Designed by Zero’s father, Jiro Horikoshi, the Raiden was a diametrically opposed concept to that famous fighter. Built as a point interceptor the J2M was designed with speed and climb performance in mind instead of manoeuvrability and range. The result was a stubby, if racy-looking, fighter equipped with a quite tiny but not inelegant wing.
The Raiden had a complicated and troublesome development due mainly to severe engine problems. It achieved service quite late showing itself worthy in good hands, but handicapped with lack of high-altitude performance. The American juggernaut was unstoppable by then anyway.
Peaceful photo of a pair of them over the British Malaya’s wilderness after the end of WW2 when they were evaluated by the British at RAF Selectar.