Regarding transferring to a new fleet group, don't worry, Fubuki. I know that feeling
. (Of course, the reasons for the transfers are different; a better example might be dividing your army into three groups for the final offensive against the big bad
in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Anyway, I liked how there was discord among Fubuki's group members. It added a more interesting element as opposed to the game where I assume there's pretty much no direct interaction between the kanmusu. It also painted Kaga in a different light than what was seen in previous episodes, with her having some problem with the other carrier group. Of course, when Fubuki and the others were caught spying on Akagi's and Kaga's training, Kaga seemed to possess a more serious demeanor than Akagi's more friendly demeanor, so maybe this is just an extension of that.
As for Ooi, this episode was the last straw. She is now the most annoying kanmusu in the series. Seriously, she needs to mellow the fuck
out. It doesn't help that it seems her violently jealous psycho lesbian
persona is the product of the game's fandom, since according to TV Tropes
, "Originally, she was just a polite yet Boisterous Bruiser who is clingy and protective of Kitakami and Tsundere/Yandere for the Admiral."
But the game creators decided to go with the fandom's flanderization of her
in later updates. According to TV Tropes, some of her lines even involves knives and poison....
At the very least, Fubuki isn't alone in the new group since Kongou is there. If only Kongou could actually provide comfort that is...
As for Fubuki taking charge during the Abyssal attack, while I did think the transition of her demeanor from the previous episodes to this battle was handled slightly clumsily, it still makes some sense from both a literary and a practical standpoint. Literary, in that if we are applying the ideas of the Hero's Journey
, this would be Fubuki stepping up to take charge of her own destiny (even if this is only a minor example in her overall journey). From a practical standpoint, it would stand to reason that given her previous attempts to improve herself (remember the training she did over night with Sendai, Jintsuu, and Naka), that she would likewise take her studies seriously, so even if she has trouble applying what she knows, she would still know basic formations and strategies. Hence her being able to organize everyone else and come up with a plan. Finally, the episode gives Fubuki the resolve to carry forward
, from an initial feeling of unease at the bickering the other kanmusu have during the initial reassignment which gradually changes to a recognition that if no one takes control of the situation, that nothing will get done. There was also the conversation she had with Akagi as well who hypothesized that the Admiral had a good reason for arranging Group 5 the way he did, thus further providing some comfort to Fubuki. Again, I won't deny that you had to do some speculation regarding Fubuki's seemingly abrupt change in attitude, but the hints I listed above (save for the hypothesized studious Fubuki aspect) helped steer things in the right direction, even if too subtly.