Part 70: Mission 28 - Route Split
And we are back, to the same old rankings. Ichitakas still breathing down Kenjis neck.
No 50% upgrades today, but Ive set up Iczer-3 and Shinn to get it next mission. Little bit else went into the Nagahamas.
The final, thank god, route split of the game is upon us, so Ill save the squad arrangements for after that.
We open up with Misato informing Lady Une that the EVAs are just about fully repaired, though itll take a bit longer to get them ready to fight in space. Djibril hasnt been found yet, but Une would like us to have people up top for when he is. Misato agrees and suggests we split our team: one to stand guard over space, one over Earth.
The Minerva and Quarterll be heading into space, which is perfect for Jeffrey as the SMS team could so with some full-scale maintenance at the Frontier.
Cut to the hangar, Asuka is booored thereve been no Angels, no Cthulhu, no nothing to fight. Ichitaka doesnt see the problem, since weve been fighting precisely to have these uneventful days become the norm again. Sounds like ages ago when he and Kouichi spent time watching vids of their favorite bots. Much has passed since Ichitaka went to see Grife and Kouichi got squished by the Linebarrel.
Same goes for Shinji, who still cant fully believe this is what his life is like now. Will those days ever come back, Kouichi wonders? Michel sighs, saying that there are some things you cant go back on once youre in there. Alto asks if that was directed at him, and he says no well, maybe.
Ippei figures he means Ranka; is there any indication that shes struggling in her show business life? Not really, Alto THINKS shes fine. Iczer-3 isnt really listening, wishing Granny would crop out so she could beat the location of Nagisa out of her.
But thats for another time: Misato comes in and informs that folksll be heading into space. No Djibril yet, but well be ready for when he sticks his lipsticked head out. The Earth teamll be on standby at JUDA in case anything happens here though Daiya hopes well get nothing. As always, Ichitaka gets to go on whichever group.
Stand Guard in Space Route:
Stand Guard on the Surface Route:
Choose the space route, and Misato suggests we rest while we still can. That doesnt feel too right for Luna, noting that the PLANTs have search parties looking for Djibril around the clock. Duo sees it the other way: well rest now, and work extra-hard when its go-time.
And since hes such an old-hand at that philosophy, Hilde declares his go-time to be now: hell be helping her gather intel. So much for relaxing
Some time later, the Quarters already left Earth. Thats Ichitakas first real chance to really look at the planet without any hostiles or falling colonies hogging his attention its a real gem, Luca thinks. Might not be that big of a deal face the vastness of the universe, but Nagisa knows that the Cthulhu or the Frontier Fleet havent run into any other world like it throughout their travels. Sister Gray said the same thing to Iczer-3, too.
Michels not feeling the vibe, though: theyre heading to the Frontier and wont be working for a bit, so this may be the time to get him over to Sheryl. Kenji pokes him back to reality he was just thinking to himself. Date plans, asks Juzo? Michel says its about our guard schedule, so thats half-right.
But whatevers on his mind, Kenji tells him not to take it all upon himself, having noticed him looking the same way he did before that friendly fire mess happened. Klan assures everyone that shes making sure Michels keeping his head together therell be no more hiccups from him. At least with her on watch, Megumi feels more at ease.
Over by Michels room, he apologizes for needing to have her bail him out. She notes that that only happened because hes got a terrible poker face: everyone could see the worry spread across it. Sorry, sorry.
Regardless, Cathy gets on the PA and says she Quarters approaching Island 1, so what will they do now
Choose the Surface Route, and Kouji and others take Misato up on her suggestion to get some rest. Emis worried, though: the Katou Organizations still going strong, so its likely well have to fight Yajima again. Kouichi doubts it, declaring that the guy isnt with those guys anymore.
That sounds like certainty to Kurara, and it is. Last time they spoke, Yajima said that he hadnt really joined Katous team and that he had some thinking to do. Guess thats insight only years of friendship provides, and Ichitakas very glad to hear it as he didnt want to fight the guy either.
Vestanu calls on Lulu to get our patrol missions set up never know what might happen. Norza agrees, saying that idle days quickly erode ones skill. With that in mind, Goh figures we could try some mock battles as a way to unwind. Plus, in Aois opinion, itll do good to warm up both themselves and their engines.
Tetsuya likes their spirit, and Ichitakas raring to go too the Katous can come try their hand whenever they want!
: Is something wrong, Yamashita?
: Weve been at it for so long, and we still dont know what the Katou Organization or Reijis goals are Is it really to take over the world?
: Tsk, guess I really do still want to believe in him. I told myself Id get over what happened, but Im just pathetic, huh?
: There is nothing to be ashamed of, young Satoru Yamashita. It is only natural to have faith in ones lord. Never forsake that faith, I say, and your thoughts will surely reach him.
: Yamashita no one here knows Reiji better than you. So keep trying to figure him out, and Im sure youll find an answer eventually.
: Shinji thanks. Heh, talk about a role reversal here But, yeah, Ill wait for him to show up again. And when he does, Ill tell him everything!