Japan has a way of taking things from everyday life and turning them into strange, over the top games, movies or shows usually involving cute girls. The folks over at Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi in China saw this trend and thought, ‘Hey, we can do that,’ and “Azur Lane” was born. “Azur Lane” is a series set an alternate reality where famous warships from World War II aren’t ships, but anime girls gliding across the water. If this sounds absurd, its because it is, but in all the right ways. The series launched with a mobile game in 2017 and quickly became hugely popular in China and Japan. “Azur Lane: Crosswave” is the series’ first video game on home consoles, giving fans a whole new way to experience the series. Many of these kinds of anime games can be a little lacking on quality, however, leaning more into fanservice than gameplay. In many ways, “Azur Lane: Crosswave” does exactly that. The game follows rookie “shipgirls” Shimakaze and Sugura. Not long after joining the military ranks of the Sakura Empire, the duo encounters the Sirens, mysterious enemies of justice and democracy. When the Sirens leave behind strange objects labeled only as “cubes,” the Sakura Empire ...