Review: KanColle, Episode 9: Second-Remodel, Poi?


As the title of the episode suggests, this entry into the KanColle story focuses on the concept of the girls getting “remodeled”. What remodeling comes down to ends up being little more than a girl glowing and then changing her appearance at some point. We’re not really shown how this is done—one scene shows the lucky girl glowing, and another shows her with a completely different appearance. It sort of takes away from the “character powering up” concept when you don’t actually see the process of the character powering up.

Of course, while the title of the episode and the overall theme of the episode focus around the concept of remodeling, the actual content of the episode focuses more on Fubuki, although the remodel of one of her friends inevitably becomes the topic for a lot of the episode’s conversations. The episode also has a lot of applicability to real life situations, in the sense that sometimes people get things that you feel you deserve more, until you find out that the other person put in a lot of effort to which you simply were not privy. There is also the idea that sometimes we are asked to do things that we do not immediately understand, and perhaps in which we do not immediately see the value.

In short, this was a fairly heavy episode by KanColle standards, although since we have previously seen a character die I suppose it would not be right to call this the heaviest episode of the series thus far. The main difference is that this episode carried that heaviness through a good portion of the run time, instead of only having a few scenes. That’s not to say that the episode is without its light-hearted moments. Some of the things Fubuki and Mutsuki encounter in the workshop, for example, are humorous, as is Fubuki’s reaction to Akagi’s display of affection, depending on how you take it. Another noteworthy aspect of this episode is that it very well may be the cleanest episode of KanColle yet. While it’s not squeaky clean (see the content guide), it certainly had less objectionable content than some of its predecessors. That’s always a nice thing.

While I haven’t played the Kantai Collection game that KanColle is based off of, I have done a bit of reading on it, and it is interesting to see how they have incorporated this remodeling concept. It’s also quite a refreshing change to see that the first “remodeled” girl is not, in fact, the main character. Whether the remodeling concept will continue to play a big role throughout the remainder of the series or not is to be seen, but by the end of this episode we know that at least one more girl is going to be remodeled. The end result of all of this just adds more to the question of what, exactly, these girls are supposed to be. Girls with magical powers? Ships that have taken on the likeness of young girls? Will we ever know? Probably not, but at least the whole concept is amusing.

A Christian Perspective:

1 Peter 2: 13-14 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

This was a lesson that Fubuki had to learn in this episode. After not only having one of her close friends receive a remodel before her, Fubuki is also told that her squad will be disbanded and that she will be sent back to the Naval District. This order comes directly from the Admiral, and is one that Fubuki doesn’t understand. She even sinks (no pun intended) into a sort of depression over the situation until she finds inspiration from the hard work that Yuudachi has been putting into her own training. Fubuki may not have liked the Admiral’s decision, and may have been confused by it, but she ultimately had to obey it. As she found out, there was a legitimate reason for the decision.

Life can be that way some times, too. How many of us have grumbled because our state or federal governments have passed a law that we didn’t like? The thing is, we are supposed to submit ourselves regardless of what we think about the laws. There is an exception, of course, when the laws of the land go against the commands of God (just see Peter and John’s response to the Pharisees in Acts when they were told to stop preaching in Jesus’ name), but if the law doesn’t violate what God has commanded us to do then we should willingly submit to it. Peter even tells us that we do this for the Lord’s sake.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “d**n”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Nagato and Mutsu midrift outfits; Shimakaze is shown in her usual short skirt with the underwear straps sticking out of the top—you can also see the top of her butt crack sticking out; Yuudachi is shown in her bra and underwear; there is at least one brief Yuudachi underwear shot while she is training; possible side-breast shot of an Abyssal woman

Violence: Yuudachi destroys some targets

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Oicchi has her usual affections directed towards Kitakami; Fubuki is shown looking at Yuudachi’s chest and then at her own; Fubuki gets extremely excited over Akagi patting her head

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