The Busters Arc takes place a few days after the 12th Nova Clash, and features four former Chevaliers known as the Busters, whose mission is the assassination of Gengo Aoi. It is the first phase of the Chevalier Civil War.
Newly Introduced CharactersEdit
Gengo Aoi is brought in to the Chevalier headquarters following the chaos of the 12th Nova Clash. The Chevalier are livid that Gengo kept the Legendary Pandora secret; however, Gengo retorts that the Chevalier have kept secret from him, the instigator of the Pandora Project, by citing the Plasma Weapon of U.S. Pandora Roxanne Elipton. He strengthens his arguments to hold off on revealing the details of the clash, and rules that all new projects or information the Chevalier have must be cleared with him first. The room is left silent. Gengo then talks to colleague Alfred Hughes about his recent actions. Alfred worries the Chevalier organization is fragmenting and wonders if Gengo had predicted the current situation. Gengo avoids answering, simply stating that his only goal is the survival of mankind.
Sister Margaret briefs the West Genetics underclassman on the recent 12th Nova Clash, introducing the two new types of Nova, the Humanoid Forms and the Pandora-Type. The students are told to improve team strategy and anti-personnel skills. Yu-Mi Kim and Elize Schmitz, who watched all of the chaos, fear that the Genetics Pandora will realize too many secrets are being kept from them.
A Chevalier Pandora reports to Gengo that 57 people, including three platoons and the unexpected arrival of Elizabeth Mably, have survived the Nova Clash, and are being held at a secure facility as per his instructions. He orders all survivors confined to the facility, authorizing lethal force to deal with anyone who attempts to escape.
Rana and Satellizer discover where Kazuya is being held, but cannot reach him as the section is reserved for those directly involved with the Legendary Pandora. Kazuya awakens to a lightly clothed Cassandra, who holds him close and wants him to "drink." However, Gengo walks in with the ever smiling Windy May and the stoic Teslad; the doctors tells Cassandra to relax, for Kazuya doesn't need it anymore. The doctor explains that Cassandra is Kazuya's aunt.
Rana and Satellizer watch from a distance as Elizabeth Mably walks across the school with André Françoise, both of them complaining about the constant tests and questioning they have to undergo as survivors. They are met by Ingrid Bernstein, Creo Brand, and their Limiters Leo Bernard and Gorō Itsuki respectively. They are happy to see Elizabeth alive and well. Arnett McMillan comes out and immediately takes Elizabeth to the ground with a series of slaps. She rages that Elizabeth's leave was selfish, and her action got Attia hospitalized, and she's still recovering. Elizabeth can only tear up and say that being hit never hurt so badly, and the girls reconcile.
Kazuya meets with Gengo in his office, and demands an explanation as to how Cassandra could be his aunt. Gengo explains that she is his father's sister, making her Kazuya's aunt. Kazuya refuses to believe Gengo's lies, and the old man is forced to explain Kazuya's true heritage. The Legendary Pandora are the cloned offspring of Maria Lancelot, and the Mother of All Pandora is also Ryuuichi Aoi's biological mother. Kazuya wonders about Erika Kudo, the woman he always believed to be his father's mother, but Gengo reveals that Erika was simply a cover. He only ever loved Maria, and she was the woman he built a family with. Kazuya questions if he or his father were clones as well and Gengo denies this claim, but asserts that the fact that Ryuuichi and Kazuya, and even Kazuha, have Stigmata bodies proves they are related to Maria. Gengo continues to states that he may die before the war with the Nova is won, so he needs Kazuya to take over when the time comes, adding that he keeps Satellizer around. Already angry, the last comment sends Kazuya over the edge and denounces his grandfather as a dictator drunk on his own power. Kazuya storms out and Gengo laments that he must be getting old to rely on Kazuya so much.
Kazuya rushes out of the building, encountering Rana and Satellizer, the latter of which wants to spend quality time together. Kazuya recalls his grandfather's words and rejects the two girls and continues running. Satellizer and Rana are left in shock.
Kazuya breaks down in the grass pulling the vegetation from the ground when he begs his sister for help. Lucy Renault appears, knowing he must be talking about Kazuha Aoi. When he gives her an evil glare, the once stoic woman is completely insulted and will not allow Kazuya to deny her as a human or a part of his family. Kazuya becomes incensed when she mentions the word "family," but she asserts that she and her sisters are Gengo's daughters. She then challenges Kazuya on his definition of a human being and the word family. She builds a good argument, but Kazuya is too angry to fully process it. Instead, she leaves saying the Legendary Pandora are important to him and he is important to them, especially true for Cassandra.
When Gengo has begun forming his new organization, Gengo orders Su-Na to have Kazuya take the Legendary Pandora on a date with Satellizer and Ouka Tenjouin as their escorts. Cassandra, Windy, and Teslad ignore the attention they get and are rather quiet throughout the outing while Windy tires to connect with Kazuya, who is rattled by his attitude toward Satellizer and a little intimidated by the women he is escorting. Ouka comments on the absolute beauty of the Legendary Pandora and Gengo indirectly telling them not to get in their way, which Su-Na Lee translates as Ouka not feeling as good of a woman. The conversation then shifts to Kazuya having rejected Satellizer and Ouka and the blond Pandora have a verbal squabble, which they believe Kazuya can settle. However, Lucy appears and stops them with a creepy smile she must have gotten from her father, Gengo. Su-Na gets everyone ice cream, and the cones actually catch the attention of the oblivious Teslad, who pinches Kazuya's cheek. Cassandra stares at a doll and comes across a little girl. Per request of the child, Cassandra picks her up by the head with one arm, causing the girl to laugh. Kazuya panics and Cassandra ignores his hugging the child. Emi, the name of the child, is called by her mother, who sees her in Cassandra's arms. When the mother wants her child back, Cassandra grips the girl harder and steals the woman by her neck, choking her with her great strength. Cassandra thinks of her horrible experience with Kazuya's mother. Ouka and Satella move to attack Cassandra in response, but Windy flings them away and decides to talk to her sister. She tells Cassandra that it is wrong to take another woman's child for she should know the pain. The comment catches Kazuya's attention, and Cassandra releases the mother and the child giving an apologetic smile. The two flee in fear, and Ouka moves to explain the situation. Su-Na has watched in silence.
Su-Na and Gengo discuss the Legendary Pandora. Gengo drops hints that he, those four girls, and Kazuya are intimately related, but she does not understand. She purposefully omits the scenario with Cassandra but indicates that Kazuya is getting along with Windy. Gengo is happy to hear that Kazuya is connecting with his aunts, but Su-Na has stated that she is beginning to doubt her employer though she apologized for it.
The Legendary Stigmata PlanEdit
After the conference involving Gengo, the Chevalier host their own and demand Gengo release the information of the 12th Nova Clash as well as Roxanne Elipton and Charles Bonaparte. They believe Gengo is holding all of the power for himself when they believe his knowledge and the power of Pandora should be shared with the world. Alfred Hughes, the new Commander of the Chevalier, calms them and relays that Gengo and Maria Lancelot shared all of their knowledge willingly and Gengo gains nothing from plotting against the world he's trying to save. A member responds saying people change, for Gengo now holds the power to actually start a war with the world. Gengo agrees to the claim when Alfred relays the general consensus of the meeting, which would only happen if he went out of control. However, he knows that countries involved with the Chevalier want to use the Pandora Project for their personal usages once the Nova threat is neutralized, and Gengo silently asserts again that he cannot work with fools who will incite wars. In addition, Gengo fears how the masses will react upon learning of the transcendental phenomenon as well as the frenzy when the Chevalier learn the true connection between the Aoi Family and the Legendary Pandora.
To the fears of the the higher-ups in the Chevalier, Gengo has been forming an organization separate from the Chevalier because he can no longer work with people who risk inciting conflicts. Part of the organization centers around minting the Legendary Stigmata for the Transcendent Pandora, Rana Linchen, Roxanne Elipton, Satellizer L. Bridget, and Ticy Phenyl.
Gengo first proposes this organization to Atsuko Seiga after his conversation with his grandson. The doctor asks or rather coerces her to join his new team, needing her for her knowledge of the Faylan Generator technology and adds that he has backing from several powerful, private individuals. He admits that for his knew organization, he must keep other countries in the dark. Atsuko asks if the Chevalier or the world would allow such a thing. Gengo indicates that he controls three world class Pandora, the Legendary Pandora, the Valkyries, and the Transcendent Pandora and these forces contain the only women in the world who can defeat any of the new Nova, for the current Pandora System was powerless against it. He could make the world allow it. At that moment, she thinks that neither she nor her grandfather could ever hope to defeat Gengo Aoi, and she agrees to the join him.
Su-Na Lee, who is going along with her boss' plan wonders if Atsuko can be trusted, for women are known to act upon emotion. Gengo believes the situation more so than the person can be trusted. However, it is women's emotions that have allowed them to come far defending humanity. When Su-Na dismisses his explanation as confusing, Gengo just remarks that Su-Na is the perfect woman for him to trust, and in the future, he'll need her more than ever. Chevalier's most powerful Pandora just asks for a raise.
Later, Roxanne is questioned about her suicide and revival, but she remembers none of it and is promptly released joined by her faithful Limiter Shi-Jing Hong. Roxanne meets up with Cassie and Charles and they watch Satellizer slumping over from Kazuya's recent rejection and Rana trying to console her.
The Valkyries are in pods, and Atsuko checks their stability with regards to the Injection Stigmata and the Faylan Generators. In addition, she been forced to work on the Legendary Stigmata Plan, which is out of her field though she knows enough about it to run the program. However, she is having difficulty stabilizing stigmata belonging to the world's eldest Pandora. Gengo has only given her two weeks to the complete the project no less. Needing help, she calls for Scarlett Ohara, who arrives via helicopter with Amelia Evans.
Scarlett still has her legs, but she is unable to use them, leaving her wheelchair bound. She meets with Gengo maintaining a blank face. An uncomfortable Su-Na is asked to step out while the old colleagues converse. Ohara is livid that Gengo even called her, but he needs her knowledge on stigmata to complete this project for his new team. They have a heated conversation, which ends with Scarlett rejecting Gengo's proposal. However, he persuades her to at least listen when she is promised the "truth."
Gengo takes Scarlett to the Ravensbourne Nucleotide, which houses Maria Lancelot, the Mother of All Pandora. Scarlett has already seen the corpse and is unamused. A calm Gengo begins to bring up their history, which bore romance, but Gengo did not pursue, for his true love was still around. Scarlett becomes furious that Gengo continues to insult her, for she could not defeat a dead body in the game of love. Gengo reveals that Maria is alive, which nearly silences the crippled woman. Maria takes note of the claim and her once dead eyes glare unimpressed at the woman before her. Gengo asks Maria to show Scarlett "everything," and Maria's fingers slightly shift, causing the same phenomenon during on the Alaska Base and the beginning of the most recent clash. Scarlett is visibly terrified of what's happening, but Gengo advises her to relax, for this is Maria's love.
Scarlett is next seen in her bed, barely able to process everything Maria showed her. She wails as she now believes all anyone is doing right now is buying time, and her rival has been bearing humanity's weight on his shoulder without anyone else truly knowing. The net day she agrees to the Legendary Stigmata plan and begins by correcting Atsuko's error: she's acting on the premise of the current stigmata theories. With the new power of these new stigmata, they need a brand new theory, which will be the core of the plan.
Assembling the BustersEdit
In Veracruz, a member of the Chevalier meets with Ex-Chevalier Commander Radox Phantomheim and they discuss the execution of the cat Gengo Aoi. Radox reminds the man that he always believed the old doctor was dangerous, but none of them believed him. The Chevalier member states that he and other committee members know Radox is out to stop Gengo in secret, and they only allowed him to do so because they believed they would contact Radox soon to help him on the matter. The member offers the Chevalier's financial backing, new Stigmata technology to execute the plan, and the "Failures List," but if Radox fails they will deny everything. Radox has actually paused at the thought of using the "Failures List," for they were highly unstable Pandora despite their incredible power that would change the power rankings within the Chevalier. However, Radox begins to have them summoned, accepting the mission and its conditions. Then, a Mexican teacher is sending her young students him, and she is approached by a black-haired woman with a headband. She jests that kids should have good instincts, but they don't realize it when their own teacher is a serial killer. The teacher meets the woman with a sinister smile.
Radox looks up the "Failures List," which features four former members of the Chevalier, who are all killers with incredible mental deficiencies. Petty Layner, the black-haired Pandora with a headband, beat up a Pandora and killed her Limiter just because she didn't like her, landing her 200 years in prison for first degree murder. Jessica Edwin, a greedy woman, killed her parents and attempted to kill her brother over her inheritance, landing her 350 years in prison. Isabella Lucas, the Kindergarten teacher, systematically killed thirteen babies as a nurse, having discovered her love of killing. She became a Pandora at 23 when her 120% stigmata compatibility rate was discovered, but her murderous past was discovered and she was sentenced to 500 years in prison. Lastly, Isuzu Sawatari has killed two Pandora while in the Chevalier and two civilians after being a Pandora in "self-defense" after she stole their lovers. She was dismissed instead of being sent to prison, but she killed two other women as a civilian under the same circumstances. Radox looks at the four women's files with absolute disgust, but believes they will be an apt test to combat Gengo. He is told Petty, Isabella, and Jessica have agreed to participate in the plan, and Radox resolves to meet Isuzu in person.
Isuzu is first seen having an affair in a hotel with a married man, who is divorcing his wife for her. When they kiss one last time, Sawatari's eyes avert in dissatisfaction and distance. Sawatari walks the streets alone when she is approached by two U.S. Chevalier Pandora and they escort Sawatari to Radox, but not before Isuzu scares one of the women with her deceptive speed.
When Isuzu and Radox meet, Isuzu keeps her smile as Radox details Isuzu's history. She could have been the Chevalier's strongest Pandora over Su-Na Lee, but Isuzu pretends she does not care or really know about Su-Na and supposes that she must certainly be strong. Radox tells her to cut the garbage. As a man with blood on his hands, he knows the eyes of a person who loves to kill and Isuzu is one of those people and so is Su-Na. He believes Isuzu actually hates Su-Na because she can perfectly mask her intense desires to kill while Isuzu consistently plotted and schemed to fulfill her murderous desires. Radox hits a raw nerve, breaking Isuzu's smile, and Isuzu recalls the day she met Su-Na Lee's hidden insanity. Isuzu stole Su-Na's Limiter so they would fight and Isuzu would have an excuse to kill Su-Na in "self-defense." However, Su-Na never wanted the mandatory partnership of a Limiter and schemed to have Isuzu take hers away. Isuzu sensed that Su-Na was more than prepared to kill Isuzu and would have relished doing so, but the Korean Pandora kept her malicious urges concealed, which humiliated Isuzu and she resigned from being a Pandora with the knowledge that Su-Na was better than her. Shaking and holding herself, Isuzu explains that no man can please her, but only her imagination of Su-Na dead at her feet with a hateful glare. The two Chevalier Pandora mark her as insane. Radox begins to explain Operation Cat Killer under the pretenses that she can kill as she pleases and can then have Su-Na as a reward.
Later, Busters Petty, Jessica, and Isabella test their new Plasma Stigmata against the simulations of the Humanoid Form Nova, which terrorized the Pandora during the most recent clash. They obliterate the fake enemies, and Petty believes that its time to press the plan forward. In her apartment, Isuzu thinks about Su-Na once more, recalling that Su-Na once told her that Isuzu could never reach her.
Gengo Aoi as a dinner party planned to congratulate the awakening of his daughters as well as surviving against the growing Nova threat in conjunction with his new organization's induction ceremony. He has Su-Na Lee orchestrate both events, but she is more openly sponsoring the dinner party, for she is a high-ranking member of the Chevalier.
Information of the party spreads, the the Valkyries agree to go despite the shock and slight distrust that comes with learning that Lucy Renault is a True Pandora.
After the outing, the Legendary Pandora get ready for the party, each of the them in beautiful dresses, but Cassandra seems rather clueless about the whole thing. Su-Na and Kazuya help then get prepared, and the Chevalier Pandora laughs at Kazuya for staring at Cassandra's voluptuous body, embarrassing the Limiter. He admits though Cassandra is becoming more special to him than his other aunts.
Satellizer turns to Elizabeth Mably for love advice regarding Kazuya because he's been ignoring her. She is initially offended that Satellizer did not greet her upon her return, but agrees to help since they fought together in Alaska. Elizabeth is blunt and abrasive with her advice, but she plainly states that Kazuya must be getting increasingly frustrated with Satellizer. Despite them growing together during the Alaska Incident as well as the recent Nova Clash, Satellizer is still holding out against a Baptism. In addition, Kazuya cannot fully confront her being her Limiter and is younger. Now Kazuya has found someone just like her but even better, causing him to stray from her. Satella asks her senpai to help, which pleases Elizabeth. She whispers in Satella's ear, and Satella is emphatically against Elizabeth's plan.
The dinner party begins with Pandora and Limiters dressed in elegant, formal attire, but Elizabeth does not like the idea of having a party only days after so many of their friends and comrades were killed in the recent Nova Clash. Ticy appears with Abel and repeats some of her best friend's wise words about what it means to be a Pandora; because they could die at any moment, they should celebrate their lives as much as possible while also remembering the lives of their comrades. At the same time, Petty Layner, Jessica Edwin, and Isabella Lucas are joined by Isuzu Sawatari in a submarine as Operation Cat Killer, with Petty already antagonistic to the smiling newcomer. The four women are released into the waters and swim to the shore, where Petty challenges Isuzu for leadership of the group. Petty wants to gauge Sawatari's strength, but the West Genetics graduate agrees to allow Petty to attack her until she is satisfied.
Rana and Satellizer later join the party after Rana teases her about her seductive body; the two of them are granted fine compliments, but Cassandra, who is escorted by her nephew, steals the show, stepping out like a goddess while making Satellizer more insecure. The rest of the Legendary Pandora join the party, and with Elizabeth's help, Satella takes Kazuya to her room. On the shores, Petty takes Isuzu on her offer and beats her until she is cringing in the sand. Isuzu recovers, but Isabella is doubtful that she saw Isuzu's true abilities. They then reach the east entrance of the base and kill two of the guards.
In Satella's room, Satellizer apologizes to Kazuya for anything she could have done to make him angry with her. Kazuya is immediately apologetic and promises to never let it happen again. When Kazuya offers to do anything, Satella puts on a slightly twisted look and takes Kazuya on his offer to do "anything," but it leaves her Limiter rather nervous. Satella pours Kazuya some wine and recalls Elizabeth's plan to drug Kazuya then place him in her bed undressed. Then she will get undressed and sleep next to him. When he awakens he'll think they were together during the night and immediately assume responsibility. She drops the sleeping drug into the glass but does not wait long enough for it to dissolve. When she gives Kazuya the glass, the boy immediately realizes the glass is drugged and insists that Satella drink first. She inadvertently reveals her plan and tries to force Kazuya to drink the glass. While doing so, the two end up in a compromising position, and Kazuya tells Satella that he'll never reject her. Their situation increasingly heats and Kazuya begins to disrobe Satella, but they are interrupted by an alarm. At the west gate, two on duty Chevalier fail to receive a transmission from the Pandora stationed at the east gate. They review the videos and see two Pandora killing their comrades. They release the alarm and several Chevalier Pandora swarm to the east gate to combat the intruders. Petty, the intruders' leader, explains they are here to kill Gengo and the four of them have a license to kill every soul on the base.
The Busters AttackEdit
The Busters neutralize the Chevalier, killing them freely. The dinner party has been cancelled, and the base is on high alert while Cassandra has passed out from the alcohol. Satellizer and Kazuya return to the plaza, much to Elizabeth's ire since her planned failed. When all try to rationalize the situation, the four Busters burst through a wall, Petty holding a Limiter and the upper half of his Pandora. Elizabeth and Arnett become enraged and Arnett immediately attacks Petty, but Isuzu blocks Arnett's scythe. Petty is amused that the "babies" are willing to fight her when they've killed the more experienced Chevalier members. She introduces her comrades and welcomes the challenge the West Genetics Pandora believe they can offer.
Gengo and Su-Na are overlooking the situation from the command center, searching for the cause of the alarm. Gengo sees the four women and is unmoved until he orders one of the scientist to zoom in on Jessica's back, which hosts the new Plasma Stigmata. Gengo is vehemently furious as he slams his fist, believing the fool Radox Phantomheim is behind this invasion. Su-Na, on the hand, is very calm and spots Sawatari on screen and wonders where she has seen her. Gengo calms and Su-Na wonders what he was so enraged. Gengo explains that the Plasma Stigmata are far superior to regular stigmata, but their output was increased without taking side effects into account. He fears that the four women will explode at any moment, but even then the four of them each possess the battling capabilities of Chiffon Fairchild. Su-Na suggests he flee, but Gengo refuses to allow Radox to intimidate him. He adds that the upgraded Valkyries and the Legendary Pandora are all the security he will need to survive the invasion. He then asks Su-Na is she believed she could not win. Su-Na performs a self-analysis and is surprised she would ever suggest defense, flight, or security when she normally attacks head-on. Gengo is also certain his daughter Cassandra can defeat the intruders, but she is still passed out.
Petty and Jessica neutralize Andre and Morrison's Freezing fields. Elizabeth fires lasers from her Asymmetrical Strafing, but the Busters' bodies deflect the attack. Petty then belittles the little girls and boys before her with Isabella, but she she is nearly struck by Satellizer's Accel. Petty dodges and punches, but Satella quickly accelerates away when Arnett follows her attack, narrowly missing Petty's head. Satella and Arnett perform a double Accel-Tempest and are prepared to strike down Petty, who is enthralled to fight such talented adversaries. However, Isuzu intervenes and catches their Volt Weapons. Arnett and Satellizer pull back as the Japanese Buster begins to shatter their Volt Weapons with her bare hands, and Kazuya senses her sinister aura. In order to stay on schedule, Isuzu suggests the four of them press on the their mission, but two of them need to stay with the Genetics Pandora. Petty agrees and she takes off with Isuzu while Isabella and Jessica stay to fight the Genetics Pandora while Ticy Phenyl decides to reveal herself.
Ticy stops Arnett from challenging Isuzu or Petty as she'd be killed. Isabella fires a Nova Particle Cannon from her Plasma Weapon to cover her teammates and her insanity emerges as she laughs at the helpless plight of her enemies, who she's happy to kill. She switches to whip-like blasts, aiming for the Limiters, but Elizabeth, Arnett, and Satellizer defend the boys. Ticy proves to be far different than the Chevalier Isabella has encountered so far and evades her attacks with the Illusion Turn. Ticy teleports behind Isabella and strikes, only for Isabella to quickly block the attack with a barrier. She then fires whip-like blasts from her cannons in Ticy's direction, but Ticy keeps up her High End Skill and attacks with Gigantes Glaive, wiping the arrogant smile from Isabella's face.
Rana Linchen, Teslad, Windy May, and Lucy have retreated to the pool instead of staying at the dinner party. A Chevalier Pandora rushes into the area to inform them of the invasion. Windy May does not want to leave, having a good time. When Rana promises to teach her some board games if she complies, Petty and Isuzu burst through the sunroof. Outside, Arnett, Elizabeth, Kazuya, and Satellizer gloom as a brutalized Ticy is held by the head by Jessica Edwin.
Ticy refuses to give up and frees herself with a kick. Jessica dodges and accelerates behind Ticy, who prepares to smash Jessica with her Zanbato. Jessica evades two more Ticy's attacks before fooling her with another Accel and slashing her back with her small knives. She quickly shifts to a Tempest Turn combination and slashes Ticy even more. Ticy responds by unlocking her transcendent might and engaging the two Busters. Isabella undermines Ticy's Wings of Light, but is astonished why Ticy's Volt Weapon negates a blast from Isabella's Plasma Weapon. Ticy performs a series of Illusion Turn, but a perceptive Jessica has seen her use the same tactic too many times. When Ticy closes in behind Jessica, the slender Buster bashes her elbow into Ticy's face, defeating the Illusion Turn. Jessica then digs her small blades under Ticy's arms and swiftly pushes up severing the arms from West Genetics' most powerful Pandora. Jessica victorious, Isabella stomps her foot onto Ticy's face and threatens to smash it if anyone moves. Abel ignores the threat and runs to his Pandora. Deducing the pair's relationship, Isabella severs Abel's leg having him fall to the ground inches from Ticy. Isabella laughs at everyone's struggle for survival and promises to kill Ticy and her Limiter but after she defiles him. Isabella straddles Abel and disrobes.
Isabella sexually tortures Abel and the Genetics Pandora want to move, but they risk Jessica killing Ticy. Kazuya then decides to cover Satella who crouches charging energy to release her own transcendent abilities. Elizabeth looks on shocked. Isabella takes full delight of her enemies gruesome situation and presents Abel with a demand he refuses to follow. Jessica responds by smashing Ticy's head with her feet, causing Abel to cry and obey his twisted captor. At that moment Satellizer accelerates at a blinding speed, the same Accel she performed to decapitate the Type-Pandora Nova. However, Isabella dodges her attack. Satella still collapses from the weight of her own attack, but recovers much more quickly. However, the Mexican Buster is much quicker on the draw of her weapon and severs Satella's hands. Isabella then turns her attention to Kazuya and she prepares to blast him out of existence, but her attack is blocked by Cassandra to stares at her nephew's attacker.
At the pool, Windy May slugs Petty with her war-hammer and the Buster is knocked to Isuzu's feet. A heavily bruised Petty rises and decides to get more serious. Isuzu surprises everyone, including Gengo, by releasing a Freezing field as powerful as Kazuya's. Petty lunges toward Petty and Windy May's smile begin to take a demonic turn. a Heated Gengo contacts Atsuko Seiga and Scarlett Ohara. He changes the plans. Instead of ordering the evacuation of all Pandora, Limiter, and staff, Gengo orders the neutralization of the Legendary Pandora y the Valkyries. When Su-Na fails to fully understand the purpose of such a drastic command, Gengo emphatically admits that his daughters' abilities are highly unstable. If they fight for too long and too hard they will destroy all of humanity. Ouka leads the Valkyries on their new assignment.
Cassandra is shown firing particle cannons from two smaller copy of her Volt Weapons. Jessica and Isabella narrowly dodge the incredibly powerful attack. As a result, Cassandra destroys a nearby building and the debris nearly crushes the Genetics students. Aware of her destructive might, Cassandra releases her Volt Weapon and levitating transparent shoulder pads appear across her arms. She leases the same mysterious sensation Windy May used during the 12th Nova Clash. Ticy's arms, Abel's leg, and Satellizer's hands are restored, but Isabella and Jessica are caught in the healing field. Knowing they cannot take anymore chances in this fight, against an opponent with such healing capabilities, Jessica releases a massive Freezing field of her own. The Pandora and Limiters are suffocating under the powerful field, and Arnett sees Cassandra completely collapsed on the ground. From the Freezing fields, Cassandra, Teslad, and Windy May are affected by some sort of cosmic power that orders them to destroy.
Last Day of Humanity?Edit
Gengo's scientists detect the appears of two N3 Nova in the base, which Gengo quickly realizes is Windy May and Teslad, who have put on sinister smiles. Gengo retracts the initial evacuation order and begrudgingly orders the Valkyries to handle his daughters as Nova. Upon such dangerous enemies, Isuzu Sawatari retracts her Freezing field and flees the pool through the sunroof, leaving Petty to fight alone. Upon Isuzu's flight, Windy releases her own equally powerful Freezing after Rana calls out to her. Windy telepathically communicates with Rana, wondering if she is like them. Otherwise she and everyone else who is not like them must be destroyed. In mere seconds, Windy's Freezing Novalizes the Chevalier messenger. Windy is amused to see the Nova Form Pandora; Windy easily pulls the Pandora's head from her body and de-materializes it into stigmatic particles. Windy turns her attention back to Rana, again chanting to destroy. Before Windy could touch a suffocating Rana, Christine Evora blind-sides Windy with a diving kick. When Windy tries to retaliate with her war-hammer, Christine blocks her with her new enhancements then shatters the Nova Weapon. Teslad rushes into back up her sister, but Ouka Tenjouin parries the attack with her Plasma Weapon.
Before the four of them could engage any further, Lucy steps out to challenge her sisters. She dismisses the Valkyries' enhancements, against riding them off as imitations. She assumes her true form. Meanwhile, Petty flees and angrily rushes to find Isuzu, who is sitting by a rock. When the pink-haired woman proposes they continue the mission with both of their only threats fighting each other, Petty refuses and demands to know why Isuzu fled. The Japanese Buster is not interested in entertaining Petty's verbal attacks, and her true condescending, psychopathic nature begins to emerge. Petty challenges Isuzu to a rematch, but Isuzu quickly proves her superiority. Isuzu soon leaves Petty collapsing on the ground after severing one of her legs. When Petty begs for her life, Isuzu's demented face glares at Petty. Isuzu thrusts her Plasma Weapon into Petty's face and slices it in half, killing her leader. Isuzu continues Operation Cat Killer alone.
Back at the pool, Lucy battles Teslad, blocking an attack with a Stigmatic shield that emits a deafening sonic attack when struck. With a waver of her hand, Lucy pushes back Teslad in a mighty shockwave. Meanwhile, Gengo, Su-Na, and two Chevalier escorts make their way to West Genetics. Gengo aims to revive Maria Lancelot in order to stop the Busters and their daughters. However, Isuzu has destroyed their transport and slaughtered several members of the Chevalier. She reintroduces herself to Su-Na, who barely remembers her. Gengo tries to warn Isuzu about her unstable Stigmata, but Isuzu does not care about any of that since she is there to kill Gengo. She continues her jovial façade until Su-Na asserts that she intends to protect Gengo at all costs, prompting Isuzu to throw her weapon toward Gengo. Su-Na blocks the attack with her weapon. Isuzu slices through the Chevalier escorts before aiming her rage to her rival. Su-Na summons her weapon to defend herself, but Isuzu just taps Su-Na's shoulder. The Buster closes in on Gengo, musing that she's found Su-Na's weakness.
Su-Na is in a light sweat, nervous and upset that Isuzu managed to out-speed her. Isuzu continues along her away a bit cutely running and looking back and Su-Na and Gengo whom she could kill at any moment. Isuzu and Su-Na then strike up a deal. Since Isuzu's only real goal is to kill Su-Na, she agrees to leave Gengo alone so long as she can maim Su-Na. Su-Na agrees though Gengo believes Su-Na could beat her if she battled at full strength. Su-Na refuses since she might lose sight of protecting Gengo. Isuzu then severs both of Izusu's hands though it does not bother her in the slightest. Angered that Su-Na will not budge, Izusu forces Su-Na to the ground and rips off her uniform. Isuzu shouts that Su-Na is perfectly compatible with her Stigmata, but Su-Na's body does not house the same Stigmata from her academy days; rather, she has the same Plasma Stigmata that Isuzu possesses. Izusu rips the largest of the five from Su-Na'sback and begins to inspect it, and Gengo says that his Plasma Stigmata are much more stable than the ones Sawatari possesses. Surprised by Su-Na and Gengo's connection, Isuzu tackles Gengo with the Stigmata still in her hand. When Izusu lays her hand on Gengo, Su-Na thinks back to the days when she and Gengo first met.
During her academy days, Su-Na was ostracized by her classmates for being creepy and weird. As her classmates mourned for Kazuha Aoi at the prospect of the Heroic Stigmata Transplant Project, Su-Na tried to lighten the mood by talking about pasta, which the others saw at Su-Na disrespecting Kazuha's sacrifice. Yu-Mi Kim, a new professor at West Genetics, encouraged the other girls to cheer up despite Kazuha's demise because it was their duty to keep fighting as Pandora. Su-Na is next seen defeating a Pandora in a supervised battle and she holds herself back from her murderous desires. This all occurring after the death of Kazuha Aoi, Gengo now needs a new personal bodyguard and he is presented with Su-Na's information. He is intrigued that she is the top of her class as well as the fear she has over her classmates. She accepts her to be on his personal detail. When Su-Na receives word of her selection she is happy to join him since she believes they are the "same." Su-Na then begins her role as a maid and after waiting for Gengo to come home for hours one night, she receives him in a drunken stupor from one of his colleagues. She places Gengo in his bed and hears him talking in him sleep, and he is saddened over his granddaughter's death. Su-Na quietly exits Gengo's bedroom and she is heartbroken and furious that they are not the "same," but she can only safely express this rage by shattering one of his plates. Some of Su-Na's friends throw her a farewell party as she is being transferred to the United States with Gengo. However, one of the girls gets drunk and begins to tell Su-Na everything she thinks about the Korean Pandora. Su-Na is met with hateful claims but she silently listens with a look of calm understanding. When asked if she thought of any of them as her friends, Su-Na says she did because they were the only ones who would say farewell to a person like her. During the snowy night, Su-Na reflects on her friends words with a sign of genuine emotional pain. At a park, Gengo confronts Su-Na because she hasn't been cooking for him. Su-Na tells Gengo that she is a sociopath, cold to others, neutral, and uncaring whether her comrades live or die. After briefly explaining her history including that she never knew her mother, Su-Na asks Gengo if she is abnormal. Gengo immediately says that she is only hurt and invites her to be his family, an offer she readily accepts.
Out of the flashback, Su-Na gets up and attacks Isuzu in a rage for attacking her only family. However, Su-Na is not focused. She cannot help but think that she will never again see Gengo's smile again, and Isuzu slices Su-Na upward. The Chevalier's strongest Pandora is brought down to the ground and Isuzu dances on Su-Na's face before releasing her Plasma Weapon. Isuzu laughs that this is what she wanted ever since they were classmates, for Su-Na to attack her with hatred filled in her eyes. However, Su-Na loses that hatred in an instant and merely begs Isuzu to leave Gengo alone. Isuzu is amazed and laughs harder at how pathetic Su-Na looks and how much the Korean has changed since they were classmates. Isuzu cups Su-Na's chin in her hands, but before she could cause anymore pain Scarlett Ohara reveals herself and introduces herself to the dangerous Buster. Scarlett has not an ounce of fear in her eyes despite knowing what Isuzu can do. The two share a verbal exchange and Scarlett muses that Su-Na held back to protect Gengo, but her bodyguard does not care for her safety at all. Amelia Evans then reveals herself and accelerates behind Isuzu with her lance deployed, but the Buster had been expecting her.
Back at the pool, Lucy is continuing her battle against her two sisters with a series of explosive shock-waves. Lucy is still obstinate about deploying her Volt Weapon, which allows her sisters to survive all of Lucy's attacks unscathed. Rana, Christine, and Ouka look on knowing they must do something. After some deliberation, Christine removes her Plasma Form enhancements and equips them onto Rana as they have similar weapons. However, the genetics Pandora is equipped with technology not designed for her body. The Plasma Textures mix with her Transcendent abilities and they almost immediately begin to consume her. However, Rana latches onto her deceased sister as a focal point to allow her to gain control of her sudden enhancements. In a flash of light, Rana draws more power and releases a shockwave that leave Ouka prey to Windy May's war-hammer. However, Rana intercepts the attack with an uneven line in her eyes similar to the Legendary Pandora. Rana begins her duel with Windy May while Lucy devotes her focus energy toward Teslad, starting by generating lighting energy in her hand to slice through Teslad's blades.
At the plaza, Jessica's Freezing continues to pin down the Genetics babies especially Cassandra. Naturally unaffected, Isabella steps around the boys and girls she could kill on a mere whim. She places one of her cannons at Cassandra's face and fires, planning to remove her head. Like Windy May, Cassandra bears incredible resilience even against blasts centimeters from their faces. Cassandra begins levitating after the uneven line appears in her eyes. Kazuya looks on in horror as his aunt removes her beautiful black dress for her white and lavender combat attire. Cassandra puts on the same smile as her possessed sisters and only Kazuya feels the evil aura surrounding her. Arnett shouts at Isabella, screaming that she has awakened a harbinger of absolute destruction. Isabella is actually concerned especially when Jessica's Freezing is countered by Cassandra's. Jessica enhances her own and Isabella keeps the smile on her face plastered. She screams for Cassandra to die as she fires a powerful particle cannon at her enemy. Cassandra repels it with a barrier. She draws more power and the Stigmata on her collarbone becomes larger and more defined. Cassandra summons the true form of her Volt Weapon, the over-sized dual-handled blade. Cassandra promptly releases an overwhelming particle cannon that dwarfs anything Isabella could release. Cassandra's beam stretches for miles outside of Gengo's base, and the beam causes an earthquake that the Pandora and Limiters in shelter can feel. The world-ranked Pandora are shown below feeling the tremor with Roxanne terrified of the event happening above.
Everyone survives Cassandra's astounding attack, but Isabella's right arm and right cannon have been disintegrated. Determined to keep fighting, Isabella activates the five Plasma Stigmata on her back to regenerate her arm, but she cannot. Everyone, especially a visibly twisted Arnett, must now look on in absolute horror as Cassandra summons five N3 Nova to the base not even a full month after the slaughter of the 12th Nova Clash.
The Busters Arc is an Arc that originates in the Freezing Manga. It begins at Chapter 143 and concludes in Chapter 174. This Arc follows directly after 12th Nova Clash Arc; it begins with the post-clash meeting between Gengo Aoi and the Chevalier where tensions were high, and Gengo decided to launch a coup against the powerful organization.
|Chapter 143||Volume 21||Days after the 12th Nova Clash, the Chevalier interrogate Gengo Aoi about concealing research from them. He countered by saying Chevalier USA did the same thing with the Plasma Weapons, and told them to come to him before announcing any new developments. Later, Chief Alfred Hughes wondered if he'd planned the whole thing, and the Nova researcher, true to form gave him a nebulous answer. Sister Margaret called all Pandora on campus for an assembly meeting. She relayed some of the details that led to the impromptu Nova Clash, but withheld many more. After the meeting, Yu-Mi Kim and Elize Schmidtz realized that they couldn't have maintained the secrecy forever. Elsewhere on campus, Gengo received an official report, stating that all survivors of the 12th Nova Clash were confined to the facility as ordered. He acknowledged it, and added with a dark look that any of the survivors who attempted to leave the facility were to be terminated, no exceptions. Around that time, Kazuya finally awakened from his slumber, and found one of the strange women from earlier in his bed, with his hand on her breast no less. He fell out of bed in shock, and the woman hugged him close to her body.|
|Chapter 144||Volume 21||Gengo Aoi explains the relationship of the Legendary Pandora Cassandra to Kazuya. Kazuya realizes he has forgotten all memories of her in his life. Elsewhere Satellizer and Rana struggle to find Kazuya after being restricted to a research facility. Elizabeth is reunited with her friends and is confronted by an angry Arnett. Kazuya demands the truth about the Legendary Pandora from Gengo, and he explains that they are the blood sisters of his father, Ryuuichi Aoi.|
|Chapter 145||Volume 21||A glimpse of Gengo's past is shown, of how he was chosen by a power to tell mankind of the threat of the Nova. Kazuya learns that the Legendary Pandora are artificial beings created from Maria Lancelot, who is his biological grandmother. Gengo tells Kazuya that someday he must take over his position and lead the Pandora against the Nova. Kazuya denounces his grandfather as a dictator attempting to control mankind. He flees, and seemingly cuts ties with Satellizer and Rana. He is confronted by an unknown person sometime later.|
|Chapter 146||Volume 21||Lucy Renault confronts Kazuya about his definition of what a human being is. She affirms that the Legendary Pandora are a part of his family and are important to him, especially Cassandra. Elsewhere, Gengo reveals his plan to create a new organization to combat the Nova, one separate from the Chevalier. He coerces Atsuko Seiga into working for him. Gengo and Su-Na Lee discuss their plot to solidify the Legendary Pandora, the Valkyries, and the transcendent Pandora into one fighting team. Roxanne Elipton is released from Chevalier questioning and reunites with Platoon 13. Satellizer is deeply depressed by Kazuya's actions.|
|Chapter 147||Volume 21||The Chevalier discuss Gengo Aoi's plotting in the wake of his refusal to hand over any new data. They fear he means to create his own organization to fight the Nova, one that would render them obsolete. The committee fails to reach a unanimous decision on how to handle Gengo's coup d'etat. Gengo is warned of the Chevalier's suspicions by Alfred Hughes, its current Commander. Atsuko Seiga continues experiments on the Valkyries and their weapons. The Legendary Stigmata in production is met with obstacles and progress is slow. Officials tell surviving combatants of the 12th Nova Clash that their detainment is so new anti-Nova technology can be developed. The Valkyries argue on what course of action to take in light of Gengo's recent actions. Ticy Phenyl abdicates the position of student council president to Elizabeth Mably, though not until the current situation is resolved. Scarlet Ohara arrives at the request for help from Gengo.|
|Chapter 148||Volume 22||Elizabeth and Arnett discuss the approaching celebration for the surviving Pandora hosted by the Chevalier, though in reality done on Gengo's order. In Veracruz, a Chevalier agent enlists ex-Commander Radox Phantomheim for Operation Cat Killer, the assassination of Gengo Aoi. Radox agrees and begins to gather the Busters for the mission. Gengo meets with Scarlett Ohara and requests that she comes to work for him. She agrees after he promises to reveal the truth about Maria Lancelot. Buster Isabella Lucas is confronted by fellow member Petty Layner.|
|Chapter 149||Volume 22||The Busters, Petty Layner, Jessica Edwin, Isabella Lucas, and Isuzu Sawatari, are formally introduced with each of them bearing a murderous past and unstable personalities. Radox Phantomheim fears the result of giving these monsters ungodly strength, but believes they will be a proper challenge for Gengo Aoi, who is, at the moment, re-introducing Scarlett Ohara to Maria Lancelot. The two reveal their nearly romantic connection and Gengo reveals that Maria is alive. The once thought crystallized corpse begins to show Scarlett "everything" at her lover's request.|
|Chapter 150||Volume 22||Scarlett begins working on the Legendary Stigmata alongside Atsuko Seiga. Su-Na Lee reports their progress to Gengo and the two discuss Kazuya's soon to be outing. Amelia Evans reunites with Elizabeth, and she relays messages from Chiffon Fairchild to Arnett McMillan, Rana Linchen, and Ticy Phenyl. Kazuya and the Legendary Pandora take a trip to the city, guarded by Su-Na, Satellizer, and Ouka Tenjouin.|
|Chapter 151||Volume 22||Kazuya spends the day out with his aunts, guarded by Su-Na Lee, Satellizer, and Ouka Tenjouin. Kazuya avoids contact with Satellizer at all costs. He shares ice cream with his aunt Teslad. Satellizer and Ouka argue with one another and is assured that Kazuya did not wish to take part in the day trip by Su-Na. She reveals herself to be curious as to what Gengo's goal is in forcing Kazuya to attend. While window shopping, Cassandra is approached by a lone little girl.|
|Chapter 152||Volume 22||Cassandra attacks a female civilian when she attempts to retrieve her daughter from the Pandora. Ouka Tenjouin and Satellizer attempt to interfere, but are easily subdued by Windy May. She then calms Cassandra and convinces her to stand down. In America, Isuzu Sawatari carries out an affair with a married man, who plans on divorcing his wife to be with Isuzu. Later that night, Isuzu is approached by two Chevalier Pandora and is taken to meet Radox Phantomheim to discuss her potential participation in Operation Cat Killer.|
|Chapter 153||Volume 22||Radox narrates Isuzu's history at West Genetics, as well as her murderous activities. Isuzu's rivalry with Su-Na Lee is explained in detail. Both women are revealed to be monsters who love killing more than anything. Radox promises to give Isuzu a "license to kill" so she can finally confront Su-Na. In return she is to participate in Operation Cat Killer. Isuzu agrees.|
|Chapter 154||Volume 22||Su-Na reports to Gengo on the opening ceremony of their new organization. She informs him on the progress of Kazuya's relationship with the Legendary Pandora. Gengo reveals to his lieutenant the truth of his blood connection to the Legendary Pandora. Elsewhere, Arnett, Satellizer, and Rana debate the reason for Kazuya's recent behavior. They turn to Elizabeth for guidance. Kazuya and his aunts prepare for the coming party, and Kazuya notes that Cassandra seems to possess an "aura" that the other sisters do not. On a submarine, the Busters gather together as one group for the first time. Petty Layner questions the presence of Isuzu Sawatari in Operation Cat Killer.|
|Chapter 155||Volume 23||Radox Phantomheim is briefed on the specifics of the Plasma Stigmata. He ignores the dangers of using them, citing that they are at war. The Busters launch from a submarine in an amphibious insertion. Elizabeth and Arnett arrive at the party, and are soon joined by Ticy. Rana attempts to convince Satellizer to come to the party, only to find out that Satellizer lacks confidence in herself, and has this whole time. Elsewhere, the Busters make landfall and Petty challenges Sawatari for leadership of the group.|
|Chapter 156||Volume 23||Isuzu agrees to a fight with fellow Buster Petty. Elsewhere, Elizabeth and Arnett enjoy the party and speculate on Amelia's reason for being with Scarlett Ohara. Amelia reveals to Scarlett that Gengo ordered her to accompany her, and that watching her struggle in life is her revenge for the deaths of her comrades. Atsuko Seiga watches over the Legendary Stigmata as they near completion. Satellizer and Rana arrive at the party and meet up with Elizabeth and Arnett. Kazuya arrives soon after accompanied by his aunts, with Cassandra stealing the show and impressing everyone.|
|Chapter 157||Volume 23||Ouka and the Valkyries are upgraded with new Injection Stigmata Plasma Form. Kazuya and Elizabeth share a dance. Arnett spends time with the Legendary Pandora. The Busters covertly approach Gengo's headquarters. Satellizer and Kazuya reconcile their relationship. The Busters take out two Chevalier sentries and prepare to enter the base.|
|Chapter 158||Volume 23||Gengo's security forces quickly notice the Busters intrusion and sound the alarm. Elsewhere, Kazuya grows suspicious of Satellizer's intentions, but the two overcome it and grow intimate. However, they are interrupted by the alarm. The Busters make their way through the base but are confronted by a squad of Chevalier Pandora demanding they surrender. Petty waves away their order and states the Busters have a license to kill in order to deal with anyone who gets in their way.|
|Chapter 159||Volume 23||The Busters eliminate several Chevalier Pandora sent to stop them. Elsewhere, Arnett and Elizabeth wonder at the cause of the alarm. They decide to head to shelter and agree to take Cassandra, who has passed out, with them. Satellizer and Kazuya arrive and question what is happening, but are interrupted as the Busters explode onto the scene. The Genetics Pandora move to engage the intruders. In the command center, Gengo calmly orders a level 1 alert status be spread throughout the base, with Su-Na by his side. Upon seeing his assassins and the Stigmata they bare, he loses his composure, slams his fist down in anger, and curses Radox Phantomheim as a fool. Su-Na calmly watches the Busters on the video screen, pondering if she recognizes one of them from somewhere.|
|Chapter 160||Volume 23||Gengo regains his composure and orders all Pandora to evacuate while the Legendary Pandora deal with the Busters. He explains the mechanics of their Plasma Stigmata to Su-Na, and estimates their fighting abilities to be on on par with the late Chiffon Fairchild. The Genetics Pandora and their Limiters engage the Busters, but are unable to overcome their great strength. Su-Na deduces that the intruders' sole mission is to assassinate Gengo, and that they are likely backed by the Chevalier. She advocates retreating, but Gengo refuses to flee. He admits to being surprised at Su-Na's suggestion to flee. Su-Na privately agrees with Gengo, and wonders if she is somehow falling behind. Jessica and Isabella decide to stay behind in order to give Petty and Isuzu time to find Gengo, but they are interrupted by the arrival of Ticy.|
|Chapter 161||Volume 23||Ticy joins her fellow Genetics Pandora just as Petty and Isuzu depart to locate Gengo. Isabella moves to attack, and Ticy engages her. Elsewhere, Rana and the majority of the Legendary Pandora are found by Gengo's forces. The sisters are ordered to the bridge to prepare for combat, just as Petty and Isuzu break through the ceiling. Back to the earlier battle, Ticy is seemingly defeated effortlessly by Jessica.|
|Chapter 162||Volume 24||Ticy attempts to retaliate against the Busters, but her efforts are in vain. She activates the power she gained from Transcendence to momentarily gain the advantage, but is defeated by Jessica with a single strike. Jessica injuries Ticy greatly, severing both her arms in the process. Shocked at her defeat, her fellow Genetics Pandora can only watch in horror. Her partner Abel attempts to assist her, but is grievously injured by Isabella. In order to torment Ticy even more, Isabella begins to molest the helpless Abel.|
|Chapter 163||Volume 24||As Isabella begins to molest Abel, Satellizer begins preparing a surprise attack. Despite his injuries, Abel remains defiant and refuses to obey Isabella. As a result, she has Jessica brutalize the defeated Ticy. Faced with the torture of his partner, Abel begins to give in to the Buster's demand, but is interrupted by an attacking Satellizer. Isabella dodges at the last second and severs Satellizer's hands in return. Kazuya rushes to help his partner but draws Isabella's attention, who opens fire on him. Before the attack lands, Cassandra appears and effortlessly blocks it, saving Kazuya.|
|Chapter 164||Volume 24||Cassandra moves to confront Jessica and Isabella, with the latter being interested in what "Aoi Gengo's trump card" can do. Elsewhere, Windy easily deals with Petty, surprising Isuzu greatly. She utilizes an Anti-Freezing on Windy, her sisters, and Rana. Petty quickly moves to eliminate the immobilized Rana. Back at the command center, Gengo learns of the intruders' secret weapon, and orders a mass evacuation of the base, including the Legendary Pandora. He orders Scarlett to deploy the Valkyries to deal with the assassins. Gengo plans on escaping with Su-Na once the Legendary Pandora have been recovered. Confused, Su-Na questions the risks, only to be shocked when informed that the Legendary Pandora could destroy all of humanity if they continued to fight. Elsewhere, Ouka prepares to lead the upgraded Valkyries in a sortie against the Busters.|
|Chapter 165||Volume 24||Cassandra easily fends of Isabella and Jessica, surprising everyone with her god-like strength. She activates a healing field that rejuvenates nearby injured parties, including Ticy, Abel, and Satellizer. Undaunted, the Busters move in to attack with Jessica activating her Anti-Freezing. All nearby Pandora are caught and immobilized, with Cassandra seemingly incapacitated. While prone, Cassandra appears to hear a message from outer space and from an unknown being commanding her to "Destroy Everything". Else, Windy and Teslad appear to hear the same message.|
|Chapter 166||Volume 24||In a flashback, Gengo is shown appearing to receive a vision of the judgement of mankind by the Nova. Despite the futility of resistance, Gengo chooses to fight and delay the judgement for as long as he can. Back to the present, the Legendary Pandora's vitals are rapidly changing, and Gengo has no choice to but to reclassify them as Code N3 Nova and order them eliminated at once. Upon observing the Legendary Pandora's abnormal behaviour, Sawatari cancels her Anti-Freezing and chooses to retreat, abandoning teammate Petty in the process. Windy and Teslad quickly turn on Rana and the others, questioning whether she was "one of them". Windy's Freezing promptly Novalizes a nearby Chevalier Pandora, who is killed by Windy. As she turns towards Rana, Windy is blind-sided by Christine Evora. Windy retaliates, but is fended off by the upgraded Valkyrie. Teslad attempts to kill an off-guard Christine, but is intercepted by Ouka, who states the Legendary Pandora are to be considered Nova that must be terminated.|
|Chapter 167||Volume 24||Ouka fends off Teslad thanks to her increased strength and orders Rana to retreat and find Kazuya. Lucy interrupts and instead orders everyone to leave, as she prepares to battle her berserk sisters. Using the chaos as a distraction, Petty flees. She encounters Isuzu some distance away and begins berating her for leaving her leader behind. Isuzu drops her polite façade and taunts Petty for her foolishness. Petty attempts to kill Isuzu, but is fended off and grievously wounded by the Japanese Buster, who reveals her true strength at last. Petty attempts to beg for her life, but is killed by a gleeful Isuzu since she had been granted a license to kill anyone she desired to.|
|Chapter 168||Volume 24||Lucy is attacked by her sister Teslad but fends her off, surprising Ouka, Rana, and Christine with her strength. Elsewhere, Gengo prepares to depart his base to reach the Ravensbourne Nucleotide, where he plans to awaken his most powerful ally. Su-Na leads his security detail. Once outside, the group is ambushed by Isuzu Sawatari. Su-Na refuses to allow Gengo to be harmed, causing Isuzu to attack. Gengo's guards are quickly killed, save for Su-Na, who moves to protect the professor. Isuzu fails to strike a fatal blow, but instead boasts that she has finally discovered Su-Na's weakness.|
|Chapter 169||Volume 25||Su-Na Lee is revealed to posses five Plasma Stigmata, which Gengo claims would allow Su-Na to defeat Isuzu Sawatari, but Isuzu threatens Su-Na that she'll kill Gengo if they fight. Gengo does not care and urges Su-Na to fight. Refusing to fight at full strength with Gengo close by, Su-Na severs her hand as a sign of surrender. Isuzu cuts off the other and tackles her classmate to the ground, intending to rip out her Plasma Stigmata to truly render her powerless. Isuzu rips out one before tackling Gengo to the ground.|
|Chapter 170||Volume 25||In a flashback to 2062, Su-Na is ostracized by her classmates for being scary and weird. In the cafeteria, while everyone is upset about their Heroic Stigmata Transplant Project, Su-Na tries to lighten the mood by talking about the delicious pasta but everyone else thinks she never cared about Kazuha's sacrifice. During a sparring session, Su-Na holds herself back from killing her opponent, who pleads with Su-Na not to kill her. Gengo is presented with Su-Na's information, needing a new bodyguard, and he accepts her despite her social shortcomings. Su-Na meets Gengo and after he reads her, she assumes they are the same and is happy to work for him. By the 28th Class' entrance into West Genetics, Su-Na has continued to work as Gengo's bodyguard but she doubles it with the role of a maid, happily cleaning and cooking for Gengo, though her seniors, Yu-Mi and Elize don't fully understand it. After Gengo comes home drunk after a meeting about the Heroic Stigmata, Su-Na takes him to bed and assumes that Gengo has to keep up an act from time to time like her, but is devastated to hear Gengo is secretly saddened by Kazuha's demise when he talks in his sleep.|
|Chapter 171||Volume 25||Su-Na bitterly realizes that she and Gengo are nothing alike, greatly upsetting her. In celebration of her assignment to America, Su-Na's friends throw her a going away party. Some of them use the opportunity to tell Su-Na how they really feel about her. After the party, a lonely Su-Na is confronted by Gengo in a park. He asserts that the two of them were similar, to which Su-Na denies. She reveals the coldness of her heart to Gengo, who unflinchingly declares her to be a normal, but deeply hurt individual. Gengo proposes that the two of them share each other's strengths with one another, offering to be Su-Na's family. A smiling Su-Na silently accepts. In the present time, Su-Na furiously attacks Isuzu Sawatari from behind.|
|Chapter 172||Volume 25||Isuzu Sawatari cuts down Su-Na Lee, critically wounding her when the Korean Pandora attacks in absolute fury. Isuzu gleefully mocks the fallen Chevalier and promises to kill Gengo Aoi before killing Su-Na. Scarlett Ohara arrives on the scene and orders Amelia Evans to dispose of the Japanese Buster. Meanwhile, Lucy continues battling Windy May and Teslad, but she is unable to inflict any significant damage. Frightened, Christine Evora and Ouka Tenjouin prepare to flee the scene, but Rana Linchen convinces Christine to hand over her Plasma Form upgrades so she can join the fight.|
|Chapter 173||Volume 25||Rana Linchen struggles to control the power of the plasma that is coursing through her body after being equipped with Christine's Valkyrie upgrades. After enduring a tremendous amount of pain, she succeeds and begins to battle Windy May while Lucy begins her duel with Teslad. Meanwhile at the plaza, Jessica's Anti-Freezing is still active and strong against the Genetics cadets. Isabella steps around her weighted opponents and points her cannon to Cassandra's face.|
|Chapter 174||Volume 25||Isabella Lucas attempts to finish off Cassandra, but is stopped when the Legendary Pandora reverts into a Pandora-Type Nova. Isabella continues her attack despite warnings form Arnett McMillan. The Buster is wounded in battle, but continues to fight. However, they are interrupted by the arrival of five Pandora-Type.|
- At thirty-one chapters, the Busters Arc is thus far the longest story arc in the Freezing Manga series.
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