Designed by Zero’s 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 fuselage, with a quite tiny but not inelegant wing.
The Raiden had a complicated and troublesome development due to its severe engine problems.It achieved service quite late when it proved to be a worthy aircraft in good hands, but handicapped with lack of very high altitude performance…. and the American juggernaut was unstoppable by then.
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.