Part 76: Mission 31 (Earth Route) - The Demon-Eater - Part 1
Back for the last mission of the Earth Route and, damn, did Daiya really get ahead of the competition. But were not staying on this path in to keep Michels bespectacled face from getting sprayed across the space countryside, so it doesnt matter.
As before, all our cash went into our squaddies to help them stay alive. The R-Daigun comes with 4 bars, so its already good.
Ichitaka, Kouichi, Miu, Yamashita, Kouji and Tetsuya are deploying as event units, so thats a good bunch of squads I need to rearrange:
Eida/Anna (another combination-oriented squad, deployed separately so Goh and Aoi still have their mates)
Alright, lets get to it.
: (Id lost both my parents at a very young age, so the only family I had left was my sister Yuriko.)
: (I fancied myself some Champion of Justice back then. My body felt no pain, so that led me take the fight to any delinquents I found )
: (But there was a price to pay for all the gangs I defeated and my sister, the one whod been protecting me from the world, was taken from me.)
: (It was payback from some of the delinquents Id hurt though they werent the masterminds behind that plan. The culprit was my confidant, my one friend, Eiji Kiriyama.)
: (I presume he did not like how Yuriko kept me grounded, how she made me hesitant to give all of myself to justice.)
: (But even knowing the truth, I dont hate him. Because I know that the real blame for my sisters death fell on my self-serving, distorted sense of justice...)
: A dream. Thats unusually nervous of me, hm ?
Cut to Shangri-La, Katous already managed to get things rolling the pathway is stabilizing and it wont be long before Centrals invasion of this world begins. He wants Masaki to lead the first wave, though the guy asks if Katoull be able to carry out LOTUS destruction without him.
Thatll be no problem at all, and he asks Masaki to give his regards to the superior though he concedes that addressing individuals is meaningless. Whatever the case, Masaki asks to have Kiriyama accompany him on his mission and Katou allows it (though he doesnt look too happy).
As Masaki leaves, Katou, inwardly, is hoping for Reijis success.
Over by Flag, Yumis called in to say he STILL needs more time before the Mazinkaiser is ready. Fine, Kouji will just keep on trucking with the Mazinger, and Yumis very apologetic, what with our showdown with Moon WILL drawing closer and closer.
Still, he wants Kouji to take care and not do anything crazy. When the call ends, Kouji spots Miu and the JUDA techs talking nearby. Seems like the Painkillers D-S.O.I.L. is showing signs of growing weaker, and Rachel cant really determine the cause. It shouldnt affect her ability to fight YET, but she still wants Miu to be careful.
Miu mumbles a thanks, and Rachel asks if somethings wrong. Shes not looking too spritely. Miu says shes fine and sets out, though Maki is worried: if her D-S.O.I.L. continues to drop, itll push her already dipping vitals to very dangerous levels.
As Sakon remembers, Factors are dependent on the D-S.O.I.L. to stay alive, so a problem with it is a major problem for them as well. And thats saying nothing of the fact that itll also really diminish the Machinas own ability to regenerate, Shibakusa points out. Rachel hopes its just a temporary thing, but will try and look for a way to deal with it.
: Ah, here you are, Miu.
: Kouichi you were looking for me ?
: Yeah. Kouji said you looked kind of down, and I got worried
: Sorry Im just being a burden for everyone
: No way, youre a very dear friend for all of us. There aint a soul here who thinks youre a burden.
: Thanks you really are a nice guy
: Ahahah I think youre giving me too much credit there.
: I I want to be capable of helping you and our friends to be a Champion of Justice, someone who can protect whats dear to me
: Or rather, thats what I wanted
: Why the past tense?
: Huh ?
: You can still do it now. Just dont give up on it, and you can come to be a Champion, keeping safe all thats dear to you
: The important part is asking yourself: What do I want to do? And, if you ask me, youre already a great Champion of Justice.
: O Okay Thank you, Kouichi.
: Um Kouichi, I
*Alarm! Take off!*
: The alarm?! What happened?!
: Not good, guys! Yamashitas just taken off on his own!
: He ?!
: Col. Katsuragis just ordered us to give chase! Everyone aboard their units!
: Y-Yes, sir !
: (What happened, Yamashita ?!)
Mission 31 (Earth Route) The Demon-Eater
: Sorry, folks
: Hello, Yamashita
: Reiji Why did you kill the president? Please tell me
: Because it was necessary.
: Necessary ? Not out of anger, hatred, or whatever but just because it was necessary ?
: Thats right. Come with me, Yamashita. I could use someone like you.
: Did you expect this one mail would get me to turn on everyone else?
: Did you honestly think a few words is all itd take for me to betray friends Id been fighting with since forever ?!
: Theyre only people you know. Nothing more, nothing less.
: I told you trying to be diplomatic would be a waste of time.
: The Katou Organization ! How wrong I was about you, Reiji
: What will you do about it, then ?
: Ill put you down here and now !
Yamashita cant really take on Reiji by himself, so well just pull him out of range for a turn
As the enemies start closing in, next player phase
: The Hind-Kinds an artillery and support model as evidenced by its cannons and reflector cores.
: I dont need a reminder ! Thats why Ive been trying to keep you at a distance !
: You do understand, I see. Still, if you havent the skill to make proper use of it all, then your Machina is no more than a fancy paperweight.
: Reiji !
: Is this what you think is just?! Fooling those who took you for a friend, hurting them Is this what you really wanted to do all along?!
: Answer me Reiji Moritsugu !!
: Are you done with your monologue?
: YAMASHITAA! You still alive?!
: Theyve come
: K-Kouichi everyone
: Goddamn Now this is a crazy stunt you tried to pull!
: Once weve made it back, youll be sweeping all of the Dragons Hive gym until it is sparkling clean!
: Sorry but I needed to hear what was on his mind nothing else mattered
: Reiji Moritsugu looks like every millimeter of your hearts frozen solid, huh?
: You dont stand a chance of winning this battle as you are, LOTUS. Youve too many amateurs holding you down
: Hrm !
: So what were amateurs !
: Weve still learned a lot more than you think!
: And if you say thats still not good enough, then well just help each other cover our weaknesses! Thats what being a team what being friends is about!
: Right on! And were going to win this, and keep our world safe, even if we gotta kick you to the curb!
: A fine speech, but one thatll amount to nothing if you havent the strength to make good on it.
: Come Ill show you what true brutality is like.
You can take down Reiji but hell just heal to full and keep going (cash only on the first kill), so Ill ignore him until later. Other than that, its the same battle we had in Misaki, only its Sawatari, Yulianne, Soubi and Wufei instead of Yulianne, Masaki and Sawatari. Deal with the MP Jinrais as you have, and thisll be simple valored attacks will tear through the midbosses.
Of note is that Reijis AI seems to be hardwired to go after Yamashita if possible, so be mindful of that or youll be eating chain attacks. Miu can always repair him if the damage mounts up too high.
Do note that youll only have actual backup by turn 6, so its in your best interest to shave off the enemies numbers ASAP send Ichitaka, Kouichi and the zingers forward, setting them in the forest and/or popping Iron Wall when the enemy wave comes closer.
From what Ive seen the more distant mook groups will take a long while to start moving, so youre not in a big risk of being overwhelmed. After Kouji and Tetsuyas HP dips enough, theyll likely only be taking two-digit damage if Mazin Powers active anyway.
Your bigger liabilities here are Miu and Yamashita, and even they should prove pretty resilient unless youve neglected them throughout the whole game.
: Well protect what is just well fight side-by-side Isnt that what you once said?! What is all a lie?!
: It was.
: !! Reiji !!
The Katou folks will support defend like crazy, so chain attacks are the way if youd rather be proactive.
But, really, barring you not using ANY of these people, this isnt really hard if you let the protags take point.
When turn four rolls over
: ?! M-My energys !
: What happened, Miu ?!
: Kouichi I the Painkiller is
: The Painkillers D-S.O.I.L. has dipped below 20%! Her cardiopulmonary functions are going critical !
: Youd try to uphold your justice with a body as frail as that? Calling it idiocy would be an understatement!
: But dont worry: Ill make it all go away in just a second!
*Soubi charges after Miu!*
: Watch out!
Youre not taking the Painkiller!
: Urgh !
: Heheh Looks like the Painkillers still in one piece !
: I-Im fine, Tetsuya that attack just wrecked the Mazinger Zs propulsion, though
: ! Youre willing to go this far to save her? The Factor of this Machina is that important a companion to you ?!
: This aint about me being willing or not ! I just acted on impulse !
*Soubi backs up.*
: *cough, cough* I-Im so rry
: Hayase, Yamashita, Nagumo! We have to cover Kabuto and Kujo!
: Were not letting them have this their way!
This would probably be more dangerous if Kouji didnt have enough SP to cast Guts. That said, itd probably take a midboss to do anything more than 10 damage to him on that HP level (and theyre not close enough).
FYI, I could never get Miu to attack anything before this event because either she was out of range or the enemies all ran after our beefier targets, but she does have a quick line:
: (Please hold on for just a bit longer, Painkiller !)
Now, just hang in there one more turn, and
: Hmhmhm fighting while babysitting your friends is pretty tough, isnt it? Why not just dump those guys and take care of yourselves?
: Are you kidding? None of us would ever do that!
: I can appreciate how manly youve gotten, boy, but I wonder for how long that attitudes going to last.
*Tetsuya moves by Kouji and Miu.*
: You kids let me handle this. Grab Kabuto and Kujo, and pull back!
: Wh-Whats wrong with you, Tetsuya?! Im gonna fight here until the last second!
: What he said! Not even the Great could take all these enemies alone!
: Dont be stupid! Our main goal isnt to win this ONE battle its to make sure the entire world survives! Thats what we need to do!
: Tetsu ya
: Damn it Mazinger, please, move ! I dont wanna have to leave one of friends hung out to try !!
: What ? Theres something flying towards us?
: Its the Kaiser Pailder ?! Whats it doing here?!
: Kouji, Ive finished the Mazinkaisers maintenance at long last! Quickly! Board the Kaiser Pailder!
: I dont know what youre up to, but it wont be a problem if I just destroy you all!
: No, you wont! Both Kabuto and Kujo are under my watch!
*Soubi takes aim at Tetsuya and Kouji.*
: Hrk ! The Great was !
: Tetsuya, Im also sending the original Great for you to use! Climb to a higher altitude hurry!
: ! Yes, sir!
*Kouji and Tetsuya fly westward a bit.*
: Dont know when to give up, do you? And here I was, trying to free you from all this hardship !
: I wont let you hurt them !
: What ?! But I thought the Painkiller couldnt move !
: Th-This is ! The Paikillers D-S.O.I.L. has been reenergized! Its energy cycle rate is 250%?!
: Shes deliberately sending the D-S.O.I.L. into overdrive! The nanomachines are being pushed to the point of apoptosis to increase the rate they metabolize energy!
: Miu, stop! Thatll kill you!
: I wont die like this ! Because I !
: Ill be a Champion of Justice side-by-side with everyone and with you, Kouichi !!
: Miu you
: Kouji Tetsuya Keep flying. Ill cover you
: Alright. Lets go, Kabuto!
: Sorry, Miu!
: Youre not going anywhere !
: Kouji! Tetsuya!
: N-No way ! Kouji! Tetsuya! Say something!!
: And there you have it. At the end of the day, the so called power of justice is
: Easy there, Hayase! Were not going down from something like that!
: Youve been getting a kick outta messing with us, eh...? But now youre gonna have to deal with the Mazinkaiser! Get ready!
: They both made it !
: My piloting technique hasnt waned enough that you'd need to worry about me.
: Time to pay them back with interest, Kabuto!
: Aye, aye, Tetsuya!
: So those are the Mazinkaiser and the True Great Mazinger The data didnt do justice to their magnificence.
: Should I deploy and collect data directly?
: Youll have plenty of chances to fight them in the near future. That can wait until then.
: I ask that you simply observe them fight, precisely in the interest of what moment. Id like my magnum opus to be absolutely flawless when it steps into the limelight.
: Yes, sir.
True Great Mazinger (Tetsuya Tsurugi)
Squad Bonus: Armor +150, Accuracy +5
Mazinkaiser (Kouji Kabuto)
Squad Bonus: Armor +150, Accuracy +5
Shows over, folks. Weve officially won the game. If Gaiking the Great already made this plenty easy, Kouji and Tetsuyas upgrades mean we cannot be beaten in a straight-up fight ever. Mazin Power, if youll remember, ups damage done by 25%, and lowers damage taken by 25%. Once it activates, only bosses will do real damage; once Prevail gets rolling, not even they will.
Tetsuyas original Great Mazinger, complete with blue arms and legs, gains access to its Double Thunder Break move, on top of a stat boost to everything else. But the real jump in power goes to Kouji, whos just been promoted to the rank of tied with Gaiking as the strongest goddamn unit in the game.
Gaiking the Great has more HP, but the Kaiser hits harder courtesy of still having Double Burning Fire with Tetsuya. There are a couple of moves with higher attack power, but this won't get left far behind with Mazin Power boosting it.
Mazinkaiser has everything: survivability, nuclear powered strikes, good range, it is cost efficient (99 Gigant Missiles! ), Rust Tornado will apply Armor Down, strong chain attacks if youre deploying solo, and more, more, more.
The only demerit I can think of is that neither it nor the True Great actually inherit the upgrades from the regular Mazinger or Great Mazinger. Thats a bit of a dick move if you dumped a lot of cash into them (which I didnt), BUT you can assign any other Mazinger pilot to control the things (though only Kouji and Tetsuya can do the Double Burning Fire).
Now we just need to stand by for a bit longer, and be thankful that the enemies are spread out, otherwise Kouji and Tetsuya would wreck them all.
: Our plans been pushed into the final stage, but these orders we got Hmm...
Tetsuya and Koujis rocket punches had their animations updated, so he it is (with a bonus of Kouichi showing that hes pro now).
: Therell be nothing left if we do not make good on this opportunity Come! Show me your full strength!
: Had things played out differently, I believe I couldve ended up part of your team but this is reality, and I am now your enemy!
: A legit attack jives a whole lot better with me than sneaky traps like this. Still, orders are orders.
Would you blame me if I said that it was only on this mission that I noticed Sawatari had upgraded his mech (apparently hes had it since the Misaki Sphere mission)? To be fair, his new Idaten Ver. 2 looks pretty much identical to Ver. 1, only with a new backpack, I think?
And because I know someonell ask, no, its not called Idaten Nogota. Do they outright call it like that in the original series, or did the furigana read like that in the manga? Because it is written イダテン弐型 and that is Idaten Nigata.
The JP wiki doesnt have it spelled out like that, either. Where did this Nogota business start?
Either way, after a whole turn of slaughter
: Is everyone alright?!
: Ah, theres the Daiku Maryu, right on time!
: Thats the Mazinkaiser! And the True Great Mazinger!
: Okay, thats enough Mens Super Robots Monthly for you, Johnny.
: We had a few close calls here, but, as you can see, everyones A-OK!
: Im really sorry, guys !
: Never mind that right now! You just went through a tough bit, didnt you? Then lets go and get some payback!
*Looks at the Reiji.*
: The Vardant is leading the enemy forces Wed best assume hes got a pretty good read on all our tactics
: Its fine
: Huh ?
: He might be LOTUS old commander, but that doesnt mean hes familiar with the current LOTUS. So well be alright.
: That is correct. All of you have been displaying growth far beyond our expectations.
: And if the enemy underestimates that growth, then thatd actually be an opening we can exploit.
: I understand. And we only got this far by having faith in one another, so I shouldnt stop that now. Im counting on you all, troops!