class Destroyer


via World Anime Club

Beyond plenty of merchandise, there's also tons of fan art and doujinshi based on the game. For example, Pixiv is well over 30,000 tagged images (艦これ)

a few of the top ones include

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For more information, including how to register and play, see this wiki.


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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