It's AMERICA day today, and you know what's pretty cool and American? The United States Navy! And you know what cool American thing is grossly underrepresented in Kantai Collection, everyone's favorite strategy game featuring moe-fied World War II-era warships?
That's right, I'm talking about the United States Navy!
Thankfully, it's not just patriots like myself who realize this injustice. A artist who goes by "November☆" realized that only Japan's kantai was collected in Kantai Collection (plus a cameo by Bismarck) and sought to correct the imbalance by illustrating a few US Navy capital kan-musu ("ship girls") to join the fleet, including the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Yorktown, Enterprise, and Hornet, the battleship U.S.S. Iowa, and even the never-built Montana-class battleship, U.S.S. Louisiana, the last battleship ever ordered by the navy.
Check out some more illustrations in the gallery below, and give an all-American salute to this Chinese artist for helping represent the good ol' U.S. of A in a Japanese videogame!
Forget Danganronpa. Ignore Hakuoki. Trash Katawa Shoujo. If there was ever any proof that visual novels and their ilk are real, actual things that might just matter outside Japan, this is it. Hatoful Boyfriend, the Japan...
Hey, remember when we announced that contest where we and MangaGamer gave away copies of Shuffle! sequel Really?Really! ? That happened, and we now have a handful of winners!
Congratulations to everyone who won! MangaGamer will be contacting you shortly with instructions on how to claim your game! For everyone else who didn't win but are still interested in the game, Really? Really! is now available!
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[Update: Contest's over! Thanks to everyone who joined up!]
Have you had enough of Navel's visual novel sensation, Shuffle!? That's a silly question. Of course you haven't!
But what isn't silly at all is the fact that we're hooking up with MangaGamer to give away a bunch of copies of Really? Really!(link NSFW), the sequel to Shuffle!. for the low, low, price of absolutely free!
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