Back in 2016, about a year ago, I was offered a chance to read this interesting analysis
from my fellow KDZ fan-friend, in which she expressed her thoughts & feelings about the Chibi Red Lord's supposedly reactions to a key character's final moment in Kishin Douji Zenki FX - Vajra Fight
, an OFFICIAL KDZ Game in 1995.
The details of her analysis are as follows:
" Now I actually feel bad.
After what a good friend showed me and all those things I saw and read while playing the Kishin Douji Zenki games and looking through the manga, Zenki came out pretty much as a reckless idiot and a man-child, who doesn't care about humans and can't understand human feelings.
Today we might all have been proven wrong.
It may or may not be a one time event, but this is actually an ingame cutscene from Kishin Douji Zenki FX - Vajura Fight, an official Zenki game way back from 1995.
Despite viewing this from a neutral viewpoint, I still feel very torn apart about this.
So here's what happens:
This cutscene shows a human girl dying from the her injuries.
While Zenki managed to defeat the Karuma Beast that captured the girl, he couldn't protect her.
The girl is dying and all Zenki can do is standing at her side while she lives her final moments.
He talks to her and tries to comfort her.
His clumsy attempt at understanding human feelings and trying to make her last moments as bearable as possible leads to her smiling and encouraging Zenki not to give up.
She dies with a peaceful smile on her face.
Zenki clenches his fists as he mourns the girl's death and cries out screams of vegance towards the ceiling, as vows to avenge her by defeating the evils.
This cutscene is especially notable as it shows an unknown side of Zenki.
Usually we know Zenki for being oblivious to human feelings, but watching that girl die and being utterly unable to do anything about it just broke Zenki's cold facade.
The situation revealed that despite all the times Zenki didn't care about others, there's just a point where even he will show a very different side of himself.
I was really shocked when I saw this while doing research on the game.
I still feel very strange, but I felt that it was important to show this to the public. "
While I certainly do NOT wish to disappoint my friend
, I believe her argument committed a few grave errors of interpretation–– at least according to her own translation and/or speculation.
As a result, I felt complied to get to the bottom of this in-game bizarre event, of course, with the help of one of my native Japanese friends - Kawaguchi N.
And so...... Here is what actually happened between Chibi-Zenki & Nozomi instead, dear KDZ fans/friends:
== LINK to Original KDZ Game Video on YouTUBE
Chibi-Zenki: とり憑かれたお前が悪い あきらめなIt's your fault that you were possessed. Give up.
Nozomi: ごめんなさい わたしいつも迷惑ばかりI'm sorry... for always being a nuisance...
Chibi-Zenki: 俺様は実を食えればそれでいいんだ こんなの迷惑じゃないさIt's fine if I can eat the Possession Seed. Ain't a nuisance.
Nozomi: あたし生まれ変われたら もっと修行するIf I were reborn, I'd definitely train harder...
Chibi-Zenki: あいつらどこまでも俺様をコケにしやがる 完全に頭にきたぜThey've insulted me to the limit! I COMPLETELY LOST IT!!
As we can see in the actual Japanese transcript of the dialogue between Zenki & Chiaki's friend -Nozomi- starting at 28:32
and ending at 29:13
, Chibi-Zenki only stated the obvious without really showing any remorse and/or sadness over the girl's imminent demise
. In fact, he didn't really care if she were going to die or not. His explosive outbreak in the end was merely the result of being insulted by the monster that had possessed Nozomi previously.No comfort. No mourning. No fist-clenching or vengeance for the girl's sake.
The only revenge Zenki wanted was against the evil enemies, and it was certainly NOT because of Nozomi's death
The Red Lord wanted the Possession Seeds, and proved himself the STRONGEST Kishin on Earth. He couldn't care less about mankind or human emotions
, which is exactly what we've learnt from one of his lines in another KDZ Game 'Kishin Douji Zenki - Battle Raiden
', in which the Red Lord stated:"What happens to the human race does NOT concern me!!!"
Likewise, the girl -Nozomi- didn't smile or encourage Zenki not to give up or died with a peaceful smile, etc. She simply accepted her ill fate n passed away.
I know this may prove upsetting to most KDZ fans, notably fans of Zenki-sama. However, we must eventually realize and accept that the Red Demon Warrior only serves mankind as a side effect in his way to achieve the title of Invincibility
The great Ozunu saw through Zenki's intense personal ambition from the very first time they met in ancient days, and because the Red Demon was an UNcomplicated supernatural being who loves consuming the Seeds of Evil/Possession Seeds, the future Bodhisattva of Japan helped fulfill his wish by granting him VAJRA Power
- the Mighty Force that vanquishes all evil -- fav.me/da10m3v
As a matter of fact, Zenki will gain more power n become stronger. On one condition, tho: Continuing to serve humanity n acting as their guardian. It all depends on how much he's willing to use these granted powers to serve n protect mankind
Unfortunately for him, this also binds Zenki to the human race against his will
, which has strongly been reflected in the Red Lord's conflicted relationship with Chiaki Enno - his New Master & the 55th generation descendant of Ozunu Enno >1.300 years later. He wanted to KILL her from the beginning -- fav.me/d4uvlnf
. Luckily, he was restrained by the Bracelet of Protection
- Ozunu-sama's safeguarding method to protect his direct descendant.
The reawakened Zenki was so full of himself n so proud that he first came up with the idea that, if he could just get rid of the heiress of Enno Ozunu, he would be free, FREE in every way, to do whatever he wanted to and battle whomever he desired with his superpowers, even if it may result in his endangering his own life & other living beings, or the world being destroyed by sheer chance
! Remember the time when the Red Lord blasted away part of Ura-yama (裹山) in Manga vol 01? Or when he almost got himself killed again with his abuse of "Crimson Lotus Wrath" in vol 12, as he tried to overpower Kyou - henchman of the Evil Dragon King -Kokuu-?
Zenki was proved WRONG as the story unfolded and the Red Demon was forced to face the harshest truth: Without the Ennos also means WITHOUT Vajra Power
, and without the power that makes him indomitable, Zenki's godly status would be significantly reduced to that of an ordinary demon
, and his desire to become the world's MOST POWERFUL KISHIN would remain a pipe dream,
no more no less -- fav.me/dbrnvt5
++ AzureKnight2008's Notes
, or Semerone - the Founder of KDZ Wikia,
I'm sorry to have made you & our friends on KDZ Wikia worried about my long absence. In truth, I've been very busy with work & life these days due to the peak season of my company. I'm OK. I just needed time to do some critical thinking alone and to focus on some personal projects of my own.
I understand that your past article -- fav.me/daon4tj
was meant as a challenge towards my idea/impression about Zenki-sama and honestly... I LOVE challenging ideas like yours!
It's been a long while and after much delay, here is MY FINAL ANSWER
to your inquiry, as promised.
I personally wrote this article so as to let you know that I'm NOT a 'quitter', and that I'm following through on my promise for this ULTIMATE Goal: Clearing up the prolonged misunderstanding between us
, for the reason that you & your Wikia team always seem to be under the impression that I am an "anti-Zenki fan", as implied via your previous journal dated July 9th, 2017 -- fav.me/dbfni4l
Truthfully, I am not.
I respect your love for the Demon Warrior of Crimson Thunder Light, of Fighting & War. And I'm NOT stifling anyone's creativity
. That was the main reason I've kept my silence for a year, so that you could feel free to develop your own idea of Zenki-sama. I won't mind my friends portraying him in a respectful light because I'm doing that, too. I do respect Zenki
as a warrior & one of the key saviors of mankind.
Nevertheless, while I don't mind sharing my knowledge to help you & our friends with the expansion of KDZ Wikia, there're certain 'darker' aspects of the Red Lord's character that I feel very compelled to bring to light
. I'm very consistent.
Keep in mind that I'm not saying Zenki is devoid of emotions, or a 'cold-hearted rock'
. He ought to have emotions in order to feel happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc. Instead, what he seriously lacks is Empathy
. Unlike his Blue comrade, the Red Lord has a fundamentally simple character and doesn't have the patience & compassion required to develop a deeper level of understanding about human emotions & suffering.
*On a funny note, he'd rather project his (subconscious) empathy onto Chiaki's dog -Lucky- who saved his chibi life in vol 09 than onto any 'weak n pathetic' human around him, with the exception of Chiaki herself, and we all know why -- fav.me/dafbt5m
.**I have no problem admitting that your Zenki has changed for the better in KDZ Wikia timeline, but this is the past-him in KDZ Manga/Anime timeline that I'm getting in-depth. I do hope you understand and take this as a chance to re-analyze, re-assess, and improve your own impressions on the REAL Manga/Anime Zenki-sama, instead of saying I'm damaging the image of your most-fav KDZ charater.
It's important to keep the lines of communication open and do not discount things that sound off the wall to you at first, alright? If you want the truth, I'll give you the truth
, at a later time.
With all that said, I'd also like to pronounce that my intensive research & analysis do NOT consist of the denouncement of any character in KDZ series
I do not 'shape' them to fit my own perspective. My judgment is always fair n never self-serving, with only one goal in mind: Providing KDZ fans with the MOST faithful image of every core KDZ character, and a deeper insight into the author (Mr. Kikuhide Tani)'s intentions
. Trust that I'm always open to challenges, but they must be to the point n purely based on hard analysis of facts & solid proofs, not solely on subjective perspectives & unvalidated evidences.
I'd like to express my gratitude n appreciation to Semerone (ZTheGS) & our friends on KDZ Wikia, as well as my KDZ fan-friends on DA who have supported me and my project until now.
KDZ series has brought us all closer together, and I am THANKFUL to have wonderful friends like YOU. You are all I need to forge ahead with added strength & determination!!
Screenshot of Chibi-Zenki from KDZenki GAME [Kishin Douji Zenki FX - Vajra Fight]
Copyright : Kikuhide Tani ((Story)) & Yoshihiro Kuroiwa ((Art))
Translation by AzureKnight2008, in line with the AUTHENTIC Japanese transcript provided by Kawaguchi N.