Japanese heavy cruisers - ya gotta like 'em. Fast and heavily armed, their conformance with contemporary naval treaty restrictions was mostly hypothetical. All joking aside, Japanese cruisers packed an unparalleled punch for their size as the result of carrying the Long Lance torpedo - as many as sixteen tubes and eight additional reloads! They also tended to mount a very heavy main battery. As a result, like many Japanese warships, they tended to be overloaded and somewhat top-heavy. However, they comported themselves well during the war, and were accorded a healthy respect by their foes.