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Raijin
"Hey, jus' like Fujin said, ya know!? We're with Seifer. Always have, always will."
—Raijin

Raijin (雷神, Raijin) is a character from Final Fantasy VIII. He plays the role of Seifer's lackey and is fought against as a boss. He, Fujin and their leader Seifer make up the Balamb Garden Disciplinary Committee. He has dark skin, wears a purple vest, and says "ya know?" at the end of his sentences.

Fujin tends to kick him when he talks out of line or does something stupid, which is quite often. He also seems to have a fondness for insects, as he has checked out several books on insects from the Balamb Garden library.

Contents

Story

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Artwork of the "Disciplinary Committee"

Not much is known of Raijin's past, although it is obvious that he was enrolled at Balamb Garden at some point. Also, at some point, he, Fujin and Seifer Almasy met and formed the Balamb Garden Disciplinary Committee. Rarely seen apart the three would usually bully their fellow students through punishment and detention. Their friendship was such that, when Seifer broke out of the disciplinary room and went rogue, Fujin and Raijin embarked to find him despite the Garden already sending agents to do just that. Since they couldn't be stopped, Headmaster Cid gave Fujin and Raijin instructions to deliver new orders for Squall's party to Galbadia Garden's Headmaster.

At Galbadia Garden, they did as they were asked and then ran across Squall Leonhart who informed them that Seifer had been executed for actions against the Galbadian president. Not believing that Seifer would go down that way the two immediately embarked for Deling City; the capital of Galbadia.
It is unknown when exactly the three reunited but, as Seifer was now the Knight of Sorceress Edea, Fujin and Raijin became Generals of the Galbadian army to support Seifer. Assisting in the search for Ellone the two encounter Squall again in Balamb Town during a Galbadian-induced lock-down where-upon Squall soundly defeated them but let them leave peacefully.

They are once again encountered in Galbadia Garden but choose not to fight Squall and his friends. Some time afterward, after the defeat of Sorceress Edea, the two once again assist Seifer as he embarks on resurrecting the Lunatic Pandora. However, even as they do the two begin to admit that Seifer was no longer the friend they once knew and when Squall once again arrived to stop the three, they allowed Squall to confront Seifer where Fujin made an emotional plea for him to stop what he was doing. In response, Seifer claimed that it is too late to go back, and wishes them a good life, before he fights Squall one last time.

After Squall and his party go into the future to defeat Ultimecia, the two are seen fishing together with Seifer; having returned to being the friend they remember him being.


Battle

Main article: Raijin (Boss)

Raijin is fought against three times in the game. The first and second battle however uses the same stats, albeit only one attack in the first battle, which is Pole.

Triple Triad

Fujin, Raijin
Image:TTFujinRaijin.png Level 6 (Boss Card) Element none
Refine 1 refines into 1 X-Potion
Drop n/a
Card Jelleye, Iron Giant
Win n/a

Other Appearances

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Chocobo World

Raijin

An 8-bit sprite of Raijin appears in Chocobo World.

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances

Artwork from Kingdom Hearts II

Kingdom Hearts II

For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki:Rai

Raijin makes an appearance in Kingdom Hearts II, along with Seifer, Fujin and Final Fantasy IX's Vivi Orunitia. The four together make up "Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee", and are antagonistic towards Sora, although once he saves them from the Nobodies they show more respect towards him. He is referred to as "Rai". He still keeps his speech patterns, saying ya know after every sentence.

In the Japanese version Raijin is voiced by Kazuya Nakai. He is voiced by Brandon Adams in the English version.


Etymology

Raijin is the Japanese thunder god, which fits, because Raijin uses thunder-based attacks, and is healed by any thunder based attacks directed towards him.

In Chinese Buddhism, a legend states that Fujin and Raijin were both originally evil demons who opposed Buddha. They were captured in battle with Buddha's army of heaven, and have worked as gods since then.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Raijin, along with Fujin, was initially designed to appear in Final Fantasy VII however the inclusion of the Turks saw their presence unnecessary and they were shelved until Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Raijin's shoulder guard has an insignia on it in game it read the kanji for lightning but in CGSs it reads the self-invented kanji for Raijin's name

This article uses material from the "Raijin" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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