Part 57: Mission 20 (Himika Route) - Contact With the Unknown - Part 2: Ill concede that your strength exceeds my expectations, foolish Earthlings.
: I wont allow you to leave here alive, Neos Gold!
: However, it is precisely because you struggled so that you will experience even greater pain.
: What ?
: Just about now, my Four Generals should be in pursuit of Iczer-2s new partner, cutting a swathe of destruction as they do.
: Captain, weve an emergency transmission from Island 1! Mihoshi Academy is under attack by some unknown bugs!
: And at this hour Nanase and the others are there!
: A-Aah !
: Please, give Kawai back!
: Thats just not going to work, Im afraid. You, alone, are the person were here for, Nagisa Kasumi.
: Meaning everyone else are simply pawns for me to toy with until theyre broken and Ill very much enjoy slowly tearing them apart.
: If If only Alto and the others were around, you
: Itd make absolutely no difference. Whoever may be here, theyd all end the same way: food for by adorable bug servants.
: And, so, I believe this girl can go first. Why dont I start with this pretty face of hers ? Hmhmhm, hahahahah!
: STOP! Stay away from her!
*Nagisas struck by Insects bugs!*
: Urk let Kawai go
: You cant fight those monsters, Nagisa! Its impossible!
: Heh Look at you, risking your life to save your dear friends.
: Youre a funny girl... And, you know what, Ive changed my mind. Ill make her scream a bit before handing her over to Lady Neos!
: (God, please save her !)
: Hee, hee
: Huh Wh-Who are you ?
: Heey Yo! Im Iczer-3!
: Iczer-3 ? I heard of Iczer-1, but
: Oh, you know my big sis? What about granny there with the bugs?
: Granny ? You dare address the mightiest of Lady Neos warriors so? Ill make you rue your impudence.
: And if shes Iczer-1s sister, then we must kill her !
: Ah! You two wanna play?!
: Indeed. You should be honored to get the chance to fight me!
: Lets go, then, grannies!
*Bzzt! Swoosh! Whiplash! Beam!
: Wow that girls unbelievable
: (Iczer Whats going on ? I feel like I know her Actually, didnt I see this in a dream ?)
*Bzzt! Swoosh! Whiplash! Beam!
: Ooh, you grannies are strong! I like it!
: Buut, I think youre a bit too weak to play with my big sis.
: What did you say?!
: Iczer BOOOOMB!
: Woo-hoo! I win!
: Shes too strong !
: Inconceivable How could such a tiny girl hurt my beautiful body ?
: Insect ! We must report this to Lady Neos
: Hm, weve no choice !
: Aaw, they ran! Jerks!
: Iczer-3 who are you?
: Ah, Nagisa! Im your partner!
: My partner ?
: Yep, thats what Sister Gray said. So, Nagisa, lemme borrow a bit of your strength, okay? Well give those guys a whooping together!
: Hm ooh Nanase? What happened ?
: Nagisa vanished !
: Ah ! What is the meaning of this, Fiber, Insect?
: A-A thousand apologies We were attacked by this girl. She called herself Iczer-3 and said she was Iczer-1s sister
: Our attacks had no effect on her
: I accept your apology but I also have no use for incompetent warriors.
: LADY NEOS!!
: Did she just destroy her own allies?!
: Whats the situation at the Frontier Fleet?!
: If you mean that big ol space ship, its all good! Both the bugs and the grannies got kicked out!
: Whats going on ? Im floating in space ?!
: H-Hey, isnt that the Nyan-Nyan Nagisa?!
: Whats she doing there ?
: Iczer-1, is that girl the one you escaped the Cthulhu with?
: No, shes not who in the world
: Good to meet you, sis! Im here to help you just like Sister Gray told me to!
: Gray? Then, youve the Iczelio
: Yup, and I can also pilot the Iczer Robo. Take a look, too, Nagisa! This is my friend!
: Iczer Robo!
: Shes ?
: What happened, Iczer-1?
: The Iczer Robo was called elsewhere.
: What ? Wait, this sensation I know this
: Here we go, Nagisa!
: What are you doing, Lulu? We still have a battle to deal with.
: Ah I-Im sorry. I was just a bit taken aback
: Your targets havent changed, troops! Destroy the Cthulhu while carrying on with the Ranka Attack experiment!
Iczer Robo (Iczer-3, Nagisa Kasumi)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Attack Combo L2
Spirit Commands Iczer-3:
Spirit Commands Nagisa:
Squad Bonus: exp earned +10%, mobility +5
Iczer-1, bulky edition. Iczer-3 has SLIGHTLY worse stats than her sisters, but she does have them beat in defenses and her attacks have lower EN costs.
On the other hand, on offense, Iczer-3 is straight-up worse than 1: in both forms, her weapons are varying degrees of weaker (from just 100 points less on the melee and beam attacks, to a full 500 less between 3s strongest and Iczer-1/Robo Full Power).
And thats an issue because, as you saw, theres only ONE Iczer Robo to go around you need to choose who uses it at a given time. Mind, you could make the point that, since Iczer-1s stronger by herself, 3 needs the Robo more.
And, in case youre wondering, Nagisa Kasumi is an exact mirror image of Nagisa Kanou down to the spirit command list, so dont let that stop you from choosing one or the other.
Now, weve only a handful of Dilos left alive, so well make quick work of those and converge upon Neos Gold.
While thats going on, Iczer-3 has a chance to pull a nice chain attack with her melee attack:
: Game on! Lets see which is stronger: you or the Iczer Robo!
: Wh-What am I supposed to do here ? Gimme some sort of explanation, Iczer-3!
: Here goes!
Oh, and Neos Gold decided to start moving when she saw an opportunity of her own to chain attack.
: Damn that Big Gold! So she had another trick up her sleeve other than those monsters and giant robots?!
: My mother is all-powerful she far exceeds your feeble imagination. And, of course, so do I!
And now we go deal with her properly!
: You may be young, but you are also an Iczer Fine, Ill deal with you in person.
: Youve got a lotta nerve sending people after Nagisa, Neos Gold!
: Haah Haah Iczer-3 wait up ! Im feeling kind of
: You had your goons attack Mihoshi Academy while it was completely defenseless?! Theres sordid and then theres that, Neos Gold!
: Hohohoho I care not to comply with the standards of humans, foolish Earthling.
: Well, you better! Because the Voltes is going to pay back the horror you put our friends through twice over!
: Dyou really want to kill us and Iczer-1 so bad that youd pull crap like that?!
: Ohoho No different from you and your unwillingness to coexist with the Vajra.
: ! Then thats what we are in your eyes, huh ? Then, Ill !
: Neos Gold Youre 100% evil, no question about it! And our justices gonna put you down!
: Your justice I see. Then I believe Ill kill you first.
: You Cthulhu are really running short on people by the looks of it.
: Your insolent tongue wont be wagging for long. Observe how weak you truly are.
: Disappear, Neos Gold! And take your evil power with you!
: Ill bring your head as a gift to my mother. Here is where you die, Iczer-1!
: Urgh ! Not bad, though this is hardly enough to best me.
: Her energy signals growing fainter! Shes going to !
: Ooh, no! This spawns mom messed with my sis and her friends so much, so shes going down right here, right now!
: Stop! Dont rush
*Iczer-3 rushes Neos Gold down.*
See how you like my Iczelio Bomber!
Urgh I cant
Rrrgh! Curse you Iczer-3!!
: Jeez, shes tough!
: Eh?! Wh-Whats with the Iczer Robo?!
: Think its same thing that happened to our Nagisa?!
: If the partners unable to synchronize herself, the Iczer Robo grows weak !
: Did something happen to her partner, then ?!
: Nagisa?! What is it, Nagisa?! Talk to me, please!
: Fool In your bid to claim victory, youve left yourself exposed.
: Huh?! Whyd the Iczer Robo leave?!
: Ive taken the liberty of seizing the Iczelio, source of you Iczers power. Rest assured that Ill put it to very good use
: All that remains now is to capture Nagisa Kasumi
: Not on my watch!
: Worry not, Iczer-3. Ill also take the time to give you your just deserts.
: (But if I fight here, Nagisall be in danger What do I do ?!)
: Watch out!
: You OK, Iczer-1?!
: Yes as are the two of them Urk !
: Very impressive, Iczer-1 I now see why Iczer-2s been wounded so by your hand.
: But, unfortunately, I, like you, no longer have any strength with which to fight. Much as I am loath to leave without Nagisa Kasumi, the Iczelio is a fine prize in itself. Once Ive recovered my power, we shall meet again !
: Stop Neos Gold
: Oh, no! Someone bring Iczer-1 and Nagisa to the Macross!
: Ill do it! I have to get them to that ship there, right?
Thats all the Vajra and Cthulhu taken care of, and Bobbys very impressed with the amazing show Ranka put today. She was like the legendary Minmay herself, Mina thinks, but the singers too passé for Bobby. Basaras a much better comparison though hes also old news in Lams eye.
Alto also praises her for the good work, but Rankas more worried about Nagisa and Iczer-1. We dont know how theyre doing, but will check now; Ranka cant come with, though, as she has exams to undergo
Inwardly, though, she wonders to Alto and Ozma: Is Is this right?
Couple of convos we missed today:
: (Its true that, if this works, well see a major dip in KIA cases. Well also have a way of regaining our footing and dealing with the Vajra This is quite the conundrum for Ozma, hm?)
: Oh, different bugs! Nagisa, can I play with them for just a bit? I bet theyre strong!
: Th-Those are the Vajra, arent they?! No! Stay away from them!
: Naah, dont worry about it! Im pretty strong too, you know!
Iczer-3 hurries to the Quarters infirmary in search of Nagisa and Iczer-1, and Alice has to tell her to keep her voice down Nagisas still very weak. Shes not at risk, Canaria points out, and will recover with some rest.
Miu points out that the same happened with Nagisa Kanou during her first battle, where she exhausted herself due to controlling the Iczer Robo. Iczer-1 starts getting off her gurney, and Iczer-3 immediately apologizes for putting her here.
Alice protests that shes still hurt and shouldnt move around, but Iczer-1 says, regardless, shell soon be unable to move. Before that, though, she has something to do and looks at the asleep Nagisa Kasumi.
Canaria tells who she is, and since this Nagisa from another world is Iczer-3s partner, she has a favor to ask.
: Youre leaving, Iczer-1 ?
: Yes. I must return to my allys side in order to heal my wounds.
: Nagisa Im entrusting your protection, as well as that of the other Nagisa, to Iczer-3.
: Are we gonna see each other again?
: My battles will continue until Neos Gold and Big Gold are destroyed, and Earth is saved. So I promise to you all that Ill return.
: Well be looking forward to the day where well fight side-by-side again, Iczer-1.
: As will I. Take care of them, Iczer-3. And, Nagisa farewell for now.
: Bye, Iczer-1 and please come back to us.
: Iczer-3. Im sure Iczer-1 and Canaria already said this to you, but
: If youre going to be fighting with us, then youll need to listen to what we say and not act as rashly as you did.
: I just screwed up when controlling the Iczer Robo, thats it! Ill do it right next time !
*Off she goes.*
: Oof, shes quite the handful. What do we do? Just give her free rein?
: Is she the kind of kid thatd listen to us, even?
: Nagisa Kasumi we might just have to depend on her for this.
And BOTH Alto and Michel had to run a ton of laps around the hangar as punishment for bringing Sheryl over, and the latter is not happy that he wound up getting caught in that. Altos already apologized for it, damn it! Well, now that thats done, Michel has to take off: this is their first time back in the Frontier in who knows how long, so he has a date!
As he leaves, Alto gets a call from Ranka: she wants to thank him for today, and apologizing for taking this long. She had to wait for Brera and the others to leave the room. Alto doesnt blame her, since the guy has been assigned to her.
Either way, Ranka wants his opinion on the experiment. Well, everyones stoked over what happened, saying how thisll make our fight with the Vajra way simpler, how it could be key to uncovering so much more, etc And what does Alto, himself, think?
Well, wanting to expand and gain prosperity is a fundamental desire for any living beings, and when two groups have that same desire, thats when conflict is born. This is what we have on our hands, and it seems survival comes down to either us or them or maybe some other group, even.
Alto thinks we might be at a major crossroads here, and, in that case, hes ready to do whatevers necessary. Is it really okay, then? Thats what Alto thinks, at least, and thats all the validation Ranka needs: if her song can help us even a little, then shell sing her heart out for Alto, his friends and Nagisa!
Speaking of, the doctors expect the girl to be awake tomorrow hell let Ranka know if it happens, so he tells her to keep up the good work. With much gratitude, she hangs up, and while Altos glad that there wasnt anything major wrong with Nagisa, he does have to wonder what might be up with Sheryl after they took her back to the hospital
Cut to the Presidents Office, Cathys investigation has born some fruit: she thinks Breras getting his orders from people connected to the Macross Galaxy, still believed to be in their original world, while the approval for todays operation has Mishimas fingerprints all over it. See, while Howard was very happy with the experiments results, he apparently wasnt too keen on having it take place.
Ozma wonders if Cathys really fine with leading this investigation, what with her fiancée being involved, and she sighs that Mishimas a very ambitious man. She used to think that was a good point of his unlike someone elses lack of ambition?
Cathy falls silent, so Ozma apologizes for crossing the line.
Speak of the devil, Lucas been brought to Mishimas office, and asks the man if both todays experiment and the covert recovery of Fold Quartz from the Vajra corpses are being done in accordance to Birlers wishes. What makes him think that? Well, the guy has an obvious reason to want the mineral: to create with it a network spanning even parallel worlds. A monopoly like that would essentially give the man dominion over the world.
Mishima praises the insight of L.A.I.s heir, but hes not quite right: Mishimas no longer acting in accordance to Birlers agenda. G, stepping out of the shadows, says theyre setting their sights way higher than Lucas hypothesis.
But Mishima says they still need L.A.I. to continue its excellent work. They all want to get back to their original world, you see, meaning they need to stay alive until that can happen. Thus, he wants them to make good on the development of the new warhead.
Thats fine with Luca, but he does ask them to quite using their prototypes for unscheduled experiments. With that, he leaves, and G is very impressed with the kid. Well, he didnt earn his position of technical advisor in L.A.I. by being charming hes a prodigy through and through.
But more important than him, Mishima wants to know how thingsll proceed with the Ranka Lee Experiment.
Training requires both carrot and stick, you know, G says and takes away his disguise, revealing himself to be Grace! So how about we give the carrot some priority for now? she says. Scary, scary woman.
Turns out Michels date was with Klan. Did she wait long? N-No, who would waste their time waiting for HIM? Shes clearly just got here! And, whoops, Alice is also around, apologizing for running late not that Michelll complain, since he was late himself after running with Alto. I thought thisd be my big chance and you brought someone else along Klan fumes silently.
Either way, Michels sorry for calling them over while they were off-duty, but he asks if theyve found out anything about that mysterious medicine Sheryl was taking. Klan hasnt anything yet, but she did call in a favor from a college friend to analyze it. Once the results are in, theyll be sent over with an encryption only she can unlock.
Great, though Michel apologizes to her for all the work-talk during their first break in ages. Well, if thats what he thinks, then maybe OK, now that thats done, lets go have some nice tea, Alice!, Michel quips.
Whuh? B-But shes an android, so drinking tea wouldnt really do anything for her. Oh, dont worry about that the whole thing is about enjoying the ambiance, having fun and what not. As she drags her away, Klans disappointed in him: Youre still running away, Michel ?
: Hmhmhm Thanks to the Cthulhu and those insects drawing the humans attention, Ive managed to complete my preparations without any intrusions.
: Oh, Bronze Bells, reveal the path that leads to the Iwato.
: Oooh ?!
: Space-time is splitting apart!
: The Iwato is appearing before us!
: Hmhmhm HAHAHAHA! At long last! The time has come to bring our ancient desire to fruition!