[Anime] Azur Lane

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  • I've been posting quite a lot of negative stuff lately so I wanted to share some more positivity going along with the whole 'drone' topic even if you guys may or may not follow along. Wanted to post this even if people may or may not be familiar with this because more positivity is needed in this world. I'm not expecting people to be familiar, just wanting to share positivity.


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    Azur Lane, what is it?



    Similar to Japan's 'Kantai Collection' (KanColle), it follows a similar concept of viewing your ships as actual females in human form. Humans view vehicles as females, thus shipgirls in this genre. Azur Lane is a game (and anime) of ships in human female forms fighting against data aliens named 'Sirens' who are hellbent on experimenting in morbid ways on the ships themselves and humanity. Its up to these shipgirls to save earth by forming an alliance called 'Azur Lane' (Think UN). Its not all sunshine and rainbow as there is a nasty fracture even among the 'Azur Lane' spawning the 'Crimson Axis'.


    A mobile game.


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    During my toughest and moodiest times I can always rely on Azur Lane to cheer me up, more so as we all wait for Rising World unity to mature to a proper playable state. Its always been good to me (mostly) while showing it can respect history. I used to play KanColle having learned about WW2 though that became too time consuming and grindy that I had to ditch it. Everything became so difficult it no longer became fun, but I still respect KanColle for its BGM and character designs. Its on the serious side. Azur Lane is more accessible giving me more amusements. Its because of both games I want to see a WW2 game with Canadians in them with HMCS Haida, HMCS Uganda, HMCS Ontario, & etc.... Just one proper good naval game similar to 'Silent Hunter 3'. I loved that game. Azur Lane hinted/teased we may obtain Canadians as 'Maple Monarchy' so I'm hoping to see them in time. I just hope I won't turn into a skeleton while waiting, similar to how long we all are waiting for Rising World. No ill wills, just.... Art takes time, I however want to see a good game on various fronts with developers being honest without doing the whole 'cookie cutter' samey game stuff. I love Azur Lane, Silent Hunter 3, and Rising World for being fresh.


    Until then (Canadians being added), I amusingly enough ringed Bismarck & Tirpitz in Azur Lane because even outside the realm of anime I found myself admiring the beauty of both Tirpitz and Bismarck. They're beautiful vessels.



    I love this game. Even when times are negative it always bumps me the right back up. When we get boats in Rising World I 'hope' (though not expecting) we can see some military class vessel I could hopefully play around with in that game. Anything. Azur Lane does its research on history so you tend to learn, thus why I love it. It knows how to be both serious and comical. Its animes are good, even if people say otherwise. Azur Lane: Crosswave (on steam) is a neat game, though not something meant for westerners because of different play styles. Its a nice start and I enjoy it.


    Youtube spam because I love this game so much. Hope I can carry it over into Rising World when we get boats and such added. Modding. Whatever.



    German Air Superiority experiment:


    Upcoming Russian Event:


    And a cute little Russian dance from the Russian video above. I need positivity, Azur Lane gives it to me as we all wait for Rising World & etc.




    Weeeeeeeeeeeeee~

  • Im glad to hear you found something like this that can pick you up. An anime thats also a game thats also uplifting (and if I read you correctly) is also immersive is a hard find.


    I got through Strike Witches but the whole girls as military vehicles genre? simply isnt my thing. *No comparison to Azur Lane beyond the military vehicles thing.


    Genre aside, If you enjoy anime that can grab you and leave an impact give Made in Abyss a watch. Its fun, tense, uplifting, gut punching brutal, and in the end, full of pluck.

    Had a old friend from out of state visit lately who`s in no way into anime and I got her to watch it. Sucked her right in.

  • At a time like this, we honestly need something when everything is becoming a guilt trip. I may be struggling to be coherent, though still trying to express my thoughts the best I can. I'm just as exhausted as I was yesterday, thankfully having Azur Lane at my side. Games like these are both easy and hard to find because people aren't as passionate as they used to be when making indie games, especially in Navy type genres. Minecraft used to be "the best", PSO2, KanColle.... Rising World (java). Its now Azur Lane for me. Silent Hunter 3......


    I got through Strike Witches but the whole girls as military vehicles genre? simply isnt my thing. *No comparison to Azur Lane beyond the military vehicles thing.

    Its my thing because its similar to various indie game developers making games simply as a passion project. Its a nice free concept, something which isn't as properly explored in North America, or even Europe, because of various fears. Authors, artists, and etc are fearful for various reasons causing their art to feel chained by something. Our western art always tends to lack that certain "something".. I love how the Japanese authors expand and explore various roles by even adding in various factions/nations/groups others wouldn't elsewhere.


    I enjoyed Strike Witches's amusement (Silly antics), lore, and maybe even the music. I still have yet to continue watching the recent batches of episodes. I love the flying concept and how they expanded into tanks. I do find the tank bit a bit weird, but it is what it is because the author went there. That is why I find it interesting. The passion of exploring things.


    I found out the author quietly added in a Canadian pilot in the manga, something I had to Google and research heavily to find. Can't recall if I was told or if I stumbled across it. I'll assume someone told me about it when I was gifted a manga from a Japanese friend.


    https://worldwitches.fandom.com/wiki/Elizabeth_F._Beurling


    Elizabeth F. Beurling, based on George F. Beurling. I'm glad we have Canadian representation in Strike Witches with a 'Faraway Land'. If I can fiddle with this character more openly I would love that. A game, mod, or something. I want to connect with my Canadian pride :)


    On a similar note its thanks to KanColle which allowed me to find Canadians had a navy in WW2, something I carried with me into Azur Lane. After having found out Canadians had a decent navy I wanted them added into a naval game. I'm now pestering every naval developer to add in Canadians while avoding 'cookie cutter' methods of making the same factions in games all the time. They should do their games more along the lines of 'Silent Hunter 3' by adding all relevant factions, regardless of 'major' and 'minor' nonsense....... Just add them in..... Granted, goes without saying I'm pissing off various developers by my requests. If not developers, various people who keep blocking my requests.


    I view 'Silent Hunter 3' as the best naval game because it has most of the elements correct back in 2006. It has Canadians, it has various nations naval traffic during WW2.... I find it ironic how 2010+ games can't do what a 2006 game can. It pisses me the right off...... I don't want to slander developers though find them so tardy and lethargic when it comes to their newer games not matching, nor surpassing past games.


    Genre aside, If you enjoy anime that can grab you and leave an impact give Made in Abyss a watch. Its fun, tense, uplifting, gut punching brutal, and in the end, full of pluck.

    Had a old friend from out of state visit lately who`s in no way into anime and I got her to watch it. Sucked her right in.

    Oh, I REALLY love anime. I held back on this forum though this is the first actual thread I made about Anime. I watched insane amounts of anime by now loving how free and fun it is. 'Made in Abyss'? I know a VRChat friend who watched it so I may just put it on my list to watch. I saw Nanachi's everywhere in VRChat, if that is the right species for that anime. Worlds, avatars.... People praising the show heavily.


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    On a side note I wanted to share this last night with Bismarck's PV & special dialogue line vocals. I have a proud German fleet going until I can specialize in a Canadian fleet in Azur Lane.




    Bismarck pride, if Red51 is lurking this thread, though it may not be Red51's thing. :wacko: Who knows. Either way, I have a proud German fleet because of my love for Bismarck & Tirpitz thanks to 'History Channel' pre KanColle/Azur Lane days. Trying to level all my ship girls to level 120 so I can properly have them battle in various battles.


    I honestly can't wait for Canadians. They better come soon. I've been left high and dry for quite a few years, and with Azur Lane noting 'Maple Monarchy' from HMS Fortune's dialogue saying such.


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    I do keep military anime on my radar because they tend to be interesting and amusing. Jormungand is a love letter to 'Lord of War' by going with similar themes and the same AN-12b plane. Jormungand is a show I recommend, also for its more personal scene of Cuba & Havana Club. I had great fun with Jormungand. :nerd:

  • Wanted to note something recent, even if it may go over various people's heads because they're not into anime, or whatever reason. At the very least maybe I'll have this noted for myself to observe from the future, or whatever happens.


    The recent Russian event goes into various 'prequel' elements which I find interesting, something I somewhat wished they noted earlier. This turns Azur Lane from a happy-go-lucky Chinese anime game to a serious game, something which changes the mood of the game into something darker. Something which was supposed to be a "throw-away" game (short-term project) has turned into a double serious game in both production and lore. Developers keep adding onto the game while gradually making it darker and darker, something which makes it more appealing.


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    Wiki to Russian Event:
    https://azurlane.koumakan.jp/Khorovod_of_Dawn%27s_Rime


    It gets all philosophical, something I quite enjoy. It builds a lore. I also watch anime for all its philosophical moments because it allows me to see the world in a different way, similar to how old Star Trek portrayed various situations in a scientific manner.


    • How were 'Kansen' (shipgirls) born? Chicken-egg paradox and analogy. They allegedly came "together" with a thing called 'Wisdom Cube', something which spawns them.
    • Russians were nearly knocked out having to thread the needle of survival. A special cave saved them as the Russians researched technology giving them an edge to battle the enemies.
    • Prequel elements of surviving in a base against all odds. Fighting to the last man while being bunkered into a certain area (island, cavern, city of light, and etc).
    • KAN-SEN = Kansen (shipgirls). [Kanmusu = KanColle shipgirls].

    Its hard to put it into words, let alone images how I'm feeling, what I read, and etc. I'm just.... Hyped. The game had a previous event based on Bismarck showing a serious, yet sad moment. It was awesome. Other events came close, were enjoyable. This Russian event explored something which just boosted this game's uniqueness and aura that much further similar to how every update of Rising World makes it more unique and enjoyable.


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    Side note: Game design side notes (Thoughts):


    I think I found my new-found love for Russians, something WW2 games tend to struggle with because its allegedly "too hard", or "too minor" to do because they want to make cookie cutter games. Anything other than the "main faction" tends to get overlooked, forgotten, and not has hyped up as it just had in Azur Lane. Azur Lane shows when a developer cares they can bring out magical gaming moments in games, something other game developers genuinely need to learn from. Its something I tend to piss them off with because they then view me as an random arrogant insulting forum troll. When you start exploring the unexplored you tend to get overly interesting moments, something which people then explore, grasp onto and enjoy learning from.


    Again, there is a reason why 'Silent Hunter 3', as old as it is from 2006, is still being "worshipped" to this day. Others may praise SH3's combat system while I'll add onto it (cherry on top) for the participating nations adding actual combatants in the war from Dutch, Canadian, and etc. No whining, no moaning... They're there, sadly and ironically not in modern 2020 naval games. Reason why I used to play KanColle is now why I admire Azur Lane. You're learning about something you otherwise wouldn't. I'll praise a developer who adds in things without question, such as adding in Italians, Chinese, French, Russians, Canadians & etc. There is one game called 'Ultimate Admiral: Dreadnoughts' adding most factions, except one or two, such as the Canadians. Curious to see what they do.


    I wish I wouldn't have to harass, nor pester, game developers. Granted, half of my suggestions for Rising World were "in the moments", though still hold strongly onto boats, flying, and companion NPCs who join you on your adventure while also help mine & etc.


    Azur Lane just hit a new note of game development passion, something which shall go overlooked by the community that plays it. This is the reason why I tend to follow obscure games in the Indie game world, Japanese gaming world, and etc. Red51 with Rising World also managed to hit these awesome moments as well, thus why I'm here also being obnoxious.


    In short: I simply love it when developers make passion-project games instead of forced cookie-cutter games going all same which then fade into nothingness with time.


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    In my hype I'm gonna leave it off on a musical note relating to a German Bismarck theme fighting to the very last. Overtaken by Siren yet fighting for herself in an altered re-enactment. Bismarck fights for herself, not as an enemy, nor a drone overtaken by a Siren enemy controlling her. Bismarck still sinks.


  • Wondering if I should make this my last post to post about Azur Lane because nobody really follows it. Or maybe people do and they simply lurk about anything WW2 related. I'll share two videos I made desiring Canadians and probably just coast from there seeing if anybody responds or not.



    and today's video.



    If only it was easy making Rising World videos I would get back to doing it. Having lost my secondary hard drive it's gonna be fun trying to do Youtube videos again. Easy fix, but yeah. Everything is slow progressing right now. :nerd:


    Coasting time!

  • I was going to let this thread die but I came across two interesting things recently I needed to share this, even if its just to myself. Maybe you'll find it interesting.


    1) Belfast firing her guns. Nice blanks, also.



    2) China censors their own game. RIP. Global version is safe.



    I guess people will see Azur Lane as a lewd game, and I guess it is. I don't play it for the lewdness, I play it because of the lore, music, the characters, progression, and etc. Its amusing to see China censor their own game to which its been noted Yostar gradually moving over into Japan forming Yostar Japan, studios, and etc. The Chinese aren't at fault, its their government. They can become quite serious indeed.

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