"Very well. I leave this in your capable hands."
—Zonda , Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
"I feel your hatred, yet it and Love are the same."
—Fake Zonda , Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Zonda, known in Japan as Pantera (パンテーラ, Pantēra), also referred to as Zonda, the Lustful Mirage or Lust Mirage, Pantera (色惑う夢幻鏡（ラストミラージュ）パンテーラ, Rasuto Mirājū, Pantēra; Lust Mirage literally meaning "Deluding Phantasmal Mirror") as "her" time spent as a member of the Swordsmen and advertised as The Mysterious Girl (謎の少女, Nazo no Shōjo) during the lead-up to Azure Striker Gunvolt 2's release, is a minor antagonist in the original Azure Striker Gunvolt and the main antagonist of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.
Initially introduced as an enigmatic high-ranking member of the Sumeragi Group and part of The Sumeragi Seven who works under Nova, as well as a member of the Adept Hunter Unit, in reality, this version of Zonda was naught but an illusion generated through her Septima to infiltrate the group and steal valuable information on both Glaives and the Muse – once said goal was completed, she allowed this mirror version of herself to be slain by Copen so that she could focus on her true motive.
Indeed, in reality, Zonda leads the multinational adept union known as Eden, guiding them with their shared dream of creating a paradise only for Adepts, Zonda herself serving as an oracle for the oppressed. Her endgame plan is to reboot Sumeragi's Diva Project, using the Muse to amplify her power so that she could exterminate humanity and bring about peace for her kind.
Zonda is known to possess an affinity for the Phantasm Mirror Septima, which allows her to craft intricate and life-like illusions. Upon gaining the power of The Muse, it becomes the Reverie Mirror Septima, which allows her to make her illusions real.
English Website Description Edit
Zonda is a very formidable adept in Sumeragi’s Adept Hunter Unit who utilizes a septimal power known as "Mirror."
Not much is known about this septimal power at this point in time, only that it is thought to be some kind of illusion-based power.
Zonda’s age, gender, and background are all shrouded in mystery, and much about this individual remains unknown, even among Sumeragi’s top officials. Despite this, Zonda’s power as an adept is quite impressive, rivaling the likes of even Sumeragi’s top dog, Nova.
The Glaive which holds Zonda’s septimal power is known as the "Crow Child."
English website description (ASG2) Edit
A young girl who appeared before Gunvolt and Copen, she expresses herself with a level of poise and order that does not befit her childish appearance.
She is an Adept, but her abilities are unknown. What could she be after……?
Zonda is a young girl with long, cream white hair with pink highlights with curls and dark pink eyes. She wears a smart, sleeveless black and white double breasted dress with pink stockings and black shoes with gold buckles. She also has a black bow tied around her head.
Zonda's Sumeragi disguise is an older, somewhat androgynous version of her regular form. In this form, Zonda wears a unique Sumeragi officer uniform consisting of a black jacket with gold highlights and the Sumeragi emblem on the left sleeve, a matching dress with a slit up the side, and a white bodysuit. Zonda also wears white shoes with gold soles.
Unlike any other Swordsmen, there are two different variations to Zonda's Weaponized form: a male and a female version. Both have black eyes with pink irises, long pale pink hair, and black and white armour with pink highlights.
Zonda's male Weaponized form as more spiky hair, a noticeably more muscular build, large pieces of armour on "his" shoulders, and a large, pink, crystal-like spike in "his" crotch.
Zonda's female Weaponized form has smoother hair, large armour around "her" hips, and a black armoured tail with a large spike at the end.
The leader of the adept union Eden, Zonda has proven to be a dark, cold and sinister person, unbefitting of her young age. She is always eerily calm, and rarely shows any true enthusiasm.
Zonda is also rather deceptive, changing her entire appearance and personality in order to infiltrate Sumeragi, and even took part in the hunting of adepts to keep her cover. Despite this, she does show some compassion from time to time. Zonda genuinely cares about her underlings, in particular The Seven, calling them her "friends". She also is very close to her adoptive brother Tenjian, calling out to him in her moments of death, and has a strange fascination with the subject of "love".
However, at her heart, Zonda is a cruel person who is focused only on achieving her own goals and is willing to kill anyone who stands her way. As a result of the treatment she and her fellow adepts suffered, she has vowed to wipe out the entire population without a septima, and build a utopia full of her own twisted version of love. She is also sadistic, mocking Copen over the fact that his sister Mytyl is an Adept, the very thing he despises.
In contrast to this, Zonda's fake form is much more eccentric and flamboyant. Representing the sin lust in this form, Zonda is shown to be an incredibly cheerful and loud person, yet still showing the same disturbing level of ruthlessness and eloquent, theatrical speech. Zonda's admiration for love is increased in this form to become more of an obsession, screaming the word in almost every sentence, and claiming that all things, even hatred and death, are the same as love. Both Zonda's male and female variants can exist at the same time and act independently of each other, yet seem to speak and think as if they were a single person.
It's unknown as to why Zonda experiences this drastic change in personality after transforming, though given Sumeragi Zonda is nearly always seen post-Glaive, this may be linked to the psychological side effects of the Glaives.
Zonda's habit of shouting “love” often got the adept on the wrong side of people, however, mysteriously enough, those who joined the battle unit don’t seem to mind it: there even seem to be unit members who worshipped Zonda.
There were rumors of a hidden faction fight between the men that Zonda commanded during the Sumeragi infiltration: it was said that this division is a result of differing preference of either Zonda's male or female form.
Plot Role Edit
Other appearances Edit
Zonda appears as the final boss in the 8-bit spin-off game Mighty Gunvolt, replacing Copen in a reversal of their roles in Azure Striker Gunvolt.
Zonda appears as a collectible pixel sticker that can be obtained by completing the Paradox challenge by clearing a stage without using any Bursts.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
As a human whom is attuned to the Septimal stage of the Lifewave, and the leader of Eden, Zonda is known to possess a level of power considered to be almost otherworldly in nature, her Septima being Phantasm Mirror known in Japan as Mirror (夢幻鏡（ミラー）, Mirā lit. Phantom Mirror), and while it involves the utilization of mirrors, it is a mysterious power with not much documented about its functions; even amongst the top brass of the Sumeragi Group, a powerful conglomerate whom focus around detaining and controlling Adepts, very little information about Zonda is known, which enabled her to infiltrate the group and become one of their Seven Swordsmen.
Around the time of the illusionary form's induction into Sumeragi and under Nova's payroll, nothing was certain about them, other than the fact that they were as powerful as both Nova and Gunvolt, with the power Zonda wields displaying a level of creativity and power equivalent to the former's Psychokinesis and the latter's Azure Striker.
Even then, the true might of Zonda can be perhaps be displayed by the fact that even though the form known as "Zonda, the Lustful Mirage" was slain, said form was naught but a mere fragment of the actual Zonda's power.
In the first game of the series, other than opening up portals to another area and flipping the world around so that the sky becomes where the floor would normally be, overall distorting the area known as Kaleidoscape in accordance to their whims, not much is displayed of Zonda's abilities, as the Sumeragi Zonda is slain by Copen before a proper fight with them could occur.
Even so, the fact that Copen himself could develop a very powerful Skill using the illusionary Zonda's sepitomosome which has also been utilized as his signature attack as a boss in both games could help exemplify how strong even a mere fragment of Zonda's Septima is.
Zonda went on changing their personality and outward appearance at will: and it’d seem that they changed their sex every day, even when there was no real need to do so.
That was surprising since Zonda supposedly couldn't use their Septima without transforming with the "Glaive". But Zonda could pull it off nevertheless.
However, it should be noted that the "true" Zonda has never really been shown doing battle until the final battle of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, but instead, the Sumeragi Zonda seems to display the most uses with Phantasm Mirror. Additionally, considering all three forms that she does battle in, Zonda has the most offensive skills displayed by a boss-only character in the series, with three at her disposal.
Phantasm Mirror seems to mainly revolve around "mirroring" things so to speak, with Zonda, once again, mirroring the world so that the enemy is forced to tread across an area where everything is upside down – the Phantasma Mirror copies seem to be high-quality illusions that can properly interact with all forms of matter, as displayed in the prologue of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, where Zonda manages to trap Joule's projection in a mirror, supposedly mirroring ensnaring Joule herself.
The details and mechanics of this incredible Septima aren't known very well other than showing virtual images to anything Zonda deems to be suitable, but the potential it possesses is supposedly infinite. As displayed in both the second game and the spin-off game, Mighty Gunvolt, Zonda mainly does battle by creating mirror panes to flip between their male and female forms on the fly using a skill known as "Over Gender", and duplicate themselves to the point that Zonda was able to fool everyone into thinking she was dead.
In some ways, Phantasm Mirror can be seen as an opposite to Psychokinesis, Nova's septima. Whereas Psychokinesis is openly offensive and destructive, Phantasm Mirror is more subtle and less confrontational. Psychokinesis is ironically simplistic, almost primitive in a sense, but Mirror is so complex and creative, it's hard to wrap one's head around the full extent of it's power.
The Glaive that Sumeragi Zonda uses to transform is referred to as Crow Child, which itself is known as Kogarasumaru (小烏丸（コガラスマル）, Kogarasumaru lit. Little Crow).
The Kogarasumaru is named after, well, the Kogarasu Maru, a legendary tachi that was rumoured to have been forged by the fabled swordsmith known as Amakuni in the eighth century CE. The Kogarasumaru is what enables Sumeragi Zonda's power to terraform the vicinity by exerting their Septima upon the environment.
However, like most of the Swordsmen of Sumeragi under Nova as well as the Seven of the multinational adept group known as Eden, by using a specially designed device, in this case, a Glaive, which artificially augments and boosts their abilities to higher levels when transformed, it appears that several abilities Sumeragi Zonda displays in their battle against Gunvolt and Copen are actually skills, the Skill Point cost required for each completely removed as a result of weaponization.
Several potential skills Sumeragi Zonda displays is dropping triangular projectiles from above, hiding while firing energy shots, firing energy balls and mirror shards, and creating mirror versions of anyone she wants, whether it be the other members of The Seven or perhaps even the Swordsmen in the Sumeragi Group, including potentially the strongest Adept in Sumeragi, Nova.
In the climax of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, after Zonda steals the fragments of the Muse from both Joule and Lola before integrating them into Mytyl Kamizono and from there absorbing the complete version of the Muse through her mirror shards, her Septima combines with the Muse, thus amplifying her power a hundredfold and causing her body to trigger a monstrous physiological change, transforming into a monstrous-looking fairy with black sclera along with burning crimson pupils, her hair lengthening dramatically to the point that it seems to float upwards as it becomes stark-white with pink tips, her head adorned with a black crown as befitting her status as the Oracle of Eden.
Clad in something that vaguely resembles a small amount of armour and exposes her stomach along with constructs that appear to be jet engines draping her sides, Zonda now possesses a pair of enormous, demonic wings that resemble a suit of cards – these wings switch between the suit of hearts, the suit of clubs, the suit of spades, and the suit of diamonds in accordance to the power displayed by her in this form; in this form, Zonda's body is altered to resemble a distorted version of the Muse.
Now, the tone she speaks with has a noticeable electronic echoing effect to it – this form is known as Wonderland Pantera (夢想境（ワンダーランド）, パンテーラ, Wandārando Pantēra; Wonderland literally meaning "Reverie Mirror"), in Japan, and her Septima, Phantasma Mirror evolves into Reverie Mirror, also known as Wonderland in Japan, an "almighty" Septima with which she compares herself to a god, evolving the illusions crafted by her ordinary Septima to the point that those fantasies become reality, achieving a high level of reality warping and enabling Zonda to alter the very fabric of reality itself.
Watching her comrades use the Muse-imbued mirror shards to achieve septimal output beyond what they could ordinarily achieve, Zonda used all the intelligence she had gathered from the Seven's usage of the Muse shards to "normalize" (普遍化（ノーマライズ）, nōmaraizu lit. Omnipresent Change) them as to trigger this monstrous transformation.
According to Zonda, her assimilation of Joule is on a completely different level from when Nova performed such a feat as the final boss of the original game, with Joule's consciousness becoming consumed by Zonda's own, resulting in not even Gunvolt being able to call to her in spite of their souls merging prior to the sequel.
With Reverie Mirror, Zonda has displayed that she was capable of creating an entire dimension from scratch through thought alone, craft cards that all transform into different forms and fire said cards at her opponent, warp around the battlefield, encase herself in a barrier that nullifies all attacks, and drop a multitude of azurite blades down from the skies on her opponents. Going up against the dreaded Adept Hunter, she summons copies of the Seven to perform a combination attack.
The Anthem, Joule/Lumen's song of revival vanishing from Gunvolt's grasp, all that remained was the dirge of despair that resounded from Zonda's heart which was known to tear apart the body and soul of her enemies, draining the life and septimal energy from her opponent while placing her own existence in a state of temporary invincibility. Even so, somehow, both Copen and Gunvolt were still able to prevail over this demonic form, with Zonda's macrocosm vanishing before her eyes, Eden collapsing with her death.
Invoking the power of "Over Gender", a skill of the Phantasma Mirror, Sumeragi Zonda can switch between both genders on a whim by projecting a mirror pane above the current form which leaps through it, thus inducing a transformation into the opposite gender. Aside from the obvious aesthetic effects in not only physiology, but also in terms of the weaponized form, with Sumeragi Zonda's armour manifested by their Glaive rearranging itself to suit the current form, doing so seems to additionally remove any forms of tags that have been superimposed upon Sumeragi Zonda's body as the opposite gender form of Sumeragi Zonda ascends to the sky while using Phantasma Mirror to turn intangible with a pink-ish hue, making them impervious to damage.
As it's very commonplace to see Zonda rapidly switch between both male and female forms in the heat of battle, this makes fighting, let alone defeating, Zonda rather a tricky feat to accomplish.
Not only this, shifting between both genders has the effect of changing the skills used by Sumeragi Zonda, with the male form being more focused on close-to-mid-range combat and the female form centered around long-range combat. Interestingly, the appearance of the mirrors used by both forms seems to have different characteristics – the mirrors projected by "Sumeragi Zonda♀" are more ovular in nature, whereas the mirrors of "Sumeragi Zonda♂" are rectangular.
This plays into the basic artistic expression that males are square-bodied and females are prominently curvaceous – which itself makes sense, as the original Zonda whom created the illusionary copy is a girl around Joule's age.
- This move automatically cancels all tags on Zonda
フォーリンラブ Falling Love
Zonda tosses several mirrors in the air. Should the player walk under a mirror that is flashing, a spike will rain down. The player will meet spikes that rain down should they move by the line of mirrors that are flashing. "He" finishes the move off with a pelvic thrust.
ラストドップラー Lust Doppler
Zonda summons four mirrors, two on each side of the screen, and proceeds to bounce off each mirror, leaving a reflection of "him" on it. The reflections then leap out of their mirrors one by one and thrust themselves at the player.
- If the player destroys the mirrors before the Zonda reflections attack, the move can be avoided. Broad Circuit is very effective at this.
Zonda jumps into an oval shaped mirror and flies around the area, shooting energy balls as "she" goes. Avoid using well timed jumps.
Leap of FaithEdit
Used only in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Zonda jumps from one side of the screen to the other, leaving several pink and purple balls in "her" wake, which then bounce around the screen. The pink balls disappear after the first bounce, but the purple ones bounce around the screen several times before disappearing. As the balls fly around, she will launch a spinning attack along the floor
Used only in Mighty Gunvolt, Zonda summons four mirrors similar to Mirrored Assault before leaping into one of them. The mirrors then one by one, shot three way energy balls at the player. If any miss, the remaining balls then hover for a second, before flying towards the player.
- Like Doppler Desire, the mirrors can be destroyed.
"Love's kaleidoscope / Shows flickers of what is dear / Mirrors without end! Phantasmagoria!"
Zonda's special attack and the only one both male and female forms perform together. First, they use Mirror to flip the screen upside. Then, Zonda's male form will dash out of a mirror twice in a row while Zonda's female form performs Orb Valley. After that, the male form, alongside a copy, dash at the player twice, whilst the female form shoots pink energy. Finally, the female form will shoot bubble-like balls at the player (which can be blocked with the Flashfield). At the same time, the male form will shoot out beams of light that can't be blocked and forced the player to the other side of the screen. When this happens, the screen is reversed, and this phase happens again before the screen returns to normal and the fight resumes.
- If the attack is performed again, the screen will not be flipped upside down.
- This doesn't apply to Special Mission 5.
Zonda creates five tarot cards and sends them flying downwards in a 5-way spread
Sancte Expande: HomingEdit
Zonda creates five tarot cards that spin and track you
2nd phase onwards, Zonda can create a yellow barrier around herself. You must destroy this barrier before you can damage Zonda.
- There are 2 attacks that have been observed to be able to instantly break the barrier. They are;
- GV's Crashbolt
- Copen's Prism Break (fully charged)
Zonda will drop 2 sets of swords from the sky in alternating patterns. The hitboxes are pretty big, so you'll probably trigger Prevasion unless you have needle-threading control skill
Magnencij In TractuEdit
Zonda will drop a pink orb that generates a field with a vacuum effect. Touching this field harms you and bypasses Prevasion. Attacking the orb can end this attack early.
- It also heals Zonda by a small amount.
Zonda throws 2 green cards to the sides of the screen. Half a second later, a pair of GIANT green thorn pillars start grinding along the upper and lower portions of the screen, leaving only a small space at each end safe. Near the attack's end, the pillars briefly edge forwards, hitting in the "safe" spot.
楽園幻奏 Paradise's Ghost Song
May this song do right/ And grant the lonely soldier/ Death's most sweet release. Paradise Lost!
Zonda's Special Skill when fighting Gunvolt. Zonda begins to sing a song of despair that rends GV's body and mind. This skill is unavoidable, but can be Prevaded. During this skill, Zonda is completely invincible. The only way to cancel this skill's activation is to sing Reincarnation into the mic when prompted.
- No, that is not a joke. To negate this attack, you have to use the 3DS mic to SING against Zonda's song. Alternatively, you can blow into the mic and it will yield the same effect.
- Prevasions triggered by this skill do not penalize your Kudos
- Zonda does not use this skill outside of Garden 3. She will instead use Eden's Presence in the Boss Rush.
- In the Nintendo Switch version of the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack, Zonda never uses this move (likely because of the Switch's lack of a microphone), instead performing Eden's Presence for both Gunvolt and Copen.
レジデント オブ エデン Resident of Eden
Heed me, O fallen/ Heed this love, deep, pure and true/ And return to us. Eden's Presence!
Zonda's Special Skill when fighting Copen. She throws seven cards outwards before disappearing. Then, a projection of each of The Seven appears to perform an attack. The pattern goes;
- Desna leaps forward for Neo Wolf (two strikes with her hair)
- Ghauri performs Prism Break from the opposite of Desna (creates and shatters a giant prism, sending fragments flying)
- Asroc performs Eruption Aix Razor from the side opposite to Ghauri (Galette Krone punches the ground, sending fire flying forward)
- Milas performs Splash Dash on the ground as Gibril charge-slashes overhead
- Teseo drops Data Rain from both bits at once
- Tenjian falls in a downward slash
Azure Striker GunvoltEdit
"Hehehe, that makes me happy... the fact that you know my beautiful name... I really feel the love! So, shall we begin this lovely adventure? Let's show some love til our hearts' content, OK?!"
—Zonda , meeting Gunvolt
"Mwahahahaha!!! That's the power of love!"
—Zonda , showing off the "Mirror" Septima
"Ooh, looks like you chose the correct route! It's a victory of Love!! Now, our lovely adventure continues... let's feel the love!"
—Zonda , observing Gunvolt
"It must be the string of Love! That way, you can just wrap me in that wire there, right?! Therefore, it's Love!"
—Zonda , reacting to Gunvolt's discovery of wires
"My Love can overturn Heaven and Earth itself! Infinite Love, baby! It's my secret Love technique!"
—Zonda , turning the world upside down
"What's that, you feel dizzy? From all of my Love? Love is like the finest wine... how~e~ver... you'll be in an eternal stupor from MY Love! Lovedrunk forever!"
—Zonda , talking to Monique
"It can't be... my Love... in a place like this... aah... but... this pain... it's... yes... death too is... love... -ly..."
—Zonda , being "killed" by Copen
- According to an official height chart, Zonda is 130cm (4'3") tall, making her the shortest character in the series, tied with Joule and Mytyl.
- Ironically, her fake form stands at 185cm (6'0") tall, making her the tallest female character in the series, tied with Desna.
- The members of Eden are based off classical fairy tales and represent the pieces on a chessboard. Zonda is based off Alice in Wonderland and represents the king.
- Just as how Nova possesses several similarities with Copy X, the main antagonist of the first Megaman Zero, Zonda in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 can come off as overly similar to Elpizo, the main antagonist of Megaman Zero 2, both games developed by Inti Creates. Both are respected amongst their individual group and are associated with pink/purple clothing as well as blond hair.
- The cornerstone of their plans involve fairy-esque beings – the Muse for Zonda, and the Dark Elf for Elpizo – and both have genocidal plans for humanity by using the fairy-esque being in order to amplify power and thus create a paradise for their race whom constantly face discrimination. Additionally, their final boss forms both resemble twisted versions of fairies and come after absorbing the power of the McGuffin of the story.
- Before the release of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Zonda was wildly speculated to be the true identity of the "Mysterious Girl".
- Zonda's Eden's Presence is a homage of Mega Man Zero 4's Dr Weil's Enemy Inferno Neo, as both skills are made to temporary summon bosses for following-up attacks.
- In the Japanese and Steam version, Zonda's gender is never revealed, and the game avoids using pronouns like "he" or "she". In the English 3DS version of the game though, Zonda is called bigender, and is referred to by the gender-neutral pronouns "xe" and "xem." This was corrected in the updated script.
- It was later revealed in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 that Zonda is indeed female since her true form is a small female child.
- Zonda is one of two known members of Sumeragi's Adept Hunter Unit. The other is Carrera.
- Zonda and Copen have been paired twice as bait-and-switch bosses. In Azure Striker Gunvolt, Zonda is the bait at Sinner's Row (Kaleidoscape) and Copen is the switch; their roles are reversed in Mighty Gunvolt's Mirror stage.
- Zonda's Azure Striker Gunvolt concept art depicts several attack illustrations.
- Zonda appears in the least amount of stages out of all the Sumeragi adepts, appearing in only one.
- The seven Sumeragi Swordsmen are based on the seven deadly sins and an animal based on it. Zonda represents lust and based on the Scorpion.
- Copen's special moves "Doppler Desire" and "Doppler Destroyer are likely derived from Zonda's septimosome. Their association with illusions and lust enforces this speculation.
- Zonda is the only one of the seven Sumeragi adepts who never faces Gunvolt in Azure Striker Gunvolt, due to being dispatched by Copen before such a confrontation could happen.
- It's very possible her English and Japanese names were based on the Pagani Zonda and the De Tomaso Pantera, as all of Sumeragi's boss names also happen to be used in cars.
- Zonda's Special Skill, Paradise Lost, shares the same name with the one used by the second form of Lumine, the main antagonist of Mega Man X8 when he's reduced to about 20-25% of his health. However, both attacks function differently.
- Zonda in ASG2 share some traits to Nunnally vi Britannia from Code Geass anime series.
- Both have the appearance of a powerless young girl ,but ultimately being the final antagonist.
- Both are being younger sisters to major characters.
- Both siblings have the affinity of Chess
- Both are often accompanied in a garden.
- Both have traits similar to Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .
- Both share the same VA, Kaori Nazuka.
Japanese version Edit
"Let us begin... the evasion course of love!"
—Zonda, Gunvolt 1 Japanese Official Site
- Title: The Deluding Phantasmal Mirror (Lustful Mirage)
"Understood. I entrust you to take care of what's going on."
—Zonda (Mysterious Girl), Gunvolt 2 Japanese Official Site
- Japanese Website Dossier (GV1)
- Official Japanese Twitter regarding Zonda (GV1)
- English Website Dossier (GV2)
- Japanese Website Dossier (GV2)
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