Part 9: Mission 3 - The Woman Who Fights, The Woman Who Wont Fight, The Woman Who Cant Fight - Part 1
And were back in the intermission menu, our top aces looking rather differently. Kouji and Kenji have joined to immediately take the top two spots, a single kill separating each of our aces from second and first place.
Small micromanagement stuff first: Kenji and Kouji have gotten their important stats upgraded with our surplus from the previous missions. Its occurred to me that I didnt point out what these bars do (in case anyone reading this isnt familiar). Heres the quick rundown, from top to bottom:
Armor mitigates damage.
Mobility boosts your chance to dodge attacks.
Weapons adds a fixed amount of attack power to all your weapons per pip purchased.
Obviously, youll want your dodgy reals to focus on mobility, accuracy and weapons (plus EN if theyre the chugging kind), whereas your Supers will want pretty much everything except mobility.
Jeeg is the odd one out, of course, as he might be a Super but he cant take a hit too well. Youll likely want to build him with Real priorities but do purchase a wee bit of HP and/or Armor in case Kenji gets a bad roll.
And, lastly, we are now allowed to tinker with our Twin units in the Formation menu. Our next mission gives us 5 slots to deploy and while we dont have a lot of folks to use yet, I reckon I can spread our guys around somewhat.
Well be going with:
Ichitaka and Jeegs teams were pretty much a no-brainer as they complement each other so well. Yamashitas range will help keep Boss out of trouble pairing him with a melee-focused unit is best, but I wasnt too sure itd be safe until I can bolster his defenses a wee bit.
Finally, while I was tempted to have Yagyuu lead a group on her own, I felt that getting Kouji airborne and, more importantly, with an Accel cast was more important. Without, he takes forever to get in range of stuff. Thus, were left with Shizuna and Sayaka filling the last spot.
Off we go!
In the distant past, aboard the Cthulhu races emigrant vessel, Sir Violet ponders the unending journey theyve endured across the stars. It may be their fate after the loss of their homeworld but this is still taking a REALLY long time. She wants to give her sleeping daughters a place to call home a land of peace.
She even entertains the thought of what shed do to make that a reality but quickly brushes it aside it shouldnt be so, even if death aboard this vessel is how their race ends. A hidden voice has heard her wish, however, and decided to grant it. Shell have her land of peace and the voice is too busy laughing evilly to hear Violets objections.
Cut to the present, the Cthulhu Fortress, Sepia (orange girl) spots Earth from the window of her girlfriend, Cobalts, room. This beautiful world will be their home soon but Sepia asks if those humans arent strong? Will war break out again?
Cobalt says theyve already checked and, no, this should be an easy conquest; good because Sepia didnt want her people to continue stuck in the mire of war. Many days have passed since Sir Violet made it her mission to give them a new home they had a chance to succeed in the past, but a traitor screwed that up. Not this time, though.
Theyre interrupted when Cobalt receives a summons from Violet. Whatever could she want?
By her room, we find the new and improved Sir Violet. She summoned Cobalt to say that shes been chosen as the commander of the Dilos Theta. Cobalt is honored but asks if this means shell be deployed to Earth.
Indeed, because theyve confirmed that Iczer-1 the traitor is on the planet. Shes attacked their vanguard soldiers and seems to be looking for her partner. And if Iczer-1 manages to find and synchronize with her, shell awaken and be a mighty foe, indeed.
Thus, she needs to be destroyed immediately and thats where Cobalts mission comes in: shell find and eliminate Iczer-1s partner or, if that cant be done, defeat the traitor herself. Cobalt confirms and seems determined to go the defeat Iczer-1 route shell never know peace if she doesnt claim her life.
Back on Earth, we open up at Gakazono Academy and find Anna really wanting to go back to the Dannar Base shes having a hard time readjusting to life by her lonesome. Still, she cant well face Goh after having been such a crummy wife she didnt even notice how wounded his spirit was. Nagisa (Kanou, the one in the Frontier is Kasumi) meanwhile is talking about some disappearances in her neighborhood having boosted police patrols in the area.
Anna isnt listening, also putting some blame over what happened in Goh and just how oh-so-nicely he gets along with Mira. Doesnt help that Mira is the guys ex, from before he and Anna first met. Still, Annas his wife now EX-wife, maybe, she sighs. Nagisa carries on, relating how her father said he smelled blood when coming home from work one day. That meanies trying to scare her and her mom for a laugh, she bets Hey, is Anna listening?
Now she is and Nagisa sighs at how distant shes acting. Actually, Annas not looking too spritely, either is she on a diet or something? No, shes just depressed as its been a full two months since she ran away from home.
Nagisas surprised to hear that, though most Anna will give as justification is that there were issues. Did she fight with her parents? Not exactly, but Nagisa wont press for answers. Still, wheres Anna living right now?
Well, she had this apartment rented but the landlady just kicked her out because of her cat, Pinpin. Said cat isnt too keen on staying inside her backpack either. Well, Nagisa isnt about to leave her friend destitute and invites Anna to stay with her family until she gets back on her feet. Shes sure her parents wont object to it.
Annas very grateful but her attention quickly diverts back to Pinpin the cat seems scared of something. Maybe he doesnt like the dark inside the backpack. Still, Anna begs him to keep quiet or shell get kicked off class as well.
Uh, oh, Nagisa spent so long chatting that she didnt even notice it was time for class to start she hasnt even wrapped up her homework yet!
But, hold on, whos that over there? Nagisa spots a strangely dressed blonde woman staring her way from way down in the schoolyard.
Annas heart momentarily sinks as she thinks the blonde is Mira but, looking around, she sees no one. Odd, the woman vanished. Nagisa was sure she saw someone
At the Dannar Base, Kiriko (Annas mom) is worried about Goh but he says hes holding well enough. Has Anna called him yet? No
Unfortunately, her departure is pretty much known by everyone now, too. Kiriko tried to cook up a story that she was off doing some special pilot training these past couple of months but Professor Yotsuya got a bit too drunk one day and spilled the beans. He apologizes profusely and promises never to drink again but Goh isnt angry this whole thing is his fault anyway.
The door opens up, in coming Tetsuya Kouji (brown hair) and Hyouma. Tetsuya pokes Goh that she shouldnt be so blasé about his wife leaving and Hyouma is a bit miffed that he didnt come to them for advice.
Kosuke (glasses) asks if Annas departure is the reason why Goh hasnt been deploying nowadays and the best he gives is a middling denial. Tetsuya thinks he has an idea of what happened: Goh took such a heavy blow from his defeat to the Menage Zero that he couldnt pilot the Dannar anymore and seeing her hubby being such a wimp caused Anna to leave him.
Only, no, Kiriko says thats not exactly what happened. While Goh hasnt managed to pilot since his defeat, Anna didnt even notice his battered spirit. And seeing how even Tetsuya noticed it, Anna took it as a major failure of her as his wife; thus, she figured she hadnt the right to stay with him anymore and took off. This was never about her falling out of love with him or anything.
Shizuru groans at Tetsuyas stupidity but Goh doesnt disagree with what he said it is his fault she left and it wouldnt have happened if he wasnt so worthless. He understands that he NEEDS to fight with the Dannar but every time he grips its controls, his hands wont stop shaking. Until he manages to put himself back together, its be up to the Combattler folks to cover the difference.
Well, if anything, Juzo says these last two months have left them quite used to doing just that. Hyouma is certain a big hero like Goh can rise from these ashes and tells him to come and talk to us if theres anything bothering him. Its far better to share problems with others rather than keep it all to yourself.
Only, Juzo points out, Hyouma has been known for keeping a lot of his problems to himself, but thats neither here nor there!
When Chizuru asks, Goh says that hes no idea where Anna could be right now. Shinobus been searching but has gotten nothing so far. Then again, Shizuru ponders inwardly, Shinobu might not say anything even if he did found her.
Goh isnt going to look, though, wanting to believe that Anna will come back to him if he fights on; of course, that means getting his hands to stop shaking, little by little. Kiriko also believes her daughterll return she just needed some time to think but will be back once shes found her answer. Until then, well just wait patiently.
Konami relays a message from Lady Une that our teamll be here in one hour, whereupon theyll meet with Kiriko and Yotsuya. Weve already dealt with the Mimetic Beasts by the Naruto Straits and Yotsuya figures hed best prepare some premium sake as a sign of gratitude for our assist.
Kagemaru, the Dannar team commander, reminds that he just said he wouldnt drink again. Oh, right. But, regardless, they all better get to work and ready things to welcome our folks starting tomorrow, theyll all be joining LOTUS. Its been a long time since the Combattler folks met up with the Mazinger team, too.
Goh will be coming with as well, knowing he cant well stay here by himself. Hes gotta be around to help Mira and, plus, he figures the best place to get back up to speed will be at the front lines.
No, he doesnt mind risking Anna seeing him in this sorry state only that she knows hes still waiting for her. Inwardly, he wonders where she could be. The world around them is undergoing massive changes with each passing moment.
Some time later, Nagisa and Anna are walking about and spot an ad for a game starring famous pop singer Eida on TV. Hmhmm. The girls seen a meteoric rise to stardom recently, with her songs breaking a lot of download records. Hmhmm.
Is Anna listening? Somewhat, though Nagisa can see shes still a hundred miles away. Nagisa had hoped to get her mind off things with a walk through downtown but thats not working too well.
Over by TV a news report from Isabelle Cronkite tells of the Dancougas recent appearance at the Kanagawa Prefecture and subsequent intervention in an ongoing battle. Mind you, the Japanese Government denies any involvement with the bot. This news gets Annas attention and Nagisa has a laugh at what a mech fangirl she is.
Still, news about super robots are common nowadays and Nagisas heard of Mimetic Beasts running amuck around Japan a stark reminder of the horrors of the War of the Giants. What was the name of the mech that took out the boss Mimetic Beast back then? Godannar?
Anna slowly confirms, though didnt expect Nagisa to know all that. Well, we ARE talking about a big, world-saving hero, so its not too surprising.
: Hey, Nagisa.
: If If you could get on a robot and fight, what would you do?
: Huh? Whered that question come from?
: Do you think youd want to fight and help protect others?
: Eeh, thats only a question for wannabe pilots like you. Regular girls like me dont really think about that.
: Still I think Id pass on it. Battles are really scary business and might even get you killed.
: I see
: (Thats likely what regular people would say, yeah. But I )
: Are you Nagisa Kanou?
: I am but who are you?
: My name is Cobalt and Im here to take you hostage.
: H-Huh?! Who just comes out and says stuff like that? Ill scream, Im warning you!
: Be my guest, though it wont help you
: W-Were falling!!
: Urk! Oow
: Where where are we?
: It matters not. This isnt a world the two of you could know of or understand.
: Y-You take us back! Get us back to our world!
: I will after Ive destroyed Iczer-1.
: What are you on about? Whos Iczer-1?!
: Wait just a bit and youll see. Once she realizes your life is in danger, shell come running !
: Hmhmhm Show yourself, Iczer-1. If you dont make haste, my flaming blade will sear your partner whole.
: Stop! Whatre you gonna do to her?!
: Yes, cry and scream. Call out to Iczer-1 for help!
: Get away from Nagisa!
: And here you are. Ive been expecting you.
: (I-Its that blonde cosplayer I saw at the schoolyard Shes Iczer-1?)
: Taking innocents hostage is that how the Cthulhu do things now?!
: Silence, traitor! Ill use whatever means I must to destroy you!
: If your wish is to fight me, then I agree to it. But, in exchange, let Nagisa and her friend go!
: You may take them, but only if you manage to best me! Taaah!
*Swoosh! Slash! Blam!*
: Wh-What are they ? I cant even see what theyre doing!
: A-Anna, lets get out of here I Im scared!
: I know but where are we supposed to run to?
: Mommy, daddy help me!
: Ill help you in a moment, Nagisa! Haaaah!
: Uuoorgh! B-Blast you, Iczer-1 how dare you wound me so !
: Fine, Ill end you with the Dilos Thetas!
*Cobalt runs off.*
: Nagisa, we must leave here as well! Hold onto me, you two!
Mission 3 The Woman Who Fights, The Woman Who Wont Fight, The Woman Who Cant Fight
: Those are !
: Giant robots?!
: A-Aaah !
: Not even you can prevail against this many Dilos Thetas! Your death is come, Iczer-1!
: You alright, Nagisa?!
: And so it comes to this Im summoning the Iczer Robo! Well fight together, Nagisa!
: F-fight?! No! Why do I have to fight these monsters?!
: Iczer Robo!!
: Th-Thats !
: A robot?!
: It is my other half. Come, Nagisa!
: You are the only one in this world who can unite with the Iczer Robo! Do you not wish to defend your own planet?!
: Absolutely not!
: Then you leave me no choice. You will fight, even if I must force you to! Taaah!
*Jump and grab!*
: Huh?! Waaah!!
: I-It absorbed her!
: Wh-Whats going on?!
: Youre inside the Iczer Robo. Synchronize yourself with me, Nagisa.
: Y-You cant do this to me! Lemme go!
: You, Nagisas friend run as far away as you can. I must now face these!
: Run what are you gonna do with Nagisa?!
: Help me, Anna!
: Youve summoned the Iczer Robo, hm? But that will hardly shift the winds in your favor!
: Were going, Nagisa!
Take out everything, dont lose Iczer-1. This isnt too difficult but there are a lot of Dilos Thetas and the Iczer Robo isnt the sturdiest or dodgiest bot around. Dont go too far ahead, is what Im saying and let the fight come to you.
Iczer Robo (Iczer-1, Nagisa Kanou)
Spirit Commands Iczer-1
Spirit Commands Nagisa
Attune (感応) grants Strike to the target unit.
Squad Bonus: Accuracy +5, EN+50
Iczer-1 is a monster of a pilot one of the absolute best in the game, as a matter of fact. All her stats have either the highest or second highest baseline across. Usually shell only get competition from Our Lord and Savior and someone else (if youve watched Iczer, you know who).
The Iczer Robos already pretty good, though its missing many of its tricks now. Its still pretty bulky and while Mobility is on the low-ish side, Iczer-1 is so good that shell make it dodge reliably enough. A high Prevail will further boost that, too, though she wont be topping the damage charts against big cheaters like Kouji and Kenji.
Oh, and I would be remiss not to mention the following: apparently theres a BIG bug related to the Iczer Robo in that if you get it killed, game over and restart from the intermission screen, Nagisa will DISAPPEAR as a subpilot. Theres only one point, in the latter half of the game, where youll recover her and if you lose her again past that, youre screwed.
I havent seen it happen because, one, Im too good to let her get killed () and, two, Im too proud to actually Continue on a game overd mission. All in all, if you lose her and game over, just reload your save and try again fresh.
That being said, I just have her take a few steps forward and hold.
: Nagisa, whats the matter? Synchronize with me, please! We wont be able to bring out the true might of the Iczer Robo like this!
: Let me out! Lemme out of here!
: Ahahah! The Dilos Thetas strength is on a wholly different level! Youre not match for us, Iczer-1!
: Nagisa !
Here they come.
Do keep an eye against the Dilos as theyve decent accuracy.
Most of them keep away for now, though.
: Mimetic Beasts?! Why are they here?!
: Oh, Earthling monsters? How convenient.
: Is this also your doing, Cobalt?!
: Im sorry to disappoint you, but no, I have nothing to do with this. They do seem to be on our side, though.
: Hrm !
: Please, stop! Put me down! Let me go!
: (My friends in danger there are Mimetic Beasts all over and I cant do anything?!)
: (No I can do something, but I ran from it. What am I doing?! I need to be out there, fighting those things!)
: Nagisa, hold on! Ill get back to the Dannar Base and
: Goh! Hes here !
: And thats the Neo Okusaer? But who is no, Mira?!
: Goh, are you sure youre ready for this? The four of us could
: I know. But if I dont fight, Annall never !
: Yo, whats going on here? The radars are completely blank Think the Mimetic Beasts are behind this?
: I cannot determine the cause but Im detecting some abnormal EM Waves throughout the area. Our sensors wont work in this environment.
: Well, if the sensors arent flying, then we gotta go with good, ol eyesight. Mines 20/20!
: Watch where youre walking, Hyouma. We dont know if there are civs around here somewhere!
: Im on it, Daisaku. I can manage that, no prob!
: And look over there, Hyouma! There are some different robots up there, not just the Mimetic Beasts!
: Ive never seen anything like those before and theyre not in our data banks, either.
: Hold up! Were being hailed by that green robot!
: Do you hear me, Earthlings? Your planet has come under the attack of Big Gold! Those robots the Dilos Thetas are her minions!
: What, a new group of enemies?!
: You think those are the invaders from space that Dr. Nanbara warned us about?!
: Please, I request your assistance!
: Were here to deal with those Mimetic Beast larvae anyway, so, yes, we might as well help you.
: Youve my thanks!
: And your name is?
: Pleased to meet you, Iczer-1! Well tackle this one together!
: Heeeelp! Get me out of here! They cant hear me?!
: (Hrk Weve got new enemies cropping up and I still cant fight properly ?!
Alright, now this is more manageable. Mind, losing either Goh or Mira will also be a gameover but theyre well equipped to take care of themselves:
Godannar (Goh Saruwatari)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Squad Bonus: Melee weapons power +100, Armor +100, EN+50
Power! Armor! EN! Everything you could ever want!
Goh and his squad bonus make for a very fine unit, though hes obviously not doing too hot right now. Hell get better, though, and become a very reliable Super! His accuracy isnt all that, though its nothing we cant fix.
As for the Godannar, its clearly a punchy bot which comes with the usual issues of low range. Again, we can fix that grab him a partner that knows Accel, too, while youre at it.
Neo Okusaer (Mira Ackerman)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Fury/Direct Hit (直撃) the next attack will bypass defensive supports and features.
Angel Wall (エンジェルウォール) nullifies all damage below 2300.
Squad Bonus: Crit ratio +10, experience gained +10%, accuracy +5
Well, hey, I guess weve found his partner! Miras stats are pretty much like Gohs, only slightly worse (except for Evasion). The Neo can handle itself well enough, though it lacks a bit of stopping power. That barrier makes it a prime defensive supporter, though, as 2300 damage on a Super isnt too easy to do without a boss.
Oh, and as a fun note: 旦那/Danna(r) means, among other things, husband, while 奥さん/Okusan(saer) is wife. So, Anna just lost the wifebot to her husbands ex Actually, with that Neo there, wouldnt it be the New Wife-bot? That probably bodes ill.
Core Gunner (Shizuru Fujimura)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Squad Bonus: Accuracy +5, crit ratio +10, land terrain rating: A
G-Gunner (Tetsuya Kouji)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Squad Bonus: Ranged weapons attack power +100, HP+1000
Both Shizuru and Tetsuya can work nicely as squaddies for ranged-oriented folks especially Tetsuya, of course. Shizuru has a better range movement coverage as both her weakest and strongest weapons can be used after moving, while Tetsuyas almost a pure sniper.
Theyre decently strong, too, but will get left behind as the game progresses, of course.
Combattler V (Hyouma Aoi, Juzo Naniwa, Daisaku Nishikawa, Chizuru Nanbara, Kosuke Kita)
Spirit Commands Hyouma:
Spirit Commands Juzo:
Spirit Commands Daisaku:
Spirit Commands Chizuru:
Spirit Commands Kosuke:
Squad Bonus: HP +1000
Remember what I said about Voltes? Copy paste that and youve the Combattler. Its good, its flexible with all its pilots, its hard to kill, hits nicely and will do even better later.
Folks are making their way over but Mira, with Accelerate, is just in range.
: With Anna gone, we all need to do our part supporting Goh !
Of course, she could only use her weakest weapon at least she dodges the counter.
Might as well have Iczer one snipe away at this one.
Were going, Nagisa!
No! Do it yourself!
As Iczer-1 takes out a Dilos, the other weakened one guns for Hyouma.
: I dunno what you guys are but you better get right off our planet!
: I really dont think yelling at them is going to get you anywhere.
: Plus, weve to fight them under these unusual conditions. Do not let your guard down, Hyouma!
Thats quite the elaborate attack for a standard crotch-missile.
Urgh, and the Mimetic Beasts decide to gun for Iczer-1 as well. That wouldnt be TOO bad if not for the fact that they drain EN.
: Noo! Why is this happening to me?!
: These are different from the Cthulhus monsters However, I will not falter! I cannot!
At least her Prevail procs a bit and she dodges the next three attacks.
: Those are !
: Bam, enter the heroes! Yall can relax now!
: Prof. Aoi already gave us the rundown: those blue bots are a new enemy and the green ones on our side, right?
: And, also, that a blonde babe is piloting it! Whoohohohoo time to put on a good show for her!
: Heey, Kouji, Boss! Its been forever!
: Yo, Hyouma! Were gonna be working on the same team again!
: While this is our first time meeting up with the Dannar Base people.
: Ichitaka, Im not detecting any fluctuations in your heart rate whatsoever. Do you not feel any anxiety or, rather, love for the Godannar or Combattler?
: No, no the opposite! And Im talking about anxiety, FYI!
: I mean, I am nervous but I also know that getting all tense would put our lives in danger, you know?
: Yes, life is meant to be valued. Treasure it and itll last well, for your whole life, right?
: Hahah, thanks for that one. Im a little less nervous now.
: The Earthlings have sent some extra help, I see.
: All the better for us.
: Right. Lets go and wrap this up hrrm !
: Hey, Goh, take it easy there. Well take care of things.
: Sorry, folks
: However many of you there are, thisll all end the same. Behold the might of the Dilos Thetas!
Healing her up just in case.
While Goh takes out a weakened beastie, Mira and Shizuru work on its healthy partner.
: Neither Goh nor Mira are doing too well Then the best I can do is down as many enemies as possible!
Chizuru: A Mimetic Beast!
Hyouma: Nothing we cant handle!
Iczer-1, now packing Focus, picks something else to blast while the rest of us are closing the distance. At least thanks to their new tag partners, Kouji and Kenji have covered a LOT of ground in one move.
Ickzer-1 and Hyouma (packing Iron Wall) tank pretty much whatevers already on top of us, weakening them all in the process. The bad news is the Mimetic Beasts drink pretty much all of the Combattlers EN, what with it dodging like a brick house.
Couple of Beasts do get clever with Kenji, though.
The thing barely hangs on, enough for Tsubaki to kill-steal.
Now we go to town.
: Anna I want to believe that, somewhere, youre watching this and that youll eventually come back to me!
Get rid of those Mimetic Beasts before they hit anyone else!
Ichitaka: Dont need to hold back against Mimetic Beasts!
Alice: Right! We should engage with all we have!
Hyouma moves back a bit, but not before taking out another Dilos. Shooting enough enemies down triggers the plot.