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Anomaly / 矛盾存在
Join Date: Jan 2013
V7 Summary Part 2
Sorry for the long summary, I liked this volume very much.
First Chapter for the back story of Chrome Disaster.
Haru and Maiden wake up to find that they're inside the Imperial Palace; the stage has changed from the «Ice And Snow» stage to the «Peaceful» stage, and they stargaze for a bit. Trilead Tetraoxide (aka Azure Heir) shows up, he confesses he used the Fifth Arc, Straight Sword «The Infinity» to break open the Palace gate, which let Maiden and Crow in. They talk, and Trilead takes them to see the seventh and final Arc, «The Fluctuating Light», It just appears as a ball of light from where they're standing, but Haruyuki realises he think's he's seen it in his IS training:
"I've..I've seen that light once before..."
On his left, the small-framed avatar of Utai let out a sharp gasp, and gazed at Haruyuki with an inquisitive glance. Haruyuki, desperately searching his memories for the recollection, slowly strung together his words to explain.
"N..no mistake about it, that is...that, in the Unlimited Field, the first time I was undergoing «Mind Power Training». From the Old Tokyo Tower, Master Raker threw me down and told me to climb back up using my bare hands..."
Utai emitted small sighs while listening to Haruyuki's recollection. For her who definitely has been made to do many different things by Sky Raker, this was probably a highly similar experience. Haruyuki continued in a low, rough voice, recounting his experience.
"At first, I could not even leave a scratch on the walls, but every day, with continuous piercing attacks being made, I slowly was able to make a tiny slit...followed by a cut a few fingers wide. I climbed the Tower about a week later. But I forgot...spending countless hours piercing the wall with my two hands...at times, that light...I felt, that was not merely an effect. That golden light was..."
At this moment, Haruyuki turned to face Trilead and Utai, looking in the eyes of the two avatars hanging on to his every word. In a shaky voice, he forced out the last few words that must be said.
"-that golden light, was a person. And it was calling to me."
Haru and Utai are forcefully disconnected shortly after that, in RL KYH is mounting Haru (just see the fanservice illust) and pulled off his Neuro Linker. The plan to rescue Maiden is incomplete now that she's stuck inside the Imperial Palace.
NN is discussing the Arcs and their holders, the conversation turns to «Quad Eyes Analyst». Haru has never heard that name before, but suddenly he feels pain and some fragments of words come back to him, and he has no idea who is that nor why.
The next day, Pard catches Haru in RL, and warns him the PK group «Supernova Remnant» has a contract out on him, paid with real money, not BP. She does this by picking him up from Umesato with her bike and Direct Cabling - KYH hears this later and interrogates him (cue the next vol illust).
Haru finds Utai at school the next day and asks her about SR. After confirming he is indeed talking about SR, she drops a bomb: SR met a linker "blue like water in colour" and fought a Sudden Death Duel, and according to Fuuko, that linker is Cyan Pile.
Haru rushes back to class to find Taku, fearing he had BB uninstalled; he was not. Takumu had gone to investigate the ISS kit and SR, and he duelled them. SR had him at the last bit of his HP, but Takumu asked them for one chance...he got it.
Cyan Pile equipped the ISS kit, gaining the close-range IS attack «Dark Blow» and long-range «Dark Shoot». He then slaughtered the five-member group and uninstalled BB from all of them (Sudden Death rule bets all your BP). Regretting his actions, Taku asks Haru to defeat him.
Haru and Taku Direct Cable and duel; they both start out with their IS attacks, Laser Sword and Cyan Blade. Haru pulls out «Aerial Combo» on Pile, using his wings and Laser Sword to continuously attack, but Taku pushes him back with Splash Stinger. In the lull:
In his right hand, the beautiful two-handed sword «Cyan Blade», the other manifestation of Takumu's desire, vanished. Blue light swirled and collected about his fist, reforming the original Enhanced Armament «Pile Driver».
Takumu raised the pile driver high - and in a firm, resolute voice, recited a command.
"ISS kit, activate."
Darkness rushed in from all directions.
Taku used Dark Blow and his special move warped by the Kit, «Lightning Dark Spike». In his shock Crow was beaten badly, yet he still tried to persuade Taku to let Chiyuri use Citron Call II to reverse all the damage. Short of calling The Disaster to win against Taku...
At the verge of defeat, a mysterious saffron-coloured avatar appeared before Haru, voicing her hopes to cleanse the Armour's holder of their pain and suffering. She requests that Haruyuki call the name of the Armour, the original name before it became the Disaster Armour.
His own silver armour fracturing and fragmenting into pieces, Haruyuki managed to find the will to stand.
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