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雷神八系 -ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女!
RAIJIN HAKKEI – ZANAM – Femme Fatale, Girl of Fate!
A follow-up on Raijin Hachisei ZARAM, Okamoto Maya’s concept CD. First things first, I had the incorrect spelling. It is ZANAM and not ZARAM.
Second, it is apparently “Raijin Hakkei” instead of “Hachisei”. It fits since in many cases, following a robot’s name within a product title are Japanese Kanji with four or five syllables, or they are just three or four Kanji or Kata. It flows well; it is still “Thunder God Eight”. Here are examples:
- Invisible Steel Man Daitarn-3 (無敵鋼人ダイターン3; Muteki Koujin Daitarn 3)
- Beast King Golion (百獣王ゴライオン; Hyakyu Juoh Golion)
- Electric Machine Voltes V (超電磁マシーン ボルテスV; chou denji mashin voltes five)
- Future Daltanius (未来ロボ ダルタニアス; mirai robo Daltanius)
More about ZANAM
My previous article in a nutshell: Actress/Voice actress Okamoto Maya releases a music CD/short drama based on a concept – animation from the 1990s. Asimiya Kia provided the key visual above. Okamoto hasn’t released a music CD in years and turns out there’s plenty of background around ZANAM. That also includes a dream of Okamoto and her crew. Turns out it was thought up in a ramen shop.
The OP and Insert song of ZANAM is “RISE AND FALL” and “Wind Song” (kaze no oto) respectively, and the main character is Kanon J Kusanagi. You can hear the songs on the radio show.
This is why I like science fiction. A stunning imagination parallel with fantasy, but it feels close to reality as technology inevitably changes and intergalactic life and discovering are a part of our real lives.
But this concept CD is indeed what it is – concept. More than I first thought, there is a lot of thought put into ZANAM. It’s not just a music tribute to the 1990s. And, my curiosity turned a little unhealthy.
On the official site’s Femme Fatale bi-weekly radio show, I received a shoutout and some answers to questions, but I’m not particularly sure of those answers. If there is a possible spoiler, Okamoto mentions it as a “himitsu” or a “secret”.
And Okamoto has the cutest voice. Surprisingly soothing and seems to fit a humble character. Somehow, I can pass twenty minutes even with little comprehension on what’s being said.
I think, from what I can gather, Kanon has a brother but the rest is a secret. I think she did say “nii-san” (elder brother) and that “he’s not dead”?
Tekkaman… There is also a hint of a rival; “nii-san” and “teki” (enemy) are in the same phrase but I don’t want to officially confirm. There’s also the “number 20”? Are there twenty robots? Again, I can’t confirm.
One of Kanon’s special techniques is possibly “Cyclone flare!”
And, it looks like extra questions are put on hold. I am patient, Okamoto-san.
About the Work
The excerpt below is from Akiba, explaining the initial setting so far (page 4):
Asimiya Kia gave an idea. Then, Dragon, a manager, decided that the setting should be on Earth “200-300 years in the future”. At ramen shop, Asimiya commented that “it’s really interesting but it should be good in modern times”. A modern construction; Dragon wanted to initially begin in space. After some thought out effort, it’s decided that the story is set in the year 2017 and both Earth and Mars play a role.
Kanon is in Mars and The Raijin come from Earth. The Earth that we know is different; ancient civilization exists. Earth has experienced nuclear war and atmospheric disasters. The people enter underground.
As for Mars, they flourish through terraforming. The people are split into two powers. Thus, with this development, Mars is the Earth of 2017 (AKA: Modern times). There is an attempt to revive Earth of course, and people from Earth ally with Mars. Mars contain the needs of Terraforming. Of course. From Earth, they adopted the crafting culture, the traditions and spiritualism. This is where the drama is born. The “who or what” on Earth is the story. It becomes gradually.
In addition to this, the robots used in battle are referred to as “Mules”, which engage in “Mule Fights”. You could say that it’s the same as a mobile suit (MS), or how we refer a MS to a “gundam”. The model is a “Mule”, and one of the Mules is ZANAM (zanamu).
It is a dream? I AM SOLD!
This is from Nakarigi’s blog, transcribed from Okamoto’s radio segments. I’ll just do a couple for today. Hopefully more will reveal itself in the future:
Kanon J Kusanagi
22-24 years old. “J” is from Jeanne d’Arc. A warrior of the Mule Fight; C.V is Okamoto-san.
It’s revealed in the above interview that Kusanagi is based on the sword in Japanese Shinto myth that slew the snake Orochi. Kanon is an expert in kenjutsu, or the art of the sword, trained by her grandfather. Silver hair, violet eyes, slender body. Are her breasts nice? (LOL). She is the ace pilot of a platoon. Height is around 165 – 168 cm (About 5’5″ or 5’6″). That is her in the key visual.
One interesting part is “Part of the body during specific condition changes”. What could this mean? If I were to think of even “Battle Spirits: Zero” or old mecha shows, it could be a “change of character”. Another thought is that there’s an impediment such as weakening the body (or mind) while fighting.
An African. Guy who likes wearing fancy clothes. However, he has too many favorite clothes and strains himself.
Jay’s rival. Introduced in the 9th segment. Fun fact: Kawanda is a town in Uganda, Africa.
24 years old person from Brasil. Introduced in the 9th segment. A passionate character. Fun fact: George Yonashiro is a former Japanese-Brazilian football player.
Also, as of the 11th radio segment, the CD is now available for delivery. More on this project on a later date.
I think this is cool. And, I am further surprised by Okamoto’s kindness. It also looks like, by becoming curious in this project, I met others who are also interested.
Another SKETCH A DAY. “For real?”