Part 11: Mission 4 - Enter the Giant of Flames
And were back, Hyouma and Iczer-1 having joined the team as our new top and second top aces. You may realize that Iczer-1 isnt in the Robo she, as a proper super android, can just fight on foot while Nagisas out. Her range isnt as good as the Robos but she moves way faster, so shell do fine.
Oh, and she joins pre-loaded with 40% upgrades. My guess is to make up for her lack of Ignore Size difference to compensate for the damage hit shell take due to being SS sized?
Regardless, most of my cash went into getting the Combattler and Godannar up to speed.
Weve seven slots for the upcoming mission, so heres how were going:
The Godannar can Twin Drive at 130 morale, so having Mira nearbyll spare the hassle of having to get her adjacent to Goh. Moreover, her Accelerate will help him tremendously.
Yamashitas our only range-focused unit, so Tetsuyall give him a boost. I paired the Combattler and Deceive together just to make them both hardier Ill likely break this duo later. Iczer-1 got stuck with Shizuru for lack of option; couldve been Boss but Im still queasy over the thought of sending him into the front lines.
Off we go!
By the Darius world, deep underground
: I must say, I am impressed. (Her names Proist.)
: Not only did you manage to steal the Tenku Maryu and Daichi Maryu from me, youve also mastered the Raiking and Vulking. Impressive, indeed.
: But you still have NO CHANCE IN HELL against my Chou Maryu Dvorak!
: The Chou Maryu that things a monster! (Puria)
: No, its not! The Dvoraks beautiful and its whatll let me get payback on Garis and destroy all you surface worms!
: And while its still not 100%, its still more than good enough to burn trash like you to cinders! Have a taste of the Dvoraks power! DEATH FIRE!
*Peew, woop! Flash!*
: I-It cant be a Death Cross Point?! (Rosa)
: What the hell how can its flames trigger a Death Cross by themselves ?! (Sakon)
: Damn, thats a real major card she kept on her sleeve. (Lee)
: AHAHAHAHA! And I wont stop with you! Ill turn my sights on the surface itself and kill everyone that lives here!
: Psh. Now that aint something Im gonna let happen, Chou Maryu or not! (Daiya)
: Excuse me ?
: However big the enemy we face, if all our hearts are united, then we will find a way to win! (Lulu)
: Daiya Tsuwabuki, I am no longer Proists puppet. If it takes my life to defeat her, then so be it! (Norza)
: Im also ready to fight by your side. Ive a debt to repay to Lee Jian-xing! (Vestanu)
: Norza, Vestanu, you blasted traitors!
: But alright I might as well get rid of you worthless worms here and now! Disappear along with the surfacers!
: If anyones disappearing around here, its you, Proist! Lee, Norza, were hitting her together!
: Aye, aye! Vulking, go!
: Raiking, forward!
: How do ya like that, Proist?!
: Hrm! It might be far from complete but Im still surprised you could damage the Dvorak!
: And theres more where that came from!
: Whats the matter, Proist? Your unit isnt living up to its name.
Quick tangent: Tenku Maryu and Daichi Maryu would be, literally, Sky Dragon and Earth Dragon, while the Chou Maryu would be something akin to Grand Dragon.
: Dont get so full of yourselves, maggots ! And, actually, I just had a wonderful little idea! A way to both split your forces and carry on my plan to slaughter the surfacers!
: Not happening cause youre going down right now!
: Think again, Gaiking!
*Proist charges after Daiya and grabs him.*
: What?! Lemme go, Proist!
: Heeheehee Lets cut you down to size first!
: Crap, Parts #1 and #2 were broken off!
: Daiya Tsuwabuki Your forces will be nothing with you gone! And Ill take my sweet time dealing with them!
: The hell are you up to?!
*Proist jumps off, the Dvorak pulling the Gaiking away.*
: You and the Dvoraks parts are going on a trip to the surface, Gaiking!
: Damn it, Daiya got dragged into the Death Cross Point!
*Puria flies into the portal.*
: Sis! (Yanma)
: Hahaha, its done! Daiya Tsuwabuki is off on the surface now!
: Proist !
: But I didnt just get rid of that pest with this. The Dvoraks parts went up with the Gaiking
: And thosell regenerate and multiply, spawning Demonic and Iron Beasts to destroy the surface! Aahahahahaa!
: Urk How could this happen !
: My lady Proist, weve come to rescue you.
: Thank you, Nikita. Let us return to Arkholand for a moment and reorganize. With the Gaiking gone, the other are but minnows theres no rush to dispose of them.
: Yes, maam!
: Curse you, Proist !
: Captain, we need to get in touch with the surface ASAP!
: Right. Mr. Sakon, if you could see to it.
: Aye, aye, Ill go tell NEX about this.
: (Daiya, Puria please be safe.)
Somewhere up top, Puria has woken up at a beach and Daiyas right by her side theyre both in one piece but their situation aint exactly good. While she was passed out, Daiya took a look around and it seems theyre on a deserted island. Plus, both the Gaiking and Stinger are out of energy and immobile.
But Puria has a bigger concern: why is she NAKED?! Daiya explains that they got tossed into the ocean and that obviously left their suits soaking wet. He couldnt well have left her like that, right? Thats not a very good excuse for stripping her, Puria grumbles, but Daiya figures it beats her catching a cold or worse.
Besides, its not like he cares much about seeing her naked. Hrm You could care A LITTLE, damn it, she quietly fumes. Furthermore, Daiya ponders aloud that Purias looking to have about half of what Shizukas got half of what?! Y-You really shouldnt waste your energy on nonsense, Daiya stammers. And what, exactly, is nonsense?!
Now, now, he asks her to calm down as she oughta be hungry, right? She actually is, so theyll split up and start looking for food: Daiyall poke around the waters while Puria checks the trees. Sounds good but, first things first, go and grab her clothes as they should be dry enough!
Some time later, Purias gathered up some mushrooms but Daiya quickly tosses a few away, saying that those are very poisonous. Still, looking at the local flora and fauna, he figures theyre somewhere around Japan.
Well, isnt he a regular know-it-all? Courtesy of his father, Daiya says, who taught him loads of stuff about the sea, the mountains everything nature-related, really. Regardless, the rest of the food is safe to eat, so Puria starts digging in.
Daiya does find it odd that while theyre come back to the surface, it now feels like theyre in a wholly alien world after the time they spent on the Darius world. He cant stop himself from worrying about the folks still down there.
The two of them need to find their way back and the irony isnt lost on Daiya of a surfacer like him, standing on the surface, acting like the underground is his home.
Over by JUDAs lobby, Iczer-1 says Nagisas still in a coma. Shes considered using the Iczer Robo to try and speed up her recovery but figured thats make the girl even more upset. Goh is a bit curious, though, wondering why Iczer-1 needs an earthling like Nagisa as her partner; unfortunately, she cant give him any explanation other than saying that it might be fate at work.
Miu likes the idea of two people, predestined to meet, but Kenji isnt too sure that sorta thing actually exists. Kyo points out that were living in a world where people have transcended time and space to be brought together with one another; that could well be seen as the hand of fate, operating at a level human imagination cant even fathom.
Whys he speaking like hes seen that happen? Because he did, Kyo says, though he understands why Kenji wouldnt be in on the take. There arent many examples of such encounters happening but the most famous one would be of the Daiku Maryus former captain.
See, he was a Darian man but he fell in love with an earthling woman and, together, they had a daughter said daughter has followed in her fathers footsteps and now captains the Daiku Maryu herself.
Thats cool but Kenjis got a question: That girl, is she hot? Like, shes gotta be bangin, right? Kyo begs him to cut it out, lest Iczer-1 get the wrong idea about humans, but she tells him not to worry. A friend of hers has told of how different earthlings can all be.
Her friend? Yes, someone who also noticed Big Golds control over the Cthulhu and left with Iczer-1. She wagers shes likely mustering for their counterattack in a different dimension and hopes to introduce us to her eventually.
So, Mira sees, she wasnt fighting all alone, huh? Indeed and thats even less so now that shes made such stalwart allies as us. All thats missing is for Nagisa to wake up and Mius hoping shell get better soon.
Ichitakas running the sim with Yamashita and tries going for a feint attack. Yamashita likes to see him using the move he taught but, of course, hes not falling for it. Boom, direct hit, Ichitaka loses. He really thought he had a chance today but at least hes learning well. A loss is still a loss, though.
Alice tells him to keep his chin up: Yamashita is a far more experienced pilot, so I see no problems at all with you losing to him a few a lot of times while sparring! If anything, Ichitaka appreciates the pep talk.
Goh steps out the simulator as well, a bit miffed with himself for the difficulty he had beating a rather low-level trial. Hes quite a bit rusty after these couple months of moping around. Can a seasoned vet like him actually lose his touch, Ichitaka wonders? Indeed, if you skimp out on training for even a day, it weakens you.
Still, Goh is determined to soldier on and overcome this he better, lest he come to regret when an actual powerful enemy shows up. Ichitaka understands and thanks him for the lesson. Alices also paying attention and shes eager to help Ichitaka figure out the best way to use that feint in battle. Yamashitas going down next time!
Thats good to hear, because Yamashita wants to get Ichitaka way stronger before Reiji actually comes around the JUDA squad leader is a very strict man.
Tsubaki comes in to try her hand at the sim and Alice is quick to hop off to let her have it. As soon as the girl sits, however, she lets out a yelp. What for? The seats burning hot, thats what she thought itd even burned her legs.
Taking a closer look, Ichitaka notices that Alices literally very hot though he doesnt really know what her normal temperature is, of course. Erm The truth is that my main systems have been overheating these past few days she says.
Is she sick or something? Not really, as everything is operating within normal parameters and it is not unusual for her interior temperature to fluctuate depending on the processes shes running. That said, her current surface temperature is nearing 90 °C / 194°F!!
OK, that calls for an analysis and Rachel is ready to help with that (she promises a worried Ichitaka that shes not looking to pry her open, like before). Running a few scans, she sees the problem: since Alice was never built with the needed thought patterns for combat, her neural network is overloading under the strain of assessing the new input.
Additional synapses are being built to compensate for the calculation lag, but as she tries to optimize for combat the process constantly clashes with the maid AIs own development.
Ichitaka didnt get any of that, so Maki simplifies: could he study for his high school entrance exams AND work on his training and jobs as part of LOTUS? No way his mind would probably break down from all that. And thats exactly whats going on with Alice.
Ichitaka can see how thatd overload her and says she neednt worry about this added work she can just focus on helping folks stay healthy and the basic sub-pilot stuff shed already been doing. Rachel says that wont fly, as trying to stop her AI from thinking about X or Y will just put added strain on her.
While Goh is no tech expert, he sees that perhaps the only option here is simply to wait until Alices AI has fully adapted itself to her new work circumstances. Rachel agrees: well have to help her AI slowly develop around combat and get those thought patterns to take root. Kinda like weight-lifting.
Alice apologizes and says shell try not to think too much about combat, though Tsubaki also warns against her worrying too much about that.
Theres no time to relax, though, as Ishigami calls in and says weve just picked up an SOS from the Gaikings pilot. The bots currently stranded on a desert island and were warned to expect Darius pursuers as we head over.
So much for letting Alice cool off; best she can do is work hard, but not too hard, out there and hope that keeps her temperature low. The mechanics will have their own job to do, too: transport the recently manufactured Gaiking parts that NEX ordered over there.
When the things are loaded aboard the carrier, Shibakusa takes the helm and off he goes.
Mission 4 Enter the Giant of Flames
Back at the island, Purias trying to generate enough flame in her unit to get it airborne but its not happening. Theres no land in sight and with the amount shes got, she couldnt even fly a few dozen kilometers. Still, Daiya takes solace of the fact that the flames havent gone out.
Thats true and Puria remembers Daimon saying that the flame is like the machines own life and it never really runs out completely. What they need right now is some Hydrute to really stoke the flames. Indeed, Daiya figures they can keep trying this by themselves all they want, theyre not getting anywhere without a decent amount of Hydrute Flares.
And their situation is getting worse as the flame inside Gaiking starts flickering a sign of incoming enemies. What are they going to do, when they cant even get their units running properly?
They better think fast because the enemies are here: a bunch of Darius Army monsters. Daiya figures this is it and tells Puria to run off but, of course, shes not even willing to entertain that idea. Daiya apologizes, saying its his fault shes in a situation like this but Puria doesnt mind she was ready to die fighting the second the came aboard the Daiku Maryu.
As the monsters start blasting them, Daiyas irked by something: the aura hes sensing from them is just like the Chou Maryus. As the attacks start piling on, Puria decides to go for broke and gets her unit flying: she tells Daiya to go hide while she buys as much time as can be.
Her flames not doing too good, yes, but if hes right and theyre near Japan, then some help should be on the way. She oughta be able to keep these things busy until they get here.
Daiya decides to trust her with this she IS the Daiku Maryus top ace but she better not die. Thats her line, of course.
There are plenty of enemies and losing Purias a game over, so keep your distance. You just need to make it to turn 3.
Stinger (Puria Richardson)
Flame L2 (炎) - Increases Accuracy, Evasion, Critical %, and Armor. Increases with each level.
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Squad Bonus: Mobility +5, Air terrain rating = A
Standard support unit, only decently survivable with Purias Flame giving it that bonus. It wont be hitting too hard but it could make for a decent squaddie with that Accel and squad bonus.
But Ill play it safe and move her far away.
Only three mooks move, the others standing by.
Repeat this for the next turn, so lets skip ahead.
: Huh?! Whats the Dancouga doing here?!
: Heh, whats going on here? A buncha baddies ganging up on someone?
: The Darius have sent quite the feast over today weve got both Demonic and Iron Beasts to pick from.
: So, how do you guys want your BBQ today? Medium rare or well done?
: Eeh, Im gonna have to pass on undercooked Demon Beast, thanks.
: Come on, now, kids. Go and do your part as good ol champions of justice!
: Yeah, yeah Psh, but I really dont like having to work with NEX.
: How come, Sakuya? Youve a problem with them?
: Even a homeless like me does, yeah.
*Aoi moves over to Puria.*
: Richie, wasnt it? Back off and let Team D handle this one.
: I owe you one didnt expect the Dancouga to show up, thats for damn sure.
: Just doing our job and all that. Dont worry about it.
: Alright, I wont then. But just lemme get one thing clear: the names Puria Richardson. Not Richie.
: Ah, my apologies, Miss Richardson.
: Hm? Already? Roger that..
: Um, Team D? Youve been cleared to use the Dankuuken.
: The Dankuuken? Im guessing thats a new secret weapons or something?
: Im sending the data over to you right now. The weapon should be unlocked.
: This datas for an ultrasonic sword?
: And why, exactly, did you just come out and give us a new weapon? Orders from the top?
: Eeh, something like that, yes.
: Are you ever going to give us a straight answer?
: Sorry, Im just the middleman here. And, in any case, its just for a little bit longer, alright? Now if you would
: OK! Then
: Lets go wild!
: Aw, I wanted to say that
Alright, we can get on the offensive now.
: Aint no other way around it after Daiya said that I have to make it through this!
Eeh, only 1.2k
Get busy, Aoi.
And he lives with 93, son of a bitch.
Aoi gets mobbed, killing her old target and doing a number of the remaining two they dont do much against Ls beefy Dancouga.
The other Demonic and Iron Beasts are moving in now.
: Backup! Now thats just what we needed!
: Those are ah, I get it! That LOTUS group Lulu talked about is finally open for business!
: Here come the legit Champions of Justice.
: And the bot we helped in Miuras also here.
: Ooh, its the Dancouga! Ergh, no, I gotta stop fanboying so much! Breathe !
: Huh, hes joined LOTUS too?
: Ive detected the Gaiking its inside those woods.
: Yeah, thats the Gaiking right there! And the enemies are all closing in on him!
: More like some of the Gaiking, what with us having to bring over his legs and arms n all.
: OK, then the Dancougall run interference while we get those parts over to him!
: Can you hear us, Daiya Tsuwabuki?
: Y-Yeah, I do!
: Weve brought some spare parts for you, so hurry up and combine into the Gaiking!
: These arms and legs got a whole lotta flame in them! Youll be all set to go crazy after youve combined!
: Alright! Send em over, please!
: Gaiking, parts #1 and #2 launch!
: Haaaaah! Take a look, Puria! My flames burning hot again!
: Yeah, now you can take the fight to them!
: Are you watching, pops? Seems the new parts are working just fine.
: Yeah, Im monitoring them. Course, I wouldnt expect anything else from our work!
: Hm? But the colors a bit different from usual.
: It looks kinda ugly, really
: Oh, I learned about that the other day! Those parts have lost their Phase Shift effect because the batterys running empty!
: Nah, much as Im sorry to say, we couldnt slap some Phase Shift Armor into the Gaiking.
: Meaning its just an aesthetics issue, right?
: Aesthetics, schmestetics! All that matters is if it does the job!
: Here goes! Hydro! BLAZER!!
: What?! It didnt do jack!
: The hell? Then the faux-Zolmanium we made really cant generate flame on the same level as the original?
: You alright, Daiya?
: Yeah, itll be fine! Ill just cover the difference with some of my own inner flame!
: That said, this one feels a lot weaker than the Gaiking so lets call it the Kaikink.
: Kaikink? Well, I guess that name does sound like its missing something.
: Still, a lot of folks from the surface poured their hopes into these arms and legs and this flame! So Im gonna be fighting as hard as I can with em! Good to be working with all you guys!
: Well, we better bolt outta here before we start getting in the way. Take care out there folks wrecked mechs can be fixed but there aint anything we can do for the dead!
: Heh, guess Shibakusas given us the go-ahead. Time to get to work, people!
Now we just need to keep Daiya and Aoi in one piece and thats not difficult, provided you dont rush them up front.
Kaikink (Daiya Tsuwabuki)
Shield Defense ( the Kaikink has neither sword nor shield. Maybe the Gaiking?)
Squad Bonus: Crit ratio +10, accuracy +5
If youre coming here from K, youll find that the Gaiking-series bots are actually usable in that they massively reduced the EN costs of its weapons. Range is pretty piss and its got looooow armor (550 less than the Dancouga!) since surface construction is so much crap but at least thats somewhat made up by Daiyas Flame.
Still, do stick with Daiya because hell eventually become a powerhouse (though he doesnt cheat like Kouji and Kenji) the kids a good pilot, just stuck in a subpar bot right now. The Kaikink does fly and has decent movement right out the box, though, so he doesnt even NEED Accel like Kouji does.
Just a few steps forward, lest he get mobbed next turn.
: The people of the surface made these parts and my flamell make em burn strong enough to rival the Gaiking!
I do like how the hand crumples up after the hit.
Iczer-1 doesnt need a mech to kick ass.
: Rest easy, Nagisa Ill bring a swift end to any who try to invade Earth!
Nothing else in range now, so everyone moves forward.
The main wave of mooks is right upon us, though only Ichitaka gets attacked.
: Hows your temperature going, Alice? Youre not overworking yourself back there, right?
: I-I'm managing to rearrange my thoughts and processes based around parallels with chores! No problems mostly!
: Our movement is a bit more sluggish now but we should still be fine. Here we go!
He and Miu block pretty much all damage before laying the hurt.
Iczer-1 also has a lightsaber, in case you still werent sure if she kicked enough ass by herself.
The Darius beasts are beefy but not enough.
Ichitaka finishes his target and learns Strike after the level up.
Little help from Yamashita and this ones primed up for Aois new trick.
: Wow, its so pretty This is the Dankuuken?
: Why exactly is the Dancouga so strong? What for ?
: Oho, so it had a big, bad sword tucked away, eh? Youre pretty good, Dancouga.
: Yup; that was a nice swing.
: Ahahah Guess it was, for a first timer, huh?
: Hey, I love a pat on the back as much as the next guy
: But how about we save that glee for when we get back to base?
And, for that matter, well take the weakened Galgoras and use it to show off Jeeg Breakers cool dynamic finish:
: So this is the Darius Army, eh? Yow, theyre huuuge Still, theyre gonna need more than size to take me out! How about a demonstration?!
WHOS UP NEXT?!
Still a bunch to go, so Kouji and Yagyuu focus-fire this here Galgoras.
: Ive never fought these things before Still, youre gonna find that I didnt spend all that time handling Mechabeasts for nothing!
Hyoumall take this one, in hopes itll kamikaze against someone good.
: Hey, Darius! If you think your beasts are gonna drop Mr. Hyouma Aoi, wrecker of Mecha and Mimetic Beasts, then Ive got an upcoming news flash for you!
And heres the Deceives signature move. Now, if one would just explain to me how you make an AI hallucinate
I set Aoi with Iron Wall way up ahead and the enemies are very willing to play ball. One thing I noticed is that shes quite parry-happy this mission (only two out of like 8 attacks have connected).
Attacking Ichitaka isnt a much better idea.
Nearby, Hyouma takes three kills from weakened enemies (and weakens another 4). Juzo learns Mercy.
And now this is just a matter of cleaning stuff up. The three farthest monsters have somewhat midboss-y stats but theyre certainly not enough to give our folks pause focus-fire will take them out easy.
Heres the summary:
: Demonic Beasts, Iron Beasts theyll all end the same when facing the Godannars raw power!
: Shouldnt be too long before Reiji comes back, so I better bring home the goods!
Its best attack doesnt even have a dynamic finish! Come on, the surface could do better than this!
Oh, and this Domega had the bad luck of being chosen as test dummy for Hyoumas strongest weapon.
Turns out Breast Fire doesnt have a DK, either. Thats the last one, though!
And the radars clear, so Tanaka quickly asks the Dancouga to come home. Resident psychiatrist, Ru Riruri, is on hand to remind them that todays counseling day so shell be waiting them all by her office.
Aoi sighs that theyre always forced to dance to Tanaka and co.s tune and Kuraras frustrated that theyve yet to get any answers for their questions. Why were they chosen to pilot the Dancouga and why are they always fighting for the weaker side? Wondering herell only be a waste of time, though, so off they go.
Nearby, a mysterious unit is measuring the Dancougas strength. Something seems to bother the pilot. The unit vanishes, no one even noticing its presence, and Ichitaka figures the Dancouga must be real busy to always be leaving in a hurry like that. Yamashita says well be plenty busy ourselves soon and Ichitakas ready to handle the rhythm in order to find the professor.
Goh asks Puria and Daiya to join us back at JUDA and Yamashita confirms that, indeed, theyve been reassigned to LOTUS. Not too long ago, weve been told by NEX that Cpt. Lulu had given it her official sanction. If they heard from the Daiku Maryu, that means everyone in the underground is safe and thats a weight off Daiyas shoulders. Itll be a bit before they can come up here themselves, mind.
But, regardless, Kenji wants to head back ASAP as hes hungry as no ones business. Daiyas also willing to eat just about anything weve to offer, as he and Puria havent had a good meal since getting sent up here.
Good news, then: Ishigami will treat us to a bunch of his homemade sushi and thats perfect to Daiya, having grown in a fishing village and all. Ishigamill have a banquet ready for his arrival.
As Daiya jumps for joy, Izuna and Shizuna flinch at the upcoming pile of the presidents sushi foisted upon us. Yui does point out that theres someone here waiting to see Daiya, mind.
Back at JUDA, Daiya and Puria properly introduce themselves and thanks everyone for the assist. Kouji had heard the stories but is surprised to get more young fellas joining our team. Shizuru huffs an apology for being one of the few bumping the average age up but, if anything, Tetsuya is super-OK with her adult appeal. As for the person who was waiting for Daiya, its his friend Naoto.
Seems like someone from NEX stopped by Daiyas house and told of his return to the surface. Naoto really wanted to see Daiya again after how suddenly he left for the Darius World, so he insisted on coming over. As for the kids mom, Naoto says shes very worried but Daiya has a promise to keep before he can go back to her.
Naoto starts getting all choked up and Puria is quick to tell him to cut that crap out: You just waltz in here like you own the place, yack our ears off and, to wrap things up, start crying up a storm? Come on, now whered they dig up this kid?
Daiya calms her down and apologizes to Naoto for his partners sharp tongue. Who is this? Puria. And shes a girl? Cant he tell just by looking at her?! Alright, lets ease up a bit. As for the kid, hes Naoto Hayami, a classmate of Daiya.
And as for the promise he mentioned, Daiya explains that, on the day he boarded the Daiku Maryu, he swore to his mom that he wouldnt come back until, first, the Darius are beaten to kingdom come and, two, hes found and brought his dad home. Still, Hyouma doesnt think he should keep his mom worrying like that why not at least send her a letter or something?
He says that because, as an orphan, he didnt have a chance to have either parents in his life, so those who do shouldnt take them for granted. Ichitaka didnt know about that turns out hes an orphan too and has no idea where hed be if Grife hadnt taken care of him. He almost certainly wouldnt be here and thats all the more reason to find him ASAP.
Speaking of missing people, Alices just heard info that Kouichi has apparently come back to school! And how is he? Well hes a lot different, to say the least violent. A symptom of calcium deficiency? she wonders. Then again, shes combed through the data of the other Factors and none of them have displayed such symptoms.
Yamashita seems to have an idea of whats actually going on
But theres no time for that Ishigami strolls into the room and salutes everyone. Its the sushi guy! Daiya cheers. That and, you know, president of JUDA Corporation and local commander of LOTUS. Daiyas surprised that the guys a bigwig and, in that case, asks if the Daiku Maryus said anything regarding the Darius Army guys we fought.
Something bugging him? There is, yes: those beasties gave Daiya the same feel as the Dvorak. They never did that before. And its not a coincidence as, true to Proists promise, those Iron and Demonic Beasts were spawned by the broken up parts of the Dvorak that got sent up here.
Thats really, really bad, thinks Daiya, but Goh tells him that messes like this is precisely what LOTUS was made for. Kosuke agrees, figuring that, with all our myriad organizations working together, its only a matter of time before we find and destroy the Dvorak bits. And, hell, if all well get are monsters like the ones just now, the Anti-Darius Arma and SDF teams should be able to take them on.
Anything worse shows up, well walk on over and give em what for, Hyouma adds! Ishigami likes it and believes nothing could possibly give us pause with everyone working together. With that in mind, its sushi time!
Daiya doesnt need to be told twice and Ishigami likes the gusto with which he eats as children should be. Everyone else care to partake? Yeaah, boy! Im so hungry, I cant even think straight, Kenji cries out and starts stuffing himself.
On the flip side, Izuna and Miu arent fans of Ishigamis sushi and, to make things worse, hes made a LOT to account for everyone. Do they all need to eat? Maybe not as Daiya and Kenji are ALREADY demanding more. Shizuna hopes this wont push Ishigami into making even more of the stuff
: Hrm ? Where am I?
: Hands, legs, torso all bound. Silver lining is they at least didnt gag me
: Ah, I see youve awakened, Professor Grife.
: And you are? The boss of those fellows who kidnapped me, Id wager?
: Now that would be telling, wouldnt it? Maybe I am their boss, maybe Im not
: Why dont you stop beating around the bush, you weasel?
: Weasel? I got that quite often, back in the day about ten years ago, I think
: Oh, but now is hardly the time for a trip down memory lane. Apologies if this is rather abrupt, but Ive a small request to make of you, Professor
: What ?