Part 260: Special Disk Mission 3-1 - Fierce Melee: The Warriors' Day Off!Glory Star Report Chapter 1
The third Special Disc Story, Glory Star Report!
Clearing Beater Services: Business Journal gives another 1 Million credits, 1000 Blue Stones 1000 PP for all Pilots, and most importantly a Shadow Angel Feather to the big pile of stuff we get at the start.
Since Setsuko appears, we get to set her birthday and bloodtype again.
This time, I pick 12/12 with Type O. If you'll recall from my New Game+ review, this gives Setsuko Boost. On to the show!
Multidimensional year 9/16/0001.
ZEUTH has departed Tampagounda Base for Zafts Gibraltar Base.
As the chaos in the world continues to accelerate, both myself and ZEUTH occasionally finds ourselves pondering what role we can play. It's unclear how much firepower lies hidden within the transformed Gunnery Carver, but I am determined to bring that concealed strength forth. Still, am I really worthy of the Glory Star name...? These doubts give me pause to this day.
- Glory Star 3rd
Location: Western Galia
Aboard the King Beal, Ravens passing along an invitation from Sandman for us to visit his summer villa its right along the path to Gibraltar. This is also meant as a vacation for the Maid Corps. so the other Earthgertz members will also be there.
Heizaemon concedes that therere still a few days before our meeting with Durandal and seeing how Bright and Talia didnt oppose the idea, we agree to the invitation. Sandman is sure to be pleased.
Since Raven will be busy with matters in Japan, Tessera and the others will be greeting us when we arrive. Umee does notice that Raven looks a bit dejected over having to work when everyone else is relaxing his slow, sighing denial doesnt fool anyone.
When the team arrives, Eiji double-checks that this is the right place. Indeed, Eina confirms it. And this is still western Galia? Yep. In Sayakas world, this part of the world would be Northern Africa more specifically, around the Saharan Desert.
Where do you see Africa in this?! This is a Japanese spa through and through! Eiji yells, dumbfounded.
Toshiya wonders if the whole place was warped from Japan due to the Break the World. No, Julie takes a look around and everything mountains and rivers included appears manmade. Yeah, Sandman had this entire region built.
The guy appears, glad that theyre taken with the place and bids everyone a hearty welcome to the 愚裸美温泉 (Gu.Ra.Vi.Onsen/Spa ): paradise on earth.
Some time later, Tetsuya and Jun are blown away. Theyd heard Sandman was rich as balls but this is still very impressive. Guess theres nothing the rich cant do.
This kind of feels like a tremendous waste of cash for Shinn but Setsuko tells him to forget about it: Sandman does what he feels like, always staying true to his aesthetics. Well, Lunamaria isnt about to let these nitpicks get in the way of our first chance to relax in a long while.
Camille is all for that and so is Kiraken: theres a ton of food for everyone and even our captains are allowing themselves to drink a pint. Minako, meanwhile, speaks of the good the hot springs do for the skin.
Gwen and Loran had heard of Yapans spas before but the warm waters have proven far more relaxing than advertised. Still, Camille wonders what could be next seeing how they were all called to the spas rec room.
Maybe theres some karaoke planned, Eiji wonders. If so, hes ready to show everyone his singing chops.
You, singing? I cant even begin to imagine how bad thatll be, Shinn quips.
Runa tries inviting Touga to do a duet with her but, first, shell need to explain what karaoke actually is. Luna doesnt mind a singing tournament and psyches herself up for it, Meyrin sighing at her competitiveness.
But, hold on, the maids are enter and Marinia passes on a message from Sandman: even when resting, warriors mustnt forgo combat. With that in mind, Twille declares theyll be having some fun duels.
Sounds contradictory to Keiko and Uchuuta but Tria directs their attention to a green table theyve set in the room.
Ladies and gentlemen! Now marks the beginning of our local ping-pong tournament, the Sandman Cup!
: So, a ping-pong tourneys going on right now?
: Right, two versus two matches. They drew random pairs of men and women.
: The winning team will go against the champion: Sandman and his teammate. Theres a pretty big prize waiting if they win.
: A prize prepared by Sandman himself It must be something amazing.
: The first round has already gone by, with 8 teams going to the quarterfinals.
: Uchuuta and I already lost, though.
: What about you, Ichitaro?
: We also lost badly.
: Let me tell you, captain. Ichitaro had a real shot at this with me, but you wouldnt believe how many times he whiffed the ball.
: B-but what was I supposed to do, with you in that robe?! It was so distracting
: Youre not gonna make me say it, are you?!
: For shame, Ichitaro! How can you call yourself the King Beals gunner or even this fishermans son with that attitude?!
: A man always stands strong! A man never backs down! A man always gives 1000%!!
: Y-yes, sir!
: OK captain, I think youve had a bit too much to drink.
: That was too bad, Setsuko. We did pretty well but it didnt take
: Shoorryy, Camille... If I got dat sherve right, we coulda won.
: No, no it was a good game. It was Amuros perceptiveness that sealed their victory.
: "I shee it...! Tweeweweeep!" ...And shtuff like dat...
: Blah dem Aces are tough game or not
: Setsuko youre beet red.
: Im twenty, okay, boy-o? Just had a lil beer, is all. Heheheh
: (I dunno bout the taste, Chief, but a cold beer is a pretty good time )
: Im sorry, Master Tetsuya I wasnt helpful at all as your partner
: Dont beat yourself over it, Cecille. All weve to do now is accept that our opponents were stronger.
: That said, its important for you to exercise. If you can, make sure you push your training further.
: Okay. Ill work even harder washing and cleaning.
: Well, arent you a nice guy, Tetsuya! What happened to the nasty drill sergeant we usually see?
: Hah, youre one to talk I saw you busting your ass covering for Leele.
: My thanks for the help, Kouji. I I had a lot of fun.
: Heheh Sucks that we lost but I still got quite the workout.
: Everyone seems to be having a good time.
: Yep, just look at Cecille and Lady Leeles smiles! Kouji and Tetsuya are so cool!
: And on the other side of the spectrum
: What? Whats the problem, girls?
: Are you that bummed out that you got paired with us?!
: Y-youre mean ! Thats discrimination!!
: This was a surprise, Lt. Quattro I didnt expect you to take part in this game.
: Even I have a life beyond the battlefield though it seems Im far less suited for this than piloting an MS.
: Many thanks for being the ladys partner, Lt.
: You couldve stood to work harder on our game instead of fussing so much over her, Loran!
: P-Please forgive me, Ms. Minako! Its just I never played this sort of game before
: (Hahah Perhaps its Lorans fate to be pushed around by young ladies )
: Too bad, Meyrin. We couldnt best Lunamarias team.
: I kind of expected it shes always been the athletic one. What about you, Touga? Arent you miffed that you lost to Eiji?
: What is miffed?
: (Oh, Eiji you finally beat Touga at something and he doesnt even care.)
: (Welp Touga has such a nice voice but hes a bit of an oddball )
: And are you alright, Eina? You also look very worn out.
: Im not physically tired its my brain thats on the verge of collapse.
: That was a shame, Eina. Had I managed to fully impart my sports theory to you, there was a very big chance that we couldve taken the cup.
: Your lessons are too complicated for me, though!
: Look at them Touga and Julie both got great partners
: Whats the matter, Kiraken?! Why are you grumbling when you got me as your partner?! Ours is the strongest duo across all teams!
: True but that meant all your balls went out of bounds You cant win like that.
: Certainly. Still, I cannot help but envy Mrs. Hanaes strength.
: Thank you for doing this, professor. I was so happy that we were put together.
: Though my entire body now aches like theres no tomorrow. I believe Ill take yet another soak in the hot springs.
: Hmhm And when youre done, Ill give your shoulders a massage to help them relax.
: My friends ! Though I am loath to say this amidst your rest, weve an emergency on our hands!
: What happened, Sandman?
: Weve detected Zeravire not too far from here. Its possible they were lurking within the magma of the nearby volcano.
: Understood. Well intercept them ASAP.
: But, captain, with everyone resting, we never had a chance to set their attack teams!
: Tessera, whats the status of the Sandman Cup?
: We have just finished the first round and eight teams have qualified for the quarterfinals, sir.
: Then theyll deploy as those teams.
: They have all made it through the first round. Their teamwork is beyond reproach.
: Alright well allocate the defeated members accordingly to act as support!
: And if youll forgive my arrogance, Ill be taking charge of todays operation !
Special Disk 3-1 Fierce Melee: The Warriors' Day Off!
: Fellows of ZEUTH deploy!
: Good luck, everyone!
: We cannot fight but
: Well cheer for you as best we can!
: I cant well call myself a man if I get dropped now, huh?
: Lets get to work, then, Kouji!
: Hey, hold it right there! Marias my partner for this one!
: Here we go, Katz! Bring your A-game to this battle and that spiritll win us the championship!
: (Poor Loran always having to deal with this headstrong girl )
: Lunamaria, please cover our backs.
: Back off, Touga. Lunamarias my partner! You might be the Gravions pilot but you cant order her around.
: Roger, Eiji! Lets get to work!
: (Ah I guess he is a bit miffed.)
: Aw this kinda sucks. I could be playing commander on the Argama if Cpt. Bright and I had won...
: Isnt this going a bit too far ?
: Your formation might not suit your style, Shinn, but you still need to focus.
: Worried about me, eh? Well, last I checked you lost in the first round, so stay close and cover me.
: Im sorry, Athrun. Youre only in this situation because you were paired with me.
: N-not at all pay it no mind.
: I suppose thisll make for a fine learning experience. How will they fight, I wonder?
: My friends, I believe the crux of the enemy forces is that new Zeravire model.
: We cannot allow beautiful Gravi-onsen to fall into the hands of evil !
: Warriors of ZEUTH! May you dance magnificently in the defense of this paradise!
So here's the stage itself. It's... really simple. There's some Zeravire, but they're pretty easy. The game's locked to Normal Mode, no Battle Mastery, and every single unit now has 5 bars of upgrades including weapons.
Onwards to killing them!
As you can see, Setsuko does indeed know Boost. On the other hand, she's drunk. Should you really be piloting a Mobile Suit while drunk Setsuko?
Well I guess she's OK.
: Here we go, Maria! Lets grab a nice win here and go for the ping-pong gold!
: You got it! Im not about to be beaten until we go up against Sayaka!
: Heh Its to be a clash between Sayaka and Marias spirits? That sounds like quite the spectacle.
: Koujis so dang popular Im real jealous of the guy.
: Ditto. Id love to have that kind of problem.
: (Sure you should be saying that, Toshiya? Way I see it, youre in quite the pickle yourself.)
Ya'll never saw a video of God Tomahawk, I think, so here we go!
: Dont just stand there, Katz! Work with me!
: Hey, Im not your manservant! Im not doing anything if youre just gonna boss me around!
: What are you getting at? Wasnt it only due to my hard work that we made it through the first round?
: You know this really isnt the time to talk about ping-pong!
: But theres no way well win the tournament if we dont forge our teamwork now. Am I wrong?
: N-no but
: Then do as I say. Im sure you can pull it off.
: (Is that smile the best reward Loran gets out of this ?)
: Zeravire, Smellavire! Lets take em down quick, Jun!
: Easy, Kappei. If you attack without thinking, youll be playing right in the enemys hand.
: I said this before, but you rely too much on that brute-force approach.
: But I
: (Beautiful, Jun ! Keep going!)
: (Even Kappeis being intimidated by her spirit.)
: No buts. If you cant see your flaws, you cant grow as a warrior.
: Y-yeah! I understand!
: (Heheh Shes Tetsuyas partner, alright.)
: Lets give it everything weve got, Rey! Both here and in the tournament!
: Those are two separate matters. You cant place combat and recreation on the same batch.
: I know that but
: That being said, when I take part in either, I always aim for victory. Cover me, Miashey.
: (Was that supposed to be a joke or was he serious? Ive no idea !)
: Alright, Shinn. Ill be counting on you.
: OK but, fair warning, Ive never played stuff like ping-pong before today
: No, no. I was talking about this battle, Shinn.
: Oh! Yeah, sorry! I was a bit distracted.
: Whys that? I know this is unusual but the hot springs shouldve helped you relax, no?
: Its all good, dont worry! Im going in!
: Heh Please do, Shinn.
: (I guess Im a bit nervous chatting with her since we dont often fly together )
: (Still, she really is a very grown-up woman I wonder if those rumors about her and Quattro are true )
You have a point Shinn, the Methuss is much better paired with a Super Robot due to it's Repair module. No wonder you're never put together!
: Applying ping-pong team-ups to combat It certainly isnt an idea a normal person wouldve come up with.
: But its not so absurd when you think about it. Sandman is quite insightful.
: Everyones flying so smoothly, too. Thats the difference some rest can make, I suppose.
: His plans are all going so swimmingly. What an amazing man.
: And I very much wish to challenge the man, so weve to make sure we win that tournament.
: I just know I couldve won all of this if they paired me with Amuro
: Well Sorry that you got teamed up with this dull man
You get the Dijeh automatically in the Special Disc, by the way. So you can see what it's like if you didn't feel like giving Katz kills or first played on Rand!
: Were engaging, Lunamaria. Back me up.
: Easy there, Touga. Me and Lunamaria are running this show today!
: Shush, you. Lunamarias my partner and you lost to us, didnt ya?
: I lost so now I have to obey Eiji ?
: Hey, hold on! You dont need to take it like that, Touga!
: No, no, its cool! He oughta get a taste of defeat every now and then!
: (Hes having way too much fun with this )
: (But youd best put all your back into this, Eiji. If you do win the tournament, youll find pretty much Hell waiting at the finish line )
: Hahahaha! I feel like a million bucks right now! Here we go, Lunamaria!
: Aye, aye! Well be coming out on top in both this battle and in ping-pong!
: Good to be working with you, Cpt. Löwen. Now how about we bring down these Zeravire and go win us the tournament?
: Y-yes! I swore to BrigGen. Edel that Id fight with all my might!
: You really should relax. Its dangerous to be all stressed out in battle, you know.
: F-Forgive me! But its just the two of us... You know how I get
: Oh, come on You act like Im worse than the Zeravire!
The grunts are done, now to do the boss.
: Victory is yours and, better yet, you seized it beautifully.
: Whew that was a pretty good warm-up.
: Alright, now its back to the spa
: To wrap up that tournament! Were coming for you, Sandman!
: And thats the game! Eiji and Lunamaria are the champions!
: Oh, yeah! Glory to the Zaft Reds!
: Sis I really dont think the academy would care about a ping-pong win
: Congratulations, Master Eiji, Lady Lunamaria.
: As the winners, youve earned the right to challenge Sandmans team.
: Heheh Ive been waiting for a chance to take him down a peg!
: I wonder who his partner is, though
: Congratulatons, Eiji, Lunamaria. I applaud your victory.
: (There he is the final boss!)
: Lets do this thing, Sandman. Imma show you whats what!
: Hm Then allow me to introduce my partner.
: Do go easy on me, children.
: What?! Youre Sandmans partner?!
: Maam have you ever played ping-pong?
: Hmm I confess I dont know much about it.
: Fret not, Umee. Allow me to deal with the two of them.
: Ooh, arent you a reliable young man. I knew there was more to you than just good looks.
: Psh, are you kidding? You wanna take on us both alone?
: Hmhm Such arrogance. You vastly overestimate your skill and, yet, set your gaze upon the very heavens. It is my duty as an adult to bring you back to the earth
: Indeed, this shall more than suffice to deal with you!
: A slipper?!
: What youre going to use that as your racket?!
: Hes so wonderful
: Thats Master Sandman for you!
: Are you serious?!
: Underestimating us, are ya ? You better not whine about this later, Sandman! Lets do this, Lunamaria!
: R-right !
: Like petals on the wind, may you fall with beauty, my friends.
: (What followed was like something out of a nightmare.)
: (All those present quivered with terror before Sandmans merciless offensive )
: First up is my Vanishing Serve!
: Ahahaha! Next, my Flaming Smash!
: Hahahaha! How did you like that?! Even a fly could stop this next one: my Slooooooow Serve!
: Urk! God damn it!!
: Hahahahahaha! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Back in San Germain Castle, Raven welcomes Sandman home.
ZEUTH is already back on their way to Gibraltar and Raven can see in Sandmans face that hes feeling quite refreshed after the trip. Indeed and it is thanks to it that he could get his mind in order and decide to reveal everything about his past to us.
Furthermore, hes brought Raven a gift: a VIP pass to every single spa in the world! This was the prize of the ping-pong tournament but, of course, no one had the mettle to pry it off his hands.
And it is Sandmans wish that, someday, Ayaka can remove that mask and join him in the hot springs.