Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Takao Tuesday - Meet The Tsundere Heavy Cruiser

Click for bigger. Holy God, I just realized her spec sheet lists her top surface speed as 90 knots. Gotta love fast girls.
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio (Arpeggio of Blue Steel) is a great anime (and Manga, though I haven't read that much of it yet). I'm not really going to do a review of it, but suffice to say, it ties in with my love of the Kancolle browser game. In Arpeggio, the world as we know it has ended due to the arrival of the 'Fleet of Fog,' mysterious eldritch supertech versions of World War II ships. Sort of like Mass Effect Reapers, but Naval Vessels. Humanity's last hope is hanging by a thread, and will be snuffed out if the heroes (sort of a D&D party with a submarine) don't get the Magical Macguffin to the States to turn the tides.

Enough backstory. The first major antagonist in this story is Takao, nameship of the Takao class of heavy cruisers. Here thar be spoilers. After being sneakily defeated by the heroes, she comes to the conclusion that her loss was due to not having a crew, and she becomes obsessed with obtaining a captain of her own. It sounds kind of creepy described so briefly, but over the course of the anime (and presumably the manga) it develops into a rather heartwarming journey of self discovery for the previously unemotional artificial being. She has complicated feelings, and often has trouble being honest about them with others. Hence the monniker 'Tsundere Heavy Cruiser,' which even other fog ships call her from time to time.

Takao's just rad. Seriously, it's hard for me not to root for blue girls. Mass Effect has me trained almost to a Pavlovian standard. Plus, it makes for a nice play on words in the title. Honestly, these things just write themselves sometimes.

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