Part 12: Mission 5 - Red Impact, Blue Terror - Part 1
And we are back, the HP-prioritizing AI helping Hyouma secure a more comfortable lead as our top ace. Goh and Iczer-1 arent too far behind, though.
Regarding Skill Parts, I saw fit to teach Daiya guard just because, Ichitakas been getting fed Infights since all but Maser Eye are melee attacks and an extra Support Defend to capitalize on his barrier.
Upgrades: Kaikinkll pass his stuff to the Gaiking once we get Daiya some good parts to combine with, so he gets a boost in everything hell need. Hyouma, Ichitaka and Goh get extra EN, Boss gets some extra survivability and accuracy.
Oh and one thing I JUST found out: be careful when upgrading the Mazinger since, according to the JP wiki, it wont relay its upgrades to the Mazinkaiser after Yumi stops dicking around and fixes the thing.
I suppose it MAKES sense, since its not the same mech but
Weve 8 slots available for the next mission, so heres how were going:
I put Daiya and Boss together since they dont have TOO much HP to get focus-fired over Hyouma and Goh, and Boss squad bonus and EN Regen will make a good fit. Despite my original thought, Iczer-1s hand-beam attack isnt melee like Ichitaka, so she wouldnt benefit too much from Boss bonus
Now for the mission.
At JUDAs hangar, the resident scientists tell Ichitaka that theyve gotten some results from Grifes painting. Mind you, theyre still getting details but they can give Ichitaka and Alice an outline of whats in there. Thats great news as it might give them a clue to find the professor even the Dannar Base team hasnt located him.
As for the contents of the painting, Rachel says it includes both a blueprint for a combat-oriented AI and some upgrade plans for Alice herself. Upgrades? Will it give her some machine guns or missile launchers and stuff? Ichitaka wonders.
Actually, things like those ARE depicted within the upgrade plans, but it looks like Grife nixed the whole project halfway through. Regardless, Maki wants to continue analyzing the painting , having only hand-picked staff dealing with anything that could yield us a clue about Grifes whereabouts. Ichitaka and Alice are fine with that and grateful for the help.
Of course, Rachel is so very interested on Grifes research, so its hardly an issue to her. Alice in particular wants them to speak with her as soon as theyve more insight into the paintings data she might be able to use those combat AI plans to boost her usefulness to the team if they can find a way to integrate them.
If thats what shed like, Maki promises to let her know, but our attention is diverted to Izuna walking in: Yamashita is calling Ichitaka. Its time for his usual drills and Alice says her temperature is good enough that she can take part in it some no problems at all!
By Ishigamis office, hes just received a call from Quatre. Hows life as a middle schooler going? Still getting used to it hes been getting pushed around some. Ishigami sighs at them teens behaving like a pack of wild animals. Regardless, hows Kouichi? Being an oddball to put it nicely as hes been going around, acting like the biggest deal since sliced bread.
Ishigamis heard about it, how the kids been taking to proclaiming stuff like I am justice incarnate! I have been REBORN! Plus, Quatre reports that, under that banner of justice and spurned by his newly enhanced strength as a Factor, Kouichis taken a violent turn.
Ishigami isnt too surprised that suddenly getting a whole lot of power got him all too overexcited. At the very least Quatre reports that we should be thankful there hasnt been a need for him to summon the Linebarrel again. As for Dr. Kizakis daughter, Quatre reports that shes been staying at Kouichis place and Ishigamill be picking her up soon he promised to, you see.
Meanwhile, Quatre will continue with his work. As he signs off, Yui asks if its really alright for them to let Kouichi run loose. Indeed, Ishigami wants to wait for a bit longer: lets see what kind of changes he and the Linebarrelll bring to this world.
And at Misaki Middle School, Kouichi is booored. The Katou Organization hasnt attacked since last time, meaning all these new superpowers are being totally wasted here. Quatre walks in and greets him; Kouchi greets the transfer student back er, whats his name again? He still hasnt memorized it.
Kouichi apologizes but, you know, hes busy being a CHAMPION OF JUSTICE and all that. But never mind that, did Quatre do his math homework? How about letting him take a peek? Quatre wonders if the self-styled champion should do something so unchampionly but Kouichi just tells him not to be such a stick-in-the-mud. Fine, fine, Quatre relents - thats what makes him a legit friend!
Some time later, Furuya walks in and demands Shinji follow. And he better not give him any backtalk OR ELSE. As they run off to the roof, Kouichis had enough: This looks like a job for a CHAMPION OF JUSTICE!
Once again, Furuyas hungry and wants some curry bread. Shinji groans that class is just about to start meaning he better hurry up and get back in time, then. Shinji argues that its impossible and Furuya figures he didnt get his message about backtalk.
He doesnt get to punch the kid some, as Kouichi runs over and tells him to cut it out. Furuya promptly tells him to piss off as hes got not time for folks who cant even do simple errands. Or did Kouichi already forget about offering to grab him that curry bread and never coming back?
Kouichi points out that a lot of stuff happened that day but Furuya doesnt care. What he DOES care is that Shinji stop wasting time here and go buy him his food already! Making it back in time for class isnt any less impossible now but Kouichi steps up to handle it: hell go and be back with the thing in 5 minutes.
Cut to five minutes later and, on the dot, Kouichis back. How the hell? He mustve had already bought the thing! Well, why doesnt he take a bite and see? Indeed, its still warm. Damn, Kouichis a kickass gofer!
Aw, ya know. I just had to put a little bit of oomph into it and wait a minute, why am I playing gofer?! The hells wrong with me, using my brand new superpowers for crap like this?! Kouichis other shoe drops.
Furuya doesnt like his attitude Kouichis thinking hes hot stuff just because hes gotten a bit faster eh? Not just: Ive gotten my hands on some superpowers just to punish pieces of crap like you!
Furuya fumes at the cheeky gofer but Kouichi says hes not that anymore hes been reborn! Things are about to come to blows when Yajima kicks open the roofs door and tells Kouichi to cut it out. Just whats been going on with him lately?
Kouichi thanks him for trying to stick up for him still but its not needed anymore hell handle this. Furuya tries cheapshotting Kouichi while hes distracted but, warned by Shinji, he dodges and counters for a one-hit KO.
Just in time for the school bell to ring, too, so Kouichi calls the very grateful Shinji back to class. While Yajimas quietly bothered by his friends new lot in life, Quatre concedes that Kouichi IS being a champion for the weak. But still
Class eventually ends and Kouichi couldnt be happier now he can go and catch up on Kivaider, his favorite show (sentai, by the looks of things). Risako isnt about to let him run off, though, as shes heard of his scuffle with Furuya. Well, dang, hes actually surprised word got around. It aint easy being a big time champ.
Risako says everyone was shocked when they heard: wimpy Kouichi went and took on his bully. That was nothing short of a miracle. Hey, now, didnt Kouichi himself say before that he had a lot of power just waiting to awaken? There it went.
Well, Risakos finding it more weird than anything else its like hes a different person. Doesnt Yajima think so too? Kouichi doesnt let him answer, saying Yajima already knows whats up: hes been reborn. Risako doesnt quite like feeling left out of whatever secrets theyre hiding.
Speaking of being left out, Kouichi wonders what happened with Ichitaka. Yajima says hes been gone since the day Kouichi went all CHAMPION. Didnt he notice the absence of a classmate until now?
Kouichi sniffs that it aint his job to keep track of who is or isnt around hes way too important for that, see. Risako doesnt like his big head but Kouichi isnt listening, running off to see his shows.
Risako wants to come with and Yajima follows, Quatre tailing behind.
By Kouichis house, he tells Risako to stop following him and head over to her home. Does he need to be so unfriendly? He could invite her out to tea or something. Or, even better, she could go and bake some of her traditional cupcakes. Nope, Kouichis doesnt want any.
Yajima tells him to drop the attitude, especially since Risakos just being nice. Besides, didnt they always like her cooking? Kouichi stomps that, again, he doesnt want any and Emi opens the door, wondering what all this yellings about.
Kouichi explains that hes being hounded, though Risakos too startled to see this new girl to care. Kouichi introduces her as a classmate and Emi politely does the same, explaining that shes staying at Kouichis place.
As these things tend to go, Risako gets the wrong idea: theyre living together? In that case, when Kouichi said he was reborn, was he talking about ?! Her dread only grows tenfold when Emi says mother asked her to buy some stuff for the house.
OK, OK, take a deep breath, Risako. Maybe shes Kouichis relative or something Risako thinks to herself. Shes about to ask what Emis relationship with Kouichi is when an explosion erupts nearby.
Quatre rushes over, telling everyone to bail: the Katou Organizations back. How does he know who those guys are? He says hell explain it all later but its too dangerous to stay here he grabs Kouichi and his friends to get as far away as can be.
Inwardly, Quatre notes that LOTUS has been called and should be coming. He needs to keep an eye on Kouichi now.
Mission 5 Red Impact, Blue Terror
: Come out, come out, wherever you are, Linebarrel!
: You seem displeased, Wufei. You do remember that the Linebarrels Factor, Kouichi Hayase, is in this town, right?
: And Ill carry out my mission accordingly, so spare me the reminder.
: So long as were clear on that. Well lay siege to this down and force him and the Linebarrel to show themselves.
: No way in hell a champion of justice like him would hide out while his hometowns burned to the ground, see!
: Kouichi Hayase Now is the time for you to prove how truthful your ramblings about justice are.
: Mind you, there is a second prey youre luring today.
: Another? Which one is that?
: The Dancouga.
: So that the Earth may be saved
: Hm ? Commander, who are those people?
: Theyre not affiliated with us but our goals are the same. Once the Dancougas shown up, theyll handle the rest.
: Our goals are the same?
: Hah though I dont think they agonize over their choices as much as you do.
: Psh, more surprise guests? Thats the sorta thing you tell me about before we set out, Hisataka.
: I apologize for that but, please, worry only about securing the Linebarrel.
: Fine, fine. I guess it aint a problem if I still get to tangle with Horns!
: What is it, Wufei? Do you find fault with our methods of bringing him out in the open?
: Way I see it, there aint no problem with killing some idiots who cant even imagine ways to survive!
: Besides, even if they did survive, theyd just find even worse stuff waiting for em up ahead. Them dying here is kinda a blessing, really.
: Wufei, do you remember the talk we had when we first met?
: Stop talking. Keep going and I might decide I should just kill you.
: I care not about what your organizations goals are. I simply imagined your actions were necessary to the world thats it.
: Cmdr., give the order to carry on the offensive, please.
: I guess we must, Masaki. Another volley, my friends.
: Bah, I really wish youd let us cut loose some more. OK light em up!
: Over here, Risako! Hurry!
: Thats Wufei?!
: (I didnt think hed come back to Misaki again. We havent heard from him since he infiltrated the Katou Organization Could he have ?)
: (No, hes attacking but is trying not to hurt the civilians. Hes carrying on fighting in his own way )
: Kouichi, dont just stand there! I know you like robots but its too dangerous to stay here! We need to run right now!
: Kouichi, are you !
: ( ! Hes going to summon the Linebarrel?!)
: Im here.
: My towns under attack. What kind of Champion of Justice would I be if I didnt do something about it?
: I know. But if you fight like you did before, youll only cause more damage.
: Yeah, I hear ya!
: Then place your hand on my chest.
: W-Whoa, Kouichi! Weve got a little emergency here this is not the time for that!
: Risako, we need to get outta here right now!
: Wait! No, lemme go! Kouichi!!
: Come, Linebarrel!
: I can handle this on my own. Find someplace safe to hide, alright, Emi?
: OK !
: There you are, Horns!
: You will not humiliate us a second time.
: Youve got some nerve to run a train on my town like that! Im gonna end you guys in the name of JUSTICE!!
: Your strength is nowhere mature enough to be called justice! What you wield is an illusion, no different from random violence!
: Hrm? What is it?!
: Captain! Weve numerous heat sources moving in on us!
: Tch, those LOTUS guys decided to crash our party!
: Still, it was only a matter of time before this happened. Ignoring them would just mean a future headache.
: Hey, Linebarrel! Do you hear us?
: Were on the same side! Why dont you join LOTUS and well fight for justice together?
: No way Im the only one whos Just around here! Youre all evil and Im taking you down!
: Im evil?
: Yo, whats your problem, calling us evil?! So, what, you dont want or need any friends to back you up?
: Shut your trap! You even got that weird-looking Gaiking to try and trick me! But Im not stupid enough for that to fly, ya phonies!
: Where do you get off, guy?!
: This aint working hes not even listening.
: Kouichi, were not phonies! Just talk to me for a bit!
: Ah, the fake Ichitaka. You must be running outta ideas if youre going with that trick again!
: Damn it, just listen for one minute!
: Im guessing the only way were bringing that idiot in is with brute force.
: Hm. This calls for some bitter medicine!
: Hold on, now. Kouichis just a bit too hyped up with his newfound strength.
: I think hell be more willing to listen if we get rid of the Katou units and give him a second to calm down. So your orders are to avoid attacking the Linebarrel as much as can be.
: The presidents right. All things said, he honestly just wants to protect the weak.
: Eh? Whore you?
: Ah, thats Quatre a Preventer agent keeping tabs on Kouichi, meaning hes also part of LOTUS.
: My names Quatre Raberba Winner pleased to meet you all. Apologies for the belated introduction but Ive been undercover all this time.
: Yeah, yeah, pleased to meetcha and all, but are ya 100% sure we can trust that boy, Kouichi?
: Got something on the radar! This signal is the Dancouga!
: The Dancouga! And Im guessing youre also not going to accept my justice. Well, I did warn you before Ill be playing for keeps today!
: Hey, LOTUS. Well be helping you folks out.
: Weve been seeing each other a lot, huh? And we never even went out of our way to buddy up with anyone.
: But, whatever. Good to be working with yall huh?
: The hell?! Whered that come from?!
: No data on that mech affiliation unknown!
: But it kind of looks like the Dancouga
: Whatre we dealing with here, Tanaka?!
: Hmm Thats not any model Ive seen before
: And these readings show its got the same generator as the Dancouga? How is that possible ?
: Are you serious, Seimi?!
: Hey, what gives?! Whyd it start attacking us?!
: A red Dancouga Guess thats another enemy for us!
: Not just the Katou Organization but this thing too, huh?
: Ishigami, those guys helped us before, so I wanna
: Help them back today, right? Then were on the same page. Off you go, ladies and gentlemen.
: Sorry to drag you folks in this. And good to be working with you!
: Then weve our orders, people: assist the Dancouga and destroy all the Katou units but dont attack the Linebarrel!
: Roger that, Goh!
: Okey-dokey! Heres hoping well be getting back to JUDA with that thing in tow!
Destroy everything without losing the Dancouga Nova. Im guessing Kouichill just heal up if you go for him, so I wont.
First order of business is getting some morale on the Katou guys before turning our sights on the midbosses.
Support Attack L1
Stealth activates over 130 morale, granting a 30% chance to dodge anything not packing Strike.
One thing to note about ??? is that shes got a nasty Range Down debuff on her Absolute Hurricane attack. Thats range 2-6 and, if itll halve anyones own range if it connects seeing how most of our guys cant hit too far away, thatll leave you with a bunch of point-blank and 1-2 attacks, so be careful.
That Stealth can catch you by surprise but shes not too dodgy. Do try to evade her attacks whenever possible.
Everyones moving on ahead, our land-bound units hopping across the bridge. The Dancougas just in enough range to attack a few things.
And thats an easy kill. Packing Alert, Aoi manages to dodge the survivors counter.
Now this is interesting: ??? will auto-cast Mercy every turn. She wont kill anyone but, of course, being left at near-death when near a bunch of hostiles = a dead unit. Watch it.
And, of course, shell always prioritize the Dancouga.
: Who goes there? You a Dancouga copycat or something?
: Dont suppose you could at least tell us who youre working for, eh?
: Talks not getting us anywhere, I think. Then if its a fight youll want, its a fight youll get!
???: None of you understand the point of this battle!
And she stopped the Dancougas counter by draining pretty much all its range Worst, I mightve overestimated the bots hardiness. Aoi ends the turn with little over 1500 HP but scores another 2 kills!
Only other battle was the lone Arma that tried to take on Iczer-1 he barely lived.
Oh, and Kouichis making a beeline towards us.
At least Boss can heal Aoi up to full.
Lets start clearing stuff up.
Daiya, Jeeg and Ichitaka pick off weakened targets one by one.
Oh, and I forgot to show off Goh and Miras combined attack last mission, so lets rectify that.
Shippuu! Souren wait, wrong blue bot.
Following that, Aoi oneshots this guy.
??? guns for the Dancouga again but Boss and his debuff immunity are playing defense. As Aoi shaves off some 5k HP off our mystery guest, Dmitri tries sniping at Ichitaka.
Too bad for him, were much better at it. Plus, Mius barrier pretty much makes the Rushbird invincible.
This tag-team also downs two Armas that figured they could test the veracity of that statement.
The AIs set on keeping Hyouma at the top, two Armas kamikazeing against him and giving a level in Prevail.
Youre lucky she cant hit too good at range but thats still 70%.
Mind you, the next one who tries isnt as lucky.
The hell are you up to, boy?!
Kouichi: You Gaiking knockoff!
Taking damage: Thats nothing! Im gonna regen that in just a sec!
Lets get this thing off our hair.
: Youre looking like a legit speedster, but I now got a way to deal with that!
: Come on, my beautiful boobies! Ill grab you real good!
: Just whatre you after? You better not expect me to go easy if youre helping the Katou Organization!
: Giving me the silent treatment, eh? Or maybe youre just a mute. Either way, doesnt look like youre backing off, so you better put up your dukes!
Heres ???s strongest weapon. Observe as the game goes from 0 to OBARI AS FUCK in the span of a frame.
Bring the red Dancouga below 50% and the pilot is seemingly satisfied with this a bit more time is needed, apparently.
She runs off way too fast for us to follow and Kouji figures the pilot was just checking us out today. Ishigamis quietly pondering this unknown Dancouga and figures hell need to question Tanaka about it later.
Katous a bit miffed at how easily the red Dancouga backed down but figures its not his place to say anything.
Aoi, Ichitaka, Yamashita, Iczer-1, Shizuru and Goh each nab kills from the weakened mooks. Theyre dropping like flies!
And I remembered I hadnt shown off Hyoumas Twin Lancer!
Whats your beef with him, Dmitri?!
Uh, oh. I didnt mention it before but Sawatari is quite the accurate guy.
He got 24% against Iczer-1 and that was enough for the RNG. Still, shes still got half her HP left and he got hurt plenty from the counterattack.
Also, Iczer-1 kills a mook.
Ichitaka takes four (!) and Im starting to wonder if the Katou guys have a vendetta against him after that previous run-in. Either way, it gets Mazin Power running.
Which is bad news for Kouichi, gunning straight for Kouji. He and Yagyuu make the kid regret it.
Away with you.
And boom. Kenji gets a boost to Prevail.
Dmitri cant handle being the focus of all this firepower and has to evac.
Extra hit from Iczer-1 to tenderize and Sawataris out.
No cool kicks since Sawatari has plot armor.
Hes pissed that he needs to run off.
Wufeill have to wait a turn, so, meanwhile, well see the dynamic finisher of Shizunas creepy hand thingamabob.
The last mook goes down by Koujis hand, mind.
Here he comes.
Thats a violation of Super Robot etiquette, you sumbitch!
Youre gonna get it now.
I dont quite see the shot bit, but alright. Also, Goh and Mira get a Prevail level
Wufei knows that his current methods wont amount to anything, however much time he wastes on it. Still