Part 28: Mission 9 (Retreat Route) - Operation Carnival - Part 2
Well, so much for Rankas debut. But, hey, at least shes not being hunted down by a robo ninja in this game.
Priority is still the Alliance mooks as a bunch of them can reach the finish line by their next move.
: Did they chase the Minerva all the way here or are they after the Chairman ? But whichever one it is, well defend this base to the death!
One for Rey, one for Lulu.
Her Flame gets stronger after that!
The Windam leading this team was summarily shot down by Heine. Its squaddie immediately follows.
By the by, a carryover from K is that pretty much everything but a couple of Daiyas attacks have a dynamic kill. Someone at Banpresto really liked Gaiking LOD (as they should).
Kills for Tetsuya and Jun, Boss and Hyouma.
No more nearby threats to Diokia.
Ichitaka and Zechsll handle the last pair of Murasames, while Ozma (just in case) takes the lone Vajra that started all this.
: Alto I swear to all thats holy, if anything happens to Ranka !
: These are two numerous to be stragglers from the flock that attacked the Galaxy
: And that red unit it looked like YF-27, so I should probably get in touch with company headquarters again.
Shinn and Lulu get harassed by the Zamza-Zahs, hitting back with varying degrees of pain. One gets too close to Kenichi and Canaria, though, and is gunned down.
On the other side, Zechs and Ichitaka are holding the line just fine against the little Vajra.
Following a big hit from Lulu, Heine moves in.
Luna and Rey handle the Gells.
Right on time.
And Trowas deciding to be a dick, Support Defending mooks that I could easily kill. Time to get rid of him.
Lets see how you like this!
And hes very dead. Ill make a video of this when I use it against something that wont cheat me out of a DK !
He figures hes fought enough that no onell suspect him. The issue now is finding where Relenas at.
By the Vajra, Ichitaka and Jeffrey each take a kill the latter gets Invincible.
Ozma and Luca nab a nearby pair too.
And now this is pretty much clean up. The Alliance mooks are too far away to stand a chance at making touchdown and the Vajra are too frail to withstand my everything.
Anyone who doesnt wanna die has one second to get out my sight!
Everything the Gaiking does is so satisfying.
Zechs strongest weapon here, since I could.
Also since I could: FAAAAAACE OPEN!
And thats the end of that!
As for Alto, Monica pings him bogged down by the red Valkyrie and unable to pursue the Vajra.
*Brera flies around, Alto TRYING to keep up.*
: Pull yourself together, Alto! Youre not flying like you usually do!
: Hmph, childs play.
: Damn it, Rankas gonna get away!
: Ranka this, Ranka that is it just about her? May I remind you that our mission was to protect a base filled with people! Have all these battles been just a secondary concern to you?!
: Screw you, Michel! Its never been anything of the sort!
: Hmhmhm Too slow.
: Keep him still, Alto! I cant get a bead on him !
: Shut up! I know!
: Thats it! Keep him right there and Ill end it!
: Stand down! If I can catch him, then I can do this myself!
: Hah, just let me handle it. Be it with women or bullets, I always hit a bulls-eye.
: (Sis I )
: My right engine?! Michel! The hell are you doing shooting me?!
: All that talk and you screw it up?! Or was that on purpose?!
: Hrk Of course it wasn't!
*Brera gets his Valkyrie up straight and blasts away.*
: Damn it, Ranka! RANKAA!!
Things arent doing too good now. The Quarter and Daiku Maryu are trying to figure out where the Vajra flew off to before going after, and Durandal offers to personally accompany us and help since he feels somewhat responsible for what happened.
Jeffrey tells him not to as it was only thanks to his efforts that the civs were mostly unharmed, but he still says wed have had a much simpler time dealing with the Vajra if the Alliance hadnt turned up around here. Plus, it was he who invited the Frontier guests over in the first place.
Speaking of, Sheryl runs in in a panic, having just heard what happened to Ranka. She slowly grunts at Jeffrey that shes fine enough, and rather angry at Alto for letting the girl get kidnapped under his nose. He should be coming in soon, so she tumbles off to the hangar.
Still, Durandal says he and Lacus are as worried as Sheryl and hopes that Jeffrey'll allow them to help. Furthermore, hed also like to speak with Heine a bit.
Ichitaka and Alice confirm that both Alto and Michel are doing fine Hiyoshi was more than a bit worried at how hed cope if those two ended up dead. Still, Tetsuya reports that they lost those Vajra due to the red Valkyrie.
So much for Altos unauthorized rescue mission, Puria sighs but Daiya figures well manage to get Ranka back as our ships are already tracking the buggers down. Granted, Ozma is beside himself with worry in the meantime.
A bit later, Michel and Alto have returned and the former isnt doing too good. Klan tells him to keep his chin up as its only a matter of time before we figure out where Rankas at. Its not the Ranka business thats gotten him down, though, but that friendly fire incident Klan only needed to take a look at the hole in Altos VF-25 to have an idea of what happened.
Speaking of Alto, Lucas trying and failing to keep him from immediately getting in Michels face: What the hell was with that shot?! Are you trying to get me killed?! Michel says nothing, and Alto doesnt appreciate the silent treatment say something, damn it!
Luca tries arguing that its only human to make miss a shot or two but Altos not one bit interested in losing his life over one; besides, the guy doesnt miss! Didnt Michel always go on and on about how he got his sniper sense from his sister? Or, maybe, screwing ups the only thing thats in his blood?!
Michel snaps at that and straight up punches Alto. It falls on Ichitaka, Hyouma and Daisaku to break it off, but Alto isnt having it: Lemme go! If hed just kept his head together, Ranka wouldnt !
Things stop when Ozma runs in and punches both men what the hell is fighting one another going to achieve? Tetsuya joins in, asking if Alto thinks hes the only one here who wants to save Ranka. Did he ever stop to think of how hard Ozmas struggling to keep his personal feelings in check, not just today but also during the movie shoot battle?
Sheryl stumbles in right then and she seems to be taking a turn for the worse. Still, she tells Alto that he needs to save Ranka before crumbling to the ground. Alice yells that she shouldnt be walking around in her condition; and despite what she might say, Alices sensors pick up several problems with her: excessively low temperature, fatigue and more.
She calls up Canaria, who says theyve got plenty of room to take Sheryl in, so Alice lifts the indignant singer up and carries her away. Michels taking off as well, telling Ozma that hes going to do some training and make sure he doesnt screw up again. Thats fine, but Ozma wants him to take a few people with.
Heines looking on, sighing that he wont be leaving the Quarter on a lighter atmosphere. Wait, what? See, Durandals requested that he transfer over to the Minerva to supplement its dwindling forces theyve no flight lead now that Athruns lost his Savior. Still, he very much enjoyed working with us, short-lived as that mightve been.
Kouji tells him not to get so bummed out it aint like him and figures, when things with the Alliance settle down, the PLANTs will likely join up with LOTUS. Heine confirms that Durandal said the same, but whether or not he himselfll get back with us is a different story. Hed very much prefer to be dealing with the Jama Kingdom and Cthulhu and whatnot, mind, and Daiya figures well see each other again as it comes to that.
Well, Heine wouldve liked to give everyone a proper farewell, but this doesnt quite look like the best time for that. He merely asks them pass a message to Alto: dont let love blind you to your duty.
By the Quarters firing range, Michels missing a whole lot; Ippei sees that hes not himself and asks what happened. Well, how familiar is Ippei with his personal history? Not much no one would even gossip much about him. Klan sees where this is going and asks if its about Jessica.
Michel says absolutely not hes just been going to bed by himself lately and thats made him all lonely and whatnot. Maybe Klan would care to come on over tonight and remedy that? No one buys his story and Ippei asks how that Jessica fits in Michels past. Ippei cant even look at him right now hes looking even worse than after that time they fought.
Still, Michel asks them to quit meddling in his business, as theyre not helping him calm down. Juzo argues that we cant just ignore him, either, but Klan takes a more pragmatic approach of calling him and idiot and punching him. Even micronized, her fists still hurt plenty
Some time later, back at the hangar, Altos staring at Sheryls earring its already been a while since he borrowed it. His train of thoughts interrupted when Rankas Aimo starts playing through the thing!
Cut to the bridge, hes just told them about it; Altos sure he heard Rankas voice and it wasnt just his mind playing tricks. Her song was seemingly coming from a specific direction and Lucas pinged faint Fold Waves being emitted that way. Do you think thats ?
A call comes in from Japans SDF right then: its our friend Igarashi and he reports that one of their patrols just found the beasties we were looking for. Its a flock of Vajra about west-southwest of the Okinotori Islands and their numbers, varieties and signals correspond to those that emerged at Diokia.
Seems like we have our target, so Jeffrey commands the Quarter and Daiku Maryu to go after.