About us (tl;dr version) or: who are the “big” anime girls in the 2016 series?
Each girl in our work represents a combination of abstract aspects about America – states, cities, values, famous people, etc and a particular U.S. navy ship. They’re called “shipgirls” for that reason. In our story, they fight extra-dimensional giant-monsters.
In the 2016 mini-series, they’re representations of U.S. states. All “historical” or real people are drawn as “chibis” or mini three to four head tall characters.
About us (“Professional” version):
Circle Hon-Haka actually consists of two components. Originally, it was Zero’s idea to create NEET考古, which creates original written fiction and fanworks. It’s been active since 2011.
As AURA遗迹 (Aura Archaeologia), we’ve gone on to create a lot of independent works. Chances are, you’re probably here because of Pacific. That’s our mainline of work which consists of the following books (in chronological order):
Pacific vol. 1
Action Report #1
Pacific vol. 2
Action Report #2
Currently we release in three different languages (Chinese, Japanese, and English). We handle all of our own creation and production, and also work with a number of other artists and circles to handle their localization/translations. You can see an example of the works currently available on the right side, and you can find our previous releases in the “Publications” tab.
If you want to support us, we appreciate it, but we believe in treating you fairly and earning your money. In other words, before you buy anything from us, check out what you’re getting in the tin. We do our best to make our works freely available electronically as soon as possible.
If you want to get in touch with us, you can find us at:
Pacific is a creative work/universe centered around American shipgirls. We started out as a fanbook inspired by Kantai Collection, and fans of the series will quickly see similarities in intent. Like Tanaka, we’re interested in getting more folks interested in this particular period of history, but our method of storytelling is through alternative history (technically, speculative fiction) rather than direct anthropomorphication of World War II-era ships.
Pacific is about the adventures of superpowered young women (the aforementioned “shipgirls”) and the covert war being fought against the Abyssal Fleet. In a nutshell, the world is threatened by an extradimensional force of monstrous invaders. Rendered largely immune to conventional weapons, humanity’s hope lies in a handful of superpowered young women and their diminutive fairy allies. The “shipgirls” appear to be closely linked to human history, and are exemplary individuals who embodies many virtues and values.
Despite initial successes, humanity is now engaged in a long war with the malevolent Abyssal Fleet. Currently, the Abyssals seem content to simply probe the earth’s defenses, but all evidence point to a large-scale, unprecedented incursion meant to eradicate humanity in a single blow. In anticipation of this event, the United States Special Task and Evaluation Command (STEC) is formed to amplify, enhance, and support the shipgirls in their anti-Abyssal operations.
This site act as a repository or a chronicle of these tales.
As the theme of our team is around discovery and re-discovery, Pacific’s world is presented to our readers in a disseminated fashion, and we hope that our readers will make their own connections based on the “primary” documents presented in our books. The Pacific books introduces our shipgirls. The Action Report books and OCEAN introduce key story and plot elements. Everything else we do on the site, which includes the daily updates (Mail Call), either build up the rest of the world or draws attention to interesting historical tidbits.
This includes our newest book titled the US Navy Cookbook. It’s a (largely) purely historical work themed around U.S. cuisine, particularly recipes that were found on World War II ships.
The origin story (and an updated note):
Basically, there’s this really popular browser game in Japan called Kantai Collection where World War II navy ships from (mostly) the Imperial Japanese Navy are given human form and drawn as cute girls. It brought a lot of attention in Japan to history, but the one-sided depiction (some would say glorification) of the IJN didn’t sit well with me.
Let’s just say I’ve got a lot of personal interest in this area. Family not withstanding, I’ve always been fascinated by World War II history. What ended up happening was the most hilarious chain of improbable events. This team of mine’s political, philosophical, and ideological variations are as different as day and night, but all of us agree on these common points.
Doing things right. That means giving our best for whatever it is that we do. For the vast majority of the time this means making stories and making shipgirls.
Treating our readers right. That means being straightforward with what we do.
Present history right. You’ll find that we present a very large range of opinions, but we do have our own opinions and we’re happy to let you know what it is. For me (and you can ask what the others of the team think!), my views of America can be summed up with a statement from Senator Schulz.
America is my country, right or wrong. If right, let us stay right. If wrong, let us right that wrong.
That’s more or less it. If you told me three years ago that my hobby’ll end up being creating artbooks and helping a few good friends run a coalition of independent creators and artists, I’d have dismissed that as absolute lunacy. Yet, I look back now. I look back at the last couple of years, and I’ve realized that I – we – ‘ve all grown tremendously.
It’s been a wonderful experience. One that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world, and we’ve got the footprints – our creative works – to back that up.