Part 44: Mission 15 (JUDA Route) - Traitorous Blue - Part 2: Weve repelled the first wave
: Haah haah..
*The Linebarrel goes back to normal.*
: Kch Hrgh huh? Whats going on ?
: Emi ? Why is she ? Emi, you alright?
: Emi did she wear herself out to help me? Everythings kind of a blur
: Kouichi?! Youre not injured?!
: Im well enough, but Emis
: Hey, what happened? I vividly remember fighting Reiji and Wait, where is he?!
: Well explain later. You need to get her to the Daiku Maryu right now!
: Y-Yeah, youre right.
*Kouichi does so.*
: Were ready to take her in.
: Help her out, alright, Franklin?
: Ill do all I can. Well know more after Ive looked into why she fainted in the first place
: Naoto, bring the Daiku Maryu towards JUDA.
: Aye, aye, maam!
Whoops, the ships moved too far away from Rei and that automatically cuts the Umbilical Cable!
: Is everyone safe?
: Were fine, but Mr. Ishigamis
: Ms. Ogawa! How is he ?
: *sniffles* H-He the presidents
: Yo You dont mean!
: Hes gone
: N-No !
No way, this is just another of his jokes, right?! Give it a few minutes and hell run in with that huge grin on his face, wont he?!
: Pops thats not true right ? If this is a joke, its your worst one yet This isnt funny at all
: Boss It was just yesterday that I saw you laughing about How can you be gone just like that ? Kch aaahh
: Damn it ! Reiji, you !
: Unfortunately, it looks like well have no time to grieve. The second waves incoming !
: Let them come ! Bring in the Katous, the SDF, Kiriyama or whoever, Ill destroy all of them!!
: You and your men didnt even last until I got here? You disappoint me, Makoto Domyoji.
: Still, I suppose it was thanks to you that Ive this prime opportunity for my grand entrance. Ill have to thank you later.
: A transformable Machina...?
: Greetings, fellows of LOTUS. I believe this is the first time many of us are seeing one another, no? I am Eiji Kiriyama, leader of New Japan...
: And this bad boy here is my Machina Pretender!
: Eiji Kiriyama Ive been hearing that name since the last Great War, though never actually met the man
: Oh? Could that be ?
: Ah, Milliardo Peacecraft. I thought your voice sounded familiar.
: You know, I was originally planning to make this huge announcement to the world, as you once did, but things took a slightly different turn.
: Whyre you doing this, Kiriyama ?!
: Now where are your manners? Youre talking to the leader of Japan, so would you mind addressing me as Excellency?
: Then, Your Excellency, could you tell us what your goal is?
: I knew youd be mindful of social graces, Captain Lulu. My goal is to free Japan from the incompetent worms that govern it, and make it a magnificent country.
: Under my rule, Japan will be transformed into a nation of JUSTICE!
: Justice?! What would a guy like you know about justice?!
: Ms. Ogawa, gather all of JUDA and Shibakusas staff in the presidents office.
: Huh ?
: Captain Lulu, please have the Daiku Maryu make ready to receive her group.
: Youve something on your mind, huh? Alright, the Daiku Maryu will hold position next to JUDA HQ.
: Looking at how confident Kiriyama is its likely well have a difficult decision to make.
: Come on, fellows of LOTUS lets have some fun!
I hope you didnt spend ALL your SP with the first wave! Losing Kouichi or the Daiku Maryus a game over, and you need to destroy everything to continue.
The Daiku Maryu, as Lulu said, is stuck by JUDA HQ, which means Shinji and Reill either need to hang somewhat close or risk running out of gas. The enemy outspeeds you and your units are likely to have already moved, so I suggest the former. If any EVA was unplugged during the cutscene, youll need to move them adjacent to the ship to plug it back in.
With all that in mind, Kouichi closes in a bit and Rei starts heading back thankfully, Shinji did get his cable yanked off.
Weve a few Jinrais that manage to get in range.
Thats one for Shinji, Dick and Daiya.
Pretender, a.k.a. Deceive IV (Eiji Kiriyama)
Support Attack L2
Attack Combo L1
Kiriyamas actually a dang good pilot (comes with the territory when youre voiced by Sho Hayami, I suppose) his stats are even slightly better than Masakis, meaning hes VERY accurate. The Pretender itself is rather dodgy and offers decent range, though his best is only 1-3; mind you, his weak Missile Pods are carrying miniature wireless Nerve Crackers and will apply with Morale Down debuff!
Being evasion-focused, however, means the Pretender isnt too bulky and will easily fall in a single round of concentrated fire like I said, hopefully your guys still have enough SP for Focus or Strike.
We dont need Kiriyama getting a chance to Support Attack any of these Jinrais while were moving in, so we start killing. Kenji and Zechs take on each, and Dick
He and Puria down a pair.
Yanma, Shinji, Ichitaka, pop, pop, pop
Here he comes, getting an intimidating 94/50% spread against Zechs!
: Milliardo Peacecraft Im honored to finally meet you face-to-face.
: Oh, right, youre a nameless spy now, yes? I suppose eliminating you would be in national securitys best interest, as weve no idea when you might go rogue and try your hand at terrorism.
: Say whatever youd like, I care not ! Your forces may have helped you take control of this country, but the peoples hearts and minds remain free. And you havent what it takes to rule over them!
: Well, you sure told me, prince. And you have what it takes, then?
: No, Ive neither the desire nor the right to try I am now Wind, the man wholl strike you down!
Kenji, Shinji, Yagyuu and Daiya each nab easy kills against the rapidly dwindling Jinrais.
And there go the last ones, courtesy of Rei and Dick. Now all thats left is Kiriyama, so lets jump right in.
: Id never take a creep like you as leader of Japan!
: Ill have you know that my approval rating is expected to be of 100%. Im this nations chosen messiah!
: Ive no idea where youre running those polls, cause therere a bunch of people who think your government is crap sitting right here!
Damn, where are the Macross folk when I need them?!
: Your daddys a pretty secretive man, huh? I havent been able to find out much about the EVAs because of that.
: So this calls for an up-close and personal investigation about what your unit can do!
: I dont know much about my dad either but even I can tell how dangerous itd be to leave power in the hands of someone like you !
: Didnt your parents teach you that its damn rude to come waltzing into other folks home like you own the place?!
: Oh, but JUDA is already mine. Not just JUDA, even
: Your Jeeg and the Build Base are all within the jurisdiction of the Japanese government, meaning they belong to me!
: The Jeeg doesnt belong to just one person not even me! You got a terminal case of selfishness and an ass-kicking is just what the doctor ordered!
: First Ill pummel you to a pulp, then the entire worldll have to acknowledge me as their CHAMPION OF JUSTICE!
: Youre not snuffing out our flames just like that! Im fighting for every single person on Earth, the PLANTs and the Darius World!
: Oh, Ill eventually take all those peoples plight upon myself too. So, please, just relax and accept your defeat!
: Ill show you the true power of justice, Kouichi! That is, the power of Eiji Kiriyama, leader of this nation of justice!
: Yeah, right! You dont deserve to use the word justice!
: Are you giving me your champion of justice routine? Because you really shouldnt. Reiji and I have been a duo of actual champions since you were but a baby, see.
: A crook like you isnt anything of the sort, damn it! No way!
Kouichi: Ill stand against your justice with everything Ive got!
: Well, well, youre pretty good, LOTUS. Your reputation as an unparalleled force is very deserved.
: Thats what you get! You shouldnt have picked a fight with us to begin with!
: Yeah, were the best of the best!
: So just stop with this cause its not going anywhere. Your coups DOA, even with the Katou Organization on your camp!
: My, look at how heroic you sound. But Im afraid your opposition has run its course. Why dont you shift your eyes over to your monitors?
: And Prof. Yotsuya, of the Nanbara Connection!
: And its not just the Build Base and Nanbara Connection. NEXs Japan office and Neo Tokyo 3 are also completely surrounded by my Jinrais.
: So I think itd be in your best interest to surrender JUDA nice and easy. If you dont well, things might get a bit ugly and no one wants that.
: Of all the foul tactics The past really does repeat itself. (Its a good thing Une isnt here or this mightve been awkward )
: And you went on and on about justice, huh I knew it, there really isnt anything just about you!
: Your sour grapes need work, Kouichi Ive heard way better in my life. But the question is what you will do now, my friends
: The Dannar Base is still safe
: Im sending some coordinates theres an opening in the Jinrais perimeter Take care of yourself and the Corps, chief
: Who was that ?
: XO, the coordinates just came in. And it really is looking like the Jinrais arent too numerous!
: Ms. Ogawa, bring everyone in the presidents office onto the Daiku Maryu. Much as I regret to say it, weve no choice but to back down.
: Hey, hold on! Were gonna do as he says?!
: Kouichi the moment we do anything hostile, Kiriyamall order his troops to attack. We absolutely cant let it come to that.
: Urk goddamn it !
: Im still waiting. Your silence is making me a bit antsy, you know.
: Wait! Well do as you say all of JUDAs facilities and the Machinas therein are yours.
: Oh ? Does that mean you surrender?
: Weve surrendered our HQ but you will allow LOTUS to withdraw. I repeat, LOTUS will be leaving here!
: Fine, fine, Ill allow it. Im nothing if not merciful and, plus, putting you down right now would make for a later headache But there is a catch.
: What is it ?
: Youll have to entertain me on your way out. Lets see if you can slip through my Jinrai squadrons!
: He still had so many ?!
: Go on, LOTUS. Run along if you can.
: And this might go without saying, but you better not fire back. Im sure the great and powerful LOTUS can manage something like this, right?
: How vile can someone get ? Shame on you!
: Zechs, everyones aboard the Daiku Maryu!
: Good. Captain!
: Forward, full throttle! Were leaving the battleground and heading towards the Dannar Base!
: We should manage to lose the Jinrai pursuers if we head that way.
: Weve no choice but to take a chance with that... I dont think that transmission we got was a lie
: All troops, whatever happens, do not attack the enemy!
: The more defensive units will need to cover the others! Can we count on you for that, Kouichi?
: Yeah, the Linebarrel can shrug off some random shots just fine with its regen.
: Sorry to put you in that position. I know this is particularly difficult for you, but
: Its fine Ill get back at him later !
: Well need to bait the intercepting Jinrais away from the Daiku Maryus path nothing else will work. Be careful and lets go !
: Ahahahaha ! Dance, LOTUS! Dance for me!
Yeeaaah, now this is different. The Daiku Maryu has a long trek ahead of it and the Jinrais will be able to set upon it in at most two turns if you havent used Rosas SP at all, youll have enough Accel casts to reach your destination in about five turns. Thats a long period of time where youll need to have your guys keep the enemy away.
So, how do we do it since we cant even attack? Youll need to make a literal wall around the Daiku Maryu to keep the enemies from getting too close, because the biggest threat here is not the Jinrais getting a few shots in the ship can handle that but the Daiku Maryu getting surrounded. If it gets surrounded, youve lost because therell be no way to draw the Jinrais out.
The ships high HP means the AIll always prioritize it if the range allows it, and you cannot outrun them with Accel, either, so never let your formation crumble.
Heres how I did it throughout these five turns:
There are Jinrais to the north and east, so try your best to run the ship down the middle the longer the more distant units have to move to get to you, the easier itll be to avoid getting surrounded.
Whatever units are still free after your battle with Kiriyama should be sent towards the enemies to goad whatever you can into attacking them.
Like so. The second turn is critical, as thats where the enemyll likely be the closest to the Daiku Maryu. If you do it right, it all gets easier from here.
Your primary concerns in regards to positioning is to make sure that you NEVER have both the Daiku Maryus 12 and 3 oclock squares blocked by the enemy because even if you can still move, thatll slow you down considerably.
The AI isnt clever enough to go around your wall of units they only know how to go forward so set things up in a way to cut off their direct access.
Next turn, things are much safer now. Your Supers will likely get more and more attention as the AI shifts priority away from the distancing ship. Thats good as the Jinrais simply lack the power to pop an A.T. Field, so have either Shinji or Rei hang slightly back to tank everything.
Fourth turn. Q.E.D.
Fifth turn victory!
: Your ways clear, Lulu!
: All units, return immediately! The Daiku Maryus leaving the area!
: Wait for us, Deceive Well be back!
: Very well done, LOTUS. I had a lot of fun.
: And now, starting on this glorious day, this shall be my castle! AHAHAHAHAHA!
Here are the battle convos we didnt get, especially with Emi since everything was gone:
: Hey, new guy. Im just following His Excellencys orders, alright? No hard feelings.
: (Domyoji he was a SDF pilot ?!)
: (But Im not feeling any malice coming from him Is he ?)
: Looks like youre in quite the pickle, Horns! Ill make all that go away!
: That blue Arma again?! None of us would get dropped by a mook like you!
: JUDAll be ours by the end of the day, Linebarrel boy!
: Throw whatever you have at us, Ill still turn every single one of you into scrap!
: ?! This Armas moves are different from the others!
: Id taken this guy to be a complete idiot, but hes actually getting better and better at fighting
: We really need to kill this Factor and soon !
: Its the Gundam thats always ranting about justice! But if youre with the Katou Organization, then you dont get to use the word!!
: Come, Kouichi Hayase lets see how far youve come!
: Domyoji are you serious about this ?
: Im always serious, girl. Lets do this !
: I see Domyoji, youre despicable !
: Horns has turned black now?!
: I Ill protect Kouichi !
: I never thought the Linebarrel had power like this hidden away Is that why the commanders so focused on it?
: Even the Tsubaki-himes speed cant stand up to that real-time teleportation I better think carefully of how Ill deal with this one !
: (I cant overuse the teleport function But I also need to keep Kouichi safe !)
: Haah haah I Ive to manage the Linebarrel
: You look like youre in pain Lets supersize that and see how pretty your screams sound!
: A false awakening by the looks of it then I have but to suppress it!
: Wufei Chang what is it that you know ? Hrm I cant remember !
Were headed towards the Dannar Base and it doesnt look like were being followed. Misato figures hes enjoying his victory, cozily sitting in his new office Ishigamis office.
By the Dannar Base, Kiriko welcomes everyone and knows we must have much on our minds between Reijis betrayal (whos clearly in cahoots with Kiriyama and, by proxy, the Katou Organization), Ishigamis death and the loss of JUDA.
At the very least we should count our blessings in that this place is still safe, though Kagemaru doesnt know why Jinrais werent dispatched over. Regardless, nows the time to reorganize and consider what to do. External communication is being blocked, so well need to deal with this ourselves.
Ichitakas reeling over Reijis betrayal, but Puria says wallowing in it wont change what happened. Moreover, Dick says what we should be worried about is how well fight the guy and how much of our own intel hed leaked to the Katou Organization.
Kouichi comes in, telling Ichitaka that Emis awake, and she told of how she piloted the Linebarrel while he was passed out. Kouichi doesnt understand whats going on, but it seems that she IS another Factor of the Linebarrel. Either way, he figures its very likely he wouldve died if she hadnt done as she did.
And then some, Rachel says, as the only reason Kouichi managed to avoid death is because Emi energized the D-S.O.I.L. Without that, the regen wouldnt have healed him fast enough to save his life. As for turning the Linebarrel black called Mode B it seems that feature is kind of locked to Emi.
Naoto hopes shes OK, and we also have the NERV and Build Base folks to worry about. Tsubaki expects our leaders strategy meeting to be over soon, so they might have new info for us but never mind that for now, our monitors just lit up by themselves!
And its Katou himself speaking, sending out a message to the entire world! I am Hisataka Katou, the commander of the Katou Organization. I apologize for my rather sudden message, but Id like to take this moment to officially proclaim our conquest of the entire world.
NERVs also watching, and Makoto cant believe the guy would try to pull that off with all mankind already has on its plate. Shigeru thinks hes serious, though, as proven by the bevy of Jinrais keeping Neo Tokyo 3 under siege. NERV itself cant really stop them as not only they havent the EVAs, theyre not really equipped to deal with blitz attacks by humans.
Maya fears they might end up having to fight their fellow men, but Gendou tells her not to panic. Everyones to hold at yellow alert, but it wont be NERV wholl shoot first. Shigeru seems ill at ease, but confirms.
Fuyutsuki, meanwhile, can see that its not SEELE behind this. Hm. In which case, this coup and Katous conquest of the world are bound to end in failure, Gendou nods. Granted, whether or not that prediction comes true depends entirely on LOTUS.
Back to us, Katou carries on while Kouichi fumes:
We are going to draw a clear line down this world: an impassable barrier, a new balance, separating good and evil, friend and foe, some and none, those with imagination and those without, those who will live and those who will die. To put it in simpler terms, this is the conquest of the world I spoke of just now.
The takeover of Japan was but the first step towards that. As of this very moment, Japan has ceased to exist as a sovereign nation, and has been born anew as the unsinkable vessel of the Katou Organization!
And cut to JUDA, for the rest of it: If you wish to be among the survivors, then imagine. Imagine what the future might hold, and what you should all do ! Kiriyama sighs at Katou hogging all the spotlight, while Reiji comes in to report that despite their and the Katou Organizations joint analysis, they havent been able to make sense of the Linebarrels Mode B yet.
The other JUDA Machinas are still unusable with their Factors out there if Kiriyama wants a quick solution, then Reiji says his best option would be to kill them and find new ones. No, thatd be FAR too boorish for him. What theyll do is either use their technological prowess to circumvent this issue, OR get the current Factors to submit.
Still, Kiriyamas is happy to just have the Machinas for himself they look so cool even if theyre just standing there! But having taken JUDA, Japan and the Machinas isnt the end as LOTUS and the folks up in space are still around.
First things first, Kiriyama has something else he wants to make his own: the Katou Organization itself. Reiji himself has to sigh at the guys boundless greed.
Over by Palace Djibril, the man has just seen Katous transmission and is rather surprised Logos Guy allowed him and Kiriyama to pull this stunt. Surely the Far East couldnt afford that to happen.
Actually, Logos Guy isnt worried about Kiriyama whatsoever and tells Djibril to carry on the extermination of the Coordinators as normal. What, are they going to do nothing about the Katou Organization? Djibril figures they cant stay silent after such a major proclamation, but Logos guy says its nothing they need to crush personally. Theyll just be on the lookout for the right time and then take action.
If the Schedule proceeds as expected, their world conquest will mean absolutely nothing, Logos Guy ponders inwardly. Well, alright, Djibril will do as he says Berlins up next, and itll soon be a sea of flame.
Checking in at Shangri-la, the Katou folks are in pretty good mood. Sawataris checking his hair out in the mirror its perfect though Masaki takes it to be a waste of time. Its not like hell look any different however much he stares in that mirror. Hey, Sawataris just enjoying the view, so shush!
Soubi seems moody, though, and Yulianne asks whats up. If hes sad about Riku, he really shouldnt be death is a regular occurrence in the battlefield, and the guy was aware of that. Its not, though, and Soubi has a question for her: why did she join the Katou Organization?
An odd thing to ask at this point, but Yulianne says he ought to know the answer to that: its because she approved of Katous ideals. Of course, there are other things that piqued her interest, too.
And is it the same for Dmitri? The guy harrumphs that Soubi shouldnt even need to ask, and wonders why hes been acting a bit off since they returned. Sawatari figures that if hes got time to worry about nonsense like that, then he oughta take a bit of incense for Rikus grave. Katou himself, busy as he is with his proclamation and whatnot, took the time to go, so Sawatari and Dmitri dont see any reason why Soubi cant.
Youre right the commander really does care a lot for his subordinates, huh? Soubi seems happy, but Wufei inwardly sees that hes wavering. Regardless, Reiji should be heading this way soon, so Wufeill need to ascertain what he is truly after.
Jack is also quietly pondering the guy: Reiji Moritsugu hes allied himself not just with the Kiriyama Heavy Industries, but also with our Organization?
By Rikus grave, Wufeis reporting that Kouichi actually followed his commanders orders to retreat; thats a shift in attitude, as the boy theyd been fighting with til today wouldve likely snapped into a frenzy face what happened hes not a simple champion of justice anymore.
His power is still lacking, says Wufei, but Katou thinks thatll sort itself out with time. After all, hes not the heir of Ishigamis will for nothing the boy very much exceeded Katous imagination.
And, finally, back to the Dannar Base, the leaders have just gathered our folks. Weve managed to get in touch with Sally, who tapped the Preventers network to get us some intel on whats going on throughout Japan, and, in essence, every single region is under strict surveillance.
Sally relates that Kiriyama has a lot more Jinrais out in the field than she expected, so a frontal assault is out of the question lest the hostages pay for it. Are we screwed, then? Not quite. From what Sallys found, it seems the Jinrais dispatched to hold those areas are all drones, meaning theyll have plenty of weaknesses Maki and the others can exploit.
Indeed, Zechs remembers lessons everyone learned in the past war of the inherent vulnerabilities of machines. Now, itll take make some preparations, but Kiriko figures well have everything ready to deactivate all the Jinrai drones by tomorrow morning.
Once that happens, we wont have to worry about the hostages safety, and, Kouichi sees, will be free to take JUDA back! Thats the plan, so itll be tomorrow at 5am where well execute Operation JUDA Reclamation!