Kantai Collection character personifying the fifth Hatsuharu-class destroyer Ariake ("dawn"). She is the first new Hatsuharu-class girl implemented in the game in seven years; all four previous Hatsuharus have been part of the game since the beginning. She is also the first of her class not fleshed out by either artist who illustrated the others; instead, hers is Kujou Ichiso, illustrator of Destroyer Division 27 colleauges Shiratsuyu and Shigure.
Ariake has long black hair that gradates into purple and orange and is tied into a low ponytail with bangs, some of which partially covering her left eye, as well as purple eyes. She wears a black beret, a long-sleeved white collared shirt under a black blazer with a red necktie, a grey pleated skirt, and black fingerless gloves. Under her clothes, she wears a sarashi which covers an already somewhat well-endowed chest.
Ariake comes off as somewhat spunky, cool, and at times tomboyish, but does get very embarrassed as she is gradually stripped of her clothing. She is also unmindful whether she is actually classified as a Hatsuharu or, as some historians regarded the historical destroyer, the nameship of a separate class, under which Shiratsuyu, Shigure, and Murasame are included. This is due to the extensive design changes and modifications to the historical destroyer to remedy the flaws the previous "top-heavy" Hatsuharus had.
The historical Ariake was sunk on July 28, 1943 by engaging B-25 Mitchell planes while assisting Mikazuki. This was after completing a troop transport at Tuluvu, New Britain (now part of Papua New Guinea), during which the two destroyers ran aground on a reef off Cape Gloucester.
Searching for Ariake turns up a "red herring" tag, Ariake no Jouou (有明の女王, "Queen of Ariake"), an epithet referring to Kashima. "Ariake" in this case refers to the Ariake district in Tokyo where Tokyo Big Sight is located and Kashima was the main character of many Kancolle doujin published for Comiket 89, her first since her implementation during the Autumn 2015 event.