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Kantai Collection: KanColle

Alternative Titles

English: KanColle: Kantai Collection
Synonyms: Kankore
Japanese: 艦隊これくしょん -艦これ-


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2015 to Mar 26, 2015
Premiered: Winter 2015
Broadcast: Thursdays at 01:05 (JST)
Producers: flying DOG
Licensors: Funimation, Crunchyroll
Studios: Diomedea
Source: Card game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.991 (scored by 65,102 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #37752
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #618
Members: 159,968
Favorites: 1,377


A group of girls based off of or using historical world war 2 weaponry (in Kancolle's case, naval, in Strike Witches', aviation) to battle a mysterious threat with an unknown goal.  
report Recommended by Amarrez
Haifuri and Kancolle involve high school aged girls as the main cast, in Kancolle they are personifications of WWII battleships where in Haifuri they are assigned to a specific ship. Our main characters in both series are new at their sea training and striving to become great. Each main character has the same go-getter attitude towards learning new things and find inspiration in others/themselves to help motivate them. While they are each based around school they are also action/battle heavy as well. If you enjoyed KanColle and want something similar maybe a little more slice of life try Haifuri. 
report Recommended by Nikoru-san
1. Enemies from unknown origin take over the seas. 2. Humans fight back. KanColle: More lighthearted + sorta dull aside from some cute slice of life. Fine for spending free time on if you have nothing else to do. Treat like any slice of life. Ars Nova: Exciting, intelligent, better fights, better usage of CG animation, better character development, better "powers", etc. Main downside is less yuri. I don't really care much about the ship girls thing, but this anime was a real "page-turner" when it aired. KanColle was more like "oh the next ep is out". 
report Recommended by Chdata
From light tanks to fast battleships, army to navy warfare, land to sea, but still retaining the same cute only girls vibe, gap moe/hardened lolis handling heavy armaments, learn world war II history,, witness the same female camaraderie, love and friendship, and still being able to attempt creating one of your favorite yuri one true pairing. Good stuff will happen 
report Recommended by Cyanporo
Both anime are about a group of girls and both have personification.In Kantai Collection it's WW2 ships in Upotte's case are guns. 
report Recommended by -Yatagarasu-
-Both are military anime involving mainly girls; -Both have a platoon of cute girls fighting to protect the world; -Both have a little of fanservice; -Both have a focus on a military equipment: Naval ships (KanColle) and Planes (Brave Witches) 
report Recommended by lcborella
Both anime are based on video games with a large all-girls cast. The plot revolves around battle and conflict with a rival faction or group of enemies. In KanColle, the girls are incarnations of battleships and participate in naval fights. Whereas in Senran Kagura, the fight is between Light and Dark shinobi (ninja) - fanservice present. 
report Recommended by ramenshoujo
Same premise, girls in military, going to war and does cute things. Almost same plot, almost same crew. The only difference is that in KanColle, they are historical ships,in contrast to being witches in the StrikeWitches, and of course, in KanColle they have real pants/skirts. 
report Recommended by shirou19
I'm sure many people will think I'm really stretching this, but I can see a few similarities. Shingeki (Attack on Tiant) is much more serious in every aspect and it is certainly the better show with much better production qualities, overall Despite this, Kancolle and Shingeki do both have a large group of characters fighting an enemy of man kind. Both shows have a good number of characters that are not given as much screen time as they should be, but they're still good characters. Both shows have at least 1 person die before the audience really even has a chance  read more 
report Recommended by AobaSuzukaze
both anime revolve around girls who battle in armour; whereas F.A girls is just an anime where there is no definitive storyline, Kabcolle is about trying to free the world from a mysterious threat from the sea. 
report Recommended by tidoesstuff
Personification of ships? Hetalia is about personifications of nations 
report Recommended by KatouHasegawa
Similar feel, both based on Japanese history, both humorous, both awesome 
report Recommended by bleachbaths39
Key Points: -All Girls -One is navy and one is air force -Some character similarities -Both are about girls that inherit powers that can defeat the evil forces normal humans can't defeat. 
report Recommended by RicecreamAsian
-both of them are centred around girls who fight together and their friendship -both have extraterrestrials who attack earth for no apparent reason -both feature a "newbie" who wants to be stronger and gets the support of the other girls -all the girls have a supernatural power which allows them to fight against the enemies 
report Recommended by Koante
Has a similar Moe feel of cute girls doing cute things in many episodes. Also shares the theme of spirits being reincarnated as cute girls;WWII Japanese ships and Kaijus 
report Recommended by Meishushayexiang
Two sci-fi-ish anime that are basically advertising for something else, AKB0048 for AKB48, a popular idol group, and KanColle for an online game of the same name. They both feature cutely designed girls with stock personalities that represent the spirit of something else (past idol group members vs. Japanese warships) and participate in battles wearing skirts, magical-girl style. For two such ridiculously conceived anime they are both surprisingly watchable with quite a bit of effort being put into their animation. If you really liked one of these anime, the other will probably scratch your itch for it. 
report Recommended by noirgrimoir
The only real similarity these shows have is the main characters. They share a lot of similar traits and are subjected to similar stereotypes, moe. Character development is more prominent in Hibike Euphonium, but Kantai Collection still gives you the same feeling from the main characters.  
report Recommended by Nikoru-san
Based on a online browser game are both. While in Kantai Collection are only girls, in Touken Ranbu are only boys. In KanColle the girls are ships, in Touken Ranbu the boys are swords. They are fighting with a black organization like to stop them doing bad things. Where they all live is almost same, just in KanColle is a school like and in Touken Ranbu is a mansion. 
report Recommended by Chris_Iori
Spirits of old (warships for Kancolle, historical figures for Nobunagun) are reincarnated as people in the modern world as the only means of defense to fight against aliens that come from the ocean 
report Recommended by justice0
A band of cute girls out to defend themselves against an unknown force. 
report Recommended by Havoctheend
Moe, moe, moe. Both anime are filled to the brim with moe and battle girls with surprisingly good animation and art. Girls slap on gear to make themselves full battle-ready and fight enemies that threaten the peace of their worlds. There is also a surprising lack of male characters, though more so in Kantai Collection.  
report Recommended by Protaku
"Kantai Collection" and "Crayon Angel" both depict the Japanese ships used in the Second World War by the Axis powers in unique ways. Also, these two works were able to portray the sinking of ships well, particularly through the use of imagery. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
I get the same feeling watching both even though the settings and plots are different. They both have cute girls enrolled in a special school who are making friends and being carefree (for the most part). And both shows have a few serious/sad moments but overall they are lighthearted, fun, and easy to watch. 
report Recommended by TFO1013