Part 62: Mission 24 - When the Great Power Cleaves the Sky
Welcome back, folks, and things arent a whole lot different here. All top aces made exactly one kill last mission, so their positions havent shifted at all.
Money wasnt all that plentiful, either, but it was just enough to bump Kenji up to 50%. His Squad Bonus is now mobility +15, melee weapons power +200.
Daiya and Ichitaka are deploying as events, so we switch things up accordingly:
Iczer-3/Zechs (I wanted her to have Accel, and fiddling more with the squads wouldve taken effort)
Dancouga/Hilde (though she wouldve also been a great fit to EN-hungry bots like the Nagahamas)
By the Dairus World
: Theyve us surrounded ! Have we managed to get in touch with the Daiku Maryu yet?!
: No, we cant get through to them! (Rebecca)
: It wont be long before Operation FD makes Her Highness world real a world belonging only to those chosen by her
: As for the inferior beings found wanting, death is all that awaits!
: The idiocy coming from these puppets ! Out of our way!
: We wont allow you to sacrifice the innocent Darian people !
: Blast you all !
: These damned rebels!
: Well be cutting your ambitions right at the root, whatever it takes!
: Allow me to handle this.
You wouldnt expect a mech with that name to have any other BGM, would you?
: The Dvorak! Proists come here in person?!
: Garis Im afraid I havent the time to indulge you anymore. I shall now head towards the surface, putting into practice the final step in Operation FD.
: What !
: Whats going on, Kain?!
: Weve volcanic eruptions happening throughout the Darius World!
: Not just that: there are distortions cropping up across the entire sky!
: Proist, you didnt ! You took the Darius Core?!
: You are, indeed, very knowledgeable, Garis. Impressive.
: And, yeah, I took the Darius Core! And with its power, everythingll be MINE!
: My victoryll be complete! My rulell be absolute! AHAHAHAHAHA!
: Proist, youre insane !
: The second the Final Death Cross is finished, thatll be game over! So I think Ill leave you alive for a bit longer, and enjoy slowly tearing you apart later! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!
: Damn it, they used a Death Cross to warp away!
: Weve to stop the Dvorak and Proist! Troops, were going after her!
: Y-Yes, sir!
Cut to Arkholand, Darius XVII has just been informed of Proists theft of the Darius Core and is appalled. Doctor Two reports that their world is already starting to come undone without the thing, and the King realizes that his words did not dissuade Proist from her plan.
This isnt the time to lament, though: they must call for the immediate suspension of Operation FDs offensive against the people and start migrating into space via the Ark Project. The King isnt opposed, but theyll need the Darius Core back to do that. Proist isnt willing to listen to him, so the only option left will be to borrow the Daiku Maryus strength to do it.
Doctor Twos mulls at the suggestion, and Darius knows why: the boy, Daiya Tsuwabuki, being Twos son, after all! Regardless, Darius proclaims hell also be headed into the surface to cooperate with the Daiku Maryu, and Twos coming with to help prove that he and his people no longer have any plans to invade us.
Back at JUDA, Ichitakas started training to work with Alice to replicate their big attack from before and its not going too well. He cant get the barrier output to stay on level, whichd result in the dimensional boundary growing unstable. CRAAAAAASH!
Thats Ichitakas 10th failure in a row and Noin suggests he take some time off the sim, which he readily accepts. Plus, there are other folks wanting to train, Tetsuya points out. Alice thinks the failures on her for raising the barriers output too quickly, but Tsubaki points out that its not easy to get so in sync with your partner.
Any tips from Kenji, maybe? He cant give him much, saying its probably because he and Tsubaki have been friends since they were little kids. Or, more likely, its his perverted nature that helps him pull this stuff off, Shizuna objects, pointing at the Booby Drills incident.
Th-Then I just gotta let my mans instinct help me with the control gauges Hmm, what should I visualize them as? Ichitaka wonders aloud, and Kyo suggests he give up on that idea. That only works for Kenji because he is who he is. Oh, well.
Micchi also steps out of a nearby sim, surprising Kenji that shes also training. Isnt that pushing it at her age? Still, she cant well let the kids leave her in the dust. Shes worked up quite the sweat, though, so she and Tsubaki head off to the bath and Kenji better not peek, OR ELSE. He wont, not wanting to get dunked in boiling water again.
Ichitaka figures hitting the shower to cool off his head might help, too, and Noin agrees: hes bound to just repeat the same mistakes if he doesnt take a breather every now and then. She suggests Alice do the same, seeing that shes drawing closer to overheating status.
But before she can leave to cool down, Duo comes in: since Alices still in charge of managing the teams health care, she needs to compile his personal data as well. Frig, off to the infirmary she goes. Duo wasnt even in a hurry, but Alices too much of a workaholic. At least Rachel doesnt think health care dutiesll impede the combat side of her AI from cooling down (though itd be better if she were taking it slow).
Seems to Duo that he came at a bad time, but Noin tells him not to worry about it. Rather, hurry over to Alice before his delay stresses her out.
By the lounge, Goh explains to the worried Ru why Ichitaka and Alice looked so worn out when she passed by them theyre working even harder than usual. Daiyas got his training, too though he can only do basic fitness work-out nowadays. When Shinji asks, he explains its to help strengthen his flame.
What the kid really wants, though, is to be learning from Lee. You see, the guys a master of the Shinryuken kenpo and was teaching Daiya before all this went down. Hes still fighting down in the Darius World, of course, which is all the more reason why Daiya cant ease up now.
Or, rather, he was in the Darius World, because Misato gets on the mic and says weve pinged the Daichi Maryu and Tenku Maryus distress call a large mob of Darius troops have appeared on the surface! Now thats a surprise for Daiya. Proists also been spotted up here, so were moving to intercept right away.
Mission 24 When the Great Power Cleaves the Sky
: Where Where is this?
: The surface; somewhere close to the North Pole, by the looks of it.
: Excellent. This frozen land shall serve as your communal grave, right as my dark flames burn all to cinders.
: Hmhmhahaha! Her Highness conquest of the surface has begun at long last!
: Daichi and Tenku Maryu! This is where all your lives come to a screeching halt!
: Silence! Vermin like you arent good enough to beat me! Come!
Losing anyones a game over and there are plenty of units. Our guysll come in next turn, so simply hang back and let the enemy come in both to save time. All of our current guys are massively tough, of course, but theres no reason to rush them ahead (especially since thatd mean risking Proist or her goons deciding to attack sooner, rather than later).
Daichi Maryu (Vestanu)
Support Attack L2
Support Defense L2
Spirit Commands - Vestanu:
Spirit Commands Rebecca:
Squad Bonus: Accuracy +5
Support Attack L2
Support Defense L2
Squad Bonus: Mobility +5
Big, bulky, hard-hitting ships which also have combined attacks with Norza (Tenku) and Lee (Daichi). The Daichis a more ranged-oriented ship, though its strongest attacks are post-movement. Bread and butter weapons are pre, though.
The Tenku doesnt really have a preference, carrying one pre-movement and one post-movement attack slightly stronger than the Daichi too. Each carries and S in their respective terrains, so accuracy isnt bad at all.
As far as functionality goes, the Daichi Maryu is better due to have two pilots with better spirit commands (Vestanu is a flat-out better pilot than Kain, too), but the Tenku Maryu has it beat in raw attack power. FYI, the ships are big EN guzzlers, so dont go too crazy there, but if youre deploying Norza and/or Lee, you might as well deploy their respective ships for the combined attack.
Vulking (Lee Jian-xing)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Attack Combo L2
Squad Bonus: HP+1000, 1000 Barrier
Support Attack L1
Attack Combo L1
Squad Bonus: Mobility +5, 15% chance to auto-dodge an attack
Not only are Norza and Lee very fine pilots, their units are also great. Lees Vulking is very hardly (serious, its got more HP than the Gaiking and its at 30% upgrades), while Norzas Raiking is surprisingly dodgy for an L-sized robot. Both, like their ships, carry S ranks in their respective terrains to help with those %s.
Their attack types are pretty much the same, each bot having mostly pre-movement weapons outside of one spammable melee weapon and a combined attack. Like their ships, they will quickly run out of EN if you dont watch it.
Of note is how both units carry a debuff attack: Norzas will drop the targets mobility, which isnt too hot, but Lees Corona Blast has that lovely attack-down debuff. Since were starting to meet with big bosses, its always good to have this handy in a pinch.
Considering their similar ranges and whatnot, Id say both men could work very nicely if paired up, but you can easily fit the Vulking and Raiking with, respectively, anything tanky or dodgy.
Now, lets fast forward to the next turn since, like I said, I had them all stay put to let the enemy come in.
: The Daiku Maryu ! Theyre here!
: Father, are you all right?!
: I am, yes!
: Lee, Norza, weve come to back you up!
: Psh I wanted to end this before you arrived, but I suppose whats done is done.
: Daiya Tsuwabuki! I figured youd dropped dead ages ago, and here you are still kicking!
: So thats Proist, the head of the Darius Army?
: Oh? I presume these troops are the protectors of the surface, yes?
: Thats good, cause my Dvorakll crush EVERYONE who dares mess with me!
: Proists taken the Darius Core for herself, and if nothings done, both the Darius World and the surfacell be in great danger! Weve to defeat her and pry the Core out her hands!
: Roger that. Run interference on the enemy and bring down their forces, people!
: Skull Leader to all units! That Dvorak mechs a whole lot more powerful than the rest, so keep your heads on a swivel around it!
: Were gonna close the book on this fight today, Proist!
Now you just gotta keep your ships, Daiya and Ichitaka alive. Your guys on the other side of a river and at a rather hefty distance away, though, so keep the Maryu teams hanging back. Next turn, well converge and start dealing with them. Playing defensively is recommended since there are plenty of them and theyll already be coming in waves the rough terrain slows your forward push down, too. Once the way is clearer, then you move after the bosses.
Furthermore, on top of the usual mooks weve fought before, the Darius are deploying a couple of Zelgaia ships and some new Giant units. Theyre among the hardest-hitting mooks weve fought so far, so be careful around them; focus fire quickly once theyre in range, and get them off your hair.
Proists generals are the standard midbosses in terms of tricks and stats (though theyve an annoyingly high level of Support Defense, so be ready with Fury casts), but they are also worth 15k bucks each. Thats an easy 120k if you get Luck/Bless casts for each, so keep that in mind (if you can squeeze some for the bigger mooks, so much the better save one for Proist, naturally).
But, of course, your biggest worry here by a mile is the boss lady herself:
Dvorak (Proist, the Crown Princess)
Flame L9 (!)
Break Morale Limit
Support Attack L3
Attack Combo L3
20% HP Regen
30% EN Regen
Proist is a monster of a pilot. Not only are her stats the highest weve seen so far, the combination of Prevail L7 and Flame L9 also makes her VERY tough. Thankfully, the Dvorak only has 60k HP, which offsets that a bit.
Special notice should be given to just how absurdly accurate this girl is with pretty much anything: everything sans her strongest attack has +30 and +20 modifiers, which paired with her huge Accuracy state, Flame and Prevail means your Real WILL need Alert or shell very likely connect (and possibly oneshot them, because shes also very crit-happy).
The Dvorak, of course, comes with a directional MAPW which is both very accurate and will tag everyone in a 3x7 area with the Attack Down debuff. Do your best to approach her diagonally. Finally, her hardest hitting attack is point-blank range keep that in mind.
Good thing is that shes way back and is one of the last units to start moving, so build up morale, let her come to you, and then swarm for a one-turn kill. Dont let her get a move with Prevail running or bad things could happen.
Considering the bevy of bulky mooks well have to contend with, and my defensive approach to this, lets fast forward some.
Mind you, were still waiting for the enemy to get in range, so when turn 3 comes around
: Yuu, theyre
: Fighting the Darius Army apparently.
: Do we engage?
: No, this is actually a good opportunity for us. Well see whether the Rushbird displaying that power before was just a fluke, or
And now we can get to work.
Its only now that Im starting to realize how much damage drops off in longer chain attacks.
These Giant mooks have some slick attacks, too. Ill have to try and get the Valeons to connect sometime.
Something about how the DK is the enemy apparently spontaneously combusting just tickles my funny bone.
Small fuckup here, not seeing that Micchi was about to defend him. But at least we managed to get one of the strongest mooks attack on tape as well.
: Her Highness
: Is under our protection, her four new generals!
: Bid this world farewell!
: And plummet into the abyss!
Why are their bots themselves a Sentai team ? Regrettably, theyve no combined attack.
All four of them make a beeline for Kain, who takes some not-insignificant damage, but nothing to worry about. Proist is heading in, farther back still, so the best plan is to have all four down this turn, so that we can bumrush her on the next one.
If you can bypass the generals support defense net, they fall easily enough.
: A direct hit? Inconceivable! I humbly beg your forgiveness, Your Highness. Retreating!
: Ive taken too much damage I humbly beg your forgiveness, Your Highness. Retreating!
: Curses, my controls are failing! I humbly beg your forgiveness, Your Highness. Retreating!
: M-My Galean cant take much more ! I humbly beg your forgiveness, Your Highness. Retreating!
Yes, they all say the exact same thing other than the first part. But thats all of them down and with just a handful of units to spare, so we wait one turn (Proist tries MAPWing, but I was ready for it) and get to work.
: Youll pay for all youve done with your life, Proist!
: Spare parts like you dares give me crap?! Say my name with the honor it deserves, maggot!
: Bitch ! Ill spread your ashes across the surface, Proist!
: Youre an even crazier boss than advertised! Do you seriously think its OK to kill anyone just to get what you want?!
: Youre too stupid to get it, arent you? Therere two kinds people out there: those chosen by me, and trash! And I dont give a damn if trash drops dead!
: You ! You wont get away with this!!
Norza: Ill cut your sickening laugh short !
Proist: Youre not worthy of being my spare parts anymore!
: My dear father is a naïve fool. Had we unleashed the Final Death Cross and invaded in earnest, we would have long since brought this to a close.
: Sorry to say, but the Earthlings arent as stupid as you might think!
: Now, Ive a beef with your group from even before the War of Giants, and its high time you answered for it!
Heres her strongest attack.
: My friends and family live up here, and Im not about to let a monster like you run amuck!
: Those are fine words, Daiya Tsuwabuki
: But what the hell do I care about the cries of worms?! Its time to cut you down, Gaiking!
: My flame cant be put out, Proist! Get here and take a look!
: The fate of both the surface and the Darius World will be decided with this battle. Daiku Maryu forward!
: Aye, aye, maam!
: Garis pest of a daughter You and your shipll be a pilot of slag by the time Im done!
: You might burn my body to ash, but all our souls have been poured into the Daiku Maryu! And youre not strong enough to break those!
: Proist this ends now!
: Youll oppose me as well ? Its only logical for the powerless to simply yield and follow surely you are aware of that, no?
: I am or, rather, I mightve tricked myself into thinking that way because it was easier.
: But I was wrong ! Because even if youre powerless you cant run away!
: I know this is your first trip to the surface, but I dont care to let you see the sights. Were putting a stop to you here and now!
: What foul tunes this little bird sings
: Death is all a canary thats forgotten how to sing deserves! And Ill snap your neck with my own two hands!
: You wont be getting any songs from me! Rather, all youll be hearing are our cheers of victory!
: Be very careful, Hyouma! By my analysis, the Dvoraks comprised of over 500 parts!
: They may not be too powerful individually, but well be in big trouble if we get mobbed by the lot!
: And its also got some major regen as a bonus. We cant take em bit-by-bit!
: That dont mean it can regen forever, though. Find me anything that looks like a core, Kosuke, and whats what well go for !
: Hmhmhm. You poor moron Do you honestly believe you have the leeway to succeed at that ?
: Ive read plenty about elitist blue-bloods in history books, but I dont think even they had anything on her.
: Im above your puny standards! Its my destiny to rule the world me and my father!
: I really dont like folks who force others to dance to their tune
: Say, Aoi, therere big parties whenever princesses take the throne, right? How about we give this nasty piece-of-work our gifts right now?
: Sounds great. One full-course of everything the Dancougas got, coming right up!
: That fire there Its giving me vibes as bad as the Jama Kingdoms big demon-thing !
: Cower in fear, insect! Run from my flame like the beast you are!
: Bzzt, wrong guess. See, Im the kind that gets stoked the more dangerous it gets!
: The Darius Worldll turn to nothing unless youre stopped to say nothing of all the damage the surface would suffer. More than enough reason to end you no matter the cost!
: And you think I give a damn about the Darius World, when all thats left there is garbage?
: The elite have already come to the surface with me. And theres no room here for anyone I didnt pick!
: No one whod say such things has a right to rule others!
Vestanu: Just what do you take the Darian people for?!
Proist: Vestanu you always were a beautiful woman BUT! Youve betrayed me too!
: However many Giants of Flame you may gather, they are all but powerless face the Dvorak
: And as hard as a lackey like you might try, youre still just wasting your breath!
: I think not, Proist! Well see how you like when I blow away those black flames surrounding you!
: Your tyranny brings nothing but pain to your people! Youre the worst kind of stateswoman there is, Proist!
: Please, you are so very mistaken. My chosen people will survive, and theirs will be the Heaven Ill create.
: So therell be no one in pain! Because all others will be DEAD!
: Thats another reason why I cant let it happen, then! Ill free the innocent Darian people from you!
: Id like to say Ive seen plenty of what the dark side of the worlds hiding
: But Ive still never met anyone as insane as you before!
: I beg your pardon ? Did you just call me insane ?
: Looks like Im gonna have to teach you where you stand in all this!
: I know exactly where I stand, Proist! Its you who doesnt, but I can fix that!
: How can you be so mean? You got even this forest crying!
: An artificial human, I presume? Well, beings like you
: Oughta take both your opinion and that sentimental bunk, and shove it!
: Hey! Iczer-3s our friend, so dont talk to her like that!
: And? That tincan and all her buddies are just trash that didnt deserve to come with me! But well see how sassy youre feeling after Ive ripped out your tongues!
: Like Id ever let a crazy monster like you beat me up! Ive got a whooping with your name written on it!
: The Tenku Maryus too good for a mook like you to use!
: But I am nothing if not merciful, so Ill give you a choice: surrender to me, or hand the ship over to me. Choose!
: I choose neither! I am a proud warrior, sworn to serve Lord Norza
: And Ill readily take a Maryu as part of me if itll help his cause!
As I found out, Proistll only use this attack at range 2 unless her morales really low.
: Oh, yeah, thats a proper boss of the Darius Army face you got going there.
: By which you mean that the ruler looks appropriately ruler-esque? I see even thats within your grasp, yes?
: Close, but no cigar. What is meant is that you got the look of someone who CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE gotta run into the ground!
: Ill create a new world with my Dvorak. You trash need to just accept it and bow down to me!
: Who do you think you are, a goddess or something? I wont let someone like that do their thing!
: You wont let me?! Do you actually think an impudent, worthless maggot like you has the right to say what goes?!
: Alright, Im done talking! Heres where you Darius plans get ripped to shreds!
: If you think the Dvoraks going down from that, think again! HAAAAAAAH!!
: Damn, look at that thing regen ! Whatre we gonna do now?!
: Think back, Daiya! Remember what I taught you about the Shinryuken the Dragon Stance!
: Ooh, right, the Dragon Stance! I can compress the Hydro Blazer energy if I get it right !
: Like hell you will!!
: Ill keep her at bay, Daiya! You do that Dragon thing meanwhile!
: A-Alright! Take care!
: Whatre you up to?!
: Ill cover the Gaiking from those black flames and try to create an opening for him! Im sure the Rushbird can pull it off!
: But, Ichitaka, were not strong enough to be capable of !
: Wait, are you considering that attack?! Absolutely not! There are so, so many problems with that idea!
: Back during one of our fights with Yuu, you associated barrier control with cooking, right?
: That got me thinking, and I had an idea. Do you remember what happened last year, when we were going home after the Professors birthday party?
: Ah ?! Um At that time, Im quite sure the Professor
: Yeah, yeah. Just try and remember that feeling, and Im sure well pull this off!
: ! Alright. Converging energy into the Laplace Wall!
: Give us the green-light, Misato! I know this wasnt the plan but we know we can do it!
: If you say so. Well bet our chips on you two.
: (Those movements ! Youre going for it, Ichitaka ?)
: (If youre actually set on fighting with that bot all the way to the end, then show me Show me how strong you are!)
: Youre pushing your luck, WOOORM!!
: Your flames burn too hot for your own good, Proist!!
Ichitaka: Alice, weve got to keep Daiya safe!
Alice: Right! Well be successful this time!
Alice: Initiating distortion !
Ichitaka: HERE IT IS!!
Alice: The energys fully secured!
Alice: We're ready!
Ichitaka: Take some of this dimensional energy! I call it: DIMENSION STORM!
: The Dvoraks regenerations faltered!
: Well, damn, he actually did it!
: Now, Daiya! GOO!
: Alright! Open your eyes and take a look! This is the technique Lee taught me! HAAAAAAH!!
: He used kenpo with the Hydro Blazer?!
: Yow, he handled that huuuge flame like it was nothing ! Now thats a real deathblow!
: Attaboy, Daiya!
: Impossible ! How could the Dvorak be defeated?!
: Hows the world look from down there, Proist?! You and your plans are done now!
: Heheheh Dont get so high on yourself over this tiny victory. Ive the Darius Core, and so long as I do, Im invincible! HAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
: Stop right there! Proist!
: Her signals vanished from radar! We cant pursue.
: We came so far, only to have our prey slip between our fingers !
: Ichitaka Your strengths as clear as day
: Voice file found.
: Apparently, one time when the Professor was drunk off his feet, they both had to support him on their shoulders in tandem. They drew upon that past experience and applied it to their joint-control of the dimensional distortion Not a feat a combat-specialized unit like me could pull.
: Well, we may have lost her, but at least we can now catch our breath.
: No, its still too soon to relax. Countless Darius Army troops have come to the surface.
: All due to that massive Death Cross she caused, right.
: The Final Death Cross, she called it.
: And did you see how confident she was? I get the feel shes got another trick up her sleeve.
: Something even worse than the Dvorak ? Damn you, Proist !
: Captain, an urgent transmissions come in.
: Urgent ? Put it through.
: I am Emperor Darius XVII, and I wish to speak with the captain of the Daiku Maryu.
: ?! Th-The Emperor ?!
: Ichitaka how much youve grown. I thought you were just messing about, but it seems I was very wrong.
: Whatll we do, then, Yuu ?
: We wont be trying to get him to stop anymore. I doubt his lifes at risk with all that power at his disposal, either
: But what about the Professor? The Straybird isnt enough
: Look at how much hes grown. We should also stop trying to cut corners, and simply do what we can with what we have.
: I know what I must do and thats start over.
: Roger that. Ill be with you whatever you decide
: (Go and follow your path, Ichitaka Unwavering, as youve been all along )
So, what does the Emperor want? He wants us to stop his daughter. What shes doing is not in either of their worlds best interest, but he lacks the strength to do anything himself. Lee isnt amused by this guy coming in to ask OUR help after all how much the people of Earth have been hurt by the Darius, and Shinn agrees. Wasnt the Emperor the one who signed off on the invasion way back when?!
Darius takes their censure on the chin, but the fact remains that his world is now facing destruction, and he confirms to Sakon that its due to the Darius Core theft. Theyre running the risk of all of the Darian people perishing because of it Thats not what anyone here wants, Garis notes, but the question remains: what will the Emperor do once the Cores returned?
If we can stop Proist, then he swears to permanently suspend the invasion of the surface especially due to how theyre now planning on setting off into space aboard their arks. As Lulu gapes, Alto realizes that those would be the ships they used to get to Earth in the first place.
Whatever the case, Darius is headed towards the surface right now, and hed like to confer with us in person. Kuraras a bit antsy, wondering if this could be a trap, but Darius has a way of proving his bona fides: Daiyas own dad can vouch for him!
The hell? Whats the guy even doing with him?
Its the truth, though, and the aptly named Daiyas Dad steps in front of the screen. He doesnt say much, only relaying us data of their expected warp point and requesting that we rendezvous with them. Before signing off, Darius proclaims that he does not wish for a continuation of hostilities and hopes that, if anything, well believe him on that.
When Tetsuya asks, Misato thinks we actually should take them up on their offer to meet. Aoi protests that this is the guy behind an offensive thats been running for DECADES, and while Misato agrees it could potentially be a trap, she kind of doubts it. Sakon feels the same way: with the Darius World being at the risk of coming undone, it wouldnt be too farfetched to believe that the Emperors wish to recover the Core is genuine.
And what does Garis think? Well, as another Darian, he cant bring himself to turn the other cheek while even one of his innocent compatriots dies. Then, as far as Kouichis concerned, this is a no-brainer: Saying no to this isnt what CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE do!
Granted, Nagisa (Kanou) sees no reason why we couldnt also keep ourselves ready in case it IS a trap, and Sakonll see that were as well covered as can be. One thing that worries Goh is the Emperor having Daiyas Dad along with him whats going on there?
Daiya confirms to Norza that that REALLY was his dad, and Micchi ponders that the guy might be a hostage. If so, we should go with the meeting if only to look for a way to set him free. Whatever the case, Kenichi adds that both sides have much to lose, so that levels the bargaining table; if the guy is a hostage, thats our best shot at freeing him.
Misato decides to go with it, then. It might finally be time to put an end to our battle with the Darius for good, Kouji hopes. Meanwhile, Daiyas deep in thought: Dad Have you actually been helping Emperor Darius ?