Part 20: Mission 8 (Rescue Route) - The Price of Justice - Part 2: Alright, the things immobile!
: STOP! HES MIIINE!!
: Got it!
Yamashita: The hell is this Machinas Factor thinking?!
: Done and dusted!
: What did you do? That guy killed Yajima ! I wanted to at least, at least get revenge for him and now YOU TOOK THAT AWAY FROM ME!!
: Youre gonna pay for that ! Youre just as bad as that killer and Ill destroy every single one of you !!
: W-What power is this? Its overwhelming!
: The earth the very air is shaking!
: Hes fully awakened as a Factor !
: This reaction the Vardants afraid?
: The Hinds also acting weird!
: Whats going on ?!
*Everyones HP gets cut in half!*
: A beam weapon?!
: He had something like that under his sleeve ?!
: Always gotta have at least one secret weapon, huh !
: Thats the Executor !
: Executor, as in one who doles out the death penalty?
: Get real! No one heres gonna take any death penalty!
: Emi, cant you use your power to stop the Linebarrel like you did before?
: My voice isnt reaching it I keep trying, but its being drowned out !
: The systems isolated itself and is out of control. My guess is the Linebarrel cant process all the raging emotions inside Kouichi Hayase.
: I feel the rage and violence corrupting the budding justice within him. If hes not stopped, hell be dominated and consumed by this false justice
: Damn it all! And if he fires that weapon again, the whole townll go up in smoke!
: But this is mine and Kouichis home! Our friends live here too !
: And hes going to destroy it himself ?! We cant let that happen!
: (I cant let him make the same mistake I did under the Zero Systems grip! That sort of tragedy mustnt happen again!)
: The Executorll need some time to charge the energy for another shot! If you can stop the Linebarrel in that window
: Copy that. Well immobilize the Linebarrel before it can use its weapon again!
Now you just need to bring the Linebarrel below 10%. Hes no different from our previous encounters, really.
Oddly enough it doesnt SEEM like wrecking it is a game over, but I wasnt about to try.
Sakuya: Did you quit being a Champion of Justice, guy?; Aoi: Dont even try. Youre not being heard.
#1 Alice: The Linebarrels moving like a rabid beast!; Ichitaka: Hrm can I actually stop him now ?
#2 Ichitaka: Kouichi did you forget all about me in your anger ?; Alice: I sense an overwhelming impetus coming from him !
#3 Ichitaka: Yajimas death wasnt his fault! No way!
#4 Alice: What do we do, Ichitaka?!; Ichitaka: I dunno First off we gotta get the Linebarrel to stop moving !
#5 Ichitaka: Im just as shocked over what happened to Yajima, but if you keep with this !
: Why the hell are you hounding me?! I I just wanted to get revenge for Yajima!
: Yajima Im so sorry! YAJIMAAAAAA!
: Hes going to fire the Executor again!
: No, he wont!
*Quatre goes and grapples the Linebarrel again!*
: Beat it! Get it inside your skull that you cant stop me!
: Lord Quatre!
: Well assist you!
Quatre: Kouichi, dont let anger and hatred control you!
Quatre: Here we go, Sandrock! Were putting a stop to the Linebarrel!
: Now, Yamashita! Throw him at the town outskirts!
: Y-yes, sir!
*Yamashita moves by the Linebarrel.*
: Go, Hind! Bullet Arm!
: Youre mine!
: Yajima I I wanted to be like you
: Is it over?!
: Yeah the Linebarrels stopped.
: Then lets recover and get it back to JUDA.
: What about Kouichi? Is he alright?
: Dont worry. I think he just passed out.
: Well bring him in as well, of course. He cant be left at large now that hes awakened as a Factor.
: The town took some damage but at least we avoided the worst.
: Still, were gonna have a lot of folks coming over in a bit.
: Then we should hurry. Goh, help me get the unknown Machina sorted out.
: Ill be right over.
: Sorry, but Im afraid you cant have your cake and eat it too.
: This was our Machina to start with, so well be taking it.
*The Katous run to where the Stray Machina was destroyed.*
: Heey, they made off with the thing!
: Were the Katou soldiers just waiting for a chance to steal it?!
: Do we go after them?!
: No, just head back to base. Chasing those guys after all the damage you took would be suicide.
: And the mechanics agree. That wouldnt be good to either you or your units.
: Hurry home, people! I want to get those repairs started as soon as can be!
: Please do, Rachel. This was a way tougher than what we usually get
: And that boy, Kouichi! Once hes back up, Imma whoop his ass til he mellows out some!
: Sis, he just saw his friend get killed
: And him wanting payback makes it A-OK to bulldoze the whole dang place?!
: Well, we should get going too.
: Thanks for the help, pilots of the Dancouga. It was only with your help that we could recover the Linebarrel.
: No need. We didnt really help that much courtesy of that mysterious red bot.
: You dont know what it is?
: Not really, nope. Do you?
: The Preventers have an ongoing investigation, but, unfortunately, no
: Ill have them get in touch with you if we find anything.
: Thanks, Quatre . Oh, and you, the Rushbird pilot.
: Im glad we managed to save Kouichi here.
: Bye, LOTUS. See you guys around!
: But maybe if I was stronger, we couldve wrapped this up without the town taking any damage
: Im sure Yuu wouldve handled things way better
Had we attacked Kouichi before he hulked out, we couldve gotten a couple of convos:
: Kouichi, stop! Youre gonna hurt the people of this town too!
: SHUT UP!! OUTTA MY WAY!!
: Damn it, why cant I ever get through to him?!
: Hey! Stop and calm the hell down, you!
: Im getting payback for Yajima! RAAAAAARGH!!
: So before you wouldnt listen right, today you cant hear right? Whatever the case, the fact that we always come to blows with you is REALLY starting to wear thin!
Back at Shangri-La, Masaki mulls over their failure to capture the Linebarrel but at least they manage to recover the missing Apparition. Katou isnt bothered, satisfied that they were capable of bringing out some of Kouichis power.
That wasnt his or the Linebarrels full might, though more like the very first cry of a newborn. This mewling child has finally stood up with his own feet and Katou cant wait to see how hell grow.
Masaki, meanwhile, has some combat data to analyze.
Cut to Dragons Hive, Tanaka is very insistent that hes got no idea what the red bot is. Serious, for how long is he gonna give them the run around? Kurara isnt having it, though: she draws her gun and suggests he start talking if he values his life.
Fine, fine! Hell talk, though the best hes got is speculation nothing 100% certain, which is why he figured he shouldnt tell. Still, Johnny figures theres gotta be SOMETHING that he knows for sure and, indeed, he can tell them that the things called R-Daigun! Thats some info he got from the top.
And? And thats it. Sakuyas quickly losing his patience as Tanakas not the one out there risking his life; and while Johnny, the former salaryman, understands how being the middle mans like, this is getting out of hand. Tanaka sees that but he cant answer what he doesnt know.
Theyre interrupted when an angry Seimi walks in, demanding to know what kinda battle they got into that got her Dancouga so beaten up. Furthermore, todays counseling day and Rus been waiting forever for Team D to turn up.
Aoi lets Tanaka off the hook for today but the team tells him to get in touch with his boss and make it crystal clear that they want answers and soon (not that theyre expecting good ones, mind).
Inwardly, his status as middleman notwithstanding, Tanaka does want to know what his organizations working towards. Maybe he should try and poke around a bit?
: Yo, whatre you doing, Kouichi?
: Yajima?! Youre alive !
: Whats with that look? There something on my face?
: Youre alive thank god, Yajima !
: Hurry up now. Keep sitting there and Im gonna leave you behind!
: Ah, hold on, Yajima!
: Wait! Dont leave me here, Yajima!
But that was just a dream, as Kouichi wakes up at JUDAs infirmary. Yuis there with him and she tells that hes been asleep for two days. She was starting to get worried, with how long he was taking.
Kouichi thinks for a bit and remembers fighting with the Linebarrel and Yajima. Where is he?! Kouichi jumps out the bed but how about we pipe down and put some clothes on first? Woops.
A bit later, Yuis showing him around the JUDA HQ building the worlds premier medical equipment corporation! She properly introduces herself as the presidents secretary, but Kouichi sniffs that he doesnt really care for who she is: Ooh, the dossier was right. You DO have a pretty big mouth if nothing else, Yui quips.
As Kouichi begs her to forget whatever she saw while he was naked in that infirmary, Yui leads him up to Ishigamis office.
And Ishigamis very welcoming, introducing himself and calling Kouichi over to share in some sushi he made. A bit of time later, Ishigaimis said his piece and invites Kouichi to join LOTUS.
When the kid asks, Quatre enters and gives him the rundown of our work for the UNs intelligence department. Wait, whats he even doing here?! Quatre apologizes for never telling him but, yeah, hes an infiltrated agent tasked with keeping an eye on him.
Ishigami proclaims that we need Kouichis abilities as a Factor and Quatre asks if hes willing to fight for world peace. He could atone for his wrongdoings by being a legit Champion of Justice.
By the hangar, Reijis passing the news that Kouichis awakened. Ichitaka wants to go and see him now but, of course, thatll have to wait until his meeting with Ishigamis over. And, yes, the guys planning on inviting him into LOTUS.
Yamashita and Shizuna are VERY much against letting someone who went as crazy as he did with that Machina join, and both Goh and Tetsuya concede that hes a very difficult sort. Our previous fights with him, his unwillingness to even listen, made that very clear.
Ichitaka asks them to forgive him: Ive known Kouichi since forever and hes not really a bad guy. He just got too excited when he FINALLY managed to fulfill his dream of being a Champion of Justice
Rachelll concede that people who awaken as Factors have been known to be over-defensive but you cant really handwave all he did with that excuse. And while Goh understands that Ichitaka wants to help his friend, he cant in good consciousness say that hes suited to pilot.
Yamashita very much agrees with that assessment, but, as Reiji says, this call belongs solely to Lady Une, not us.
Back to Ishigami, hes explaining that JUDAs history as makers of medical gear is simply a front their actual job is to coordinate with the UN and deal with any force that threatens the world. Kouichi obviously knows of the Katou Organization after their many attacks, and Ishigami shows him a picture of their commander: Hisataka Katou
In other words, that guys the one to blame for the attack that killed Yajima. Mind, hes not the only enemy to fight as there are also the Mimetic Beasts, Jama Kingdom, Cthulhu, Darius Army and more. Which is why, Quatre concludes, we need Kouichi and the Linebarrels strength and he hopes hell accept.
Ishigami will understand if he needs a bit of time to process it all this IS a bit heavier than anything a regular student might face normally but he says theres nothing to be scared of. Kouichi doesnt appreciate his condescension and says hes not scared.
Whether he is or not, Ishigami says hes got plenty of comrades here not just him and Yui, but Quatre and everyone else hed fight alongside with. With that, he beckons the kid to follow.
Over by Djibrils place, he and Logos Guy have heard what happened with the Linebarrel and his take on it is that the thing could be really useful in SLAUGHTERING COORDINATORS! If the intels right, that lone Machina can level an entire city!
Indeed, Logos Guy now sees why Lady Une, JUDA and the Katou Organization were so keen on getting their hands on the thing. What will Djibril do about it, then? Nothing right now, but seeing how LOTUS captured the thing, it wont be long before they can use legal, very democratic, means to make the Linebarrel theirs.
Djibril will handle that, while Logos Guy is gearing up to attack a place called Diokia real soon look forward to it.
: Come in, come in. Allow me to introduce you to the people of LOTUS theyll be your comrades-in-arms!
: Its that guy youve got some stones showing your face round here !
: Ichitaka? Whatre you doing here ?
: What, did you forget all the times I called you when we were fighting?
: I I was sure you were a doppelganger, like in Kivaider and stuff. Theres always a doppelganger.
: A doppel Well, I guess I see where youre coming from.
: Really? You do?
: Mr. Ishigami, this really isnt gonna work. Our teamworks gonna go right out the window with this idiot around!
: Now, now, dont be like that, Yamashita.
: Hes right. Teamwork is something one builds over time.
: Oh, and Im Miu Kujo the Painkillers pilot. Its good to meet you, Kouichi.
: Y-Yeah, likewise.
: Hayase, if youre joining us then theres something I want to tell you: you rely far too much on the Linebarrel abilities when fighting. You wont go far with that.
: And, just as I told Nagumo before, youll only be a hindrance to others if you dont train yourself up to a bare minimum standard.
: Then that means were gonna have to train together, eh, Kouichi?
: Hey, hold on there! I never said I agreed to fighting with you guys!
: Kouichi !
: Just take me home. If Im going to be a hindrance then Im useless to you, right?!
: Hmm Well, Id at least like you to think this through. Ill be eagerly awaiting your positive answer.
: Dont hold your breath !
: So much for the negotiations
: Not surprising. It was a lot for him to digest. Mr. Ishigami, maybe you should give him time to put his thoughts in order and then try again?
: Thats what Im thinking, yes Too bad. I was hoping hed come aboard right away.
: Still, you didnt expect him to even lend his ear in the first place, did you?
: I suppose not. Then lets give him some time. If he still doesnt change his mind, then
: The hell? My uniform, my cell, theyre all brand new Is this their idea of buttering up the new guy? Damn it, that guy oughta go and jump off a cliff!
: Ah Emi.
: Do you have even the tiniest grasp of what youve done?
: You gained the Linebarrels power and what did you do? You thought of no one but yourself; you used that power only to satisfy your worthless, insignificant pride and arrogance
: You went on and on about how you were a champion of justice, but you couldnt even protect anything. Rather, you only made things worse for all around you. What you did wasnt even like a child playing make-believe it was worse than that!
: Wh What?!
: You may have the abilities of a Factor, but you are absolutely not worthy of the Linebarrel. Your friends death that was your fault!
: Youre despicable!
Elsewhere, F.S. is talking to someone. The guys seen todays bout and found the awakening of the Linebarrels Factor to be quite interesting. Could it also be representative of the potential of humans? Its still very much unripe, but F.S. is certain theres huge potential hidden there. And hes not the only one, he believes.
Indeed, the more strength they have to mount their resistance, the better; F.S. figures thats precisely why the guy had the R-Daigun made in secrecy. It wasnt just that mind, as the guy figures the R-Daiguns actions will beget evolution. Thats what he learned from observing lifes history.
Was the bot the last surprise he had tucked away? F.S. wont like his answer to that question time is short, after all. In that case, F.S. figures hell go and make some preparations of his own in the interest of helping his precious friends.
Back at the Cthulhu Fortress, Sepia tells Sir Violet that shes bid her farewells to Cobalt. Violet understands the grief she feels over losing her beloved but Sepias a fully-fledged warrior and cannot remain that way forever.
Indeed, shell take over Cobalts mantle and will strike down Iczer-1 as the commander of the Iczer-Σ. The sorrow and anger she feels must now be turned against the traitor and Sepia stands ready. Shell personally destroy Iczer-1 and lay Cobalts soul to rest.
Good, as Big Golds already started working, so Sepias partner should be given life before long.
Sir Violet takes her to a room with what Sepia knows to be a Growth Capsule. Within is her partner, Iczer-2, who bids her good day. Shes another android like Iczer-1 and is looking forward to being good friends with Sepia.
Sir Violet can see that Sepias rather surprised, but tells her when Iczer-2 and Iczer-Σ are awakened and fully active, not even Iczer-1 will stand a chance. And Sepia is ready to fight alongside Iczer-2, promising Cobalt that she will get revenge for her.