Part 38: Mission 14 - Nighttime Deathmatch
Here we are again, and, surprise, Quatres been bumped off the top ace list by Iczer-1. Ichitaka still has a four kill lead, while she and Kenji are tied.
Cash money goes to upping Altos (hell likely see plenty of action) and Great Mazingers weapons, while Shinji and Daiya get a few boosts here and there (FYI: on barrier units, armor > HP as a pip on the former can be the difference between a block or not).
All of the Godannar folks are event units today, so we switch things up a bit:
Reiji/Klan (not ideal but itll serve for now)
Kouichi/Quatre (HP bonus means Kouichi regens more and the EN regen is always nice for him)
Shinji/Yamashita (their weapon spread is pretty similar, and the Squad Bonuses complement each other well, so theyll fit together nicely)
Voltes/Dick (better than wasting Klans +mobility on a super, and, hey, Double Image)
We open up at the Frontier, where Grace tells Sheryl that she couldnt find much about the Galaxy: the main island was severely damaged when the Vajra attack and they had to perform and emergency Fold. Where they ended up at is anyones guess, though the question may be purely academic and, Sheryl sighs, we ARE in a different world.
Grace tells her not to look so glum, though, as she heard rumors that a way back may not be impossible. In that case Sheryl wants to leave the hospital right away and show everyone that shes still going strong, but Grace vetoes that. Shes still running a fever and, as such, her whole agendas been cancelled until shes made a full recovery.
Sheryl doesnt like that, saying she cant skip out on her work any more than she already has. Are you scared, maybe? I suppose thats understandable; Rankas been growing more popular by the day, plus, Lacus and Eidas have quite the rock-solid fan-base, Grace thinks.
Sheryl tries playing it cool, and Grace tells her not to worry: as soon as shes better, shell have more gigs than shell know what to do with. Grace takes off, leaving an annoyed Sheryl behind. Why is she being hospitalized for so long? If I was only because of her fever, shed already be home
And Grace gets her evil face on to have a laugh: Sheryl, that is Faery 9, is already finished.
And Alices just approached the JUDA eggheads with a request: she wants her AI modified to a full-on combat configuration. Rachel is very much against the idea as doing so would require formatting her mind her memories, everything shes learned, would be gone. Still, Alice wants it done as shes not confident she can properly assist Ichitaka in battle the way she is.
Maki understands where shes coming from, but theres a problem: making that switch now wouldnt change her performance at all. See, throughout all her exposure to combat since this started, Alices current AI has already grown to the point where its actually better than the old combat AI that Grife had designed.
Alice didnt expect to hear that, so Iczer-1 suggests that she have some faith in her own potential. Rachel agrees: shes certain that Alice will be able to handle the Straybird when it shows up again. Furthermore, Iczer-1 reminds her, well all be there to help so she shouldnt see this as a fight shell need to face alone.
Indeed, Iczer-1 ponders that she also has her own rival to defeat Iczer-2 is out there and weve no idea when she might strike again. And, for that matter, the Cthulhu have been strangely quiet since their last assault. What could Big Gold be planning?
Rest of our folks are at a park near JUDA, playing with some miniature practice bots (though Koujis having a hard time controlling is, crashing into Boss). Shinjis not too sure about giving that a try, but Misato suggest he go for it. Everyone needs to have some fun, and Rei, of all people, taking part in the game. Why not follow her example?
Shinjis a bit surprised, asking the girl if she knows how to control these things. Her answer is a short denial she might still be angry over what he said about Gendou. Ru DID say he didnt have anything to worry about, but yeah
Shizuru sees that folks are starting to get the hang of the bots, but thats no reason to relax they can still get hurt if they mess around too much. And once everyones ready, well be moving to a game of soccer WITH the practice bots! Kenji asks why, and she says itll both help them adapt more easily in case they need to switch units and, also, bolster teamwork.
Hyouma and Kosuke can see that training like this is how she managed to handle the Godannar as quickly as she did, but what Kenji wants to know is why she brought out this soccer thing. Hes only just now figured out how to get the bot moving right. Not so with Anna, though, whos been working with these things since she started training and is an old hand at manning them!
But, wait, Hiyoshi objects, doesnt that mean that any team with Annall have a big advantage? Not quite, as Shizuru promises to enter the other team as a way to keep things balanced.
Noin looks on at how much Shizurus putting on her plate, Zechs figuring shes doing this to offset her deficiencies with the Godannar, help Anna train, relax our crew and improve ourselves all in one stroke. Whats bugging Misato is how much JUDAs rolling in cash to be able to afford all these training robots.
Shes actually a bit jealous maybe they could send some of those big bucks to NERV? The budget they get from the Japanese government sure doesnt cover all they need. Odd, as Zechs would expect the organization responsible for preventing the Third Impact to be rolling in it.
The Dannar and Build Bases dont get a lot of kickbacks, either, but Misato still finds it strange how especially unfriendly the Japanese government is to NERV. Maybe its due to Gendous abrasive personality?
Noin isnt too sure, inwardly thinking that there could be people who dont want NERV growing too strong, and, thus, keep their cash flow limited. Thats not Logos, mind, as shes heard those guys have cut all contact with NERV for some reason.
Misato was actually hoping to get some info out of this exchange, but quietly sees that no ones talking. Or could it be that these old Preventer agents dont know anything about SEELE?
Some time later, trainings all done. Even Alice rushed on over to take part in it, and she explains to Chizuru that she wanted to get any pilot training she can. Ichitaka worries that shes overworking herself since she already has so much to do, but Alice explains that Rus arrival reduced some of her workload. So, she has some new free time and figured shed spend it with us.
Well, if shes not pushing herself too hard, then theres nothing wrong with that we were just taken aback with how suddenly she arrived. Either way, Shizuru asks how everyone felt handling different units difficult? Very much so to Ichitaka, whos glad he could at least make do with the Rushbird.
Indeed, Kosuke agrees that while this was mostly a game, its clear that theres a big difference when youre running a simulator and actually piloting something. Alto himself managed to get around once he got the hang of it maybe the princess is a training bot savant, Michel quips.
Thatll be all for today, then, and Shizuru asks everyone to keep what weve learned in mind as therell be more come tomorrow. Boss strikes a pose, saying hes already looking forward to it hes always willing to learn and, judging by the Combattler folks agreement, most of todays team will be present tomorrow. For today, however, Shizuru still has some addition training with Anna, so they both take off.
Everyones beat, with Chizuru and Tsubaki already making a beeline for the bath with the rest of the girls. Kenji and Boss immediately smell the OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME. Whatre they grinning there for, Puria asks. Nothing, nothing! Certainly nothing naughty oh, crap, Boss has a nosebleed.
Tetsuya can see their minds are going places, so he says the girls will have the private bath while Kenji and Boss stay at the public one. Mind you, Reijis already there so Tetsuya hopes they enjoy the scalding-hot water the guy goes for.
Kenji thought that was just a crazy rumor, but, nope, Kouichi took a dip once and it seriously felt like Hell. Perfect, says Tsubaki, as maybe the heat will help sterilize their dirty minds Shizuna and the others will be relaxing plenty while they burn, though. Please waaaaaait!
Rankas songs can be heard playing throughout the dorms and Ichitaka sees that shes really getting famous lot of folks are talking about her at his school. Not just there, even, as Nagisa saw in the news that the whole world is coming down with Ranka Fever, even the Earth Alliance nations! Pretty impressive to Kouji that her music is crossing boundaries that words couldnt.
Quatre warns against getting a prejudiced view of the Alliance nations, though, as while the military might be around Blue Cosmos tentacles, the civilians themselves are in no way as narrow-minded as them. Moreover, Kyo adds that there were plenty of countries that didnt have a choice in whether they joined the Alliance or not (like Orb, for instance).
Hell, Miu figures the Alliance military could be talked to normally, but its the fear that fills their minds that takes away any room for dialogue. Sayaka would rather we drop this dark subject, and just be happy that Rankas music is finally getting around.
Luca himself is amazed at how fast she grew into a star, and Alto takes it to show that shes the real deal she wouldnt have made it otherwise. Indeed, Johnny sees that shes got it all going for her: shes got real talent, the camera loves her and she has some major marketing force on her side.
As Aoi smirks at his businessman spirit still going strong, Johnny explains to Daiya that everything points to Rankas manager himself being someone whos actually devoted to showing how great her music is to the world. Daiya remembers the old guy from before, and agrees that he had this spark in his eyes while he worked.
This talk reminds Kouji of how beautiful that island they filmed at was hed like to go back there once things calm down. Boss himself would like to see a sequel to that movie, still starring Ranka and with Sheryl making another theme for it And, speaking of, what happened to Sheryl? Shizuna knows how big of a deal she is at the Frontier, so its very weird that she hasnt done anything lately.
Ozma related that she was going to undergo some exams after returning to the Frontier, but she seemed well enough when she left us. Why hasnt she been discharged yet? Maybe theyre just being cautious and having her take an extended rest, Nagisa wonders.
Yui calls in right then, for Alto, saying a video disk arrived for his group from Mishoshi Academy it was sent by Nagisa (Kasumi) and Nanase.
So Alto plays the disk, Nagisa greeting him, asking if everyones doing fine, and immediately scaring our Nagisa with how much she looks like her. At least now she sees why Michel and the others were so confused when they first met her. Nanase chimes in, reporting how Ranka told them of how hard were working down on Earth and how its totally a flu thats kept us from coming back (Luca gets all wistful at the sight of her).
Seems that Ranka cooked up a story to avoid outing Alto and co as mercs, and while the girls wanted to get in touch with us directly, civilians are currently forbidden from contacting Earth thus, the video disk.
And, as a special guest for this, theyve called in Ranka to leave a message as well! Shes doing fine herself, as is her work, though shes a bit sad she cant see Alto; after Nagisa reminds her, Ranka notes that she went to see Sheryl and the girl looked bored out of her skull. So, shed like to ask Alto to record a video himself to help cheer her up.
Oh, and since we know some of those LOTUS guys and theyre friends with Sheryl, maybe he could ask them to join in on that? And thats it for the call, Alto and the others saddened to hear that Sheryls still hospitalized. Megumi can see how she, a singer unable to sing, would be bummed out shes in the same situation as Goh, Tetsuya Kouji sees. Alto better get to it right away, he thinks.
And its time to check in with Djibril again, who proclaims himself to not be the kind of man that gets hung up on the past doesnt mean there isnt a limit to his patience regarding Neos string of failures, though.
He understands that losses are inevitable in war as the enemy can grow desperate, and sometimes thinks go awry but orders are only given out because their success is necessary, and they must be accomplished. Neo says he understands, in which case he better start producing some results else Logos plans will start going south.
Now, regarding his next mission, theyve just completed the construction of the Destroy Gundams, so theyll be sending them his way. Had the Phantom Pain successfully taken out the Minerva back when they could, none of this would be necessary, but, fine, theyll roll with it.
Hell also be sending him the Gundam Heavy Arms the pilots a loyal Blue Cosmos soldier so Neo needs to get the western Eurasian front pacified NOW. He can do that, right? Inwardly, Neo ponders the two Destroys hes getting; one will have to go to Sting, and the other will inevitably have go to Stella who an agent rescued at Diokia.
Oh, what an unpleasant job he has.
Cut to Kiriyama Heavy Industries, where the CEOs conferring with a suspiciously Katou-like portrait. Jinrais have been deployed in bases throughout the country, so theyre ready to proceed to the next phase.
Indeed, all preparations are complete and theyre poised to take action at the appointed time theyll soon free this country all those incompetent politicians and bureaucrats! The speaker will be looking ward to it.
And, uh oh, Domyoji is here and Kiriyama tells him to make ready to deploy hell be leading the Jinrai troops. Domyoji is very grateful, while Kiriyama is busy counting his chickens: Soon I shall rise to be the leader of this nation. Hmhmhmhm
: Thats it! Now put some oomph into it!
: Yes, maam!
: Hesitation makes you an easy read! Have faith in yourself and attack!
: Yes, maam!
: And keep an eye on how fast the Plasma Drives turning! You wont be able to combine with how it is right now!
: Im sorry, maam!
: If youve got time to apologize, then concentrate on your handling!
: Yes, maam!!
: Here we go! Drive Change, GO!
: Drive Cha WAAAAH!!
: And the combinations a failure both units are trashed.
: Im so sorry! Ive been screwing this up so much
: No, this ones on me I ran my mouth for too long. And I think this is enough for today. Good work.
: Thank you very much!
*Anna takes off.*
: Whew, alright. I could also use a breather, I think
: Mira? What are you doing here?
: Hard at work until late, huh?
: Annas the one whos been working hard Im just lending her a hand.
: Shes really giving this all shes got, likely hoping to bring some peace of mind to Goh with it.
: Ive been bringing dinner to Gohs room these past days, but he wont even say a word to me.
: Reminds me of how he was five years ago after he lost you Actually, no, its not that bad right now.
: Back then, it was like life had lost all meaning to him. Hed wake up, eat, and go to bed that was all he did every day. He was dead in almost every sense of the word.
: He really loved you with all his heart.
: But, before anyone realized it, he met that darling girl and even got married Her strength played a major role in helping him go back to who he was.
: Five years that are a blank to me, but where so much happened to him.
: Did I lose him in those five years ?
: Youll be fine. I, on the other hand, didnt even try fighting in the first place.
: Actually I just didnt have the courage to fight the courage to speak what I felt out loud
: And thats why Ive decided to help Anna become an even better pilot than me. Then Ill be able to make peace with everything.
: Thats why youre doing all this for her ?
: Ah, never mind. Forget I said anything, alright? If Anna got wind of that, Id lose all respect as her teacher.
: (I I dont think I could be like you, Shizuru )
: The alarms?!
: Weve an emergency! Mimetic Beasts have been sighted at the industrial complex by the Dannar Base! LOTUS is to deploy immediately! Repeat
: Urgh, and here I was hoping to get a shower and some sleep !
: Lets get going, Shizuru!
Mission 14 Nighttime Deathmatch
Misato is NOT happy with these things interrupting her beauty sleep (thats gonna give her wrinkles!); Kenji himself is having a hard time moving with how much his burnt skin stings, but Kouji suggests he be glad thats all he ended up getting. He oughta to check in with Alice once this is over.
Letting this industrial complex get trashed would have far reaching consequences, so Reiji commands us to deal with the Mimetic Beasts before that. Shizurus eager to wrap this up fast and Tetsuya Koujis got her back. Goh himself is cheering Anna on, and shes ready to get to work.
Dont lose the ships, Shizuru or Anna. This missions pretty simple, though the few water areas might some Mimetic Beasts a bit hardier (but thats why we have Daiya and Kenji around).
Ill be sending about 1/3 of my troops down SE to deal with the things, but the remaining will stay up here for whats to come. In hindsight, this was my inner Skill Point voice telling me to rush, but I reckon the simpler (albeit slower) way would simply be to park my guys at the NE corner and let the mobs come to us.
Regardless, this still isnt too dangerous (especially if your vanguard guys are immune the EN drain).
Fast forward a full turn and our guys are here. I sent the Valkyries, Voltes, Combattler, Zechs and Iczer-1 over.
Thats one of her, Michel, Dick and Shizuna.
The plotll kick in when we get the mooks under 15.
And Dicks team takes a pummeling, though nothing TOO bad. On the flip side, they take 4 kills, while Hyouma and Zechs take another that pushes us past the threshold.
Another batch of Mimetic Beasts pop out of the woodwork, much to Tetsuya and Miras annoyance. Ichitaka hopes thats the last of them, but in comes new heat signals. More of them? No, its Ken and Lou (Anna isnt happy that shes still with him), and he immediately charges after a specific Mimetic Beasts.
The thing readily slaps him away, but Ken is undeterred: This sensation You may change your form, but I can tell who you are! I have long waited for this day! Kens been searching for this particular Beast for a long time.
Shizurus just about to move after him when Kiriko phones in and tells us to keep away: we cannot risk stimulating his fighting instincts recklessly. Goh sees where this is going, and, indeed, the ferocity hes displaying right now means he runs the risk of triggering the Rabid Syndrome. And if he loses control, therell be no stopping him.
Kurara and Aoi figure she means what happened with Moukaku, so Reiji tells everyone to focus solely on the Mimetic Beasts. Were to minimize our attacks at the Menage Zero as much as we can.
Our objective now is to kill the Type 18 Mimetic Beast, and its not actually that more of a threat than the regular ones.
It only has 13.3k HP, and nothing to fall back on. That said, youll want to have plenty of morale to go around by the time you kill it.
The new Beasts are mostly moving in, while our southern detachment is hard at work: Ozma takes another kill.
Mind you, Lou and Ken wont attack us either, so be careful they dont steal your kills.
Off go our sniper boys.
Yamashita doesnt hit quite as hard, unfortunately.
Underwater mooks means Daiya gets to lead the charge, while Ichitaka and Aoi each take one of the flying Beasts by our ships.
Survivors are promptly hunted down, lest Ken take them.
Oh, and down south, Im having Combattler take the front with Iron Wall. His and Shizunas boosted HP will all but guarantee the AI comes running and their immunity to debuffs makes for prime tanking material.
While Alto and Ozmas teams both take some weakened targets, Zechs follows up on the Voltes crew.
Jeegs combined weapons work just fine against underwater targets, mind, so he can very easily oneshot these.
Oh, why not? Reiji and Kouichis teams are dodgy enough.
And thats three kills for Jeffrey.
And the AI sticks to the plan perfectly. The southern group SWARMS Hyouma, he and Shizuna raking in a total of 7 kills. Iczer-1 takes two, while Zechs takes in another one.
Oh, and this guy decides to go after Ozma just because.
Thats one for him and Luca. And, by the by, Daiya just took another 3 underwater mooks up top.
Kens plinking away at stuff.
And thats pretty much game for us. Only a handful of mooks are left, and they easily fall to Kouichi, Jeeg, Daiya and Aoi. Now well wreck the Type 18 and get things moving.
Here comes the moneeeeeeeey!
: The new Mimetic Beast has started to regenerate!
: Psh, the things as much of a pain as the rest of em!
: Stay away from that one! It is mine! HAAAAH!
*Ken moves after the Type 18.*
: The only thing my blade cannot slice is myself! ROSAAAAAA!
: What the! A robot came out of it?!
: That Beast had something like that inside of it ?!
: What is that bot ?
: It belonged to someone very dear to Ken.
: Someone dear to him?
: And hes been searching for it all this time?
: We meet again at last, Celleblader. How have I waited for this moment If only I could see you again, Rosa
Lou, do you think you can pilot it?
: We cannot well leave it here. Will you pilot it or not?
: I will!
*Lou moves over to the Celleblader.*
: Sorry, Diver, dad
: This is the machine of Kens beloved Here we go, Celleblader!
: Let us combine, Lou!
: Aye, aye! Celleblader, GO!!
: Blade Gainer Twin Drive!!
: Th-They combined?!
: HAAAAH! DIIIIIEEEEEE!!
: Thats how strong he actually is ?!
: Haah Haah Rosa Ive finally, finally crushed it Urk grgh GWAAAAAH!
: ?! Somethings wrong with him!
: Is that Did he trigger the Rabid Syndrome?!
: Oh, no! Anna, get away from there!
: A-An na
: Shizuru, is something wrong?!
: Her mental graphs are all dipping!
: Captain, recover the Dannar! Im headed to the hangar!
: Daiku Maryu, full speed forward!
: Shizuru! Shizuru, you alright?!
: Shes passed out Ill get her to the infirmary.
: Dr. Franklin take care of her, please.
: I will. Leave it to me.
: Menage Zero youll pay for this!
: Were going, Dannar!
: Goh, youre !
: Goh, get back immediately! You cannot fight!
: No I need to settle this with my own two hands!
: And what will you do if you also fall to the Rabid Syndrome?!
: Ill take care of this before it comes to that!
: Anna, stop him! Thats an order!
: Please dont, Anna! If you love me as my wife, then you wont do that!
: Stop him! Now!
: Even if I tried to stop him, I doubt hed listen! Best way out of this is to settle things quickly so he can get back!
: And were bring Lou along with us!
: Took the words out of my mouth.
: Mr. Moritsugu!
: I havent the authority to stop him. If anything happens, I shall take full responsibility and handle it accordingly.
: Oof, now thats cold.
: Alice, can I ask you to keep a close eye on Goh for any signs of the Insania Virus?
: Yes, sir!
: And Ms. Kizaki, I am counting on you to provide tactical insight to both minimize damage to the compound and the duration of this battle.
: Copy that.
: Well help you too!
: Hrm !
: I suppose all we can do is pray that the virus doesnt go active Attack, all of you!
: Im sorry, mom!
: We gotta make this the quickest showdown in history, then!
: And well pay back what he did to Shizuru twice as hard!
: This all ends today!
: I Ill kill you all!!
Blade Gainer Twin Drive Mode (Ken, Lou Roux)
Break Morale Limit (気力限界突破 morale limit increased to 170)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Crazy-ass Ken is bulky as hell with that Prevail L9 and is, by a significant margin, the hardest-hitting enemy weve found. That being said, hes not too dangerous because he still suffers from his original problem of very limited range: 1-3 is his best, and many of our guys can reach beyond that.
Do note that hell be very hard to dispose of if you let him take a dip in water, so draw him out if thats the case.
Lets get right into it.
Cant believe it took me three whole games to get some Akira Kushida going here!
: Take a look, Goh! Ill take this guy out, and bring both Lou and some peace to you!
: You, defeat me?! Dont make me laugh! The likes of you are no match to the Blade Gainer!
: I cant be beaten. I cannot show myself defeated, not to Goh, not to her !
: I see the doubt festering in your heart . Youll inflict not even a single wound on me in that state!
: Ive no doubts about how I feel !
: Bring it on, Menage Zero! Im here to wreck heinous baddies like you!
: You amuse me But I havent the time to play with you!
: How dare you hurt Shizuru so, Menage Zero! Ill make you pay for that even if I have to succumb to the Rabid Syndrome!
: Your resolve also runs that deep, hm ? As you wish. Ill face you in earnest out of respect for that!
Goh: Im taking Lou back, Blade Gainer!
: No Im not done yet!
: Ken, thats enough!
: Dont talk back to me!
: Please Lou Let me fight to the end
*Anna moves after him.*
: Stay away! I wont let you hurt him!
: Anna, dont! I I couldnt bear to lose you!
: Oh, Goh what would you do without me? You would forget to change your socks, youd be scarfing down sweets, waltzing around naked after taking a bath
: Youd oversleep all the time if I wasnt there to wake you up, too! You You cant do anything without me!
: Which is why I wouldnt die like this. I still have so much to help you with throughout our lives! So, I Ill always be here with you!
: (Shes the one Goh leans on today If I hadnt died five years ago, that mightve been me )
: Then youll die together!
: Goh, lets combine!
: Alright! Drive Change, GO!
: Dannar, ON!
: Revolver, OPEN!
: Godannar Twin Drive!
: Yeah! They got their twin drive going!
: (I want nothing but for the one I love to be happy Goh living a long life, finding someone new and being happy with her are all in line with that )
: (So why why does it hurt so much ?)
: Well put an end to this before the Plasma Drive reaches its limit!
: You got it!
: They did it !
: Its like he never left the pilot seat
: Guh !
: Lou, Im sorry
: Dont. I chose this
: W-Wait! Youre not Urk!
: I-Im fine. Dont worry about it !
: Are you sure, Saruwatari?
: Yeah, its nothing!
: Youre not pulling our leg, are you? You know what youre not supposed to go too far here.
: I told you, Im fine! Have some faith in me!
: Now lets go ! Ill take out every one of these monsters!
Thats all Mimetic Beasts confirmed destroyed, and Gohs looking pretty tired. Hes sweating a lot, too. Alice isnt detecting the Insania Virus coming active yet, but Goh isnt 100% fine either. Kiriko calls Goh and Anna back to the Dannar Base to run some exams right away.
Anna apologizes to Reiji for having to take off like this, but he doesnt mind actually, he already expected this. Ichitaka hopes Gohll be fine, but at least Sayaka points out the silver lining that he didnt trigger the Rabid Syndrome.
Indeed, Michel figures our main concern now should be Shizuru he fears she had a concussion or something. Tetsuya Kouji is sure shell be up and about real soon, though.
At the Dannar Base, the exams have already come in: Gohs body is showing signs of tremendous stress equivalent to the Rabid Syndrome. While his mental fortitude is holding for now, Kiriko knows theres a limit to that. So what will happen to him? Well, he should stabilize if he gets plenty of rest, but if the Insania Virus flares up again, hell go full-on Rabid Syndrome and itll be impossible for him to recover.
All in all, Kiriko tells Anna that Goh can NOT pilot the ever Dannar again its the only way to save his life. Kagemaru steps in, reporting that theyve recovered the Cosmo Diver and that they could transfer it over to LOTUS for us to use. Theres the matter of whod pilot it, and while Kiriko would normally choose Shizuru, shes already manning the Dannar.
On cue, Franklin calls the Base with news: while Shizurus still alive, her situation is critical. Honestly, he doesnt know if she can be saved and, even if that happens, shes in a coma and her chances of coming out of it arent looking good.
The news hits Anna hard, knowing Shizurus in that state because she shielded her
: Shizuru Why !
: This has gotta be some sick joke...! Youre saying she might never open her eyes again?!
: Her internal wounds were far greater than the external ones. Ive done all that I can, but
: But maybe you got your diagnosis wrong, right, Doc? Right?!
: She She said she was going to continue our training tomorrow
: You cant go back on your word, Shizuru! Damn it, whys any of this happening?!
: Damn it that son of a bitch, Menage Zero !
: (Shizuru What will Anna do without you around ?)
: This This is my fault ! If I was better at controlling the Goh Okusaer, none of this wouldve happened I I AAAAAAH!!
: Shizuru Shizuru Im sorry !
: Pull yourself together, Anna. This comes as a heavy blow to everyone, not just you.
: Professor, hows Goh?
: Dont do this to us, Prof Nothing happened to him too, right?!
: Hes fine, somehow. But therell be no going back if he has another outbreak.
: What ? The Insania Virus has grown that strong?!
: Its only his strong mind thats kept him from breaking.
: Its all because of me I should have stopped him, or fought harder, or, or !
: Anna... We all did everything we could out there.
: And while I know that wont make you feel any better, beating ourselves over what happened wont bring Shizuru back.
At the Daiku Maryus bridge, Gohs back and apologizes for the worry him rushing out with the Dannar caused us. Hes being allowed to continue with us as part of our advisory team, but hell need to take it easy. Ichitakas relieved, as losing Goh wouldve hit him hard.
There are still no prospects on a cure of the Rabid Syndrome, Franklin and Rosa sigh, despite the fact that JUDA and all other major scientific institutes working to try and find something. It might be a while until any breakthroughs, unfortunately.
But another problem comes in right then: Captain Lulu, weve an emergency transmission from JUDA! Emi yells. The scene ends as Lulu takes the call.