Part 58: Mission 21 (Himika Route) - Langoon's Revival! Reclaim the Bronze Bells!
Were back at the Himika Route, and Ichitakas actually been overtaken! Daiyas huge HP pool just draws in too many enemies and, slightly unlike the Rushbird, the Gaiking can oneshot Super Robot mooks with pretty much anything. Iczer-1 taking off has allowed Kenichi to take third place, though.
And Ive fulfilled my vow! The Gaiking becomes our first unit to clear the 50% mark, gaining a boosted Squad Bonus: Armor +200, Crit +20. Pretty much everything he needs since Armor is the sole stat that boosts barrier damage mitigation, and more crit means more oneshots.
The Rushbird takes a boost in mobility and accuracy, also reaching 50% stats (not weapons). Elsewhere, Iczer-3 joins with 3 pips in everything, unlike Iczer-1s four, so she EN, mobility and accuracy. Alto and Voltes take a few things here and there.
Yagyuus deploying as an event, making fielding Jack inadvisable. Overall, were still pretty much the same:
Iczer-3/Deceive (not great, but itll do for now).
On we go!
: You feeling better?
: I am, thanks. Ive gotten more than enough rest. But, you know, while I was doing that, I had a lot to think about
: That was pretty cold of Kyo, huh? He decided to take all this onto his shoulders, and left us just like that. Seriously, talk about unfair
: You shouldnt be acting tough like that, you know.
: ! Im not acting tough ! Kch ! *sniffles*
: See, thats exactly what Im talking about. You dont need drive yourself so hard.
: Im here for you. Now and always.
: Wh-What is it?!
: I I just felt the energy of the Bronze Bells!
What she felt was Himika using said Bronze Bells to take control of the enormous power that lay asleep within the Langoon. And with this power, nothing is beyond her grasp! Mwahaha!
Elsewhere, aboard a Cthulhu emigration ship, Iczer-1s already recovering within Sister Grays pod. Just a bit of rest has already healed her considerably. Gray figures she mustve been shocked with how suddenly her sister was sent over, though Iczer-1 doesnt mind. Rather, it was only with Iczer-3s timely arrival that Nagisa Kasumis priceless life was kept safe.
In due time, you could rise to lead us, the Cthulhu people, Gray notes. I created that girl in hopes that she could take your place on the battlefield. Indeed, Iczer-1 sees that 3 is very much like her and Iczer-2 Rather, I saw that she hides even greater potential than us but
Hm, Grayll concede that she is still very young, but it WAS her fate to eventually join the fight. Iczer-1s concern is understandable, but she is certain that fighting alongside the people of Earth will be an invaluable learning experience to the girl.
Ill have to sleep for a small while, Iczer-3 Take care of LOTUS, and Nagisa, for me Iczer-1 ponders, as she continues to recover.
Speaking of, Ozmas accosted the girl to ask: she does understand that it was her fault that Nagisa (Kasumi) was driven to that point of exhaustion, right? She does. Then, Ozma wants her to understand that when youre fighting as a group, doing whatever you feel like only causes trouble to those at her flank. She needs to remember that, or they wont allow her to deploy with us.
Iczer-3 apologizes and says shell be careful next time. She should since, as Yagyuu notes, our next battle will be with Himika herself; the Jama Kingdoms leader is incredibly powerful, so, is the girl really ready for something like this?
I am, I am! Besides, if youre gonna be fighting someone THAT strong, then you have to let me come along too! Iczer-3 proclaims loudly. Hmhmm, so shes one of those people that love fighting, Dick ponders.
Not quite, Iczer-3 merely figures that if enemies that strong are left around, itll mean danger for Nagisa (Kanou). And since Iczer-1 left both girls and the rest of us in her care, that means she has to fight!
Ozma can see that her heart is set, and in the right place, so he gives her the go-ahead to launch with us when the time comes. Youll really let me, gramps?! Iczer-3 gasps, immediately stunning the guy.
Mido suggest she address him as Lt. Ozma Lee, not gramps. And since hes in shock right now, shell officially confirm the girls permission to deploy. W-Whos shocked?! Ozma isnt shocked! Pfft!
: This isnt the Frontier Is it Earth ?
: What What am I doing here? Who are those two ?
: You are the only one in this world who can unite with the Iczer Robo! Do you not wish to defend your own planet?!
: Absolutely not!
: Then you leave me no choice. You will fight, even if I must force you to! Taaah!
: Huh?! Waaah!!
: Wh-Whats going on?!
: Youre inside the Iczer Robo. Synchronize yourself with me, Nagisa.
: Y-You cant do this to me! Lemme go!
: What was that dream?
: I see youve regained consciousness, Nagisa.
: Thank goodness
: Ah ! Youre !
: Im Nagisa Nagisa Kanou.
: Nagisa Kasumi, right? I saw you on that video letter you sent. Boy, was I surprised so were Alto and Michel.
: I... I saw you in a dream just now
: Huh ? Me ?
: Um, but why am I here ?
: You fainted inside that robot you were aboard. We had to bring you to the Macross Quarter to keep you safe from the enemy.
: Really ? So this is inside the Macross ?
: Do you not remember anything? Oh, and Im AL-3 Alice. Im something of a military physician.
: Hmm I remember there being a mess at Mihoshi and Hrm Oww
: Aah, never mind! Dont force yourself to remember if its that painful!
: Maybe your strength hasnt returned yet? You should keep getting plenty of rest, then. Ill prescribe you some sedatives to help.
: Mind you, while this ships headed into a battlefield, it should actually be safer than at the Frontier. So relax.
: OK Thank you
Some time later
: Nagisa woke up?!
: Hey, this is the infirmary! Quit yelling!
: That goes for you too, Lt.
: She came to for a moment, yes, but she was much more exhausted than we expected, so we told her to sleep some more.
: Plenty of rest, that was mine and Canarias professional recommendation.
: Hm First the Iczelio gets stolen, then I get Nagisa like this
: Nevertheless, the Iczer Robo wont move with that Iczelio gone Best to just let her take it slow and recover.
: Get well soon, Nagisa. Til then, I promise Ill keep you safe !
: Will you really be alright by yourself, Iczer-3?
: Ill be fine, Nagisa-1! You saw how strong I was, no? Iczelio or no, I can fight just fine!
: Hey, dont talk like nothing can touch you! Iczer-1 never acted like that not once!
: Hows she supposed to rest easy if youre still going like that?!
: Now youre the one whos yelling, Nagisa.
: O-Oh. Sorry
: Im not my big sis, so maybe I cant protect you as well as she did
: But I still have to do this, and I will!
*Iczer-3 runs off.
: Dont you think you went at her too hard, Nagisa? The girl feels responsible for all this.
: Actually, Lt. Ozma also gave her a talking-to. Said that Nagisas like this because of how she fought. And Iczer-3 promised to think things over and change how she behaves in battle.
: Ah?! I had no idea ! And I said those awful things to her
: Youre the only one who can support her while Nagisa Kasumis hospitalized, Nagisa.
: Yes Ill go talk to her.
: What is it?!
: Weve an emergency! All pilots are to assemble at the briefing room immediately!
So, Jeffrey has good news in that weve found Himika and co. Great! Where are they? Tsubaki already has an idea: the moon. Rosas surprised that she knows, but, yes, we picked up the Bronze Bells signal coming from the far side of the moon. Tsubaki says shes been feeling a great power coming from there, something like the Bronze Bells but far stronger!
Kenichi figures she can sense them due to her being the Priestess of the bells, but thats not whats important right now. Shiba calls in and says that that power is what Himika is after. Ichitaka asks what it is, figuring itll be bad news if its even stronger than the Bronze Bells.
Indeed, it is: what Himika is after is the enormous power that rests within the Langoon, the Great Bronze Bell! See, the Himika and her peers draw their magical powers from the negative emotions of humans, and the Great Bronze Bell will amplify that power tenfold. Himikas already very powerful on her own, so let her get a power boost and our chances of victory might as well be nil.
Kenji tells Luca to man up: The hell do I care that they got bigass Bronze Bell?! Ill just go and tear their whole show down myself! And how will he fight when he cant turn into Jeeg, Shiba asks. Well, Kenji says theres only one way around that: we break inside the Langoon and get both his and Hiroshis bells back!
Hiyoshi likes that idea, as itd not only weaken Himikas powers, but also enable the Jeegs to fight again. But nothings ever simple, and Tsubaki feels that enormous power drawing closer to us!
Shiba confirms that shes saying, pinging that powerful Bronze Bell signal were getting heading towards the Frontier Fleet. Monica hooks us up with a video feed of the Langoon, and its goddamn huge, but Kouichi likes that its coming this way. Itll save us time!
Thats be great, but, as Yamashita points outs, we still have no idea how were actually going to beat Himika. Have Kenji and Tsubaki manage to think something up from Kyos previous words? Absolutely nothing!
Maybe our best shot is just to fire a bunch of Reactive Munitions at the ship from long range, Domyoji wonders. Whatever the case, Jeffrey knows we cant let them close in on the Frontier or the PLANTs, so he orders everyone ready to deploy.
Kenjill be heading out in the Big Shooter, and Tsubaki insists on coming with as the heiress of that ancient power. Jeffreyll allow it, but asks them not to bite off more than they can chew. Kenji promises to be careful, having learned from Ichitaka and Iczer-3 what happens when youre not.
Hiroshill also be aboard the Big Shooter, handling the piloting until they reach the Langoon. And you fight in whatever way you think is right, Kenji. Sounds great; and with Shiba wishing us good luck, we set off.
Mission 21 (Himika Route) Langoon's Revival! Reclaim the Bronze Bells!
: Foolish humans... youve willingly come to greet your deaths?
: But there shall be none wholl dare oppose me once they lay eyes upon my new power ! They, and their fleet, shall all be ashes!
: Are we all clear on the plan? Kenji, Tsubaki and Hiroshi will enter the Langoon and get the Bronze Bells back from them!
: And thats where theyll be breaking in from, yeah?
: Right. But, of course, the enemy isnt going to make this easy, so everyonell be covering the Big Shooter til it gets there!
: Yes, sir!
: Go for it and make it good, Kenji!
: I got your backs, too! I Not like I can just pooh-pooh someone elses stolen power source!
: You finally have your hot date with Tsubaki, Kenji. Be nice with her, you hear!
: Heh at least theyre lightening the tension some.
: Hmhm Is everyone good to go?
: Hell, yeah! Were gonna be winning this, even without the Jeegs! And Ill keep you safe, Tsubaki, dont worry about a thing!
Get the Big Shooter into the marked spot without losing either ship or the Big Shooter. This is pretty much a retread of our battle in Aso, except Ikima, Amaso and Mimashi are deployed right from the start.
Our forces are more limited than before, but the strategy is still the same: build on morale on the front Boya Kaengus, watch out for the Dai Kaengus and their SP draining attack, and just go to town. Make good use of all the command auras youve available while jumping right into the fray, and look for opportunities to use Jeffrey and Canarias MAPWs since the enemys so numerous.
Killing everything will automatically bring the Big Shooter into position, but thingsll actually progress faster if you actively bring it in yourself.
Oh, and Hiroshi is a great pilot who can take very good care of himself, even if the Big Shooter remains rather weak.
Here we go!
: Hiroshi, the enemys dead ahead !
: Relax, Tsubaki! Ive no problems taking the line all the way to the finish!
: Taking the line Are you a racer too?
: Ill tell you about it later! Our priority now is breaking through their defenses!
: I didnt expect there to be this many enemies The Jama Kingdom is really laying out the red carpet for us, huh?
: Even just covering Kenjis crews gonna be tough like this!
: Mido, Saotome, this is the decisive battle of the war with the Jama Kingdom!
: So focus and lets jump into the fireworks one more time!
: Aye, aye!
: Open your eyes, and take a look ! Whatever you decide to throw at us, were still gonna find a way through this!
: You still fight even when theres no chance of victory? You humans truly are fools!
: Were gonna escort you guys all the way to the Langoon! And once youre there, nab the Bronze Bells and get back to fighting ASAP!
: Ghosts and evil spirits all around Id really love if the Laplace Wall could also absorb occult stuff like this, I tell ya !
While all thats going down, know that the AI REALLY fancies Daiyas boosted HP pool. Hes taking no damage, and oneshotting everything.
With that, Iczer-3 has some chances to show off her tricks:
: My sis must be so sad now I gotta work hard!
: Wait a minute, Iczer-3! Ive to apologize to you!
: Huh ?
: Id no idea how you really felt, and I was so mean to you. Im so sorry, Iczer-3 !
: No, the truth is I really did screw up. Still, Im really happy that you forgive me, Nagisa-1!
: Now I just have to be patient and wait til Nagisas back with us!
All in one video for your convenience.
: This is what Himikas power is like now that its been boosted ?!
: We better hurry, Kenichi! The Big Shooter needs to make it, or therell be no recovering from this!
: Right! Our main job here is to clear out any enemies directly in their path!
: Hihihihahaa! Ill be painting this sector red with the blood of all you humans!
: All your heads will roll today, and then Ill present them all before Her Majesty!
: Bunch up as many mooks as you want, youre still not stopping us!
: Everyone knows CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE are at their strongest when facing adversity!
: Kenji, Tsubaki! Youll have to go with the Raikouba from here!
: Hold on tight, Tsubaki! Ooooryaaaaa!
: Show your face, HIMIKAA!
: Kenji, Im feeling a huge power nearby!
: Hmhmhmhm !
: You came here despite your defeat being all but certain? Id call you foolish, but that would be an understatement! Ive already laid claim to the tremendous power of the Great Bronze Bell with the two Bronze Bells!
: Behold! Your Bronze Bells have completed their task and are disappearing. Hahahaha! AHAHAHAHAHA!
: Oi, cut it with that stupid laugh!
: Excuse me?!
: The odds were often against us before, and we still fought!
: Yeah, and we sure as hell aint losing now ! Thats why were right here, gunning for you!
: We will beat you, Himika! We have to!
: Neither of us are just gonna let you do your thing!
: The gall... Here is the very gateway to the underworld, and it already bows to my will. Do tell, what could you possibly accomplish?!
: You will die without ever knowing the true significance of the Bronze Bells!
: No were not! Youre not beating us! Well kick your ass, and then Tsubaki and Ill go back to Earth together!
: Thats right, we cant lose to you! Im sure our pathll be clear so long as that wish is in our hearts!
: Nonsense! The only path youll trail is the one towards Hell!
: Rrrgh! We Were gonna protect Earth! NO WAY WERE DYING LIKE THIS!!
: You wont beat us ! The power to give form to emotions Thats the power I inherited!
: Ggh! Wh-What?!
: ! The The Bronze Bells back in the Raikouba! I can turn into Jeeg, then!
: We did it !
: Impossible ! My accursed energy This entire area is awash in hatred, resentment and negative emotions How?!
: Kenji, my Bronze Bells also back! Hurry back out!
: Damn you all to Hell! You wont escape!
: Hahah, just try and catch us, ya witch! Come on, Tsubaki!
: Kenji and Tsubaki are safe, guys!
: And we got the Bronze Bells with us, course!
: Whew I was on pins and needles the whole time!
: Hehehe! Now its our turn to go to town!
: Multiple enemy reinforces have appeared!
: But I dont feel Himikas presence
: Well worry about her later! First order of business is getting rid of her mooks!
: Im going out there too! Open the hatch!
: Huuh?! But were in space!
: Hatch, open!
: CHAAANGE CYBOOOOOORG!
: Here I go!
: Y-You! Hiroshi Shiba!
: Yoooo, thats sick!
: Micchi ?
: Okay, Hiroshi!
: Jeeg parts, set up! SHOOT!!
BUILD UP! BANBANBANBAN!
: Whaa?! He doesnt even need a bike to do it?!
: You can still fly your Big Shooter, grandma?!
*Micchi flies over to them.*
: Sorry for the late arrival.
: Kenji, Tsubaki, are you two alright?!
: Kyo?! Thats my line! Youre OK?!
: Prof. Shiba and Baruba saved me. I cant revert back to my Takeru form, but Ill carry on fighting as Kyo Misumi!
: Kyo thank goodness!
: Damn, you coulda at least have called us!
: Seems I had you all worried. Im very sorry!
: Were going too, Tsubaki!
: Woow! We got the old and new Jeegs together!
: Oooh, thats so AWESOME!
: You guysre finished now that I can transform again! Gimme a hand, Baruba!
: The winds turned in our favor, captain!
: Yes, it has! Lets rout the enemy troops and go after Himika within the Langoon!
: Youre getting far too excited for your own good!
: You mightve reclaimed the Bronze Bells, but its already too late! Her Majesty is already headed there!
: Not that its any of your concern, since well erase the lot of you from the face of the universe!
: You took the words out of my mouth! This is the end of the road for you, Jama Kingdom!
Squad Bonus: Accuracy +5, melee weapons power +100
Old Big Shooter (Miwa Tamashiro)
Support Attack L2
Support Defense L2
Attack Combo L1
Squad Bonus: Experience earned +10%, EN+50
By himself, Hiroshi is Kenji, but better. All stats are higher and his weapons are stronger than the new Jeeg. On the flip side, he doesnt have as much flexibility as Kenji: he lacks his Jeeg Bazooka for cheap and powerful long-range attacks, and even his rocket punch costs 10 EN. In other words, you need to be way more mindful of his EN supply than you are with Kenji (though his Mach Drills with Micchi is still ammo-based).
That said, Hiroshi is a tremendous big mook/boss killer, having both the Bronze Bell cheat code and, best of all, a combined attack with Kenji! Its very expensive at 60 EN, but itll tear a huge chunk of health off anything it touches.
Micchi herself is a slightly worse Kyo, but shes still good at what she does, which is stick with Hiroshi and refuel his EN tank. Like with the new Big Shooter, youll want to keep her as his sub for both the resupply and easier access to the combined attack.
Do note that the years have made Micchi inch away from the standard support-oriented spirit list, so all youre getting from here is Hope (at 36). But we already have plenty of full support subpilots, so thats not a big deal.
Now, where was I?
: Fifty or even a hundred years may pass, but Ill never stop hounding you! Im ending this here and now, Jama Kingdom!
: Blast! Im not dying yet!
: Is he going to gear up for a rematch ?
: I dont think thats what it was Is he just gonna watch everything go down from the Langoon or something?
: Ill give you ample proof that my teamwork with Hiroshis going strong even after all this time !
: Curse you, humans! Ive no choice I must retreat to the Langoon!
: Dang, we let him escape !
: But he ran off into the Langoon. Well be facing him again soon, I bet !
: Hmph Therell be no victory for you while the Langoon remains under our grasp!
: Whats with that guy? Whys he acting so smug when we got him running?
: Maybe theyve something else up their sleeve.
: You were injured, werent you, Kyo? You cant be pushing your body so hard right now! Ill pilot for you!
: No, I could never rest while everyone else is fighting !
: Dont worry about my health, Tsubaki! Lets just go at this like we always do!
: Alright. But if it gets too difficult, I want you to tell me right away! Im ready to take over whenever!
: Ya got any idea how worthless I felt having to watch my friends in trouble, and not being able to do anything about it? Well, Im gonna take it all out on you guys now!
And heres the rocking DK for Baruba Jeeg. Seriously, that looks like a Heavy Metal album cover.
And heres the crazy powerful combined attack between the Jeegs.
Oh, what the hey, have Hiroshis Jeeg Breaker too!
In both cases: WHOS NEXT?!
: Weve confirmed that all Haniwa Phantoms have been destroyed!
: Tell all troops that were moving into the Langoon before theyve a chance to send more reinforcements! Any units that need to resupply are to return to the ships at once!
: Hell, yeah! Im coming to give you what for, Himika!
: Wait! This is !
: Whats wrong? Did something happen?!
: Im pinging a gigantic Bronze Bell signal! Its coming from the Langoon!
: A-A shockwave !
: Hey, what gives?! Were in space!
: The energy flowing out the Bronze Bell is making space itself tremble, I think This could be very bad.
: The hell?! Is something happening there, then?!
: It it cant be !
: Look at that huge bell !
: I feel a chill down my spine... Whats going on?!
: Thats the Great Bronze Bell! Im seeing it on my monitors too!
: The Great Bronze Bell !
: Its energy readings are off every conceivable chart Nothing weve seen even comes close!
: Psh, whatever! That dont mean jack!
: They can get any power they want, were still not losing this!
: Same goes for any other enemy we gotta fight, right, Jeff?
: Well said weve got the Earth right at our backs. The PLANTs and the Frontier Fleet too!
: Weve a ton of things we need to keep safe !
: Tsubaki, Kenji This will be our final battle with the Jama Kingdom. And you two are our trump cards. Were counting on you!
: You got it! Well pry the path to our victory wide open!
: Hold on a lil bit more, Himika! Well be there real soon !