Initial development ideas for Menat
Good morning everyone.
Menat uses Soul Power with her crystal ball (“Left Eye of the Lion”)¹
We had various ideas about this disciple
of a famous fortune teller.
Assassin pizzeria girl version
"certainly, sir! "
Uses pizza cutter as weapon
Also, there’s buono “tasty” written on her uniform.
She talked gently and cheerfully, but was actually an assassin.
She would’ve waited for her opponent’s distraction and then slay him/her, like B.B. Hood.
Actually a breadwinner for a family of 33 people.
Her master would have kicked her out².
Italian delinquent version
On her right leg, 保喪道路 pomodōro, “preserved mourning road”, an obvious play over Italian pomodoro, “tomato”. There’s lots of totally random and gratuitous Italian language just for the sake of a bit of Japanese play with equally random and gratuitous kanji that have “cool & edgy” meanings and a pronunciation that could suit the Italian one.
On her left leg, 辺蘭杏鳴 meranzuna, “nearby Dutch apricot cry”, Italian melanzana, “aubergine, eggplant”. I could just imagine them randomly browsing an Italian restaurant menu… “Oh, that sounds cool! SUGOI!!!1!! Let’s write that with kanjis!!11!1”
Centre, 武怨女流膿 Buonjorunō, “weapon grudge woman current pus”, obviously the Italian greeting buongiorno “good morning”. Repeated at the centre and as an explanation on the left.
Back of left arm, 丸下梨多 marugerita, “round down pear many”, Italian margherita, “daisy”.
Left, 負越土地涅 fuettsuchine, “negative over earth sediment”, Italian fettuccine.
Left down, 不十里 fujiri, “not ten villages” (ROTFL), Italian fusilli.
Right, 羅美檻 rabiori, “silk gauze beautiful jail”, Italian ravioli.
Right down, 凛愚伊音 ringuine, “cold stupid italian sound”, Italian linguine. Well, at least they’re actually genoese…
Also, there’s Italian cinquantanove (fifty-nine) written at the bottom for some reason.
I quite liked this design.
She was addicted to delinquent stories that she read in comics during her childhood.
She loved Japanese manga and anime, and her first love was **Dragonball’s Goku.**³
Loved cosplaying, but kept it a secret from her friends (if found out, she would suicide by seppuku).
Her motto was “If I want, I can do anything!”,
and she would have awakened Soul Power abilities in herself.
Her name would have been Rita.
Magician ver. 1
An apprentice of a fortune teller who also doubled as a stage magician.
She used her top hat to materialise things
and fly Soul Power-charged little birds at her enemy.
She would’ve fought by charging objects with Soul Power.⁴
Magician ver. 2
Still a magician, but a slight novelty.
She manipulated and flew cards,
who formed swords, shields and so on, and fought using them.
She would’ve betrayed her master and killed her.⁵
Egyptian bōjutsu version
She fought using an Egyptian stick fighting style, named taḥṭīb.
Around this time we switched her concept to Egypt.⁶
She was adult and responsible.
Her hairstyle and decorations resembled the actual Menat very closely.
Perfume user version
She worked (?) at her master’s shop, burning incense.
She fought making up for her lack of strength
by hardening with Soul Power the smoke of the incense and entwining it to her body.
Putting Soul Power to practical use, she would also have transformed into smoke herself.
Perfume user + bōjutsu version
She was well-informed about hygiene and health.
One of the many ways with which she kept herself healthy was… being a taḥṭīb master.
She also used incense and hookah, that empowered her while fighting.
She would have fought against her destiny
because her master told her she should have had a very short life expectancy.
Golden sand user version
Made with Bastet⁷ as motive.
She fought with charmingly sinuous dancing movements,
and blending golden sand into her body.
She hardened the sand, and her body as well; also, she attacked by shaping the sand as characters or animals.
There was an idea for a move that hardened her opponent and made him/her explode.
Rhythmic sports gymnastics version
This is when the idea of a native Egyptian who used a crystal ball became fixed.
A simple design.
Because she had less muscle mass than other street fighters,
she could fight by toying with her crystal ball and Psycho Power.
A traveller who moved from place to place while doing fortune telling.
She traveled the world searching for her disappeared mentor.
In her “fortune-teller bag” she kept golden sand and incense.
Generally decided version
A former rhythmic gymnast.
Because she was used to move her body,
with the combination gymnastics+Soul Power she was strong in combat
but rather weak in her crucial fortune-telling.
To come of age and become a real fortune-teller before the eyes of her master,
she did her best every day.
Her first published silhouette had cat ears,
a remain of this design.
And that’s all, folks.
Because she’s a completely new character,
we still have various other design ideas of her.
We’ll have fun next time!
¹ So “Left Eye of the Lion” is her crystal ball’s name… Further analysis soon.
² I can’t envision ROSE keeping an assassin with her, too.
³ My God… No thanks, there’s already a weeb in SF, and that’s Sodom. I’d rather have him back.
⁴ This just screams “Italian Zatanna + Gambit”… Sort of cool anyway.
⁵ Just NO, Capcom. Not only would have she been a bad Harley Quinn/Gambit ripoff, but also… You actually, seriously considered to KILL ROSE? Capcom, you’re NOT funny.
⁶ It’s also interesting that ALL “Rita” Italian concepts saw her with red hair, while nearly all her “Menat” Egyptian ones with purple. Well, I knew an Italian girl who was the closest to a real-life Merida you can imagine, but red hair definitely aren’t so common in Italy. And Rita would’ve been the third Italian redhead in a row, after Aprile and Maggio…
⁷ The cat goddess. So the cat motive was born here.