Part 30: Mission 11 - Prelude to Battle - Part 1
And we are back, having finally joined our two big halves into one overwhelming force of destruction (except those ZAFT nerds, but whatever). Since I kept the Rescue Route, we have a very tight race for first place: Ichitakas magnetism kept him just one kill ahead of Kenji and (Ill never get used to this) Quatre, who are tied.
All of my money went straight to upgrading the Frontier folks (who came in empty only Alto got a pip in weapons). Meanwhile, Daiya got his promised EN save, while Alto chugged three of the Gunfights Ive been saving since hes our first major range-oriented protag.
Kouichi, meanwhile, took one of my Predicts to, majorly, boost his Accuracy (though dodging a bit more reliably is always nice).
And coming back from a route split begets the age-old tradition of rebuilding a big chunk of your squads. At the very least it doesnt take nearly as long as it did in Z1 or the Alphas:
I cant believe it actually took me this wrong to realize what a waste it was to leave Canaria hanging out with Klan shes a perfect fit for Tetsuya. Then again, I WAS just setting whatever in anticipation to having to redraw stuff when we got back together.
Kouji still needs flight, so itd be either Puria or Yagyuu and the formers mobility bonus wouldve kinda been wasted on him. If the stars align, well see the Mazinger pop a Double Image!
And I figured, since we have plenty of room, that Dick and Klan can work well enough to hold a squad of their own.
On we go.
The Quarter and Daiku Maryu have just arrived at JUDA, Ishigami bidding them a warm welcome. Jeffrey had already heard plenty about the man and even Garis mentioned the prez to be a very capable man.
They do him much honor, though theres a lot of intel to be exchanged regarding the status quo abroad. Cathy warns that we need to decide what to do carefully, lest it turn the entire world against us; Jeffrey also agrees, remembering that the SMS was placed in LOTUS as a way to minimize the UNs distrust towards the Frontier. If we make the wrong move, itll only mean trouble for the fleet (and the PLANTs, even).
Ishigami concurs, though he is appalled that people would fight one another with all thats going on. People are so very shortsighted. But, regardless, Yui has just established a line to the ships databases, so theyll start their meeting.
And, as usual, we get to hear about whatever happened in the path we didnt take. Considering we saw it all, Ill skip most of it but I can point out particularly amusing bits. Mind, at the end of it all, Emi comes in after Daiya Naoto is here looking for him. Expected, considering Daiya didnt have time to talk to him before rushing to space.
- Noins already gotten assigned as another instructor to our rookies, and Ichitakas very taken with the beautiful soldier. Though he quickly stops himself, remembering the hell a beauty like Yagyuu puts him through in training Noin might work him just as hard if he gets too uppity!
- Michels still calling Alto princess and the guys still very much triggered by it. Getting over the friendly fire incident didnt immediately make them best friends, you see. Michel, meanwhile, is a lot more interested in Shizuna thats a cute hairpin shes got. Hes feeling a bit woozy after the sight of her, so maybe she could lend him a shoulder til the infirmary? Yeah, right that aint happening. And its not a hairpin, but this stupid necktie Kouichi gave her
is he her boyfriend? NO! Shizuna stomps off, and Michel figures his teasing went too far.
- While Daiyas talking about the situation in the Darius World, Kenji saunters over and wants to see Lulu. Still meeting with Ishigami, which is a major bummer and hed been looking forward to seeing the beautiful captain. Daiya doesnt know what Kenji has in mind, but explains that the girls about his age. Well, crap nobody corrected him, so hed always assumed she was a real bombshell with a fine bod. Daiya suggests he check with Shizuka for that fine bod business.
Daiya quickly apologizes to his friend, who came over to JUDA right after some NEX folks said hed returned. Still, he wants to hear all about Daiyas trip to space. Well, getting to see their blue world from up there was something else, thats for sure.
And since hes here, Daiya figures Naoto could also tag along while he gives everyone a tour of the Daiku Maryu. He doesnt see any harm in it, so the kids very up for it.
Ichitaka and Kouichi are blown away that they get to be in THE Daiku Maryu high five! Becoming CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE was the best thing ever. As Shizuna sighs at the two fanboys, Daiya tells them to keep some of that enthusiasm for the rest of the tour since this is just the hangar! Theres still the kitchen, the bridge, Sakon and Lulus rooms and more.
Dick suggests we skip Sakons place as, science-obsessed as he is, the guy cant be bothered with anything else. The rooms a dump, really, and Daiya figures Sakon could potentially starve himself to death if the rest of the crew didnt keep an eye on him.
Nagisa dashes in right then, running uncharacteristically late after waiting to see if Iczer-1 and Anna would tag along (they couldnt). Michel immediately does a double take at the sight of her Nagisa? Alto figures hes trying out one of his playboy routines on a LOTUS girl: Seriously, what would the Nyan-Nyan waitress be doing *looks at Nagisa* here?
Daijiro couldnt tell them apart, thats for sure, and the girls getting a bit uneasy over the people staring at her. Michel apologizes and asks if she could tell them her name - she does, though immediately warns him not to get any funny ideas. Shes not giving him her phone number!
Still, its clear that Nagisa Kanou isnt the Nagisa Kasumi they know not that Kenichi expected otherwise but, even so, they look tremendously alike. It doesnt seem like were dealing with a Highly Probable Being, Emi ponders to herself.
Still, everyones here now, so Daiya calls them to keep going or, he would, if Shizuka didnt walk up to ask him to help carrying some Zolmanium.
But hes gotta show the others around! If hes got that much free time on his hands, then its all the more reason why he should help with this. Rosa offers to take over the tour while he gets to work she offers a quick apology to us, but says things are rather hectic with the resupply operations going on.
Elsewhere, Naotos managed to get himself lost aboard the ship. He soon runs into Yanmas crew, who tag him as the kid Daiya always spoke so much about. And if he needs a guide, theyll do it! Naoto doesnt get a chance to say anything.
Cut to a bit later, Yanma explains that theyre always at Purias beck and call, what with her being the older sister around here, and theyve always wanted a new baby brother of their own. So, Haccho commands, Naoto is to address them all as bro! Whuh? Ayup, starting right this instant, Naoto is now part of their trio! But how can it be a trio if thered be four of them? What, thats not right? What should they call it, then? Buby has no idea.
Hey, theyve been walking around for a while now and Daiyas group is still nowhere in sight. Which is why they are GUIDING him, Haccho protests. Before Naoto grows a hernia, Sakon walks over and says Rosa was looking for the kid over thattaway.
The kid thanks him and tells his bros that theyll have to conclude their own tour another time he runs off. Bubys surprised he really called them his bros. Hes a good kid, Sakon assesses, which is why the three men should do their best not to mess with him much.
And Naoto cant find his way, reaching a dead end. He does hear some voices nearby, though, so maybe they can help. And he finds Alice having a talk with Rongo seems like somethings wrong with him, and shes rather appalled Franklin didnt notice it.
Rongo says the guy isnt at fault, since the Daiku Maryu doesnt give everyone check-ups every day; to say nothing of the fact that he deliberately avoided going to the doc. Still, his injury is quite grave (back when the ship first came to this world)...
But Rongo says hes the ONLY one who can turn the Daiku Maryus rudder. If hes bedridden, the shipll be grounded and he presumes Alice, a subpilot, knows where hes coming from. She does, but being in charge of the teams health care makes looking the other way quite difficult for her.
Naoto walks in right then, and Rongo immediately pulls him closer and asks him not to tell anyone what he heard. Consider this a promise between men, as Rongo cant stop right now.
And now we jump straight to Neo Tokyo 3, where the PAs declaring a state of emergency all phone lines are down. Seems to Shinji that this meeting isnt happening, wondering what his dad could be thinking by calling him over this suddenly.
He turns around, thinking hed seen a girl nearby theres no one. Never mind that, though, as the entire area starts shaking. An earthquake?!
: Dont let the Angel take another step! Stop it, whatever it takes!
: Yes, sir! Engaging!
: Weve a confirmed hit!
: No, we dont! It didnt do anything!
*Sachiel keeps moving eastward.*
: Sorry Im late! Get in the car! (Misato)
*Misato starts driving away.*
: Keep firing! We cant let him through!
: Why the hell is nothing working?! The Armas weapons cant do anything against that thing?!
: D-Damn you my men ! Youre not getting away with this! I, Igarashi Shinobu, will end you if its the last thing I do !
: Thats enough, Igarashi. Pull back immediately were deploying an N² mine.
: What?! But then the townll
: The civilians have already evacuated due to the state of emergency. Your group is all that remains.
: C-Copy that!
: An N² mine?! Theyre using something like that?!
: The SDF is desperate, trying to save face. You need to evac that area right now! (Makoto)
: Understood. Hold on, Shinji!
: Whats it look like, Igarashi? Hows the Angel?
: It took that N² mine right on the chin. No way it
: What the hell?!
: Whats going on, Igarashi?!
: Target remains. Weve some damage confirmed, but its only a matter of time till it recovers !
: I-It cant be !
By NERV HQ
: Urgh, our ace in the hole was Damn that monstrosity!
: Not wholly unexpected for a conventional piece of weaponry. Still, a N² mine only barely managed to immobilize the 4th Angel Its regenerative abilities are enormous. (Fuyutsuki)
: They are self-sufficient, near-perfect life forms. It shouldnt come as a surprise. (Gendou)
: The ones who consumed the Fruit of Life
: Hm. And theyd destroy us, the ones who consumed the Fruit of Knowledge.
: This is hardly the moment for the SDF to be butting heads with us. Its a disaster out there.
: Commander, weve an urgent message from the government!
: What do they want?
: Theyve transferred control of this operation to Gendou Ikari, commander of NERV!
: Right. Weve a private paramilitary organization operating under the UNs supervision.
: And my dad works here, right?
: Hmhmm. Do you know what he does?
: All I heard was that its something important something that keeps mankind safe.
: (Keeps mankind safe So dad is kind of like Kouichi, when he protected me? No, I doubt it )
: Are we going to see him?
: We are, yes. Im taking you to NERV HQ, our hidden base.
: Well, this operation is now in your hands. Show me what you can do.
: Roger that.
: None of our weapons did any lasting damage against the target, Ikari. Do you seriously think you stand a better chance of winning?
: Winning this is precisely what NERV is for.
: Fuyutsuki, take care of things here.
: A family reunion, three years later?
Ishigamis a bit worried if mankind can beat an enemy that shrugged off an N² mine, but Lady Une says we MUST beat it or itll be the end of everything: And Id wager it was for that reason why our predecessors actively studied the parallel worlds tech, she adds.
Victory or bust is the name of the game, and with command of the operation transferred to NERV, Une wants us to move to help ASAP.
Back at NERV, Shinji figures his dad will want him to do something he wouldnt have sent that letter if there wasnt anything. Misato sees that the boys got some issues with his father, same as her, really. As the elevator door opens, an annoyed Ritsuko Akagi is waiting: theyre twelve minutes late and times running short.
As Misato apologizes, Ritsuko introduces herself to Shinji as the head of Project Es first science division, and beckons them both to follow.
: Theres something I want to show you, Shinji.
: Our Ultimate All-Purpose Humanoid Decisive Weapon The Evangelion Unit #01, an artificial human created by man.
: It is the humanitys ultimate weapon.
: Is my dad also involved with this?
: I am.
: Its been a while.
: Hm Deploy it.
: Deploy? But the #00 is still on lockdown Wait, youre not talking about the #01, are you?
: Were out of options. And Shinji?
: Youll be piloting it.
: Huh ?
: Dad why did you call me here?
: That should be obvious.
: Youre telling me to use this to fight that thing I saw?
: I am.
: No, Im not doing it! Why do you even care after all this time? I thought you didnt want anything to do with me!
: I called you precisely because now youre needed.
: And why do you need me?
: Because no one else can do this.
: I cant do it either. How do you expect me to pilot something Ive never seen or heard of before?!
: Well tell you how.
: But No, no way! Im not a pilot I cant do this!
: You need to get aboard right now. If you wont pilot then leave!
: Its found us.
: Shinji, were out of time.
: Get in !
: No I know I came all the way here But I just cant do any of this!
: And why did you come here, Shinji? You cant run away now - not from your father and, most of all, not from yourself.
: I know that! But youre asking the impossible!
: Fuyutsuki, call Rei.
: Can we use her for this?
: Shes not dead yet.
: Very well.
: We cant go with the spare. Youll be deploying once more.
: Yes, sir
: Switch the #01s core unit with the L-00 type and reboot it!
: Roger that. Cancelling current operation; preparing to reboot. (Maya)
: (I knew it No one actually needs me )
: Hrgh ! Haah, haah
: (Huh, someones hurt? A girl? Why is she )
*BOOM and Rei drops to the ground.*
: Are you alright?!
: Haah urgh
: (Shes bleeding ! Are are they actually having her pilot that thing because I wont?!)
: (I I cant run away. I cant run away. I cant run away. I cant run away !)
: Okay, fine! Ill do it! Ill pilot!
: Flooding Entry Plug. Establishing second contact, linking interface No abnormalities in the A10 neural connection. Charging LCL everything is nominal.
: Fixate all thought configurations around Japanese. Primary contact is also nominal.
: Opening communications channel. Checklist: all clear up to #1405. Synaptic synchronization rate: 41.3%.
: Without even a plug suit? Very impressive.
: All harmonics are looking nominal. No abnormalities.
: Then we are ready!
: Prepare to launch!!
Mission 11 Prelude to Battle
I normally dont care all that much for this BGM, but this arrangement is pretty decent!
: Do we proceed, commander?
: Of course. Therell be no future for any of us if the Angel isnt destroyed.
: Are you sure about this, Ikari?
: Everything ready, Shinji?
: Final safety device, release! Evangelion #01, lift off!
: Shinji, try and focus on walking for the moment.
: (Walk )
*The #01 takes a step forward.*
: (Walk !)
*Again and Sachiel moves straight for him!*
: The Angels closing in on the #01!
: Calm down, Shinji!
: How are the EVAs defense systems?
: The Field isnt deploying!
: Its not working?!
: Weve various signals on high speed approach to the battle zone!
: Thats LOTUS!
: What now, Ikari?
: Let them do as they want Weve to verify the distortion.
: Is it true, Reiji? Is Shinji really piloting that Evangelion thing?!
: It hasnt been confirmed yet, but it is very likely.
: Thats Were being hailed by NERV!
: Put them through!
: This is Misato Katsuragi of NERVs operational division speaking. Please respond, LOTUS.
: Captain Lulu of the Daiku Maryu. Weve already been briefed on the situation: how superficial attacks wont hurt the Angel, how it can regenerate itself and how it must be defeated, lest it trigger the Third Impact and destroy all of mankind.
: (Ishigamis told them, I see )
: Thats correct. Weve deployed our Evangelion #01 to fight, but its the pilots first battle, so hes having difficulties. So I propose that we all engage the target in tandem - please assist us, LOTUS!
: Our mission is to maintain peace in the Earth Sphere, so I see no reason to refuse.
: Alright, then were good! Shinji, weve some friendlies here to back you up! Work with them and destroy the Angel!
: Doesnt that mean that I dont need to fight anymore, then ?
: No, an Angel can only be beaten by an EVA. It wont go down otherwise.
: You chose to do this, no? Then keep with it til the end.
: (Hes always looking to others for direction I guess thats fruit of the environment he was left in.)
: That enormous monster is called an Angel, yes? The mere sight of it tells how strange a being it is.
: All Angels have a powerful barrier called A.T. Field, so we cant let this battle drag on or itll wear us down. Engage it with caution!
: Pshaw! If were dealing with a barrier, that calls for my Mach Drills! Ill handle the timing, Kyo, Tsubaki!
: Hold on This isnt the same as the Dai Kaengu from before. Be very careful, Kenji.
: (I can feel something close to a magical barrier, but the fundament behind it is clearly different What is that A.T. Field ?)
: Sorry, Naoto, we had to drag you along into this.
: Dont worry about it. This is a big deal for humanity, right? Makes sense you had to scramble in a hurry.
: Shinji, Im coming to bail you out! Thats how Ill atone for the mess I did!
: Ive got your back, Kouichi!
: Keep an eye on the Plasma Drive level, Anna. I know having to match each others pace isnt easy, but well have to make do.
: Aye, aye! Ill work twice as hard to cover for Goh!
: (I I have to do this. I cant run away !)