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Zafira
Zafira Vivid
Zafira in ViVid
Character profile
Other namesGuard Beast of the Shield
Blue Wolf
Ageuncertain, at least several centuries
GenderMale
SpeciesWolkenritter
HomeworldOld Belka
Date of birthAncient Belka Era
FamilyYagami family
Background
AffiliationRiot Force 6 (StrikerS)
Battalion 108 (post-StrikerS)[1]
Special Duty Section 6 (Force)
OccupationSpecial Investigator Guard Beast (pre-StrikerS)
QualificationSP Guard (Master)
Area Defender AAA
Magic
ColorIndigo white
SystemAncient Belka
RankAA (estimated)[2]
Production
Japanese nameザフィーラ
(Zafīra)
First app.A's manga (prologue)
Voiced byKazuya Ichijou (Japanese)
Jonathan Meza (English)

Zafira[3] (ザフィーラ Zafīra) is a guard beast introduced in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, a large blue wolf and can shapeshift into a muscular, dark-skinned man with wolf ears and tail. He is one of the Wolkenritter, a creation of the Book of Darkness.

While he seems similar to the familiars created by Midchildan mages, Zafira insists that he is a "guard beast". Whether that is a semantic difference (similar to the practice of calling Ancient Belkan armed mages as "Knights") or a more fundamental difference is unknown. However, it is clear that Zafira does not have a familiar's contract with any of the other Wolkenritter, and is no more or less dependent on the Book of Darkness (or later their mistress, Hayate Yagami) for his continued existence than they are. It is possible that, as a servant of the Book of Darkness, Zafira is unique as the only guard beast.

In addition to that (or perhaps because of it), he is treated as an equal by the other Wolkenritter despite being the only one who is not a knight, and like them he responds to Hayate alone as his mistress.

NameEdit

His name is presumably a reference to the Opel Zafira. It is however mistransliterated as "Zafila" in some media.[4][5][6]

As a Wolkenritter, Zafira is titled as the "Guard Beast of the Shield" (盾の守護獣 Tate no Shugojū, mistitled as the "Knight of the Shield" in The Battle of Aces). Additionally, he is called by the Will of the Book of Darkness as the "Blue Wolf" (蒼き狼 Aoki Ōkami).[7]

PersonalityEdit

Zafira is typically calm, serious and taciturn, rarely speaking unless he has something important to say. He gets along well with children, although he is initially uncomfortable at the attention people give him when he transforms into a puppy.

In A'sEdit

Zafira enters the story by intervening in the battle to fight against Alph. He retreats after Nanoha Takamachi destroys Vita's force field and Shamal steals Nanoha's Linker Core.

He later fights Alph two more times, once being interrupted by Shamal using the Book of Darkness to break the Bureau's force field and allow the Wolkenritter to retreat, and once by unknown circumstances, possibly related to one of the masked men stealing Fate's Linker Core.[citation needed]

On Christmas Eve, he is separated from the other Wolkenritter while they visit Hayate in the hospital, and, unable to contact them, hurries to the hospital. He arrives after the Masked Men have absorbed Signum and Shamal's Cores, and while he attacks them, he is defeated and has his own Core absorbed. He is later brought back to life by Hayate, and helps to destroy the corrupted Defense Program by severing its tentacles and immobilizing it.

After the Book of Darkness Incident, Alph teaches him how to assume a puppy form in order to reduce his use of mana, and to seem more natural on Earth. This results in him receiving considerable attention from children, but he ends up using the form on a regular basis afterwards.

Between A's and StrikerSEdit

A's manga (ch.6-7), A's Sound Stage 03, A's epilogue, StrikerS manga (ch.1-7) and StrikerS Sound Stage M expand on what happens to the characters between A's and its sequel, StrikerS.

Zafira gives Hayate rides while she is practicing to walk as part of her rehabilitation, and does the same for Nanoha when she is recovering from being injured in 0067-68.

In StrikerSEdit

Zafira joins Hayate's Riot Force 6 in StrikerS and StrikerS manga, and often helps out on missions. When the Forwards find Vivio, Zafira commonly watches over her.

When Jail Scaglietti's allies attacks the TSAB Public Press Conference, Zafira and Shamal guard the Long Arch and face Otto and Deed. Zafira leaps at Otto, but Deed manages to surprise him, injuring him, and the two are soon defeated. Zafira is severely wounded while protecting Shamal, and is unconscious for several days. He is left in charge of watching over Vice Granscenic, and when Vice gets up and tells him his story, he decides to join the battle despite his injuries, prompting Vice to follow suit.

During the final battle, Zafira and Shamal manage to locate and capture Otto.[8]

After the series, Zafira assists Battalion 108 and Ginga Nakajima on investigations. In his spare time on days off, he teaches local children martial arts.

In ViVidEdit

In ViVid, Zafira runs the "Yagami Dojo" near the Yagami's house in southern Mid-Childa (opened during post-StrikerS), to teach the neighborhood children the "Yagami-style" Strike Arts. A few of his apprentices are going to participate in the 0079 DSAA Intermiddle Championship, including Miura Rinaldi, who is also the strongest one and likely the closest one to the Yagamis.

In ForceEdit

Zafira only appears very briefly in Force (ch.4) along with Shamal.

Alternate continuitiesEdit

PortableEdit

Zafira appears as a playable character in both Battle of Aces and Gears of Destiny.

MovieEdit

Zafira appears in The MOVIE 2nd A's and Reflection.

Brave DuelEdit

Zafila Yagami (in the puppy form of the primary continuity) is a pet dog of Yagamido and the Yagami family. His humanoid form only appears in the Brave Duel game.

PowersEdit

Zafira wolf

Zafira's Belkan wolf form

In his humanoid form, Zafira fights with great cross-range skills (as a Striker Artist after StrikerS). Of course, he is also dangerous with the fangs and claws of his Belkan wolf form.

Knight ClothingEdit

Zafira's Knight Clothing, designed by Hayate like his fellow Wolkenritter's, includes heavy metal gauntlets and boots, to add weight to his blows and aid with safely parrying attacks. These are the only parts of his Knight Clothing worn in his wolf form. Whether or not they are enough to provide his wolf form the same protection that his full attire affords his humanoid form is unknown.

SpellsEdit

SpellSystemCategoryTypeRank
Dimensional TransferAncient Belka
Midchilda
SupportTransport
Extermination FangAncient BelkaSupportDecline
Steel YokeAncient BelkaCaptureCageAA

In A's (ep.4), he also uses an unnamed barrier spell, which is visually and perhaps functionally similar to Wheel Protection.

In the gamesEdit

Spells in The Battle of Aces


Cross Range Long Range Long Range (Charged)
Attack/Basic[unnamed]Guard Fist[9]
Block/CounterFang-Wolf KickRaging Steel Fang[10]

Stance of Iron Wall[11]
(JIT:)
Raging Steel Assault Fang[12]
---
Catch/AttackRound Hard FangRunning Fang-Beast[13]
LFDBSteel Yoke---
RGuardPanzerschild---
Spells in The Gears of Destiny


Cross Range Long Range Long Range (Charged)
Attack/Basic[unnamed]Guard Fist[9]
Block/CounterFang-Wolf KickRaging Steel Fang[10]

Stance of Iron Wall[11]
(JIT:)
Raging Steel Assault Fang[12]
---
Catch/AttackRound Hard FangRunning Fang-Beast[13]
△△EX Attack[unnamed]---
LFDBSteel Yoke---
RGuardPanzerschild---

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Investigation support invited by Ginga Nakajima, 0076 (estimated), Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Sound Stage M3.
  2. ^ Mage ranks in StrikerS on the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  3. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces, opening theme.
  4. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, BD Booklet.
  5. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, official character page and BD Booklet.
  6. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 2nd A's, official character page and DVD/BD Booklet.
  7. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage 02.
  8. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, episode 23.
  9. ^ a b Guard Fist (守護の拳 Shugo no Kobushi, lit. Fist of Guard).
  10. ^ a b Raging Steel Fang (烈鋼牙 Rekkō Ga, lit. Rage Steel Fang).
  11. ^ a b Stance of Iron Wall (鉄壁の構え Teppeki no Kamae, lit. Stance/Posture of Iron Wall).
  12. ^ a b Raging Steel Assault Fang (烈鋼襲牙 Rekkō Shū-Ga, lit. Rage Steel Assault Fang).
  13. ^ a b Running Fang-Beast (牙獣走破 Ga-Jū Sōha, lit. Fang Beast Running).

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