First of all, credit to Flambass for an excellent game with entertaining commentary, as always. What you are about to read would not have been possible without him.
Second: I request that you watch this replay of Flambass's. It is essential to understand this analysis.
Now, let's analyze this game and see what conclusions we can draw about the nature of Kaga Black. For context, during the Pearl Harbor Raid, the real Kaga carried 18 A6M Zeros and 54 strike planes, broken up into 27 D3A "Vals," and 27 B5N "Kates," for a total of 72 planes. During Midway, she carried 27 Zeros, and 45 strike planes, broken up into 18 D3As and 27 B5Ns, for a total of 72 planes, plus 2 D3As boxed up in crates to serve as spares or for use on Midway once it was captured. This should give you an idea of how many planes Kaga could carry historically.
Now, let's take a look at the battle. The enemy team shot down 46 of Flambass's planes, 15 fighters, 3 rocket attack planes, and 28 torpedo bombers. Kaga Black's rocket planes are A6M-5 Zeros, meaning that they must be part of the fighter squadron and are equipped with ground attack rockets. This indicates that he ended the battle with either 0 Zeros, 27 Vals, and -1 Kates or 12 Zeros, 20 Vals, and -1 Kates. This is already impossible, as you cannot have negative torpedo bombers. However, it gets even worse, as we shall see below.
At the end of the game, Flambass had a squadron of 10 torpedo bombers airborne, and there was one more ready to go on Kaga Black's flight deck. When combined with the 28 torpedo bombers shot down, this indicates that Kaga Black was carrying at least 39 torpedo bombers, 12 more than she carried at either Pearl Harbor or Midway, which means that more than 50% of her air group was made up of torpedo bombers.
During Flambass's final attack with the rocket attack planes, he had another 8 ready to go on the flight deck, which were never launched. This means that Kaga Black must carry at least 16 Zeros for rocket attacks. Additionally, Flambass had fighters on call while piloting the rocket attack planes, the numbers of which did not decrease as additional rocket attack planes were launched. This forces us to revise the conclusion that the rocket attack planes are a part of the fighter squadron, as they seem to be operating as separate tactical units since the numbers of available fighters did not decrease, and instead both squadrons must simply be using the same planes.
Flambass never launched any dive bombers, however we do know that 12 were ready for takeoff throughout the entire game.
Flambass lost 15 fighters, which were deployed in groups of 5. This is strange, because Japanese fighters operated in a 3 plane shotai, or flight, a significantly improved and generally more flexible and capable version of the classic Vic formation, which were further organized into a 9 plane chutai, or squadron. This indicates that Kaga Black is operating a non-standard fighter group, with three 5 plane shotais making up one 15 plane chutai. Regardless, however, each attack squadron seemed to have 1 chutai on call for fighter protection. These shotai also seem to come from different chutais, since the torpedo bombers had three shotai available even though the rocket attack planes, which are themselves fighters, had already called in a shotai when the first torpedo bomber squadron. This indicates that Kaga Black had at least 3 of these non-standard chutai embarked, assuming that this holds true for the never-launched dive bomber squadron, for a total of 45 planes in the fighter squadron. Additionally, the various chutais do not seem to reinforce each other or change which squadron they are protecting. This is because we know that Flambass had at least two shotais still available from the rocket attack plane squadron's assigned chutai, but they did not become available once the chutai assigned to the torpedo bomber squadron was depleted.
In total, this means that Kaga Black must have an air group consisting of no fewer than 112 planes, broken up into 61 Zeros, of which 45 were in the fighter squadron and 16 in the rocket attack plane squadron, 12 Vals, and 39 Kates. This is considerably more than the real Kaga embarked, with the exception of the absolute number of dive bombers.
The planes themselves also exhibited very strange behavior during the battle. Strike planes seemed to cease all interactions with the outside world once they had completed their attacks and returned to the carrier at their own pace, almost as if they had disappeared to everyone else. Additionally, Kaga Black's fighters did not return to the carrier to rearm and refuel once they had completed their patrol, but instead seemed to dematerialize completely. Also, the crew of Kaga Black never needed to clear her flight deck to launch planes. Instead, they all seemed to be ready to launch at once and would pass through each other during take off.
So, what conclusions can we draw about Kaga Black? Well, it seems to me that there is only one logical possibility. The ship is actually three Kagas that exist in an entangled quantum superstate, which allows them to all occupy the same space at the same time and collectively form the entity known as "Kaga Black." One carries an air group of 15 Zeros in a fighter squadron and 16 Zeros in a rocket attack squadron, the next carries 15 Zeros and 12 dive bombers, and the last carries 15 Zeros and 39 torpedo bombers. Due to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, only one Kaga from Kaga Black can be "real" and thus "active" at any given time, which is chosen whenever a squadron is launched. This may explain how the various squadrons seem to disappear after completing a strike. Kaga Black reenters the quantum superstate, which also moves their aircraft out of phase with the rest of the universe. Why they do not reappear when the same Kaga becomes "active" is not clear at this time. It also explains why Kaga Black's various fighter chutais cannot reinforce each other. Kaga Black's various air groups literally exist on different plains of reality and thus cannot interact with each other in any way. It is not clear why the various Kagas' fighters dematerialize after completing a patrol. Whether or not all three Kaga Blacks would be damaged if one were to take a hit is also not clear at this time.
This analysis is of too great a scientific importance to be confined to just one location, and as such shall also be posted in the comments of the video and on World of Warship's North America Forums.
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