Part 32: Mission 11 - Prelude to Battle - Part 3
: I-Incredible They pierced the A.T. Field!
: Shows that it wasnt luck thats helped them defend Earth all this time
: Itll be very difficult to defeat this one without the Iczer Robo Nagisa, prepare to deploy.
: Got it. Be careful out there, Iczer-1!
: This planet is home to so much life, and I will not see it destroyed! Even if it costs me my life, we will prevail!
: Lets go, Iczer-1! Im sure we can beat that thing together!
: This isnt like the Vajra, but is it another living weapon?
: Take this guy out, or the world ends Ive no idea whats going on, but Im not gonna let this freak run amuck!
: So what you got a barrier! That things gonna be cracked open like a walnut when Im done!
: My guess is that red balls its weak spot. And while I dunno if we can pop its barrier, weve got nothing to lose taking a swing there!
: I feel the same! Lets go and make this Decisive Battle a brief one!
Ichitaka: Time to give Shinji a hand with his mission!
: First I get it to start walking ! Then attack !
: I know. Well pour our energy all in one spot and tear down its barrier!
: Hyouma, I cant even begin to analyze this one!
: Tch, so this is an Angel ? I think were strong enough to take him, but its still gonna be a tough cookie !
: This monsters got a totally different aura to it than the Demonic and Iron Beasts What What am I feeling ?
: No, I cant let it get to me! My flames telling me to take it out right now!
: S-Say what?! Its regenning everything!
: We really need to destroy the core or the Angelll just keep going !
: Shinji, target the core. You are the only one who can both neutralize the A.T. Field and attack at the same time.
: But thats ! Youre asking me to do what everyone in LOTUS couldnt ?!
: Hold your horses! Ill handle this!
: This stupid kid
: There he goes again
: Shinji, thats you in there, right?
: Huh Kouichi?! Whatre you doing here?!
: Eeh a bunch of stuff happened, you know. But thats not important. Listen, when you were getting transferred, I totally ignored you, right? Do you think you could forgive me for that?
: Ill go and find a way through this for you. Then you wont need to do any of this scary business. That OK with you, NERV?
: B-But thats
: No Ill do it
: Shinji, you
: I am scared and I dont really understand whats going on. But my dad he said that !
They made it a special animation!
: Life support has gone critical!
: The sync graph has reversed, pulse is flowing backwards!
: Cut the connection!
: We cant! Its rejecting our signal!
: What about Shinji?!
: No response on the monitors status unknown!
: The #01s gone silent! (Shigeru)
: Its over Abort the mission! Prioritize the pilots safety! Force-eject the Entry Plug!
: Also not working! Nothings responding to our commands!
: What did you say?!
: Hes alright?!
: The EVAs reactivating but that should be impossible!
: Oh, no
: Its gone berserk ?!
: Victory is ours.
: Angel confirmed destroyed
: Wh-What the hell He just wrecked the thing !
: The way its moving its like a wild animal
: (Evangelion Seems it still holds plenty of secrets.)
: The EVA-01 has ceased all activity!
: Recover it and rescue the pilot immediately!
: Radar and sensors are clear. Thats the end of that.
: Angels, huh We got briefed so fast, Ive about a truckload of stuff I dont get about those.
: Not just them. The sudden transformation that Evangelion went through an actual Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
: Weve plenty of questions that need answering now, thats for sure.
: Then how about we go and get you some answers for those?
: Do we head towards NERV, then?
: You dont mind, do you, commander?
: Its fine. LtCol. Katsuragi, I leave this matter in your hands.
: Yes, sir.
: You know theyll be less than happy if you bring them into the Geofront, Ikari.
: No matter. Theyll have no cause for complaints if there arent any major deviations from the script.
: I dont know this ceiling Where am I? When did I get on this bed ?
: Oh, youre up!
: Whew, that God For a sec there I thought we had another one go in a coma.
: K-Kouichi Ichitaka What are you two doing here?
: What, he asks Didnt we fight together not too long ago? Or did you forget?
: Ah youre right I was piloting the EVA.
: Fate is a very strange thing, indeed. I sure didnt expect that two of your friends were with LOTUS.
: I was just as surprised when I found out about it all.
: And there was that Angel...! What happened to it?
: Um, you kicked its ass? What, you dont remember that too?
: I dont, no I passed out before I even knew what was going on
: (Passed out? It couldnt have been some system controlling the pilot, right ?)
: Well, if you cant remember, thats probably for the best. Having memories of the time you went crazy is the sort of stuff that haunts you forever trust me.
: Were still investigating why the EVA acted on its own after you lost consciousness. That being said, before it all went down, you were fighting very well for someone with no prior experience.
: Hm? Whats up?
: I remember something. When the Angel attacked me, I thought Id died I dont want to go through anything like that again.
: (Of course hes scared we got him aboard the EVA and straight into live combat without really explaining the situation... But well still need him to fight whats to come )
: Think you can stand up, Shinji?
: Huh? Y-Yeah
: Then come with me and your friends for a bit, please.
The SEELE fellas arent really differentiated from each other here, so I cant tell you who is speaking
: The 4th Angel attacked and was eliminated, the Third Child has been acquired and the EVA-01 was rolled out LOTUS activities and their influence over the Third aside, things are mostly proceeding according to plan.
: Though the tremendous cost of repairing the #01 was beyond our expectations.
: A rather small concern when faced with the suspended Unit #00.
: Slight imperfections are acceptable if itll be ready to engage the 5th Angel when it emerges.
: You neednt worry. Now that the #01 has been assigned to active duty, the #02 and its assigned pilot are undergoing tests in Germany.
: Make sure that the construction of the #03 and the others also proceed as planned.
: It is your mission to see that NERV and the EVAs are put to proper use. We hope you will not disappoint.
: Indeed. Eliminating the Angels is but a single part of our covenant with Lilith.
: The Human Instrumentality Project Our ultimate goal is to see it brought to fruition.
: Understood. May everything proceed in accordance to SEELEs script
: Mostly according to plan, indeed.
: The general outline is still the same, but there is a 13th variable not depicted in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
: So a deft touch is required. What do you have in mind?
: Ill be assigning the EVA-01 to LOTUS. I find it unlikely that their actions will align with SEELEs will in any way.
: More so than the Alliance or the old OZ, certainly. But what about the schedule?
: It does not matter. The script may have been devised from the information sent to us, but it is being distorted. If we cannot confirm the reason why, then
: What do you think? Its a pretty nice view, no?
: It is.
: Thats our town, Neo Tokyo 3. And you kept it safe.
: I kept it safe ?
: You did, Shinji. This beautiful landscape is only here because you fought for it.
: But even if I wasnt around, LOTUS was still here, no? Im sure you wouldve figured out a way to win eventually
: Still, it is what it is. Your memories might still be a bit fuzzy, but it was you who beat the Angel.
: And you bailed me out there, too. If you hadnt stopped me, I reckon I wouldve had a real bad time.
: So thanks, Shinji.
: Huh ?
: Please, Shinji. Help us and keep this town safe keep the entire world safe, even. The EVA needs you.
Back to Gendous office, Fuyutsukis explained to Lady Une that while the Evangelions were said to have been made to fight the Darius, they were actually to fight the Angels all along. The Darius appearance, around the time of the Second Impact, made for a good excuse for all the cash being moved around.
Une wonders if this was actual reason why the old UN supported the development of the Dancouga and the mass-fielding of Armas, but Fuyutsuki figures at least that Igor Concern or, better put, F.S. himself doesnt share this objective. As proof, Gendou points out that the Dancouga was nowhere to be seen in the battle with the Angel.
But we dont have the full picture of all thats going on, mind. With the Katou Organization having already been active by the time the Second Impact hit, the reconstruction that followed it resulted in technology from the other side spreading across the entire world.
As a result, we saw the development of various new weapons: far more durable and powerful MSs, the Dancouga and its mission to prolong conflicts, etc. All of thats very much in accordance to Logos desires, Gendou says, but there are likely other forces at work behind all that forces we havent been able to ID.
Unes a bit surprised that the guy knows about Logos, but lets it be and asks them to explain what the Angels are. Furthermore, why are they assigning the EVA-01 to LOTUS? Gendou says that the Angels need to be defeated or therell be no future for anyone its all there in the report he gave her.
As for her second question, the eradication of the Angels is NERVs mission and theyve all seen that LOTUS is capable of standing up to the things. Assigning it to work with us simply seemed like the best way to increase their odds of success.
But dont you think the suspended EVA-00 alone wont be enough to defend NERV HQ? Une asks. Gendou stops short for a split second is she aware of Dogma and its secret? She knows only a few things, after an independent investigation of the Preventers.
Then she should understand that theres more to this than what she sees, and Gendou says hes only doing what he deems best face it all. He sees no problems with sending out the #01, and, plus, hell also be assigning the #00 to us after its reactivated.
Of course, Unes a bit iffy with taking the bot after it went ballistic. She wants to make sure that the #01 can be worked with, and Ritsukos on hand to help with that. While the events of the last battle are still under investigation by NERV, she explains that theres always a non-zero risk of the Evangelion running berserk due to its inherent characteristics.
But if it puts such a heavy burden on the pilot that he can snap and lose control, couldnt they have made the EVA a drone mech like a Mobile Doll, Lady Une wonders. Unfortunately, Gendou explains, someone needs to be aboard for the EVA to generate its A.T. Field, which is in itself necessary to neutralize the Angels and allow engagements up close.
Ritsuko also adds that since we dont know what kind of abilities any Angel might hold, the A.T. Field is the bare minimum defense the EVA has against them. Une sees that it all comes down to NERVs mission to defeat the Angels. Fine, she accepts the EVA-01 and Gendous son into the team.
As the call ends, Fuyutsukis amazed by the Preventers intel-gathering capabilities. Or maybe theres a mole in NERV? Still, Gendou knows shes not an enemy, so it matters not what she does. Plus, he already imagines its him whos feeding her intel.
Aaay, welcome to the job, Shinji and Misato (Ishigamis got poppers, even)! Kouichis so very happy to have his buddy back, Shinji explaining to Shizuna how they went to the same school.
Of course, Naotos also being celebrated today as the 48th crewmember of the Daiku Maryu hell be taking over as the ships pilot until Rongos back to full. The kids stammering a whole lot, annoying Puria. Say it like a man! HELL BE WORKING AS THE DAIKU MARYUS HELMSMAN! GOOD TO BE HERE! Better. Daiyas a bit sad his friend ended up getting dragged into this, but is also glad to have him on board.
Ozmas watching on as we add more kids to the team, and Zechs suggests that he could always train them to alleviate his concerns. Ozmas figures it wouldnt do for a newcomer like him to try and drill the others, but Alice says he neednt worry about standing on ceremony with this group.
Case in point, Misatos happily introducing her baby to everyone. Shinjis still a bit shy, but Kouji tells him to come on over Quatre figures well all be great friends. Naoto himself is already a fan, amazed at how much ass Shinji kicked in the last fight Shinjis his role model now (that alone gets a smile out the kid).
Shizuru herself likes the new additions Shinji and Naoto are so cute, itd make anyone want to protect them. Did she give up on the older men of the team, Shizuka quips? The age gap might be a problem, mind. No, she didnt mean it like that.
Regardless, Shizuka didnt come here to have a laugh; she just wanted to check up on Shizuru, what with her having to learn how to work the Godannar, training Anna and whatnot. What, who does she think shes talking to? This is nothing to Shizuru!
Now, with how big LOTUS has been getting, Ishigami thought thered be a lot of people around who wouldnt know each other. So, he had an idea for something of an icebreaker: well have a biiig welcome party, and, as a little game, everyonell showcase their secret talents!
The whole events tonight, with Yui helping set it all up. Alice doesnt quite know how to make sense of the weird turn things took, and Ichitaka wonders if he could go with some card or magic tricks
Turns out JUDAs got a whole shopping center within the building as a way to allow company employees to find whatever they might need without having to go all the way into town, Miu and Yamashita explain. And Ichitaka sees that theyve got stores of pretty much everything, from regular groceries to luxury items.
That makes this the perfect place for folks to find stuff with which to showcase their skills:
- Rachels looking for some makeup and silver shoes;
- Juzo wonders if he and Michel should buy some BB guns to show off, but that ideas a no-go. Something they showcase every day wouldnt be a SECRET talent, right?
- Hey, Alto, Puria pokes him, dont ya think this Miniskirt Cop costume would look real good on ya? NO WAY IN HELL! Hes not wearing that!
- So, Shizuna needs a spangled suit, a bowtie and a paper fan
Is she gearing up for a Manzai show, Naoto asks? Gaah, howd he know?! Boss says its not that hard to guess with what shes buying. Rrrgh, crap! Now Im gonna have to think of something else! Come on, Izuna! she stomps off, but Izuna has a question: isnt their Manzai routine pretty much the only thing they have to show?
- Megumis found a few shurikens to use, so now she just needs something to throw them at. Yagyuu herself has her lightning-fast iai strike, but what can she cut? Maybe a carpet?
- Kouichi thinks everyones taking this WAY too seriously, but Yamashita and Rachel say no! Hows he going to make it out there with that wishy-washy attitude?! W-Well, whats Yamashita doing, then? Thats classified info, though he already has everything he needs. Kouichi might have a way out, though, as Emi approaches: could he help with her presentation?
: Okay, lets kick off our welcome party for the newcomers to our LOTUS family! And Id like to begin with a toast to everyones health and LOTUS success Cheers!
: *Chug, chug, chug* Haaaah! Whoo! Now this is living!
: Now how about we start with our talent show?
: Guess Ill go first, then! I can recite all the stations in the Tokaido railway by heart! Tokyo, Shinbashi, Shinagawa, Kawasaki
: All the stations prior to the Second Impact ? It takes quite the expert to pick that.
: Were up next! Lets rock!
: OK! Hello, there! Im Izuna!
: And Im Shizuna! Were twins, but we dont really go outta our way to look so much alike, see
: Still, every day someone comes over asking Are you the boy? Is Izuna the girl?
: Yep, yep.
: I guess its cause Im loudmouthed, always frowning and walking all awkward-like No wonder folks think Im a guy
: Yep, yep.
: Youre not supposed to agree with me, stupid! Flying Drop Kiiiick!
: Ooow !
: Daaaah! Jumping! Piledriver!
: Wh-What are they doing ?
: I think they decided to mix up Manzai with wrestling for something of a comedy brawl?
: Well, its something only someone with a Factors healing abilities could do
: Carrying on, weve Rachel Calvin versus Kosuke Kita! The genius girl versus the brilliant boy!
: Im winning this one, Kosuke!
: I say the same!
: Well be asking questions from the grad school world championship quizzes of the past ten years. First question: who is known for the discovery of superc
: Heike Kamerlingh Onnes!
: Correct! Second question: what diagram plots the absolute magnitude of sta
: The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram!
: Not bad, Kosuke.
: You, too. But this competitions just getting started!
: Theyre not even listening to the whole question before answering
: Ive the sinking feeling theyve memorized all questions ever given in those tests.
: What the Christ
: Lets keep going with sweet Emi Kizakis magic show! And assisting her will be our very promising rookie, Kouichi Hayase!
: Good luck, Emi, Kouichi!
: Yup, leave it to me!
: Good evening, everyone! For my trick today, Ill be sawing Kouichi in half!
: Ooh, the old sawed body trick ? Impressive!
: When did she get her hands on a prop that big ?
: No! As you can see, I am not using any props at all!
: W-Wait a sec, Emi! Arent you really gonna cut me in half if you go with that?!
: Dont worry. I saw this show on TV and, much to my surprise, the severed body was as good as new when they put the box back together.
: N-No, that was a trick! Emi, stop!
: Dang, Kouichis really selling it!
: Im not acting! SOMEONE HELP MEEEEEE!!
Some time later
: Howre things, Shinji? You settling in with the whole LOTUS ambiance?
: I am, yes. Everyones looking like theyre enjoying themselves, too
: Though I was a bit surprised that you guys have parties like this.
: You thought we were messing with you?
: Kind of
: Listen, our work here doesnt really allow for any screw-ups. Were expected to succeed, and if we dont, the whole worldll give us crap for it
: Most folks would probably say this isnt worth the hassle. But, still, no one else could pull it off only we can.
: Im quoting Mr. Ishigami here, but I think it shows what we are, and why breaks like this are needed.
: Here you are, Shinji. Having fun?
: Ah I am.
: Hmm, yes, youre sounding a lot more relaxed. Come on, then! Lets go party, party, paaartyyy!
: Guess you gotta, Shinji. Ill see you around.
: (Misato and LOTUS Theyre actually good people )
: (Ok, maybe I went a bit too crazy there Still, a big party like this is totally where peopled get like that. Y'know, being transparent and all.)
*Off they go.*
: Now that I think about it I dont see Reiji anywhere. Where is he?
: Whats up, Yamashita?
: Wah! Oh, its you, Alto. Dont sneak up on people like that. (Alto and Reiji have the same VA)
: I wasnt sneaking you werent paying attention. If it was Reiji
: Do you need something, Yamashita?
: Ah, Reiji! Where have you been? We got this whole party going on, and you ditch us like that?
: We've just received a message from Kiriyama Heavy Industries - an invitation for the unraveling of their newest prototype.
: Kiriyama ? Its a new Arma, then?
: I think so. The CEO, Eiji Kiriyama, was very vocal of how itd change the course of history.
: I should go and report this to Mr. Ishigami. Try not to take things too far tonight.
: Y-Yes, sir!
: ( If Eijis on the move, then )