Part 77: Mission 31 (Earth Route) - The Demon-Eater - Part 2
Still need to keep Miu, Kouichi and Yamashita safe (plus your ships, of course). Not that any of this matters, since Kouji and Tetsuya couldve easily wiped the floor with all the enemies, but hey.
I have chosen you to suffer!
: So you kids have done a bit of growing up, huh ? Much as it annoys me, I better run off !
If youre taking this route to carry on with the Linebarrel secret, then youll want to have Kouichi fight Soubi TWICE before killing him (anyone can take him).
: Are you seriously fine with the whole world getting destroyed? Katous trying to bring over a bunch of invaders from that other universe!
: You really are a noble kid, huh
: A long time ago I also had that same passion of justice and ideals but that changed when my wife died. That is when a realized that there are no such things in this world.
: But in the future? Thats where well find true justice and ideals nowhere else!
: Listen, I dont think I could ever imagine what it feels to lose your wife
: But what youre doing now will only result in more people being as miserable as you!
: Hah, noble, indeed so much so that youre getting on my nerves !
: You dont think Im well aware of that? Of course I am !
Folks decide to tangle with Tetsuya, allowing me to show off his new moves (thats a pretty smug DK for Double Thunder Break!).
And I have Kouichi wreck Soubi again just because.
: Im not finished yet I also have a cause of my own, you know!
: Damn it, his Machinas still regenning? When does it stop?!
*Miu charges after him.*
: What are you doing, Miumiu?! Weve no idea when your D-S.O.I.L. might break down again!
: Are you trying to get yourself killed, MIu?!
: Im fine so is the Painkiller ! This Factor is in pain I have to do this not just for us, but to also set him free from it
: Painkiller please give me strength just enough to keep everyone safe !!
: Kaoru Finally I can be with you
: Are you alright, Miu ?
: I am. The Painkiller heard my voice and answered it
: (Thank you, Painkiller )
: Recording complete. Will we turn in in this data as well?
: No a D-S.O.I.L. being stimulated by ones emotions isnt something theyd be too happy with.
: Still, it is some very interesting data. I think we could put it to good use for our future endeavors.
: Copy that.
And here we go, I found a good opportunity to show off God Beast Modes DK. Well likely never use it again!
: This is it. I believe that today is when the curtain will rise on a new battle!
: Psh How did I end up as just some random foil to guys like them ?!
: Dont think Im the same guy I was before!
: Your brute-force approach hasnt changed, though I could see through your attacks blindfolded, Hayase.
: You son of a!!
: You overextend beyond what the Painkiller can handle. Carry on with that and you risk not only your life, but that of your allies as well.
: I wont let that happen!
: Oh ? Your movements have improved. And youve learned how to properly control your unit
: But this is still as far as youll go. Youll have your chance to get together with Prof. Grife in the afterlife.
: No way, Im not stopping now. Rather, this is the moment Ill clear a major milestone!
: Come on and lets do this, Reiji Moritsugu!
: The Gaiking and Daiku Maryu have served their purpose with the defeat of the Darius. Now Ill just snuff out these symbols of hope.
: Like hell you will! The souls of every single one of us are riding on that ship!
: And while I know that youre really dang strong, Im still not letting myself get beaten! And thats a promise!
: Ever the obedient pup, fighting on command. If youre so afraid of being rejected by others, I can just put you out of your misery.
: I Im not doing this because anyone told me ! Im here just because it is what I chose to do !
: Ah ?
: And thats because
: Im Shinji Ikari of LOTUS, pilot of the EVA-01!
Had you attacked Reiji before all events went down:
: Your units arent in top condition, it seems. Thatll hamper your capacity to fight with all your might.
: Too bad for you, the Greats still running perfectly. And while your body might not feel any pain, I can just as well give your soul ample taste of its power!
: You called Yamashita here only to try and kill him?! I never took you to be the kind of man to use dirty tricks like that!
: It is never a good habit to presume things. There was much more you never thought to question, and that was your biggest mistake.
: Oh, no, youve rubbed me the wrong way since day one. But I saw that everything you did was for us and Earth - thats why I trusted you! So what the hell happened there?!
: Whats the holdup, Reiji? Come and show us what true brutality is like already!
: As you wish.
*Reiji rushes Kouichi down.*
: H-Hes fast ! But I!!
: Wh-What?! But I should be way stronger than before!
: You are, absolutely but
: Like I said, I can still read you like an open book.
: Damn !
: The Linebarrel is special; it eclipses all other Machinas. It is the ultimate, greatest of all weapons. Youve been entrusted with it, and this is all you can manage? Show me strength to match all your grandstanding!
: Kouichi, youre being too hot-headed! Pull yourself together!
: Is this what the power of your justice amounts to ? Defeat is not an option in this fight. If you think youre allowed to die and leave all this behind, think again !
How do you figure you could ever defend this world with so little power?
: Stay strong, Kouichi! A Champion of Justice always finds a way through even the toughest situations!
: Hes right get up, Kouichi! I know you too well to think youd have gone down from that!
: Mister Godannar Wasnt there something odd about the Vardants attack just now?
: Yeah... The killer intent is clearly there, but he didnt hit any vital spots
: You dont think Reijis ?
: You cannot protect anything, Hayase. You ramble on about justice, but have no power to back any of it up
: You cannot even kill me, the villain who murdered Ishigami and left to join the Katou Organization. How could someone like you ever protect even a single person?
: Then I suppose Ill just kill you, the people of LOTUS, and everyone you swore to keep safe !
: Kouichi !
: Im not losing this !
: The Mode B ! It engaged without my authorization ?!
Nothings changed, Hayase. You still have no idea how to make good use of that power.
: Even if you can engage Mode B at will, it isnt difficult for me to predict your actions when your attack patterns remain the same.
: Can he really not win this ?!
: Wait, this is the energy readings are still going up!
: Im not finished ! So many people have trusted us with all their hopes. Thats why
: Thats why I !
: I am never letting myself be beaten!!
Kouichi: Everyones hopes are riding on us I cant go down!
Reiji: Hah its finally awakened
: He did it !
: Haah haah haah
: What was that just now ?
: My guess is the Linebarrel answered his wholehearted determination
: I trust you collected data on what happened? That was the true power of the Linebarrel. But the awakening is still incomplete
: Hayase has no choice but to keep on moving onwards, so you will all need to support him.
: Reiji !
: Never forget how you felt now, Hayase. Nagumo, Kabuto, Tsurugi, Kujo, I hope youve also gained something from this battle with me.
: Reiji, you
: I knew it
: It seems the time has come...
: Th-Thats !
: Weve a match in the Flags database Its the Shangri-La, Katou Hisatakas battleship!
: Ladies and Gentlemen of LOTUS, I am glad to see you well.
: Katou Hisataka
: Id like to tell you that we have officially entered the final stage of our plan...
: The second the Dimension Peeler activates, the forces from the other side will invade this universe. Are you ready to take a stand and fight ?
: Damn straight! Well kick all their asses, and yours as well, so you better start clenching!
: Tired isnt part of our dictionary...! Were ready to go whenever, wherever !
: Thats good to hear. And, in that case, Id like to propose an alliance between us and LOTUS.
: An alliance?! Just what are you ?!
: The Katou Organizations true purpose has always been to oppose and destroy the invasion from the other side and to cultivate the strength and resolve of this worlds dwellers in preparation for the showdown thatd inevitably come.
: I think we can safely check that objective as accomplished.
: Thats your true purpose ?
: Oi, what the hell is going on ?!
: B-Brother why
: Brother?! Him?!
: Youve recovered all of your memories, hm? Its been a while, Emi
: Could I ask you for a full explanation? Why have you proposed this alliance as abruptly as you have?
: As I mentioned not long ago, the Dimension Peeler will soon activate, opening a hole in the fabric of space-time.
: Machina-Humans from the other universe will surge through it, and it is up to us to face them.
: Machina-Humans ?
: To put it simply, those are humans whove chosen to merge themselves with machines in order to better execute their goals. Their separate psyches were unified into a single network, and all is directed to one thing: harmony with the collective mass. There are no more individuals, nor emotions.
: Perfect efficiency Discordance is a thing of the past. And the unified consciousness that controls it all is the being named Central.
: No individuals or emotions Are there no regular humans in that other universe, then ?
: Yes, there are. Half of that Earth is populated by humans like those of the Frontier Fleet, under the rule of the United Nations Government.
: Its possible for us to coexist, then ?
: No, it isnt coexistence. Central merely surveyed and appraised them as having the potential to be useful to the whole
: Just as it did to Amagatsu Kizaki, the one whod recovered a piece of technology thatd been lost when humanity transitioned into its unified state: the Factor System.
: Amagatsu Kizaki the creator of the Linebarrel, and Emis dad
: Okay, I kinda get what that Central is, but why are do they want to invade our world ?
: Because all must be in harmony with the whole. They now seek to expand that harmony across the other universe, converting all who live here into Machina-Humans.
: It could well be said that that desire to expand is the one instinct left within the Machina-Humans.
: And so you pretended to work with Central, all the while forming the Katou Organization in order to oppose them?
: So that the people of this world would be ready and able to stand against the force that would eventually arrive from the parallel universe, correct.
: And was that why you killed Amagatsu Kizaki? Is that why you killed our father?
: I need an answer, my brother why did you kill him that day?
: While I remember you often clashed with each other, I still thought that, deep down, you loved each other as family
: Around that time, our father had been appraised as an unsuitable part by Central. He, himself, realized that, and what was coming, so he asked me to gun him down
: I had already infiltrated Centrals ranks by then, and it would prove my trustworthiness to them all in the name of true justice
: So when he told me not to hate you, he was
: But the fact still remains that I killed our father. I will not blame you if youve come to despise me.
: Color me surprised The Katou Organization has been an unknown force since before the Second Impact, but not once did I expect that to be your goal.
: I all kinda makes sense but, damn, it still feels so surreal
: I think hes telling the truth, though
: What the Katou Organization has been doing is about the same thing the R-Daigun did: force your opponent to grow. Thats why they willingly cooperated with us.
: All for the sake of mankinds future, huh ?
: Their ideals guided their hands in battle, though all could see that theyd be villains in the eyes of the world. No different from one Treize Khushrenada
: And, so, I chose to help this man: for our once-earned peace to be made truly enduring
: I see... thats why you stopped reporting after you infiltrated their group.
: My goal is to permanently strand the invading forces inbetween the dimensions but I cannot do that without yours and the Linebarrels power.
: My friends, now is the time where we must pool our strength against the enemy from the other universe.
: Mr. Ishigami !
: My words are neither commands nor threats The choice is entirely yours to make. If pressed, Id say... this is a sincere plea for your help.
: Im never going to forgive what you guys have done but I can tell that therell be no way for us to protect this world by fighting each other.
: So if us fighting together is an option, then I guess thats the one Ill pick
: And I agree if we can stop fighting our fellow men, then that is clearly the way to go.
: I think LOTUS should accept their proposal, Lady Une.
: Giving them a vote of confidence, are you ? Very well, Ill defer to your judgement.
: Thank you!
: We have an agreement
: Then I guess thats that. I look forward to working with you guys especially with these cute boys.
: P-Please dont look at me like that !
: Reiji Moritsugu I await the opportunity for us to have our duel.
: Youre free to try, but only after this battles finished
: Have you nothing to say about this, Sawatari.
: Eh, I already had some idea of what you were up to after how long weve worked together.
: I just wish Soubi, Riku and the boss were around for this but you cant get stuck in the past, right?
: I see but I apologize to you regardless
: I was also privy to what Katous agenda was, but I couldnt condone all the bloodshed that wouldve resulted from his methods
: So I left, taking many of their Machinas and the Flag with me and the rest is history.
: Of course, actually getting said Flag to activate wound up putting a major burden on Reijis shoulders.
: Activating the Flag ?
: You see, doing that requires someone to part with their physical self and merge with the ship itself. I took that job upon myself but I had to thrust the dirty work onto Reiji.
: Pay it no mind. Whatever the reason, it doesnt change what happened and Im ready to do as I must to the very end.
: Blah, theres being poker-faced and then theres you its like Im staring at a cardboard cutout. Damn it, I cant believe I let you trick me like that!
: Further proof that you still have a long way to go.
: And you, Prez! You said you were an AI, but thats really you in there, isnt it?! You just plugged your mind into a machine!
: Ahahaha, I guess the cats out of the bag. Still, this is a pretty sweet body, dont you think? Now I can go flat out with my pranks.
: Granted, that's not really that different from before...
: ... Alice, is there anything you can do to teach him a lesson?
: I think I could hack into the main computer and start messing with his source code a bit, or maybe
: N-Now, please wait a second! By the time you see this, Ill likely be dead, dead, dedededededededddddd
: Youre not fooling anyone!
: Darn and blast! The truth was better left unsaid! Oh, the humanity!
: I hope I managed to help you guys out there, Kouichi
: Yeah, absolutely but you also really had me on pins and needles. Can you promise you wont push yourself to the edge again?
: Oh, dont worry. My bodys feeling a whole lot better now!
: It seems that your condition today was a secondary effect to the Painkiller inoculating itself against viral attacks.
: And with this data in store, you should be fine even when faced with viral weapons targeting your D-S.O.I.L.
: Mius back to normal, Ive got the Kaiser back and Tetsuya has a new and improved Great all things considered, today was a good day!
: And what about the Mazinger?
: Hell still be ready for to be used if need be. Weve been fighting together for too long for me to just leave him behind
: Wouldnt you feel bad if you had to say goodbye to your EVA all of a sudden, Asuka?
: Yeah, I guess.
: (Inside the EVAs the only place I feel truly at home, after all )
: ( Actually, maybe thats not true anymore. Maybe here, with these people, is just as much of a home to me now )
Its been a long since time since Wufei and Goh had a chance to fight not since he and Katou visited JUDA. Wufeis wanted to speak with him again for a while, and is glad to see that hes recovered his spirit. Actually, hes looking even mightier, courtesy of all his comrades.
Thats especially true in regards to Anna, Goh says. Wufei also recognizes the girl, telling Goh to value his wife. I will, he says, Well never be taken apart again.
But never mind that: Misato calls in and says we just got an urgent message from Une. One of the Preventers agents has located Djibril, and the guys camping out at the Moons Daedalus Base. That sounds pretty good to Goh and Anna since we were headed up there do deal with Moon WILL as well.
Were expecting a major battle, though, so Misato says well be first heading up to rendezvous with our other half.
: What Im still alive ?
: Masaki What are you doing to me ?
: Im making you useful, just as I did to Eiji Kiriyama.
: Masaki! What the hell are you?!
: No, stop! STOP! GWAAAAAAAAAAAH!!