Part 49: Mission 18 - Hoping for Retrieval
Welcome back, folks. I went back and redid the previous mission to pull off a kill on Ramiel before Shinji blasted it, so alls well in the world now.
Ichitakas made it to 70 kills, becoming our first de facto Ace, while Kenji and Daiya continue to hang behind. The latter got 6 kills last mission, so if he keeps that pace, hell eventually overtake the competition.
As for upgrades, random pips went to many of our protags. More importantly, Kenji got that Break Morale Limit that Ramiel dropped since I like Jeeg. Shinji got Hit & Away and B-Save because both his Gatling Gun and Positron Rifle are ammo based.
Speaking off, all Jeeg units are auto-deploying, so we change a few things:
Ikima has finally returned from the Zone and hes brought the original Jeegs head back with him! As he basks in Himikas praise, Amaso sniffs that he couldve brought the thing back AT LEAST a day sooner.
Ikima reminds him that time flows way slower inside the Zone than it does outside and Amaso had actually forgotten about that. Mimashi smacks his forehead, but whats important is that its here.
So, Himika begins her ritual to extract the other Bronze Bell from within.
Tsubaki suddenly wakes up in her bedroom: A dream? It didnt look like a normal one, though That woman was trying to get something What was that ?
Emi and Nagisa have woken up uncharacteristically late today, Aoi telling them that even Shinji and Kouichi have already left for their morning training. Klan isnt too surprised, what with all the data that needed processing after Operation Yashima Sakon and Kosuke were helping Emi, but it was still a lot of work to do.
What about Nagisa? Was she also helping? No she just stayed up late watching TV. Ichitaka prods her that Shizuru once warned that not getting enough sleep is bad for the skin, but Nagisa moans that its just as important to relax and have fun when outside of battle. Besides, it was just yesterday and they, as students, are entitled to take a day off once in a while!
That would be the case werent Ichitaka and co taking something of an extended leave with all thats going on. Domyoji figures if anyone needs to take a break, its Shinji and Rei and Klan agrees: those two had a lot riding on their shoulders with Operation Yashima.
Indeed, not only does Tetsuya say Shinji performed admirably, everything wouldve ended in failure had Rei not been ready to shield him so selflessly. It takes someone with a heart of iron to be willing to do that for a comrade, thats for sure bonds so strong that they make one ready to sacrifice oneself.
Hell, Ichitaka remembers Shinji burning his hands in order to rescue Rei from the melted #00 he oughta learn from the kids example and Kurara approves of their youthful ardor. Hey, Johnny, if Kurara and I were in danger, would you come to our rescue? Aoi snickers. I would, but I plead the fifth on any implications that might have regarding our bonds, Johnny fires back.
Thats a boringly noncommittal answers in Aois opinion, though Kenji concedes that hed readily risk his life if Tsubaki was in danger. Shes not listening, though, staring out into the distance. When Kenji pokes her, she tells of the weird dream shes had.
Cut to some time later, Tsubakis told Shiba about her dream and he doesnt think it was just that rather, it was a vision of the present. When he asks, she confirms that, indeed, the woman in her dream mentioned wanting to get this Bronze Bell. The Jama guys have been very vocal of how theyre after that thing, and Boss wants to know what it is.
Well, everyones here, so Kyo figures its a good time as any to explain whats what. The Bronze Bell is something indispensable to us, a power source that channels an ancient energy and lies within Kenjis Raikouba (his bike, which turns into Jeegs head).
Furthermore, the Bronze Bells energy is also the power that sealed Himika and her goons away in a previous battle. Come again? You see, the Jama Kingdom first tried to invade our world fifty years ago, which eventually culminated with the old UN forces leading an assault on the Jama Kingdoms fortress in Aso.
During that battle, Hiroshi Shiba, the original Jeeg, used his own Bronze Bell to seal away Himika and the rest of the Jamas. But they managed to return, and now Himika seeks the Bronze Bell as a way to attain even greater power.
Last time it took a concentrated effort of worldwide military for us to prevail, and theyll only get way stronger if Himika is successful. Not a good prospect.
Back to Himika, despite her efforts, she cant draw out the Bronze Bell from the old Jeeg. She doesnt understand why, but soon feels Tsubakis presence observing her and something clicks in her head.
They need that girl. Shes the key to extract the Bronze Bell! Amasos confused, but Ikima seems to understand as well, and has an idea.
Back to us! Micchi, judging from Tsubakis vision, wagers that Himikas gotten her hands on Jeegs head the original Jeegs head. Hiroshi Shiba is said head himself, and it is within him that the other Bronze Bell is located. Goh remembers hearing of what Hiroshi is, but Yanma doesnt understand how Himika found it: he and Haccho remember heading that the old Jeeg vanished during the battle fifty years ago.
Shiba figures he was inside the Zone all this time, and, since Alto and co arent from here, Micchill explain what that is: the entire region of Kyushu has been isolated behind a barrier since the battle with the Jama Kingdom fifty years ago. It was speculated that Hiroshi was sealed inside all this time after sealing Himika and co away.
What Kenji wants to know, though, is how they figure Tsubakis dream was real, and Micchi tells that the girls had this sort of power from the moment she was born: her power as Priestess of the Bronze Bells.
Tsubakis worried, asking about what that means, but Micchi tells her its nothing to be afraid of; rather, it could be her gateway to greater strength. Tsubaki doesnt quite know what to make of this, but if its her mission, then shes willing to fight with this power she has.
And shell get her chance, as the alarms start blaring: a large Jama Kingdom force is headed straight for Build Base! Rey smells a trap, with Shinn and Luca figuring theyre luring us in a bid to nab the other Bronze Bell we have.
Trap or not, Athrun says we cant ignore that posse of enemies, and Misato agrees: LOTUS is to move out and protect Build Base.
Mission 18 Hoping for Retrieval
The Jama folks just rolled on over and started blasting the Build Base. Ikima taunts Jeeg to come and face his death, and LOTUS readily obliges. As we deploy, Ozma and Kouji spot the three Dai Kaengus with the enemy leaders atop, showing that theyre getting serious.
While Ikima and Amaso proclaim that THIS TIME theyll get our Bronze Bell, Misato sends everyone forward with an admonition to keep Kenji in one piece. Seems like he cant go too crazy now, but just regular crazyll work fine for him.
Kill everything dont lose any ship, Jeeg or the Big Shooter. A simple mission to relax after Operation Yashima, Ikima, Amaso and Mimashi are the only real threats here (especially since they can drain SP), but that doesnt mean much considering the plotll kick in once one of them is dead. In hindsight, you could potentially kill all three of them with Canarias MAPW if you position her well.
All in all, you really need to try to lose anyone this mission: the enemies will be coming in waves, so youll have ample time to build morale and stomp over everything in your way.
With that said, lets send everyone forward and rush through this.
: Hey, hey, the Bronze Bells waiting right here! You aint getting it, but you might as well come on over and save us all some time!
Kill three enemies:
: The way those enemies are moving They really are focused on getting the second Bronze Bell, just as we thought.
: Then we just need to mount our formation around Kenji and there should be no surprises.
: Probably but
: Something wrong, Col. Katsuragi?
: No, dont worry about it. We should stick to the original plan.
: Alright. Relay that to all other ships!
: (My guts telling me that Im overlooking something important, but )
: Weve the home field advantage today, Mido, Saotome. Lets make this quick.
: Roger that!
: Been a long time since we were back here. Now we clean house!
: Tsubaki, our job is to support Kenji. Dont overextend yourself, alright?
: Forget about your powers as Priestess of the Bronze Bells for the time being. Youll know everything soon enough.
: Kyo Youre right. What Ive to worry about right now is fighting!
: Boom! You jerks see how strong we are yet?!
: Hmhmhm What of it?
: Wh-Whats he doing?!
: He took the Big Shooter!
: Tsubaki! Kyo!
: The girl is ours! Her capture is far more important to Her Majesty than the other Bronze Bell!
: So they werent after our Bronze Bell at all ?!
: HEY! This is the first weve heard about that!
: Your plan was to claim all the glory for yourself, wasnt it?!
: I needed you to attack Jeeg to create an opening for me to act. If youve any complaints, youre free to vent them later. Were retreating!
: Hrm !
*The three leaders head to the edge of the map.*
: Stop! Give Tsubaki and Kyo back!
: Its that thing that showed up in Misaki!
: Baruba, the Animal God, wasnt that its name?
: Outta my way, Baruba!
: Grrrr ! Grrowr!
: Hrk..! Quit bugging me! I gotta go save Tsubaki and Kyo!
: Its like Kyo told you before, Kenji. He wont let you through unless you prove your strength.
: Guess so Then all I have to do is kick his ass some!
: (Hold on, Tsubaki, Kyo. Ill show this cat how strong I am, and then Im off to save you two!)
: So this is that monster that cropped up while we were out in space, eh ?
: You might not be an outright bad guy, but Im not pulling my punches if youll be a problem!
: I see youve a mission as well. But I also cannot step aside.
: You can tell what its thinking, Iczer-1?
: Only somewhat But, regardless, we must end this battle with haste!
Kenji attacking: Get it in your thick skull that Im way stronger than you!
: Kittys still a real tough cookie!
: Baruba, I gotta take you down and get a move on! Im gonna keep Tsubaki safe, whatever it takes!
: Even if Im hurt, or if I gotta die for it, ILL KEEP HER SAFE!!
: He still wants to keep fighting even after a blow like that?!
: No, he doesnt !
: Baruba, you
: Looks like he figured out were not enemies.
: He acknowledged our power, then?
: Apparently so. I dont feel any more hostility coming from him.
: You wanna come with us, then, Baruba?
: All enemies confirmed destroyed!
: And there doesnt seem to be any troops lying in ambush, Captain.
: Col. Katsuragi, we should return to Build Base and put together a plan to rescue the captives.
: Youre right
: What, youre telling me to sit on my ass? No way! Hold on, Tsubaki, Kyo! Im coming after you right now!
: Wh Kenji, wait!
: Oi, that dum-dum! He wants to go look for the Jama Kingdom by himself?!
: Lemme handle it! Ill make him call this off!
: Hm, get to it. Bring him back even if you have to knock him out!
: Yes, sir!
And here are the convos we missed today:
: Too bad for you, Ikima, another loss is all youre leaving with!
: That wont happen! Today is the day well claim the Bronze Bell!
: (Yes Jeegs head is our target today. The Jeegs head, indeed !)
: Youve got some nerve attacking Build Base while we werent around!
: Its all to claim your Bronze Bell, and I am not about to let this new opportunity elude me!
: This wont end as it did before! Ill now fulfill my mission and present the Bronze Bell to Her Majesty! Shes going to be so happy with me!
: Psh. With that look of yours I reckoned youd be a pretty sharp guy, not someone whod be chasing rainbows.
: Rainbows? Where?!
: Inside your crazy head, is where! You got a whole different thing coming if you think things are gonna be following your script!
: Wed be wrapping this up a whole lot quicker if we could tame him with some food
: No way, this cat looks way too proud to fall for that.
: Besides, weve got no kibble around!
: Thats enough playing around. This guy Hes really not going to cut us any slack.
Some time later, Quatre tells weve yet to hear of Ichitaka, so Kenjis location is still unknown. Dick ponders that Kenji mightve gotten himself jumped, but Kouichi tells him to quit with that. Its only making us worry.
Rey sees his point, though, as Kenji ran off towards the Jama Kingdoms own sphere of influence, so theres a decent chance thingsll go bad if hes not brought back quick. Altos thinking he shouldve gone after him, but its then that Kouji runs in and tells everyone to turn on the TV.
Why? Durandals making a statement to the entire planet!
So he says: Attention. I am Gilbert Durandal, Chairman of the PLANT High Council. I come to you today because I have something I want you all to know: the reason why the war will not cease why we were ever at war to begin with.
He asks everyone to watch a certain footage, which Anna immediately recognizes as the battle of Berlin: This video depicts the events of a few days ago, where Alliance forces, led by their newest weapons, raided a city in western Central Eurasia. These weapons of mass-destruction attacked unprovoked, giving no chance for the populace to escape, resulting in the destruction of three cities and the deaths of civilians beyond counting.
Talia inwardly wonders if Durandal took such roundabout ways to send them their orders in order to delay the Minervas departure and make sure events unfolded like that. No that cant be true!
Durandal carries on: Why? Why did this happen? Why do they use weapons instead of words? We will have no peace! We must fight! Who would say that first?
By the Archangel, theyre also watching the speech: I know that we, humans, could and must join together and rebuild our world as one abounding with kindness and light. However, some of us work against that dream and they have been doing so since time immemorial!
What is he getting at, Cagalli wonders, while Lacus watches in silence.
Back to us: They are an amalgam of defense contractors, seeking to foster hostility, to plunge this world into conflict They are called Logos, merchants of death, and are the nemeses of all of us who dream of peace!
Rey ponders that Gils finally revealed the existence of Logos to the world.
Djibril is NOT happy that theyve been outed, and Logos Guy asks how hes going to fix this. Its his responsibility that Durandal could pull this stunt. No, no, itll be fine and Djibril has just the card to play: he knows that Durandals been buddying up with people from another world, despite his speeches of wanting to help all of humanity. Surely Logos Guy is aware of that too.
So, what Djibril wants to do is expose that for the world to see, and the people will all turn against the Coordinators! But there is yet another matter that I wish to convey to you, Durandal continues his speech. What now? The Macross Frontier, the migrant fleet which Im certain youve all heard of they are actually visitors from a different world. The Frontier Fleet arrived on this Earth seeking mutual support with all of us. But despite their friendly intentions, Logos sought to eradicate them all solely for their own benefit!
Oooh, shit, Djibril can feel the entire world turning against THEM right as this goes down, and Durandal seals the deal: I hereby swear an oath to fight and destroy Logos, enemies of our world!
CURSE YOU, DURANDAAAAAL!
Cut to the Frontier, Mishima was a bit surprised by Durandals announcement, but figures a man like him has decent odds of emerging victorious. More importantly, though, a NUNS officer walks in and says Ranka has arrived. The girls a bit intimidated, but Mishima is honored to finally meet the famous Super Dimensional Cinderella.
Now, what does such an important member of their government want with her? Well, theyve reviewed data on her kidnapping by the Vajra and their scientists have theorized that her song might just be our ultimate weapon against the Vajra.
Rankas very surprised, but while this matter is still under investigation, Mishima says the government is putting together a special project to verify things before long. Theyd like her help with that. Ranka doesnt know what shed have to do, but thats fine as Mishimas found her something of specialist manager to help with that.
And its Grace. Shell be taking over as Rankas manager starting today, though that raises the question from the girl: what about Elmo? He wont fly, as thisll require a coordinated effort with the government, so itd be too complicated to bring in someone else. And Elmo himself consented to this when they explained what a major opportunity this was for Ranka. Really.
Well, but what about Sheryl? Isnt Grace her manager? Sure, but shell be in the hospital for a bit longer and even when she eventually gets out, Grace is more than capable of handling the two of them. Shes certain Sheryl is happy to pass the torch on to Ranka and have her bring joy to the Frontiers people in her absence.
Alright, Rankas up for it, so Mishimall get to work and see that everythings ready for her (including assigning a bodyguard).
: Damn, I cant find any sign of them! Whered they go?!
: Kenji, hold up!
*Ichitaka moves closer.*
: Ichitaka ! Wait, youre not here to stop me, are ya?!
: Listen, even if you manage to run those guys down, you cant take them all alone! Why dont we all go back to Build Base for a sec and work something out together?!
: Besides, Baruba hasnt recovered from the last battle either!
: No way, no how! I I gotta save Tsubaki right the hell now!
: We all want to save her! And if youre gonna be stubborn about this, Im gonna have to make you come back to base !
: Tch! I aint got time to go at it with you! Baruba!
*Baruba charges after the Rushbird!*
: Wh-What the?! But the radars clear !
: I guess that really is all you amount to.
: The Straybird?!
: Yuu, why are you
: Theres nothing for us to talk about. And you havent the right to stop Jeeg, either. Hes forging on ahead, alone, just to achieve his own personal goal like I am.
: Yuu, stealing the Rushbird is stage one of our plan. We cannot waste much time on this.
: Understood. Well set out in t minus 8, alright, Haruno?
: (Hes doing that again ! But how am I gonna catch up to him without Kouichi or anyone else around ?!)
: I wont let you take another step. Rather, I wont let you fight any more!
: Ichitaka! Are you bleeding?!
: Do you see it now? This is all you amount to when you dont have a swarm of allies to bail you out.
: Youre stuck in the present, blind to what you should be doing. Youre not fit to be with that squadron, much less capable of saving gramps.
: You shouldnt throw your life away for nothing.
: What ?!
: This has gone on for too long, Ichitaka. You will be leaving the Rushbird here and now!
Haruno: Do not fight back, Alice!
Yuu: Well be taking the Rushbird!
Haruno: None of your friends are here to help today. Youve no chance of winning!
: Hang in there, Ichitaka!
: Has he given up?
: AL-3 Alice, theres nothing you can do by yourself. Take Ichitaka and leave your unit.
: Damn Isnt there anything we can do ?
: We know everything about the Rushbirds abilities. Whatever you may try to scrounge up, it wont work.
: (The Rushbirds abilities Thats the Maser Eye, the energy emission device and the energy absorption device that generates the Laplace Wall What can we do with just those ?)
: Hah, I guess reality aint like TV No heros showing up to save us when we need one
: (! Hero ? Actually, this is rather similar to that show Ichitaka and the Professor liked Maybe if !)
: (I knew it ! If I use both energy devices like this, then !)
: Are you overheating again?! Stop! I dunno what youre thinking, but we cant turn this around!
: It is no problem at all ! Rather, its with you giving up so easily that I see plenty of problems!
: Leave this to me. If my hypothesis is correct, then theres a way to make it through this!
: Ichitaka, Ill need you to move the unit exactly as I say. Ill manage the flow of energy!
: Alright ! Just tell me what to do, Alice!
*The Rushbird stands back up.*
: Theyre still at it? Im surprised his spirit wasnt crushed after that.
: They might be planning to use the Laplace Wall and Lightning Fist in tandem for a rushdown attack.
: No, wait. Are they ?!
Alice: Here we go, Ichitaka!
Ichitaka: Alright, everythings in your hands!
Ichitaka: Th-Thats ?!
Alice: Deploying Laplace Wall. Initiating absorption of subspace energy efflux !
Alice: Control established! Ichitaka, position the Rushbirds arms like so !
Ichitaka: OK. Like this?!
Alice: And now the dimensional energy will !
Yuu: Kch ! I-Its ?!
Haruno: How How could Alice perform a procedure of this level ?!
: Wh-What ?!
: It twisted time and space to draw out a direct flow of energy from subspace ?! That units capable of something like that ?!
: It worked
: Alice, you
: Damage has exceeded all acceptable parameters. Yuu, we cannot continue
: Were retreating. We cannot afford to lose the Straybird.
: Alice, what was that just now ? And what happened to your hair
: Alice? Something up?
: Whats wrong?! Hey, talk to me! ALICE!!