Part 74: Mission 29 (Earth Route) - The Awakening of the God Beast
Well be going on the Surface Route first (though will be keeping Space). Some fiddling around later, heres how were going:
Masakis back at Shangri-La, and, with an apology, Katou asks that handle the last one. That is to say, the installation at Point Zero. Theyve managed to take advantage of the chaos gripping Earth to install the other Spheres without a hitch, but Katou figures the location for this one will make it especially difficult.
Thats fine with Masaki, who pledges to see it done despite the expected resistance. Once the installation at Point Zeros finished, theyll be done with making their preparations the time for the Gate to open is nigh. Reiji himself is already out in space, ready to activate the Hub Fountain.
With that, Masaki gets ready to set off for Point Zero the town of Misaki.
At the Daiku Maryu, Kouichi reports that the EVAs have all been fully repaired took really long time, too, Ichitaka groans. Recent battles, especially the last one, had taken a heavy toll on them, but, as Kouji remembers, Shinji, Rei and Asuka have been pulling all the stops. The EVA kids kicked ass at Operation Yashima, and they did it again with the last Angel.
True, Shizuru admits while shed initially thought of Shinji as just a cute kid, hes shown himself to be a real man. Shinji stammers a denial, and Asuka sighs that hes still being so wishy-washy. Hes fought and done more than enough to earn himself the right to be proud, and everyone heres giving him props, so be happy about it!
The kid isnt very good at being open with others, Kurara sees, but Sakuya notes that Shinji has undergone some amazing changes. He wouldnt have expected him to amount to all this when they first met. Indeed, Goh concedes that he also worried that itd be too much for him but alls well that ends well.
But the Team Ds changed plenty themselves, Anna says. When they joined the crew, they were so aloof and uncaring, but theyve warmed up to the team. Now, their energy and soul burns hot enough to even get Tetsuya Kouji hyped to be fighting with them.
Aoi isnt so sure, reminding of what she said during their first talk: shes only really been fighting with the Dancouga because she thinks its exciting and fun. Kouji isnt buying it, saying thats just her hiding what she REALLY feels. Note, when Daiya was training last time and screwed up, the Team D lent a hand that shows they care.
Aoi shrugs that that was just a spur-of-the-moment thing, and theyre reading too much into it. Spur-of-the-moment, as in it her body just did what felt natural to it, Goh asks? Whatever she might say, everyone here now sees the Team D as people whom we can trust to watch our backs.
But the camaraderie is put on hold as the klaxons go off. Theres an emergency and Rosa summons everyone to the bridge.
Weve just got warned that the Katous are headed for Misaki. The missing Godannar characters (in order, left to right: Knight, Eris, Shadow, Luna, Ekaterina and Kukrachov) tried stopping their advance, but couldnt pull it off. That the International Super Robot Team got trounced comes as a surprise to Anna, but, according to Eris, it was due to a certain bot showing up: the R-Daigun.
Shadow explains that it appeared in the battlefield in the blink of an eye and broke their lines apart. We hadnt seen the bot since the battle at Vladivostok, which begs the question from Alice: why now? Whatever the case, it and the Katous were too much and forced them to back off.
Goh wont hold it against them, telling his friends to stand down and lick their wounds. With an apology that they couldnt help us from Kukrachov, Ekaterina asks that we stop their advance. Were the proverbial last ray of hope.
While Kouichi fumes, Lulu tells Naoto to set the Daiku Maryu towards Misaki on the double. Meanwhile, Aoi knows were going to fight the R-Daigun there. Can they beat an enemy thats trounced them before?
: So, whatd you want to talk with us about?
: Um you guys all pulled through a bunch of battles even before we started piloting the Dancouga, yeah? What did you do when you had to go up against an enemy that was way stronger than you?
: Hearing about the R-Daigun after all this times brought some bad memories back, huh?
: Yes When we last fought, we were completely outmatched
: That said, it aint in us to just take another loss like that.
: So if theres anything we can do to help us win, were ready and willing to run with it.
: Oh, wow, you HAVE gotten so much fiercer nowadays Its a huge contrast with when we first met!
: Alright, I see where youre coming from and I got just one piece of advice to give.
: As bad as things may get out there, never, ever, give up.
: I say the same thing. Victory always comes to those who keep fighting, who try til the very last second.
: In other words, never say die ?
: Its your call how youll take our words. But, there is something youre lacking when compared to the other pilots.
: Something were lacking?
: And you should already know what that is.
: Well be arriving in Misaki shortly. All pilots, battle stations!
: What happens next is all up to you folks. Go give that thing twice what it gave you!
Mission 29 (Earth Route) - The Awakening of the God Beast
: Captain, the Fuji #1, our secret weapon, has been sunk ! We cant hold the line anymore!
: And wholl be left to protect the civs if we bail, idiot?!
: B-But !
: The SDF really arent good enough to handle us, I guess. And here I was, hoping to have a bit more fun.
: N-Not yet I cant go down yet Its our mission to protect this town !
: And now its your turn to hit the dirt!
: Stop right there, Katou Organization !
: Why dont you try your hand with me next!
: Thats JUDAs Machina!
: Deploy all units!
: Well handle the rest, gramps. Pull back!
: I-I cant just run and leave this to you
: Dont overexert yourself. There are still some other lives you need to take care of, right? Pull back and watch over them.
: S-Sorry I leave this to you, then
: Theres LOTUS. All troops, engage and destroy them. So says Cmdr. Katou.
: Hey, hold the phone the Glain-Neiders its right above our school, isnt it?!
: Everyone hurry! The Katou Organizations trying to install a Sphere at Misaki Middle School, it seems!
: Sphere, as in that thingamajig they put in Vladivostok?!
: We still dont know what those are, but we cant just let them set the thing down! Get the Katou Organization off Misaki!
: Perfect both we and Aois crew can get some payback for their shenanigans in Vladivostok. Two birds with one stone.
: Youve got some nerve trying to have your way with my town! You better be ready, cause this is gonna hurt!
*Looks at the R-Daigun ahead.*
: I have been waiting, Dancouga Nova Show me how much youve grown since joining LOTUS.
: Were not losing this time !
Destroy everything, dont lose a ship, Kouichi or Aoi.
The Katous have buffed up a wee bit since we last fought. Of note, theyve started fielding MP Jinrais and these are rather dodgy for mooks decent firepower, too. But, of course, weve fought stronger stuff against the Darius and those were WAY bulkier, so its just a matter of getting a few good hits to stick (usually with your Supers).
Soubi and Wufei arent around, probably busy discussing the finer details of SEIGI, but Masakis right up top and hes just as dangerous as in Vladivostok. Approach accordingly. The R-Daigunll move straight away, making a beeline for Aoi, so be mindful of that make sure shes not in position to be mobbed by the Jinrais, or tucked behind Iron Wall (dont worry about their SP).
Taking away these additions, it remains the standard fight with the Katous. Masaki wont move, so its only Sawatari and Yulianne popping command auras this time much more manageable. Build up morale and tear down the R-Daigun to get it, and its debuff, off your hair. Once thats done, clean-up as usual and converge on Masaki (remember to watch out for his MAPW: 5x5 AoE centered on him).
Off we go!
: Weve learned much since getting wrecked by you and joining LOTUS!
: We can win this now I know we can!
: So if you think were the same people we were back then, youre in for a rude awakening!
: Talk is cheap. Show me action !
: You want it, you got it! Here we go!
Lets take a look at some DKs and attacks with couldnt before. I dont use the Blade Gainer enough, but it is quite the powerful machine nonetheless
And heres a double-wammy: the Raiking and Vulkings strongest non-combined attacks.
And I really got a kick of the Vulkings AAY, who wants a hug?! victory pose.
Kill enough stuff and the plot kicks in.
: Ill concede that youre all very good, but it is too little, too late.
: Aah the schools !
: Its enormous That Spheres completely different from the ones theyve set before !
: Just what are they planning, setting a Sphere in a place like that ?!
: You what did you do to our school That place held so many memories for us, and you ! Youre gonna pay for that !!
: What ?!
: You do not learn, do you? Beam weapons wont work against this unit.
: Thats why Im always telling you to check the data we got on the enemy, man!
: This isnt over! If I can just close the distance, then !
: Dont lose your cool, Hayase! Stop!
: Imbecile. Thatll cost you your life
*Kouichi starts charging in, but!*
: What ?
: That attack was it?!
: Yeah, I figured your unit would still feel a real bullet just fine, beam immunity or not!
: Yajima !
: Kouichi Ive thought about what I wanted to do
: And I reconsidered a few things: what your new power actually means to you, what youre using it for
: And I thought that if you got yourself in a bind, then I should be there to keep you safe because thats what I want to do.
: But, Yajima, I
: I know youre not someone whos just going to be protected anymore.
: So when I get myself in a bind, I want you to protect me back, Kouichi.
: Yeah you got it, Yajima. Ill watch your back come hell or high water Thats what a Champion of Justice does, right?
: Right Ill be counting on you, Kouichi.
: Hey, hey! You two aint the only ones who wanna take care of their buddies!
: We all feel the same way !
: Hear, hear! I dont wanna ever have to go to a friends funeral again!
: Sorry about that, guys
: Come and get it, then, Katous! Were keeping our town safe from you!
: One extra Machina wont help you change the tide of this battle. Youll simply die alongside the traitor.
Dont need to watch over Kouichi anymore. Proceed as usual.
Apparition (Yajima Hideaki)
Factor (baseline value: 70)
Hit & Away
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L2
Attack Combo L1
EM Camo: activates at 130 morale. 20% chance to trigger double image, mitigated by Skill stat.
Squad Bonus: Ranged weapons attack power +100, Accuracy +5
Like all the other Machinas, the Apparitions pretty good. As you might expect, its a pure sniper mech, but it does its job well. Hes got Kouichi beat pretty much on all stats (unsurprising, since its a well-established fact that the kid IS coasting on the Linebarrel being broken), but hes not the most survivable of the bunch if the enemy gangs up on him.
As a sniper, its always better to have him hanging back behind our front line guys, so set him up accordingly. He only has two weapons: a 1-3 range post-movement shot, and a 3-8 range pre-movement one. All are ammo based, so you can spam his big weapon without much care.
All in all, another good squaddie mech for our range-focused guys.
Speaking of weapons, heres Yajimas best trick:
: Maybe I was the one who let this new power get to my head !
: But if theres one thing I know for real, its that I want to protect both this world and Risako !
: So Ill be fighting together with Kouichis crew! Thats the answer I found!
: We cant well trip at the finish line, you know. Sorry, but Ill have to put you down hard and fast!
: Those mooks bored me halfway to death! Yall better make for a more fun time than them, ya hear!
: Whatre you up to, setting that Sphere in Misaki?! Is it part of your plan to conquer the world?
: Youll have your answer, soon enough. Just sit tight and wait for it to happen.
: Sorry, but we dont have the time to wait around. Im gonna have to make you come clean with us!
I dont think Ive ever seen the Gaikings little shield in action!
And lets get this one out of the way as well: the DK for Norzas Giant Cutter combined attack.
: Blah. I wanted to cap off this mission with a win oh, well. See ya!
: Dealing with you should be up to Team D, but I cant do anything about that if youre headed my way!
: They didnt take the R-Daigun seriously, either. Do you think actually think youll do any better?
: Its you whos not taking me seriously, but dont worry. Im about to give you a crash course on what happens when you do that to Kouji Kabuto!
: The Dancouga isnt the same one you fought before. If you think thingll end as they did back then, you better think again.
: You should be worrying more about yourself than about them, Godannar !
: Hey, didnt you break up with the Katou Organization?! You saved the Dancouga from them that one time!
: I did save them, but that doesnt mean things are as you imagine them to be. Its that simple !
: I cannot go down yet! Ill keep going until Im 100% sure !
*The R-Daigun rushes the Dancouga down!*
: ! Its still really dang fast !
: Youre mine!
: Is this the best youve to offer?! How do you figure you can defend Earth like that?!
: Crap, the Dancouga !
: Youre done And what a disappointment it is to see that the Dancouga Nova cant do any better
: The thing really is tough as nails
: Is there just no way for us to win this ?
: We need to do something, or !
: Well end up losers again
: Dont give up!
: We told you before: victory always comes to those who keep fighting, who try til the very last second!
: The moment you let your heart be beaten, is the moment any enemyll get the better of you!
: So pull yourselves together! Show the enemy how loud your spirits roar!
: Youre right
: I dont want to lose this not here, not now !
: I cant let myself be beaten here !
: I wont have it !
: I dont wanna be a loser !
: (What is my purpose in life ? Is it for someone? For something? I still havent found anything of the sort so I cant let this be the end !)
: (This isnt all my lifes meant to be Im not dying here absolutely not!)
: We were not going to lose to you ! We cant!!
: The Dancougas glowing ?!
: Wh-What ?!
: Whats going on ? It's like I'm burning up...!
: My body... and my soul are on fire...!
: Power pouring through from my core...!
: This power...its what we've been looking for...!
: Hrm !
: Urgh !
: Alright, they did it!
: Wow That some crazy power and speed theyve got !
: The Dancougas like a wild beast now !
: A Beast Mode whod have thought they had something like that.
: Thats the apex of the Dancouga !
: Haah haah haah
: Hold on, somethings wrong!
: Are Are they going to kill the R-Daiguns pilot ?!
: They stopped ?
: Eida Wh-Why are you
: Wh-What the ? What were we doing?
: And what form was that...?
: What the hell is the Dancouga ?
: Team D, are you alright? Do you hear me?!
: Y-Yeah, were here!
: You look like youre back in control, but therere still enemies around. Maybe itd be best for you to return to the ship for now?
: No, were fine ! More than that, actually There isnt an enemy that could keep us down now !
: If you say so, alright but at least try not to do anything rash.
: Roger that. Come on, people! Lets go wild!
And the Dancouga Novas got a swanky new attack expensive in EN, but very powerful. Only a handful of stuff left, so well wrap things up quick.
: A very good show, LOTUS. Too bad that victorys already ours !
: I never imagined this unit would display dimensional interference abilities of this degree. But no more: you and LOTUS will all meet your end here.
: No, we wont! We cannot fall until weve rescued the professor and saved the world!
: Plus I got a real problem with that weird toy youve set at my school, so its time to give you what you deserve!
: Struggle as you might, this battle will end in our favor. All youre doing is wasting your energy.
: Maybe, but Im piloting an EVA that means I cant just give up and do nothing!
: To say nothing of the fact that Misaki is like a second home to me. Im not letting you destroy it!
: Machinas beyond the Linebarrel are of no consequence to us and the same also applies to the hybrid.
: Your units weep, for theyre saddled with weak pilots, unable to bring out their actual powers.
: Psh, buddy-boy theres looking down on us!
: But we wont let you spread any more violence!
: We just gotta bring down your gumball, and then thingsll turn in our favor!
: Youll be sorry you ever underestimated us!
: Off we go, folks! Dealing with the Katou Organizations our bread and butter!
: Youve successfully mastered the Plasma Drive, and even overwhelmed the combined Mimetic Beast Youve made it much farther than Id ever imagined, Goh Saruwatari.
: Maybe its time to give up thinking you can tag where our limits are. Well always be reaching beyond whatever line your imagination sets!
: This guy was there during our first failed mission, right? We never fought him straight-up, but I still feel like taking it out on him too !
: What he said. It wasnt really his fault, but screw it we dont care.
: Team D stands for Dangerous today. Lets go and make him painfully aware of it !
: To call that unit weak would be an understatement. You must be mad to face the Glain-Neidr with it.
: Ive heard a bunch of talk like that before usually a few minutes before I shoved my foot up the speakers butt! I dont take sass sitting down, guy!
: Grit your teeth, Katous! This CHAMPION OF JUSTICEs about to run your evil into the dirt!
: His standards are beyond childish I was right. The point of us observing him was to
: I hope youre not expecting the Glain-Neidr to go down after just that.
: Damn it, that fatass is still going?!
: Hes as strong as advertised, huh !
: The Hub Dynamos already online. Retreat, Masaki.
: My orders were just for you to install the Sphere, I recall.
: I never said anything about eliminating LOTUS, making your current activity absolutely needless. Do stop with it right now, yes?
: All enemies are leaving the area.
: Hah, and stay out!
: We somehow managed to keep the town in one piece.
: Same cant be said about keeping them from setting up that Sphere, though
: No point in crying over spilt milk. Were making some headway on our research on the things, mind, so can you guys come back to JUDA on the double?
: Understood. All troops, return to the Daiku Maryu!
: Aye, aye!
Back at Shangri-La, Katous taking Masaki to task for trying to destroy LOTUS when that went far beyond the scope of his orders. To say nothing of the fact that Masakis offensive ended in failure, too. He says things were going fine, but he didnt expect the Apparition to interfere. With that, Masaki quickly excuses himself.
Katou seems annoyed, but doesnt say anything when Reiji asks. Rather, he wants to know how things are going on his end. Smoothly: all of the orbiting Hub Dynamos are confirmed to be receiving energy from the Hub Fountain. Now they just need the Flag to awaken, and the Dimension Peeler can be activated.
Itll be a little bit before that happens, mind. Katou cant help but be ruefully impressed with Ishigami: not only the guy made off with the Flag, he saw fit to seal away the key to getting their final operation rolling behind a game in Katous computer. Hes in the process of clearing it all to undo the seal. Not that surprising to Reiji, of course, knowing how much the guy fancied his pranks.
Whatever the case, very soon theyll be able to progress to the last stage. And then
: Huh ?
: There, Ive said it I love you. I always have !
: Im sorry, I
: You love Kouichi, right?
: I know, but I wanted to get this off my chest.
: I wanted you to know that theres another guy who loves you and Id be happy if you just remembered that.
: Youre a real man, Yajima
: ... It feels kinda awkward to be spying on them like this, though...
: Oh, dont be like that. This is a big moment for our buddy, so how could we not witness it?
: Friendships fine and all, but it doesnt make this any better.
: G-Goh ! W-We were just !
: Psh Hurry on up to the Ishigamis office. Seems theyve finished their analysis on the Spheres.
From what the JUDA crews found, the Katous have set a bunch of other Spheres beyond the ones at Vladivostok and Misaki. Theyve been slowly getting those in place while we werent looking, and Tetsuya Kouji isnt amused.
Now, Sakon originally thought we were dealing with something like a Death Cross Point, but it wasnt quite that. Rachel says theyve managed to get confirm their hypothesis with the Misaki Sphere, though. The Spheres spread throughout Earth are part of a system; one thats meant to interfere with the planets gravitational field, triggering a large-scale space-time distortion.
Distortion? A hole in the fabric of space-time, like the one that allowed the Linebarrel to come into our world in the first place. Said distortions projected to be 350km wide and form right above Misaki that is, right above US. Yajima figures what theyre going to do is use that as a gate to bring their army.
When Kouichi asks, he explains that the Katou Organization as a whole is just the spearhead of the Highly Probable Worlds invading force. Once the way is open, the entire armyll come over. The Organization alone is a pain to deal with, and the prospect of an even bigger force isnt one Sayakas happy with.
Right then, AI Ishigami crops up and sees that there is little time remaining. The world must be kept out of their clutches, so I will now entrust you with the entirety of Project JUDA, he proclaims.
Data starts pouring into the computers, which Rachel tags as depicting a detailed analysis of the D-S.O.I.L., as well the development of optional equipment based around that. He kept stuff like this hidden in JUDAs underground ? Wait, no this isnt underground! Rachel realizes as the ground starts shaking!
Not just JUDA HQ is going airborne! Yajima asks Kouichi to calm down, and AI Ishigami explains: This is the true form of Project JUDA the giant battleship, Flag! As Johnny notes it, the entire building was camouflage for the thing, as Ishigami needed to keep its presence hidden until the right moment.
Is he implying that the forces from the Highly Probable World are already underway? No, he assures Misato that the Katou Organization will need some time to activate the Dimension Peeler and open the gate in space-time.
That sounds great to Tanaka, who calls in and asks if we couldnt make a detour for Dragons Hive, then. But Aoi likes that hes on the phone, wanting to ask him about what happened to the Dancouga during the battle.
Thats fine, thats fine, as they WERE going to discuss the Dancouga once Team Ds back at Dragons Hive. Oh, so theyre finally going to get some answers? Yes, but it wont be from Tanaka F.S. himself wants to speak to them.
Speaking of, F.S. is very glad that Team Ds finally reached the point where they can unleash the God Beast Mode. They might actually be able to succeed in their plan. His previously-hidden friend, WILL, agrees, noting that Team D and the Dancouga have grown and awakened faster than his predictions.
They may yet bestow humanity with the power itll need to oppose them though it is still too soon to say for sure, F.S. notes. They still need to see where Team D stands in all this, which means its time to tell them everything about the Dancougas true purpose.
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