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Imperial Japanese Navy Lieutenant Takashi Kaneda.

He began his Naval Air Service career as a reconnaissance pilot during the early Pacific War, in 1942.

In 1944, he was assigned to operate the new special Submarine-launched dive-bomber, the Aichi M6A Seiran.

He and his Seiran were assigned to I-400, a 4,500 ton aircraft carrying submarine. With his new assignment, Kaneda’s new objective was to participate in a surprise air strike on the Panama Canal.

This mission was assigned to the 1st Submarine Flotilla, which was comprised of two submarines, the I-400, and the flagship, I-401, each carrying three Seirans. Lieutenant Kaneda was onboard I-400.

The flotilla departed Japan on July 23rd, 1945, and proceeded towards Ulithi. All was going according to schedule, however, on August 15th, the flagship I-401 received a radio message from headquarters, informing them of Japan’s surrender. They were ordered to return to the nearest port in Japan, ending the flotilla’s first and only mission, and preventing the Seiran from ever entering combat.

Lieutenant Kaneda later explained that the day he learned of the surrender was the worst day of his life.

After the war, he enlisted in the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF).

On a personal note, this is the most miserable, “idgaf” guy I’ve ever seen.
That’s what the enemy is to you, huh? A fucking buck toothed cartoon dreamed up by some asshole on Madison Avenue to sell soap. Well, let me tell you something, the Jap I know, the Japanese soldier, he has been at war since you were in fucking diapers. He’s a combat veteran, an expert with his weapon; he can live off maggoty rice and muddy water for weeks and endure misery you could never dream up in your worst nightmare. The Japanese soldier doesn’t care if he gets hurt or killed; as long as he kills you. You can call them whatever you want but never ever fail to respect their desire to put you and your buddies into an early grave.
—  Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone on the standard japanese soldier

You’ve probably read this post by @fuusenchan​ which breaks down the details of the scenes in Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu opening, say - Mutsunokami and Ryoma’s death, Kane-san/Horikawa and Hijikata’s death, Yagen and the Honnouji Incident, etc.

And we have all probably come to the same conclusion that this opening is already pretty sad as it is.

But wait, what about the ending?

From Wikipedia: Tōrō Nagashi (灯籠流し) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns down a river. This activity is traditionally performed on the final evening of the Bon Festival in the belief that it will help to guide the souls of the departed to the spirit world.

And what do we have here?

The Shinsengumi - where Izuminokami Kanesada and Horikawa Kunihiro were part of with their former master, the Vice Commander Hijikata Toshizo.

The “Father of the Imperial Japanese Navy” Sakamoto Ryoma, who was the owner of Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki. The lady beside him was most likely his spouse, Narasaki Ryo.

Tadakatsu Honda, “The Warrior who Surpassed Death” and the former owner of Tonbokiri. It was said that he had never once suffered any significant wounds/injuries despite having participated in more than 100 battles in his whole life.

Now I might be wrong with this one…

The sword seems to be Tsurumaru Kuninaga. I’ve tried looking up his previous owners and I’m not sure who this guy was. My closest bet is Hojo Sadatoki during the Heizen Gate Incident where he purged Taira Yoritsuna and 90 of his followers.

Now this one’s just a wild guess, but if we were to follow the opening, only Yagen Toushirou is left, so this person could be Oda Nobunaga (sorry if I’m wrong though).

Conclusion: Katsugeki OP features the sword reliving the memories of their late masters. Meanwhile the ED features the masters themselves while they were still alive. Thus, be prepared to say goodbye to your hearts as Ufotable and the gang rip your feelings to pieces throughout the episodes.

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Time-Lapse on the Imperial Japanese Navy losses in World War 2. Notice how soon 1943/44 is reached, but how many ships are still lost, this in stark contrast to the US Navy losses.
Yes, there will be a video that will show both sides side by side, but I am still not entirely sure how to do it the best way, because it is a challenge on multiple levels.