Part 37: Mission 13 - A Reason to Fight - Part 2
So now we need to reduce the Straybird under 30% - shooting it down is a game over. Thats not really a problem, since the bot has plenty of HP:
Straybird (Yuunagi Grife, HL-0 Haruno)
Well, what can I say? The Straybird is more offense-oriented than the Rushbird and is somewhat dodgy, though it has ABSOLUTELY no defenses worth mentioning. Its attacks are long range and will do more damage than anything weve fought thus far, mind, so come packing some sort of defensive spirit.
Yuus a pretty good pilot too, but his Skill list is so very gimped to (probably) showcase that he might not be as resolved to do this as he proclaims.
Regardless, hes quite far away from our main group, so Ichitaka will be spamming Accel and leading him over. In the meantime, the mooks have already been cut to half and the other half will follow these two turns the Zamza-Zahs are now top priority lest they MAPW us.
: Goh left the Dannar in my care I cant sully its reputation!
: I need to work twice as hard now that Goh cant fight!
: Time to show the results of my training with Shizuru and Noin!
Heres the dynamic finish for Iczer Robo Full Power while were at it.
And, hey, did you know that the Quarter also has a DK for when they use the
And now to deal with Yuu.
: Bro, work with us just a bit is what Id say, but I doubt youd listen.
: Yuu, Haruno, please! None of us want to fight you!
: If you dont, then get off the Rushbird. Its that simple.
: Sorry, Professor ! Im gonna have to get a bit rough with your Straybird for a sec!
Haruno: Get off the Rushbird, Ichitaka !
Yuu: It belongs to me !
Shinji supporting: I have to help Ichitaka !
Alice: Straybird, in sight!
Ichitaka: Were up against Yuu hes not just going to sit there and let us hit him!
Yuu: So this really is your best, Ichitaka ?!
: Hey! You think just because you really want the Rushbird that right and wrong dont matter anymore?!
: Your silence speaks volumes, you know!
: No, Im just not obligated to say anything. Were going.
: Copy that. Engaging via Variation C of the Anti-Combattler V pattern.
: So thats a speedy birdman bot? Gonna make for a good prelim to our rematch with the R-Daigun.
: That might be oversimplifying things, but I suppose more experience is never a bad thing.
: We cant let others gather data on us beyond whats necessary. Lets end this ASAP, Yuu.
: Well, its way easier to fight someone whos apathetic than the opposite. Here we go, guys!
: Were only after the Rushbird! If you dont want to get hurt, keep away!
: Weve no business with you.
: What, and Im supposed to shut up and do as told? That attitude tells me youre a real crummy big brother!
: Ichitaka always spoke a lot about you But if youll be a problem, then Im gonna have to beat you up! Dont make me!
: LOTUS Seems therere more bleeding hearts in their group than I thought.
: Hah! The stronger the enemy, the more hyped I get to rumble with em! Fly over here, birdie!
: Hes one of those who fights with his instincts?
: I confess that thats the sole subject I cant learn. Still, it could be worth our time to fight him.
: Hyouma, that unit has quite the superlative mobility! Keep your eyes peeled!
: Psh, you think Im gonna get slapped around by some rando coming out of left field? Hell, no!
: We should try and get some live combat data from this one. It could be useful to us.
: Fine, but only so we can take the Rushbird.
: This guy His moves are on par with Breras?!
: Meaning you just have to go at it the same way you did before. Dont slip up now, princess.
: Who are you calling princess?! And I dont need you reminding me to watch it!
: Why are you keeping quiet?! If you got stuff to say, then come out with it!
: If you dont, youll wind up doing something you cant go back on. And then youll regret it for the rest of your life !
: Talking wouldnt amount to anything.
: Thats a bunch of crap when you wont even give it a try!
: Please stay out of our way.
: Its you whos in the way move!
: We really cant manage them all at once
: Itll only get worse the longer this goes. We should try and end this in a single stroke.
: Output rising and stable.
*Yuu moves faaaar away.
: Whats going on? Is he running?
: No, hes not.
: I agree the guys gearing up for an attack.
: Then, Alice, gimme an estimate!
: Too late.
: Hrk! I couldnt even react to that!
: You lack the support of a proper combat AI, meaning every single move you make is flawed. You two cannot win against us!
: While youve been going about your everyday lives, weve thought only of saving the Professor!
: Their unit has massive speed and maneuverability for a manned model!
: I knew it Going easy on him is simply putting us in danger.
: Nagumo, you see how strong he is, right? Just let us take care of him as we should.
: Gch Is there really nothing I can do ?!
: No, dont throw in the towel yet!
: Its fine, Kouichi Taking a look at things, its clear that what Yuu said was right from the get-go.
: Oh, dont give me that! What do you want to do right now, huh?! Are you really fine with just calling it quits like this?!
: We gotta prove to Reiji that our justice isnt in the wrong, dont we?!
: Y-Yeah, youre right!
: Thats enough of your nonsense.
: Urgh ! But Im not gonna be able to do jack if I cant keep up with that speed of his...! Any ideas, Alice?!
: If we can close the distance with him in the time it takes to charge his attack, then
: That wont work hell just blast away to another spot!
: Lets end this in the next run, Yuu. Is that fine?
: Do it. Well break his spirit with this strike.
: Understood initiating charge.
: Alice, is it possible to control the Rushbirds barrier manually?
: Y-Yes, I can somewhat manipulate its energy absorption functionalities
: Then the only way I see for your unit to attain greater speed than the Straybird would be propelled via a high-pressure energy blast. According to my calculations, the Linebarrels Executor would be best suited for this
: Oh, I get it! If the barrier absorbs the thermal energy, leaving only the kinetic energy through, then !
: Now thats a wild and reckless plan I like it.
: Nice one, Kosuke thats why youre a legit genius! Lets do it, Ichitaka!
: Yeah! Time for the gamble of a lifetime!
: Whats up, Alice? Im gonna need you to handle the barrier, while I concentrate on bashing him into the dirt!
: But if I make any mistake in how I control the barrier, we could both end up dead
: If the barriers too strong, we wont get any extra speed and well be easy pickings for Yuu; if the barriers too weak, well be on the receiving end of the Executors shot. Even a specialist would find this difficult there is absolutely no way an amateur like me could do it !
: STOP WHINING!
: Its not about what you can, or cant do! You just have to do it!
: Take me, for example! Controlling the Plasma Drive is like trying to play the piano and cook at the same time, but Im doing it!
: (Control Parallelism associating Cooking Maybe like this, I )
: Understood. Many thanks, Anna. I Ill give it a go!
: (Stop whining She also said that to me before )
: Well, looks like everyones on the same page now. Lets get to it, then!
: Kouichi, keep the Executors output steady at 97% and fire on my signal, please.
: Gaah, I got my own set of limitations to work with too? Well, guess I better bring home the goods after acting all confident!
: Charge complete in T minus 8 7
: You two got this, Kouichi, Alice
: (Not too strong or itll burn, not to weak or itll be undercooked )
: Youre done.
: Now, Kouichi!
: HERE IT COMES!!
*Ichitaka's blasted towards the Straybird!*
Alice: Were closing in on the Straybird fast!
Ichitaka: Thanks a bunch, Kouichi! This is the resolve we have, Yuu!!
Alice: I wont be beaten either, Haruno!
Ichitaka: LIGHTNING FIST!
Yuu: What ?!
: We did it, Alice! Didja see that, Kouichi?!
: Hell, yeah, I did!
: It seems we underestimated them somewhat. We must retreat and reorganize.
: Hold on, bro! What What happened to the Professor?! Do you know anything?!
: Thats none of your business ! Next time we meet, I will be leaving with the Rushbird !
: Signal lost
: Easy come, easy go, I suppose
: Well need to discuss how well deal with him in the future we cant afford to do whatever strikes our fancy every time.
I enjoy the fact that the bots barrier actually has plot significance and isnt just a feature thats there. On the flip side, Kosuke, wouldnt it have been safer for everyone to have used, like, a Dankuuhou instead of the city-slicing beam sword? Or maybe had the Rushbird hitch a ride on the Great Booster?
Either way, weve another target to kill!
: This ones kind of like a giant protist And while its looking as tough as the last one, at least its better than the Vajra in that I can see its weak spot right there !
: Dont suppose theres a magazine with info on the Angels, right, Johnny? Some Mens UMAs Monthly or whatever?
: Im not subscribed to it, unfortunately, but they havent run any articles on the Angels anyway.
: The hell, thats an actual thing?!
: Whatever this is still just another mission for us. And were going to tackle it like the pros that we are!
: Think youre gonna weird me out with your freaky looks? Not happening!
: Ive had crazy stuff like ghosts and reptiles come my way, and I never even got chills while beating them to kingdom come!
: Kosuke! Is this Angels A.T. Field as strong as the last ones?
: Yes, it is. So when you go attack it, give it everything weve got!
: Dunno how proud you are of them super-sharp tentacles, but youre gonna learn that chopping Jeeg up dont mean squat!
: Target in the center And then
: Thats it, just like you practiced, alright?
: Haah, haah
: What kind of technique is that ?
: I-Isnt his fighting kind of all over the place? He was trained, right?
: You see a lot of recruits get like this. Normally, they wouldnt be allowed to sortie, but
: Eh? Whys the new guys bot all lethargic?
: Uh, oh Think its because of your punch?
: Z-Zip it, you!
: Daiya, it seems the Angels weapons are limited to his tentacles, but dont let your guard down! We dont know if it has other tricks up its sleeve!
: No idea what it might pull, huh? Heheh, now Im even more excited for this!
: Is it down?!
: No, we havent stopped it yet!
*Shamshel rushes forward.*
: Shinji, watch out! Evade!
*The EVA-01 is knocked north of town.*
: Shinji, are you alright?!
: The Umbilical Cables disconnected!
: The EVAs switched to its internal power supply!
: How damaged is the #01?!
: Nothing major its still functional!
: Hrrm !
*Shamshel goes after him again.*
: Captain, hes in big trouble!
: Ready the Piercing Zolmanium Bullets! Draw the Angels attention!
: Lulu, wait! Therere people right by the EVA-01 !
: AhAaaaah !
: Eeek !
!! Its !
: Shinjis classmates?! What are they doing there?! They cant engage with those two nearby!
*Shamshel steps over.*
: Why arent they attacking ?! LOTUS is just sitting there!
: They cant attack because were here !
: The #01ll be running out of energy soon!
: Shinji, bring those two into your cockpit! Pull back once theyre aboard and let Rei handle the Angel!
: Do you two hear me?! Get in inside the EVA, quick!
: G-Get inside ?!
: Hurry, Touji!
*In they go.*
: Wh-What the?! The things filled with water!
: Ooh, wheres my camera ?!
: Alright, theyre in. Pull back, Shinji! Rei cover him as best you can.
: Yes, maam.
: Hey, new guy, didnt you catch that?! She told you to run off!
: I cant run I cant run I cant run !
: Yow, he threw the Angel right off!
: The power an adrenaline rush at work, maybe?
: Thats enough, Shinji! Retreat via Extraction Route #34!
: (Fighting scares me and piloting the EVA even got me hated by others its awful.)
: (But running now would be even worse. Everyone here has it just as bad; and that girl, Ayanami, might also end up getting hurt again.)
: (If I ran, no one in LOTUS would accept me. Dad wouldnt either So I!)
: I cant run !
*Shinji charges after Shamshel.*
: Shinji, that was a direct order! Retreat! Shinji!
: The #01 only has a few seconds left of energy!
: The EVA-01s powered down.
: Weve confirmation that the target has been completely destroyed.
: Haah haah haah
: (Ikari Yave been this scared all along? And ya kept on fighting ?)
: Attaboy, Shinji!
: *Sniffles* aah
: H-Hey Shinji?
: LtCol. Katsuragi, recover the #01. The civilians need to be brought to safety, too.
: Youre right. Bring back the #01 immediately!
: Weve all enemies confirmed destroyed. I think we can shift back to yellow alert.
: Yuu Where did you run off to?
: Well, he sure wasnt like you told us. Even if he didnt want to work with us, I was real surprised when he started firing.
: First things first, we should leave the area and give room for the people to leave the shelters.
: Well guide both your ships into NERVs docks. It might be a bit cramped in there, but well be happy to have you.
: Roger that.
: Um Is Shinji alright?
: Physically, hes fine Less so mentally, though
: Speaking of, he was acting kinda weird today.
: Sorry about that. Hes just been through plenty.
: LtCol. Katsuragi, Id like to request permission for several pilots to enter NERV HQ.
: Hmm, I didnt run that by the Commander, so
: Permission granted.
: ( ! Commander )
: Youve my gratitude. Ill contact your people once were in.
: Heh So thats how it is.
: Eh? What is?
: Hey, that works for us! We can go and check up on Shinji!
: (Thats exactly why Reiji got us permission )
: (And it went right over the kids heads, huh?)
And, quickly now, here are the handful of convos we didnt get:
: Weve an Angel in our hands, so nothing but our strongest attacks will have any effect. Please be careful.
: You got it well throw everything we have at it!
: You guys wonder why the Angels are all coming to this fortress of a city ?
: Wonder later. We need to take it down before it does even more damage!
: Ill pave the road for you, Shinji! Back me up, Emi!
: Im not your private operator, so please dont get any wrong ideas about this!
: That said, I can appreciate the way youre trying to encourage Shinji. Paving a whole road Its wonderful that youd go so far for him.
: And you tell me not to get any wrong ideas but Ive no time to fire that back at her. In we go, Linebarrel!
: I reckon you thought you were gonna blindside us with these, but Im actually an old hand at fighting MSs! And Im ready to delivery your usual dose of death!
: Why did you ignore my orders up there?
: Im sorry.
: Not to mention how incredibly dangerous it was to fight with your friends aboard the EVA!
: I understand.
: This better not happen again, understand?
: Are you even listening to me?
: I am every word But what does it matter? Weve won. Ill pilot when you tell me to, and thats good enough, right?
: I dont really have a choice, anyway. I have to pilot the EVA thats the only reason why dad called me here. So, yes, Ill pilot. If thats what everyone wants, then thats fine with me.
: What about you? Is this what you want?
: I know Im not cut out for this and Im sure the others do too. Still, Ayanami was hurt, and you and dad
: Okay, stop! This doesnt have anything to do with anyone else! Whether you want to carry on piloting the EVA or not is a choice for you, yourself, to make.
: If you dont want to, then you can just leave. Youre free to go at this however you want, so do that.
: (Its my choice to make ? I )
: Apologies, but this is as far as you may go.
: I see Well, thank you for the help.
: Dang, I guess thats it for us. We cant look anywhere else.
: Wheres Shinji at, I wonder?
: That voice was it Kouichi? (Hes farther down the hall.)
: Yamashita finally got off his funk, and now we got Shinjis having his own problems
: Whyd you need to bring that up again, huh? And, FYI, I just got a bit shaken up from what Reiji said.
: Hes got a sharp tongue, thats for sure. Still, while he doesnt come out and say it, dont you think that he acts like that because he cares?
: Its said that Noin is so hard on her trainees because she doesnt want them to die. Im sure its the same with him.
: Speaking of, what about Shinjis dad? I dunno what to make of that guy and his blunt attitude.
: Must be the same case as the others, no? He wouldnt have let us in here otherwise.
: Yeah, the guys gotta be all tough cause hes the boss, but he still cant hide that he cares for his son.
: We dont really know whats going through his mind, but Id like to think that too.
: Well, it only makes sense, right? Every dad cares for their kid.
: (My dad cares for me ?)
: That said, I still dont think Reiji needs to talk to folks like that.
: Heey, Shinji! We were looking for you!
: You saved the day again. Guess we really do need you around to beat the Angels.
: But, I my classmates sister hurt in that other battle. And it was because I piloted the EVA
: Youre looking at this the wrong way, Shinji. Its because you piloted the EVA, that she only got hurt.
: Yeah. If you hadnt, everyone, including us, mightve wound up dead.
: Remember what I told you before? That the whole worldll give us crap if we fail, so it might feel that this work isnt worth the hassle?
: Were not asking you to gloss over past screw-ups like Kouichi does, with that time he tore through a town but at least dont torture yourself over it.
: Seriously, he was downright mean that day, calling us all phonies and whatnot.
: Sh-Shush, you two ! I do regret all that, and Im trying to make up for it, OK?!
: Still, in my opinion, its actually very good that youre thinking of the people who got hurt and the things that got destroyed.
: Youre wrong all this time Ive just been scared of getting hurt while fighting !
: I dont understand how youre all willing to fight with someone like me
: Because that doesnt matter.
: What do you want to do, Shinji?
: I I..
: I want to stay with you ! Ill pilot the EVA and make my dad !
: Then that makes you part of our crew.
: Okay !
By the command center, Fuyutsuki ponders Shinji acting beyond what was predicted (they seemingly expected that). Might it be due to the variable? Still, Gendou says all that did was accelerate the Schedule next, theyll push him to get a bit closer with Rei. The plan is still the same.
These poor children, their fates lying predetermined face a hitherto unseen script, Fuyutsuki sighs. How cruel it all is.
Maya reports to Misato that Shinjis friends have been examined and are ready to be sent home. That said, before they left, they asked to speak with Shinji.
The kids surprised to hear that, and Daiya wonders whats up. Didnt one of those guys punch him a few hours ago? Well, we might as well go together and if they try running their mouth again, Kouichis got a few choice words for them!
: Huh? Punch you?
: Yeah, and dontcha hold back or I aint gonna feel right.
: Thats just the kind of guy he is, you know. Consider it a favor to him.
: Go for it, I say he literally asked for it. Or, if you dont feel like it, I could do it for you.
: And who the hell are ya? Im apologizing to Ikari here, so butt out!
: I think thats for the best, Kouichi. Besides, youre a Factor, remember?
: Hurry up and do it already!
: Hrm Hah!
: Oof ! Alright, now were even! Sorry I socked you there, Ikari.
: Guess well see you around! Thanks again for saving us today!
: Hey, wait! At least tell me your names.
: Touji Touji Suzuhara.
: And Im Kensuke Aida. Pleased to meet you.
: Make sure you give us a holler next time youre coming around!
: And good luck with that Defender of Peace job!
*Off they go.*
: Alls well that ends well, right, Shinji? Thats that problem taken care of.
: (I wonder if Ill ever be able to talk like that with dad )
Back to the Quarter, Reiji says Ichitaka wont be punished for his violation of orders today in deference to a request from Goh, though warns that hell get no more free passes. Moreover, Ozma warns that letting amateurs try crazy stunts is a recipe for disaster, so if you wanna go beyond the impossible, then get yourself way stronger. (Ozmas VA is Kamina, FYI.)
While Ichitaka confirms, Nagisa asks if he has any idea why Yuu attacked us. He doesnt, of course, still finding it all hard to believe. Still, whats certain is that he wanted the Rushbird, though we dont know what for.
Kosuke wonders if maybe itd give him some clue towards finding Grife, but Ichitaka figures Maki and Rachel wouldve found it if it was there. Its very likely to Alice that Yuu and Haruno know a lot more than we do, and Ichitaka sees that theyll need to get some answers out of them the next time we meet.
Mind you, Ozma warns that not only will todays trick not work again, they wouldnt let him try again in the first place; in other words, Ichitaka need to beat him legit next time and that means training, training, training. Alice, of course, is ready to help with that. Thats good, and Noin wants to get going as soon as were back at JUDA.
Inwardly, though, Alice is a bit worried: Harunos a full combat-specced AI, unlike me It was pure luck that we managed to overwhelm the today. Im nothing but a hindrance to us defeating the Straybird and getting them to talk If Ichitakas to win this, I
Nagisa notices Alice staring out into nothing, and asks if theres a problem. The girls reaction is as distraught as Anna, so Nagisa can see theres something and is always willing to listen. And if its a subject she couldnt wrap her head around, Nagisa suggests she go and talk with Ropett or Iczer-1 then.
Alice thanks her for the advice, and it was just her way of thanking her for the regular check-ups. Thanks to that, Nagisa realized shed been putting a bit too much weight looks like shes gonna have to start going on a diet with Chizuru and some other girls
Back at NERV, a nondescript time later, theyve just finished readjusting the EVA-01 and Shinjis free to go. As he does, though, he spots something in the distance: Gendou and Rei talking and, even stranger, the guys actually smiling. He never smiles for Shinji
So the two EVAs have been successfully loaded onto the Daiku Maryu and the ships ready to leave. Yanmas happy with this at it means well be able to deal with the Angels wherever they might show up. More important to Boss and co is finding Rei, mind.
Shes elsewhere in the hangar, just getting acquainted with Megumi, and Dick is already trying his moves with the cold-eyed beauty. Does she like white lilies? They suit her to a T, symbolizing purity and virtue. All that earns him is a stare, so maybe she didnt care for his pick.
Alto and Daiya suggest he stop, lest he fancy getting stuck in detention maybe he and Michel getting a time-out would give our girls some tranquility. Thats a no-no, so Puria tells him to shush and apologizes to Rei on behalf of her crewmate.
Shinji does take a chance to ask what she was talking with Gendou before they came aboard the ship they seemed to be pretty chipper. He was just asking me to work hard carrying out my mission with LOTUS, she says which bums Shinji out, as Gendou didnt speak with him at all.
Regardless, can he ask her one other thing? Doesnt she get scared of piloting the EVA? He heard that she got injured pretty badly after some experiment, so he was wondering if shes really fine. Im fine, yes, she answers matter-of-factly.
But Shinji worries about the ever-present risk of his EVA going berserk again, of them dying at the hands of the Angels. Arent you Cmdr. Ikaris son? Do you not have faith in his work? Rei asks; I try to have faith, Shinji answers back, But Im not really sure on that yet.
Why? Why not, with a father like that?
And that earns Shinji a slap before Rei walks out the room. Michel asks what the sound was it echoed through the whole hangar and Boss tells what happened. Now thats odd, as Rei struck Michel as a very docile type when he was checking her out. Maybe shes more tomboyish than we thought, Juzo wonders.
No, Iczer-1 was watching and explains that Shinji just said something that struck Rei as unforgivable. What, the thing about having faith in Gendou or not? Why did Rei get so angry about that, Miu wonders? Who knows, but, if you ask Daiya, a son not trusting his father is a very sad thing that trust is supposed to be unwavering, come high or low.
On the flip side, Dick heard of how the kid was sent away and neglected by Gendou for many years now. And, when they finally meet up again, daddy-o doesnt really seem to care that much? Its not too unreasonable that thered be trust issues here.
Sakuyas also heard stories and they say Dick also didnt get along with his father. Pretty well-informed for a rookie... though Dick immediately recognizes the Kamon surname and knows that theyre in the same boat. Sakuya makes do as a free-spirited homeless man, mind, and thinks this subject best left untouched.
Regardless, Dick didnt mean to diss Daiyas philosophy, but father and son can quickly drift further apart once separate. Kenichi disagrees: However far away from each other they get, the bond between a father and son never breaks! Im sure its the same for Shinji and his dad.
Thats what Daiyas talking about and is certain that Gendou believes in Shinji theyll work it out. This talk might sound good on paper, but Alto figures the reality is that the kid was pushed away by Gendou.
Weve quite the heated debate in our hands, Shizuka sighs, and Shinji's once again bummed out over being the cause of that. Shizuka tells him not to worry, as those guys could always use a chance to express their feelings and think about how things are with their fathers (good or not-so-good). Thats not a bad thing.
And with all this talk going, Ru finally steps onto the scene and requests to speak with Shinji Shizuka assures him that the girl can manage whatever ails him. Thats right, shes a professional at her job!
Elsewhere, Yuu and Haruno are reassessing their plans. First priority is to take the Rushbird, second is to give Ichitaka a taste of utter defeat.
In the meantime, Haruno will use the data accrued today to adjust their tactics. As for Yuu, hes inwardly thinking only one thing: The Rushbird is mine !