Several anime series like Strike Witches (war planes), Uppotte! (guns) and of course, Girls Und Panzer (tanks) have paved the way for military enthusiasts to enjoy anime and this season’s Arpeggio of the Blue Steel (battleships) is no exception.
While Arpeggio of the Blue Steel is certainly turning some heads in the anime world, another series about anthropomorphic battleship girls is taking Japan by storm in the realm of online games, and I’m not talking about World of Battleships. If you are thinking Kantai Collection, you are absolutely correct.
Both series are popular and about World War II battleships taking human form, so common fans between the two series had been wondering what would happen if both series did a cross-over. Well, they need not wonder for so long as the dream collaboration between the two has already begun!
The first collaboration appeared at the end of the anime’s third episode in the form of an end card. This end card features Arpeggio’s Haruna and Kantai Collection’s Haruna, both of whom are the moe anthropomorphic versions of the WW2 Kongou-class battleship, the Haruna.
This end card is just the opening shot however as more collaborations are still expected to come. According to the Kantai Collection twitter account, another end card is scheduled for episode 5. So which battleship will it feature? Speculations have most certainly started. So will it be Kirishima and Kirishima?
Or Kongou and Kongou?
Only time will tell. Who knows? Maybe the same thing will happen with the Kantai Collection anime’s end cards when it airs in 2014.