Part 39: Mission 13 - PrologueUnified Route Chapter 13 Part 1
Last time on Super Robot Wars Z, we saw a kid join up with a paramillitary anti-government group because he had a crush on a girl. Setsuko got a little upgrade for her Virgola now too.
Current Top Aces:
1. Setsuko - 22 Kills
2. Kamille - 19 Kills
3. Shinn - 18 Kills
4. Talia - 16 Kills
5. Quattro - 15 Kills
Now that Setsuko has an ALL attack, she's going to start pulling ahead in kills for a while. Speaking of Setsuko, I figure now's a good time to talk about the less then pleasent stuff that happened. Denzel is dead, 100% dead. He's not coming back. The Virgola 3 has similarly been completely destroyed. Fortunately, the game isn't particularly harsh about losing Denzel. All the money I spent upgrading the Virgola 3 is refunded, not only that...
All the Pilot Points Denzel earned are given to Setsuko, with this she receives a head start in getting her skills set up. That's all for now, on to the stage!
In the Trinity Citys control room, we find Marchino talking to Prof. Kazami, asking the professor about the progress of the Trinity Energy research.
Progress is slow, though, with only one prototype mech currently outfitted with the Charge System; Marchino doesnt like to hear that, reminding Kazami that he and several others have invested a lot of money on his research.
He has other business to handle, though, but adds that hes starting to fear that all that investment was wasted; what he needs is to see some results, which should be possible if Kazami just let the Federation be the ones to handle the alien invaders.
With that, Marchino leaves.
Julie isnt very pleased with Marchino, saying that he shouldnt think of their Trinity Energy research as mere business.
Once they can fully control its power, it may alter the course of human history! Still, Kazami says thats how Marchino sees things and they cant really afford to get on his bad side.
Heizaemon is also present and says that its clear that, despite the changes to the world, money is still as powerful as ever but the point remains that the Trinity Energy research owes its continuation to Marchinos money.
Tsukikage apologizes to Kazami, wishing that Blue Fixers budget wasnt so low that they could send some extra funds his way.
Julie tells him not to worry, adding that their help as an international anti-alien invader group is greatly appreciated, especially their help in bringing their newest teammate over; Tsukikage says that wasnt his handiwork its all thanks to Sandmans resources and the influence of a supporter inside the Federation Army that allowed them to keep their independence from the army.
Rie is, at least, glad to see that there are people in the Federation Army capable of seeing the bigger picture and acting on it; as for Sandman, Quinstein says he has been incommunicado since he returned to his castle and the situation in Japan became what it is now
From what Quinstein's heard, he must be busy using his private channels to study how things are outside of Earth as, thanks to the Rivalry Zones, getting a grasp on the situation in Space has been difficult; however, Heizaemon has heard that alien attacks are still occurring, which points towards them having built some sort of forward base on our planet.
Furthermore, in space we have the Plants, Colonies, the Moon Race and the Anaheim Electronics various structures but, despite all that opposition, more alien troops are arriving on Earth their power is certainly terrifying.
Kazami reminds that theres also the information brought by that young man from Io.
Gengoroh has seen that information, detailing an enemy that attacked Io and, if that enemy decides to attack Earth next, the situation could get even worse; thats why Tsukikage and the others cannot stand around doing nothing why he wanted us to pool our resources together and figure out a way to stand up against the invaders.
Quinstein has run the numbers and the regular army is ill-equipped to fight against this sort of enemy and, currently, we only have the King Beal, Zambot, Kuuraioh, Grand Divas, Kouji and Maria take all that into consideration and we need to strengthen our power if were to keep up with the increasing attacks.
Kazami asks if she means to upgrade the Cataranger and Baldiprize; yes, but it cant be just a simple power-up: to fight the upcoming enemies, theyll need something that surpasses the level of our current technology something completely new.
Setsuko has also arrived in Trinity city and ran into Toshiya who recognizes her from before; she says shes been searching for Toby and asks what happened since the Break the World.
Mizuki says they arrived in this world together with the King Beal the Vega and Gaizock troops were also warped together and, eventually, they joined up with the Blue Fixer folks; Runa says theyve been working together with them ever since and Setsuko understands: rather than be bound by some countrys agenda, theyre working with an international organization.
Not alls good, though, as Maria says both Duke Fleed and Hikaru havent been seen since the Dimensional Collapse and Setsukos saddened to hear this but Kouji tells them both to keep their chin up: hes sure Daisuke wouldnt be done in by something like that and Hikaru should be with him, so theyll both be fine.
Maria also wants to believe that and Kouji also adds that hes sure Toby will be alright, too; Setsuko thanks him for his words but something seems strange to her: in the other world, the Earth Alliance immediately tried to arrest or use us, so why have they acknowledged their independence now?
Kouji figures its because this world is made of so many different worlds that their existence isnt a big deal anymore but Mizuki imagines theres someone inside the Federation giving us a hand, too; either way, Kappei says that theyve been fighting the aliens here and there over these past six months and, in exchange for that support, Keiko sends the data collected from our skirmishes to our friend inside the Federation it seems theyre using it to refine their anti-alien tactical OS.
Another thing that surprised Setsuko is to find that the Trinity City has been transported from Suruga Bay to the middle of the Pacific Ocean; Toshiya reminds her that it IS a floating city but, right now, its less of a city and more like our main base.
Another girl is here, asking who Setsuko is and Toshiya tells her.
She introduces herself as Minako Marchino, Toshiyas sweetheart, but hes quick to tell her not to go introducing him like that; she thinks its ok because thats what shell be very soon!
Uchuuta still finds it hard to believe that shes that guys daughter.
A man soon approaches, having been looking for Toshiya.
Its Kiraken, who says Kazami is calling him as the test will begin real soon; Toshiya thinks that, despite this being their first reunion in a long while, hes still so busy but Kirakens fine with it.
Besides, if Toshiyas late, Julie will scold them both again (Toshiya does point that Julies just a bit intense but hes a good fella); Kiraken then wonders if Setsukos another of Toshiyas friends-in-arms and she, hesitantly, asks if hes Raita from the Blue Fixer.
Rather, hes Kira Kensaku, Toshiyas friend from Io; both of them were born there, in fact, as their families were part of the first wave of colonists to travel to Jupiters moon and Toshiya only came to Earth, prior to the Dimensional Collapse, to be Kuuraiohs test pilot.
Setsuko asks if he was warped to Earth during the collapse but, before he answers the question, he wants her to call him Kiraken instead of that Mr. Kira business; as for the question, he arrived here two months ago via legit travel and that surprises Setsuko as he wouldve had to go through the Rivalry Zones.
He faced the danger head-on, though, as he had an important report to make: the Io colony had been attacked by unknown aliens and completely destroyed.
Details will have to wait, as the alarm sounds, indicating an UFO approaching.
It might be an alien attack, so everyone prepares to deploy as Minako cheers everyone on (especially Toshiya, of course).
Most of Rands talk with the people here is used to detail the events that occurred during Setsukos initial missions and to introduce new characters and their plot, which is why I skipped most of it.
A few interesting tidbits that can be mentioned:
Toshiya shows a lot of interest in the Gunleon, seeing how he was formerly a pilot of Ios repair mechs and Rand likes anyone who appreciates his mech; Kappei is also impressed with it, wondering if Rand wouldnt like to join their team as the Gunleon seems much more suited as a fighter than a repair mech of course, Rand doesnt care to destroy anything.
Kouji also likes the Gunleon, quickly tagging it as a bona-fide Super Robot and Rand actually likes the denomination; as he does his THE HEAT introduction, he actually causes Leele to flinch a bit.
He figures the pale girl has anemia or something but Mizuki yells at him to back off a bit as his stifling attitude is suffocating her.
Toga is surprised after meeting Rand, though, as he thought all adult men were intellectual and calm people like Sandman, Kazami and Tsukikage but Rand has proven him wrong; of course, Eiji tells Rand not to get frustrated as hes always this clueless.
Finally, upon learning of the Zambot kids story and their alien origins, Rand can only contemplate what crazy times they live in for him to meet people like them; Kappei is actually surprised to see that he has no problem with their alien blood but, as Rand puts it: Those who fuss over small details become small people.
Following that everything proceeds as normal, introducing Minako and Kiraken, and then the UFO approaches.+