The namesake ship of the Kongou-class battleship in Kantai Collection. Her name means "Adamantine", or "Indestructible", named after Mt. Kongou. Originally a battlecruiser, IJN cruisers were named after mountains, rivers, and other geologic formations.
All of the Kongou-class wear a modified miko uniform with differently colored hakama skirts and thigh boots. They also wear the same signature winged hairband. Kongou herself has purple eyes, long brown hair bunched into two braided buns, and an ahoge. She also wears a black hakama short skirt. She uses a ship-like rig.
Later, she received a Kai Ni remodel.
Her first seasonal CG for Autumn 2016 features her dressed for shopping in a western-style casual outfit with an off-white dress shirt, a pink jacket, a pair of jeans and a pair of red high heels. She is holding a shopping bag and some take-out food while one of her guns is hanging down like a purse. The only difference between the unremodelled and second remodel versions is that she wears the appropriate hairband.
Being historically constructed in England, she has peculiar speech habits which include using random English words. Her catchphrase (from her speech when firing) is "Burning Love!" This does not keep her English from being so grammatically incorrect and accented to nearly be incomprehensible (see pool #11167).
Her excitable dere-dere nature and frequent demands for attention from the Admiral have left her portrayed in doujins as being "protago-sexual", falling in love with anyone who is the protagonist of a series, whatever kind of admiral (male or female, kind or mean, good or evil...) there is, or even other ship girls if they are the main character of the doujin. Her openness and one of her lines, "Hey! Admiral! Touching is OK, but there's a time and place for everything," has earned its own tag.
She is also an avid drinker of black tea, sometimes to the point that she is obsessed with or even addicted to the stuff (see pool #7461).
Kongou is one of the most popular girls in the series.
- Kongou (Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio) - alternative version of the Kongou-class battleship, from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio
- Burning Love (phrase) - When her signature catchphrase is used in an image
- It's OK to touch - A phrase she speaks as a secretary line if you keep clicking her, one made popular because of its more sexual connotations.
- kongou pose
- Kongou (azur lane)