Part 75: Mission 30 (Earth Route) - Transcendent Evolution
Back at the Earth route, no need to check the Top Aces since weve decided to keep Michel alive. Not a whole lot of money from the last mission, but I did use it all giving our secondary units a boost in HP, Armor, and whatnot, to keep them from being too flimsy.
The Dancougas still an event unit, so were pretty much the same as before:
At Shangri-La, Vladimirs bidding Katou farewell. She does appreciate his help, as it allowed the Dancouga to awaken now she and her fellows can carry on with their own plan. Katou is very understanding, knowing that its all necessary to stand up to a certain group. As the call ends, he tells her to give his regards to him, and Vladimir hopes his planll also proceed smoothly.
Vladimir (and, likely, the R-Daigun) blast away, and Katou tells Reiji that neither of the ladies had any reason to share in their battles anymore. Regardless, Katou knows time is running short, so they ought to also start advancing with their own project.
Cut to the Cthulhu Fortress, Iczer-2 is up and about. And despite having just returned to active duty, shes already given Iczer-3 a major beating on the other path. 2 was stopped just short of killing the girl, but knows she can end someone as weak as her at any time with or without control over Nagisas powers.
Neos Gold is very impressed with her mothers warrior, and asks if Iczer-2 wouldnt be willing to take on another assignment
Meanwhile, our people have just arrived at the Dragons Hive hidden on an island only a scant few people in LOTUS and the UN were even aware existed, Lulu adds. O-Gs still around, and extends a warm welcome to Ru. Seimi trails right behind, and its been ages since she and Team D saw each other face-to-face.
Her figure has Domyoji blown away, and Kouichi cant well argue with the guys assessment he even feels his heart beating faster! Goh knows what thats like, right? D-Dont bring him into this, as hes already trying hard enough to keep his gaze under control. Anna doesnt appreciate it, and while Goh stammers that his eyes moved on impulse, Emi is still very disappointed with everyone. Theyre all despicable!
Seimi has a giggle at our lively posse, but figures were to thank for the Dancouga displaying that kind of power in the last battle. And Sakuyall admit it, saying it was our advice that allowed them to push the bot into the mode. The Dancouga also deserves its share of praise, of course.
Its pretty clear to Seimi that the team has changed a lot over this period of time like so many have already noted, Johnny sees. But its true, as she remembers they kept this sort of wall around their hearts, and never really let their spirit run free. Now theyre just beaming with energy, and shes so impressed with them.
Before she can give Aoi one of her painful hugs, Tanaka comes in and beckons everyone.
He leads us to the command center, and while Misato wants to know why we were called here, Tanaka explains that while he has the title of Commander, hes not actually the one running the whole show. Meaning its that F.S. guy, Tetsuya asks? Indeed, and well hear it all from him.
F.S. Fog Sweeper steps in and Aoi immediately demands him come clean about what the Dancougas about. Thats fine, though F.S. notes that we apparently have an unexpected visitor. Its Isabelle Cronkite, whos very surprised at how easily she managed to break into the base.
F.S. explains that he disabled security, figuring that shes also earned the right to hear everything out of respect for her fearless zeal in uncovering and reporting the truth about the Dancouga.
Why now? Because, says the suddenly appearing Vladimir, now the Dancouga and the R-Daigun have gained the strength needed for us to emerge victorious. Tanaka introduces her as the commander of the R-Daigun team, but the bots pilot is yet to arrive. Shes stayed at their home base to check on the Daiguns repairs, but will be coming over as soon as can be.
So, how about those answers? And Kurara would like an explanation on what Vladimir just said about the Dancouga and R-Daigun, too. Very well, F.S. will talk: first off, the Dancouga was built with the singular purpose of safeguarding all life on this planet. With that in mind, the bot needed to collect and study combat data from various sources in order to grow.
And that is why, Johnny surmises, he had them take part in all these battles, R-Daigun included? Indeed, so that it could evolve to even greater heights and also to gather vital data from humans and all myriad lifeforms across the world. As for why the bots been prolonging conflict since before the War of Giants, F.S. says it was done in accordance to his investors orders, as a way to keep them none the wiser.
What Daiya wants to know is why the Dancouga would be collecting that vital data, and F.S. says it was all to defend the life for this world against two things: the Angels, and WILL. Whats a WILL?
And WILL materializes to explain about that: he is, as F.S. puts it, an inorganic life form and ONE of many WILLs out there. He and his peers have stood as the observers of all organic life before this universe even came to be, and as WILL observed humanitys emergence and growth throughout the ages, he felt the boundless potential within us.
However, another of his kind was on the moon the aptly named Moon WILL deemed that there was no place in the universe for our kind (a process that has been done to many other civilizations before). In other words, the guy wants to wipe out humanity.
And that is precisely why we cannot allow you to fight Moon WILL, F.S. adds. What? WILL explains to Aoi that Moon WILL has control of the so-called Original Dancouga. They based the Nova on it, and its power is beyond compare to anything weve faced before. It is a machine made solely for combat, while our Dancouga is, first and foremost, a means to make sure the vital data of this world survives.
That is the reason why they also had it fight and learn from collected combat data throughout all these years: to help it develop the strength needed to protect the seeds of all life, human included, that lie in its data banks. Misato sees that the thing is like Noahs Ark, built in the eventuality Earth was destroyed.
Seems to Isabelle that she was right to doubt that the Dancouga would be this worlds savior. If anything, F.S. wants us to understand that they cant send us into a battle that they know well lose.
Asuka and Shinji dont like this one bit: theyve fought all those Angels to keep humanity safe, and now F.S. wants them to just give up and wait for our world to be destroyed? What have we all fought for all this time, then?! Shinji asks. And Aoi follows up: You wont even give us a chance to try and fight for our lives ?! Weve already fought to get to this point, and were already set to keep going all the way!
What do we care about this Moon WILL guy? Sakuya says well just kick his ass one way or another! And while Goh isnt outright rejecting their plan, we have been, and still are, fighting to protect the lives of all those living in THIS world.
We keep on going, struggling as hard as we can for as long as we have a shot of winning. But how can this end with anything but you getting beaten, when you wont even try to do anything? Ichitaka argues.
F.S. understands how we feel, but the enemys power is far more than what we can currently oppose. Aoi still isnt convinced, but the alarm signals a newer problem on the horizon: we have enemies headed this way. The SDF has reported them as Cthulhu forces, and tried to intercept them with the Fuji #2 which promptly got trashed as well.
Seems well have to decide what to do about Moon WILL after these guys are dealt with. And as everyone runs off to deploy, F.S. ponders: They now know the truth, and still they are determined to face Moon WILL
It proves to WILL how tough our people are, and he figures F.S. expected us to react like that. Still, that changes not the fact that we stand no chance against this enemy right now, at least.
Mission 30 (Earth Route) Transcendent Evolution
: Hmph, is that all ?
: And there you are LOTUS.
: Its the Iczer-Σ!
: Gah, meaning that scary broads back in action?!
: I am, but, unfortunately, you lot will have to be permanently out of commission. That way my sister will come and fight me in earnest!
: Keep your heads on a swivel, everyone! The Iczer-Σs looking to be even stronger than before!
: Yes, maam! Well kick them out in a hurry!
Again with the Cthulhu, and the same tactics still apply. Iczer-2s as dangerous as always, but weve fought her enough that we can handle that, despite the stat boost. Better still, a whole bunch of our guys now know Valor, so her HP pool wont last at all.
Just dont lose a ship or the Dancouga, which isnt likely anyway.
Nothing happens on the first turn as we all start closing in. When turn two rolls around
: Weve got an enemy force approaching our airspace! This signal
: Its the Pretender ?!
: Kiriyama but Im sure I!
: He survived ?!
: Well, how do you do, LOTUS and Kouichi Hayase! Its been ages!
: You really humiliated me back then, but, today, my justice jus tice j u s t i c e
: The hell ? Whats wrong with him?
: What What am I feeling ?
: Oh, yeess Today, Ill make the whole world
: Acknowledge mine and Reijis justice !
: His His D-S.O.I.L. rate has broken past 300%?! Thats impossible...!
: You and your false justice will all vanish !
: (He is only after LOTUS, it seems. I might as well make use of this.)
: I am righteous just ! Me, and only me ! This world needs no one elses justice !
Pretender, a.k.a. Deceive IV (Eiji Kiriyama)
Machina-Human L7 you have no idea how much restraint it took not to call this Humachina, Manchina or something silly like that. But I DID say Id stick to established terms
Break Morale Limit
Support Attack L3
Attack Combo L3
Oh, Kiriyama someone in the anime team really didnt like you, I guess. Still, the guy was dangerous before and hes even worse now.
First and foremost, the Machina-Human skill not only give a passive HP regen (20% at L7), it also provides a free boost to his accuracy, evasion and crit rates (+15% at L7). This guy was dodgy and accurate before, so you can guess how his numbersll look now.
The Pretender also got significant stat and power boosts across the board Kiriyamas huge Prevail and Break Morale Limit will only further bolster its effectiveness. So my advice to you is to not give him the chance to pull anything: save a couple of Valors, lure him in and BLAST him off your hair before he can do some real damage.
And be mindful that he still has his Nerve Cracker missiles and his new strongest attack will apply armor down.
He and his MP Jinrais will take a couple of turns to get here, so in the meantime well build up morale while clearing the Dilos.
Once you wreck about 70%-ish of the Dilos
: You appear to be struggling, warrior of the Cthulhu.
: Youre that Moon WILL with whom Neos allied herself, hm?
: Thats RIIIiiiiight! And I shall AAASSIIiist you! In order to eradicate these OORGANICSSsss!
: What ?
: Were detecting a powerful energy reaction from the Moon! Its headed this way !
: What did you say ?!
: Its those things we saw at Neo Tokyo 3 !
: Weve run out of time. They are Moon WILLs vanguard.
: Hmph... So, as it turns out, the vaunted enemy is one weve bested in the past.
: No, thats not the case! These readings Im getting these are on a wholly different league from the ones that appeared in Neo Tokyo 3!
: Whatever, well trash the all the same! If we dont, Earth all our friends will !
*Aoi charges after the lead Regulus.*
*And she gets blasted back.*
: Oho not bad at all. Let us see the extent of your servants prowess, then.
: Absolute Hurricane !
: That attack was !
: Youre not destroying the Dancouga!
: The R-Daigun! It helped us?
: I am here to also fulfill my duty as the R-Daiguns pilot !
: Eida !
: Wha Wait, huh?! The R-Daiguns pilot is !
: Sorry, autographs will have to wait until later ! Now we take the fight to the Cthulhu and Moon WILLs troops!
: Yesterdays enemy is todays friend, huh? Lets get to it, then, Eida !
: Aye, aye!
Cant lose Eida either, but the R-Daigun is just as solid as the Dancouga itself.
R-Daigun (Eida Rossa)
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L1
Attack Combo L1
Squad Bonus: Mobility +5, EN +50, A rating in Air
Eidas a pretty good pilot with the perfect spirit list for what shes meant to do. The R-Daigun hits hard, the ability to fly is as useful as ever (especially paired with Accelerate), and, of course, a few other things but thats for later.
And now we can finally see the DK of her attack. Like Kiriyamas posse, the Regulus are a bit distant, so well keep on bashing the Cthulhu.
She wasnt coming, so I came to her. Maybe I shouldve held off since I think she adds a couple extra lines to following scenes
: Come Let us see how much your strength has grown during my slumber !
Hey, heres that one attack I could never get her to use before!
: Hrm So I will truly struggle to crush them so long as Im lacking a partner? Nagisa you will be mine, this I swear!
: Damn it, she got away!
: However, I sensed that she wasnt facing us with her all. Rather, it felt like she was using this bout simply as a warm-up.
: She faced us as a warm-up? Does that mean Iczer-1 is the only one she is truly after?
Kiriyama and the Regulus should reach you at the same time, which can make things a bit harry. All things considered, you should focus on the former group, while setting someone beefy up (Daiya) as a distraction of the latter. Youll see why in a bit.
: These guys really are tough as nails ! We gotta get rid of that Moon WILL before more of these start turning up!
First and foremost, they all got a major HP boost. Youll want to focus-fire them even more than before.
Clever girl At least Ill get to show off his strongest move.
: Anyone who stands against mell crumble to dust! The enemies of justice will be eliminated with extreme prejudice!
: Righteousness is with me! I AM JUSTICE GIVEN FLESH!
Couple more hits from Tetsuya, Daiya and Shinji, and hes ready.
: Weve gathered enough data. Retreat, Kiriyama
: No, not yet! JUSTICE will not flee when faced with evil !
: Retreat. Thats an order.
: Or der Roger retreating
: Eiji Kiriyama What the hell happened to him ?
Now clip the rest of the Jinrais, as you dont need them converging on someone and boosting evasion decay for the Regulus.
Now, lets start wrecking the Regulus
: What?! They regenerated ?!
: And it wasnt just the one we defeated ! All of them recovered at the same time!
: Psh, and they think that will be enough to beat us?
: You listening, Moon WILL?! Youre not breaking us with that!
: Forward, everyone!
Strap in, folks, were in for the long haul. As before, go after ONE at a time doesnt matter which.
: You can send whatever weapons you want, Moon WILL, were not bailing on this fight!
: And well be showing up on your doorstep real soon, just you wait!
: Something about their faces is really pissing me off...!
: Yeah, its like theyre laughing at us.
: But they wont be for long! Get a load of this, Moon WILL!
: Theyve got that Original Dancouga stashed away in their evil lair !
: So we cant let these random mooks give us a hard time!
: Do you think we need to beat them all at the same time ?
: Or maybe only ones actually real, and we gotta trash that guy?
: No, from the readings were getting, theyre not sharing any energy with each other. All of them are real, individual units.
: Damn it, then were just gonna have to keep going til we cant no more!
: We cant run away ! If we did, thatd really be the end for everything!
: How about we toss that family maxim by the wayside for today and just get right in these things faces? I really dont care to show them my back !
: Now we know who the enemy we gotta take down really is !
: Come what may, however strong they might be, well keep Earth safe from Moon WILL! Thats all that matters!
: Kurara, Sakuya, Johnny! Im taking us in!
: Aah, ENOUGH already! No one asked for an encore!
: Emi, have you found any clues thatd let us beat these robots?
: Im sorry, but
: Fine, bring it ! Well wreck them again and again and again until they cant regen anymore!
: Are we going, F.S .?
: Yes Im willing to take a chance on all the potential humans have
: Just because youve been observing Earth since forever doesnt give you the right to just call for humanitys destruction!
: No one has that right!
: All this time, Ive waited waited for the day Id fight against Moon WILL, side-by-side with the awakened Dancouga!
: What does this Moon WILL take humanity for ? How can he deem that theres no place for humans in the universe?!
: I guess I can kinda see what set him off I mean, Earths got a bunch of folks like Logos prowling about.
: Ichitaka !
: STILL, that doesnt mean he gets to come out and say everyone dies! Im not taking it!
: Come on, Alice! First well get rid of these guys, and then its straight off to rain on that guys parade!
: And they keep on trucking !
: How are we supposed to win this, Misato ? At this rate, we !
: Quit your whining, Stupid Shinji! You wanna go back to being just Daddys Boy?!
: But things are looking bad! Seriously bad!
: Is this the power Moon WILL has...?!
: What do we do, Misato ?
: We might not have a choice but to sound a temporary retreat
: Hey, hold the phone! We cant just run off and leave them free to go!
: Yeah If we ran, thered be no one to stop them!
: Kouji, Daiya
: Right Theres got to be something for us to try! Were not losing this we cant!
: Indeed, Aoi Failure is not an option!
: F.S .?!
: Rise and stand tall, Dancouga and R-Daigun !
: Hrm?! What vibrations are these ?
: Its coming from the Dragons Hive ?!
: This is the true shape of our base, the Dragons Hive.
: The base itself as one huge battleship !
: Keep at it all the way, guys! We know you can win this!
: Team D, and LOTUS! Surely this isnt all your strength amounts to!
: You !
: Show me, heroes of the Dancouga Show me that you can truly be this worlds saviors !
: Saviors of the world, eh Sounds like a good deal!
: From regular salaryman to savior Thats quite the leap, but I dont mind it.
: We cant let these monsters steal away everyones future!
: Come on, Aoi. The Dancouga rather, we still have plenty of energy to fight with!
: Right on. Let this Moon WILL, and whoever else feels like it, step right up! Were never letting ourselves be beaten !
: The Dancouga and R-Daigun are glowing ?!
: Its like my whole bodys on fire Pretty intense, but pretty nice too !
: The time has come Now is when the Dancouga shall truly awaken!
: Transcendence Mode, activate!
: Wha ?! These letters are !
: You will evolve beyond men, beasts beyond the gods themselves, to reach your ultimate form!
: Roar, Aoi! Call out its name! Keyword: M-A-X-G-O-D! Dancouga Max God!
: Lets go wild!
: Keyword: M-A-X-G-O-D!
: Dancouga! Max God!
: Thats the ultimate form of the Dancouga !
: D-Dude, thats siiick ! The Dancouga and the R-Daigun combined !
: And with all this power in our hands Come on, guys!
: Aye, aye! Grit your teeth, silverware!
*Explosions on all surviving Regulus!*
: The enemys unknown regeneration has stopped! It looks like backlash from the major damage they took caused it to malfunction!
: We did it !
: Hell, yeah, Dancouga!
: Weve got this now! One last push, people! Lets run these mooks into the dirt!
Dancouga Max God
50% Squad Bonus: Crit rate +20, Armor +150, Mobility +15, Movement +1
Take the Dancouga, make it better in every conceivable way, and you get this. The original bots firepower was starting to lag behind a bit, so now it makes up for it by being one of the strongest (non-cheating) bots in the game. You say Dancougas are often glass cannons? Not in L this bot was hard to kill before, now it is nigh impossible.
And it can do pretty much anything, even dodge reliably thanks to the S ranks it has on earth and space. EN cost is a bit hefty, of course, but thats what EN-Save is for. If weve the deployment slots to spare, it could be worthwhile to set, say, Anna and Eida as their separate teams, so that we can have Goh and Aoi keep a resupplying squaddie even after combining.
Whatever the case, the Max God is pretty good.
And now! We! KIIIIIIILL!
: Our energy stores are unbelievable ! So this is the Dancouga Max God !
: Whod have thought the bot had a secret like this tucked away !
: We can absolutely push back Moon WILLs vanguard with this !
: Theyve already lost they just dont know it yet.
: We just have to show it to them, then! Theyll get a taste of the full power of a warrior thats transcended men, beasts and the gods themselves!
: Its over
: Yes Weve beaten Moon WILLs forces !
: Yes, we did Its a total win for us!
: That said, to think our two units could actually combine with one another
: You didnt know, Eida?
: Theyve grown so much in such a short period of time astounding.
: Id be lying if I said I wasnt just as surprised Still, this is the strength humans possess.
: And that is precisely why I rejected the eradication of mankind. The boundless diversity of your kind, the overwhelming might of your individuals all of which has the potential to push you to newer, greater heights
: Theyve done very well today We might have a chance now.
: We might, yes These people could possibly prevail
Back to Shangri-La, apparently Masaki didnt clear things with Katou before deploying Kiriyama it was all to gather data on their opponents, see.
Masaki figures the boss understands that thats a necessity in their bid to carry out their objective. He slowly concurs, but still seems ill at ease.
Outside, Soubi can hear the talk at the bridge and Yulianne tells what happened. Sawataris surprised to hear that, as Kiriyama sure as hell wasnt in any condition to be doing anything yet.
Not the first time Masakis gone against Katous orders, either, as was shown during his previous offensive when installing the Sphere. Soubi thinks it might be good to keep a close eye on the guy.
Wufeis listening in quietly, but inwardly he thinks: Will you make it in time, LOTUS
Seimi was very much impressed with the Dancouga folks drawing out strength from one another thats the mark of a good team. And while it still sounds a bit weird to Aoi, she appreciates the praise regardless. Isabelle herself is now a firm believer in the Dancouga as a savior of mankind, and Sakuya swears well make good on it.
Indeed, Aoi declares to F.S. that theyll be taking the fight to Moon WILL and any other enemy that shows up no matter how strong. He wont try to stop them anymore, entrusting the future of Earth to us and, furthermore, the Dragons Hive is officially travel alongside LOTUS (Only the ship isnt an actual unit, but hey). Should the need arise, F.S. and WILL will help in any way they can.
In any case, Lulu is very much impressed with the strength of the new Dancouga, but Daiya says power isnt all its got. Just the sight of the bots pilots fighting got his flame burning hotter same for Kouichi! Combining with your Rival Bot is just a beautiful, beautiful, turn of events!
Speaking of unforeseen turn of events, Shizurus still shocked to find out who was piloting the R-Daigun. It really is worldwide idol Eida Rossa, the one whos been hounding the Dancouga all this time to get them to awaken. As it turns out, the reason she had to back down on that movie deal way back when was due to her getting a mission.
As for why the R-Daigun spent all that time missing, it was due to the Dancouga joining LOTUS. F.S. and the others saw the remarkable growth the bot and the team were doing with us, so there wasnt as much need for them to fight the Daigun. Though, as Vladimir puts it, WILL had it happen again as a way to trigger the Dancougas awakening.
But whatever the reasons, Eida is still very sorry for everything she did to them but Aoi says its all water under the bridge. As she mentioned before, yesterdays enemy is todays friend, and not only were they actually on the same team all along, Eida also seems to be close with Johnny. That makes things easy for her.
Eidas really grateful, and with that done, theres a very important matter left unattended: autographs! Kouichi wants one, and Annall take two (one for Nagisa Kanou, once shes back), as does Ichitaka shell show it to everyone at school once he goes back! Hey, Kouichi asked first!
Asuka groans at the idiot fanboys, but Yamashita figures that attitudes a good feature of them. His attentions diverted by an incoming mail, though its from Reiji.