Part 24: Mission 10 (Rescue Route) - Engage, Godannar - Part 2
Moving along, with stuff softened up, we can go to town. Goh takes one, Anna guns for another.
Her barrier holds even better than Miras with her stats. Yamashita and Shizuna claim this groups survivor.
And we need to clear the area around Ken and Lou, lest the things do too much damage for comfort.
: Ive really been reborn this time!
Kouichi can shrug off damage just fine, but these beasties draining his ENll make for an annoyance if it piles on.
Jeeg, Ichitaka and Shizuru get rid of the last mooks by that area.
Iczer-1 and Yagyuu are holding the line down here. One kill for the former.
Here come the big ones.
He takes two of the little guys when they attack.
Cut back to Ichitaka, the enemy mob is still failing to do any lasting damage one for him, one for Miu.
Lous already around 30% HP, so lets deal with her quickly.
: Get off the Cosmo Diver, Lou! Theres absolutely no reason for you to be fighting!
: You have a family, Anna, so I don expect you to understand how I feel !
: And dont you have a family too? What about me and Goh?!
: No, I dont! Leave me alone!
: Why are you with the Menage Zero, Lou?! Come back to the Dannar Base!
: You never taught me anything rather, you always treated me like a kid! I wont go back to living with people like that!
: Quit being so selfish, Lou! You are a kid and that means listening to the grown-ups!
: Lou! Get off the Cosmo Diver and lets all just go back to the Dannar Base!
: No, I wont ! I wont go back until Ive avenged my dad !
: Can you move, Lou? Pull back.
: LOU! Damn it, why arent you listening to us?!
With that done, well simply spend the turn clearing out the remaining Beasts (focus fire the bigger ones) and move to take Ken out.
Iczer-1 herself gained a new strongest attack now that Nagisas with her!
And heres the ACTUAL full power Executor blast plus DK Im sure the cityll be fine.
Ken had actually taken quite a beating over the fight (he did try attacking my guys once or twice), so hes rather close to his threshold by the time I get to work.
Listen, its written the way its written. Best I could find was a JP forum suggesting its like Strike+Slash.
I actually needed to spend one more turn trying to get him into a better position. Goh cant pull the necessary numbers without combining and Kenjis doing pretty well, so I decided to give this kill for Kouichi.
Ichitaka: Lemme handle this, Kouichi!
And we get a Predict skill part and some nice cash for our troubles.
Kouichi also learns Assail (突撃 can use pre-movement attacks after moving) and Prevail L3.
: Hmph. I wont fall to urk!
: (Wh-What my bodys Is this ?!)
: (No I cannot die yet, not before Ive carried out my mission. I !)
: And thats a wrap. The Menage Zero ran off but the town didnt take a whole lot of damage, so I reckon thats a pretty good way to end things.
: Hold on now. Remember last time, when there was one Mimetic Beast hiding around?
: Hm. Its too soon to let our guard down.
: I knew! Got one on radar its
: Right under the Godannar!
: Watch out, Goh!
: Thanks, Kouichi. I owe you one!
: Sorry, Goh, I didnt get there fast enough !
: Youll need to use the Twin Drive to take that one out, Goh, Anna. Combine!
: But Professor
: Sorry, Mr. Moritsugu, but can you just play along?
: As you wish.
: Troops, support the Godannars combination! Once its complete, immediately engage and destroy the Mimetic Beast!
: Roger that! Come on, Goh!
: No! I wont combine with someone as irresponsible as you!
: Youre still stuck on that, you blockhead?! Werent you so very willing to combine with Mira?!
: Dont bring her into this! I can count on her, unlike you!
: Aargh, thats IT! It was because of that attitude of yours that things went south for us!
: What?! So its my fault now?!
: Oi There they go again
: Who has a lovers spat while a whole battles going on ?
: I hate how rude you are! And I hate your chin! Whys it so big for no damn reason?!
: And I cant stand how bratty you are! Or how self-centered you are! Or how long your baths take!
: Oh, speaking of baths, I hate how you like to just get out and waltz around the house naked!
: While I cant stand how preachy you are! Youre a senior in high school, for crying out loud!
: I hate, hate how you only change your socks after a few days!
: It annoys me to no end that youve so much more money saved up than me!
: And it REALLY grinds my gears just how nice you are to all women you meet!
: Um I dont think we should be listening in on this
: But we should still watch them. Do you not feel it, Nagisa? The beautiful emotions irradiating from them ?
: Huh ?
: And could you not start eating dinner before I even sit at the table?!
: Well, I dont care what you think!
: Right back at you!
: Oof... they just keep going and going.
: I dont give a damn about whatever you say, because I already knew you inside out!
: Alright! Lets combine, Anna!
: OK, Goh!
*Both bots pull back.*
: Huuh?! What just happened? Werent you fighting?!
: Drive change, GO!
: Drive change, GO!
: Crap, the Plasma Drives gone over level 6!
: She really cant control it?
: (Goh, Anna Prove to us all the strength of the ties that bind you!)
: Get in there, Goh! Show how a big-time hero does things!
: B-But the chances of a successful combination like that are
: Um Its 50%!
: No, its not! Its 200% with the two of us!
: (I-I wont let this beat me Ill master the Goh Okusaer and surpass her! I I wanna outshine Mira!)
: Keep at it, Anna! I swear I can handle whatever you dish out! If youve got the spirit of a pilot, then fly with all your heart!
: Dannar ON!
: Revolveeeer OPEN!
: Godannar! TWIN DRIVE!!
: They pulled it off!
: Daaamn, their power's just filling this whole area!
: Must be nice
: I feel it now Im back!
: Well take him out with a single punch, Anna!
: Aye, aye!
: We did it, Anna! Hey, Anna?!
: Passed out, huh ?
: Do I zap her?
: No, just let her rest. Ill keep watch til she comes to.
: Welcome back, Anna. This is where you belong.
: (Welcome back, Anna But now your real fight begins )
: Any Mimetic Beast signals, Yamashita?
: All clear. I think were good.
: Good, cause Im hungry as hell after that. Lets get back to JUDA.
: We should, yeah. And I guess well have more sushi waiting now that Gohs wife came back.
: Hahah Guess Ill have to wait til later to have Annas homemade cooking again. All the better for her to rest, I guess.
: Hold on please.
: What is it, Professor?
: Ive something important to speak of. Mr. Moritsugu, can you all stop by the Dannar Base?
: Bad news, I presume?
: Its about some information that just came in. I dont meant to rain on your parade, but this needs to be spoken of.
: Understood. Well head to the Dannar Base right away.
Had we attacked Ken with Goh, they had this convo:
: Ill be beating you this time, Menage Zero!
: Fool. Fight as many times as youd like, it wont change the outcome. You cannot defeat me!
: Im not the same man I was when I lost back then! Come on!
Anna wakes up at the Dannar Base infirmary and is welcomed by a very relieved Nagisa. Iczer-1 greets her as well and, when she asks, Kouichi explains where they are. Anna, realizing she fainted, wonders if that mightve angered Goh. Speaking of, Nagisas still annoyed that she didnt say anything about being married and wants to Anna to come clean now that stuffs calmed down.
Anna, apologizing again, says she WANTED to tell her but also wanted to avoid the fuss thatd obviously come if her schoolmates found out about her marriage and being a pilot. Nagisa figures having an argument that the entire town can hear would make for an even bigger fuss, but hey. Anna asks that she forget that.
Hearing that the big hero from the War of Giants walks around home naked and doesnt change his socks kind of crushed Kouichis idealized CHAMPION OF JUSTICE image, though. Oh, no, Goh isnt anywhere near that kind of perfect superman, Anna laughs. He cant do anything without me. Well, Goh DID say that he was just a pilot before.
Kouichi introduces himself properly to her and apologizes for stealing her spotlight, saving Goh from what surprise attack. On the contrary, Anna thanks him a lot for doing so and Nagisa has a laugh at the flustered kid. Still, Iczer-1 inwardly notes that hes acting like a fine Champion of Justice now hes long-time wish has been granted.
Shinobu runs in, glad to see Annas OK. He takes a look around and notices that Goh isnt here. Just what is he doing? His wife just came back. Iczer-1 explains that hes been called to the command room by Kiriko.
So, what she wanted to speak to us about relates to Max and Moukaku Ichitaka and Miu recognize those names as other heroes of the War of Giants. Max, in particular, was presumed KIA in said conflict five years ago, but was recently-ish found in a near-death state INSIDE a Mimetic Beast and brought back to life.
As it turns out, Mira explains, she went through the same thing and had been absorbed into a Mimetic Beast five years ago. Thats the first Ichitakas ever heard of that, though Kyo figures making an announcement of these miraculous returns wouldve raised all sorts of inopportune questions. Not to mention that Mira had lost her memories until not too long ago and, even now, her bodys still in bad shape.
In Maxs case, however, as soon as he came back to life, he stole the Core Gunner and went to kidnap Mira (though she doesnt remember much of the event). And the guy was acting crazy when it all went down, and while Goh figures the guy resented him some, the man he saw then was completely out of control.
Why would he resent Goh, Kenji wonders? Because Max was in love with Mira since forever, but, five years ago, she got together with Goh. Yet he failed to protect her during the war, and Max never forgave him for it.
In the end, Shizuru says they captured Max, his body displaying myriad abnormalities, and tried to figure out what had happened. Kiriko has some bad news, though: both Max and Moukaku have just died. The latter having shown the same physical abnormalities and loss of mental control as Max its pretty clear that their death was caused by the worsening of whatever condition they had.
Mind you, Kagemaru remembers that Shadow, an operative of Silicon Base, also displayed the same symptoms but barely managed to survive. Yet another heroine of the War of Giants, Yamashita sees.
Kenji was thinking that that disease affected those whod been absorbed by Mimetic Beasts, like Max, but Moukaku and Shadow hadnt been, right? Indeed, Kiriko will explain and turns on a video: it depicts the so called Insania Virus, a RNA virus that infects humans and the Mimetic Beasts are its vectors. Miras getting worried.
Next video is of Max, taken just moments before his death. When Shizuna asks, Kiriko confirms it: he got like this because of the Insania Virus. The disease itself is called Rabid Syndrome and it is caused by the thing. Good news is that the Insania Virus is innocuous to nearly everyone, except in some specific cases.
Reiji knows whats coming: she wants to tell us about said specific cases. Namely, the Virus becomes active when the carrier displays unusually powerful fighting instincts thus, the Rabid Syndrome occurs. From what theyve seen, the odds of an infected person are extremely high especially amongst male pilots. Women CAN display the Syndrome but it is very rare Shadow was a special case in that she took male hormones.
Seems to Yagyuu that the Insania Virus is a biological time bomb the Mimetic Beasts developed to kill their natural predators. And here comes the kicker: as Kiriko said, the virus is transmitted via the beasts and, as such, anyone whos fought the things could potentially be infected and weve fought them plenty.
Yamashita freaks out: does that mean we could all be infected?! Indeed. Alice protests that shes regularly checked everyones health and no one was displaying any symptoms, but Kiriko explains that the virus hides amid the hosts neurons. Plus, cases of it going active are exceedingly rare, so common exams wont pick it up.
Meaning Kiriko wants everyone in LOTUS to undergo specific tests to check whos infected and the chance of the Insania Virus going active. We cant risk losing anyone else to the thing. Mius really scared now, but Kagemaru tells that even if were infected, we shouldnt be at a big risk of it going active. For real? He wouldnt lie about something this serious now go get tested.
A nondescript time later, the results are in: while there are some of us who are already infected, we, indeed, arent at a risk of it activating except for Goh. Hes actually very likely to trigger the Rabid Syndrome. See, Goh pilots the same kind of robot as the two people whove fallen to the disease and, worse, hes by far the person whos come into contact with the most Mimetic Beasts.
Thus, Kiriko has no choice: Goh, you are to step down as the Godannars pilot. Thats a direct order. Goh flips out, but Kagemaru reminds him of what happened to Max if he keeps fighting, thats how hell end up as. Are they ordering him to retire as a pilot?! More like they want him to take a vacation a potentially long one until weve figured out a treatment for the thing.
Goh still isnt happy, so Reiji has some intel to relay to him: it seems that when Moukaku lost control, he went and started attacking his own allies. Unable to contain him, the Dragliner and Dancouga had to kill him. In other words, Moukaku died at the hands of his own friends.
Kiriko confirms that there was no other way, and Kagemaru raises the point: were Goh to go on a rampage with the Godannar, who would be forced to stop him? Goh easily sees his point. That doesnt mean hell have to part was with LOTUS, mind, as Kiriko has reassigned him as a pilot instructor and tactical advisor for the team. Still important duties, only not in the battlefield.
As for the Godannar, Kirikos having Shizuru take over as its pilot it wouldnt do to leave the mech stored away. This may only be temporary, but until weve a better idea of how to treat Goh, well have to treat this as a proper reassignment.
Shizurull now have to undergo training to learn how to combine with the Okusaers and she promises to work hard such as to not hamper the team. With that done, Kiriko apologizes to Reiji for demanding we come over and relays her regards to Ishigami.
As we leave, Kiriko is worried about the LOTUS folks that stayed in space specially the Combattler guys. She asks Momoka and Konami to get in touch with any and all countries including the PLANTs and help them set up their Insania Virus tests.
Kouichis very bummed out over what happened to Goh, and while Yamashita understands how he feels, staying like that wont help anyone. Still, he cant stand the sight of the guy getting hung out to dry as if he were some rookie like him. Isnt there anything we can do?
Izuna says Gohs been working by himself, wholly focused on his new jobs, so he doesnt think anyone could get to him, really. The guys likely doing that to drown out the bad, and its hard for Ichitaka to see him like that.
Thats worsened, even, by the fact that he and Anna had finally managed to reconcile. We now need to be there for him and Tsubaki and Miu tell everyone not to look so down, lest Goh feel responsible for it.
All he has left at the moment is his work, so maybe we can lift his spirits some by working hard to improve ourselves with him. Yamashita makes special note for Kouichi not to screw things up on pilot training and disappoint Goh!
Well, he and Ichitaka figures a tag team of Reiji and Goh training them oughta make for some damn good progress on us well have both skill and strength covered. Well have to strive to keep that positive attitude until a cures found, Miu says, and Shizuna is certain it wont take long for that with JUDA on the case.
Annas off in the pilot sim and the seats just perfect for her, compared to what the Goh Okusaer had. Well, Shibakusa says shes still young give a few years and she might get a butt to rival Shizurus. Just give him a holler if the seat starts getting too tight!
Touko and Nanae yank at his ears for talking like that to a married woman, but he swears that he didnt mean anything like that kids these days read too much into things. Nagisa shows up as Anna starts training (having some difficulty).
Shes working pretty hard and all signs point at Mira being the cause. From what Nagisas heard, the amnesiac Miras mind had regressed to an infant-like state and Anna took care of her during that time; she didnt stop even after finding out that she was Gohs ex, even.
Problem is, when Mira made a full recover during Annas absence, she became her rival in both work and love. The two women dont seem ready to have an honest talk with one another, and Goh isnt exactly in a condition to arrange that sort of thing.
Now were left with one woman who came back from the dead to find out he ex married someone else, and the other woman whos developed a complex over the previous one. Complicated stuff.
Speaking off, Annas getting trounced by the sim. Shibakusa says he understands that shes working hard to make up for us losing Goh, but shes not beating an S-Rank simulation especially considering how hard it is to handle the Goh Okusaer.
Annas not having it, though, saying shell only hold us back if she cant deal with this shes got to recover from her absence and get used to her bot in preparation to combine with Shizuru. Again!
Shibakusa sighs and does as told, Touko and Nanae worried over how hard shes pushing herself. Ive never seen Goh look so sad before I wanna be able to help him. I wanna support him! And, for that, have to get a lot stronger! she thinks to herself. Goh Ill work hard, and Ill fight enough for both of us!