It would be funny if the punchline to this joke was a bunch of Japanese military officials all looking around in panic and screaming, “Oh no, hesu on tsu us!”
Firstly, for those who have no idea of what the Kantai Collection (or KanColle) is, it’s “a online browser game in which one assumes the role of an admiral, assembles a fleet of kanmusu (“ship girl”, girls based on World War II era Japanese ships and submarines) and battles against fleets of alien enemy warships.”
Or at least that’s what the Japanese want you to think!
Having not just games but Kantai models, singers and dancers, music and anime both of and inspired by it (see character names from Arpeggio of Blue Steel) as well as one of the biggest pushes in the fan-fiction (or doujinshi) community since the Touhou Shinto/Air Force conspiracy of the 2000s, Kantai has a secret agenda. Because, as you will come to know, under the surface of this seemingly innocent cover of cute anime girls and weapon personification is actually hiding the Japanese government’s darker underlying motive.
Manipulating young Otaku males to join the Japanese Navy!
“YVAN EHT NIOJ!”
Seriously (but not really), the fact that the ‘girls and guns’ element is being so pushed into the Otaku medium in both the mainstream and underground culture it does make you wonder if Call of Duty is the only thing both training and inspiring our children for the robot wars of the future. Shows like Girlz und Panzer, Sound of the Sky, Upotte, Strike Witches and Infinate Stratos are all romanticizing the military life for a young male audience by portraying it as having an abundance young and cute girls, the Kantai Collection then delivers to them a ‘male power fantasy’ of dominance over them in the navy. For you are the Admiral with authority over your fleet of young highsch… *ahem* “ship girls”.
Looking at it objectively and considering the military and socio-geopolitical climate of Japan after the issue of their whaling exploits, it’s no wonder that such a cultural push would try to swoop in to encourage the Japanese youth to joint their ranks. The appealing but false portrayals of the Japanese Navy in these shows is enough to encourage the desperate NEET and Otaku youths to join up to the vicious whaling killing (and soon to be nuclear-armed) fleets. And with their neighbors being North Korea, who are threatening their international waters with their own nuclear ships, there’s no need to wonder why!
North Korea is comin’ to get ya Japan!
It seems Japan is the West’s last line of defense against the Tyranny of Kim Jong-Un (as well as China and Thailand… and India), but the real question is are we willing to let all the whales die and let the youth of Japan be enticed by cute “ship girls” just so the Kantai Collection can trigger World War III to break out in Asia? The short answer is ‘YES’, because as we all know the Japs were in league with the Nazis in WWII so it’s about time they did democracy a solid. If the only way they can do that is through cute anime girl games and fan-made erotica, all the power to them! War propaganda, (which these game and cartoons most definitely are!) can come in many forms.
So don’t fight it fellow Otakus, join the Japanese Navy TODAY!
I couldn’t write this without laughing. The point of this was to show that people incorporate their own ideology into their art but that this can go both ways as people can also interpret ideologies into art that aren’t really there. This was my attempt to emulate this to the extreme by imitating the warning of a conspiracy nut-job trying to find the hidden motives behind one of the most perverted fandoms around today.