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Submarine I-401
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Super-Graviton cannon | Joint Tactical Network Avatar
Japanese name イ-401
Mental Model information
Status Active
Affiliation Blue Steel, Chihaya Gunzou (current), Fleet of Fog (former)
Mental Model's Appearance
Eye color Green
Hair color Light Blue
Vessel Status
Status Active (manga);
Sunk and restored (anime);
Vanished, possibly returned (movie);
Sunk by I-400 and I-402 (anime)
Vessel information
Type "Fleet of Fog" Sen-toku class submarine
Displacement 3,545/6575 tons
Length 122 m
Beam 12 m
Draft 10.2 m
Maximal Speed 80 knots submerged
60 knots surfaced
Armament 8x Torpedo tubes;
11x Photon cannons;
18x Missile launchers;
Super-Graviton Cannon;
3x Seiran Bomber Drone
Wave-Force Armor Yes
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 1
Anime Episode 1
Voice Actors
Japanese Fuchigami Mai
German Céline Vogt

I-401 is a former "Fleet of Fog" submarine captained by Gunzou Chihaya. Her Mental Model is named Iona (イオナ). She has turrets for active anti-torpedo and anti-missile defense systems and an unspecified number of rear torpedo tubes. Ammunition for the torpedo tubes includes but is not limited to: Corrosive Warhead Torpedoes, Anti-Masker torpedoes, Active Decoys, Passive Decoys, and Anti-Sub missiles. Additionally, after sinking the battleship, Hyuuga, I-401 was equipped with a salvaged Super-Graviton Cannon. Later, this cannon was further improved via two support vessels, auxiliary Super-Graviton Cannon ships SGCS-01 Itsukushima and SGCS-02 Hashidate.

As of Chapter 72, I-401 can use attack planes and is the only "Fleet of Fog" vessel to utilize aircraft offensively after the Great Naval Battle of 2039.

I-401 has moderately powerful Wave-Force armor, which can protect her hull from a single grazing hit by a Super-Graviton Cannon or two direct hits from Corrosive Warhead Torpedoes. Without this armor, I-401 is not much sturdier than a conventional submarine. However, she's much faster than any human submarine (save for Hakugei (3) in its super-cavitation mode) and can reach 80 knots while fully submerged. More if she focuses entirely on speeding to her chosen destination.


While I-401 is a Fog vessel, she has perfectly working facilities that an AI-operated machine doesn't need: a bridge, a wardroom, and private cabins for the crew. It's not clear whether those were originally present, but it is unlikely that humans installed them before I-401 was sent on her first manned voyage with Shouzou Chihaya as her captain, as human technologies are not advanced enough for such renovations.



I-401's bridge and the crew

I-401's bridge room appears to be a roughly spherical room with light-gray walls. Usually, the lighting is toned down, and they appear to be much darker. In front of the entrance hatch, there is a raised platform with seats for the first mate (right) and the captain (left). Between these two seats, there is an elevation on which Iona is often sitting.

In front of the platform, there are three crew stations arranged in a semi-circle. The central one (Fire Control) is occupied by Kyouhei and the left one (Sonar) by Shizuka. Above the central station, there are big screens that are used to display tactical data. During the first "voyage" I-401 had with Gunzou, no other consoles were present other than the raised platform, the captain’s seat, and the main tactical display.

Engine Room[]


I-401's engine room

I-401's engine room looks entirely unlike anything that can be found on any human-made submarine, even one as advanced as Hakugei (3). This is something to be expected, though, as I-401 was and still is a Fog vessel. From what little is known about Fog technology, I-401 uses “thanatonium” as its power source. As such, its engine room is actually a reactor room where energy is harvested from the decomposition of thanatonium into graviton particles. This energy is then transferred to all onboard facilities through superconductive cables.



Iona in Japanese National Maritime Institute of Technology uniform

Iona is the Mental Model of the I-401 submarine. She's one of the oldest Mental Models in existence, and, having spent around two years with humans, she is one of the most versed in the human way of life. Unless she reveals her abilities, it is practically impossible to distinguish her from a normal person.

Iona appears as a girl in her late pre-teens, with long, white, and blue-tinted hair, pale skin, and green eyes. Her clothes vary, especially in the manga. In the anime, only two sets of clothes for her have been shown. When appearing in swimwear, Iona is always seen in a one-piece swimsuit.

Iona is usually calm and rather quiet; she's helpful towards her crew and is a dear friend of Gunzou. She doesn't like taking big risks but often agrees that Gunzou's rather crazy plans are the best ones. Iona appears to share various duties like cooking and cleaning with her crew. She doesn’t seem to have any specific hobbies, though she does like watching the anime “Hisonic Miku-chan.”

Iona's existence as I-401’s Mental Model is because of Yamato. As Yamato was sinking, her final order towards a submarine that happened to be nearby was to find Chihaya Gunzou and become his ship. As said by Musashi in the movie Ars Nova: Cadenza, Iona’s core was given by Yamato as part of her final order. Hence, she was referred to by Musashi as "Yamato's puppet."

Joint Tactical Network[]


Iona as the Joint Tactical Network

In Chapter 53, it is revealed that Iona herself is the Joint Tactical Network. For this reason, she can't be cut off from it no matter what. However, Iona is not consciously aware of this.

While actively participating in her capacity of being the Joint Tactical Network, Iona's appearance changes somewhat. Her hair turns darker, and she wears a Yamato-style dress, which bears the insignia of the Fleet of Fog on it. Interestingly enough, the dress has I-401's insignia as well, and it is always present on her forehead when she is in the “information-scape” of the Joint Tactical Network.

First Appearances[]

  • Manga: I-401 and Iona both appear in the first chapter of the manga. By that point, she had already been allied with Gunzou for about two years. In flashbacks, it is revealed that Iona had infiltrated the Japanese National Maritime Institute in search of Gunzou.
  • Anime: I-401 already has a Mental Model when she meets Gunzou. She actually infiltrates the Japanese Maritime Institute of Technology as Iona and lures Gunzou to the harbor, where she reveals her identity as a Mental Model. After their alliance is formed, I-401 breaks free from the dry-docks where she was locked up and comes to collect Gunzou and Iona. They then disappear into the sea after being shot at by the few ships which guard the docks.

Role: Manga[]

I-401 has quite a long history, beginning around the same time as when the Fleet of Fog started to actively attack human fleets. However, the most eventful times for I-401 are the recent years when she has Gunzou Chihaya as her captain.

Early days: 2039-2046[]

The Fleet of Fog possessed both firepower and defenses light-years ahead of humanities’ own from the beginning. As a result, Fog warships easily overwhelmed any single fleet that dared to oppose them. In a desperate attempt to take back the seas, a global united fleet was formed by humanity in 2039. This fleet was defeated during the Great Naval Battle, with 70% of it destroyed and over 600,000 casualties. The sole victory during the Great Battle was the capture of I-401 by JMSDF Commander Shouzou Chihaya through means unknown. I-401 was then brought to Yokosuka Port to be studied.

I-401 dry dock

I-401 in Yokosuka port dry docks

All attempts to understand the technology involved in its creation, however, failed. After six years, the Japanese government finally gave up and decided that I-401 would be used to combat the Fleet of Fog as is. Shouzou Chihaya was appointed as captain, and in 2045, I-401 was sent on its maiden (manned) voyage, despite opposition from other parties within the government.

Contact with I-401 was lost while it was somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To this day, it is unknown what happened. However, at that time, it was assumed lost all crew presumed dead. After almost a year, I-401 unexpectedly returned to Yokosuka without its crew. It was placed into a dry dock and locked up.

Formation of I-401's crew: 2054-2055[]


I-401's invitation

Sometime in the year 2054 (after the fire in Facility #4), I-401 broke free from the dry-dock where it was being stored. Iona met Gunzou Chihaya, and together they escaped from the port of Yokosuka. For some time, it was just two of them; then Maruri Hibiki (I-401’s original sonar operator) joined them. After that, Iori Watanuki (in charge of the engines), Kyouhei Kashihara (in charge of weapons) and Sou Oribe (I-401's first mate) joined.

Approximately one year after the escape from Yokosuka, the crew of the I-401 had their first serious fight. They managed to sink the Fog battleship Hyuuga, who then proclaimed Iona as her “Goddess of War,” acknowledging Iona as her fleet flagship and taking their side. Gunzou left Hyuuga in charge of his base at Iwo Jima, while I-401 continued its adventures.

Following the fight with battleship Hyuuga, Maruri left the crew temporarily, leaving I-401 without a proper sonar operator. Then about eight months before the series begins, Hodzumi Shizuka joined the crew and became their new sonar operator. Out of the six people that have been crew members under Gunzou's command, Shizuka is the only one who didn't attend the Japanese National Maritime Institute of Technology. As of yet, her reasons for joining the crew are unclear.

Current Events: 2055-2056[]

In the first volume, Iona is seen assisting Gunzou with various jobs, the latest one being protecting an SSTO launch site from a Fog light cruiser. After that job is complete, Gunzou is contacted by Ryuujirou Kamikage, a representative of the Japanese military. His request is for the I-401 to transport the last prototype of the new Vibration Warhead Torpedo to the USA. I-401 sets sail for Yokosuka to pick it up.

On the way there, they run into heavy cruiser Takao, a part of the Fleet of Fog's blockade around Japan. Unable to escape the confrontation, I-401 is forced to fight an opponent with superior firepower. The first clash results in an almost complete loss of defenses. However, they were victorious during the second clash, thanks to a surprise attack with a weapon I-401 wasn't supposed to have and some bluffing by Gunzou.

In Yokosuka, I-401 remains in the dry-docks until two Fog battleships - Haruna and Kirishima - attack the port. It then escapes the docks (again) and, with some help from Hakugei (3) collects Gunzou and the rest of the crew. I-401 then begins fighting Haruna and Kirishima. However, the two have even greater firepower than Takao, and I-401 is severely outclassed. In the end, Gunzou comes up with a daring plan that uses I-401 as bait. The plan works and Hakugei (3) is able to destroy both battleships with a single corrosive torpedo (given to them by Iona). After the battle ends, the crew heads to the Iwo Jima base for repairs and to restock ammunition.

On their way to Iwo Jima, Iona is attacked by the submarine U-2501. The reincarnation of the German submarine manages to corner I-401 and forces them to surface. Mysteriously, the captain of the U-boat, Zordan Stark, decides that it is not the time to sink them and lets them go.

When Iwo Jima is attacked by Japanese Special Forces, I-401 leaves an active decoy for them to capture while she (with Hyuuga aboard) and Takao escape. From there, I-401 heads to rendezvous with Hakugei (3), which is supposed to have the documentation and last prototype of the Vibration Warhead Torpedo.

After Takao is sunk in her confrontation with U-2501, I-401 snipes the its resupply vessel, the Milchkuh, forcing U-2501 to retreat. Then I-401 searches for Takao's core until I-402 posts on the quantum network that she has it. Upon receiving this message, I-401 withdraws from those waters and rendezvouses with Hakugei (3).

On their way to the rendezvous point, I-401 comes in contact with Kongou's pursuit fleet, which consists of Kongou herself, battleship Hiei, and heavy cruisers Atago, Myoukou, Haguro, Ashigara and Nachi as well as several lesser vessels. At this point, it is decided that Gunzou and Hyuuga will slip through the blockade in the miniature submarine, the (Matsushima), recover Hyuuga's hull and return to assist in freeing I-401 from the blockade.

However, heavy cruisers Ashigara and Nachi find I-401 before that plan can be completed, and I-401 (under Iona's command) is forced into battle. Iona chooses an attempt at shaking the heavy cruisers from her trail and is successful in doing so. She also manages to land a severe hit on Ashigara, forcing her to retreat to the surface temporarily.

Following that action, Iona hides the I-401 and hibernates for two hours as she prepares for a counterattack against Kongou's fleet. She finds herself in a virtual space during this time, where her additional role as the Joint Tactical Network is revealed. However, she is forced to forget about this before she is allowed to 'wake up.’

Iona's plan for the counterattack is as follows: two of her active decoys (loaded with Corrosive Warhead Torpedoes) are to attack Haguro, Nachi, Myoukou, and Hiei. To confuse those vessels, Iona will directly control the decoys while her crew controls the main vessel. This tactic, while deciphered by Hiei rather quickly, was still quite successful. Moreover, one of the decoys actually managed to sink the heavy cruiser Haguro.

Once Kongou had her Flagship equipment deployed, Iona decided that collecting data on it was in order. However, since the equipment created some massive spatial distortions, which made the usage of reconnaissance drones impossible, Iona needed to approach and observe Kongou directly. This curiosity is predicted by Hiei and used against her.

While I-401 managed to take the photos of Kongou's Flagship equipment without much problem, she was sniped immediately afterward by Myoukou, taking some serious, though not quite critical damage to the hull.

Among other things, this left Iori stranded in the engine compartment without any available way to join the rest of the crew in the living quarters. This, coupled with the leakage of some presumably poisonous gas, created the first genuine threat to the life of Iona's crewmate. The situation is only made worse by the fact that Fleet of Fog doesn't seem to be generous enough to give Iona the time she needs to fully fix the damage she has sustained so far.

Iori was saved by Ashigara and Haguro, who ended up inside I-401's hull after it crashed into the seafloor where they were walking. The Mental Models of the two heavy cruisers are forced to assist Iona in surviving the current battle, lest they be destroyed alongside her.

Having assigned Ashigara to assist Kyouhei and Haguro to Sou, Iona and Gunzou focus on their next move: Trap Kongou's fleet by blowing up an underwater deposit of methane hydrate. This will create an enormous amount of bubbles which will then aerate the water in this area, reducing buoyancy significantly. Gunzou predicts that Kongou's fleet will utilize their Klein Fields to maintain buoyancy, rendering them unable to move, which is when I-401 will open fire.

The first part of this plan actually goes pretty well, although Yukikaze secretly had to add a number of her own munitions to make it work as Gunzou wanted. During the second part, Iona sends three warplanes she controls directly to attack Kongou and actually manages to land a corrosive warhead on the fast battleship. The heavily damaged Kongou, determined to have the last word, fires her remaining weaponry at the Gunzou's Matsushima and heavily damages it. Gunzou sends a seemingly final message telling Iona to leave him and continue with the mission. But Iona, crying for the first time, decides to retrieve Gunzou's sinking vessel with the crew's support despite Ashigara's objection. Unfortunately, they are unable to reach the vessel before Kongou, reduced to just her hull, lands a final blow.

After her battle against Kongou's fleet is over, Iona dumps Ashigara and Haguro in a lifeboat and releases them somewhere near Iwo Jima.

Role : Anime[]

The beginning (2054 - 2055)[]

In anime, little is known about what was happening to I-401 prior to the warehouse 51 incident when Chihaya Gunzou touched her hull, forcing her awakening. It's made to look like she had came to Yokosuka port with her weapons locked on her several years before that accident; according to her own words, Gunzou is the first human inboard of her, which means that unlike how it was manga, Shouzou never was her captain.

Upon her re-activation, I-401's Mental Model assumed an appearance of the Japanese Maritime Institute of Technology student and infiltrated the establishment in order to contact Gunzou and possibly get him to become her captain. Despite his original doubts, Gunzou ended up agreeing to make her his ship and the two of them escaped Yokosuka.

Battles with Nagara and Takao[]

The chronologically next time she appears, I-401 already has her crew "full" with, Iori Watanuki in charge of engine, Kyouhei Kashihara in charge of weapons and Sou Oribe being first mate. Her sonar operator is Shizuka Hodzumi.


I-401's corrosive torpedo hits light cruiser Nagara

I-401's first shown mission was protecting an SSTO launch site in Saga prefecture from the attacks from the "Fleet of Fog" light cruiser Nagara. This mission was successful with Nagara being sunk, however, the SSTO was later destroyed while in orbit - Gunzou learnt this from Kamikage Ryuujirou, and was next asked to deliver the last existing prototype of the Vibration Warhead Torpedo to USA.

Since the warhead itself was in Yokosuka, I-401 headed there, trying to use a typhoon in order to slip through the "Fleet of Fog" radar picket unnoticed.

That didn't really work as heavy cruiser Takao was assisted by the surveillance submarine I-501, who was capable of detecting I-401 from a great distance despite the storm. Unable to slip by the pair and not willing to take the risk of bringing a "Fleet of Fog" to port Yokosuka, Gunzou had I-401 engage Takao in combat. The first attempt was a failure as Takao almost sniped I-401 with her Super-Graviton Cannon, but then I-401 revealed her own one and destroyed I-501, and with some bluff Gunzou made Takao surrender.

Yokosuka citadel[]

Upon her arrival to Yokosuka port, I-401 was restocked with provision and conventional ammunition; some repairs were also made, though without restocking on nanomaterials at Iwo Jima, I-401's Super-Graviton Cannon, that collapsed during the battle with Takao, could not be repaired. While her hull was being repaired, Iona accompanied Gunzou to his meeting with Kamikage Ryuujirou and, later, to cemetery, where they were confronted by Ryoukan Kita's men.

Kirishima and haruna

battleships Haruna and Kirishima initiating an attack on Yokosuka port

Not willing to fight in such a place, Gunzou agreed to come with them and was delivered to a restaurant where Ryoukan Kita and the rest of the I-401's crew were waiting for them. Ryoukan Kita then asked Gunzou to surrender I-401 to the government. Gunzou refused and Ryoukan Kita was ready to use force to achieve his goal, when battleships Haruna and Kirishima arrived.

Upon Gunzou's orders, I-401 engaged them. In attempt to minimize to possible damage to the port itself, the battleships were dragged to the sunken part of the Yokosuka city, where I-401 utilized her stealth capabilities and local complex underwater currents to maximize her chances of survival and victory.

While Gunzou's original plan to sink Kirishima by attacking her from behind while she was concentrated on a decoy made from the battleship Mikasa's husk didn't work, the said husk was used to hide a launcher that eventually fired a Corrosive Warhead Torpedo that destroyed both battleships Haruna and Kirishima while they were united in order to use their overpowered Super-Graviton Cannon.

Following this battle, I-401 returned to Yokosuka port docks, where the Vibration Warhead Torpedo was finally loaded onto her. As they were departing from the citadel port, I-401 heard Haruna's prayer for help and came to investigate. After confirming that the battleship's Mental Model's desire was only to protect Makie Osakabe, she assisted them by forcing the army troops to retreat. Following that, Haruna, Makie and Kirishima were welcomed aboard of I-401 as guests (the Mental Models had their abilities restricted, though).

Iwo Jima[]

Iwo jima

Iwo Jima

Upon arriving to the base at Iwo Jima, it was discovered that heavy cruiser Takao was already waiting for them there; however she was not seeing them as enemies to be destroyed anymore. Right now Takao's goal was to make Gunzou her own captain.

Some conflicts among the five Mental Models on the base - and there were some without a doubt - however did little to prevent everyone from getting the well-needed rest and, in I-401's case, repairs as well.

The peaceful time, however, didn't last long as soon "Fleet of Fog" learned that I-401 and the Vibration Warhead Torpedo prototype were at Iwo Jima. Kongou decided to attack and destroy them; her fleet consisted of herself, heavy cruiser Maya and six light cruisers. However, before the attack itself could begin, Kongou decided to answer Gunzou's request to come visit the island. She suspected that this was done as a form of mind games in order to make her change her mind about the attack. And, despite her doing her best to protect herself and Maya from it, those mind games did have some effect on her, making her obsessed with sinking I-401.

While Hyuuga, Kirishima and Haruna were powering up the shield around the island and distracting the Kongou's fleet, I-401 with just Gunzou inboard tried to slip away. However, she was noticed and Kongou tried her best to sink her, going as far as trying to activate her Super-Graviton Cannon while submerged and at point blank range. Hyuuga, however, managed to hack Kongou in time and redirected the attack away from I-401, allowing her escape using the burst mode.

Upon exiting the burst mode, however, I-401 was attacked by her sisters I-400 and I-402 and was hit by four Corrosive Warhead Torpedoes. The first pair was stopped by I-401's Wave-Force armor, but the later two were direct hits to the hull. This damage, while serious, wouldn't have been enough to end I-401 had I-400 and I-402 compromised her ability to repair herself as well. As the result, I-401 was left to sink towards her doom.


The second coming of I-401

Iona tried to do her best to keep Gunzou alive, but after sacrificing life-support systems, she ended up putting him in a suspended animation; she then placed him and her own Union Core in a coffin; though she still left a beacon in hopes that someone (Takao) will find them before it was too late. Takao, indeed found them and, using Hyuuga's 'egg', the tsundere heavy cruiser dove to the wreckage of I-401, Takao sacrificing her own hull in order to merge with I-401 and restore her.

Berserk Mode Kongou[]

I-400 and I-402 learn about that and after suspending Kongou from her position of the First Oriental Fleet's flagship, went out to hunt the restored I-401 down. However, this time Iona was ready to fight back and with much help from Takao, Haruna, Kirishima and Hyuuga, she managed to overcome I-400 and I-402. And while she did sink them both, Iona didn't want to kill her sisters.

About the time I-401 sinks her sisters, Kongou manages to break the blocks and, after absorbing Maya and a number of light cruisers that were her fleet, she heads out to personally destroy I-401. By the time she catches up with I-401, American fleet was already there to intercept her. In her crazed state of mind, Kongou chose to annihilate that fleet - to eliminate any chance of those ships switching sides. Then she attacked I-401 herself.

Since Kongou had cut herself from the Joint Tactical Network, in order to contact her, someone needed to establish a direct link with her core. In other words, someone needed to come all the way up to Kongou's 'deck' and touch her Mental Model. Iona volunteered to do that.

Iona had been successfully delivered to Kongou's 'deck' and actually managed to tag her core, however, Kongou had built a powerful defenses around her 'heart', so Iona needed a lot of time to break through. And while she was fighting against those defenses, Iona also had to fight against Kongou's Mental Model in the real world. This fight was one-sided and Kongou totally dominated it. In the end, she managed to pin Iona against the Super-Graviton Cannon and prepared to fire.



That was when Iona finally managed to break through the defenses around Kongou's core in the virtual world. Once able to come in contact with Kongou's self, Iona, wishing to help her, proceeded to comfort the crying battleship. And accepting this, Kongou ceased her attacks in the real world.

Following her 'defeat', Kongou accepted Iona's friendship, but chose to return to her patrols around Japan instead of accompanying I-401 to San Diego.

Ships sunk by I-401[]

During the captaincy of Chihaya Gunzou I-401 has sunk a number of the "Fleet of Fog" vessels:

  • Ise-Class Battleship Carrier Hyuuga
  • Nagara Class Light Cruiser Nagara.
  • I-501, type IXD2 U-boat Surveillance Submarine.
  • Kongou-class Fast Battleships Haruna and Kirishima.
  • (anime only) Sen-toku class Surveillance Submarines I-400 and I-402.
  • (manga only) Type XIV U-Boat Resupply Vessel Milchkuh.
  • (manga only) Myoukou-class Heavy Cruiser Haguro.
  • (manga only) Myoukou-class Heavy Cruiser Ashigara.
  • (manga only) Myoukou-class Heavy Cruiser Nachi.
  • (manga only) Kongou-class Fast Battleship Kongou. With attack airplanes.

In Addition to these vessels, after she had escaped from Yokosuka with Gunzou Chihaya inboard, but before her battle with battleship Hyuuga, I-401 has also sunk at least one "Fleet of Fog" destroyer and one submarine; and at least two light cruisers were confirmed to have been sunk by I-401 near Bounomisaki, where the hull of Hyuuga lies.

Iona's relationships[]

  • Gunzou Chihaya - Her captain and dear friend. She allows him a lot of things and follows his often crazy plans without any real complaints. He returns her feelings of friendship in kind. Moreover, when asked to surrender I-401, Gunzou states that Iona is his crewmate and he will never sell her, no matter what.
  • Iori Watanuki - Iona's second-closest friend. Iori manages I-401's engine and energy systems, and as such Iona has spent a lot of time explaining various technical details to her.
  • Kyouhei Kahihara - Iona's fellow anime fan. Additionally, he's the man in charge of I-401's weapons.
  • Hyuuga - Current co-processor for Iona. Hyuuga, once defeated by I-401 and her crew, abandoned "Fleet of Fog" and alligned herself with them. She sees Iona as the Goddess of war and practically worships her. And lusts after her as well, which often annoys Iona. Hyuuga also does repair or upgrade I-401's equipment that is beyond humans' understanding.
  • Takao - Originally an enemy, Takao later becomes a part of Gunzou's "Blue Steel", and as such Iona treats her as an ally. Takao, on the other hand, sees Iona as a rival for Gunzou's heart and is slightly antagonistic towards her.
  • Shouzou Chihaya - Their meeting happened before I-401 got her Mental Model. Shouzou and several of his men had boarded I-401 some years before the series starts, before disappearing from Japan.

In general, Iona shows an incredible amount of trust in her current crew, going as far as to give them full control over her boat while she performs other actions that require her full attention (e.g. guiding decoys or warplanes).


  • I-401 is the only known vessel in the "Fleet of Fog" that has a single Mental Model, with a name that differs from the name of the vessel itself.
  • Iona is the first Mental Model seen in the series. I-401 is the first "Fog" vessel seen in manga.
  • Iona can create her (lesser) copies so that she can help in different places simultaneously. These copies have numbers on their foreheads and are usually seen somewhere around Iori. The only other "Fog" vessel to show this ability is Takao.
  • I-401 is the only known "Fleet of Fog" vessel that had two human captains.
  • According to anime, I-401 was stored in warehouse 51. Considering that she's something that could not be studied by human scientists, this might be reference to the infamous Area 51.
  • In the anime, while I-401 is under Gunzou's command, her deckhouse has an inscription: "Dreifach ist der Schritt der Zeit: Zoegernd kommt die Zukunft hergezogen Pfeilschnell ist der Jetzt entflogen Ewig still steht die Vergangenheit.." (A quote from Friedrich Schiller: Threefold the stride of Time, from first to last: Loitering slow, the Future creepeth -- Arrow-swift, the Present sweepeth -- And motionless forever stands the Past.)
  • In the manga the deckhouse has a different inscription: "Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein" ( A Quote from Friedrich Nietzsche : Whoever fights with monsters should make sure not become a monster in the process. And if you gaze at length into the abyss, the abyss also will gaze into you)
  • Iona is voiced by Aoi Yūki in Drama CD and by Mai Fuchigami in Anime.
  • Being a I-400 class submarine, I-401 (the WWII one) was one of the biggest diesel submarines ever built. Submarines of this class are biggest submarines of the WWII.
  • In the end-of-episode guest illustration of episode 1 of the anime, I-401 is depicted with another I-401 from the Kantai Collection browser-based game.
  • Iona is the only "Fleet of Fog" vessel that is shown to use warplanes offensively (happens in chapter 72). And as she controlled hers via direct immersion, the attack was quite effective.
  • While neither Iona nor I-401 is directly present, Iona's voice replaces the standard announcer and adjutant's in the online naval action game World of Warships whenever an Arpeggio ship is in battle. She is also one of the first submarine commanders in WOWs, making her an anomaly because there are no submarines in WOWs and nobody knows if the creators of WOWs will ever create one. She is also specialized by default to the ARP I-401 Tier ~V Submarine (Originally Tier XI, which is reserved for special or event vessels, like the Bath Boats during the April Fool's Day Event). With use of certain mods to view non-standard and event ships, she can be found at the bottom of the Anime tree, which contains all ARP and HSF vessels at Tier X- the ARP I-401 has broken stats and a corrupt model of a Kuma-class cruiser that will move around and clip through objects while in port. It's icon is in Ars Nova mode. With the recent patch, she can be used on all Imperial Japanese Navy ships.




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Anime version of Iona contacting Gunzou