|Affiliation||Stark Zordan, U-2501|
|Current occupation||Sonar Operator on U-2501|
|Notable details||is always seen with her eyes closed|
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Francette is a girl in her late teens, probably a year or so older than I-401's crew. She has shoulder-long brown hair. Her eye-color is unknown as she seems to have her eyes always closed. She is seen wearing red and black dress, sometimes with red stockings or with dark-red gloves that go halfway up her forearms.
Francette is rather yielding girl and she doesn't seem to like arguing; she agrees with Zordan's decisions even is she doesn't like them all that much. She's a bit of a romantic at heart and was seen enjoying watching the sunsets or feeling the breeze. She feels not really comfortable inboard of U-2501 as her crewmates make it feel 'so unfeeling'. Francette appears to be the only member of U-2501's crew who feel for the submarine and doesn't mind her conjuring a Mental Model.
While it is not explicitly stated where Francette originates from, she's definitely not from Germany, unlike both Zordan Stark and Romuald. According to her offhand comment in chapter 66, her father originally was a philosopher, however when the global crisis due to the "Fleet of Fog" taking the seas away from humanity struck, her father had to take up baking to make ends meet.
Even though she's not from a family that had any real connections to military, she still ended up seeing the horrors of war. Around two years before the series' start, Stark Zordan had saved her and offered her a position of the sonar operator of U-2501, which she accepted.
RoleEditFrancette, along with the rest of U-2501's, is first introduced when the U-boat comes after I-401. In that battle it was shown that she has some good instincts as she was able to correctly predict an appearance of an anti-masker torpedo, even though those are specifically made to as hard to detect as possible. Otherwise, though, she remained a background character during that part of the story.
She also remained a background character throughout the U-2501's meeting with the First Oriental Fleet flagship Nagato. But a little before the battle against Takao, Francette is seen commenting on Zordan's strictness and obsession with effectiveness when he brought U-2501's to tears before making her dismiss her Mental Model. However, she doesn't want to argue with him and states that she can't find a (good) reason to object to his decision.
She also comments that when Zordan says 'this ship' he actually means 'my ship'. He doesn't respond.
Francette also appears to be blind, explaining why her eyes are always closed. Francette asked Romuald "What does the scenery look like?" When he flatly told her it was sunset, she said "This ship is so unfeeling."
During the battle with Takao, when the possibility of I-401's intervention is discussed, Francette comments that Gunzou is a nice man. Ultimately, even Zordan agrees with it, even if he also adds that he is a naive fool. Other than that, during this battle, Francette again played a background role. She was, however, the first one to notice the ocean parting as I-401 fired her new Super-Graviton Cannon at the resupply vessel Milchkuh.
- Zordan Stark - Francette's superior and the captain for U-2501 submarine.
- Romuald - A member of U-2501's crew. He's in charge of weapon systems and writes the programs for the Seehund submarines.
- U-2501 - While it can't be said that they have any sort of a real relationship, Francette is the only one to feel for her. Truth to be said, U-2501's Mental Model is the closest to Francette personality-wise.