Rockman.exe #5

Artists: Takamisaki Ryo
Publication: Shogakukan
ISBN: ISBN4-09-142875-4
Where to Buy: Anime Nation, eBay

Characters Included: Rockman, Netto, Enzan, Blues, Meiru, Roll, Dekao, Gutsman, Yaito, Kero Midorikawa, Yuuichirou Hikari, Mariko-sensei, Shun, Forte, Aragoma Torakichi, Kingman, Meijin Eguchi, Punk, Hinoken, Fireman, Flameman

Basic Storyline: Forte is seen broading in an unknown server, until he notices a power surge from off in the distance. Determined to find the source, he takes off immediatly (oooh....forshadowing).

Meanwhile, a frozen Roll and Gutsman finally thaw out now that the Gospel navis have been defeated. However when they awake, they find Gospel himself about to attack them! Luckily Saito is stll there as well, and he sends Gospel back reeling. Roll and Gutsman are thrilled that "Rockman" has saved them, and Roll proceeds to embarass him quite thouroughly with her fangirlness.

In the human world, Enzan attempts to stop Shun-chan from his evil doings. Shun clicks a key on his laptop, and Enzan is sent flying across the room by electricity. The static force traps him to the wall, as Shun continues to shock the poor boy.

Scientists suddenly notice that a powerful being is hopping from one satelite server to the next. Eventually the being locates its target, and crashes his way into the cruise boat's server. It's Forte! Shun reveals that Forte is a part of his overall scheme. Forte, on the other hand, is more intent on introducing himself to the powerful Saito.

As soon as Forte and Saito begin their legendary battle, Roll and Gutsman find themselves in danger of being caught up in the fight. When Roll is almost hit by a stray shot, Saito is distracted and takes a hit from Forte. It is then that Roll and Gutsman realize that they are in the way, so they wish Saito good luck, and then log themselves out.

Gospel then takes this chance to turn an attack on Saito. Unfortunately for Gospel, Forte also wishes to have no distractions, as he completely obliterates the giant dog. This causes Shun's console to explode, and Enzan is released from his torture.

With nothing left to stop them, the battle ensues. Saito manages to finally break Forte's barrier, and slams him into the ground. Just when he thinks he's won, Forte re-emerges....with the Saito ability! After Forte used his "Get Ability" program to copy Saito's power, he soon outmatches the real Saito in battle. The damage inflicted on Saito eventually causes him to revert back into normal Rockman.

Back on the ship, which is now seriously on fire, Enzan drags an unconcious Shun-chan to the upper deck. Despite Meiru's protests, he heads back down into the boat to find Netto.

Meanwhile, Rockman is now getting the crap beaten out of him by Saito-Forte. Enzan finally manages to track down Netto, who is not awake and covered with a multitude of injuries, most of which were probably obtained when he and Rockman were in Saito style.

Rockman finds himself finally beaten, as he lays on the ground, his body partly decomposing. However he doesn't let his spirit down, as he knows he can always count on Netto. Forte remarks that humans are worthless, and that they will only betray him. During his rage fit, Forte reveals the ragged scar across the symbol on his chest (see Forte Side Story for explanation).

Rockman defies Forte's words, and remerges with Netto's spirit. He gathers one final shot at his fingertips, then fires directly through Forte's scarred symbol, resulting in his deletion. Netto reawakens in a life boat with Enzan, and they wonder if they've seen the last of Forte.

The next day, everything is back to normal! Roll, Rockman and Blues are enjoying a stroll in Net City, when all of a sudden a mob of fans notice Rockman. The three flee from the rabid navis, and end up falling into a hole in the server. (side note: Blues gets upset with the now famous Rockman, and tries to beat the crap out of him AGAIN. XD)

Inside the new server, the three meet a mysterious hooded figure. The man plays a joke on them when hundreds of planted mini-bombs turn out to be fake. Enraged, Rockman kicks him square in the face, and the stunned figure turns out to be Meijin Eguchi! (Mr. Famous) This prankster of a man has plugged his body into the net. Meijin then escapes through a warp hole, in which Rockman follows. Blues checks to see if Roll is okay before leaving as well (awww...)

When Rockman comes out of the hole, he comes face to face with Meijin's navi, Punk! Rockman easily wins the first round of the battle, but when he uses his now controllable Saito power in the second round, he is defeated!

The last chapter of this manga introduces Aragoma and Kingman. Netto finds Aragoma bothering Meiru, so he goes to help her out. Before he can reach her though, the girl gives the arrogant boy a swift kick to the crotch, which sends him rolling (AWSOME Meiru-chan >:D). Moments later, the building behind the three explodes! Netto plug ins Rockman to a power access box to locate the problem. Rockman is surprised to find Fireman in there! Not only that, but Hinoken then makes Fireman transform into the powerful Flameman!

Rockman finds himself on the defensive, and not even his Saito power is strong enough to stop the firey navi! Just when things look bad, Kingman comes crashing in. It's Flameman verses Rockman and Aragoma's navi, Kingman!

Ryouko's Comments: *huffs* That was a long summary. x_o;; But rahaha...Fooorteee! This is my most favourite volume ever so far. So very enjoyable! Saito AND Forte! >:D

(( - Samples from Rockman.exe #5 - ))

If you have the chance, I highly reccommend these mangas for any Rockman.exe fan!
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