SSBS – Megaman NT Warrior Episode 2: Subway Scramble!

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Plot: Lan and Maylu try to stop a runaway subway train when Count Zap and his NetNavi, Elecman, wreak havoc in electrical devices all over the city.

Breakdown: Today’s episode starts with Dex fixing up Gutsman in order to prepare him for a rematch with Lan and Megaman when he’s suddenly attacked by a robot cat who has gone crazy.

For some reason, despite being in a hospital, the doctors and nurses just leave the cat with its jaws locked on Dex’s leg. All they do to treat it is elevate it. Also, this isn’t some random pet robot cat – it’s meant to catch mice. I don’t know how bad of a mouse problem you’d have to have to buy a robot cat, but okay.

At some flower shop where a new character, Sal, works, Maylu and Lan sit down for some tea. We get confusing dialogue that implies Maylu is just now learning that Dex was hurt even though in the scene preceding this, she was with Lan when he visited him. *shrug*

They discuss World 3, which are the big baddies being led by Dr. Wily. Their mission is to cause chaos within the cyber matrix, and they were obviously responsible for the fires in the first episode.

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Maylu and Lan follow their teacher, Ms. Mari, into an antique shop where she’s getting her fortune told. Because kids just do that. As she’s about to ask about something that seems to be embarrassing her, Lan and Maylu decide to see what the fortune telling fuss is about.

Meanwhile, Dr. Wily enlists the assistance of Count Zap, who uses his NetNavi, Elecman, to cause chaos in every electrical device in the city, including a robot dog who attacks Dex in the street, on the same leg that the cat did no less. So….the people at the hospital just let him go without getting that cat off of his leg? Waiting long enough and with enough pressure, you could cause serious damage to his leg that way.

The dog steals Ms. Mari’s handbag, because robot dogs are nothing without their accessories, and it runs away. Lan and Maylu give chase, following it into the subway where it suddenly becomes docile again. The virus jumps, I guess, to the train and starts speeding out of control.

This woman is fully prepared to be surprised and confused when the train comes by.

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All glory to the hypnotoad.

The train is so messed up that neither the engineer nor those back at the control center are able to do anything about it, and it’s speeding up so much that it’s already caught up with the train in front of it. If something isn’t done soon, they’ll crash.

Lan busts through the cab of the train with a fire extinguisher and even though the train is chockful of adults, they seem perfectly content to just let two ten year olds into the cab to see if they can stop it. It’s just like every anime ever says, ‘When shit hits the fan, call on a bunch of children. They’ll know what to do.’

They’re about to hit the other train, but the guys down at HQ are able to send each train down a different set of tracks, leaving them safe for the time being.

Lan jacks Megaman into the train to see what’s happening, and finds the train control programs being disabled by viruses. Megaman takes them out, but the damage has been done to the control programs, so stopping the train is up to Megaman and Lan. Megaman tells Lan and Maylu to move all of the passengers into the second car so that they can detach the second car from the first, allowing the second car to stop naturally. As they implement the plan, Megaman suddenly gets ambushed by Elecman.

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Lan detaches the second car, but jumps to the first car….for some reason. I get that it’s probably to help Megaman, but he doesn’t know Megaman’s been attacked by another NetNavi. If it was to retrieve Megaman from the train’s computer….are you telling me he has to physically access the computer to ever get him back? That seems inconvenient. If these viruses can jump from one piece of technology to another wirelessly, why can’t Megaman just go to someplace that Lan can remotely access him instead of him risking his life to plug his PET back in?

The little robot dog helps him, too. It’s cute, but I still don’t get how he was instantly cured of the virus when he came on board. Viruses typically don’t fully leave one host when they’re spread to another. Put it another way, if you gave the flu to someone else, it wouldn’t cure your flu.

Lan protects Megaman from Elecman’s assaults with a Barrier Battle Chip, then sends him on the offensive with a Blaster and his CyberSword. Elecman counters with his ElecSword to make that familiar ‘they both slash, stand still and wait to see who falls’ scene. Elecman falls, Count Zap is defeated and the viruses are all gone. However, Lan’s still trapped in a speeding out of control train that is nearing a dead end. He’s able to activate the emergency brake since they’re now back in control of the train.

He activates them too late, so he crashes and dies.

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Don’t pay attention to this lying screencap.

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You may be wondering what the fortune teller side plot thing was about….Me too.

All it amounted to was Lan’s fortune of seeing a great wave of water coming true (the firefighters doused the train’s cab with water even though 1) the train cab and control panel weren’t on fire. It was definitely overheating and smoking, but no fire 2) small amounts of smoke should not warrant such a massive response 3) even a minor fire would be the least of the train company’s concerns right now, 4) You’re not supposed to put out electrical fires with water and 5) they give zero shits that they’re shooting all this water at a small boy.) and that doesn’t matter at all.

You may also be wondering what the point was of Dex spending this whole episode with a robot cat latched to his leg…..pretty much also nothing outside of not allowing Dex to help in the final battle.

This episode was…okay. It was pretty much the exact same plot from the last episode barring the stuff with Megaman’s introduction. There was a lot of stuff that didn’t need to be in this episode, and Elecman’s not all that memorable here. Count Zap’s even less notable. He’s just eccentric and likes to play guitar.

Other than that, there’s not much to say. I like the cute robot dog, and I’ve already expressed my confusion on the logic behind it. Was it really just a plot device to get Lan and Maylu onto that train? Surely they could’ve been doing something else like going home or heading to school.

Rating: 5/10

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