Raizou Nakajima (中島 雷造 Nakajima Raizou) is a supporting character in the Macross Zero OVA. He is part of the maintenance crew aboard the CVN-99 Asuka II serving as the chief engineer responsible for overseeing repair, maintenance and modifications of the VF-0A Phoenix prototype variable fighter.
Personality & Character
|“||Your piloting lacks love!!||”|
Beneath his gruff exterior, Raizou is a hopeless romantic at heart and respects crazy pilots willing to risk their lives for a beloved woman, showing it in kind by decking out their VF-0s in full-battle gear.
Skills & Abilities
|“||Even if the plane is tough, these fledglings are going to fly them.||”|
Raizou is first seen in the hangar bay of the CVN-99 Asuka II, performing the final checks to the VF-0 units before their first-ever flight. While talking to Roy Focker, the mechanic warns him that these "slender beauties" are considerable gas-guzzlers since they are fitted with tuned-up jet engines instead of the intended thermonuclear ones that didn't make it in time. When Roy promises to take care of the units, Raizou brushes that statement off, knowing fully well that Roy isn't the gentle type when it comes to aircraft, much less women. Raizou also laments the lack of experienced pilots capable of using the VF-0 to full capacity, since the long-drawn-out Unification Wars claimed the lives of a significant number of good men. Except for Roy, all the assigned VF-0 pilots are totally green.
After Shin Kudō joined the Skull Squadron, he almost always got an earful from Raizou whenever training ends since his impulsive actions ostensibly put a major strain on the VF-0's engine, with the chief engineer even going as far as telling the young pilot that his handling of the unit lacks "love". But through Roy, Shin finds out that Raizou is actually ecstatic that the engine is being worked to its limits, getting him excited to see how far it can go.
|“||I love idiots who are willing to throw their lives away for women...||”|
Shin and Roy later set out to rescue Sara Nome and Aries Turner from the Anti-U.N. Forces. To this end, Raizou went all out on their VF-0 units: tuning the engines to the max and outfitting them with Ghost Boosters plus a voluminous missile payload, a modification that came to be known as the VF-0 Phoenix "Angel". Raizou is last seen sending them off.
Notes & Trivia
- Nakajima was the name of a Japanese aircraft manufacturing company during WWII. After the war, they were reformed into Fuji Heavy Industries, which is now known as Subaru.
- Raizou's familial relationship to Makina Nakajima from Macross Δ was unclear prior, but their connection was eventually confirmed in its theatrical adaptation, Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre. Makina is Raizou's great-granddaughter.
Macross Zero characters
|U.N. Spacy||Shin Kudō | Roy Focker | Edgar LaSalle | Raizou Nakajima | Aries Turner | Katie|
|Mayan Island||Sara Nome | Mao Nome | Nutouk|
|Anti-U.N. Forces||D.D.Ivanov | Nora Polyansky | Dr. Hasford|