Part 46: Mission 16 (JUDA Route) - Operation JUDA Reclamation - Part 2
: LtCol. Katsuragi, how are things on your end?
: The infiltration team is having a hard time getting inside. Its just as difficult for the diversion team
: This isnt good Fatigue and stress will be reaching dangerous levels among the pilots as this battle continues.
: Were not equipped to hand a war of attrition against them !
: Stand firm, everyone! Just a little bit more!
: Finally, Stage 100
: Id like to think this is the last one... its a nice, round number.
: That karaoke round was pretty fun, though! Youre a great singer Miu-miu!
: Is everyone ready? Im pressing the switch.
: ... I could say with confidence that you are, indeed, my dear comrades... but its best to be safe than sorry. I will verify your identities one final time.
: You pigheaded sonuva
: So lets begin right away! Your last test will be Strip Rock-Paper-Scissors!
: IVE HAD IT UP TO HERE WITH THIS GUY!!
: Why? What did I do to deserve this ?
: Well, we cant have these young girls walking around butt-naked, right? Bear with it, OK? (The girls get towels, but Izuna isnt as lucky, see.)
: Just think of this as a random accident and put it behind you, yes?
: I cant believe that moron of a presidents messing with us even beyond the grave !
: Very good
: D-Does that mean
: Congratulations youve won!
: Finally Finally, were done! Weve won! Oh, YEAH!!
: Now that youve cleared all of my one hundred traps, it is proven beyond any shadow of doubt that you are members of LOTUS! The final lock has been opened, and I bid you all welcome!
: Oh, what great games we had today. It was certainly worth all the effort it took to put them together!
: Thems some big words when we were the ones actually having to go through all that!
: Now you must hurry. You are the only ones in position to do something about this predicament.
: Huh ?
: Hm, hes right time is short. We need to go right away.
: Hmhmm. Lets hurry!
*Everyone runs off.*
: And theres the cue for my grand entrance. The entire world will watch as I ply my justice!
: Eiji Kiriyama has finally come out !
: More like we finally forced him out here !
: My dear fellows of LOTUS, what business brings you to my JUDA?
: JUDA belongs to Ishigami and were yanking it off your hands right here, right now!
: (He isnt playing the hostage card until the very last second, just as we figured he would.)
: (Things are mostly going according to plan so far.)
: Oh, dear And here I was just wondering if I didnt have it in me to compensate you guys a wee bit for that.
: Have it your way, then. Ill give you all an eyeful of my slick moves!
: Hah, you underestimate what a bunch of middle-schoolers can do!
: The EVA has its A.T. Field, so if I can just stall him a bit !
: Whats the matter, Evangelion? Put up more of a fight than this, why dont you This is our climatic showdown, you know!
: So Milliardo, the big bad rebel, is set on opposing my coup, huh?
: An illegitimate government will bring nothing but suffering and I will not tolerate that!
: I aint putting up with you calling the shots, or with your slimy face! Come here!
: Did you already forget the ace up my sleeve? Or are you too kill-crazy to care? My, the role of villain fits you like a glove.
: (Yeah, just you wait Youre gonna be bawling your eyes out real soon!)
Get Kiriyama under 50% HP to trigger the plot. Its very possible to get an extra kill here, but I didnt care enough to do it.
: Hmhmhm not bad at all, LOTUS. But our battles just getting started.
: Hes really not going to make this easy on us
: Now open your eyes and Ill show you the power of my justice the justice of New Japans ruler!
: Go right ahead Ill fight your justice with everything I got!
: Hmph... Well see for how long youll be giving me sass.
*Kiriyama blasts towards Kouichi and grabs him!
: Ah, crap!
: Stop! Hes got him immobilized !
: Not even you can dodge a point-blank shot, I bet. And your buddies wont risk firing either!
: You coward !
: This is your very last chance, Kouichi, my boy. Would you kindly wield the Linebarrels power in my name? We can rule the entire world, you and I.
: Ill only use this power for good! Thats the promise I made to Yajima, and why I refuse to let you beat me!
: Really now? Oh, well. Youll have plenty of time to rue your integrity in the next world!
: Hrk !
: Gwargh! Wh-What the?! Whered that come from?!
: Thanks a bunch, whoever that was! Youre done now, Kiriyama! JUDAll be ours again!
*Back at JUDA *
: TORYAAAA! And thats the last of them!
: Were set to activate D.S.A.!
: Copy that! And now !
: OK, D.S.A. installation is all green. Lets get our Machinas back !
*Beep. Power up!*
: Its working! The Deceives back online!
: Same for the Painkiller!
: Kickass! Now theres just the main system at the prez office left! Youre up, Emi, Prof!
: Alright, lets hustle on over there!
: While well get outside and help close off this whole thing, Izuna, Shizuna, Miu!
: Yeah! They pulled it off!
: Here come the star players! Ya better grit your teeth for a whooping, Kiriyama!
: I-Impossible! All of JUDAs Machinas shouldve been offline due to the suppressor!
: Oh, you really shouldnt count on those crummy tricks to always work against Girl Genius Rachel Calvin!
: Hmph Fine. Making a miraculous comeback is the mark of a Champion of Justice, as youll see very soon!
: Took the words right out of my mouth! Come on!
The Machinas are a bit too far away and I wanna get Kiriyama off my hair right now, so
: Your tricks are as dirty as the Darius, and Im not putting up with any of that!
: Ive heard stories of the Darian Crown Princess, but, FYI, I do not subscribe to Monarchy. So, please, dont tar me with the same brush as those villains.
: What I am is a righteous hero fighting in the name of the people. Those people will revere and be guided by me!
: And who the hell said thats OK?! You are just like Proist in how you ignore what everyone else wants!
: Oh, I have the perfect headline for this one: His Excellency educates a misguided youth on what true justice entails!
: God, you just cant stop twisting the facts to suit you, huh? But Im putting an end to that today!
: You better give it up, Kouichi. If not, youll not only lose, but do so as a minion of evil.
: Laugh while you still can, cause it wont last long ! Here I come, Eiji Kiriyama!
: How... How dare you do this to me!
: Keep at it! Hes almost down!
: This calls for some retribution ! Ill destroy that which is so dear to you!
: Watch out! Hes taking aim at JUDA HQ!
: Youll rue the day you opposed me, KOUICHIIII!!
: Bwahahaa! Serves you right!!
: What?! JUDAs intact?!
: Emi, you alright?! Is everyone OK?!
: Yes ! Yes, we are!
: Weve also restored the system in the presidents office!
: And dont worry about the TV crew that got left behind in here. Theyre fine too.
: He wanted to protect them.
: Heh, he left us all in the dust there.
: Kiriyama, you really are one twisted guy!
: Hmhmhm Id prefer you use the term creative, Kouichi. In fact, my creativity will literally blow everything sky high!
: Blow everything ?!
: Whatre you up to, creep ?
: Oh, dont tell me all this excitement addled your memory. Im staring at one pretty little switch, and with one press, I can command all the Jinrais throughout Japan to open fire.
: Nah, I wont, moron! And I did hope youd protect the world in my name Too bad.
: Eh ? Whats going on?!
*Press again! Alarms!*
: Why isnt the attack order going through?!
: In your own words, Eiji Kiriyama, too bad.
: All the deployed Jinrai drones have been deactivated.
: I-It cant be Then you were, from the start !
: What kind of Champions of Justice would just ignore hostages?!
: Howd ya like our acting? Pretty dang good, huh?
: And now its curtains for you, Kiriyama!
: Itd be best if you surrendered. There is nothing you can do to turn this around.
: Nothing I can do ? Dont be ridiculous, boy!
: Did you honestly think the Jinrais were the only card up my sleeve? Not! At! All! This entire city is already surrounded by my tank platoons!
: Oh, no ! Theyre using the Katou Organizations stealth tech!
: Then Misaki itself is his ultimate hostage ?!
: Yes, and itll all come crashing down! Lets try this again: bye-byyyeee!!
: Whaa?! Those blasts are !
: Sucks to be you, guy!
: Its that guy from the SDF ?!
: Yo, Quatre Sorry for being late to the party!
: Yeah I did find it weird when I didnt see you around !
: I took care of all his troops, Kouichi. Get in there and wreck that no-good sonuvagun!
: Youre betraying me?!
: Sorry, Your Excellency, but Ive been rolling with the Hayase Corps since the get-go!
: Domyoji you !
: So Im here and ready to get to work! Your orders, my beautiful commander?
: Um Makoto Domyoji, is that right? Okay, youre more than welcome!
: Do you see this, people of Japan? Eiji Kiriyama, leader of New Japan, apparently tried to destroy not only the city of Misaki but also several urban areas and laboratories throughout the country!
: You cant ! Didnt we have a deal that youd only show my good side?!
: Oh? But werent your exact words to keep the crowd hyped all the way til the end?
: Sorry. Im an investigative journalist, so Im not too familiar with the way variety TV works.
: And now the whole country got a real clear shot of what a bad egg you are!
: Youre finished, Excellency!
: H-How did this happen does that mean
: That Im now the VILLAIN?!
*Kouichi moves back in after him.*
: Damn straight! Your justice is 100% wrong!
Kouichi: There isnt a shred of justice in anything youre doing!
: No my justice was
: Mistaken, is what Just like I once did
And now its just a matter of cleaning up the surviving Jinrais Im guessing sunken cost fallacy stops them from calling it quits? Now, for a quick look at the new addition to our crew:
HFX-19 Jinrai (Makoto Domyoji)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Attack Combo L1
Squad Bonus: Melee AND Ranged weapons attack power +100, Terrain rating in Air: A
Dude, this guys the real deal. Enables flight and boosts all weapon types? He might just be the best offensive squaddie we have. Domyoji, as you might expect, is a great pilot (stats just a small step below Reiji) and will make a good fit with pretty much anyone.
His sole weakness is that the Jinrai is severely limited in ranged options: everything is point-blank, barring his weakest attack which is 1-3. Treat him as you would Iczer-1 or the Vardant.
<Insert here a bunch of Jinrais getting torn to bits in increasingly crueler ways.>
Of note, heres Domyojis strongest weapon and the Dynamic Finish for Lulus Killer Bite:
And Kiriyama had words for the other JUDA Factors if we managed to get them over to him:
: You might have retaken your Machinas, but that wont affect my victory in the slightest!
: And, actually, it is the perfect opportunity to force you all to submit to me!
: Yeah? Well, its really not gonna be easy for you!
: None of us would ever waste all the hard work our friends put into this!
: And well be freeing this country for your clutches!
: So ya better get ready for whats headed your way, Eiji Kiriyama!
: Thats enough of your nonsense, fellows of JUDA! My Pretender will give you all a harsh dose of reality!
: And thats the end of our operation. Great work, everyone! The captured facilities are also sending their thanks.
: (So thats LOTUS the elite force of the UN that has even that Dancouga in its ranks )
: You also went through a lot today, eh? Catching Kiriyamas attention is never a good time.
: Not at all I managed to eventually get the truth out, so Im happy.
: Um If its not too much of a bother, Ive a few questions Id like to ask.
: Oh, an interview already? No wonder youre so well-known as an on-the-scene reporter, Ms. Isabelle Cronkite.
: Very well, well pass your request along to LtCol. Katsuragi.
: Theres still plenty for us to do in the aftermath of our operation, though, so I trust you wont mind waiting a bit?
: Not at all, and Im grateful youd arrange this meeting in the first place. Ill be right over there
: She also helped us plenty today.
: Yup. Not only by clearing up what was actually happening throughout Japan, but also getting the people on our side.
: Alright, folks, theres still plenty to do before things are back to normal. Lets return to JUDA.
: Wait a minute! This is !
: Damn! Hes boarded the Daiku Maryu !
: The ease with which the Katou Organization retreated was just so wed lower our guard?!
: I presume you are the commander of LOTUS?
: Temporarily, at least. Misato Katsuragi of NERVs operational department.
: I have a small request to make.
As it turns out, Jack has quit the Katou Organization and wants to join LOTUS. Misato argues that he was our enemy not too long ago we cant well trust him just like that. Jack says he only joined Katou to train himself, and the boss man himself promised he could leave, no questions asked, whenever he found another path hed rather trail.
Dick cant help but be impressed that the guy even foresaw his underlings eventual betrayal, but Jack says he is not betraying anyone: this is all so he can have his duel with Reiji. It is not BUSHIDO to strike down ones ally, and since Reiji is working with the Katou Organization now, then Jack will throw his lot with the opposition.
Yagyuu applauds his conviction, and Jack himself is pleased to see that LOTUS has plenty of men and women blessed with the samurai spirit. In normal circumstances, hed look forward to facing us in battle, but Reiji takes priority.
Well, Lulu doesnt take him to be a bad man, and Yagyuu herself doubts hes the type to lie. If they say so, the Misato figures its OK to let him join maybe. With that done, theres an incoming call from Lady Une.
Cut to a little bit later, and Misatos already cleared Jacks position with Une. Hes good to go, and appreciative of our generosity. Hell stand ready to lay his life on the line when it comes time to fight Reiji. Shizunas a bit dumbfounded, but alright
As for the Macross, Misato says theyre doing fine and headed our way now that their missions complete. Shes also heard that the Minerva will be cooperating with us details will have to wait until were back together, though. And, so, Misato relays command back to Lulu, so that she can handle things, and takes off.
Shinji can see that she was pretty tired, and Alice isnt surprised. She hasnt slept at all since she started working on todays operation. Still, she didnt let herself waver in front of everyone else; Rosa says both she and Lulu will have to hold strong in their work, despite the hardships.
When Rachel asks, Jack says that there wouldnt be any point in him passing along whatever intel he has on the Katou Organization. Hes certain that any bases he knew of have been relocated, and data banks erased. Furthermore, Im not about to be so dishonorable to my old comrades, he notes.
Fine can he at least tell Sakon what that black Sphere from the other day is about? Only Katou and Masaki know that, unfortunately, so he cant help us there. Seems like the Organizations grand scheme is kept confidential from even their captains, so Sakonll have some thinking to do.
Yamashita wants to ask what is Reijis relationship with Katou and, from what Jacks seen, the two men are old friends. Crap.
And Kouichi is finally back in his room, exhausted after the battle and having to do an interview with Isabelle. Theres just one the bothering him, though: hes sure that whoever sniped down Kiriyama wasnt with LOTUS, so who the hell was it?
Finally, by Shangri-Las bridge, Yulianne sighs how unexpectedly quick Kiriyama was defeated. That was all his twisted justice amounted to, unfortunately, Katou shrugs. Reiji himself has just arrived, and Katou bids him a warm welcome to the team and, as it turns out, the mystery shooter is also there!
Katou praises his fine work, and while normally hed already be given a new assignment, there are some preparations that must be done first. So, Katou gives him leave to take some time off and visit home.
But what comes next, Sawatar wonders hopefully not a huge farce like today was. Farce or not, they needed Kiriyama to buy them time, so it needed to happen. Regardless, theyll be working in secret for a bit, and not even Wufei has issue with that. Itll be a good opportunity to see what is truly going on in Reijis head.
Masaki himself is to carry on with the plan, taking every step to keep LOTUS in the dark.