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Episode 0: The Lord of Elemental Part 1
Unknown to the humans of Earth, there lies another world beneath the surface of the planet: "La Gias" - a world that developed differently than the surface with the help of the Elemental Spirits guarding its surroundings, a place where magic and technology have been incorporated into one for all aspects of life. The story begins when Japanese teenager Masaki Andoh is mysteriously summoned to La Gias and ends up embroiled in La Gias politics, siding with the peaceful Kingdom of Langran, even showcasing his skills with piloting an "Elemental Machine". Without a way to return to the surface, Masaki accepts the offer to make La Gias his permanent home, adopted by "Sword Saint" Zeoroot zan Zenosakis. At the same time, he discovers he is not the only "surface dweller" to have made their way into La Gias: the Finnish Tytti Noorbuck, Chinese Hwang Yang Long and Brazilian Ricardo Silvera were also summoned like Masaki was. Despite being a new resident of Langran, he is quickly introduced to the royal family, such as Prince Feilord Grania Bilseia and his twin sisters Princess Xenia and Monica, including Elemental Machine designer, Wendy Rasm Iknart. As Masaki spends more time in La Gias, he comes to learn of the trouble plaguing La Gias, from bands of brigands roaming the rural areas to rival neighboring kingdoms with ambitions to conquer La Gias. This comes to a head with the Cult of Volkruss, a society of supporters and worshippers of the dark god Shiva Volkruss, whose machinations and power threaten the entirety of this subterranean world. However, the Kingdom of Langran built a countermeasure to combat the Cult of Volkruss - the titular "Elemental Lords", four powerful machines blessed by the highest ranking Elemental Spirits of La Gias. It is this revelation the surface dwellers are told why they were summoned: the Elemental Lords choose their "heralds" who must originate from the surface, to wit Masaki, Tytti, Yang Long and Ricardo are selected to use the Elemental Lords Cybuster, Gaddeath, Granveil and Zamzeed, respectively. Meanwhile, Masaki comes head-to-head with the enigmatic Shu Shirakawa, who not only has surface dweller and La Gias blood in his veins, but has ties to the Langran royal family. At first sight, Masaki sensed Shu had hidden intentions, and his hunch is later proven correct when Shu declares he is assisting the Cult of Volkruss to one day resurrect the dark god. With the mighty Granzon at his disposal, Shu makes work of Masaki easily, until Zeoroot takes his adoptive son's place, but is killed in battle. Confronting Shu a second time, and desperate to defeat the ma who killed his adoptive father, Masaki unknowingly unlocks "Full Possession", whereby the Elemental Spirit that blessed the Cybuster, Cyfis, takes the Elemental Lord's herald under its control. Although Shu is beaten back by the Cyfis-controlled Cybuster, Masaki is left in a state of near-death; a quick Prana injection by Wendy ensures he stays alive. Unfortunately, Shu retreating does not ensure La Gias is safe. With the death of the Sword Saint, the Shutendonias Alliance, a neighboring kingdom of Langran, decides to seize the opportunity to take over the land and begins militarizing its forces. Among the Shutendonians is Lubikka Hakinnen, a noted terrorist from the surface responsible for the death of Tytti's family years ago, who was also summoned to La Gias to be the pilot of the Gaddeath until Tytti interfered and revealed his crimes on the surface against her. Langran authorities tried placing him under arrest, but Lubikka escapes and flees to Shutendonias to be a mercenary-for-hire. Tytti's encounter with the madman lasts several occasions until she recklessly succumbs to Lubikka's hypnosis. Ricardo attempts to save Tytti and successfully breaks her out of her induced state, but Lubikka gets the last laugh as he mortally wounds Ricardo as he dies protecting Tytti, fleeing back to Shutendonias. At the same time that Ricardo is dying, Masaki is sent to the Langran capital, only for him to witness the city under bombardment. Reaching the ruins of the capital, Masaki sees Shu there with the Granzon, accusing him for the atrocities committed. Shu denies his involvement, and knowing he no longer has any business in La Gias, heads to the surface world to "assist an old friend". With the Langran king dead and the city thrown into chaos, the Shutendonias Alliance declares war on the crippled Kingdom of Langran. While Tytti, Yang Long and many other brave Langran soldiers prepare to defend their nation's borders, Masaki, still suspicious of Shu's intentions, decides to follow his Arch-Nemesis with the Cybuster back to the Earth's surface...
Episode 1: Divine Wars
It's been two hundred years since the beginning of the "Space Era", a time period when human civilization on Earth began expanding into the stars. However, by the start of the 21st century, two meteors struck and destroyed much of the planet, sending humanity into chaos. By year 179 of the Space Era, secret technology dubbed "Extra-Over Technology" (EOT) was excavated by the "Earth Federation Government" within a third meteor code-named "Meteor-3" that had hit Earth at the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific. Around this time, extraterrestrials are spotted within Earth space; although a small armada, it is stopped by an esteemed member of the elite "Aggressors", Major Elzam von Branstein, who bring parts of the destroyed drones from the advancing vanguard to the eyes of the "Extra-Over Technological Institute" (EOTI). Meanwhile, avid video gamer and Mecha Otaku Ryusei Date gets into the tournament finals of the video game "Burning PT", only to witness an alien attack and discover that Burning PT is but a front to search for Psychodriver pilot candidates. He is drafted by Major Ingram Prisken to participate in his experimental "SRX Team" alongside Raidiese F. Branstein and Aya Kobayashi, stationing aboard the battleship Hagane. Accompanying him are Major Kai Kitamura, a former member of the Aggressors, and Latooni Subbota, a young survivor of a brutal, now-defunct Federation funded military training program called "The School". Meanwhile, pilot cadet Kyosuke Nanbu is transferred to the North American Langley Base following an accidental piloting test with the Wildraubtier. Drafted into the "ATX Team" under the command of ex-Aggressors member Major Sanger Zonvolt, Kyosuke is partnered with Excellen Browning and Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield, stationed with the Hiryu Custom battleship. During a ceremony unveiling the new Shirogane battleship in the Antarctic, the government begins a plot to secretly surrender to the extraterrestrials, but their meeting is interrupted by Shu, having reached the surface from La Gias some time earlier, and uses the Granzon to decimate Federation forces. Shu only retreats when Masaki arrives at the location, chasing after his rival for the destruction he caused in the Kingdom of Langran. Shortly after, Bian Zoldark, head of the EOTI, reveals the deception of the Earth Federation Government and declares war. Announcing the formation of the "Divine Crusaders" (DC), Bian urges any to stand alongside him and his faction to fight the corruption that has crippled the government. The Hagane and Hiryu Custom are deployed simultaneously to quell the rebellious DC in the "Divine Crusaders War" (DC War). The Hiryu fights in space against the United Colony Corps, the independent armed forces of the space colonies who have align with the DC, while the Hagane travels to the DC headquarters at Aidoneus Island to cut off the head of the rebellion. Sanger even defects to the DC to assist his old friend Elzam; as a result, the "Earth Federation Army" (EFA) promotes Kyosuke to ATX Team leader. The EFA's campaign against the DC comes to a head at their headquarters on Aidoneus Island. As the Hiryu Custom fights off a drop operation lead by Maier von Branstein, Bian faces the combined forces of the Hagane with the Valsion. Though defeated, Bian reveals his true intentions: his rebellion was kick-started as a means to unite the world, so it will be strong enough to face an impending alien invasion, rather than select the option of surrender. Even with Bian dead, DC remnants continue to harass the government, unaware of their leader's actual motivations. Bian's daughter Lune Zoldark, a former member of the DC, turns against the remnants and join the Hagane and Hiryu Custom to follow what she believes are her father's last wishes. Just as the Earth Federation Army mops up remaining DC insurgents in a failed preemptive strike at Federation headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Bian's forewarning of the invaders comes true - the extraterrestrials, calling themselves the "Aerogaters" of the Ze Balmary Empire, arrive with the intent of conquering humanity. Ingram declares the time has come to initiate the SRX Team's goal of forming the "Super Robot Type-X" (SRX), a combat-ready machine built specifically to fight against the invaders. Unfortunately, at the Battle of Beijing, Ingram sabotages the transformation sequence of the SRX. Revealing himself as The Mole of the Aerogaters, Ingram retreats with his Aerogater masters and prepares for the final battle with the Earth Federation Army in their massive space station, code-named the "White Star". Having been in hiding following Bian's death, Sanger and Elzam come out from the shadows to lend their strength to the Hagane and Hiryu Custom with the Kurogane battleship. Despite Ingram's betrayal, the SRX Team succeeds in forming the SRX and at the "L5 Campaign" of pushing the Aerogaters away from Earth space, defeats their former commanding officer. However, even with Ingram's defeat, the army must contend with Levi Tolar, leader of the Aerogaters, who takes to the frontlines with the towering Judecca. Although Levi proves formidable, the Earth Federation Army disables the Judecca, but the Aerogater leader's defeat triggers a fail-safe: Meteor-3 arises from Aidoneus Island and initiates its self-defense mechanism. Calling itself "Seputagint", the sentient meteor prepares its "final judgment" of exterminating all life on the planet deemed a potential danger to Balmar. It takes everything the Earth Federation Army has to destroy Septuagint and end the L5 Campaign. Though the threat to humanity is gone, DC remnants continue to seek a chance to overthrow the government, while the newly reformed Earth Federation Government must contend with the reality they must be prepared for future incursions with any other extraterrestrials.
Episode 2: The Inspector
In Another World.In an Alternate Universe where the Terra Federation has become so corrupt, the only power capable enough of opposing them is an organization who follows the philosophy of evolution through eternal conflict. Calling themselves the "Shadow-Mirror", they seek to spread the seeds of war through the multiple universes through an inter-dimensional traveling device called "System XN". However strong their forces were, they were still rather outnumbered and decimated by the special forces of the Terra Federation, led by an Alternate Universe version of Kyosuke Nanbu, who, unknown to them, have been possessed by the Einst and calls himself 'Beowulf'. On advice from Shadow-Mirror researcher Lemon Browning, ex-Terra Federation Army soldier and Ace Pilot Axel Almer is sent to steal the "Time Flow Engine" from the Excellence machines of the Gureden siblings Raul and Fiona, believing they would be an asset to the organization. While the Guredens managed to stave off the Shadow Mirror members, Axel easily overwhelmed them and his attack wounded Fiona. This battle would be interrupted by a being calling itself Duminuss, attacking all of them further and this caused a wormhole to open and sucking both Excellences into another dimension. The last thing Raul remembered was Fiona wounded and seemingly resigning to her death. Luckily, Axel managed to avoid being sucked in and had to consider the mission a failure. He rendezvoused with the remaining Shadow-Mirror at the Tesla Leicht Institute as they prepare for their inter-dimensional jump with one of two System XN devices away from their world into the next. However, Beowulf and his Beowulves squadron eventually caught up to them. Axel stays behind with the Soulgain to buy time for his allies and stall the advance. Despite nearly losing his life, Axel barely makes the jump across dimensions, detonating System XN to prevent anyone from their world in pursuing them.
Back to present6 months after the end of the L5 Campaign, Earth President Brian Midcrid announces the "Aegis Plan", the intent to better rearming the Earth's military to combat future alien threats. In the meantime, the Earth Federation Army continues to mop up DC remnants, who mostly are in disagreement with Brian's more passive plans. One of these former DC members, led by Lorenzo di Montegnacco, managed to take over the Isurugi Industries and held many personnels hostage. To save the hostages, the ATX Team is sent to rescue them, and for this occasion, Kyosuke painted his Alt Eisen blue, ironically mirroring his Alternate Universe self's blue Alt Eisen. Bullet, driven to rescue his crush Kusuha Mizuha who was amongst the hostages, also participated, but along the way he encountered another student of the Jigen-Ryuu swordsmanship style, Murata. However, Lorenzo's goal was still realized, he managed to get what he aimed for, a Valsion Custom-CF. While the hostages were safe, after this, the ATX Team was relocated to newly repaired Shirogane, and unfortunately is put under the rather unbearably smug Captain Lee Linjun. Just shortly afterwards, they received a sighting of a rather huge angelic robot defending itself from DC remnants. The ATX Team gave pursuit and backup, and the angelic robot's pilot reveal herself as 'Lamia Loveless'. She seemed to have been registered into the Terra Federation, somehow. The ATX welcomed her warmly, even if she apparently has a rather quirky grammar pattern.
Boosted ChildrenThe Terra Federation unveiled one of their new projects based on the performance of Excellen's Weiss Ritter, the Wild Falken, which uses a similar Oxtongue rifle only made by normal bullets instead of beams. As the Aggressors, Kai and the newly drafted Latooni are tasked to test its capabilities. However, around this time, the DC remnants launched two attacks, the first is directed at the Tesla Leicht Institute, where several members of the Project TD led by Filio Presty; including his protege Ibis Douglas, his sister Sleigh Presty and his fiancee Tsugumi Takakura. The ATX Team, including Lamia, now drafted into the team, were sent to defend them, though this marks the first sightings of the rivalry between the perfectionist Sleigh, and the clumsy-yet-full of potential Ibis. In addition, the ATX Team also spotted several machines that shouldn't have been approved, such as the R-Schneide. The second attack was directed to the testing site of Wild Falken, and this one was successful; mainly due to the initiators of the attack was in fact Boosted Children similar to Latooni, causing strife within her and the one who took the Falken, Seolla Schweitzer. The SRX team, now under the leadership of Viletta Vadim, is also attacked, prompting them to take action too. Tailing behind Seolla is her partner/boyfriend Arado Balanga. During another separate attack, Arado has consistently shown his protectiveness for Seolla by taking bullets meant for her. But the last one proved to be fatal, Arado's mecha suffered heavy damage and he ended up considered KIA, throwing Seolla into disarray and The School under Agilla Setme responded by reconditioning her with heavy mind wipe to stabilize her performance. Unknown to everyone else, however, Arado was secured by the Terra Federation Force, and while technically a prisoner of war, he was treated nicely to the point of believing that he has been fighting for the wrong side all along.
Formation of Neo DCThroughout a series of battle, it became apparent that the DC remnants have been rather unsavory. For instance, a certain Archibald Grims attacked an excavation site out of blue purely because he just likes needless bloodshed from the innocents. Several officers such as Yuuki Jaggar and Ricarla Borgnine has shown distaste towards this man that was assigned as their superior, but they had to hold on as they believed someone else amongst their leader. Meanwhile, while both Kyosuke and Excellen split up to scout the Earth and Space respectively, they encountered a weird little girl who looked similar to Excellen, but only as a petite little girl. With her appearance, voices came out from their heads, but they couldn't figure out what it was for the moment. At the moment, Arado was sent to the Moon Cradle, but there, he witnessed several new extraterrestrial led by a dinosaur-like mecha, attacking it. He managed to protect it, somehow, with the help of the other personnels. The Terra Federation Forces would receive several shocking revelations eventually. First, the eldest of the Boosted Children, Ouka Nagisa, has made an appearance, instilling further fear to Latooni. In addition, there was a shocking entrance of a masked man who rode a mutated Grungust calling himself Wodan Ymir, the Sword of Magus. His mannerism and voice draws parallel with Sanger Zonvolt, instilling fear to the whole federation with possibilities of Sanger going rogue. All of this culminated with the declaration by the leader of these remnants, Colonel Van Vat Tran, declaring the birth of Neo DC.
Riksent Under Chaos: Enemy of the BransteinsThe first region that was attacked by the Neo DC was in fact Riksent, where Princess Shine Hausen resided. The Hagane-Shirogane-Hiryu team were sent there, but Lee ignited an argument with Tetsuya Onodera about their philosophies, showing once again the strife between them as well as lowering most of the crews' opinions on Lee (he had a lot of blunders beforehand). Raidiese F. Branstein spearheaded the rescue mission for Shine. But when he saw that Archibald was amongst the attackers, he flew into a blind rage and recklessly attacked Archibald, only to be severely injured as a result. Rai hinted that Archibald is pretty much the Arch-Enemy of all Branstein family.
Attack of the InspectorsThe Moon Cradle ends up once again under attack of the new extraterrestrial forces, revealed to be "The Inspectors". Part of the interplanetary "Zuvorg Alliance", the Inspectors deem humanity a potential threat to the galaxy, and seek to quell that threat by seizing control of Earth's military and technology. In addition of the Moon Cradle, they also occupied the White Star. Thankfully, with the efforts of Ryoto Hikawa, Rio Mei Long and Arado, most of the personnels managed to escape. However, President Ring Mao of the Mao Industries stayed behind for their safety, becoming the Inspectors' prisoner. The Inspectors set their sights to the Tesla Leicht Institute, successfully taking over. However, the appearance of a mysterious man with goggles named 'Ratsel Feinschmeker', who was thought to be Elzam von Branstein (but he kept denying), allowed the staying Kusuha, along with Ibis, Sleigh and Tsugumi to escape. However, at this point, Sleigh's irritation with Ibis reached a melting pot when she learned that Ibis was the designated pilot for the prototype unit of the project's final product, Astellion. Overwhelmed with her jealousy at Ibis and Ratsel's admonishing, Sleigh ran off, eventually defecting to Neo DC. One of the Inspectors, Aguija, caught up to them as a result of this quarrel, and they only managed to escape because Masaki Andoh came across them by accident.
Encroaching ShadowsAfter the survivors of Project TD and Moon Cradle reunite with the Hagane-Hiryu-Shirogane crews, they await any further attacks from the Neo DC. It was also around this time that Axel arrived from his jump, but since the Soulgain became damaged after the jump, he had to put it on repairs. When the Neo DC attacked again, as the team observed, more unseen mechs were seen, and while it was rather easy to miss, Lamia seemed like she was acting suspiciously on the enemy. Arado, on the other hand, was shocked to see Seolla return with the Wildfalken and instead act like she didn't know that Arado was still alive, believing the Terra Federation to have killed him. The group then splits, with the Hagane and Shirogane heading to Avianno, the Hiryu Custom heading to Edo. In Avianno, Latooni and Shine unlocked the twin units Fairlions. Ibis encountered Sleigh again, and in spite of having the Astellion, she still fell from Sleigh's tremendous skill. But as much as Sleigh despised Ibis, she still couldn't bring herself to kill Ibis, causing her to somehow fall from grace amongst the Neo DC. And in the same time, Lee blundered once more, causing the Shirogane to fall to the enemy's hand and Lee's irritation and unpleasant attitude makes it easier for the mysterious enemies to convince him to turn coat. In the meantime, the brother unit of the stolen Wildfalken, Wildwuerger, is completed and delivered to Arado. But on the other hand, he witnessed not only Ouka now having her own menacing mecha, Rapiecage, there was one nasty child who claimed to have been cloned by him, one of the Machinery Children, Thurisuz Egret. In Edo, Wodan Ymir confronted the heroes once more and nearly crippled Kyosuke, if not for the timely intervention with the real Sanger Zonvolt, clearing his name. When passing the excavation site once again, the voices that haunted Kyosuke and Excellen eventually materialized themselves as the Einsts, and the little girl introduced herself as Einst Alfimi, cloned from Excellen's DNA. However, the arrival of the Einst awakened the guardians of the land, the "Choukijin", declaring them their opposition. They chose both Bullet and Kusuha as their new masters, and lent their aid by absorbing their Grungust units into the dragon/tiger machine RyuKoOh/KoRyuOh. Axel eventually arrived with his repaired Soulgain to confront Kyosuke, who has no idea on why he has such animosity on them. Afterwards, the group reunite.
The Coup and the RevealMeanwhile, from the political side, as the Terra Federation did not seem to make good progress against the Inspectors, Graien Grusman ended up launching a successful coup against President Midcrid. Replacing the "Aegis Shield" plan, he proposed the "Scythe of Harpe", which took on a more offensive approach, and one of them is to retake the Earth Cradle. But before preparation could be run underway, in addition of Excellen wandering away due to calls from the Einst, the same force launched a massive attack with a mighty Einst Regisseur, which overwhelms even the SRX. As a last resort, Professor Kenzo Kobayashi, Aya's father, deployed his secret weapon: Sending in the resurrected Mai Kobayashi, formerly Levi Tolar, into the R-GUN Powered and use her tremendous Psychodriver power to have SRX fire a buster shot so powerful it drove away the Einst forces. While everyone was safe, others were still highly suspicious at Mai's return. But for her sake, they decided to keep her past as Levi Tolar a secret. At this point, the Shirogane returned, until Lee suddenly declared his defection towards the Neo DC. The Federation forces were about to retaliate until suddenly Lamia threatened to destroy the Hagane and Hiryu Custom if they do not surrender and join the Shadow-Mirror, who have already arrived from their inter-dimensional jump from their world into this one, moonlighting as an additional battalion of the Neo DC. Vindel Mauser, leader of the Shadow-Mirror, explains their organization's goals for continuous improvement for humanity through war. When rebuked by Hagane Captain Daitetsu Minase, Lamia, having blended with the crews long enough, chooses to sacrifice herself by detonating the Angelg to destroy Vindel and the Shadow-Mirror. The betrayal and sacrifice of Lamia stunned the Terra Federation forces, and in the wake of this, they accidentally spilled the bits about Mai's nature as Levi Tolar, and worse, she overheard it. Distraught, Mai left the group and secluded herself alone, until the Neo DC attacked her. Amongst them was Agilla Setme, who revealed her sociopathic nature, the Boosted Children weren't the only guinea pigs she used, but also Mai. This sends her into a complete distraught, until Aya managed to somehow calm her down, but Agilla then revealed that Aya was also a guinea pig of both her and Aya's own father Kenzo. This also sends Aya into distress, but eventually Ryusei saves the day by telling the sisters that he and the team doesn't really give a crap about their status, they're friends, and that's all, while also condemning Agilla's inhuman attitude. Quickly recovering with Ryusei's encouragement, Aya and Mai managed to repel the attackers, amongst them was Seolla. And somehow, Arado managed to slowly piece her memories together, bringing confusion to Seolla. As they return, Kenzo apologized to both sisters, stating that regardless of using them inhumanly, he still considered them the closest he got for his daughters. Though her attempt is unsuccessful, Lamia survives and is rescued and resuscitated by Lemon, who allows her to escape custody. Incidentally, the crew of the Kurogane headed by Ratsel, Sanger and intelligence officer Major Gilliam Yeager, tails the Shadow-Mirror and extracts Lamia back to the Hagane and Hiryu Custom crews. Revealing her nature as an Artificial Human of her creator Lemon's "W-Numbers" series, and as of her designation, W-17, Lamia earnestly defects from the Shadow-Mirror. In the same time, after witnessing this, Axel, who was at first disgusted at artificial humans in general, started to have second thoughts about them, impressed with Lamia's independence, but he chose to keep quiet about it. At the same time, Gilliam, who has remained quiet, reveals it was he who created System XN allowing the Shadow-Mirror to jump dimensions, and urges his allies to prevent them from achieving their goals, as they require Gilliam to effectively use the second System XN device in Vindel's hands.
Operation Plantagenet: TragedyAt the very least, the coup by Graien managed to ease up the Neo DC, who seemed to agree more with Graien's methodology and recognizing that the Inspectors pose a greater threat, and together they planned the Operation Plantagenet, to take back Langley Base. However, Sanger and Ratsel proposed that they stop by to liberate the Tesla Leicht Institute, to recover two of Bian's legacy, the 'Dynamic General Guardian' units. However, the Inspectors under Vigagi were there first and made it difficult for Sanger to retrieve the item. Surprisingly, Wodan made an appearance and helped Sanger unlock the unit meant for him, the Dygenguard. Ratsel also helped rescue the prisoners at the institute and armed himself with the other unit, Aussenseiter. With that, they are ready to execute the operation. While the Neo DC managed to hold off, the operation mostly ends in failure due to outside interferences. First, Archibald betrayed the Neo DC, seeing them no longer able to satiate his lust for carnage. This betrayal eventually costed Van's life, who entrusted his good will to Yuuki and Carla as they join the Hagane and Kurogane crews. Archibald sold his allies to the Shadow Mirror, who has also aligned with the Inspectors to fight the Terra Federation Forces. An attack from Lee managed to cripple Daitetsu, while Axel delivered a furious attack to Kyosuke, also crippling him, while trying to confirm whether he was the same Beowulf he fought or not, which came to his surprise that as he tore Alt Eisen, the machine did not regenerate. Following this, the Einst arrived with Alfimi. On this overwhelming odds, Daitetsu used the last ounces of his strength to issue a full retreat to both ships, succumbing to his wounds as a result. Everyone mourned for Daitetsu's passing, with Tetsuya succeeding him and vowing to live up to his legacy. But in the worst time of mourning, Excellen was telepathically called by the Einst and this time, she was successfully taken away. And to make matters worse, Seolla once again arrived to antagonize the group... or rather, tagging along with the Machinery Children, Ansuz and Thurisuz Egret as they antagonize the group, but especially Arado, mocking his lack of intelligence and overall strings of failures. This is where things started to turn ahead for the heroes. Arado being bullied became the impetus for Seolla to eventually break away her brainwashing and unlocked the Twin Bird Strike attack for them. With the arrival of not only the Hiryu Custom, but also the surprise appearance of Shu Shirakawa, the Machinery Children are forced to retreat. Around this time, Raul and his Excellence crew members appear in this universe, but Fiona is nowhere in sight. Believing his sister has perished from their encounter with Duminuss (along with her seemingly final words), Raul and his friends relegates staying in this dimension and align with the Terra Federation Forces.
Steps of LiberationWith this, the heroes started to make good progress. They first started by splitting their forces to Earth and Moon, their missions, saving the respective cradles. At Earth, before they depart, Ratsel told Rai and Leona about the extent of damage that Archibald caused for the family, finally enabling Rai to stop his animosity towards his brother. Kyosuke also had his Alt Eisen upgraded into Alt Eisen Riese and he's ready for combat again. The Earth Cradle is guarded by Wodan Ymir where the super computer Magus resided, containing the Machine Cells. Sanger had one final massive duel against Wodan as the others descend into Earth Cradle, where Ouka, severely brainwashed and infused with Machine Cells, attacked the team along with Ansuz and Thurisuz. In the meantime, the Branstein family (Rai, Ratsel and Leona) finally took their vengeance against Archibald and killed him for his transgressions. Thanks to the convincing of Arado, Seolla and Latooni, as well as a change of heart of their caretaker Cuervo Cero, Ouka managed to break away from her brainwashing and turned against Agilla. In order to stop Agilla for good, Ouka activated a self detonation system within Rapiecage, much to the grief and tears of her three siblings, but it was a necessary move. Rapiecage's destruction damaged the Machine Cells greatly, but even that wasn't enough to wipe out the mass-produced Bergelmirs, machines used by the Machine Children, as they eventually emerge. At this time, Sanger and Wodan's duel took them to the depth of the Cradle. Admitting defeat and considering Sanger worthy of guarding the one whom he swore to protect, Wodan sacrificed himself by wiping out the whole Bergelmirs as Sanger broke away Magus, releasing Dr. Sophia Nate, the one who was grafted into the core of Magus. As the Hiryu traversed to space, they encountered a brainwashed Excellen and the Weiss Ritter mutated, but there was nothing they could do about her at the same time. The assault of Moon Cradle went well, and due to the daring action of both Ring and her boyfriend Irmgard Kazahara, the battle was a success, Inspector Vigagi fell in battle and this left a mark of impression on one of the Inspectors, Mekibos.
Assault on White Star - Final BattleWith both cradles secured, and the Einst started swarming the Earth, the Inspectors and Shadow Mirror retreat to White Star, where the Terra Federation Force gave pursuit. Excellen reappeared once more, but this time, Kyosuke managed to get through her. Apparently because her abductors now deem her "incomplete". However, her Weiss Ritter stayed mutated, now re-christened 'Rein Weiss Ritter'. Afterwards, they had another run-in with Mekibos, where Irm managed to convince Mekibos to reconsider his opinion on the Earthlings. He gave it some thoghts, positively. As the Terra Federation Forces closed in to the White Star, the Inspector-Shadow Mirror forces initiate their last stand. While the Inspectors managed to retreat further, the Shadow Mirror stayed behind. Kyosuke showed Axel the power of the Alt Eisen Riese, but before he could deal with the final blow, one of the W-Numbers like Lamia, Echidna Iisaki AKA W-16, who has at first acted like an emotionless robot, suddenly took the fatal blow for Axel, surprising him and noted that she shouldn't have done that, it would demoralize the Shadow Mirror forces. Regardless, he honored Echidna's sacrifice and retreated to the inner section of the White Star. And meanwhile, Tetsuya finally confronted Lee once again and Lee, still arrogant at his 'sense of superiority', proceeded to attempt to ram towards the Kurogane, only for him to realize too late that the Kurogane has a drill on its deck, which Tetsuya activated to destroy the Shirogane. However, unknown to Tetsuya, Lee somehow survived... But he's really unable to participate further in battle. And within the inner section, Axel and the rest of the Inspectors, Aguija and Sikalog, made their true last stand and perishing as a result. It was here that the Terra Federation forces encountered the Inspector Leader Wendolo, who still condemns the Earthlings for their war tendencies. Mekibos returns to the White Star to confront Inspector leader Wendolo, urging him to reconsider on their "evaluation" of humanity. Unfortunately, Wendolo remains adamant in their objectives and kills Mekibos for being lenient with the Earthlings. The Kurogane and Hiryu Custom crews soundly defeat Wendolo, but their celebration is short-lived as the White Star begins merging with the Einsts' dimension, covering the internal network of the space station. As Alfimi and the Einst do battle with the Terra Federation Forces, Vindel and his surviving Shadow-Mirror operatives make haste to capture Gilliam for System XN. Participating in the battle was also Lemon Browning, who on her defeat, reveals that she was actually the Shadow Mirror's version of Excellen, who was killed in the shuttle crash in the past and rebuilt as a cyborg. Gilliam and Lamia work to disable Vindel's Zweizergain and send him to a dimension where he may never return, but in the process, trigger a dimensional rift, leading them into the Einsts' dimension. Faced with the Stern Regisseur, the leader of the Einst declares its intent to wipe out humanity and restart the cycle of life and death on Earth, merging with the White Star to oppose humanity. Alfimi, having been subjected with the compassion of Kyosuke, Excellen and their allies, assists them in destroying the Stern Regisseur. With the help of the recovered System XN, Gilliam warps him and his allies out from the collapsing dimension. Although they manage to return home, Alfimi, who is bound to the Einst, is unable to physically remain and is destroyed with them. With the Inspectors routed and the Einst and Shadow-Mirror destroyed, life returns to normal for the Earth. Gilliam and Lamia take the remaining System XN device and destroy it, preventing any further abuse from it by anyone. Lamia insists on annihilating the last Shadow-Mirror prescence in this dimension: herself, and heads off alone into space, but is convinced by her comrades to continue living, preserving her existence as Lemon's greatest masterpiece. When Lamia still doubted it at first, fearful that she would lose herself one day, Kyosuke assured her that should that come to pass, he'll deliver a Mercy Kill for her. Convinced, Lamia finally accepted to keep on living. In the aftermath, while Graien and his men were more militaristic and strict, they promised that they'll still do their best to help in Earth's defense. Both ATX and SRX Team were reassigned to other places. Rai, formerly a member of the Aggressors after the Divine Wars, were sent back to the SRX Team, while Kai drafts Lamia, Arado and Seolla in his place.
Episode 2.25: Endless Frontier
During Lemon Browning's evacuation of the W Series, she designated a different place to transport the W-Numbers from 00 to 10 than the ones she, Axel and the rest of the W Numbers used to escape with Vindel. This is a personal operation she dubbed 'Operation Endless Frontier', in attempt to find a new world 'so close yet so far away'. The ship she used is dubbed 'Mai Tierra'. Mai Tierra indeed crashed into a new world connected with Cross Gates. W07, Aschen Broedel, Lamia's direct predecessor, awakened and found all of her fellow Numbers missing, but she found W00, Haken Browning, as an infant, still intact. Carrying him out, she met up with bounty hunter John Moses and he agreed to raise Haken as his own son, and accepts Aschen into his own home. However, it seemed that Haken lacked the memory of his origins. When Haken came to age, he decided to investigate Mai Tierra to find out about his true identity. What he found was instead the buxom and innocent princess of Kagura Amahara, Kaguya Nanbu, on a pilgrimage. Haken decided to take the job of escorting her on her pilgrimage. This job led him to find out about the crisis of mysterious crystals infesting the worlds, wandering war machines with familiar shapes, and the Einst. After meeting up and joining up with Oni princess Suzuka, two dimension-travelling cops Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu, as well as a mysterious robot called KOS-MOS, Haken started cleaning up the world from Einst, also eventually finding out his identity as W00, although he's pretty nonchalant when he found out. With the defeat of the remnants of Stern Regisseur, the worlds ended up being merged at the end of Haken's quest, but he decided that since the world still exists, that just means that new adventures await. Kaguya also has formed quite an attraction to Haken and the two ends up quite intimate (albeit they eventually separated). These events will continue at Episode 2.7.
Episode 2.5: Unified Wisdom
Behind the scenes.Following the assault on the Earth Cradle by Earth Federation forces against the Neo DC, a group of mercenaries called the "Cry Wolves" are hired by General Mitall Zapad to scavenge the facility. Cry Wolves leader Albero Est, his son Foglia Est and Hugo Medio are forced to fight the Einst as they appear and surround the Earth Cradle. Using special munitions provided by Mitall, the Cry Wolves successfully capture an Einst Regisseur and take it back to the General. The mercenaries are next tasked by Professor Eric Wong to head to the White Star and steal the second System XN from Vindel. Although the Cry Wolves do not find the device or Vindel, they uncover the wreckage of the Soulgain, with its cockpit still intact and its pilot heavily wounded. As the space station is slowly absorbed into the Einst's dimension, the Cry Wolves narrowly escape, only to drop the Soulgain's remains as they flee the White Star. Axel muses to himself how close he is to death, but his prescence attracts the lingering essence of Alfimi, similarly clinging to life. In a last ditch effort before she vanishes, Alfimi merges herself with Axel, rendering him unconscious, but alive, and recovered by the Cry Wolves.
Present Day - A premonitionAfter narrowly escaping a plot by a certain Mad Scientist and her experimental beast the Wendigo (and showing the extent of his skills at piloting Gespenst), Kai rendezvoused with not just Lamia, but also Albero's squad, granting them the new Gespenst models. However, around this time, Albero seemed to look like favoring Hugo for his accomplishments, instilling a little bit of jealousy on Foglia. Meanwhile, the Aggressors stopped by at Asakusa city, where Arado, Seolla and Latooni became acquaintated with a certain school boy named Kouta Azuma and his sister Shouko. Thanks to finding a certain amulet, Kouta made contact with Warrior Roar, which allowed him to defend Asakusa City as he transformed into Fighter Roar. Furthermore, his grandfather Kisaburo also let him use a hidden mecha that belonged to Roar, something similar to the Dynamic General Guardian, the Compatible Kaiser. With that, he took on the battlefield against remaining Inspector units, but a two mysterious robots capable of performing martial arts moves wiped out the rest. This was just a prelude of a certain battle to come, as these two declared themselves 'Shura' and a rebellion is incoming.
ODE Incident - BeginningAfter the Inspector War, there are still some Neo DC remnants that still did not get Bian's final message and still terrorized the federation. To combat this along with possible extraterrestrials like the Inspectors or the Aerogaters and also improving their technology on their mass produced units, the government has been sponsoring a new system called 'ODE', proposed by Professor Wilhelm von Juergen, an ex-DC member that was rather mistreated by the darker parts of the DC during the DC War. The first unit is the Mironga unit. However, upon testing by the Aggressors, it was deemed rather flawed and required an upgrade. However, Lamia received message that someone might be watching over her and planning something nasty on her. She kept that in mind. To respond to that statement, Juergen unveiled the successor of Mironga while slowly phasing it out, the Bartoll, and asked that it would be unveiled in the public via an event. The event was attended by Kusuha as a representative of the ATX Team, along with Lamia, Arado, Seolla and Latooni as a representative of the Aggressors (Kai was out for a small business). Not only that, the Azuma siblings also attended. Unfortunately, the Bartolls suddenly went berserk and executed a mass-kidnapping on the whole audience, with Lamia and the others also captured. Fortunately for Kouta he managed to escape, but in the middle of the chaos of kidnapping, the previous Shura warrior, the red-headed one, swept in and captured Shouko; with Kai, Kyosuke and Excellen coming too late to prevent all those. In addition of this, the SRX Team witnessed just how heavily flawed the ODE System is, it's not just in need of upgrade, it's endangering its pilot, as the last Mironga pilot, Kyle Bean, suddenly went berserk and then had to be killed. In the meantime, Lorenzo di Montegnacco received a call to meet Juergen in a certain 'Hellgate Facility'. But after discussing things, suddenly Juergen shot him and mortally wounded him, only managing to escape because Sleigh Presty was with him, but afterwards his fate became unknown. Shouko, in her captivity, however, ended up bonding with that Shura warrior, who introduced himself as Folka Albark.
ODE Incident - TragedyTaken to the Hellgate Facility by the Bartolls, Kusuha, Arado, Seolla and Latooni were strapped to pods where they would become the core of the Bartolls. However, Lamia received the worst treatment as her skills were recognized as the best. Stripped naked and horrifically grafted to the ODE core, her pleas of the others to run became futile as they're all transported to Bartoll units. Gathering the crews of Kurogane, Hagane and Hiryu Custom, as well as Masaki Andoh and Ryune Zoldark, as well as Kouta himself, these crews headed to Hellgate Facility itself, where the Bartolls surround them, and they realized that they were able to copy the piloting skills of those grafted to their cores. The Bartolls containing Kusuha, Arado, Seolla and Latooni also resurfaced, but thankfully, everyone managed to bring them back to their senses. And bringing them onboard and hoping to stop the whole Bartolls. However, they had to hurry, the Terra Federation Forces declared that the Facility was deemed too dangerous and had to be destroyed with a nuke. As they arrived to the inside and reaching to the core and even more Bartolls, a Bartoll containing Lamia was deployed where she was united with the ODE core, carrying the will of Juergen to unite everyone in order to prevent tragedies that he suffered, chiefly how he lost his family against the Aerogaters. Regardless of that, Kyosuke still resolved to fulfill his promise in the back, as Lamia's personality was being devoured, he has to deliver the killing blow. However, Lamia still managed to resist the brainwashing, giving Kyosuke an opening to pull her out of the cockpit with Alt Eisen Riese's Revolving Stake. But at that point, Kyosuke let his guard down. A blast was shot on his hand that held Lamia, dropping her into space. In a complete shock, Kyosuke fell into grief as he thought he let Lamia die, as Juergen emerged with the Valsion Custom CF he stole from Lorenzo. At this point, the Terra Federation Force was still mourning at Lamia's demise and ended up brushing off Juergen's reasoning as merely 'running away from his pain', they demand vengeance on their fallen friend. With tears in most of their faces, they struck at him. But at his last breathes, someone stated that Juergen has fulfilled his role and he was eliminated by that someone. That someone was familiar to Raul Gureden, Duminuss. After eliminating Juergen and introducing its three Homunculus, Tiz, Despinis and Laliar, the Terra Federation Forces were forced to retreat as the promised nuke was approaching fast. They had no time to scavenge the facility for Lamia's remains, they had to escape. But just as they escaped, another threat immediately loomed itself: The Swordian Fortress, where the Shura race led by King Alkaid Naash proposed to strike at Earth to fulfill their warrior culture. The fortress also comes with impenetrable barrier and so there's no other choice but to retreat to Earth and plan ahead from there. However, the Terra Federation Force's spirit were drained afterwards, the death of their friend Lamia was a big blow to them, but they had to move on, only listing her as 'KIA'. And yet, little did the Shura King realize that behind his back, his advisor Mizal Touval, was scheming behind his back with Duminuss for something about toppling him.
Revival of the ShadowIt has been six months after the excavation of the White Star by the Cry Wolves. And at this point, they were also guarding both Mitarl and Professor Eric Wong in their experiments about some captured Einst, to be evolved to the next stage: Jetzt. At this time, Axel awakened from his sleep and surprised at his survival. On hearing that the world even without Shadow Mirror was thrown into chaos, he becomes interested to see it in the first place. But around this time, the Jetzt and the also-contained Wendigo went berserk and even the Cry Wolves had trouble in keeping it down, and making matters worse, Tiz also dropped by to observe on the Jetzt. It was at this time Axel returned to the battlefield with the repaired Soulgain, to repay his debt of bringing back to health, he defended the facility. And suddenly, Alfimi reappeared, stating that it was their merging that kept them bound in the world. Shu Shirakawa also mysteriously dropped by on the Cry Wolves' side, forcing Tiz to retreat, but the Jetzt managed to slip by. Alfimi then asked Axel to help her hunt down the Jetzt, as well as refreshing his past exploits and memories about the Inspector Wars. Axel tagged along anyway, feeling more interested in seeing just what the 'world thrown to chaos' is like.
Shura RebellionThe Shura continued to ravage the Earth, and even one of their generals, Magnaz Ald, terrorized Asakusa city and its citizens, one of them being a passing by delivery boy named Touma Kanou, although he showed exceptional defiance despite his powerlessness. Kouta eventually showed up, and transformed into Fighter Roar and using the Compatible Kaiser to strike at Magnaz, this act of bravery would later end up making him a famous hero in the net. Thankfully for him, the Aggressors, while still recovering from the loss of their friend, still managed to pick up their spirit and reinforced Kouta. Magnaz was forced to retreat, but Folka arrived. However, after talking with Shouko, he just seemed dispirited with the ongoing carnage and started wondering if their methods of carnage is really the right way. However, Kouta would have none of that and demanded him to reveal Shouko's location. Folka offered minimal resistance before retreating. Per Mizal's deal with Duminuss, Folka is then assigned to transfer Shouko into Duminuss' custody. At this point, Shouko's words finally went through Folka and he turned against his Shura brethren, fighting against his brother Fernando Alduke, and fellow warrior Alion Lucada and dedicating his fight for her. The Kurogane arrived and accepted Folka's defection, but before he could even bring Shouko in, another Shura warrior, master doppelganger Arco Katworl, swept in and re-kidnapped Shouko. While Kouta was understandably angered that Folka kidnapped Shouko in the first place and failed to rescue her even after defection, he let that slide at the moment and agreed to work together. Shortly afterwards, there were still some Neo DC remnants causing strife, and amongst them, the Homunculi Laliar was seen. While quelling them, Kouta received a shocking reveal from Roar about one particular jet plane in Laliar's possession, the G-Thunder Gate. It seemed to be ridden by the armor of Roar's sister Emi, and from the look of it, she has been brainwashed. And whoever is wielding the Emi armor, no one knows for now.
Surprise RevealsMeanwhile, the SRX Team is planning to devise a combination attack for both R-1 and the newly constructed ART-1, with its chosen pilots Ryusei and Mai. They asked Latooni for help, but Latooni was doubtful because she saw this as her on the losing part of the Love Triangle between her, Ryusei and Mai. Regardless, the testing went on without her input, but not only they found trouble in executing it, Neo DC remnants under Murata ambushed her. Thankfully Latooni decided to put aside her feelings and delivered her instructions to let Ryusei and Mai succeed and they drived away Murata thanks to the arrival of the Hiryuu Custom. But just as they drove away Murata, the Bartolls return along with a Valsion Custom CF. And on fighting them, the crews were shocked to see that Lamia was still alive, but she has been distorted beyond reason, now telling Kyosuke to just wallow in despair that he failed to rescue her and fulfill his promise, and the one who controlled her now has complete control over her, including telling her to blow herself up without fail. While the Terra Federation Forces never realized this for now, the manipulator was none other than Duminuss, who recovered her after Juergen left her for the dead and put her under the care of one of the Homunculus, Despinis. Meanwhile, a set of mysterious creature attacked the Tesla Leicht Institute but thankfully repelled by Kusuha and Bullet, along with the visiting Princess Shine and Guilliam. They have no idea what that creature was, but the RyuKoOh imply that they belong to a certain 'Youkijin'. The Shura staged an attack again, with Magnaz nearly overwhelming Sanger by knocking away his Colossal Blade, but Sanger still stood his defenses and managed to get through it with Dygenguard's default weapons. On the other hand, Fernando confronted Folka again and grew further frustrated with his inability to defeat a Shura warrior who fights not for the fight, but for a woman.
End of TragedyDuring the aforementioned battle, Kouta, Raul and Ryune were isolated and attacked by Bartolls and the G-Thunder Gate while being watched by Duminuss' Homunculus. The clash between Compatible Kaiser and G-Thunder Gate, however, surprisingly opened another wormhole, and much to Raul's surprise and relief, another Excellence came out from there. Fiona Gureden was barely clinging to life but still savable. And just around this time, Axel and Alfimi arrived, and for some reason they decided to help out the three heroes, this buys enough time for the Hiryuu Custom and Hagane to arrive at the field and Raul hurried to them to give Fiona a chance to recover. While the Terra Federation Forces were skeptical at Axel's assistance at first, Kyosuke instead chose to trust his gut feeling and think he's not planning something bad. In the same time, on learning that G-Thunder Gate has been acting up weird, the Homunculus retreated, and in their place, the Bartolls and Lamia arrive. At this point, Axel realized that Kyosuke being plunged into despair with this would escalate into a big disaster and he would become another world-ravaging monster like Beowulf. Because of this, Axel fought for the Terra Federation Forces under the reason that he still wants to preserve Lemon's treasure. Unfortunately, everything reached into a climax where Lamia, under Duminuss' influence, threatens to activate her self-destruct method, Code: ATA, to kill herself in front of Kyosuke and permanently destroy his and Excellen's morale. However, Axel simply counters that he knows a reset method that overrode that, Code: DTD, a method installed in both Lamia and her predecessor W-07 (Aschen Brodel). With that, Axel activated the reset, plugged Lamia out of the Bartoll before she could be further influenced, and told her not to forget that she's now Lamia Loveless, not just W-17. After handing her to a much more relieved Kyosuke, Axel and Alfimi departed, but Kyosuke told him he owe him a great debt. Unfortunately for Raul, the moment he came back, he learned that someone kidnapped both his assistants Raji Montoya and Mizuho Saiki, which turned out to be Duminuss. However, thankfully, not only Lamia has been restored as if nothing has happened, Fiona also made a quick recovery in which they discovered what Raji and Mizuho left behind before kidnapping: The upgrades of their Excellences, Lightning and Eternal.
Fall of the Cry WolvesWith both Lamia and Fiona rejoining their ranks, Guilliam finally devised a plan to infiltrate the Swordian Fortress, but first, they have to secure the Swordian Daggers. Unfortunately they're in for a tough fight, because the Daggers are guarded by Folka's more powerful big brother, Altis Tarl. In addition, the G-Thunder Gate was also spotted, and Kouta also realized to his horror that it was a brainwashed Shouko who was using the Emi Armor. However, he managed to talk some sense of Shouko, releasing her from brainwashing and combining their mechas into G Compatible Kaiser, while Altis recognized the Terra Federation Force's strength after battle and retreated. But before they could activate the Daggers, there was a disturbing distress call. As it turned out, the Cry Wolves were on a losing battle against the Jetzt, and as a result, Foglia died taking an attack meant for Albero and Hugo was fatally wounded in a separate attack. It was only at the sudden appearance of both Axel and Alfimi that Albero managed to escape with Hugo. The Terra Federation Force arrived and also witnessed the same Youkijin appearing. Regardless, the team was glad to see Axel again and Lamia was able to thank Axel for saving him, but he just left. Again. The crews finally activated the Swordian Daggers to enter the Fortress...
Assault on Swordian... Only to be greeted by a berserked Fernando, who let himself brainwashed in a bid of more power. In shock, Folka was thinking hard on how to save his brother. His resolve eventually led him to apotheosize his Shura God, Ialdabaoth, and once again defeated Fernando. Altis stood in defense of the Swordian next and was impressed with Folka's resolve. However, all of the sudden, Tiz made a sneak attack and Altis died protecting Folka from it. Altis' death spurred his lover Maysis Mark to make a stand, a suicidal stand at that. She came prepared to even die if it was for the sake of Altis. And all of the sudden, Tiz reappeared to strike the finishing blow on Maysis, which she came prepared to die for, but Alion drove her away, revealing that it was actually Arco in disguise and everything, including Altis' death, was planned by Mizal. Enraged with this, Maysis attempted to confront Mizal, but she was too tired. In the same time, because of this revelation, Fernando broke away from the brainwashing, while the Shura King Alkaid made his appearance, and challenges Folka to see whose life philosophy is more right for the Shura's sake. After a hard battle, Folka prevailed and Alkaid named him his successor. However, Mizal still refused to bow to Folka, and even brought in a squad of Bartolls from Duminuss. And even they fell to the might of the Terra Federation Forces. Tiz and Laliar also made a stand, but then Duminuss arrived and forced them to merge with it in order to attack the Terra Federation Forces, which ended up with failure as they were reinforced by not just Axel and Alfimi, but also Shu Shirakawa.
Ragnarok - Final battle and EpilogueRetreating to the deepest chambers, Duminuss ignored Despinis' plea to just fall back and called forth its master. To Roar's worst fears, the master was his Arch-Enemy, Dark Brain. Dark Brain proceeded to say that Duminuss failed to retrieve any of the 'Twelve Keys' and for that, he killed it. He then immediately set his sights to Despinis, now nothing but a terrified little girl who just saw her creator destroyed like that. Before the final blow could be dealt, Raul and Fiona suddenly moved for her defense, stating that after what Raji and Mizuho told them, Despinis might not be so bad at all and deserves a second chance. Helped with Despinis, the Terra Federation Forces had a very long and harsh battle to drive away Dark Brain. As Long as There Is Evil, he can always come back... However, on exiting the Swordian fortress, they were taken in another dimension where Shu suddenly revealed that the team has grown strong enough that he could execute another part of his plan. Tapping on the power of Shiva Volkruss, Shu evolved his Granzon into Neo Granzon and attacked the team. He was defeated and just like Ingram, Shu thanked the team for defeating him and claims that his time merely has come, dying. On returning to their dimension, Folka decided to leave and wander through the dimensions in search of his Shura brethrens, Axel and Alfimi, unsure of what to do, decided to wander the universe to find out their purpose, while Masaki, with Shu dead, opted to return to his home realm La Gias. Raul and Fiona decided to destroy the Time Flow Engine and their current Excellence units as they realized that it was a dangerous engine that attracted something like Dark Brain who wanted to use it for his own ends. They opened a rescue service company called 'L&E Corporation' as well as adopting Despinis into their family. Even so, life would turn out normal for the heroes as of now... until the next time their strengths are needed.
Episode 2.7: Endless Frontier EXCEED
Even after his defeat, unknown to the Terra Federation Forces, Dark Brain has also amassed a group of followers called 'Dark Brain Cult'. One of them, Debudabide, decided to take action shortly after with his group of amoeba-like monsters, later called 'Lamalice'. In the short time after the battle against the Dark Brain, Asakusa City is under siege again by the Lamalice. Unaware of Debudabide's intents, Kouta transforms into Fighter Roar and deploys in the Compatible Kaiser to defend the city, but is overwhelmed, until Axel and Alfimi arrive as reinforcements, having returned to Earth following their self-imposed exile. Alfimi specifically requests they target the creatures. Unfortunately, so were the creatures, they were trying to capture Alfimi, and nearly succeeded. Despite the Soulgain ruined, Axel remain determined to save Alfimi to repay her saving his life. He picked up a blade-tonfa called Mizuchi Blade, and together with Kouta, rushed in to save Alfimi... but in process they were thrown into a portal. Ratsel, who witnessed the events as well, opted to store the Soulgain into the Kurogane for repairs. Axel and Alfimi ended up in Endless Frontier universe, but the transportation damaged Axel's brain that he suffered amnesia, that not even Alfimi could restore. He became a flirtatious, happy-go-lucky man. While wandering in the universe, he encountered the lost units of the W-Series, including even the prototype, W00/Haken Browning, and the predecessor of Lamia, W07/Aschen Broedel. To find out about his memories, Axel ventured through the Endless Frontier universe, assisting the Shura warrior and Elfetale Princess; Aledy Naash and Neige Hausen; in their efforts to restore the chaos happening through the merging of verses. He was also reunited with Kouta there. Their quest culminated in the defeat of a rogue W unit, W05/Gymnos Basileus, predecessor of Wodan. By this time, Axel was fully recovered in memory, and offered Haken to get to the real world and meet up with his other fellow W-units. However, Haken refused the offer as he has other duties with his allies here. Respecting his decision, Axel, Kouta and Alfimi once again stepped into the cross gate and also set up the events of the 2nd Original Generation.
Episode 2.8: Another Century's Episode: R
Months after the invasion of the Shura, resulting in the "Shura Rebellion", Ryusei is testing the ART-1 at the Tesla Leict Institute. Sortied into a sparring match with Kyosuke in the Alt Eisen Reise, both pilots are mysteriously transported by a portal in the middle of the fight. Stranded in an unknown world, they encounter hostile forces, only to be saved by the Ark Alpha battleship, commanded by an android named "Autumn Four", who generated the portal with her ship and requests their assistance in protecting it. Left with no choice, Ryusei and Kyosuke collaborate with Autumn as they journey through the deserted world of "Eria". In a twist, Masaki also arrives on Eria with the Cybuster, having entered a similar portal on his way back home to La Gias, and allies with his old comrades. Furthermore, other people from multiple dimensions make their way to Eria, having been thrown into the portals erupting from their worlds and join the Ark Alpha. In their travel through Eria, the Ark Alpha and its allies are met with resistance by members of "Season", a group of androids charged with maintaining "System A.C.E.", a planetary shield and defensive grid surrounding Eria. Season leader "Winter One" was responsible for having ordered the death of every person on Eria. Determined to stop Season, the Ark Alpha goes to where System A.C.E. is located, defeating each member of Season until only Winter One is left. When cornered, Winter One's body is suddenly compromised and commandeered by Dr. Shiki, a human who secretly uploaded his mind into the android before death. Shiki claims he created the Season androids and is responsible for having Season turned against the humans of Eria. He intends to use the Ark Alpha to recreate life on the planet, as the battleship houses the necessary genetic materials needed, but with him as the new ruler of Eria. Despite the full power of System A.C.E. at his disposal, Shiki is destroyed, along with System A.C.E. by Autumn Four and her allies. Autumn Four sends her new friends back to their respective dimensions, while she stays on Eria to reseed humanity with the Ark Alpha. Although Ryusei and Kyosuke's whereabouts are unknown, Masaki returns to their dimension successfully and finds himself in the wilderness, yet among familiar territory...
Episode 2.9: Dark Prison
After Shu perished at the climax of Unified Wisdom, due to his link towards Shiva Volkruss, he was brought back to life by the cult in La Gias. However, he was not restored with his memory intact. A follower named Saphine Zeora Volkruss was assigned to keep an eye on him. In his search for his memories, Shu also joins up with two Langran royalties, Princess Monica Gran Bilseia and Prince Tellius, enarmoring both of them. Another cultist, Gaen, along with a Wild Card ally of Masaki, Middle-Eastern Ahmed Hamdi, test pilot Yong Gebana, and a member of 'Team Jelba', Selena Recital and her partner Alberta also helped out in Shuu's entourage. They also steal a red Grungust Type-2 from a battleship, which Alberta uses as an upgrade. At first puzzled by his loss of memory, they mostly come back after meeting Masaki again. Remembering the man who killed him, his memories return slowly. By the end of it, Shu recovered all his memories and realized that his death was his plan all along, since he can't kill himself, he manipulate the Earth Federation to gang up on him and kill him to sever his link with Shiva Volkruss and earning his freedom. When he was ordered to sacrifice Monica for Volkruss, Shu turned his back on the Dark God. Volkruss tried to control Sefine and almost succeed but she manage to break free. Volkruss then force Shu to use the Neo Granzon and control him. However since Shu was free from his link to the evil god, it doesn't work as planned and Shu slayed him with the power of the Neo Granzon. After reaching the surface, Shu and the others had to deal with the Ruina and the Guests. Also, Yong is a member of the Zuvorg Alliance, spying on Zezenan for omitting critical information. The group also steals a Leige Geios for Yong's use while on the moon. The final stage takes place after Shu's direct participation in the events of Gaia Savior. Fortunately Shu and the others (Monica and Saphine) show up as reinforcements in the final battle against Keparoc, who plans on invading Earth after the Earth's armed forces were exhausted in the Sealing War. They stop Keparoc's forces even though they were vastly outnumbered.
Episode 3: Gaia Saviour
6 months have passed since the end of the Shura Rebellion, and the Hagane-Hiryu Custom team is renamed the "Steel Dragon Battle Group". During this time, rumours of a build-up of military activity and weapons development at Aidoneus Island, former headquarters of the Divine Crusaders, is abound, generating suspicion among the populace. On a stormy night in the Pacific Ocean, a lone unit is fleeing Aidoneus Island, chased by Duvan Org and his "sister" Ariel Org. Demanding the rogue pilot to surrender, Duvan captures the unit with his colossal Alles Geist, only for the pilot to self-destruct his machine. In the same time, the head of the Project Terrestrial Dream, Filio Presty, succumbed to sickness, leaving his legacy Altairlion to his chosen pilot Ibis Douglas and his fiancee Tsugumi Takakura. However, its sister unit was taken away by Filio's disgruntled sister Sleigh Presty and she would be spotted amongst either the Neo Divine Crusaders and the Gaia Sabers. During a test run on Altairlion, Ibis encountered a pod containing a young amnesiac boy who remembered nothing about his past, except his name, 'Ing'. He was soon delivered to either the Hagane or the Hiryuu Custom, but around the same time Ing was delivered, both battleships and several pilots were taken to the underground world of La Gias via summoning of Prince Feil-Lord Gran Bilseia. Around this time, Masaki arrived from his adventures from Planet Eria and became aware of the current chaos in La Gias. After rendezvousing with the Hagane, he reunited with his old friends; Herald of the Lord of Elemental of Water Gaddeath, Tytti Noorbuck, his adopted sister Presia Zenosakis, and Princess Xenia Gran Bilseia. He also met a girl named Mio Sasuga, who would succeed the Lord of Elemental of Earth Zamzeed. Around the same time, Bian's daughter, Lune Zoldark, who has been involved in both the L5 Campaign, Inspector Wars and Shura Rebellion under the Earth Federation, was also sucked into this world, and reunited with both Kyosuke and Ryusei, the Hiryuu Custom and also the Herald of the Lord of Elemental of Fire Granveil, Huang Yang Long. From both sides, Masaki and Lune solved the chaos and prevented the civil wars pertaining the underground world, and prevented the resurrection of the God of Evil Shiva Volkruss, even at cost of the lives of Prince Feil and Langran General Kirkus Zan Valfarbia. However, to their surprise, they found out that Shu has been revived without his memory. However, behind the scenes, he plotted the restoration of his memories and the fall of Shiva Volkruss itself (Detailed in Dark Prison above). Masaki and Lune stayed in La Gias as both Hagane and Hiryuu Custom returned to the surface world. On the surface, the Aggressors under Kai were still scouting the Earth to protect it, and along the way also brought along Hugo Medio, recovering from his fatal wounds at cost of being cyborgified, and teaming up with Aqua Centolm, student of the esteemed researcher Eldy Mitte, in hunting the rogue machine 'Medius Locus'. They're also joined with siblings Joshua Radcliffe and Cliana Rimskaya, to test machines using the new Sympathia system. However, unknown forces struck when the Earth forces were still at minimum; not just the suspicious movements of the Gaia Sabers, there's also a rogue AI inhabiting a ninja-like machine called JinRai, hunting down the Dynamic General Guardian units. There were weird creatures claimed to be under the 'Garden of Baral' terrorizing the Earth and capturing the tiger part of RyuKoOh/KoRyuOh, and in the South Pole, Joshua's father Felio accidentally opened a Cross Gate, bringing forth the despair-feeding race Ruina to terrorize the Earth. And a mysterious woman named Amara assaulted the Tesla Leicht Institute and utterly destroyed the whole Huckebein line of mecha. To top it off, another armada of the Zuvorg Alliance, calling themselves 'Guests', led by Teniquette Zezernan, arrived at Earth to continue where Wendolo failed. Thankfully, at the arrival of the Guests, the Steel Dragon Battle Group returned from La Gias. The Steel Dragon Battle Group, combined with the Aggressors, concentrated on fortifying their defenses, and in the same time, Ing awakened the successor of the Huckebein unit, the Exbein 'Ashe', while a Gaia Saber pilot, Ariel Org, defected from the Gaia Sabers, unable to withstand its atrocities. Soon, however, the Steel Dragon Battle Group was called for a meeting with Arteil Stenback of the Gaia Sabers himself, witnessed by President Graien Gruzman. However, the meeting ended messily, with both Hagane and Hiryuu Custom being attacked by the Gaia Sabers. In process of escaping, they accidentally killed Graien, and Arteil used it to make the group a scapegoat for assassination of the President. Making matter worse, around this time, due to the Ruina's machinations, the Earth was sealed away and both battleships was separated. In Earth, the Hiryuu Custom took defense of Asakusa city, helped by Kouta after returning from the Endless Frontier universe. They picked up a boy they met during the Shura Rebellion, named Touma Kanou, while Ibis managed to rescue a little girl named Irui. In the same time, the Sympathia system resonate strongly towards some generals of the Ruina, the Melior Esse. Joshua felt a strong link with the Melior Esse of ice, Glacies, while Rim felt a strong link with the Melior Esse of wind, Ventus. In Space, the Hagane dealt with the forthcoming Guests attacks, and also reuniting with both Axel and Alfimi. Alfimi just dropped Axel to the Hagane and left on her own, while Ariel's brother, Duvan Org, starts to get obsessed in trying to absorb Alfimi due to the resonance within the core of his Alles Geist (which he temporarily succeeded much later). Another assault in the Asakusa City brought the help of a delinquent named Michiru Hanaten, riding the G-Bunkaran, alongside Minaki Tomine, the distraught daughter of the creator of JinRai, Kaoru Tomine. With Minaki's help, the Steel Dragon Battle Group managed to subdue JinRai, and Minaki made preparations to convert it into a force of good, with Touma being designated as its pilot. Ibis also managed to convince Sleigh to bury her jealousy and worked together to make Filio's ultimate legacy come true: the Hyperion. The RyuKoOh is reformed thanks to retrieving the Tiger mecha from the Baral Garden, and Axel joined the Steel Dragon Battle Group for good with his Soulgain fully repaired. However, Hugo and Aqua also had a shocking revelation, the pilot of Medius Locus turned out to be a disillusioned Albero Esto, along with Eldy Mitte, who has gone insane. This revelation culminated in Hugo nearly dying, and coming back from the brink of death, but they managed to confiscate greater mechas under Eldy. Albero also found out that he's been had, but it was a little too late as Eldy betrayed and killed him. Hugo eventually resolved to stop Eldy. In the same time, Eldy teamed up with Duvan in order to witness the growth of the Medius Locus' AI, AI-1, whom she considered her child in a twisted way. Around the same time these was happening, the Elemental Lords went to the surface on the hint that Shu was planning something. Shu ends up giving definitive proofs that the Steel Dragon Battle Group was innocent and had the Gaia Sabers and Guests blunder. On realizing the threat the Guests pose, Masaki swore to protect the Earth first before he return to La Gias. In turn, he, Yang Long, Tytti and Mio joined the Steel Dragon Battle Group, and later picked up Lune, Presia and Kirkus' son Zashford. In the short time after, another attack by a Machine Children remnant towards Ing gave him the revelation that he was a clone and his full name is 'Ing Egret'. But in the same time, he managed to awaken the true potential of Ashe, bringing forth the 'EX-Exbein'. Joshua and Rim eventually recovered Felio's final legacy mecha and strengthened their resolve to understand and befriend both Glacies and Ventus. Around this time, the new and improved JinRai was completed and christened RaiOh. However, when Touma used it, a hidden system called the BSK system brainwashed into a berserker warrior. The group managed to recover Touma, and reoutfitted RaiOh with a Direct Motion Link system, while he is put under the tutelage of Axel in terms of hand-to-hand combat to better pilot the RaiOh. In the same time, Joshua and Rim succeeded in bringing Glacies and Ventus out of the Ruina's services, but not without a cost. Rim secretly hid the fact that she suffered a Split Personality due to testing the Sympathia system, in cockpit, she's the aggressive, serious girl Liana, and outside cockpit, she's the timid, sweet girl Chris. In process of saving Glacies and Ventus, the personality of Chris was sacrificed, leaving Liana the sole soul inside Rim. Around this time, however, the Garden of Baral made an announcement under its agent Son Ganlong, about bringing forth an utopia, but it involved sealing the Earth in a barrier erected by the Garden itself. The Garden's agents eventually also moved to kidnap their promised 'priestess'... Irui. The team was split due to this second sealing. The Hagane stayed on Earth to eventually defeat the Gaia Sabers. In space, the Hiryuu Custom attempted to save the Moon Cradle from the Guests, but they were not alone. Shu came along with his companions to help the group. Mekibos, surviving his 'death' by Wendolo, resurfaced and convinced the Guest generals that the Zuvorg Alliance has been impressed with the humans and no longer view them as threats. Zezernan, however, proved too stubborn and pressed on with his attack, getting himself killed. As the Guests return, Mekibos stayed with the Hiryuu Custom to eventually become Zuvorg Alliance's representative. Once reunited, the Steel Dragon Battle Group executed the Operation "Ice Break", eliminating the Ruina in South Pole. They went so far into bringing forth the Ruina leader, Perfectio, possessing the body of the dead Felio, from the Cross Gate inside. However, Perfectio was a being that fed on hate and negative emotions, just like Dark Brain, he couldn't truly perish As Long as There Is Evil. The only way to defeat him was to seal him together with someone, and much to Joshua, Rim and Glacies' dismay, Ventus volunteered to do the job, sacrificing himself. Eldy and Duvan attacked the group after the defeat of Perfectio. However, Eldy also betrayed Duvan and merged with the AI-1 as a monstrous blob-like creature. Hugo and Aqua put an end to Eldy's madness, and they managed to save Alfimi from Duvan, and they crossed the Cross Gate into the realm of the Baral Garden, where eventually they managed to recruit a betrayed agent of the Garden of Baral, Kukuru. Making their way to the top of the Garden, they came to encounter Irui, now the Guardian of Earth Irui Gan Eden. In her desire to protect the Earth, she sealed the Earth and used the Garden's weaponry to devastate the extraterrestrials that threaten the Earth. The Steel Dragon Battle Group would not stand for this extremist action and eventually they defeated the Gan Eden. However, when they defeated the Guardian God, Arteil Stenback mysteriously arrived, bringing forth the AI-1 and merged it with the Gan Eden and Ing, taking the Steel Dragon Battle Group with him to a mysterious dimension. In this dimension, they found out that Ing was not just any clone, but a clone of Ingram Prisken, needed by Arteil to fulfill his ultimate plan to surpass the creator of the Cross Gate and attain godlike power to topple the creator... and that his true identity was in fact Euzeth Gozzo. The Steel Dragon Battle Group was at first overwhelmed with Euzzeth's strength and his mecha Adamatron. However, the captain of Gaia Sabers' main battleship Air Christmas, who turns out to be actually a surviving Lee Linjun, arrived in the dimension, fed up with Euzzeth's betrayal. After giving his last words to the Steel Dragon Battle Group and encouraging them to defend the Earth, he rammed the Air Christmas to the Adamatron. He was killed in process, but this action popped Ing and the EX-Exbein out of the Adamatron and he eventually joined the Steel Dragon Battle Group to eventually bring down Euzzeth for good. However, on his death, he left an open Cross Gate in space near Earth. Just like Alfimi before, Kukuru was tied with the Garden of Baral, with its destruction, she perished as well. With the death of Graien, the more Reasonable Authority Figure was reinstated to the Federation. Masaki, Lune, Shu, the Heralds of Elemental Lord and the rest of the La Gias residents opted to return to La Gias once more. Hugo and Aqua ended up sticking with the Aggressors, while Lamia is sent back to ATX Team in order to help Ariel, who was scouted as a new ATX member, solve her short lifespan problem by reverse-engineering her design of W Numbers. Joshua, Rim and Glacies continue to investigate the Cross Gate, helped with Gilliam, in hopes not just to find a way to bring Ventus back without damaging the seal of Perfectio, but also solving Glacies' similar short lifespan problem. Mekibos also finalized the true alliance between the Zuvorg Alliance and Earth, noting that there will be more threat to Earth, such as Ze Balmary Empire, but the Zuvorg Alliance will help defend Earth and the galaxy. Unknown to the Steel Dragon Battle Group, the little Irui survived these ordeals, waking up with memories intact in a certain shore, rescued by a follower of the Garden of Baral. Irui held the full belief that she would one day reunite with her friends...
Episode 3.1: Project X Zone
During the off-time after the battle against Euzzeth Gozzo, Sanger Zonvolt encountered the Lamalice under Debudabide once again. While battling it, he ended up being thrown into the Endless Frontier just like Axel and Alfimi, where he met both Haken Browning and Kaguya Nanbu. Things spiral out of control where first the demon known as Jedah Dohma antagonize the three, and then followed with a series of crisis involving various worlds even beyond the Endless Frontier-verse. Fortunately for Sanger, Kaguya used her spiritual power to materialize his mecha's weapon, the Colossal Blade, into a still-humongous human-sized weapon that Sanger could wield on foot and with his Dygenguard using Direct-Motion control, replicating its moves never become an issue thus he could still go around smiting evils during the whole crisis. Once the crisis was solved (through a very long trek), Sanger was able to return to the OG-verse using the datas that sent Axel, Alfimi and Kouta to the OG Verse last time. Unable to properly use the transporter, Aschen uses Code DTD, punches it and accidentally extends the radius of the transported area to 1200%, accidentally bringing Haken and Aschen with Sanger, to the OG Verse. There would be another crisis, but he, Haken and Kaguya were not involved.
Episode 3.2: The Lord of Elemental Part 2
Episode 3.5: Revelation of Evil God
Episode 3.7: Pride of Justice
Episode 3.9: Coffin of the End
It was prophesized in La Gias that a calamity that would wreck the majority of La Gias would come, led by 'an army of Giant Gods'. At this point, such calamity eventually arrived under the leadership of Yotennai and the forces of Langran suffered an extremely heavy loss: All the Elemental Lords were taken into the custody of Yotennai, though only three Heralds went missing, Tytti managed to escape captivity but was forced to lay low. Additionally, even Shuu stood up in defense of La Gias... and even with Neo Granzon, he was defeated and the machine became inoperable for awhile. The chaos eventually reached the Republic of Almera where another surface dweller, Sakito Asagi, became entangled with the current problem, riding on his machine Raveraid. After gathering his friends, he managed to encounter Tytti, now riding a normal machine, and Shuu, now having to command a battleship and additionally along with a 'convinced' Amara, who was thought to have perished during the final battle with Euzzeth Gozzo, but his death activated a Cross Gate linking to La Gias, she fell there and was brainwashed by Yotennai, until Shuu himself came to the picture. Through trials and tribulations, they managed to rescue the other Elemental Lords and their Heralds, and everyone stopped pulling their punches, they went all out to defeat Yotennai... In process of doing so, the Elementals became exhausted and they went back to slumber, with the citizens of La Gias unable to sense them again, and the Elemental Lords unable to be used again, sealing themselves in stasis. Masaki was pretty sure that they would meet again... especially as how Yotennai wasn't completely defeated... in fact, she just fell onto another Cross Gate... Though the crisis towards La Gias have been averted and the land may rebuild, the threat presented by Yotennai still loom throughout the multiverse.
Episode 4: The Moon Dwellers