Here we begin the numerous examples of Gauron not shooting people he just said he was going to shoot. This'll be a common thing, which kinda takes away from his badassery, but given the general competence of the protagonists we have to make some allowances.
So apparently Sosuke....nerve pinched the teacher or something to make Gauron not shoot her? I couldn't tell you since I've watched like 3 episodes of FMP. Damn text-only storytelling. At least the PS2 games have some animation, if only map sprites doing a few twitches and flying around cheap explosion effects.
"Stop answering my questions with completely unrelated questions!"
You're starting to see what I mean about Dr. Hells minions, I hope. Frankly, allying with Hau Dragon and hiring Gauron are the smartest moves this mad scientist has even made.
Dignitaries of what? Why hijack airplanes if you're a merc for hire? It's made abundantly clear later on that Gauron is not a terrorist, because he doesn't have a cause, so listing a bunch of stereotypical terrorist acts he did to pay for his squad of Arm Slaves isn't really giving us the right context for who he is. But context is like kryptonite to this game, so I guess complaining won't do anything.
The inner workings aren't that hard to figure out: Everyone kisses Dr. Hells ass while he rants and raves about his genius and how everyone else is fools. Frankly, Baron Ashura is probably the most complex of the Mazinger Villains, Dr. Hell is just an Evil Mad Scientist right down to actually looking more like a wizard than anyone with any technical skill.
Oh, derp, I'm a moron. I haven't introduced the Mithril leaders yet. Not that they're that hard to explain, Tessa is a Teen Genius, Kalinin is That Old Guy with all the experience to counter Tessa's naivety, and Marduk is just the guy who repeats all of Tessa orders to the crew of Mithrils submarine, the Tuatha De Dannan (the 'Toybox' mentioned before), because soldiers cannot hear orders given by women and such things must be given by relay.
Tessa seems to know how the Enemy AI works. A useful tool.
"That's kinda brutal, isn't it?"
"The indicated area is a french orphanage."
....What does that even mean?
Its not a matter of want, its a matter of protocol.
I'd imagine it would have a lot of meaning to the civilian populace, and the families of the victims, actually.
Wait, you think Dr. Hell will give up just because he suffered a total defeat? Thats every wedensday for him. Heck, if Koji sprains his ankle running away from the UEFA carpet bombing, it'll be a significant improvement over his usual performance.
Collecting their milk in the morning is too much for the UEFA. You gotta adjust your standards, Murrue.
I should point out that Tessa cameo'd in an earlier level on the other route, where the Nadesicos computer got confused about who was friend and foe (thanks to the UEFA shooting at it back in level 2), and Tessa helped Ruri to reset it. It was a nice touch that showed her technical skill, but I'd have preferred what happened in the Nadesico anime, where Akito has to go into virtual reality and fight Gekiganger 3.
....thats a really backhanded surrender to the moral choice, Murrue.
He stands by his old friend, even though he's already forgetting his name.
Didn't Ashura publicly threaten the hostages as it mades its demands? Dr. Hell is a 'Hijack the television to rant at all of Japan' kinda guy, so you'd think everyone would have heard about the situation by now.
This is the point in SEED when Creuset, the main villain, dissappears for half the series. Why does he do this? Probably to make it even more stupid that he's the shows main villain.
"It's bitter, like that yoghurt sauce I had to eat with all those kebabs!"
....Isn't this just the Creuset Squadron except that Creuset has an excuse for not showing up to help his subordinates?
....Seriously? I know Japan has seen Star Trek, someone at Sunrise must have known the nickname.
Anyway, the heroes arrive at the island:
Ruri is a mistress of pattern recognition. That nanomachine brain is earning its cost back.
In Japanese, saying someones full name is a mark of utmost respect in their identity. In English, it sounds like this submarine commander has forgotten his superiors name and is reading it off Athruns badge.
"So long as any of my face remains, I will happily keep getting shot down by yooooouuuu!!!!"
Spoilers: Their 'formation' is sending their forces forward in comfortably-sized waves.
There follows a short aside where some of the cast say its ok for Kira to stay on the ship, and some egg him on to brutalise his best friend, but I'll skip it since we're not using his and thus do not care for his angsting over such things.
You get the sense that team cohesiveness is not the Coordinators strong point. Thats what you get when you genetically engineer everyone to be perfect at their one special thing.
Our deployment: The Shuffle Alliance, Cagalli, Great Mazinger, Zeorymer, Boss, Voltes, Blade, Calvina, and the three Brains. Lets see how they do.
Our usual practise of grouping everyone into packs of friends mean we start to leave people behind quickly. Domon, Sai Saici and Zeorymer are now bringing up the rear. But don't panic, I have a use for them.
I know its kinda a waste to use Assault like this, but I guess I wanted to punish this guy in a walking submarine from trying to assault my overland with torpedoes.
This is probably the easiest enemy to kill this level, because the big gimmick of this level? Water. As I've said before, most of our weapons have only B or C rank underwater, many powerful attacks like beam cannons won't work at all, and theres a defense bonus and hit penalty for being underwater. Its a good thing all our units can fly, but as it is, only the Brains will be operating without penalty, everyone else will have their effectiveness curtailed.
Not that this makes the game hard, it just means the enemies take longer to kill.
Why did I leave the only water jet on Danccouga of all robots?
The Brains at least get to help out more than usual. It seems Organic Energy works everywhere.
George gets confused as he tries using his vulcans. A gundams vulcans can sometimes be useful, but only if you've upgraded the units weapons massively. Usually, this is the result. Ok for getting a few XP off a mook though.The other new guy tries to help out.
The Volt Team get as far as anyone else. This might be a long level.
A large group of flying enemies move to hit the most obvious target, Boss. However the Brains are there to support him, and with his Flight Unit he can do much more damage to these guys.