Part 22: Mission 9 (Rescue Route) - A Will to Fight - Part 2
Our guys FINALLY arrive, including the folks from the other bases. As Kenji proclaims the certainty of our victory with their arrival, Gohs raring to give the baddies a taste of the fully-repaired Godannar (courtesy of Shibakusa). Time to clean house.
Losing Kenji or Iczer-1s a game over, so keep an eye on them (especially Iczer-1, what with that bug).
Off we go, with Kenji, Shizuru and Miu each taking a weakened Dilos. Reiji jumps right into the fray to spread his command aura, taking a Boya Kaengu.
Get to it, Yagyuu.
Just short of a kill but thats fine Kenji and Kyo take both.
Pop a kill for Shizuna, Iczer-1 wrecks a Haniwa with an assist from Ichitaka and Quatre gets this.
Heres the DK for his Heat Shotels as well.
Cha-ching! Here we go but he doesnt have enough SP to use it!
And youve got the idea, so lets save some time. Long story short: the Boya Kaengus made the mistake of attacking stuff and got promptly wrecked by pretty much everyone, the Dilos were already on their last legs and all died to counterhits.
By the time Mimashi got here, only a handful of his troops are still standing. Lets get him off our hair before dealing with them.
: You came all the way from Kyushu just to get your ass beat by me? Oh, you shouldnt have!
: It is you who came here only to meet your end! Ill be taking your Bronze Bell as an offering to Her Majesty!
: Well, we cant have both of those flying, so youre gonna have to run back to mommy with a whole buncha nothing!
Hits from Ichitaka and Iczer-1 bring him down to size.
And considering I cant have Quatre use Bless, Ill just cut my losses and have Tetsuya kill him with Luck cast.
: Curse you all How am I to face Her Majesty with just another failure?!
: Hah, thats what you get. Now grit your teeth cause were about to rain a lotta pain on top of ya!
: Hrrrgh retreat!
: Alright, thats the fatass taken care of, so lets go and wrap this all up!
: Hold on! Theres something else?
: Enemy reinforcements?!
: What, they sent a tiger Haniwa now?
: They can send whatever, it wont change jack! If its a baddy, its going down!
: Is that Baruba? Stop hes not an enemy!
: Are you sure about that, Kyo?
: I am. But if theres no one controlling it, then
Kenji: Whoa! Just like that?!
: What the hell! The thing just attacked me, ya moron!
: Easy, Kenji. Hes just testing your strength.
(Does Kyo know that tiger? Hes so familiar with it )
: What, so the thing wants to know where folks stand in the food chain? Sound good Im gonna have to teach him whos king round here!
: As for everyone else, do your best to avoid engaging him!
: Copy that, but if it looks like Kenjis life is in danger, then Ill defer to my own judgment. Is that fine?
: Yes, thank you.
: You heard him, troops. Do not engage.
: Aye, aye!
You dont actually NEED to deal with Baruba using only Kenji, but well get there in a sec. Iczer-2 had already lost a handful of HP from Iczer-1, so adding in Reiji, Goh and Yagyuu gets her right in the red. We dont have enough attacks to kill this round, though.
As Iczer-2 gets no-sold by Ichitaka blocking her attack on Iczer Robo, Reiji shoots down a weakened Haniwa. Last Boya Kaengu goes to Jeeg, while Quatre shivs the other two Haniwas.
And out you go.
Iczer-1: I dont want to hurt a sister of mine!
: Your defeat is sealed, Iczer-2! Prepare yourself!
: You underestimate the Iczer-Σ if you think youll best us so easily!
: Their powers unbelievable !
: They still got that much juice left?!
: Your end comes, Iczer Robo!
: Hahah Hows that, Iczer Robo? You cannot best the Iczer-Σ even with the help of all these worthless Earthling weapons!
: Yours wont be a pleasant death. Sepia, go and sate your hatred!
: Look on, Cobalt. Victory will be ours!
: I wont be beaten by you. I cant!
: You killed my mom and my dad I will NOT let myself lose to you monsters!!
: (What what is all this strength ?)
: Hmph, you waste of oxygen Now we end this!
: Stand firm, Sepia concentrate!
: Roger, Iczer-2!
: Were going, Nagisa!
: OK! Ill keep you safe, Iczer-1!
Iczer-2: Die alongside your partner, dear sister!
Sepia: You killed Cobalt, and now Ill kill you in turn!
Iczer-2: Not even ashes will remain! Disappear!
Iczer-1: Nagisas granted me her strength ! I will not fall to this!
Nagisa: I cant lose I dont want to lose!
Iczer-1: Iczer Robo...!
Nagisa: Lend us all of your power!
: Cobalt forgive me ! Hrk !
: Tch! I have to stand down !
: Iczer-Σ... Truly a foe to be respected.
: That was the Iczer Robos true power ?
: It heard Nagisas heartfelt wish to help and fight with Iczer-1 and answered in kind.
While we wait for Baruba to close in a wee bit more, we clean up the remaining Haniwas.
And heres the DK for Kouichis hanzo steels. Looks pretty slick.
Fast forward a bit and Barubas right upon us. And if you ignore Kyos warning and try to attack with anyone besides Kenji:
*Casts Iron Wall, Focus and Vigor!*
: I think we made it mad
: No, on the contrary. Its just answering our tactics in kind.
: To test the strength of every one of us?
Him casting Iron Wall could be a problem but Baruba only has 8.8k HP, so you can still blow past all that with your available troops.
The plot kicks in under 30%, though, and youll want to take him out all the way for a B-Save part, mind.
: Whoa This things looking like it wants to chow Jeeg whole !
: Heh, now thingsre getting interesting! If you wanna wrestle, Im game!
: Yow, he just took all that on the chin and didnt even care.
*Baruba charges after Kenji!*
: This crazy cat !
: Fight him hand-to-hand, Kenji! Show him how strong you are!
: Yeah, fine! Cmere, kitty! Dynamite Kiiiick!!
: O-Oi hes looking like hes just toying with me !
: He took off?!
: And, damn, is he fast. One second and, poof, gone.
: The hells up with that thing !
: Is that everything? Anything else waiting to jump out the woodwork?
: Radar and sensors are all looking clear, so I think were good.
: Yeesh For a second there, I thought that wouldve been it for us.
: Thank you so much for your help, Kouichi!
: A-Aw, stop. Youre embarrassing me now
: Youve my deepest gratitude as well, Nagisa
: No, I should be the one thanking you, Iczer-1.
: What about you, Alice? Hows the head?
: Id detected several spikes in temperature during the operation, but no problems overall!
: Glad we managed to get here on time. We were already en route to JUDA when news of the enemy attack came in I was on pins and needles the whole way.
: Hell, I was even expecting to find the Dancouga around here when we came in
: Maybe it needed extensive repairs just like our units did?
: Or maybe theyre off on some other mission we didnt see them show up during the Junius Seven drop, remember?
: I guess even Champions of Justice arent omnipotent. Too bad.
: A very fine job today, ladies and gentlemen. Why dont you return to JUDA and well give our new members a proper welcome aboard party?
: Kouichi I understand, but arent you jumping the gun with Nagisa, Mr. Ishigami?
: No, its fine. Ive already made up my mind to fight with Iczer-1.
: Ah, Nagisa
: Hey, Kouichi, I dunno how friendly you two are, but how about taking it down a peg?
: Whuh ?! Whatre you suggesting with that, huh?! Didnt I just bail you two out, even?!
: And, FYI, we literally ran into each other on the street youre reading way too much into it
: What exactly happened, Nagisa?
: Um I just had a talk with him about stuff, you know?
: Oh! And, Kouichi, keep all that embarrassing stuff between us, okay? Can you do that for me? Itll be our dirty little secret!
: W-Whyd you have to say it like that?! And whyre you glaring at me, Miu?!
: Kouichi I cant believe you
: N-Now hold on, Emi! This is a huge misunderstanding!
: (At last I see you laugh, Nagisa Come what may, I promise to defend both your smile and your planet.)
: (Even if you are my sister Iczer-2, I will not falter.)
Ishigami makes good on his promise for a party and with copious amounts of his traditional sushi, too. Quatre hoped hed have chosen to switch things up, but nope hed already had to eat the stuff yesterday, too, while Ishigami was welcoming Kouichi to JUDA, and has yet to recover.
Still, Nagisa was blown away by the tremendous amount the guy brought in and Yamashita explains that Ishigamis got this habit of making sushi for ANYTHING even remotely worth celebrating. As she flinches over the thought of having to eat so much of the stuff, even Goh admits he couldnt handle it either.
And thats not even mentioning all the calories that kind of food has Nagisas already worried at all the kilos shed take in with the president serving this daily. Gohs a bit surprised she cares about that sort of stuff, but of course she does. Is something wrong with that? No, Goh just throws his hands up in the air and leaves the subject be: I just cant wrap my head around the minds of teenage girls.
Shizuru pokes him that thats not really an age issue maybe he ought to try and understand how women feel? As Goh harrumphs, Tetsuya says that thats why his wife took off. N-No, thats neither here nor there.
Nagisa didnt expect the Godannars pilot to be a married man and wonders who could be the wife but, since she left, thats obviously a touchy subject that she feels is best not pried into. Iczer-1s looking from afar and is so very relieved to see her partner getting along with everyone. Alice quickly brings her off her reverie to also partake in some sushi. Alright
Kouichi himself is being welcomed aboard by Tsubaki, who introduces herself and tells him to ask if theres anything he doesnt know. Theyll all be working as a team and fighting for Earth as a whole!
The other shoe still hasnt dropped on the fact that he really is fighting for Earth now, instead of a nondescript ideal of justice. Same for Nagisa she knows she has much to do but it all feels so surreal. Still, Goh says that, as they fight, theyll come to understand why they were given this strength and, in the meantime, they ought to just set their own goals and work towards them.
Kouichis so very touched to get advice from a big-time hero like Goh, but the guy tells him not to worry hes just a pilot like any other. As for Izuna, he takes the time to thank Kouichi in person for his help and even bows his head, making him all bashful.
Shizuna yells out that Izuna doesnt need to thank him that much Reiji and Nagisa couldve just as easily saved them even if the kid didnt step up to the plate. Only reason Kouichi got to do it is because he beat the others to the punch. He just got lucky, see!
Still, Izuna says it doesnt change the fact that he DID help them out and didnt she herself ask him to? Th-That was just a ruse to throw off the enemies! Who in their right mind would come to this dumdum for help?!
Izuna sighs that shes being unreasonable and that really ticks her off. Hes done it now and Shizunas gonna give him what-for! Kouichi gets in-between them and says that, one, she shouldnt be hitting him, siblings or not, and, two, a pretty girl like Shizuna should stop channeling that hot-headed boy inside her head and try letting her other side through.
He compounds his point by clipping her hair a wee bit up with his tie clip nothing wrong with a teenage girl styling her hair every once in a while, right? Shizunas stunned for all of five seconds before yelling at him to piss right off. And, FYI, fixing her hair doesnt change jack hes still a huge dumdum!
As she stomps off, Izuna following, Shizuru and Mira see that despite the kids admiration for Goh, hes got a more deft touch with girls than the guy does. Theres some good potential there. Kouichi eagerly asks if they mean he could grow up to be like Goh and they confirm though he might not want to do so on a few subjects. That goes way over the kids head.
And now that things have calmed down, Kenji and Tsubai want Kyo to explain what he knows about that tiger thing. Well, to start, Baruba is an Animal God an extremely ancient man-made creature.
Kenjis blown away by all the info hes got but Kyo simply says hes simply spent more time studying than others. But, regardless, the big question: is the beastie an enemy or a friendly? That all depends on whether we can actually control it or not. Sounds like a pain in the ass to Kenji but hell be ready to tangle with it one way or another.
The door opens up then, Emi coming in and calling Kouichi over to the infirmary its standard practice for all Factors to undergo and medical check after each battle to make sure theyre all in good health. He cant well say no, so off they go.
: Um Kouichi?
: I Im sorry for what I said yesterday.
: Ah? Whatd you mean?
: That it was your fault that your friend died
: O-Oh, right But, really, I should actually be thanking you for that.
: It was only because you said what you said that I realized how wrong what I did was. Thats what helped me really think of how a Factor should be and turn my life around.
: I wonder if Yajima would forgive me now
: I see now how arrogant I was, tagging myself as justice incarnate Talk about ridiculous, huh?
: So, starting today, Ill be fighting and thinking about what justice really means.
: (He really is growing bit by bit )
: Then I also have to try my hardest !
: O-Oh, never mind me Im just thinking out loud. Come on; you need to get yourself checked out and ready for the next battle.
: Y-Yeah, alright. Thanks for showing me around.
: Come to think of it, youve also been through a lot, yeah? Dont forget to take care of yourself too. Youre looking a bit pale, I think.
: Ah J-Just worry about your own business, thank you very much! You despicable little man!
Cut to the Cthulhu Fortress, Big Gold isnt happy over Sepias death; Sir Violet begs her forgiveness and orders Iczer-2 to explain herself. Theoretically, the Iczer-Σ, with her and Sepia, shouldve been wholly superior to the Iczer Robo... but the thing went and somehow displayed far more strength than expected.
Iczer-2 also ponders that maybes Sepias unstable mind couldve had a negative effect on the bots performance shell try and draw out the full might of the Iczer-Σ by herself and, if successful, Iczer-1 and the girl are as good as dead.
With that, Violet dismisses Iczer-2 and orders her to heal her wounds in preparation for her next deployment. As she goes, Iczer-2 silently promises Iczer-1 to make her pay for this humiliation.
Big Gold then turns back to Sir Violet and raises the subject of the Jama Kingdom she wants them contacted.
Back at Shangri-La, Masaki reports Kouichis entry into LOTUS. Thats gonna make it harder for them to capture the Linebarrel. Crazy-looking fat guy Riku grumbles that Katou shouldve let him handle things from the get-go instead of folks like Sawatari or that rookie.
Katou says its precisely because he puts so much stock in Rikus strength that hes assigning him a different job after all, he should know that capturing that Machina isn't their SOLE objective. Riku ought to use his imagination to figure that out.
The more average-looking guy, Soubi, seems to get it and has a fun thought: LOTUS as a whole fights with so much faith in their ideals and in their righteousness. And as we're made to fight on and on and on to the point of exhaustion, theyll show us the powerlessness of justice and drive us into despair. That is what their mission is.
Riku sniffs and asks if Soubis implying his imaginations lacking; no, hes just suggesting he use it to also think up some fun stuff. Regardless, Katoull let both Riku and Soubi have their shot soon enough and Masaki sees no issues with that.
Rikus all giddy, eager to display the power of his imagination to Kouichi; whereas Soubi wants to make him realize how, ultimately, justice and ideals are all illusions. Wufeis looking on with a (deeper than usual) scowl: This man why does he loathe justice and ideals this much?