Part 33: Mission 12 - Prologue
Were back, and our top aces arent looking too different: Ichitakas got a small lead, though Kenji and Quatre and trailing right behind.
On the upgrades side of things, Im still playing catch-up with the SMS crew. At the very least the main units now have a pip in their weapons.
For squads, all the Linebarrel mechs and the EVA-01 are event deployments, so we shift a couple thing around. Ichitaka and Quatre team up, while Tetsuya Kouji gets stuck with Jun (it seemed appropriate). Everything else is the same:
Off we go.
We open up in the Quarter, where Alice just checked Sheryls old room and found it so very dusty. Michel says they havent really had time to clean up since the girl left, but Alice isnt having it: this must be cleaned!
The maid side of her AIs flaring up, Quatre sees, and she wants to get started straight away. And, no, she needs no assistance! Well, alright, but Michel asks that she let us know if Sheryl forgot anything around here.
OK! Now, lets see Disorderliness level, confirmed. Room, IDed Engaging! Alice proclaims and gets to work. Seems to Michel and Quatre that all the combat exposure is having an effect on her maid AI.
Later, by the dorms, Ichitakas running for his and Kouichis first return to school in a while. As the two rush out, Quatre will also be tagging along not only did the paperwork for his transfer not get processed yet, Emill also be attending the Misaki Middle School now. So, hell be following as her bodyguard.
Itll be her first time going to school in this world, but Quatres certain she just needs to do as she did when getting together with LOTUS and shell get along with everyone quick. Shinji, however, wont be coming with; hes already moved to another school and, more importantly, hell be undergoing pilot training today. On that subject, Misato comes over to pick him up.
With him gone, Rachel confesses to be a bit worried about Shinji: while no one expects folks be 100% adapted to this from the get-go, something still seems off with him. Like he keeps this wall around himself.
Her train of thoughts interrupted when Alice arrives shes finished, and is so happy that she got to do some real cleaning after so long. That said, she DID find something in Sheryls room and is looking for Michel to hand it over. Hes likely at JUDAs mall, Rachel figures, since he mentioned going shopping with the SMS crew.
And, indeed, theyve just finished, though Ippei grumbles it wouldve been way faster if Megumi didnt insist on browsing around some fancy stores. She was just looking, though, so shush: they still wrapped things up in time. And Klan suggests he accept the fact that some girls like window-shopping.
Michel has a laugh at Ippei getting schooled by her, though shifts his sights to Alto: whats he doing on his phone? Just some pre-briefing stuff. Hmhmm and here Michel was, so sure that he was trying to get in touch with Ranka.
Alto grunts that the girls too busy with her work to be easily reached on her cell. Why not send her an e-mail or something, then? Or would the content be too risqué? Something he wouldnt want the armys censors to see?
As Alto denies it loudly, Alice finally catches up to them. She has something she wants to give Michel (hint, hint). Klans mind immediately runs wild, and she demands an explanation what exactly would he be taking of Alices?!
Calm down; its just about her cleaning the Quarters rooms. Klan breathes a sigh of relief, and hurries out along with Alto and the others. Now, Alice found something that she figured belongs to either Sheryl or Grace: a medicine capsule. Luca had told them that the girl was taking some meds, though the brand, Witch Craft, isnt anything Michels seen at the Frontier.
From Alices professional opinion, the med looks rather strong to be commonplace stuff maybe its a Macross Galaxy brand? Michel takes it and will see if he cant run an analysis to see what it is. Alice appreciates it as, while it may be strange for an android to say this, she has a bad feeling about it.
: Stealth disengaged. We finally have a lead on them.
: Yeah !
: The island ahead might be a vanguard base for the professors kidnappers. And even if it isnt, we should find some sort of clue in there. Lets get going.
: (Id call it a win if we could at least figure our why they took gramps )
: Therere plenty of them.
: And it makes no difference for the two of us.
: Right, no one can stand up to us and the Straybird... Engaging.
: Well deal with the remaining ones next.
: Hold on. Im detecting something
: A new model?
: Still, nothing to make us falter.
: Oh, now this is nice. The Imperial has just been completed and its debut battle is against him? Excellent.
: Take a look, Prof. Grife: youve front-row seats to the battle between your grandson and the unit your genius helped perfect.
: Your Excellency, do you wish us to continue analyzing his brainwaves ?
: I believe we can skip that for today. This is such a special little show we should let the Professor have the full experience, no?
: Well start with the new one, then. Here we go.
: Roger !
*Yuu gets tossed waaaay back.*
: Wh What ?!
: It read us like an open book ?!
: Not just That unit outguns us by a whole lot !
: Thats harmonie préétablie at work. There was no other way for this to end.
: Can you hear me, little Yuu?
: ! Youre my grandfathers kidnapper ?
: It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Please refer to me as Mr. President, if you would.
: Why did you take him ?
: Im afraid thats not for you to know. See, this bout just now proved that you two dont amount to new Potential.
: Hmm but if you still want answers, I more than welcome you to grow stronger and try again. Of course, do note that depending on your actions, you may as well consider the Professors life to be forfeit.
: Stop being cryptic and get to the point What do you want ?!
: Thats all for you to think very hard and figure out.
: What will you do, then? Where, exactly, is the Potential that could save dear Prof. Grife, I wonder ?
: Urk !
: Your Excellency, regarding the Imperials mass-production
: Weve run plenty of tests, and the results are quite excellent. I say you may go ahead with it. And now
On the way to school, our folks run into a startled Risako where have Kouichi and Ichitaka been? They havent come to school since Yajimas funeral! Quatre tries getting her to calm down, but she was also worried about his absence. What happened? And what about this girl thats with them, the one who was shacked up with Kouichi?!
As Emi stutters a bit, and Risako lets out a deep sigh. The three of them vanish from school, and, when next she sees them, theyre bringing along Kouichis girl shes feeling SO left out, and now even Quatres taking part in it!
P-Please, shes got it all wrong
Heey there, Risako! Lookin pretty cute today! this guy yells and walks over and, yo, this new girls pretty cute too. She a friend of hers? Risako stomps that she doesnt know the girl and tells him to ask Kouichi.
And she runs off then and there. Oh, well! Hey, there, miss! Mind telling me your name? Emi Kizaki, and he is? The guy with C- grades, A+ moves, and a masters degree in love: Makoto Domyoji, at your service.
Now, Kouichi hasnt been around of late, but he was kicking all sorts of ass before, no? Domyojis heard how, from one day to the next, Kouichi got strong as all hell, and he couldnt help but wonder: how strong exactly?
Crazy strong. Stronger than him? Damn straight wanna see for himself? Absolutely. Kouichi asks Emi, Ichitaka and Quatre to hang back a bit (and not to help, in the latters case). Quatres not too keen on this, but itll be fine: Kouichill just do enough to give this guy an idea of the extent of his strength.
Kouichi moves to punch him, and hes pretty fast... NOT! Domyoji dodges, counters and knocks the kid to the ground. It cant be ! Kouichis a Factor ! Emi gapes quietly, as Domyoji tells him to get back up wasnt he supposed to be strong?
As Kouichi tries and fails to connect a hit, Ichitaka turns to Quatre and asks what the hell. Hows he getting beat this badly? Well, Quatrell concede that Kouichis strength and speed are superhuman, but the way he attacks is
Kouichi gets knocked on his ass again, and Ichitaka understands: Kouichis approach is all brute-force, and its blowing up in his face. Indeed, that makes him very easy to read, though Quatres still very impressed with the ease Domyoji manages to counter him.
Domyoji does concede that Kouichis pretty strong and quick, but hes got no idea how to fight right. What a letdown. In that case Kouichi grunts, Ill show you my real power! Come! LINEBARREL!
Yes, he went there. The mech materializes right in the street, and Domyojis jaw hits the ground he told him he was crazy strong! Someone whos less-than impressed, however, is Emi: what is he thinking, calling the Linebarrel smack-dab in the middle of town?! Erm he wasnt really thinking there.
Theres one other thing, though:
: Yooo ! This is so awesome, Kouichi!
: This is that mech thats been all over the news, right? The one whos been protecting the whole world from terrorists ?
: And youre the big-time hero piloting the thing? For real?!
: I know that face Im right, right? Wow, I had you all wrong. I no, wait, we are gonna be your support crew!
: We ? You dont mean
: Yeah, I do: me, Emi, you and the transfer student here Quatre, right?
: (And me too ?!)
: Listen, I really wanna help. I consider it my responsibility as someone who knows whats what now!
: Domyoji You say that, but I get the feeling you actually want in just to have some fun.
: Not some! A whole LOT of fun!
: Hah Alright, sounds good! Youre in, Domyoji!
: Nice! You can count on me, Kouichi!
: (Wh-What just happened?! They were at each others throats a second ago, and now theyre friends just like that?!)
: Well do whatever we can to help you out We are the Hayase Corps!
: Well, hey, that actually sounds like fun! Im in!
: And, of course, Ill be the Corps glorious leader!
: Alright, then come along with me! P.E.s up first, and were gonna tear it all up down there!
: Hell, yeah!
: Hold it right there, Kouichi!
: What about the Linebarrel? Youre the only one who can move it, and none of that explains what possessed you to call it here in the first place!
: O-Oh, I forgot about that
: You Youre positively despicable!
Cut to Kiriyama Heavy Industries, the boss himself is counting the enemy forces gunning for Earth the Cthulhu, Darius, Jama Kingdom, Mimetic Beasts and the Katou Organization and how humanity had to lay the duty of facing all those on LOTUS shoulders. Hed like to take this opportunity to thank our present representatives for our work.
But while he and his company do not doubt our capacity, it is simple fact that we cannot be everywhere at once what would happen if the enemies attacked across the entire world? We couldnt handle all that. And while the platoons of Armas that all nations deployed to face the Darius have been rather successful in their purpose, those are NOT strong enough to face the leaders of the Katou Organization or the Angels!
Ritsuko, also present, sniffs that he was the one who incited army to send Armas after the Angel, and wonders if it was to help him advocate the necessity of his prototype. Talk about shameless profiteering.
Regardless, even GREATER strength is necessary both to lift us from this dire situation and to protect the lives of the SDF soldiers on the field. It is with that ardent wish in his heart that he now unveils his new model fruit of a wholly new design philosophy: the HFX-19 Jinrai!
Yamashita seems impressed, while Reiji watches in silence, and Kiriyama proclaims that hes set up a mock battle with the current Arma models the SDF uses as a means to showcase their capacity. Well see just how HUGE the difference is between them.
And, indeed, the things tear the old Armas apart. Ishigami and Yotsuya see that Kiriyama's boasts are well founded.
Meanwhile, back at JUDA, Shinjis running the simulator and wants Misato to up the difficulty a bit. Well, arent we eager today? Not really: But I think this is what Kouichi and Ichitaka would do, he says. Fair enough, and Misato wont say no, as the sooner they can get Shinji acclimatized to the EVA, the better.
As he goes on, Noin ponders the new kid: there are a lot of unknowns surrounding him. Tetsuya (Tsurugi) agrees, noting how hes only been into combat once, and how, when he beat the Angel, hed lost consciousness.
Misato adds that piloting an EVA involves an extremely particular process. With that, shed like to ask that the two drill instructors wait a bit before taking Shinji under their wing. Noin is very fine with that, as she couldnt come up with a training regimen for someone whos yet to grasp the basics.
Inwardly, though, Misatos ill at ease: the abruptness of how the Third Child was chosen, the Angels attack happening around the same time almost as if in sync and the order to transfer the #01 to LOTUS despite the fact that another Angelll come soon So much feels out of place here.
While Shinji, in the sim, recites Target in the center, pull the switch, another thing Misato didnt expect is that he came up to her and willingly said he would pilot the EVA. Lets just hope things will continue to go as smoothly.
Our groups just returned from class, and Kouichis getting accosted by Rachel. What kind of idiot is he to summon the Linebarrel just because he lost a fight?! And she was in the middle of servicing the thing, too! Kouichi apologizes, though Shizuna has revised her opinion on his stupidity for the worse.
Quatre chalks it up to the kid not liking to lose, and while Goh says thats a good thing, he still ought to use his head a bit more. Kouichi apologizes more. Gohs one to talk, Anna quips, reminding how often he goes ballistic if hes backed against a wall when fighting granted, now he cant fight AT ALL.
Foot in her mouth, Anna says shes sorry and silently kicks herself for not thinking before saying stuff, especially when she knows how much Gohs hurting. Worse, the guys also silently drawing the conclusion that Anna wants Goh, the pilot.
When Miu asks, Quatre explains that while Emi came back with us, Yui called her up to work on some combat data. Rachel very much likes Emis work: its fast and its reliable, so it helps the mechanics keep our units perfectly tuned.
The door then opens: Excuse me, Id like to speak with Kouichi Hayase of LOTUS, says Hisataka Katou (!) himself. As everyone flips out over the enemy boss turning around, he also introduces his comrades Masaki Sugawara and Wufei Chang, which he figures will make for quite the emotional reunion for Quatre.
As the Wing boys glare at each other, Kouichi demands to know what their enemy is doing here. Can he imagine the reason why, Katou wonders. How the hell could he make sense of whatevers going on in their heads?! Well, thats not good at all, thinks Katou, as the power of imagination is at the root of life itself.
Imagination allows one to predict outcomes, to figure out what is or isnt within your capacity, to plan for the future. Those who lack that capacity are no different from livestock in a pen. Kouichi and Ichitaka yell out a what are you on about in unison, and Katou tells them to imagine. Indeed, only with imagination will one be able to survive the coming era.
Quatre turns to Wufei and asks if he shares in this guys vision is that why he joined his Organization? Wufei says his views are the same theyve ever been this is a struggle for JUSTICE, and, moreover, he has not capitulated to the Katou Organization. What does he mean by that, Goh interjects, as the boss himself named him a comrade.
Hmph Ive nothing to say to a man who wont fight, Wufei sniffs, and Anna quickly gets in his face. Who the hell does he think Goh is?! Wufei tells her to shush, though, as this isnt the time or place for her man to speak his mind. If shes a pilot, she should understand what that place is.
Back to Kouichi, he still doesnt know what Katous here for. Did he sneak in just to make this insane speech? No, Im here for the Linebarrel, he says levelly. Time and again weve tried to capture the Linebarrel. However, in the meantime, you have been developing as a Factor capable of unleashing its abilities Which is why, as a sign of respect, I have come here to meet with you in person.
Katou signals Masaki to give him that, bringing out a suitcase. A bomb?! Katou tells Shizuna that it is nothing so boorish just a simple gift. The case is filled with Castella cakes! Oh, but would Kouichi and the others worry about eating something presented by the enemy? Thats fine, hes more than willing to take a bite of one its pretty good!
Psh, like hell Kouichis scared of anything! He grabs one to eat Hrk! Aah, its spicy! Is Is this curry flavored?! Anna also takes a bite and, indeed, theyre all curry flavored. Not exactly what Kouichi imagined, is it? While its outward appearance is of sweet pastry, the contents arent limited to what we see.
The moment one forgets to imagine, the world grinds to a halt. Kouichi ought to be more observant, more inquisitive, and more contemplative. And Katou shall provide him with the information he needs: imagine, with your very own brain, what the future will look like.
What the hell is wrong with these guys? What are they after?! To conquer the world, Katou immediately answers. Now pay attention: all of the Machinas, Linebarrel included, in the hands of JUDA or the Katou Organization, as well as the tech used to restore this planets dead oceans following the Second Impact, are all byproducts of Over Technology that simply does not exist in this word.
So where did it all come from? From a world in a different time and dimension. Our two worlds lie adjacent to one another, amid a recurring cycle of death and rebirth, each holding a unique history and never meant to interact. It is what we perceive as dark matter, and Katou and his peers call it the Highly Probable World. The high what now? Ichitaka cant even wrap his head around the name.
Regardless, the Machinas were sent here from that other world with the purpose of invading and, ultimately, subjugating it. As a matter of fact, the Katou Organization is meant to be the vanguard of that invading force Katou himself having come to this world to lead the effort. That is to say, from our point of view, Katou is a visitor from a different dimension.
Kouichi turns to Izuna and Shizuna did they know about all this? They all did, and were expecting Ishigami to tell him about it before long. Katou wants to make one thing clear, though: HE is the only member of the Organization that came from the Highly Probable World. All others are from this side, who simply share in his ideals.
Shizuna sniffs that he likely tricked them into tagging along, prompting Wufei to scoff at her womans rationalization. Whatchu say, fivehead?! You wanna say that to my face and see what happens?!
CARRYING ON, Katou notes that with the might of his world, conquering this one wouldve been an absolute walk in the park but there are a few special circumstances, certain steps that need to be taken. What does he mean? If you want to know more, then I ask that you join the Katou Organization.
Shizuna asks if the guys trying to scout them, but no his organization only needs Kouichi and the Linebarrel. Before any answer can be given, Rachel has a question for him first: what is the Linebarrel? It is clearly different from the other Machinas, in its D-S.O.I.L., its performance, abilities everything.
Of course it is: unlike the other Machinas, which are simply weapons of invasion, the Linebarrel was designed to be special from even the planning stage. Indeed, it was designed and constructed by a scientist known far and wide as a true genius: Amagatsu Kizaki.
Wait, Kizaki? Indeed, Emi, who came to this world with the Linebarrel, is his daughter. In other words, shes also a denizen of the Highly Probable World. That info hits everyone hard, and Kouichi has to ask: is she with Katou and his goons?
No, quite the contrary: Amagatsu opposed them, and Emi took up his dying wish and came here. Katou does wonder if someone being from the other world is all it takes for us to question their bona fides. What do we think about the Frontier Fleet, then? Because theyre ALSO all from the same world as Katuo isnt that right, Luca?
Luca steps out of hiding, and asks Katou to clarify as he only got here halfway through the conversation. Hmm, Katou expected him and the Frontiers brass to have already realized that they all share the same origin was he wrong? Or maybe keeping the sorry state of their homeworld under wraps is how things work on the Fleet?
Luca tries playing it cool, asking if he needs to answer that, but Katou quickly sees that he doesnt really know whats up. So hell give him a snippet of information to munch on: his group started taking action after the Frontier Fleed had already left Earth. When Masaki pokes him, though, he figures thats all hell say.
Thats good, because Kouichis already satisfied with the knowledge that Emi and the Frontier folks arent the enemy. Moreover, he would never join an invader from another world hell destroy Katou and his Organization as a CHAMPION OF JUSTICE! Katou has a laugh at that: what exactly is justice to someone like Kouichi?
Shut your mouth! You killed Yajima, so what makes you think youve the right to speak of justice?! Kouichi snaps, and him using the J word annoys Wufei. Are you implying that you have that right, then?
One way or another, Katou says this is good enough for today they will be seeing each other eventually, though. What, does he think he can just walk away from this? Absolutely.
Masaki gets on the phone and says that the commander is heading back. Right then, a ton of Armas emerge all around the place to cover the guys exit when did all these manage to get here?! Wufei says our vigilance was shoddy (even we could pull a stunt like this), but what Shizuna doesnt understand is why none of the alarms were set off. Kouichi Hayase, if you wish to know the actual meaning of justice, then youll come to the Katou Organization, Katou says and takes off.
As Kouichi fumes, Goh confesses that he never imagined the enemy boss would come to JUDA in person seems to Rachel that the power of their imagination is a whole lot higher than ours, then.
Still, Luca says that the silver-lining is we managed to attain some critical information and wonders if the Frontier government might know stuff about the Katou Organizations background that we dont. More importantly, says Ichitaka, if folks managed to come to this world from the Highly Probable one, then its likely theres a way for Luca and co. to find their way back.
Thats a matter for another time, mind, as Kouichi wants to chase after Katou right the hell now!
The group that went to Kiriyama have just returned, and imagine Yamashitas shock when he saw Katou Armas leaving the area. Reiji asks what they were here for, Miu and Goh telling him how Katou himself came to try and recruit Kouichi (Reiji goes silent upon hearing that).
Regardless, Luca wants to report all we heard to Jeffrey, Lulu and Ishigami, and Ichitaka asks him to note the glaring security cock-up that happened here. We need to figure out how they managed to slip in without anyone noticing. Reiji says hell go over it later, but, right now, he wants everyone ready to deploy.
Why the rush? Noin ponders that there mightve been more to this visit than what we saw, and, right on cue, Yui sounds the alarm: the Katou Organization is attacking an Alliance base at Vladivostok.
Ishigami notes that the troops that left here were headed that way too. While we dont know what theyre after, its possible both groups will join up there, so we need to head on over as well.
Izuna raises the point that the Alliance is kind of hostile to us, but Ishigami counters with the fact that our mission is to defend peace throughout the entire world. So even if the Alliance is the one being attacked, we have to prioritize pushing the Katou Organization back. Fair enough.
And I think thats quite enough for today. Oof!
The rest of the mission should be up in a couple of days.
See you then!