Most IJN prem/event ships are either fun to play but poor combatants, or just plain crap. This is the greatest exception to that rule.
In addition to being fun, the ship is well and truly a beast. Fairly difficult to land a good salvo on, decent speed, and decent BB3 range, it can also accept goofy setups like 6xMikasa guns (Gnei firepower and speed, but twice the rate of fire). Its only real drawback is the gun placement (2 forward, 4 aft), which makes landing your own salvo fairly awkward, as you have to turn slightly after moving in to get it off. The arrangement's great if you're getting chased, but that doesn't happen quite as often, since its firepower and hitbox beg for an aggressive playstyle.