Military model makers are celebrating unprecedented increases in sales thanks to the massive success of DMM’s Kantai Collection franchise, with fans obediently buying up even the very un-moe warships the KanMusu are themselves modeled on.

Such is the knock-on effect of Kantai Collection’s popularity that Akihabara based model shops have seen sales surge ten-fold since the game’s release.

Some lines of models (likely those involving certain destroyers) have seen overall sales increase five-fold as well – admittedly from an extremely low base of perhaps 500 models for a popular light cruiser like Tenryu – and makers complain ecstatically that “production cannot keep up and some models are constantly out of stock.”

Unsurprisingly, it is the top makers of model battleships who are seeing most of the action – Tamiya, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai and Hasegawa – with the traditional market of military model otaku in their fifties suddenly giving way to KanKore fans in their twenties and thirties.

Hasegawa has already jumped on board with KanKore collaboration editions of some of its “Water Line” series, boasting special packaging and decals, happily mentioning that “the producer of KanKore was already a Water Line series fans so the collaboration went very smoothly.”








Similar tie-ups between Girls und Panzer and tank model makers have also been going on for some time, and there is hope that an influx of enthusiastic battleship moe fans will boost the model industry’s customer base – should the boom prove anything more than a fleeting one.


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    Avatar of John Hayabusa
    Comment by John Hayabusa
    11:05 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well congrats to KanColle. I hope its popularity will grow even bigger.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 05/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    stfu gayfuck

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    stfu non-gay!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, Anon, you sure showed him with that burning hot put-down!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 22/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    stfu fuckgay

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    08:14 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    hay - that don't look liek Nagato!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    We need more germans KanMusus, Tirpitz, Prinz Eugen, Scharnhorst!!!

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    Comment by charuru
    06:31 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seeing as Germany was an ally of Japan, I think this may happen eventually. I mean, Bismarck's already out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They were allies in name only. Japan were more interested in attacking America, China and anyone else they felt like. They never agreed with what the Nazis were doing to the jews.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know if this is just an urban legend, I once heard that hitler himself was appalled of and protested against the rape of nanjing. Murdering everyone was ok for him but mass raping a no-go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 07/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Irony on* Of course they didn´t like the idea of the Germans killing off the Jews, that´s why they turned to killing the Chinese people. *Irony off

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 07/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea sure... It's the Nazi that got PTSD after visiting the Unit 731 not the other way around...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why all this battleship / moe-girl action? It's all about WWII. Or more accurately, about pretending Japanese aggression before and during the war didn't happen.

    They don't want to admit that they did all those horrible things, and they also want to wipe out the fact that they lost big time. It's not doing them any good, because all their neighbors haven't forgotten and they're still very angry.

    All the recent stuff about China, Korea, and the Philippines claiming those tiny islands controlled by the Japanese is not just about resources, it's about getting back at Japan because of what the Imperial Empire did.

    Imagine that there was a cartoon in the US about the cute little atomic bombs, Fat Man and Little Boy, and the fun they had with the B-29s Enola Gay and Bock's Car (the planes that dropped the bombs). You would be able to hear the howls from Tokyo to Washington without a telephon. The Japanese would be up in front of the UN screaming about their poor innocent war dead and demanding additional reparations.

    So how does it look to the Koreans, who want some recognition of the "comfort women"? The survivors are all almost gone from old age, and the Japanese are ignoring the whole issue.

    A Japanese container ship was just seized in China over a civil suit copncerning property that was taken by the Japanese when they occupied China in the 1930's. It's all a very sore topic and is not going away any time soon.

    I know that no one who visits this site cares a rat's ass about this and it will be taken down quickly. Even so, for the few people who end up reading this, I hope you realize that cute girls are not going to change the attitude of people who suffered terribly at the hands of the Japanese during WWII.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even more ironic is that most KanColle cosplayers outside Japan are from China & Korea. Regardless of what reasons, today's generation no longer gives a fuck worth regarding what happened in WWII.

    Those who suffered, the older generations are dying out of old age, whether they whine for compensation, want some apology or whatever it is, it's forgotten sad to say.

    Eventually, no one will care about it anymore.. kinda similar to how the Vikings or Mongolians ravaged several countries in the ancient times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:51 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    China & the 2 Koreas are still stuck in WWII.

    Korea & most especially, China whines about anything that could be correlated to imperialism in Japan *whilst* China acting like a big ASSHOLES in the sea slamming their boats on other ships beacuse they think the whole world belongs to them..

    This world doesn't make sense..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese turned their bad war memories into some kind of sadomasochistic pun, see all those gigantic blows in majority of their animation, they are all created because atomic strike became a part of their popculture, like shirts with Che Guevara in other countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 07/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Japanese turned their bad war memories into some kind of sadomasochistic pun

    More like a pretend victimhood...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 06/08/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are victims. Victims of the only Nukes to have struck actual non-test targets.

    That's not to say they weren't the aggressors too, of course.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 07/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of the reasons to like about Japan, they come up with something weird but is actually good in the long run.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just waiting for the American ships to get put in the game and then I'll consider buying an Enterprise model.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shipgirls named John...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea fuck touhou

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not both?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^That's my fetish^

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder why they left fujimi out of the party, in my opinion they make the best IJN model kits in 1/700 scale , second only to skywave-pitroad

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    USA's battleship industry could use a pick me up with kancolle release in usa..

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    We must build Iowa models.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:21 22/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm partial to the North Carolina class myself actually. (mostly becasue I am a North Carolinian)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    still waiting to see what this whole kentai collection thing is a bout....but right now as far as stuff involving girls and battleships goes I'd still go ABS over this

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:10 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its a game, you press buttons stuff happens then you get other stuff with pretty art.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Essentially a game of Battleship where all actions and results are determined by the computer. (Somewhat random) You have to collect the ships (girls) and do various quests and level them up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Computer, you mean the RNG (Curse Her name) right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats what it boils down to

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    12:58 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok now where's my piggy bank!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still waiting to see some girl ships get blown to bits and catch on fire.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Neonie
    10:47 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll bet the people who traditionally put these models together really hate Kancolle, similar to the way people who traditionally watch anime hate shows like Shingeki no Kyoujin for bringing all the normal-fags into their house.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 07/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    not that i know of
    but you still have to built this kit, and i believe its not a complete snap fit (no glue required)

    things like this can also promote HOBBY magazine, since newbies buy magazine to learn how to finish their model, learn new things, and promote even more kantai collection

    as for people who traditionally do these? if you are an model ship otaku, you will be indifferent about kantai collection or you hate it,
    but as a modeller, its all about precision & what the factory offer, as long the kit is good, precise & accurate to real thing, and durable, any thing is ok

    its like girl und panzer again, some may whatever about it, some may HATE it, although AOSHIMA is not the best manufacter, for anything really, they are pretty bad
    but yea, model kit, if you see things you want, or you like it, buy it regardless of it promotion box art

    best model manufacturer is still tamiya, BANDAI & kotobukiya

    tamiya for adult & replika of real life things

    bandai for kids to young adult easy to build & very durable

    kotobukiya for niche market, somewhat not beginner friendly & not as durable as bandai

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    Comment by Palmtop Tsundere
    10:50 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    When will Hasbro release a Kan Colle edition of Battleship?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:18 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kongou will voice all the 'battleship sunk' lines. She will speak whenever you sink a battleship in gratuitous English.

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    Comment by Tasche
    20:50 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Needs more "Burning Love!"

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    Comment by charuru
    06:33 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wouldn't they fuck up?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd buy that shit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right now Takara is crying, for not having a fleet of battleship transformers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    thesee kantai kancole or whatever is not my cup of tea

    but I used to own the almost complete IJN fleet from the waterline series

    in the past almost nobody gives a fuk to the IJN light cruisers in the waterline series, cos they are fugly and weak, so I guess from the maker's perspective the boosted sales of those light cruiser models is like lol n wtf

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:17 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to see them make an American Navy Kantai Collection version too. I'd love to see a CV-6 USS Enterprise and a BB55 Battleship North Carolina version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think about that too. I just can't figure out how it would be Americanized, without being stereotypical.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 06/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    they will be all oppai blonde gurls

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I need one of Zumwalt.
    Now that's a fine lady.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 05/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It just shows how easy it's to market anything to otaku by putting pictures of cute anime girls on the label.

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