Part 25: Mission 7 (Retreat Route) - The Wind Blowing Through the Proud Fang
And now were at the route where Ichitaka decided to be good little soldier instead of a big goddamn hero. I wont be keeping this path, but here are the top aces nonetheless. Im actually surprised to see Ichitaka on the 3rd spot there.
With our numbers significantly reduced, our squads have to change quite a bit.
Try to spread your Accels around as much as can be itll help in the upcoming mission.
We open up at Djibrils place, with him having his talk with Logos Guy about the footage sent by Neos crew and their future plans.
Cut to Yumis Space Station, with our crew having just returned from patrolling the sector: no signs of any trouble, terrorists or Mimetic Beasts-wise. Yumi hasnt been able to get in touch with the surface and presumes the fall of Junius Seven, with all its dust and debris, has been disrupting comms. Hopefully our other half is doing fine down there.
Hyouma doubts Goh, Kenji and the others would have any trouble but Ichitakas especially worried about the Impulse and the ZAKU he couldnt help, and the possibility of how badly the surface got damaged (his concern is, especially, for his hometown). Yumill continue trying to establish communications and, if successful, hell let us know until then, were to continue our patrols.
Tetsuyas rather silent and while he admits to also be concerned about the surface, hes also worried about what the UN might do. Kosuke understands: this is the sort of thing that could spark another war. He exposits the incident with the Colony Gundams destroying the shuttle with the leader of the UNs pacifist faction and triggering a war between Earth and the colonies, how the emergence of the Mechabeasts helped unite mankind, etc.
Ichitaka raises the point that while the Mechabeasts are gone, were now under siege by the Darius and Cthulhu and whatnot, but Tetsuya reminds him that people NEEDED to band together in order to survive as the war had just ended and everywhere was in shambles. Not anymore, and so folks are raring for another go. Is there no way to stop war from breaking out, then?!
Jun believes that Durandal would try for as long as he can to settle things via dialogue and Daiya also believes folks like Cagalli and Relena, down on Earth, will help maintain peace. But, Alice wonders, what will LOTUS do if war does actually happen? Same weve been doing thus far, says Tetsuya: well fight and protect the Earth Sphere from any threat. Hmm
Speaking of, Djibril is VERY eager to start shooting right the hell now but Logos Guy tells him to be patient: the PLANTs are being cooperative, working with various peoples, and there are also some nations frowning at the idea of this new alliance. Furthermore, theres still the matter with the Frontier Fleet which the UN still hasnt decided on.
Djibril sees no issue with saving those vagrants for later, wanting to focus on destroying the PLANTs right now, now, now. And if Logos Guy is worried about fallback, Djibril says a modicum of threat will get everyone to fall in line he just figured theyd both want to get to get a head-start on things.
Consider: who would be capable of opposing them once the PLANTs are gone? The common folk always loved having a nice, tranquil, controlled spot to settle down all this time theyve been working so hard building towns, utensils and rules to try and make it so. And now Logos has the major opportunity to reorganize the crap out society, paving the way for a new, marvelous world order!
Fine, fine, Logos Guy will have a fleet sent from the moon ASAP but he wants the announcement made sooner.
Some time later, the announcement is the revival of the Earth Alliance courtesy of the footage, now circulating the globe, pinning the blame on the Junius Seven drop on the Coordinators. It didnt take long for the former Alliance nations to band back together after that, under the argument that the drop was an act of war against Earth and that the PLANTs obviously need a boot up their asses.
Boss sees that Tetsuyas fears have been realized and Chizuru wonders if the UNs going to remain silent face all this. Indeed, they cant stop it as the Alliances members are many of the more influential nations.
Lady Une puts in a call right then, and while she admits somewhat underestimating Blue Cosmos, she didnt call here to talk about that. Did something happen? Yup: shes just gotten intel that an Alliance fleet has set sail towards the PLANTs. Thus, Une orders LOTUS to depart and stop them immediately.
Ichitakas pissed at this development: starting a war now, with Junius Seven having dropped not too long ago, is moving way too damn fast. Seems to Sayaka that those guys were already poised to attack and only needed an excuse to pull the trigger.
If they were that eager to fight, Puria figures they couldve spared more help in the battle with the Darius. Regardless, theres no time to waste fuming we need to get out there.
Djibrils place again, and hes welcoming Vice-Foreign Minister Relena Darlian whos decided to make a rather sudden visit. What does she need? Well, shes here to lodge a formal protest against the rebuilding of the Earth Alliance. Oh, and why would she come to him for that?
Relena would very much rather he drop the pretense Djibril doesnt expect her to buy that he, head of Blue Cosmos, has nothing to do with this, does he? Djibril laughs that she gives him too much credit and says the Earth Alliance coming back is merely fruit of the righteous indignation felt by so many countries.
Even if, for arguments sake, thats true, someone of Djibrils influence shouldve been able to stop this from happening. A war now would be the absolute stupidest thing to do. Relena IS aware that it was the Coordinators who fired first, no? Nonsense: that was the act of terrorists, not of the PLANTs government.
Would that kind of argument placate the enraged masses, though? Relena thinks she could convince them, yes, and even Djibril admits that someone with her charisma could pull it off which makes what hes about to show her kind of awkward.
Shows about to begin, so why doesnt she grab a seat and watch this live transmission of the PLANTs-bound fleet with him? Well be seeing some beautiful fireworks shortly. Why not relax and enjoy the spectacle?
Mission 7 (Retreat Route) The Wind Blowing Through the Proud Fang
Our folks (including the Quarter) arrive in the fleets path, and Lady Une reports that while shes been ordering them to stand down, theres no response. Yzak, Heine and Dearka took a ride on the Quarter and Durandal wants them to handle this as peacefully as can be; of course, Yzak knows, that depends entirely on the Alliance being willing to pull back without a fuss.
Mishima relates some Alliance troops closing in on the Frontier but the NUNS is on standby to engage if necessary the SMS should focus solely on the PLANTs defense. Seems like the fleets also on their blacklist. That said, Mishima notes that this is solely a self-defense affair and were to limit our attacks on the enemy. He doesnt want to further stoke the flames of war, and neither does the president.
Ozma confirms, mad that we got dragged into this right as we were still refueling from our previous patrol. Klan didnt expect to be fighting humans like this but Kenichi sees clearly whos in the wrong here. And here they come!
The officer in charge wastes no time giving the order to attack, and a bevy of missiles are launched from his vessels missiles Yzak quickly tags as nuclear warheads. Are these people insane? Puria calls foul, remembering that the use of nuclear weapons against fellow humans was banned by the Junius Treaty.
Indeed, Une confirms its a clear violation which is why we cant let it pass; she gives us the order to attack and destroy the missiles, but to not engage any of the other units. Even if they attack us?! Ours is a neutral organization and, as such, weve no legal ground to fight the Alliance beyond neutralizing their treaty-violating salvo. Une knows its an unreasonable demand but asks that we obey.
Tetsuya suggest Ichitaka retreat if hes not feeling confident, as we wont have leeway to worry about rookies on this one. Hes not, of course: I wouldnt have any right to be here if I didnt do something anything. Hyouma likes it but hes gotta remember to come back alive as well!
Dearka, meanwhile, is pleasantly surprised that LOTUS is also joining the SMS in helping the PLANTs, but Yzak isnt one to complain with all these incoming missiles. Heine, however, is keeping an eye out to see which of these two groups could potentially be the actual threat to the PLANTs.
Michel reminds Princess Alto not to go too crazy with these touchy enemies but he aint listening rather, hell bag more than him! Kosuke marks the line behind us as the limit: any missiles get through and their explosions will hit the PLANTs even if theyre brought down. We cant let a single one by and Ichitaka asks Alice to keep an eye on both the enemy and the missiles position. She promises to give this her absolute best.
Mission Objective: Shoot down all nuclear missiles
Mission Failure: Any allied unit destroyed, any Alliance unit attacked or any missile reaches the marked line.
This missions a bit of an odd one but it can be pretty easy if you approach it the right way. Our sole priority is the missiles and theyll be making a beeline for their target - theres plenty of debris in the way to slow down a few of them but they are still quite numerous and we havent all that many troops.
What do we do, then? First off, youll want to set everyone by the Quarter inside the ship and have them catch a lift over the frontlines. Second, and heres the more important part: the missiles can actually attack. And it works exactly as you expect, with them exploding by someone. Thisll wreck the missile (even if it misses), so if you cant outright kill one, set someone to trigger the attack and force the thing to blow up.
Three things to worry about : theyll only do it at point-blank, it has 9999 attack power and +99 in accuracy modifiers, so itll HURT and be very accurate. Whoevers going for an explosion, make sure theyre protected (Iron Wall works decently, provided you dont overdo it).
The missile AI will never target anyone unless that unit is at the edge of its movement range and, really, its safer that way. Have the Quarter team deal with the missiles dead ahead while the forward troops split up to take the east and western wings of the salvo.
And, really, thats it. The Alliance guys will eventually start attacking but you can only dodge/defend against them. Spread out, make liberal use of your spirit commands, dont underestimate the missiles' movement range and dont be afraid to have someone eat a nuke on the chin.
With that in mind, lets simply handle this in a big montage:
: Ready to go, Michel? Now I know you cant see me from there, but do try not to cry.
: Zip it, Klan! That was ages ago!
: Hah, now you look ready to fight. Take care out there, Michel.
: ! Bah, I never learn.
: This is Rabbit-1, missile in sight! Engaging!
: That one theres that Voltes V bot, yeah? We cant let them show us up!
: Hell, yeah! Thats the way!
: Oh, Hyouma and you shouldnt be enabling him, Juzo.
: Its not too bad. Bit of competition is just what a guy like Hyouma needs to bring out his best.
: How can you go and try nuking people like its nothing? Are you people even human?!
: Were never gonna beat the Darius and the Mimetic Beasts if we dont manage to get together!
Thats a big explosion!
: Damn it, the last thing I wanted was to get dragged into other peoples fights !
: Thats war it drags everyone into it, whether they like it or not. Should you have joined the SMS if you dont even know that?
: I do know!
: Good, then. Lets go and wrap this up quick!
: Youre really trying to cause another tragedy like that?! Is that seriously what you want?!
: Im taking all these nukes down they wont even scratch the PLANTs paintjob on my watch!
: Even in a parallel world, humans are still turning on each other
: Well, you know what they say: when in Rome, do as Romans. No way around this.
: Maybe we should ask the Combattler Vs pilots about how things work in this world after this is over?
: Those guys got a nice look to them. My gut says we could be fast friends.
: Weve fought a bunch of guys so far but having to do it while holding back this much is a first. Still, we gotta go for it!
: Of all the stupid ! Even if your nukes did hit the PLANTs, all youd get is everyone stuck in another war!
: You wanna kill these people just cause you dont like them? What are you, six? Grow the hell up!
: Im also part of the SMS Whatever mission Im given, Ill see it through!
With all his missiles gone, the officer in charge gets pissed and retreats. Daiya starts cheering, though Canaria finds that this was TOO easy. Think they got something else in store? Who knows. Alice had a bit of a hard time keeping track and prioritizing all those targets but shes bound to feel worn out until her AIs done growing. Kouji suggests she rest for the day.
Ozma calls everyone back, not wanting to raise any more eyebrows with our presence here, but should we head back to the Space Station or join Lady Une at the PLANTs? Wait, never mind that, Lucas detecting something else!
A bunch of nukes spawn way behind us and without any warning the Alliance apparently had some outfitted with Mirage Colloid stealth and they were moving by inertia to avoid detection! The things blow past us and theres no way we can reach and stop them all in time.
Are we about to have another Blood Valentine, Yzak dreads? Alto and Michel are about to step on the gas when a voice says they neednt worry.
Aay, its Zechs Marquise and Lucrezia Noin and they wreck the bunch with three seconds to spare, even. Ichitakas blown away by the MSs speed and the ZAFT folk recognize the Tallgeese, personal machine of the Lightning Count (been a long time since anyone called him that).
Theyre ex-Preventers and returned from Mars after they realized that things were getting out of control on Earth. And, bonus, this meant Zechs could postpone his chess game with Noin for a bit only, no, she actually remembers exactly how the board looked when they stopped. But they can start over from scratch if he prefers. Fine, Noin I concede that my defeat was glaringly obvious. Now can you please let this go? Zechs groans.
Ichitakas very impressed with the two, having this otherworldly aura around them. Une is very glad to have them back and reassigns Zechs his usual Preventer Wind codename; he and Noin are also readily available to join LOTUS and help in their fight for peace.
Mishima gets in touch once again and praises Jeffrey on his victory. As for the Frontier, the Alliance has backed out and the government has decided how theyll react to this. Theyve just finished talking with Une and Durandal (pending a lengthier chat with Une), having chosen to maintain the Frontiers cooperation with the PLANTs.
Ozma asks if this means theyll have a war on their hands but, again, Mishima says this is solely in the interest of self-defense they dont want any war. Ozma quietly sniffs that what theyre doing is leeching off the PLANTs, but whatever. What are we to do next, then? Mishima says the Frontier Fleet is moving deeper into PLANTs airspace, so he asks Jeffrey to rendezvous with them there.
Cathy wonders if its wise to move the fleet without trying to talk things out with Earth, but Mishima reminds her that obeying the local governments order to stand by only got them shot. They wont sit quietly and be targeted, and thats not even mentioning the fact that there was only seven hours and two minutes left on the deadline they gave the fleet (and please dont call him Leon when theyre working). Fine
Une tells LOTUS to stick with the Quarter and head towards the Frontier shell be doing the same, shortly. Kouji asks if its really OK for us to board the Macross and while Unell withhold details for now, she says itll be more convenient that way.
As everyone starts coming aboard, Cathys a bit bothered with how events are developing. This doesnt sound like her fathers doing rather, it all reeks of Mishimas shady deals. Heine and the others will be returning to the PLANTs, grateful for Jeffrey and LOTUS help today; as they leave, Heine ponders that we might warrant a bit of attention.
Cut to Djibrils place, Relenas having a laugh: Well, I certainly did enjoy that little show. Though I wager that wasnt the ending you expected, no? As Djibril fumes, she reminds him that nuclear strikes on humans is strictly forbidden did he forget all the lives lost at the battle of Jachin Due?
He didnt, which is precisely why he wanted to NUKE MORE! Erasing the Coordinators from the face of the universe is the only way to appease the spirits of all those dead Naturals! Relena asks him to refrain from implying that hes personifying the will of the dead those nukes were draped in nothing but his hatred. Pfft, as if a teenager like her could grasp the grief he feels.
Relena tells him to ramble on, as shell be bringing this to the UNs attention and it wont be long before his evil is exposed for all to see. Djibril throws a hissy fit of how this bint will NOT stop his plans and calls in an Alliance soldier to take her away. Hell use any and all means to exterminate the Coordinators.
He has Relena locked in a guest room but orders the soldiers to treat her well shes got a lot of clout on the UN and could be useful against potential obstacles. If she gets uppity, just give her a sedative or something.
Back at the Quarter, Zechs has been briefed on the events at Earth and sees that things are worse than he imagined a bunch of enemies started acting up in his six months of absence. When Ichitaka asks, Tetsuya figures the kid saw the broadcast of the showdown at Libra, those two Gundams fighting each other Zechs was the Epyon pilot, attempting to destroy Earth. Bwuh?!
And his dishonored name and the unofficial way hes joining us notwithstanding, he is looking forward to helping our cause. Same goes for Noin, and she hopes were willing to accept them. Daiya isnt really in on the take but the Daiku Maryu welcomed Nouza and Vestanu former Darius officers so hes got no problem with them. Zechs and Noin dont look like bad people.
Well, if Daiyas that certain then Ichitaka figures itll be fine (though this is, to say the least, awkward).
Some time later, Unes meeting with the Frontier leaders is sure taking a long time. Sayaka figures thats to be expected, as the wrong decision here could have dire consequences; still, Kouji wants to stop wasting our time doing nothing and figure out whats going on at Earth. Seems like communications with the surface have been restored, so Hyouma would very much like some news.
He does notice that Kosukes gone and Puria says he left not too long ago. Turns out Ichitaka asked the wiz-kid and Luca to take a look at Alice, who was overheating again. Seems to Hyouma that the girl really isnt fit for combat and todays op was especially taxing on her systems. Hyouma warns Ichitaka to be careful as robots with several pilots like the Combattler suffer big time if even one of them is out of sorts.
Indeed, Daisaku remembers how much of a worrywart Hyouma can be for the team thats doubly true when Chizurus involved, Juzo adds. As Hyouma flushes, Puria quips that you know folks are good friends when theyre ribbing each other like that.
The Daiku Maryu crew is also like that, though Dick had made things a bit more strained for a while; hes not so much of a prick after hanging out with Daiya, though. Ichitaka knows what shes getting at: when you talk with Daiya, its like your hearts awash with purity. Yo! What am I, detergent?
As Ichitaka apologizes, Alice runs back in all fixed up and ready to go no problems at all, thanks to Kosuke and Luca. Her symptoms werent serious, so it was just a matter of cooling her down and rebooting. That said, Luca is very impressed with the tech used in Alice as it easily rivals the best L.A.I. has to offer that is to say, its several steps above what this world normally has.
Kosuke and Luca have really hit it off thanks to their scientific minds and love of robotics as a matter of fact, Luca says Hiyoshi is kind of a gearhead as well. Seems like the similarities between the V teams extends beyond their bots, so he wants to introduce them. The Voltes had also caught Ichitakas eye since the Junius Seven battle and wonders where the pilots are out patrolling with Altos group, it seems. No rest for the wicked.
Lady Une finally walks in and her talks with the Frontier have just properly finished: the fleets agreed to ask for our help as a way to safeguard their own political position. That is to say, LOTUS is being put forth as the ones responsible for running surveillance on the Frontier Fleet. If they do anything untoward, itll be our mission to shut it down. Finally, considering the SMSs involvement in recent events, theyre also being reassigned to working with us (though it might be temporary).
Wait, isnt that pretty much treating the Frontier Fleet like criminals and were the jailers? Yes, but that was the compromise that the UN could reach with Howard and Mishima. Zechs suggest Daiya look at it the other way around: by having us keep tabs on the fleet, theyll be safe from more hostile people.
Indeed, it was that point that Une used to leverage the agreement into being: only we, owners of the more advanced fighters in the world, could stand up to the Alliance and more. Of course, well be respecting the Frontiers autonomy and the fleets expected to settle down near the PLANTs.
With that, the PLANTs will endorse the Frontiers claim that theyve no intention of invading Earth, and, in exchange, the fleet will help them exercise their right to self-defense against any untoward attacks by the Alliance.
Lady Une figures this will help calm down the UNs upper brass, antsy over the Frontier simply floating aimlessly close to Earth, but Tetsuya doubts the Alliance will let that happen. True, Une expects there to be yelling but she knows whos in charge and how to get them to play ball.
Our folks are getting a tour of Mihoshi Academy and Hyoumas surprised that its not all that different from our world; Ranka walks over and asks if were new visitors to the Frontier. Didnt she tell Alto shed be taking the day off? Yeah, well, turns out her gig got cancelled at the last second
Nagisa (Kasumi) grunts that that was so unfair she was supposed to be getting interviewed for this magazine and they just called it off this morning. Still, Nanase and Luca tell her not to let it bring her down and Alto agrees: keep singing and shell get more chances. Ranka smiles and agrees, annoying Nagisa that shes the only one here outraged.
As Ranka apologizes, Chizuru hears Nagisas name and gets a strange déjà vu. Hey, does Alice remember the face of that comatose girl at JUDA? Dont these two kinda look really alike? Hmm, now that you mention it, they certainly do Then again, its said that every person has at least two others throughout the word that share his or her face, so I see no problems at all with that! she says. But having the same name? Is that just a freak coincidence?
Either way, Ichitaka tells a curious Nagisa that were LOTUS, not ZAFT, and (as luck would have it!) Michel and Luca say they got stuck playing tour guides again.
But Sheryl walks on over, wondering whats going on with this little gathering. As Luca and Nagisa flip out at her presence, our people take her to be someone famous in the Macross world and shes a beauty, too, thinks Kouji. A model? Sheryl figures theyre not from around, judging by their reaction, and points out shes a singer the Galactic Fairy, Sheryl Nome!
Sounds a bit too grandiose for Kouji but Michel says shes famous on a galactic scale, so the titles justified. Sounds impressive, then! Speaking of fame, Sheryl turns to Ranka and asks how things are going with her career. Its been a slow process, thats all shell say shes got a SMALL agency and gigs have been sporadic, to put it nicely.
Well, Sheryl has her own radio show and figures she could easily get her set up for an appearance but Nanase loudly speaks against the idea. Ranka will make it without riding on Sheryls coattails! Rankas meeker about it and while shes grateful for the offer, she wants to find fame by her own efforts. Sheryl didnt expect that answer but approves of her confidence keep at it.
With that done, however, Nagisa has a question: why is Sheryl at their school? She herself remembers the girl from their run-in at Griffith Park (much to her surprise Sheryl appreciates her fans) and says shes looking to take some pictures here for a promotional video.
First order of business is scouting the area for the best spots and she conscripts Alto to show her around. Why him?! Well, he did steal this fair maidens most precious possession Alto begs her to drop the innuendo before people get the wrong idea and, fuming, does as she says.
Nanase and Luca have no idea whats going on between those two, though what annoys Nagisa is that hes MONOPOLIZING Sheryl. The gall! Maybe Ranka should be worried, Michel wonders? N-No, of course not its not like that. Regardless, we should head inside because its likely going to be a pandemonium in there.
And then some as, later, theres a big hubbub going on throughout school everyones running around in a frenzy. Ichitaka catches sight of Kouji and, when asked, he says Sheryls running/blasting around school in an EX-Gear. Why? Boss says her underwear made a run for it and shes chasing after.
What made a run for it? Her underwear! Her panties! Boss yells, making Sayaka tell him to shush and stop embarrassing her. Whatevers going on with her underwear, Kenichi knows an EX-Gear, with all its propulsion, is very dangerous if the wearer cant control it.
Michel, desperately chasing after, begs Sheryl to stop but shes not about to let the thing who stole her panties run off. In her zeal to catch the critter, she flies straight off the roof!
Jump cut to a few moments later, Kenichi and the others arrive and Michel says they just missed the show. As for Sheryl, he points out in the distance where Altos flying with her in his arms again (Boss is jealous). See, while her jumping off the roof wouldve been fine with that EX-Gear, she actually forgot to lock the suit in place the thing slipped right off and Sheryl only didnt end up a smear on the floor because Alto flew over and caught her at the last second.
Of course, that doesnt matter one bit to Luca, whos grieving his wrecked Samson EX-Gear.
You raise all that hell over a piece of clothing come on, now Alto sighs but, of course, Sheryls underwear isnt just a piece of clothing. And shed be wearing it, had the thing not made off with it (she, Ranka and Nanase had an incident with a bunch of eggs and needed a shower).
Alto doesnt care for all her yelling (hes one to talk) and is about to set her down when Sheryl stops him. Maybe they could fly for just a bit more?
Back at the rooftop, Rankas a bit miffed for how long as they going to stay up there?
Sheryl still remembersthe first time they flew like this and thats great, but has she had her fun? Can Alto drop her now? Nope, she wants to keep going. In that case she can go and fly herself Altos bringing her down.
Cut to Onogoro island where we get a repeat of last mission: Kira and Lacus place get trashed by ZAFT assassins, Yuu and Heero save the day and the Archangel sets sail after saving Cagalli from marrying a ponce.
Following that, Une gets in touch with Djibril and out-politics him: Blue Cosmos better help the Frontier bill get passed nice and easy.
Back to the Quarter, Heine is presenting himself as a FAITH member, recently arrived from the PLANTs: following Durandals request, hes decided to come and work with us. A request, not an order? Indeed, Heine didnt need to help LOTUS if he didnt feel like it.
See, while the PLANTs cant overtly sign up with LOTUS right now, Heine and his FAITH status have permission to act of his own volition. Ozmas rather surprised the PLANTs have a squadron with such independence but, indeed, thats how FAITH works you may fight for what you personally deem to be right.
Well, if he personally wants to join LOTUS, Une wont stop him everyone here has joined in the sole interest of safeguarding Earth.
At Griffith Park, Rankas pondering how well Alto gets along with Sheryl and tries sorting out her own feelings about the matter when that weird critter from before shimmies up to her.
It looks like a baby something, though nothing Rankas ever seen before. Did he get lost? Seems like theyre both alone here and the things pretty cute, so Ranka decides to adopt it. Shell call it Ai-kun.