I like the Japanese plane, but don't think it would have been a Zero...
Remember, pushers aren't exactly ideal carrier planes. Takeoffs would be scary with a pusher and the high angle of climb required to keep from smacking a wave, and landings would be nigh impossible (remember the blurb about the Valiant in AoNA).
Still, she's plum sexy, man... it looks like a fighter plane should. It's a predator, a bird of prey; it's going to catch you and eat you and it's probably not going to bother killing you first.
And ANY of the planes from Sky Crawlers would be a VERY welcome addition to our little world- that movie was too much rock for one hand!