"...then we can put pictures of you and me on this wall, Kitakami!"
"Sounds great. I didn't think I'd get to be in the same fleet as you, Ooi."
"It's fate! You and I are destined to be together forever!"
- Ooi (Toshino Kyouko) and Kitakami (Toshino Kyouko), Kantai Collection
Not to make the concept of ambiguously-lesbian shipgirls sound any stranger than it already is, I must add that Ooi and Kitakami are actually sisters, as both were built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Kuma-class light cruisers. Kitakami predated Oi by a few months, as they were commissioned in April and May 1921, respectively. The two sisters did work together, both were briefly converted into torpedo cruisers carrying 40 Long Lance oxygen torpedoes, and both were eventually used as fast, well-armed troop transports toward the end of the war, when Japan was desperate to preserve what it could of its imperial conquests in the Pacific. Oi was sunk off the coast of the Philippines by American submarine USS Flasher (SS-249) in October 1944, but Kitakami survived World War II and was scrapped in 1946 as part of the Allied occupation's disarmament of Japan. These models of the two ships, with Oi as a torpedo cruiser and Kitakami in the stock configuration, are on display together aboard the museum battleship HIJMS Mikasa in Yokosuka. I wonder if the person who arranged the models in the display case is a Kancolle fan.