Part 7: Mission 2 - Special Training: Mach Drills! - Part 1
And were back at the intermission menu, Yamashita leading as our top ace by only one kill. Well be fiddling with a couple of options today, so heres what each column does, top to bottom:
Pilot: Pilot Stats > Skill Parts > Reassign
Machine: Unit Stats > Unit Upgrades > Formation (Pair units up, but we cant do it yet)
System: Search > System (Options) > Data Save > Next Mission
Well start with the Skill Parts. Like in W, this game doesnt allow you to spend PP to buy skills you simply spend Skill Parts to teach them to your guys.
Weve gained a handful over the past missions but I reckon nows a good time spend. The Rushbirdll always be a more melee-oriented bot, so well give Ichitaka one level of Infight (インファイト). This skill will slightly boost your melee weapons attack power and crit ratio for each level it gets (no movement increase, unfortunately).
Do keep in mind that skill growth in this game is a lot more limited than normal. Prevail will usually go up regularly but, at most, expect your other skills to only increase up to L2 naturally, if ever youll have to use Skill Parts to boost them further.
And, finally, by the Unit Upgrade menu, you can do exactly what it says on the tin: spend our hard-earned cash to boost our mechs stats. Remember that L actively encourages you to pick favorites and sink your cash into them, as the Squad Bonuses increase as you get units to 50% and 100% upgrades.
Ichitakall always be around and up front, so I give him a boost to everything.
With that done, lets get to work.
We open up at JUDAs hangar, with Goro Maki and Rachel Calvin marveling (OH MY GOD!) at the Rushbirds fine construction this is a work of art, made with the latest cybernetic tech. And it looks perfect, too, which shows the Japanese ARE the best at this sort of thing. Ichitaka points out that Grife isnt really Japanese and he might actually be American like Rachel.
Mind you, Alice argues that the professor pretty much stuck with the Japanese school of bot design, so she sees no problems at all with Rachels assessment. Whatever the case, Maki wants to give the thing a thorough look-over, though Rachel has other things in mind: specifically, Alice. Would it be alright to open her up and check what makes her tick?
Thats a scary thought to Ichitaka but Rachel says that, with Grife gone, the JUDA crew needs to know how Alice is built in order to pull any maintenance work that might be required. Alice, however, tells her not to worry as shes equipped with self-maintenance features.
Ah, really? Alrighty, then. (Tsk ), Rachel quietly grunts. Too bad for her, Ichitaka has good ears: Hey, I heard that! You wanted to tinker with her just for curiositys sake, didnt you?!
Well Im not NOT curious, Rachel quips.
When Miu asks, Maki confirms that he also wasnt aware of any Prof. Grife and is very surprised that a seemingly nameless scientist could build something of this level. Hell, the cost of making it alone would be significant.
Rachel figures he mustve had some sponsor and Alice posits that we could potentially find some files on that inside the labs secret vault. Maybe those can give us some clue as to what happened with Grife? Unfortunately, Ishigami doesnt let Ichitaka head back to the lab to check around the building is under investigation and its looking like a certain group has it on lockdown.
Well, couldnt we use LOTUS UN authority to deal with that? Its not that simple as two giant robots did emerge from that building a full investigation is necessary and Ishigami isnt too keen on stepping on these toes.
Ichitakas worried that if we drag our feet on this then any potential cluesll disappear. We could even use a secret route to get in there, so no onell notice. Alice also asks him to please let them go and it works.
Aah, I cant say no when you ask me like that Alright, I guess Ill allow it, he says, though insists that Miu and Yamashita also accompany them. They can quickly summon their Machinas in a bind and, on foot, can play bodyguards to Ichitaka.
Hes surprised these two are strong enough to pull that off but, you know, Factors get super-strength.
Ichitakas very grateful but Ishigami asks them to be very careful out there. The organization taking care of the labs lockdown isnt hostile but theyre also not friendly. He wont name them, only saying that we might eventually have to fight them.
He figures the folks with boots on the ground are likely just collaborators; its the ones on top of said organization that are the actual dangerous ones, so Ichitaka can at least rest easy there. And, finally, the world at large isnt aware of JUDAs activities and the Katou Organization, so Ichitaka cant tell anyone, alright? He promises and, with that, leaves with everyone.
Ishigami laughs that both Ichitaka and Kouichi are just brimming with that typical teenager energy. His thoughts are interrupted when Yui walks over: Izuna and Shizuna have called in, having just wrapped up their business with the Katou Organizations terrorist cell. Theyll be back in Japan soon.
Ishigamis glad to hear that. LOTUS is gaining more and more elite fighters, so it wont be long before we can take on even bigger threats to humanity. Of course, itd be better if such threats never showed up but
Grifes home is like something straight out of a TV show, covered in the polices yellow tape. There are secret service types all over, the hangars pretty much buried under the rubble and the upper lab is all out in the open.
Were not getting in there via the main door, indeed, though Ichitaka didnt expect anything else. He beckons the team over to that secret entrance and though the powers out inside, Alices loaded with the buildings blueprint, so she can lead the way. Theyre off to the underground lab.
The place is all sorts of messed up we might be too late, Yamashita sighs. Alice looks around but cant find the vault. Its possible someone took it. And, actually, its not just the vault thats missing: all of the computers have had their HDs yanked out. Ichitaka doesnt appreciate these guys burglarizing the lab but his attentions taken back to Alice as she cries out that somethings HORRIBLE.
What happened? Her maid programming is tingling and she really, really wants to clean this place up! Ah Well, dont worry. Were good for now, Ichitaka proclaims. More importantly, isnt there anything that managed to stay hidden from the looters?
Actually, yes: at Alices suggestion, they look around and find a painting of an angel. Is it a clue or something? Somewhat: the image was made via several nano-sized word strings layered on top of each other, all describing Grifes research.
You see, there was a time when they were testing out this nano-printer and, thus, needed a whole lot of characters to write around. The easiest choice was to use all of his research notes and whatnot, so this painting is pretty much a backup of everything Grife had around a year ago. Its lacking the stuff that happened since then, of course, but Alice figures itll still be useful.
Ichitakas blown away by the Professors foresight a perfect example of the classic I thought something like this could happen, so moment. Alice says that guy simply couldnt be arsed to use anything else in that experiment, but whatever. Theyve stayed here long enough, though, so Ichitaka moves to lead everyone out via another path.
We make it out just fine, though Miu wants to leave quick were a tad too conspicuous carrying this big painting and have no idea what those agent types will do if they catch us. A voice nearby calls out to them and, after a quick yelp of surprise, Ichitaka sees that its Yajima and Risako.
Risakos curious about the friends with him and that big painting, though Ichitaka quickly changes the subject by asking that they are doing here. Well, they were worried for him, figuring hed be prowling about after Grifes disappearance.
That said, Yajima says its dangerous for Ichitaka to hang around here, what with the Armas and giant robot running amuck before. Plus, the folks locking down the house might tag him as a person of interest, so he oughta keep away.
Ichitaka slowly says hell, um, keep that in mind. And on the subject of missing people, did he see Kouichi? Risako looked everywhere and couldnt find him hes not home, either. Ichitaka nearly says too much but is stopped by Yamashita (confidential, remember?). Well, he agrees to keep an eye out for him, so Risako takes off with Yajima, wondering where Kouichi couldve run off to. Yajima, having seen what happened, only nods along.
After theyre gone, Ichitaka apologizes for his loose tongue. Still, Yamashita and Miu find it odd that Kouichi hasnt gone home. We can only hope that the Preventer pilot is doing a good job keeping an eye on him.
Still, Alice wants to get back to JUDA right away so we can get Grifes painting analyzed. Moreover, shell likely need to engage in combat again soon, so shes studying hard as a way to be useful there. As for Ichitaka, hed like some pilot training and Yamashita and Miu are more than willing to spar with him.
Back at JUDA, Lady Une has put in another call to Ishigami. She apologizes for taking more of his time but Ishigami has a policy of never refusing calls from pretty ladies. Well, the problem is that they might have to speed up the process of assigning the Build Base team into LOTUS.
See, Blue Cosmos caught wind of the offworlders that showed up around the PLANTs and is advocating that they be dealt with as hostile aliens; this led to a plan to impound various countries mobile weapons, which is exactly what they both feared.
So now JUDA needs to hurry to get our partnership with Build Base set up quick. Ishigami swears to Une that his companys always ready to handle any unit and take care of anyone, from anywhere. And shes more than welcome to join them, mind. She thanks him for his dutifulness, though says her answer will have to be no regardless of how elegantly he makes the offer. Shot down.
Yui wishes hed act more responsibly, and is not amused by his quip of the wrinkles shell get for her constant nagging.
Over by said Build Base, Tsubaki is trying to educate Kenji on the intricacies of managing his parts every part works differently, so Kenji needs to understand zzzzzzzzz. A loud yell later and Kenjis back up.
Tsubaki tells him that the Jama Kingdoms been getting progressively stronger and the only way for them to handle that is if he masters usage of the new parts. Thatll only happen with diligent study and training. Problem is that Kenji hates training, so hes taking off. Hell figure it all out on the fly when they get there!
As he runs (not for the first time), Yagyuu (eyepatch) and Kouji see that things aint going too good here. Tsubaki fumes at Kenjis complete unwillingness to study even a little bit, and Sayaka has a laugh at how much alike he is to Koujis old self.
Indeed, Kouji feels like hes looking in a mirror and, actually, that might be good for us. Considering the similarities between him and Kenji, Kouji thinks he has a sure-fire way to convince him to sit down and study with gusto (itd even work on Boss).
What is it, then? Oh, it wont be any fun if he just said it. Boss wonders what hes up to, as Kouji walks up to Yagyuu and whispers something to her.
Boss (big guy) doesnt like being left in the dark, though Nuke and Mucha (grin) figure this is just an excuse for him to get some alone-time with Yagyuu. Regardless, the captain finds the plan very amusing and agrees to it. Kouji cant wait to see it all unfold.
Yagyuu calls over Mido and Saotome (crazy looking) to help go after Kenji and, when asked, say the three of them have a crucial part to play in this training lesson. Off they go, leaving Kouji behind to get grilled by Sayaka. What was he talking with Yagyuu about?
Didnt he say that it was to get Kenji training? Maybe but Sayaka certainly doesnt like the sight of him and her seemingly enjoying themselves so much. Kouji swears to her (and an outraged Boss) that its not like that theyll all have a big laugh once the training is over.
Tsubaki wonders if thisll fly but Kouji is 100% sure that not only will Kenji volunteer to train, hell be so very dedicated to it. Tsubaki and Sayaka find that hard to believe but Kouji tells them to trust him.
: Heeey! TSUBAKIIIIII!!
: Kenji? Whyre you in that much of a hurry?
: Haah Haah T-Training! Combination training! Cmon!
: Huh? But I thought you hated
: Never mind that and lets get to it right now! Im off to the training grounds!
*Kenji runs off.*
: Hah, didnt I tell ya?
: Well, lets get going! Were also gonna be helping out with that!
Meanwhile, by the bases command room, Cmdr. Miwa is welcoming Une over its been a while since they met face-to-face. Une notices, however, that she doesnt see Prof. Shiba around.
Miwa apologizes and says he took leave for a moment though, inwardly, she wonders where he mightve run off to.
Cut to the Jama Kingdoms HQ, Queen Himika rants at Ikima (stache), Amaso and Mimashi (two faces) for their inability to get Jeegs Bronze Bell. Mimashi swears that theyre trying their best but Amaso argues that the fault lies with the unwieldy Haniwa Phantoms.
You mean the Haniwa Phantoms Himika personally gifted to them? N-No, of course not its their fault for not making proper use! Sooorryyyy!
Well, Ikima wants to try again and asks for a new Haniwa; he has a plan and vows to succeed in stealing the Bronze Bell. He swears hes legit, so Himika decides to indulge him he better come back with news of Jeegs complete and utter destruction, though!
Amaso doesnt like the guy trying to take all the glory but Mimashi sighs that he IS the strongest of them. Amaso is still miffed, as failure would really tick Himika off.
Special Training: Mach Drills!
: Hey, Yagyuu! What you said before was legit, right?
: It was. Ill stick to my word.
: Hell, yeah! Then Im gonna ace this training session!
: Yo, Kenji, what kinda promise is that between you and the captain?
: Sorry, no time to talk! Lets get this started lickety-split!
: Hes really fired up for this, huh?
: I wanna know what the promise was even more
: Heheheh, now things are getting fun! Well toy with the idiot until he croaks!
: Sounds like fun, alright !
: Are you ready, Kenji?
: Absolutely! Im ready whenever!
: Tsubaki, Kyo, you heard him. Go and put him to work and dont hold back!
: Then, Kenji, well start your training by trying to shorten the time it takes for you to Build Up. While youre very talented as a pilot, theres still plenty of room to grow. Your reaction speed
: Yo, no need to butter me up lets get going already, Kyo!
: A-Alright. Hes like a completely different person
: Kenji, your parts are gonna be shot out at double the regular speed, so watch it!
: Heh! Easy-peasy!
: Oh, well see about that
: Roger! Jeeg Parts shoot!
: BUILD! U
: Suck on this!
: Rocket Puuuunch!!
: Whoa, whoa, whoa! The hell are ya attacking me for?!
: Thats also part of your training!
: Thered be no point to this if we didnt make it resemble live combat as much as we could!
: Right, youll have to wade through the enemies attacks as you combine. I dont need to tell you how important it is to hone that skill, right?
: Yeah, I know, I know!
: And, Kenji, make sure you dont try combining with the Rocket Punch!
: Hah, like Id ever screw up that bad!
: Thats a fine spirit Ill enjoy breaking it!
: Here goes! Jeeg Parts shoot!
: Rocket! Puuuunch!
: Raaaaargh! BUILD UUUUUUP!!
: Uwaaah! Thats too damn fast !
: Throwing in the towel already?
: N-No way in hell!
: Wow I cant remember ever seeing him this serious about training
: Yeah, Im gonna pull this off ! No retreat! No surrender! Not until Yagyuu lets me touch her boobies!
: Oh So thats how it is.
: That was what your promise was about? Kouji, what were you thinking?!
: Aahahah Cant argue with the results, though, right?
: Damn you, Kouji, thats the kinda promise other men can only dream of!
: That little ! Aaargh, thats IT! Jeeg Parts! Shoot! Shoot! SHOOT!
: Waah! Tsubaki, go easy with those!
: Shut it, pervert! Shoot! SHOOOT!!
: Weve got your back, Tsubaki!
: This ones broken beyond repair
: So maybe we should just kill him and be done with it?
: Rocket Puuunch!
: Missiles fire!
: Uwaawaaa! You guys are just toying with me, aint ya?!
: Damn it, but I aint losing this one! BOOOBIEEEEEES!!
: Haah, hooh ! There! I combined!
: The brats pervert drive pulled through!
: Yeah, how dya like them apples! And since I did my thing, now its time to pay up and lemme
: No, your training isnt over yet!
: Youll be training to combine with the Mach Drills next! Switch to them IF YOU CAN!
: Hold on! Somethings coming!
: Wh-What is that thing ?
: Its me!
: What are you doing there, Professor?!
: Ohohoho Because I heard what you were doing and it sounded fun. So why was only I left out of it? Thats just mean!
: Left out whatre ya, twelve?!
: Professor, didnt you have a visitor today?
: Never mind that right now. How could I even show my face to her if this training does not succeed?
: Thats fine and all but why are you in that Haniwa Phantom?
: This is a Haniwa I built especially to help you train! I call it Micchi mk. II!
: Micchi as in Cmdr. Tamashiros old nickname?
: I dont think grandma would be too happy with that
: Hahah! Building this baby was easy as pie with my skills shows how much I wanted to play that is, wanted to help you train!
: So youd best buckle up, Kenji, because the actual training starts right now! Defeat Micchi mk. II with the Mach Drills you wont be able to call this a success unless you do!
: Alrighty, then! Ill take on any Micchies youve got for boobies! Come on, Tsubaki!
: Kenji, you huge, stupid IDIOT! Take this, then! Mach Drills, set up! SHOOT!
: W-Whoa, thats fast!
: Tsubaki, dont you think you should slow down for a first attempt?
: Quiet, you!
: Urgh, damn! And I was so close to touchdown !
: BWAHAHAHA! You better wave goodbye to those boobies, kid! Sucks to be you!
: Again Imma get it right this time! Bring it!
: Weve got a Haniwa Phantom on radar! Its headed your way!
: Oops, sorry, Miwa! Thats my Haniwa, the Micchi mk. II! Isnt it as pretty as you?
: No, its a much bigger group thats incoming!
: All troops shift to high alert and get ready to engage. And, professor, please return to Build Base ASAP. Lady Une has been waiting for you all this time!
: Y-Yes, maam!
: Got blips on the radar! Theyre here!
: Jeeg! Todays the day Ill claim your Bronze Bell as our own!
: Huh, Ikimas showed up in person? Theyre playing for keeps today, I guess.
: And you, Mazinger Z, will be accompanying Jeeg in its voyage to the underworld. However, before any of that !
*Looks at Micchi mk. II*
: I will first reduce this disgusting sham of a Haniwa to dust!
: I-Im alright, but Micchi mk. II is
: Ikima, you piece of crap! Youre wrecking my chances of getting some boobies! Imma make you pay real good for this!!
: Thats the spirit, Kenji! And Ill even throw you a little bone: if you manage to defeat him, Ill consider your training a success!
: For real?! Alright! Keep watching, pops!
: Weve already sent a request to JUDA for assistance. Theyre on the way, so hold on until then.
: Roger that, grandma!
: Thats that, then. Sayaka, Boss, you guys handle repairing and resupplying, alright?
: Were on it! And be careful, Kouji its been a while since you piloted the Mazinger, so dont do anything crazy!
: Build Angels, get in formation and follow my lead!
: Aye, aye!
*Mido and Saotome tag in with Yagyuu.*
: Get over there, Haniwas!
: Heheheh Well see how long that confidence lasts
Destroy everything, without losing Kenji or Kyo. The Haniwas are a bit beefier than the previous mooks we fought (some are twinned up, too) but keep your folks together and take things slow and youll be good.
And here are our new folks:
Steel Jeeg (Kenji Kusanagi)
Bronze Bell Power (銅鐸パワー) activates at 130 morale, damage dealt increases by 25%; damage taken decreases by 25%; accuracy and evasion increase by 25%.
Squad Bonus: Mobility +5, melee weapons power +100
Kenjis pretty amazing and that Bronze Bell is a big reason why once it activates, hell turn into one of your strongest guys. Jeegs S size means enemies will have a harder time than most hitting him (though Kenjis not the most evasive guy without the Bell running) and his best weapons all ignore size differences, so his damage wont suffer much.
Mind you, his weaker stuff the ones you might use against mooks dont ignore size, so thats something to keep in mind. Jeeg DOES like to chug through EN quickly, so hes a prime candidate for an E-Save part.
Finally, a handful of his tricks require having the Big Shooter around, so youll likely want to have Kyo and Tsubaki joining him in a twin unit.
Mazinger Z (Kouji Kabuto)
Mazin Power (マジンパワー) activates at 130 morale, damage dealt up by 25%, damage taken down by 25%.
Squad Bonus: Armor +150, Mobility +5
The prototypical Super Robot pilot is pretty dang powerful. Notoriously bulky and hard-hitting, Koujis main weakness is that his range isnt too great on his better attacks. Other than that hes great and when Mazin Power activates, it takes a major screw-up to get him killled.
Big Shooter (Kyo Misumi, Tsubaki Tamashiro)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Spirit Commands Kyo:
Spirit Commands Tsubaki:
Squad Bonus: Money earned +10%, EN+50
Like I said, the main point of the Big Shooter is to support Jeeg and its built pretty much to do that. The EN bonus and resupply module will help cover Kenjis EN issues and its presence is needed for a lot of attacks.
Mind, Jeeg is stuck on the ground and the Big Shooter, obviously, isnt a tank youll want to either get Kenji airborne or get a land adaptor for this.
Aphrodite A (Sayaka Yumi)
Support Attack L1
Squad Bonus: Money earned +10%, mobility +5
Standard issue, classic support girl. The Aphrodite A is weak and fragile as hell and there are a ton of units that can do its job better.
Bless is your main reason for deploying Sayaka right now but, once other folks with it show up, shell likely get benched.
Build Angel (Yagyuu Mitsuko)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Squad Bonus: 15% chance to dodge attacks, terrain rating in air and space set to A
Speaking of way better support units, Yagyuu is a great fit for a whole lot of people. Accelerate, repair, flying and the squad bonus (whichll get even better at 50%) all in one package is a great deal.
Boss Borot (Boss, Nuke, Mucha)
Support Defense L1
Spirit Commands - Boss:
Faith (友情) fully restores targets HP.
Spirit Commands - Nuke:
Spirit Commands - Mucha:
Squad Bonus: Melee weapons power +100, crit ratio +10%, land terrain rating set to A, debuff immunity
Also a better support unit: Boss! While he wont be kicking as much ass as he did in MX, Muchas accelerate and that, frankly, outrageous squad bonus means he can tag in with any melee-oriented unit.
He cant hit or survive well, of course, but thats what upgrades are for and, worst case scenario, the Borot always costs peanuts to repair.
One noteworthy bit, mind, is that all of its attacks carry the morale down debuff!
So we finally move everyone forward and stand by.
They do the same.
The bigger Haniwas arent moving, mind, so well start with the Boya Kaengus up front; when you attack a twinned unit, you can order your team to focus fire on the main enemy unit, the sub or for each one to attack their respective target. Since were running solo, that last option isnt available.
Oh, and dont worry about Ikima.
: Thats enough playing around for today, girls. Now we get serious!
: Aye, aye! Weve got your back, captain!
: Lets get in there and knock them off our skies!
Yagyuu cant do decent-ish damage post-movement until she gets some morale, mind.
Well have Kenji take care of that.
: Think you can come here and mess up my good times, eh?! Yall better get ready for some payback!
The Mazinger Team is still trudging along.
: Today shall be the day where I present your Bronze Bell to Queen Himika, Jeeg!
: Whatre you on all about with that bell business?! Start making sense, guy!
: All Ill do is send you to your death, wallowing in ignorance!
Try to attack Ikima and it does absolutely no damage! He gloats about their evil power nothing will work on him!
Well, Kyo suggests we leave him for later and focus on the other Haniwas for now. That said, Ikima doubts well be able to disregard his mighty unit with it bearing down on us.
Kenjis getting pestered, but thats fine.
Little bit of damage wont bug him.
Couple of Boya Kaengu do decide to go after Kyo.
: Ooh, Kenji, you little ! That was your motivation for training?! I swear, when I get my hands on you, Ill !
: I understand youre angry, Tsubaki, but you have to calm down. Theres a battle to be fought.
: I know, I know! Damn it, this is all that perverts fault!
Kyos high Skill stat means he crits often, though the Big Shooter still isnt meant for damage.
Oh, and Yagyuu gets attack from far enough that she can fire a better weapon.
The JUDA crew finally arrives, Une requesting that we help clear out the Jama Kingdom attackers.
When Miu asks, Ichitaka is feeling rather confident; not only did she and Yamashita help with his training, hes also particularly pumped up to pull his weight with Jeeg and Mazinger right there. Alice herself has kind of rushed through her studies as a subpilot but shes already learned somewhat, so so there are mostly no problems! Kenjis not a whole lot impressed that our backup consists of only a handful of units but Kouji recognizes two of JUDAs Machinas and knows theyre good for it.
Rather, there are THREE JUDA Machinas around as the twins Izuna (the one on the left) and Shizuna Endo. Izuna, ever polite, apologizes for the delay but Shizuna, the rough kansai type, scoffs that the star players are always the last ones to take to the field.
Kenji isnt paying attention, wondering instead The hells that flying hammer-looking thing? Shizuna heard that and she is not amused by the comparison shell find and box him some after this gets wrapped up!
Une reminds Kenji that theyre in the middle of a battle, so antagonizing their allies is a big no-no. What, when did he become the bad guy here? Yagyuu restores order, telling of the big Haniwas barrier and asking Ichitakas crew to assist with the nearby enemies.
As they move in, Izuna wants to provide support from the rear but Shizuna isnt having any of that weak-ass crap theyre getting in there and showing everyone how awesome they are!