houette was reverse movement.
It was just not designed to walk backward.

It’s even said that you can judge how skilled Silhouette pilots were just by seeing how good they were when making their machines go backward.
In that regard, Bardo was unmistakably an expert.

「Blue, fall back.
I’m taking him on.」

Unit 5 repositioned its rifle held with its left arm and aimed it straight at the enemy Falco.

「So you’re gonna fight me instead huh.
You’re not bad.
Decisively protecting a woman like that deserves some praise.
I also find it awkward to go up against women and children y’see.」

「Hee.
Sounds like you’re a pretty nice guy, uncle.」

Kou found it a bit regrettable.
If they met in different circumstances, maybe they could have gotten along surprisingly well.

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「But if you’re hostile against me, then who or what you are doesn’t matter.
I’ll still finish you off.」

Bardo displayed a wide grin.

「That’s only natural.」

Kou offered no objection.
If one held hostile or even murderous intent against you, then it didn’t matter what age or sex they were.

However, it was still up to you whether or not you ultimately decided to actively try to kill them in retaliation.
That’s even if the final result ends up being largely the same.
That’s just human nature.
Some just find performing such merciless actions uncomfortable.

「Now then, let’s do this, shall we? Lanius.
I got this baby just for the sake of going up against you.
I’ve waited a long time for this.」

Kou wasn’t able to imagine just what happened between the pilot of the enemy Silhouette and his former boss, Takaba Hyoue.

He could sense something similar to obsession from the other party.
He found himself suddenly excited by the prospect of fighting against such an opponent.
He wanted to fight and win.

「Falco.
It’s a Silhouette bearing the name of a bird of prey known for its sickle-like talons.
Please be careful.」

The appellations of Silhouette models are mostly taken from animal names.
The names were generally chosen to correspond with a Silhouette model’s characteristics.

Hence, it sounded quite appropriate that the successor to the Lanius, or shrike, was named after the falcon.
Kou acknowledged that it did indeed look pretty fast.

Kou’s Lanius was equipped with a large caliber battle rifle usable at medium and long-range.

Bardo’s machine, on the other hand, sported a light gas-type autocannon that functions reliably at medium and short-range.

What both machines had in common was that they’ve abandoned the concept of equipping a large number of weapons right from the beginning.

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「His machine is generally better than mine when it comes to speed and mobility huh.」

Kou calmly analyzed Bardo’s machine.

He surmised that the other party would try to take the initiative first.
The enemy should be thinking in the same vein.

When it fought against Blue’s Snipe, the Falco used its 3D flight unit to instantly accelerate forward.
It launched at a speed nearing 300 kilometers per hour.
This was exceptionally fast for a humanoid weapon.

So how exactly should he fight it then, Kou mulled inwardly.

「A sword duel huh.」

Kou couldn’t help but mutter under his breath.

A one-on-one sword duel was quite an anachronistic concept.

He almost couldn’t believe he would even consider such a thing.

「Sorry, everyone.
I want to fight him seriously after all.」

If he dies, it would undoubtedly make the ones waiting for his return and Blue, who was accompanying him, feel despair.

Even so, he wanted to fight.
He wanted to respond earnestly to the opponent’s resolution.

And oddly enough, he didn’t find such a situation unpleasant at all.

Kou experienced a sense of elation he hadn’t felt when he was still living in Japan.

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