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On the outskirts of Paradigm City, Roger refuels his car at an old filling station, only to hear from the owner it’s closed. Nonetheless, he’s invited into the place for a drink, and it’s here that he finds a bastion of relics and artifacts from 40 years ago. When Beck and Angel join in and try scavenging the building’s wares, drunken chaos ensues shortly afterwards.

Synopsis[]

Roger arrives to an old filling station at the outskirts of the city. An old man emerges, saying it’s been a long time since he’s seen a customer, to which Roger explains he’d like to refuel his car. The man apologizes, saying the station is closed, before asking Roger what brings him all the way over here and then inviting him inside. Roger is silent for a moment, not understanding why he’s being invited to a place that’s closed. The old man says it’s getting dark and will probably get cold too. Roger then complies. The old man offers Roger a drink, which the negotiator accepts. He’s then blown away by the quality of the old man’s wine, who states there’s plenty more where that came from. Roger looks on in awe at the place, and then asks the old man who he is. The man merely describes himself as “an old codger”.

Beck then arrives to the gas station on his motorcycle alongside a man in a car, aggravated that someone already made it here before him. He confronts the man guiding him, saying he was promised nobody knew of this place, to which the guide awkwardly laughs it off. Beck joins in, wrapping his arm around him and laughs in an exaggerated manner, before promptly shooting him in the head from behind. He says it isn’t funny, and asks what’s become of customer service before robbing his guide’s car. Beck states the man doesn’t need money where he is, but Beck himself does, and notices his guide had lots of cash on him.

Beck enters the stand, much to the old man’s pleasure, not noticing the gun Beck is hiding behind his back whilst he states he won’t be here for long. Beck then recognizes the scent of the tobacco the old man is smoking, and realizes these are real tobacco cigarettes, with the old man handing him one. When the old man introduces his new guest, Beck and Roger are shocked to find each other at this place.

The old man is pleased to have multiple guests, stating this is now turning into a party. However, he then notices the tension between the guests, before he then notices Angel who had also just arrived. He asks her to join in on the fun. However, Angel is opposed to this, stating Beck and Roger are consuming valuable memories. The old man is surprised by this, stating he simply found these artifacts lying around, and offers to hand them over if she’d like.

Angel says they’re not his to give, but then pauses for a moment to process what he just said. The old man then jokes that if these aren’t his, he asks who they belong to, before stating they can take whatever they want and then asking them to drink up. Roger is about to compliment the old man on his kindness, only to be interrupted by Angel and Beck bickering over who gets to take what.

The old man laughs at this, telling Roger to let them squabble, saying rowdier parties are better, before then offering Roger another drink. After multiple drinks, the old man comments how impressed he is that Roger can hold down his liquor so well, before then beginning to sing a mysterious song in a foreign language. Roger asks the old man where that song came from, to which the old man gets up and asks Roger to go follow him. Roger, now inebriated, stumbles his way into a facility downstairs where the old man pulls out a vinyl disk and plays it on a record player, noting he couldn’t haul the device upstairs. The old man then continues singing, much to Roger’s amusement.

Beck and Angel arrive downstairs and are amazed by the facility, with Beck wishing he brought his goons with him and Angel figuring out why everything at the place was so well preserved. The old man continues singing as Roger watches disdainfully at Angel and Beck looking around the place for stuff to claim, thinking of them as despicable vultures. The old man tugs him aside and says they should get more drinks. Roger notes that he’s seen many people the old man’s age be obsessed with their lost past and neglecting the present, but this isn’t the case with him, a free spirited individual.

The old man is amused, asking if that’s meant to be a compliment before stating there’s no need to flatter him, before they continue on drinking. The old man describes these memories as junk, and that they’re “easy come, easy go”. If one finds a memory they like, they should enjoy it, asking if Roger agrees. Before Roger can answer, a bright light flashes them through the building’s windows. Angel notes that the Military Police have finally arrived. The police notify residents of the building that if the memories contained within it are handed over peacefully, they’ll be provided a home and job in the city. Beck freaks out that the police are here, followed by Angel stating that this building belongs to the Paradigm Corporation now.

Beck pulls out his gun and shoots out the window, his suit filled with various merchandise he took from the building, much to the Military Police’s confusion. The old man is unfazed by this, stating this is now getting fun as Beck jumps out the shattered window and rides away on his motorcycle parked outside, with cops opening fire on him. Gauss arrives on the scene to meet up with Angel, who says she’s negotiated with the resident. Gauss deduces that Beck was also after these memories.

The old man is unbothered by this chaos, simply saying the party is getting better and better, offering a drink to one of the officers. Roger walks down a hallway in disgust at this current situation, as the old man continues singing his song. As he does so, he then hallucinates a vision of Schwarzwald, asking him where he first saw Big O and how he was able to operate it, much to the drunken negotiator’s confusion.

Roger tells the apparition he’s not obligated to answer, but Schwartzwald retorts otherwise, saying Roger created him. Roger asks who this is, as Schwartzwald thanks him, saying his current state of being is quite invigorating. Schwartzwald then demands Roger answers him, asking how Roger can operate Big O, followed shortly afterwards by the Military Police stating they’ve found a jackpot within the underground facility the old man kept his record player. Gauss happily declares they’ll take these back to the city, hoping he’ll be able to redeem himself from the Dionysus incident. Suddenly, some thunderous footsteps are heard from the distance.

It’s Big O, whose presence thrills the old man as he states he’s never had such a large customer before, as the Military Police ask what the black megadeus is doing here. In Big O’s cockpit, Dorothy complains to Roger that this area is outside the range of the Prairie Dog, and she had to pilot Big O above ground to make it here, before then noticing Roger is drunk. Roger insists he isn’t drunk, before then lamenting Beck and Angel summoning memories like these into the present, even though he acknowledges that Big O itself is a memory. Angel realizes the megadeus is about to destroy the building, causing Gauss to panic and demand the memories within it to be protected.

Roger has Big O go on the attack, proclaiming he can operate the megadeus, still seeing the vision of Schwartzwald, as the old man cheers on and relishing in this chaotic “party”. Big O smashes one of the Military Police vehicles shooting at him, before Roger states he’s under nobody’s jurisdiction, the military police are merely Paradigm’s corporate muscle, and he’ll use this power for what he believes is right, using Big O’s Arc Line to blow up the old man’s house. Angel is bewildered at the destruction of the house, and Gauss insists they should get out before they lose any more memories.

Roger nearly has Big O pursue the police as they flee, only for Dorothy to tell Roger to stop, and that this isn’t like him, causing the negotiator to snap out of his drunken tirade. Beck laments Roger for destroying everything, stating the house should’ve been easy money. He juggles around a few boxes of real tobacco cigarettes as souvenirs, promising to use them sparingly, before then riding away. The old man stands amidst the wreckage of his house, unfazed and still amused, stating he loves fireworks. Roger is at the scene with Dorothy, who reminds him that the old man’s house is gone because of the his drunken actions.

The old man notices Roger, asking if he’s alright and stating that this was fun, believing more is merrier. He then casually digs out a traveling backpack and says he’ll be looking for a new place to sleep, before then offering one last drink with them. Roger is amused by the offer, whilst Dorothy declines. Upon closer inspection, the old man realizes Dorothy is an android, and asks how long have synthetic girls been made. Roger and the old man then have one final drink together amidst the wreckage of the house.

Similarities To The Anime[]

  • Only 1 definitive parallel occurs between this chapter and any episode of the anime, in this case Dorothy being able to operate Big O, with this occurring in “Leviathan“. It also happens to be a story that involves the apparition of Schwartzwald.

Trivia[]

  • Megadeus: Big O
  • According to Paradigm Gallery, the working title of this chapter seems to have been “Drinks, Oldster & Memory”. However, the table of contents in volume 3 refer to this as “Alcohol, Tobacco and Memories”.
  • The name of the old man isn’t revealed in the story or even Paradigm Gallery, being simply referred to as “Drink Sharing Father” upon translation. It should also be noted that “Father” in this case probably isn’t to be taken literally, as the Japanese word at the end, “Oyaji”, doesn’t just translate to father, but also can simply be a humorous and slightly derogatory term for a middle-aged man, which befits the whimsical, comical nature of the character. It can also mean boss.
  • This chapter shows that despite their occasional collaborations, Beck and Angel still conflict with each other at this point in the manga timeline, and this particular incident may have been the final straw that would lead Angel to later betraying Beck by volume 5.
  • The song the old man sings is the same song Michael Seebach listened to as a child, featuring the same lyrics when translated from German. This may imply some connection between the old man and Michael Seebach, whose Schwartzwald persona is foreshadowed by this song. It also happens to be the old man’s favorite tune, and both of the men have a tendency of coming across memories of the past.
  • When Roger contrasts the old man from the other people around his age who obsess over their past, images of Eugene Grant and Dr.Geesang appear, implying that some form of their stories occurred by this point in the manga timeline. This is in spite of the fact Pero, the cat that led Roger and Dorothy to Eugene, doesn’t make an appearance until between Volume 5 and 6 of the manga in the Lost Memories spinoff.
  • As noted by Roger, the old man is one of the very few instances in this series of an elderly individual who doesn’t mourn the loss of their memories, and doesn’t even seem to care much for memories in general.
  • This chapter goes into full detail on Roger’s lack of sympathy for those obsessed with memories, and even reveals his outright resentment of people who interrupt the lives of others scavenging for memories of the past.
  • This story features the only instance where Roger seemingly abuses his power as the dominus of Big O, as he drunkenly destroys the old man’s home out of resentment for Beck, Angel, and the Military Police obsessively scavenging the place for memories, endangering the lives of everyone involved. He even nearly chased the Military Police before being stopped by Dorothy.
  • It’s also possible the apparition Roger saw of Schwartzwald may have had something to do with this, with Dorothy even outright stating this behavior is uncharacteristic of Roger. This is further proven when Dorothy instantly recognizes that Roger is inebriated, implying she’s seen him this drunk before. In spite of that however, Dorothy still acknowledges that Roger is acting out of character after he destroys the old man’s house.
  • Strangely, although already meeting him as Michael Seebach, Roger has yet to meet Schwartzwald in person prior to this chapter. Regardless, somehow Roger clearly sees him via a hallucination and even converses with him. This may imply it’s possible the apparition of Schwartzwald had some basis in reality, as the apparition of Schwartzwald was asking Roger how one pilots a big, and just a few chapters later in volume 4, we see Schwartzwald piloting Big Duo. This would imply Schwartzwald’s ability to manifest as some kind of specter is not exclusive to after he died, at least not in the manga.

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