Part 23: Mission 10 (Rescue Route) - Engage, Godannar - Part 1
Here we are, closing off the Rescue Route. Quatre had a bit of a sprint in the last mission, securing himself as our top ace. Ichitaka and Kenji are now tied for the second and third place.
Kouichi, as you might guess, will be a very recurring event deployment, so I gave him an extra pip on everything you might as well boost everything since, one, hes not the best at dodging despite the Linebarrels size and, two, theres always that 50% boost to squad bonuses.
Remaining cash goes into giving Goh, Ichita and Jeeg some boosts here and there.
Putting out squads back together after they got all messed up last time, were going with:
Goh, Mira and Kouichi are deploying as events.
: Are you there, weasel?
: You called, Prof. Grife? Have you decided to cooperate?
: Hmph, I simply felt like calling, though Im surprised you answered so quickly. Guess you dont have much to do with your life.
: Not at all. I actually keep quite the busy schedule.
: So you say, but not busy enough that you cant stay planted in front of a monitor apparently. Maybe I ought to call you up at random and mess with your sleeping hours?
: I hope you wont, as Id prefer to keep the unpleasantries to a bare minimum. Mind, I might start considering it if you continue being so unreasonable.
: Whatll it be, then? Drugs? Hypnosis? Or just plain old torture? Do your worst! Ill kick the bucket before you even get started!
: Please, you need not worry. Id never do anything taxing on your body.
: Why dont you take a quick nap, Professor? And do look forward to when you wake up.
: What are you up to, weasel?!
: Could I ask you to stop calling me that? You dont know my name or even seen my face.
: Next time you call me could you please go with Mr. President?
: Wh at ? Hrk my heads going !
: Excellency, the brain wave scanner is ready.
: Very good. You may start right away.
Back at JUDA, Maki and Rachel have called Ichitaka over as theyve found some info thats seemingly related to sponsoring Grife received in his research. Its not much, but its a first step! Now, does he remember those nixed upgrade plans for Alice that they found while analyzing his painting? They found a commonality among all those plans.
See, the nixed plans wouldve all used materials created by a single enterprise: GreAT Corporation. And they mean ALL the materials, down to the tiniest bits. Ichitakas heard of that company: Providers of your every need, from groceries to toilets! Rachel isnt sure about that slogan, but they ARE known worldwide as a very prolific company. Still, Maki says that where GreAT truly struck gold and grew into a huge multinational was as a manufacturer of mechanical parts.
As it turns out, they apparently supplied the professor with everything he needed for absolutely free and he needed a lot of stuff. GreAT even gave him items they dont usually manufacture, so its pretty clear there was something going on between Grife and that company.
But Maki and Rachel couldnt find what reason there was to cause the professor to call off the whole thing as suddenly as he did. It doesnt seem to have anything to do with the quality of the materials, though.
Still, if we can figure out what Grife was researching, we might figure out why he was kidnapped and by whom. Rachelll have JUDAs intelligence department look into GreAT and even poke around other companies that mightve done some industrial espionage into the guys.
Ichitakas very thankful, but Maki tells him to save it until theyve finished their work. In the meantime, Kouichis waiting for him.
Outside JUDA, everyones already waiting for Ichitaka and Kouichi. Yamashita suggest them watch it as, were this a mission briefing, Reiji wouldve been piiiissed. Kouichi promises to treat him to some curry bread by way of apology, and Ichitaka says it was his fault. Regardless, Ishigami tells them to let it go and beckons Miu to speak.
She officially welcomes Kouichi and Nagisa to LOTUS living quarters, and Nagisas rather surprised at how fancy the place looks for housing some pilots. The LOTUS folks have it good, she sees!
And theres even a big fluffy dog around the place, which Nagisa is so enamored with. Looks a bit too old to be a watchdog, though
Actually, its the dorm managers pet but were free to think of it as one of the teams mascot. Wait, dorm? Wasnt it supposed to be some living quarters for the pilots? Yamashita explains that, originally, this was JUDAs company dorms, but they figured itd make a good place for the LOTUS folk.
Goh says the mechanics also live here, though theyre back at the Dannar Base at the moment. In other words, these dorms house everyone working with LOTUS. Does that mean Emis here, too, Kouichi wonders. She on his mind? N-no, not really.
Either way, Ishigami hands over the card keys to their rooms and Nagisa and Iczer-1 take off to take a look. Ichitaka offers to show Kouichi around as the buildings rather unique shape makes it a bit difficult to get around.
Ishigami stops shot a bit upon hearing theyll be going together. There a problem? No, hes just worried about potential injuries. Huh?
: Alright, over heres my room so yours should be just around the corner.
: Thanks much, Ichitaka.
: Therere a bunch of devices around the rooms, but it all comes with a manual, so you oughta be able to figure it out. Anything you dont get, just call and Ill come over.
: Hey, Ill be alright Im not a baby.
: Yo, Ichitaka! You said you bought this new manga, right? Can I borrow it some?
: Oh, Kenji. Sure thing, just gimme a sec to get it.
*Couple minutes ahead *
: Lets see, 203 203
: Ah, here we go!
: OK! From this day onward, this shall be my cas tle ?
: (Why Whys Emi in my room naked?!)
: What is it, Kouichi?!
: Something happen?!
: Gch?! Emi?!
: Hu-Huuge !
: Youre all despicable!!
*Slap! Slap! Punch!*
So, Kouichis back at the infirmary while Ichitaka and Kenji got off with some slight bruising. Nagisas not amused, as she thought the Cthulhu had attacked again. Rachel shakes her head at them, but Ichitaka insists hes just an innocent victim here. Is he? Shes inclined to think otherwise, looking at Kenji: Im hurting a bit, but its fair price for the great view. Heeheehee
Maybe Tsubaki should give him some more serious bruises, then? N-No, he was just kidding! Just kidding! Ishigami is so very apologetic to Emi, saying he made a mistake when handing out the card keys. Uh-huh, and what was he telling Ichitaka about being worried about potential bruises? Did he give the wrong keys on purpose?! Perish the thought! Hes the president of JUDA Corporation and would never do such a thing!
Yui tell Emi and the others not to worry as shell extract the truth from Ishigami. He yells that its all one huge misunderstanding look into his eyes! but Yui says shell hear his excuses at the office. Now march!
Yamashita sighs at the crazy CEO they have and at least Shizuru sees that Ichitaka and the others fell in the guys trap. Its actually somewhat impressive, as the guy arranged it so Kouichis arrival in the room coincided perfectly with when Emi ended her bath.
Shizuna wouldnt put it past Ishigami to have abused his security access to gather intel and set up this surprise. Wait, does that mean he could have risqué footage of everyone?! Thankfully, no, as Rachel explains to the panicking Ichitaka and Kenji that there are no hidden cameras around he likely figured out Emis bath time from the water and electrical data.
Psh, lame. And I was just thinking of asking the guy for a quick peek, Kenji sighs. Tsubaki and Emi arent amused. Despicable, indeed.
By the Dannar Base, Shibakusa and the other mechanics have finished getting the Goh Okusaer all set up and Kiriko apologizes for calling them all the way back here. No problem, as just servicing one unit was pretty easy much more so than the work they had to do on all our units. The actual problematic part comes now, though, and Momoko knows: the Goh Okusaer is a lot harder to control than the Neo, which is why theyd stashed the thing away.
Konami says shes got it the other way around, as the Neo Okusaer was made BECAUSE the Goh Okusaer put such a heavy strain on the pilot. And wholl pilot it? Theyre considering Shizuru and Shibakusa figures she could handle it. Kagemaru asks if Kiriko would be fine with that, as he knows she was considering her daughter for it. Still, he wont press her on that subject.
Kiriko takes Anna to be a pretty good candidate even taking away her parental bias but shes still gone and Kiriko doesnt know if shell return. Best not to put all their eggs on that basket, so Shibakusa will get the bot ready for Shizuru to use and will have it shipped to JUDA.
But theres a new problem as an emergency call comes in: its Shukuyu, who reports that theyve spotted the Menage Zero. It managed to shake them off and is headed straight our way! How the hell did that happen? Momoko gets some footage and they spot Lous Cosmo Diver.
The girl was supposed to be on our side, but she started blasting Shukuyus group and thats how the Menage Zero got by. Lous been missing for two months already, having gone off in pursuit of the Menage Zero Kirikos happy shes safe but working together with the enemy isnt the best.
Regardless, the Zero tends to show up wherever Mimetic Beasts do which means theres a pretty good chance our areall be attacked by the things. We better watch it, thinks Shukuyu. Kiriko thanks her for the update and asks how her partners doing he wasnt hurt by the Menage Zero, was he?
No, Moukaku is still combined with her. Hes fine and, then, he isnt, promptly going crazy as all get out, demanding to know WHERE IS THE MENAGE ZEROOOOOO!
As the feed gets cut, Kiriko seems to have an idea of what happened. Knight and Ellis Valentine, as well as the Dancouga, should be around Dino Base, so Kiriko asks Kagemaru to get in touch ask for their help over there. The Dragons Hive guys owe us one. But what happens next ?
Back in town, things havent been a whole lot better for Anna: shes been kicked out of ANOTHER apartment and just lost her job. Whatever will she do? Pinpins still around, but she hasnt anything more for him to eat. This calls for a new job, fast.
Last one was at a restaurant that actually paid pretty nice, though she ended up punching the manager after he yelled that she needed to shorten her skirt about 10cm. Pinpin meows and she agrees that she wasnt in the wrong there. Still, life sure is tough out there for a regular girl and shes starting to regret running away from home but theres no place for her in the Dannar Base anymore.
And, to make things worse, she hasnt seen Nagisa since that robot attack. She hopes shes alright An Eida add playing nearby, announcing a Christmas tour, reminds her of seeing one of these when she was last with Nagisa. She could go for an idol lifestyle right about now, as itd mean she could stop looking for part-time jobs
A voice suddenly asks her to wait a moment is she actually getting scouted?! Her names Anna Aoi, shes 17 years old, and her specialty is cooking sukiyaki! Actually, no, its Gohs little brother
She doesnt go far before Shinobu stops her from running. Anna yells that shes not going back to Dannar Base, but Shinobu actually says thats totally fine. Hes watched her work so hard, for so long, by herself, and hes reached a point where he cant just watch it all in silence anymore.
Hes on the verge of asking her to come with him when a bunch of explosions rain on his parade. Whats going on? Mimetic Beasts, and theyre coming for them!
Mission 10 (Rescue Route) Engage, Godannar
: Anna, we need to run! Its too dangerous here!
: Hold on! Thats !
: Goh !
: Anna, hurry! This way!
: There you are, Mimetic Beasts! Sorry, but well be keeping this town safe from you!
: Goh, theres a good chance the Menage Zeroll also turn up. If he does, dont rush him by yourself, please.
: I know, but the Cosmo Diver Lous also with him. If he shows his face, Ill want to settle that score here and now.
: (His defeat to the Menage Zero left deep wounds in his spirit They should be healed, but )
: Nagisa, please keep on standby until I summon the Iczer Robo (130 morale).
: OK, you got it.
: Kouichi, werent you hospitalized after Emis punch?
: Hospitalized, he says Heh, dont worry about me. Im pretty hardy, you know.
: All Factors carry D-S.O.I.L nanomachines inside their bodies, and those heal any wounds pretty much instantly. So depending on our D-S.O.I.L.s activity rate, were almost unkillable.
: Aah, I see how it is you guys are pretty much all supermen and superwomen, then.
: Our enemies are dead ahead. Cut the chatter.
: Alright, time for a good ol fashioned Mimetic Beast extermination. Lets jump right in there!
: Wait a sec there! Some new heat signals incoming!
: Here he comes.
: Thats it, alright the Menage Zero!
: And the Cosmo Diver!
: Lou ?! She was with the Menage Zero these past two months?!
: Dont let them close in on you, Lou! (Ken)
: Here I come, Mimetic Beasts! Haah!
: Youre not the one!
: Menage Zero !
: Away. Weve already had our duel, and youve been found wanting.
: So stay there and do not interfere with my battle!
: I cant do that. Rather, Ill take down those Mimetic Beasts, you, and get Lou back!
: If you wont heed my warning, then Ill give you no quarter!
: Goh, wait! Ill go in first!
: Don't, Mira!
: As you wish. Ill start with you, then!
*Ken steps towards Mira.*
: Mira, get back!
*The Godannar powers down.*
: Can you move?
: Y-Yes, Im fine my units falling apart, though !
: Pull back to base. You cant fight after that!
: Hurry! Do you want me to lose my nerve again?!
: Dont push your luck, Mira pull back. Well take care of Goh.
: Alright stay alive, everyone.
: The Okusaer !
: Come on, Anna! Lets get out of here!
: No, I have to go
: Go where?!
: (Thats right Where would I go? Theres nowhere I belong I still act like Im a pilot, but Im the one who ran off like that and Ive know that for a long time.)
: (Yet Whats this Im feeling?)
: Anna, you dont have to force yourself to fight! Being a pilots not who you are!
: Just forget my brother and well go live in peace!
: Youre wrong. I want to pilot a robot
: Ive just remembered something Ever since I was a kid, before I even met Goh Ive always dreamed of being a pilot !
: (Ive been lying to myself all this time Id been projecting my insecurities as a pilot onto Goh and twisting my own dreams )
: (Im not as good a pilot as the others, so I blamed everything on Gohs past and ran away I didnt lose where I belonged rather, Id turned my back on my dream!)
: Take me back to the Dannar Base! Im no running anymore. Ill fight!
: Are you sure about this, Anna?
: Absolutely. If I ran away now, Id regret it the rest of my life!
: Alright. Come on, Anna. Ive left my bike not far from here!
: Howre you holding up in there, Goh?!
: Im fine, but the Dannars drive systems are out. Im running some makeshift repairs, so you folksll have to handle this by yourselves for a bit! Sorry!
: (I need to hurry Ive a responsibility to get to Lou and scold her for what shes done!)
: Troops, cover the Godannar and destroy the Mimetic Beasts and the Menage Zero. Feel free to disregard the Cosmo Diver.
: We gotta fight the guy that beat the Godannar to a pulp before ?
: Kouichi, your heart-rates rising. Are you afraid?
: N-No way! I was just thinking that this is the perfect guy to take down on my debut!
: Hah, I reckon youre doing OK if youre running your mouth like that. Watch our backs and well watch yours, rookie.
: If you choose to retreat without any issues, Ill allow it Oppose me, however, and youll find only death!
Destroy everything while protecting Goh and Kouichi the formers your biggest risk as you cant even cast spirit commands with him. Kenll ignore him while there are Mimetic Beasts to kill, but the beasties themselves wont; so either jump in there and keep them away, or keep a group like Ichitaka/Miu near him as a safety net.
Youll eventually have to deal with Ken and hell retreat under 8k HP. As Reiji said, you COULD totally ignore Lou, but, of course, theres a catch suffice to say youll want to leave Ken and Lou for last. For now, dont kill her and dont bring him below that HP threshold.
Blade Gainer (Ken)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Cosmo Diver (Lou Roux)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L2
Kens pretty good, in that hes about tied with Goh on most stats (hes got a bit more on some, less on others) and the Blade Gainers both beefy and hits decently hard. Not as hard as Iczer-2, but still. His main issue is the same as Gohs though: very short range. The best hes got is 1-3 and we have a lot of folks who can beat that.
Prevail and Predict means hes rather accurate, but hes not all that dangerous. If you wanna take him out, though, youll have to go with the standard practice of having someone bust Fighting Spirit with a support from Ichitaka or whoever.
As for Lou, shes not all that great. Better range than Ken but way less stats, power and resilience.
But, as I said, well be ignoring them for now and moving everyone towards the Mimetic Beasts.
In come the little guys.
: Please stay out of our way! I dont want to fight you!
Still, theres no problem with us taking potshots at her its only Ken that runs off after a point. Speaking of, he runs over to Lous side.
: Eh? Did Mira comeback?
: Look again, Kenji. It's similar to the Neo Okusaer, but thats a different unit!
: Is that the Goh Okusaer?! Mira, whyre you piloting that thing?!
: Its not Mira in here!
: Im back, Goh! And Im here to help!
: Absolutely not! Get off this battlefield!
: Im so sorry, Goh I know
: No, you dont! Do you have any idea the trouble youve put everyone through running off for over two months?! How many people were endangered?!
: Im really sorry! I just
: No, what you did was inexcusable! Youve no right to pilot that robot!
: You dont think I know that?! Thats why I didnt come back all this time!
: Hey, hey, hey, hey! We appreciate any extra help, but can anyone explain whats going on?! Just whore you?!
: Were talking, if you cant tell! And who are you? Whats your deal with Goh?
: Keeping it short, the girl piloting the Goh Okusaers Anna Saruwatari Gohs wife.
: Whaat?! But she looks not that much older than us!
: Wait up, did you say Anna ? Anna Aoi?!
: Nagisa?! So you were alright thank goodness.
: I am, yes, but never mind me! Howre you a pilot and married?! Was that why you said all that weird stuff back then?
: Um I mightve kept a few secrets. Sorry!
: We dont have a lot of time to catch up now, but Ill fight these with you!
: Stop right there! I havent okayed your reinstatement!
: Uurgh! Youre so pigheaded!
: While youre very irresponsible!
: Thats enough bickering, you two. This is hardly the time for that, dont you think?
: Professor! Whys she in the Goh Okusaer?!
: Because I felt it was necessary. Besides, werent you waiting for her to come back?
: That doesnt mean I want her reinstated as a pilot!
: The Dannar Base is part of LOTUS, so you dont get a say in this matter.
: And what you should be focusing on right now is on finishing your repairs!
: Roger that!
: I also have plenty to say to you, Anna. Normally, like Goh said, you wouldnt be allowed in that cockpit.
: I know.
: Then youd best pull your weight and then some if you want to redeem yourself!
: Yes, maam!
: And, Anna, that mech was set up for Shizuru to use, so it might not be the best fit for you. I reckon the seat, in particular, will be too wide, but just bear with it for now!
: No worries. I can fight just fine with it!
: And keep the Plasma Drive at level 6 or lower any more than that and you wont be able to control it!
: The rest is up to you, folks!
: Copy that. All troops, engage and destroy the Mimetic Beasts and Menage Zero!
Goh Okusaer (Anna Saruwatari)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L2
Squad Bonus: Mobility +5, money earned+10%
At least Anna gets the claim the Goh Wifebot to show Mira whats what. The bot itself is, as you might expect, the Neo Okusaer but better.
Anna and Mira themselves are pretty similar, with slight variations in stats. Annas clearly built as the more defensive pilot with that Iron Wall, while Miras more offense-oriented with her Accel and whatnot.
The loss of Accel isnt too good for Goh, but well have to make do if anything, the Goh Okusaers squad bonus will get movement+1/+2 at 50/100% upgrades, so you can compensate for it some. Extra moneys always nice, too, especially with how the AIs drawn to big HP pools.
Also, take note of this:
Youll want to take Lou down with either Anna or Goh (when hes back). Remember, shell run off when Ken does, so handle her first.
So lets get to work. Kenji follows up Reijis initial attack.
There goes the leader.
Yagyuu cant quite finish the leader off, so Yamashita takes it.
Here they come.
Four groups get weakened. Kenji takes a kill and, of course, Ichitakas ever the mook magnet: he takes two kills (because I held back) and weakens many more.
Ken also draws in a lot of attention.
: Youre in my way! Move!
All three groups of Type 13 Mimetic Beasts run in and Lou readily support defends him twice. Make sure you take that into account as you hit back on her attacks.
Gohs finished his repairs and is back in action. Kagemaru wants him to combine with the Goh Okusaer right away but Kiriko says its too soon: she wants to see if the girl can actually handle the unit.
Furthermore, Goh outright refuses to combine with Anna. Kouichi looks on at how angry the guys gotten since his wife came back. Will he be alright?