|Heavy cruiser Ashigara|
|Mental Model (anime) | Mental Model (manga) | Vessel|
|Anime||Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio DC movie|
Mental Model information:
|Affiliation||"Fleet of Fog"|
Mental Model's Appearance:
|Type||"Fleet of Fog" Myoukou-class heavy cruiser|
|Maximal Speed||90 knots|
|Armament|| 12x torpedo tubes;|
Ashigara is a "Fleet of Fog" heavy cruiser from the First Oriental Fleet. She is a part of the I-401 pursue fleet led by battleships Kongou and Hiei. She and her sister Nachi were the ones actively searching for I-401.
Heavy cruiser AshigaraEdit
It appears that Ashigara is similar in design and armament to succeeding Takao-class heavy cruisers: ten main Photon cannons on five turrets, a number of smaller Photon cannons, an array of missile launchers, 12 torpedo tubes. In anime, Ashigara is equipped with a harpoon-cannon instead of a Super-Graviton Cannon.
Ashigara's color scheme is brown with pink details.
Heavy cruiser Ashigara has one Mental Model. She appears as a girl of about fifteen to seventeen years old. She has mostly-straight waist long black hair with two locks framing her face twirling into 'drills' and dark, red eyes. She also has jaw-like clips in her hair on the either side of her head.
Ashigara, like all of her sisters, wears a version of Hiei's 'school' uniform. She also wears an armband around her left forearm and a ribbon-framed emblem of the "Fleet of Fog" stitched to the right sleeve of her jacket. Ashigara's "normal" clothes are that of a classic shrine maiden.
Ashigara is loud, brash, impatient and violent; she is someone with little restraint as is seen with a plan of destroying I-401 she had proposed - simply dump all of their Corrosive Warheads into the ocean until the target submarine is destroyed. Even Myoukou, who was is just as eager to sink I-401, rejected this plan as crazy and inefficient and told Ashigara to learn some patience.
Ashigara's impatience, leads her forgetting some rather important things - like putting a barrier around herself when she dove in order to attack I-401, for example. Had she actually been human, she would have drowned herself to death this way.
Ashigara also sees little honor in fighting against an enemy that is not at its absolute best, and, thus, actually helped Iona and her crew when her Mental Model ended up inside wounded I-401, despite having a good opportunity to finish them once and for all.
Ashigara is a part of the I-401 hunting squad led by battleships Kongou and Hiei. She and her sister Nachi were sent to search for I-401. And as soon they had located her, Ashigara attacked. However, as she dove into the ocean in order to unleash a barrage of Corrosive Warhead Torpedoes at I-401, Ashigara forgot to put up a barrier around herself to keep the water away. Almost drowning had somewhat damaged her image of a tough fighter-girl.
As she continued pursuing I-401, Ashigara found herself at a disadvantage against a submarine while underwater and requested some help from her sister Nachi. The resulting attack, though, only made the situation worse for the two heavy cruisers as they lost the submarine in the debris cloud. Ashigara also received a torpedo to her face (literally).
After being told fall back and resupply, Ashigara remained close to Kongou. Thus, when I-401 attacked there, Ashigara was able to intercept some of the torpedoes fired by I-401. And in order to protect Kongou from the four Corrosive Warhead Torpedoes that still managed to get past all defense lines, Ashigara sacrificed herself. As she was sinking, Ashigara managed to convince Atago to step in and continue fighting against I-401 in her place.
Both Ashigara and Haguro (unintentionally) boarded I-401 when her engine room breached, encountering Iori knocked unconscious. Iona later convinces them to assist her crew in getting out of this whole mess alive and in one piece. She then agrees to help for she does not have a choice (it's do or die because Kongou wants the I-401 sunk and she so happens to be onboard the I-401). Ashigara was tasked with helping Kyouhei with weapons systems. She was against Iona's decision to retrieve Gunzou's sinking Matsushima, berating her for risking the entire crew's safety for rescuing who could already be a dead man. The crew, however, sides with Iona.
- Kongou - Ashiagara's flagship. Ashigara sacrificed herself to protect her.
- Atago - A heavy cruiser from Nagato's fleet, whose original purpose was merely observing and recording the battle. Ashigara had begged for Atago to step in and fight against I-401 when she herself was sunk.
- Hiei - Hiei is the de-facto flagship of the First Oriental Fleet, to which Ashigara belongs.
- Myoukou - Ashigara's older sister and commander.
- Nachi - Ashigara's other sister and her partner.
- I-401 - A target to be sunk. But was sunk herself by her instead
- Myoukou, Nachi, Haguro and Ashigara are the only set of sister vessels that made appearance within the same chapter.