Part 36: Mission 13 - A Reason to Fight - Part 1
And were back, Ichitaka having secured a rather comfortable lead up top while Quatre and Kenji remain tied. Ive yet to grown used to seeing Quatres face here.
On the money side of things, Daiya (weapons, HP, armor), the Nagahama duo and Dancouga took most of the rest (+1 to main stats).
Skill parts, Kenjis still hogging Infights, while I remain uncertain if I want to save my Gunfights for when Heero and Kira EVENTUALLY join, or if Ill keep handing those to Alto (whos already at L3). Maybe Ill give them to Shinji, since all but his knife and absolute strongest attack at ranged? Hmm
Kouichi, Shinji and Ichitaka are deploying as event units, so we adjust accordingly:
The mechanics are having breakfast and are hyped to get to work. They need to stay well fed too as, like Shizuka points out, the whole teamll be in trouble if theyre starved and down for the count. Johnny himself is also sharing the meal and finds it quite good hed like to get the recipe for it.
And with Team Ds arrival, Shibakusa has a warning to the other mechanics: see, theyll also be handling the Dancougas maintenance and the thing, like so many other mechs, has a bunch of black boxed bits. Meaning everyonell need to be extra-careful as they start tinkering with it.
Touko and the others are up for it, which is good as Kurara and the others cant really tell them anything about the stuff. Thats fine to Shibakusa it comes with the territory.
A girl walks into the dorm right then, though shes not another of Daiyas friends as Shizuka assumes. Its Ru Riruri, of course, the Dragons Hive psychiatrist and shes just been sent over to join the rest of Team D. Ruriruri? No, Ru Riruri!
Shibakusa scratches his head at another kid, but Ru says shes 15 years and 3 months old, so shes no kid! Regardless, she was planning on getting to work straight away and asks where the rest of LOTUS us. At school, Johnny points out, since so many of them ARE students.
A shame, since Ru had everything ready to start her work on Yamashita and Shinji especially indeed, Shizuka agrees that everyones been somewhat concerned for those two. Well, best Ru can do is wait by her office.
Cut to Ishigamis office, Emis just been informed that shes being assigned to the Daiku Maryu as an operator. Shes rather surprised by this, but Reiji says shes the only one who could take Yamashitas place handing the flow of battlefield intel; mind you, Yamashita isnt losing his job, but Reiji wants to take precautions in case we see a repeat of what happened last fight. Rachels sure Emi can handle it just fine, and the girl agrees.
While Kouichi ponders this shift, Goh apologizes for holding them both here theyll be rather late for class now. Still, Emi says this was important. Kouichi ask what shed like to do, as theyve already lost a chunk of todays class, but Emi still wants to experience as much as this worlds school as shes able to.
Kouichis still wrapping his head around the fact that shes from a parallel dimension, but his minds brought back to reality when Emi insists that he wont learn anything if he doesnt go to school.
Whats she getting at by that? Well, Ishigamis told her that boys, Kouichi included, lose touch with their humanity as they grow so Kouichi needs to work hard to use his intellect and maintain his reasoning and self-control! Indeed, Ishigami nods that, at the kids age, hes less of a human and more like a wild beast.
Could you please stop teaching her nonsense, Mr. Ishigami? Youre confusing her, Yui sighs, and, indeed, Emi doesnt understand how shes confused.
Over by the mess hall, Tetsuyas busily lecturing on how to deal inscrutable foes. Its advisable to make simple strikes, though that doesnt mean doing so haphazardly as our more melee-educated fighters know, its very important to manage your center of gravity.
Alto isnt melee-educated, but he knows the importance of your center of gravity when dancing and is very annoyed with himself that his mind always drifts towards that. Nagisa pokes him, asking what the connection between center of gravity and attacking is, but he tells her to ask Anna. The Goh Okusaer should handle more similarly to the Iczer Robo than his Valkyrie.
Well, she wouldve asked Anna but the girl is currently soundly asleep by her corner. Also tries shaking her awake, but all that gets is her wishing Goh a good day seems like even asleep, shes always thinking about her husband.
Michel and Tsubaki tell him to let Anna be, as shell likely be studying all this stuff during her regular training. Tetsuya himself sees no issue with letting her rest since shes been training extra-hard every single day. Yeah, he could hear them whispering and is not happy! 20 laps for everyone 5 for Naoto and Nagisa since theyre not military!
What, Kenji too?! But he didnt do anything! Theres no I in team in the battlefield, one persons mistake can lead to all their deaths! Boss groans that Tetsuyas spending too much time with Sakonji, but the man isnt picky of who he learns training techniques from if they work.
Well, Daiya wont complain and dashes out the door to do his laps. Naoto explains that hes been training a lot, so hes getting plenty strong Tsubaki suggests they get to it as well, as the sooner the laps are done, the sooner they can rest.
Cut to Neo Tokyo 3s middle school, Shinjis not really enjoying it too much. Misato said hed make new friends here, but all he got was a bit of chit-chat from random folks when they found out he was with LOTUS they dont really CARE about him as a person. Rei, now healed, isnt speaking much either.
And, after this, Shinjill have the same routine as yesterday: train, get a little pat on the back then hell likely have to fight, and be scared, again But his grumbling is cut short when a boy, Kensuke, comes over and asks him to come with for a bit.
Whats going on? Its Touji, who really, really wants to kick Shinjis ass some. Kensuke explains that his sister got hurt during the Angels attack; and while Kensuke himself figures it wasnt Shinjis fault, Touji doesnt really have anyone else to vent on, so
I I didnt even want to be piloting that thing, Shinji grunts, And I still did everything I could to protect this city ! Touji doesnt appreciate that and, yelling that Shinji didnt protect jack, knocks him to the ground.
Why did I get beat up just because I piloted the EVA ? And arent there so many people who can fight even if I dont do a good job ? Why do I even have to go through this ?
And the Misaki Middle School kids have just made it back to JUDA. Kouichi groans that Domyojis been going crazy with that Hayase Corps thing, and approached him today looking to put some big event together. Ichitaka figures its all good and, from what hes heard, hes looking at doing a party with Risako and Furuya (whove also joined the Hayase Corps).
This party talk is sounding too much like Ishigami for Kouichis taste hopefully Domyoji wont ask to make a crapton of sushi. On the flip side, Miu comes in and she thinks all that sounds like fun. Yamashitas also came back with her, and Ichitaka asks if hell be coming for todays later training session? He thinks he and Alice have been getting pretty good!
Unfortunately, no, Yamashita passes on it ask Miu to spar and takes off then and there. Hes not as bummed out as he was yesterday, but Kouichi can see that hes far from better. Thats no surprise to Ichitaka, of course, considering everything Reiji said.
Miu herself wonders if hell be alright, as shes never seen him like this. Have they known each other for long? Yes, though they didnt speak much back then: I was with him at JUDAs medical institution before we became Factors. It was only kind of recently that we actually started talking to each other.
And what was she doing in a medical institution? She tells Kouichi that she was really hurt after an accident, and it was JUDA that treated and helped her recover to full. Her fighting with a Machina has been sort of how shes repaying them for all that.
Emi presumes that Yamashitas bound to have some story like that as well
By the Dannar Base, Lunas relating that a batch of MSs has gone haywire and its looking like the things got jacked by Mimetic Beasts! Sounds unbelievable, but Kiriko posits that theyve evolved to develop this ability, just like that one before with jamming capabilities.
None of the Mimetic Beasts fought 5 years ago, in the War of Giants, had any skills like that, so the only explanation is that the survivors have been adapting themselves to better fight their natural enemy humanity. The speed with which theyve evolving is mindboggling to Yotsuya.
Regardless, Luna says that the batch of haywire MSs fled from an Earth Alliance base in North America and was headed towards Japan we should be careful. Kiriko thanks her for the info, and will pass it on to JUDA. Heres hoping the Mimetic Beasts are done evolving.
Kouichi finds Yamashita sitting by himself, and takes a seat nearby. Hey, why did he become a Factor? Well, that came out of nowhere. Still, Kouichi heard of how he was hospitalized at JUDA and stuff.
Yamashita confirms: I was born with really crummy health I went through a bunch of treatments, but, in the end, becoming a Factor was the only way I could survive. So hes also doing this to repay JUDA for helping him?
Somewhat, but theres something else: When I was undergoing treatment, one day I saw Reiji piloting and that made me want to be like him, Yamashita ponders. I wanted to be strong enough to stand rock solid even with no one else around to be strong like him
Still, hes ever grateful to what Ishigami did to him its the only reason why he gets to enjoy high school nowadays. Wait, HIGH school? Yeah, hes a freshman. Th-Then, hes one year older than Kouichi? He was sure the guy was at the very least the same And hes been acting all casual-like with him, dropping his honorifics and stuff. For shame!
Yamashita doesnt mind that at all, of course, but Kouichis now reflexively appending honorifics; he tries making small talk, but his newfound formality doesnt feel right to Yamashita. Bah, everyones worrying too much about me just because I got a bit bummed out, he grumbles. Listen, Im fine already, so you guys can chill. Alright?
Well, Kouichis relieved to see him getting back to his usual self which only makes the formality all the more irksome. What did Kouichi eat that made him such a mother hen?
Oh, dont say that. What kind of a man do you take me for? Kouichi balks; A stupid one, thats what, Yamashita fires back Im just kidding. Thanks, Kouichi; I am feeling better now.
Some time later, words gotten around that Yamashitas doing better. Thank goodness, as it was really hard for Nagisa to watch a friend hurt like that still, she thinks Reiji could stand to mull over how he gets his point across.
Either way, Ichitakas off to try and convince Yamashita to spar with him one more time. When Hyouma asks whats gotten him so gung-ho, he says watching how hard Annas been working kind of lit a fire under him.
Kouji just hopes Anna wont take things too far.
Speaking of, Anna and Shizuru are in the hangar and it all sounds rather sexual (as youd expected from Godannar; but I am nothing if not professional, damn it!).
Things are going a bit too fast for comfort for Anna. Theyve only just started, though; its a bit strange because its her first time shell get used to it. Its not that simple, though Ah
See that, Anna needs to pay attention. But its so sensitive Dont be scared now time to take things up a notch! No, wait! She cant handle this! *CRAAAAAAAAAAASH*
Yeah, it was the simulator and Annas just caused her Plasma Drive to explode. In real life, shed be dead now, Noin says. Seems to Goh that shell need more time before shes fully acclimatized to the Goh Okusaers Drive.
Its like trying to play the piano and cook at the same time, Anna grumbles. If she cant handle it, Noin figures they can always ask Mira to take her place. NO, shell do it! SHELL BE FINE! Shouldnt she take a break, at least? No!
Shizuru objects that overextending wont make her learn this any faster, but Anna says shes doing so such thing. This is all I have left If I cant do it, then I wouldnt deserve to be here! she proclaims.
Noin likes what she hears, and asks if Shizurus good to keep going. Who do you think youre talking to? Ive been piloting since you were a child, Shizuru boasts. Hah, apologies then theyll start over from the Level A program!
So off they go, and itll be a while: Annas movements lack control, and the only when the pilots flying well will the machine move well. Furthermore, she needs to keep her flow of energy under control. Goh watches on, quietly wishing Anna good luck and apologizing to Shizuru this is all he can do while grounded, and hes not happy.
But the alarm starts sounding, Yui informing that the Mimetic Beast-hijacked MSs have just been spotted on radar. Noin tells Goh to board the Daiku Maryu while everyone else gets ready to launch.
The fact that the things developed the capacity to hijack MSs bothers Shizuru, but Annas sure theres no enemy we cant beat if we work together!
Cut to NERV, Rei and the EVA-00 have officially been handed over to Misatos care the Daiku Maryu should be coming over soon, so theyll leave when it gets here. While they wait, Ritsuko asks how Shinjis doing. Misato tells her not to worry, as there are plenty of kids his age with LOTUS: shed like to think that those fellow teenagers will manage to help him out.
And Shinjis certainly not doing so hot after his run-in with Touji, back in the simulator and mumbling his Target in the center, pull the switch chant over and over. Getting beat by a classmate during his first day in the new school isnt great, and Ritsuko wonders if the security teams doing their job. Misato confirms they are, yes.
Mind, Shinji didnt get hurt too badly, and she figures they shouldnt intervene in his personal life if they can avoid it. The issue here is that the kids more problematic than she anticipated, and Ritsuko sees what she means: it could be than Shinjis simply not suited towards making friends.
She compounds her point by pointing at the Hedgehogs Dilemma: even if a hedgehog wants to snuggle with another for warmth, the closer they get, the more their thorns hurt one another. The same applies to humans in general, and Ritsuko ponders that Shinji may be unwittingly keeping others away in order to avoid that pain. Still, dealing with all that is part of growing up.
But this conversation will have to wait, as the alarm sounds: Maya reports an unknown being spotted, with a Blue Analysis Pattern. That means the next Angel has come, so Misato orders everyone ready to launch.
Rei quietly confirms, even shes saying more than Shinji is. Misato says LOTUSll be here soon and asks him to lend a hand with protecting Neo Tokyo 3; the best answer she gets is an Understood. Not looking good.
Mission 13 A Reason to Fight
: (Why am I piloting this thing again? Im even being hated because of it )
: Intel sent by HQ tells that those MSs hijacked by the Mimetic Beasts are apparently also headed this way. All in all, we might have an ambush in our hands, so everyone make sure you dont get tunnel vision with the Angel.
: Psh, talk about a heavy workout to have after lunch.
: Well, I figure youll be fine if youre making jokes about it.
: Emi, this will be your first real engagement. How are you feeling?
: Im fine, maam, and happy to be here.
: The 5th Angel has entered the combat zone!
: Here it is !
: And we dont even know how useful the data from the previous Angel will be against this one. What an annoying enemy
: Hey, Shinji. Youre gonna have to finish this one off too, so show us what you got!
: Target in the center, pull the switch Target in the center, pull the switch Ill try my best.
: And heres our first official fight as part of LOTUS. Get your head in gear, Aoi!
: All four of us also need to bring our A-game for this!
: Yeah, this isnt your everyday enemy!
: Alright, I hear you! Now lets go wild!
Take out the 5th Angel, dont lose Shinji, Rei, Kouichi, Ichitaka OR any ship. Quite the list of guys to watch over, but they are all very survivable provided you bring in your ships to bait Shamshel. If you dont, hell likely tear Shinji a new one!
And, same deal with Sachiel, we cant really take the thing out until we get a morale boost, so well instead work towards the sure-to-arrive Mimetic Beasts send everyone due west. Its quite the long trek, so youre advised to at least have your land-bound units hitch a ride aboard a ship.
Shamshel, the 5th Angel
A.T. Field (Strong)
30% HP and EN Regen
Same deal as Sachiel, though it exchanges slightly less range for more everything else. Bait it to follow your group with the ships and, once your morale is good enough, swarm and destroy.
Evangelion Unit #00 (Rei Ayanami)
Support Defense L2
Attack Combo L1
Squad Bonus: Armor +100, HP +500, Money Earned +10%, Land Terrain Rating = A
This might well be Reis best outing in SRW, and simply because the devs understood what players will have her be 99% of the time: a defensive support. Shes tough as no ones business and makes an absolutely perfect partner for pretty much any Super.
Repair Module gives her a 10% regen to the squad, the armor and HP bonus further bolster her group (if the leader is focus-fired, she can support defend to all but certainly no-sell any attack that isnt a boss) and the cash bonus means you can use that extra bulkiness to send someone forward, tank-kill everything and rake in.
Her only weakness is that the #00 lacks in attack range (best is 1-3, with her rifle), but Im still inclined to say that shes the best defensive support in the game.
As everyone moves onward, I have Shinji and Rei unplug from the nearby building and switch to this power station over here.
And Shamshels already taken the bait.
Heres its only attack it HURTS.
From the cliff-face on the northern edge of the map
: Woow! This is 100% awesome! It was so worth stepping out the shelter to come here!
: Look, therere the Machinas and the Macross! And a bunch of other mechs I never even seen before! Aah, someone pinch me!
: Least youre clear bout what you like
: Listen, weve no idea when thered be another attack, so we couldnt let this chance slip by!
: Psh, guess not And the new guys piloting that purple thing with the horn?
: Yeah, thats the Evangelion Unit #01!
: Then I reckon well see if hes actually busting his ass to protect this city.
: The Earth Alliance?! They must be here to help us!
: Easy there, Naoto. Whats the read on them, Shizuru?
: Were detecting Mimetic Beasts Looks like those are the jacked MSs.
: They got here pretty fast, didnt they? I didnt know Mimetic Beasts could be in a rush.
: Seeing how they can now hijack units, we should presume that theyve developed other unknown skills. Exercise extreme caution, people!
: But remember that the priority target is still the Angel.
: OKAY! Lets get to work!
Since Shinji and Rei are already there, theyll be leading the charge.
By the by, none of these mooks will ever pop either of the EVAs Fields (when they manage to connect).
Kenjis the only one who gets in attack range, and he finishes Shinjis target.
Reis a VERY tempting target for the enemy AI, which is annoying with her short range. She weakens a handful, but most mooks are too far away.
By the by, these mooks are called Fat Boys.
Hyouma and Shizuna take a kill.
There are a handful of dangerous mooks here in the form of sniping Zamza-Zahs, but theyre far behind enemy lines. Considering how bulky they also are, making a beeline for them with low morale is risky.
So well just grin and bear it.
Reis weakened mooks make for easy kills at least our moralell rise pretty quickly.
Ozma, as always, is leading the charge, so Zechs hops into the command aura to follow up.
Following that, Alto and Iczer-1 each take a Windam.
Finish this one off, why dont you.
: Take a look, Anna. Ill show that no matter how hard you try, you cannot surpass me as a pilot!
Kenji, Rei and Shinji each pick and destroy a Taurus.
Seems I brought Daiya a bit too forward, and the Zamzas didnt like that they all converge on him.
It leaves him hurting a bit, but nothing he cant handle (he at least hits back twice as hard).
And the weakened mooks fall in droves: one for Quatre, Shizuna, Hyouma, and Noin. Shinji and Aoi, meanwhile, are cleaving through the MSs left and right (each takes three kills), as they can oneshot them even in regular hits.
Hey, thanks, Lulu still needs some levels.
Well just be one level short of her learning Bless by the time this mission ends.
: Ah! Thats!
: Yes, it is! The Straybird!
: Yuu! My bro!
: Thats the bot Ichitaka told us about?
*Ichitaka moves by the Straybird.*
: Bro, did you find the No, wait, thatll have to wait weve a bunch of enemies over there! Lend us a hand, alright?
: Haruno, Im sure we can defeat the Angel and the Mimetic Beasts with your help
: Is this all the resolve you have?
Yuu: Haruno, are you ready?
Haruno: I am, Yuu. Lets begin
Yuu: See now how weak you are !
Haruno: Shifting into the Imaginary Road.
Yuu: Here I come, Ichitaka !
Haruno: So that really is all it amounts to with Alices support?
Alice: Haruno, what are you doing ?!
: Urk! B-Bro?!
: What the, a sibling rivalry now?
: Ichitaka your fighting days are over.
: Wh-What are you doing, Yuu ?
: You two cant make proper use of the Rushbird. Youre an amateur as a pilot and Alices AI is nothing but lacking.
: Haruno, what do you mean?
: Were telling you to surrender and hand over the Rushbird. Surely you can presume that much.
: We cant do that, no way! I need the Rushbird!
: Then I guess were done talking.
: If you wont accept our terms then well have to take it by force.
: Wh-What the hell are you thinking?! Theres an Angel right there! If you dont know what that is, we can tell you!
: I told you: were done talking.
: All units, the Straybirds a threat to our current operation. You are to treat it as you would any other enemy and thats an order.
: I guess theres no other way around it. Humanitys hanging on the knifes edge here, so anyone who gets in the way has gotta go.
: You Youre telling me to attack?! Just give me one more chance to talk to him!
: They themselves have declared that they wont parlay with us.
: Still, I know theres something going on with him! You cant tell me to just take him out!
: Nagumo, can you even afford to worry about others right now? The Straybird has got its sights fixated on you.
: If youve got time to mull over nonsense, then pull yourself together and focus on the task at hand!
: And if you cant do that then leave. LOTUS has no place for those who cant fight.
: R-Reiji !
: Heey! You cant talk to him like that!
: This is not the time, Hayase!
: Oh, no, Im saying it! Ichitakas always took Yuu as a brother-figure and hes worried about him!
: Are you really so thickheaded that you dont get what it feels like to care and worry for your family?! Thats not something you can just tag as nonsense!
: Or maybe someone like you cant feel the pain of others too?!
: Eliminating the Angel is our top priority. All troops are to form up around the #01.
: Heey! I was giving you crap, you know!
: Yes, I could see that.
: Psh Fine, then Ill handle this! Ichitaka, you absolutely cant take out your brother or, rather, that crazy Prof.s grandkid!
: Just fight him and look for a way to wrap this up without dropping the guy! Lets show him what our justices all about!
: Sorry And thanks, Kouichi!
: But how will we go about this ? The Straybirds performance is beyond my ability to process.
: Then well think of something together!
: Yeah, didnt the lesson go that melee hits are good when youre fighting someone and dont know what tricks hes got?
: Pretty sure he was talking about enemies with barriers and special armor, numbskull!
: No thats not a bad idea actually. Its a lot easier to kinda hold back a punch than a shot!
: Still, its gonna be real tough pinning that guy down while dealing with the Angel.
: That doesnt sound like you, Mister. Those who dont give up always win, right? Youre not going to be saving your dad from the Darius with that wimpy attitude.
: Dick Yeah, youre right. The second you give up, then its all over!
: Get to it, people! Dont make the same mistake I did!
: But be very careful, everyone! The Straybirds speed is extraordinary!
: Here I come, bro !
So now we got two bosses to deal with, but I reckon this is enough for today.
Rest of the mission is nearly done, so keep an eye out for it tomorrow.
See you all then!