Review: KanColle, Episode 4: It’s Our Turn! Follow Me!

Review:

KanColle doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. At first, we see a rather sombre scene set over Fubuki’s fleet as they all deal with the loss of Kisaragi from the previous episode—everyone, that is, except for Mutsuki, who continues to go down to the docks day after day so that she can welcome Kisaragi back when she finally arrives. While this whole ordeal is not portrayed nearly as darkly as it could have been, it doesn’t feel as though it’s treated lightly or as a joke, either. Within this series of events, Fubuki is called away to work with a different fleet for a special mission.

The introduction of Fubuki’s temporary teammates brings a reprieve from the previous themes, as the introduction of Kongou is quite a lively and colorful one. This is all well and good, since these characters have no particular tie to Kisaragi that I can tell and therefore would not be impacted by her death. It makes sense that Fubuki may find herself in a situation where she is surrounded by people who can’t empathize with her. This mood continues into much of the episode, though, as Fubuki is drug along with Kongou and her crew to search for another member of their team on mission day. The sombre attitude (and, indeed, any real reflection or impact of Kisaragi’s death) is left behind for a bunch of goofy antics and some crude jokes. Then, as the episode closes in on the mission, the episode yet again takes on a more serious tone.

It is at this point that Kisaragi’s death finally comes back into play again, as Fubuki is certainly aware of the impact that her own death could have on Mutsuki. Even within this, though, you have some content that we could have gone without. Specifically, I am speaking of a character who I believe is named Shimakaze, from whom we see at least two panty shots as we go into the battle. The inclusion of such things is pointless in any case, but seems especially out of place when going into a battle scene. Outside of that, though, the battle in this episode is enjoyable enough, with its own moment of particular tension. The episode closes with a particularly touching moment between two characters.

A Christian Perspective:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Most of us are probably familiar with what follows the above verse, even if it is from the old song. The point is, there is a time for everything. One of the following verses even mentions a time to mourn (v.4). I use this verse because, while there is a time for everything, Mutuski basically avoids this time for mourning. She lives in a state of denial, convinced that Kisaragi will return. The problem with this is that, by delaying the inevitable and not moving into a time to mourn, she cannot move into a time to heal (v.3). Yes, I realize that verse 3 refers to killing before healing, but we also heal from the emotional hurts we experience, and as anyone who has experienced loss should know, you cannot heal from loss without first mourning that loss.

Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

The most touching scene in this episode is a great reflection of the above verse. After returning from her battle, Fubuki immediately seeks out Mutsuki (despite being damaged) and embraces her. The two girls then cry together, presumably mourning over the loss of Kisaragi. Up until that point, Mutsuki had not mourned Kisaragi’s death, and seemed to be living in a state of denial. It wasn’t until a friend came alongside and mourned with her that Mutsuki was finally able to let go and accept what had happened.

Content Guide:

Language: 2 “j**z”, 1 “s**t”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The two girls in the midriff tops and short skirts, as usual; a female character is shown in a short skirt with straps coming up from the sides (in one scene you can see her buttcrack sticking out from the top of her skirt)–panty shot of same character at 16:35, 17:02, possibly elsewhere in very brief shots)

Violence: The usual exchange of fire between the Abyssals and the fleet girls; one girl is hit with a volley of shots; a girl knocks an enemy shell out of the way with her hand

Blood/Gore: None

Other: A girl jumps on another girl and starts hugging her and saying “Kiss” several times, though it appears she expected someone else to be in the seat (whether the intended target of her affections is male or not is not disclosed); a scene shows two girls seated on a bench together, holding hands, and exchanging sweet talk (one comments that the other is prettier than the flowers, or something, for example); a girl sets up a trap with a book labeled “seductive Kongou photo album” (or something similar), which results in one of the four sisters going for the book and getting trapped

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