Aaatt Laaaaaaaaaaaaaasssstt!!! The Azur Lane animation has arrived!
On first glance, Azur Lane on the whole appears very similar to Kantai Collection; WWI/WWII-era warships are now young girls and women fighting against anthropomorphized alien beings bent on subduing Humanity.
While Kancolle focuses on the Axis Powers warships at that time, Azur Lane brings in all players of that era in history and has them repeating, for the most part, what their warship likenesses did back then. The naval powers’ names have changed, in this near-future Earth, and there are minor differences in how some events play out, but aside from that Azur Lane progresses much like a re-telling of WWII-era history itself.
The baddies of Azur Lane are the so-called Sirens (“Seiren,” as they’re called in Japanese). Their purpose appears to be to blockade Humanity from all waterways, and to play with Humanity like pieces on a giant chessboard.
Once again, shipgirls generally adopt traits specific to their warship counterparts before them: Notable examples include USS Eldridge’s design paying homage to the Philadelphia Experiment conspiracies centered about her, HMS Unicorn carrying with her…a toy unicorn (of course), physical relations, and distinctions, between the IJN ships Amagi (nine-tailed crimson BB), Akagi (nine-tailed crimson CV, once an Amagi-class BB), and Kaga (nine-tailed azure BB, who then became a CV of the same class as Akagi), and…of course…the cultish meme herself — USS San Diego, the ship that earned the most stars in WWII…and garnered one of the stupidest claims to fame along the way (hence why she’s such an idol, yet also so air-headed).
Anyway…, the first two episodes are out right now so go ahead and watch them!