Alien Nine: Destroyer

Operation Ex0: Prologue—End of Eras

—Heisei 27—
"To save the world is the simplest thing in the world. All one has to do is think."

"To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go."
At the time, way back when, scholars and Buddhist monks designated the year 1052, at the end of the Heian, to be the start of mappo—the end of eras. A time of darkness when men would forget the dharma and would be unable to achieve enlightenment. An era when the truth would be known to only a few and no one would believe them when they spoke it. Well, 1052 came and went. I figured mappo to be a myth, and if it wasn't a myth, then it would be like the Second Coming—something never happening in my lifetime. Well, I finally realized. We're living in mappo, the end of eras. It started in 1998.

—Jun'ko Shinosaki