Wilhelmina Braunschweig Ingenohl Friedeburg, more commonly known as Mi (ミーちゃん Mī-chan), is one of the protagonists of Hai-Furi. She is the deputy-captain of Admiral Graf Spee who served as tactical adviser to the bridge during her stay at the Harekaze.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Wilhelmina is a fair-skinned teenager with light blonde hair that has one section braided with pieces of hair hanging on the right and left eyes.
She can be seen wearing the black Wilhelmshaven Maritime High School uniform for officers, as opposed to the red seen from those worn by crew members.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Wilhemina can be a hot-tempered girl at times, but she can be caring deep down. As an excelling student from a marine school in Germany, she disciplines the crew of Harekaze to become more effective in battle.
She has a habit of using the word “washi” to refer to her in the first person, much to the Harekaze’s crew humor. She learned this from watching Japanese gangster movies, an interest she shared with Kouko Nosa, the Harekaze’s secretary. Together, they would even speak lines from the movies while maintaining the speaker’s character, making them best friends over the course of the series. She is also 14
History[edit | edit source]
With the Harekaze[edit | edit source]
During the Harekaze’s standoff with the submarine I-201, she was awakened by a torpedo explosion that rocked the ship. Fuming, she raced to the bridge and demanded to see the captain, to which she pointed out the mistakes the “collection of amateurs” made in the middle of the fight such as leaving the lights on in night time warfare.
Through her advice, Harekaze managed to disable the I-201 and escape. In return for her help with the I-201, Akeno promised to help Wilhelmina and saveGraf Spee.
Homecoming[edit | edit source]
Soon, Harekaze and Graf Spee met in naval combat. As the Harekaze drew fire, a raiding party that included Wilhelmina raced for the Graf Spee undetected. She led the party to the bridge, curing infected students along the way.
Wilhelmina came face-to-face with the captain and her good friend Thea Kreutzer, who attacked her to no avail. Unable to hurt her friend, Wilhelmina simply embraced her long enough for Minami Kaburagi to administer the antibody. After the incident, the crews of both the Harekaze and Graf Spee became good friends.
She left with the Graf Spee, much to Kouko Nosa’s dismay. But after seeing Kouko at the last minute, Wilhelmina vowed to go on a trip to see her again.
The Finest Hour[edit | edit source]
Wilhelmina returned with the Admiral Graf Spee to aid the Harekaze in its last fight against Musashi as part of a surface action group led by Instructor Furushou. The group drew Musashi’s fire from Harekaze, allowing the destroyer to safely close the distance and board the infected ship and save its crew.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Not only does Wilhelmina have a long name (too long according to Akeno Misaki), it’s also an odd collection of sorts, mostly maritime-related.
- Braunschweig (Brunswick in English) is a city in the state of Lower Saxony, a region that borders the North Sea.
- Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig is the oldest Technische Universität (equivalent to an Institute of Technology) in Germany.
- Friedeburg may be derived from Freiburg, a town along the Elbe River at the state border between Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein (not to be confused with Freiburg in the state of Hesse or Freiburg in the Black Forest).
- Friedeburg can also refer to Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, the last commander of the Kriegsmarine who represented the German armed forces during the instrument of surrender on May 7 at Relms and May 8 in Berlin.
- Ingenohl alludes to Admiral Gustav Heinrich Ernst Friedrich von Ingenohl, who commanded the German High Seas fleet during World War I.
- Her school, Wilhelmshaven Maritime High School, is named after Wilhelmshaven, a port city and naval base also in Lower Saxony. Admiral Graf Spee was launched from this port, more accurately the Wilhelmshaven Imperial Shipyard, in 1933.