Rumble In The Streets - [Rumble W1] Rainbow Mika vs Alice Nakata

Description: The boardwalk is the perfect place for a battle between two blonde brawlers in skimpy outfits. Rainbow Mika and Alice Nakata face off in front of the Southtown Tower Records in what proves to be an epic bout.

Nobody - including Mika and Alice - knew where the fight was going to be much before it happens. Sure, they knew it would be somewhere on the beach (at least they did about an hour ahead of time) but that's about it. They didn't get the call until right before.

But where is it? Well...

The boardwalk includes shops. This one is on the edge of the boardwalk; not a touristy place but near places that are, it is a NTT DoCoMo storefront, advertising the latest and greatest cell phones and other similar equipment. It's not a huge store but they appear to have gone all-out on advertising; clever people might have figured this was the fight location early just from all the signs. And the people. The people are spreading out into the storefronts nearby, which range from souvenir shops to bookstores.

Alice rushes in, about thirty seconds before fight time. She is already wearing HitBit gear - the headband has been turned into something more stylish and the gear attached to her hat, which she is wearing backwards so that the bill doesn't get in the way, and she has the wrist ones too. She's even dressed for the beach even though it's winter and thus not real warm; a short skirt with bikini bottoms underneath, and a bikini top with her trademark star on it.

"Hellooo!" she calls, waving to the crowd as she skids to a stop. She can't throw her hat at them (because it has the HitBit gear) but she takes it off for a moment, running her hand through it before waving again.

Officially speaking, the Rainbow Mika Open Challenge has never actually come to an end. As far as the wrestler is concerned, any challenge sent here way to fight for a crowd anywhere in the world will be met. The Neo League was a big help in that regard, and when they decided to put up a new event to fight random opponents all across Southtown, that was a solid opportunity for the wrestler.

As for being forced to wear some promotional cameras and tech, Rainbow Mika also isn't likely to turn down the sponsor requests, considering all the money and work that goes into these types of events. Any actual spokesperson deals would be fairly heavily vetted, but if wrestling announcers are forced to sit with undrunk Mountain Dew variants in front of them, she can wear some fancy tech to gives the fans more information as a bit of a thank you to the sponsors.

And, thanks to all the phone tech, Rainbow Mika hits the scenes just moments after Alice reaches the designated location, and it wouldn't take more than a glance to guess that Mika was here to fight. Still clothed in her wrestling gear, she also has the Worldwide Pro belt strapped on around her waist while an assistant set up by HitBit hauls around her other two belts (one for the Neo League Season 1 victory, and another for her victory at the Petey Porkbun Eating Competition).

"LOOKS LIKE IT'S TIME FOR RAINBOWMANIA TO HIT THE SCENE!" shouts Mika as she comes flying into the growing open space in the middle of the crowd, flexing and clapping a free arm down on her bicep as she winks to the crowd. "Call it lucky or unlucky, it looks like your first match is against the world's greatest Pro tier fight! Let's see what you've got!" As Mika makes her announcement, she pulls the belt off and holds it over her head to show off for the crowd.

Alice Nakata could totally take one of those belts.

Which one? Well... Alice at least /qualifies/ for Worldwide Pro. She didn't bring /her/ Pro belt today, but Mika almost certainly knows she has it.

...she does know, right? Alice thinks to herself. It would be a crying shame if she didn't. "Then call me the number one contender," Alice says with a grin. "I'm coming for you, Rainbow Mika! This might not be a belt match, but that doesn't mean I'm just going to let it slip away."

Alice doesn't really get into a combat stance as such. She starts dancing in place, feeling the boardwalk under her feet, getting used to what she's going to be fighting on, before settling into a lazy-looking rest stance. "So come on, already! As soon as the bell goes, right here, right now - the crowd will see everything they need to know about Alice Nakata!"

The only delay is for one of those quadcopter drones with the camera to buzz in. Obviously they're going to want high-quality footage to stream, right? Right.

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata has started a fight here.

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"Anyone can say they've got what it takes, but when it comes to a match like this you've got to prove it!" Mika retaliates as she passes off the belt to the assistant (who very quickly heads out of the makeshift arena of people to secure the belts). The wrestler stretches out briefly, pulling her arms all the way back as she puffs out her chest, then rolls her shoulders a few times before dropping into her wide wrestling stance.

And then the bell rings (it's not a real bell, just someone playing a bell sound off their iPhone).

Without an ounce of hesitation, Rainbow Mika gets right into it by charging down on Alice. While not exactly a giant by most standards, the wrestling superstar is built like a brute compared to most of her female competitors, including Alice. Attempting to take advantage of all that mass in a mobile package, the blonde bomber launches into a flying dropkick at head height.

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika has joined the fight here.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0     Alice Nakata

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata auto-guards Rainbow Mika's Fierce Punch.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0     Alice Nakata

"Trust me, I will!" Alice grins again, making a come-at-me gesture as someone finds their bell button on the soundboard.

Alice is in fact quite a bit smaller than Mika; she's only about three inches shorter, but Mika outweighs her by probably forty pounds. This doesn't mean she's weak, but it definitely means she's outmassed and relatively easy to push around.

But Alice uses that to her advantage. She lets the drop-kick catch her arms and hops at the same time, letting it push her backwards without trying to absorb the blow - she lets it move her instead, Mika expending her strength on pushing instead of brutalizing.

Touching down, Alice turns what's left of her backwards momentum into a roll. But she grabs Mika when she does it; trying to roll back with the larger wrestler in her grasp, Alice jackknifes and tries to kick Mika straight up with her strong legs, bounding back to her feet afterwards!

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika Toughs Out Alice Nakata's Tumble Kick!

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0     Alice Nakata

That's a good defense on Alice's part, and it goes from a pushback immediately into a grab. If anything, Rainbow Mika is very comfortable dealing with grabs, and as Alice carriers through on the motion, Mika is content to settle in for the ride. She can feel the way that Alice is moving, the shift in weight, and so when Alice moves to plant both feet into her gut, Rainbow Mika's abs are tensed as hard as steel.

And up she goes.

Another important aspect of being a wrestler, especially one that doesn't count as a heavyweight, is the ability to work in the air. A leaping attack can help add more force to a hit, or create an advantageous position.

In this particular case, there is definite advantage for Rainbow Mika with the high ground as she twists about in the air as Alice is coming back to her feet, and aims to catch her powerful thighs on either side of the Bogard groupies' head, letting the full force of her fall (most of which was provided by Alice's own launch of the wrestler) into slamming Alice to the ground with Mika's legs wrapped tight around her face.

This part of the fight from Alice's HitBit ends up receiving a great deal of traffic over the next few days.

After that hit, Rainbow Mika's plants her hands on ground, yanking Alice up as the wrestler enters a handstand, and then flipping over to slam Alice back down.

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata blocks Rainbow Mika's Paradise Hold.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0     Alice Nakata

Alice Nakata is much less comfortable with delivering grabs, and it shows. She doesn't use many; her style isn't really suited for them and she has relatively little experience performing them.

Dealing with them, on the other hand - there she's actually good at it. Alice is agile, light on her feet, and she knows how to roll with the impact. Of course, to roll with the impact she actually has to suffer it first...

Mika wraps her legs around Alice's head, and she goes down with it, but she squirms free after the first impact. Mika doesn't manage to flip her over as Alice free herself, throwing herself aside and rolling on impact. Backwards this time instead of trying to bring Mika along with her, to make some distance.

The distance doesn't last, though. Alice twists, delivering a heel kick with the force of her body as she tries to smash Mika before she finishes recovering! "C'mon! You're going to have to do more than that to get me... it's nothing I haven't seen before, anyway!"

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika interrupts Heel Kick from Alice Nakata with German Suplex.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0     Alice Nakata

There are in fact times where a simple attempt is better than something more complex. As much as a big flashy move can be exciting and potent, you can accomplish great things with some of the basic tools in your kit. It's also important to remember that with a fighting style like professional wrestling where you can spend a great deal of time on the mat, it's vital that you know how to get back up to your feet quickly.

Alice is taunting as she goes into a twisting kick, but Mika has already gotten up onto one knee and kicks off the ground to cut around, only catching a light clip of Alice's assault as she slips easily into position. Both of Mika's arms clench tight around Alice's midsection, locking her in place.

"If you know how to stop everything you've seen, you need to watch more wrestling, because this is one of the oldest moves in the book!" With her retort reported, Mika hauls back into one of her perfect back bridges, slamming Alice's head into the street and giving that HitBit a proper test in the process.


Well, Alice doesn't really /say/ 'hrk', but she certainly makes that kind of a sound as Mika grabs her. She needs that midsection to breathe! And, more importantly, she needs Mika to get her hands off it before she goes up, over -

Alice knows what a suplex looks like. Now she knows what it looks like from being a target as her head smacks into the boardwalk. She doesn't break it, at least, but that doesn't make it any more fun to live through. She kind of flops to the ground when Mika lets go, a little dazed. The crowd appears to be having fun, at least. There's a bit of a gathering a few doors down, and another one right near the pair.

But she's only a little dazed, judging by how fast she gets back up, practically vaulting. "O-kaaaay," she says, tilting her head left and then sharply right. "I think we can keep going from here! C'mon - let me feel the burn!"

Alice leaps into the air. She forms a rough ball of energy in her hand before tossing it toward Mika in an arc, as if trying to take a three-point shot from across the court - and the ball explodes into a plume of chi when it hits Mika or the ground at her feet, so it's more than just a random shot!

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika dodges Alice Nakata's Power Shoot.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0     Alice Nakata

Theoretically, not having any sort of training with these sorts of fancy energy attacks is a huge, glaring weakness. Traditionally, professional wrestlers are more than content to focus on making full use of their muscles rather than throwing balls of fire or flaming uppercuts. In recent years, a lot of the new arrivals have started making more use of energy techniques for added flash, but Rainbow Mika is quite old school in her approach to the fighting style.

This is not to say she doesn't have a clue how to deal with it. You can't have as many fights as Rainbow Mika has had without running into people lobbing exploding balls of fighting energy at you, and just like a punch (or someone lobbing a steel chair at you), there's a simple method to beating the threat:


As Alice starts trying to play a game of B-Ball with Mika as the hoop, the wrestler takes advantage of the fact that it's more of a lob than a direct shot and rolls to the side as soon as the orb is launched, just managing to clear the area of the explosion before it hits.

"I guess a missed free throw like that is going to look bad on the back of your trading card," the wrestler taunts. She doesn't know a lot about any sport besides wrestling, but with the way that people in Southtown seem obsessed with crossing fighting with their other hobbies, it doesn't hurt to know at least enough to make a decent bit of taunting for the fans.

Hoping to take advantage of the fact that Alice has been forced to take to the air, Rainbow Mika doesn't waste any time rushing into position beneath the other blonde, kicking up off the ground as she aims to catch the girl mid-air with a flying headbutt.

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata parries Rainbow Mika's Light Kick!!

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1     Alice Nakata

'Don't get hit' is excellent advice on the battlefield no matter what. An enemy that can't catch you isn't a threat at all... right?

Unfortunately, to win you still need to hit, and Alice's plume of chi did not. She remains in the air for just long enough for Mika to come to her, having thrown herself up particularly high so that she could arc the shot down at the proper angle. She's annoyed it missed, and annoyed at Mika's taunt; she doesn't respond to it immediately.

Mika throws herself in a flying headbutt at Alice, but Alice is still a little higher than might be expected. Maybe the Power Shoot launched her upward slightly when she tossed it. But no matter; the headbutt isn't quite high enough to slam into her torso. It might have hit her legs, but Alice twists her body, going parallel to the ground, gets her hands on Mika's shoulders for an instant - and pushes.

It's harmless to Mika, but it sends Alice safely upward. She's /really/ high now, and she takes advantage of that; she twists her body differently, descending feet-first as she spins, a drilling descending kick aimed solidly at Mika. "DIVING... DRILL!" she yells, on the descent - but is it enough warning for Mika?

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata successfully hits Rainbow Mika with Diving Drill EX.
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~

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Rainbow Mika     1/------=/=======|=======\===----\1     Alice Nakata

It's somewhat awkward to recover when you find yourself up in the air after trying to slam your head into someone who is also in the air. This becomes substantially more awkward because by the time Mika hits the ground, Alice has already begun to dive and spin, giving her a mere fraction a second to respond to the dropping attack with her boots on the ground. Her best hope is another leaping dive.

She doesn't make it.

No, that drilling kick is simply too fast, and Alice's whirling feet catch Mika right in the chest, sending her falling back to the ground. The wrestler lands on her back side, legs bent back on either side as impacts with a not insignificant amount of jiggling. With a wince, she reaches back to rub her ass. "That was a decent one..."

This time as she gets back to her feet, it's far less organized. Mika takes a moment to reassess the situation, and then immediately flies forward, aiming to slip her right arm around Alice's midsection and then twisting about in a quick rotation before sending her flying toward the edge of the ring.

Well, more like crowd in this case.

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata blocks Rainbow Mika's Improvised Throw.

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Rainbow Mika     1/-----==/=======|=======\====---\1     Alice Nakata

Alice fights in a bikini that provides basically no support whatsoever. There is /always/ jiggling. She is of the belief that the fans enjoy it, and who is she to not give them what they want?

Springing off, Alice does a full flip and lands on her feet, too, giving Mika a two-fingered salute. "I aim to please," she says, watching Mika for the inevitable response. And there it is, she's coming in, flying forward...

Alice can't completely get out of the way, so she doesn't even try. Once again she demonstrates her agility in any case; Mika manages to get her arm partially around Alice's midsection before she starts to break it, pushing as Mika twists and rotates. Alice doesn't go flying toward the edge of the crowd so much as stumbling in that direction, well enough to right herself - and she does, turning her rotation into a spin kick angled to catch Mika in the side as she whirls back to 'forward'!

Meanwhile, in the direction Alice didn't go, where it's harder for the martial artists to see, there appears to be a little bit of a scuffle in front of one of the increasingly crowded stores. It is unclear what the cause is - maybe just someone stepping on someone else's foot, but if you get this many people in one place...

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika fails to interrupt Spin Kick from Alice Nakata with Rainbow Suplex.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-----==|=======\=====--\1     Alice Nakata

This hasn't entirely worked out as Rainbow Mika was intending. The throw was supposed to open up some more room and give Mika more time to respond to whatever it was that Alice was planning. When it turned into little more than an awkward stumble, there simply wasn't as much time as Mika had hoped for to setup her retalliation.

In moments like this, there's really only a split second to make a decision. Sometimes that decision is a strong one that will leave you in a good position, othertimes you'll be leaping into the jaws of a lion. The only constant is that if you hesitate, you're damned regardless.

Rainbow Mika opts for action rather than consideration. The fact that it's the wrong decision is apparent moments later. As Alice swings around for another kick, Mika reaches out to plant her hands on Alice's shoulders, kicking up to fly into the air.

She only makes it far enough that when Alice's kick hits, it sends her legs flying back first before her grip on the other blonde's shoulders falters and she face plants on the boardwalk.

A faceplant wasn't what Alice was intentionally trying for but she can spot an opening when she sees it. "Feeling a little down?" she asks, as Mika stumbles, taking a step away. It's not that she wants the distance, particularly...

It's that she wants to wait for Mika to start to rise. It's riskier, but if she manages it, she'll pull off a /way/ more impressive strike. And sometimes, you just have to go for the flash... even if it's a little risky. "Time to show you what I'm made of!"

Alice dances left, then right, shuffling her feet as she gives Mika the moment. Only when she starts to show signs of life does Alice rocket forward, cartwheeling to get her hands on the boardwalk and then using them to spring into the air, inverted. Her skirt flutters as she twists around.

Her goal is to rotate and deliver a kick with all the force in her body - reminiscent of Terry's Crack Shoot, in fact. But instead of just the physical blow, pink-red energy builds up on her heel, and on impact it explodes into a huge, brilliantly coloured blast that sends Alice flying away, trying to recover!

Of course, if it's that bad for Alice, what is it like for Mika if Alice managed to land it?

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika blocks Alice Nakata's Skysplitter Kick.

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Rainbow Mika     1/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0     Alice Nakata

There are types of defenses that aren't attacking harder, moving out of the way, and just standing there and taking it. Admittedly, thus far in the fight, Rainbow Mika hasn't exactly made much use of any of those, but they exist. The fact that she hasn't used them might also suggest that she hasn't worn them out, and perhaps now is the time to change things up.

As Alice goes full on explosive on Mika, the wrestler puts her arms up into a crossbar, absorbing the entirety of the blow via her forearms in a manner that would be considered wall-like if it weren't for the fact that all of that force is enough to send Mika skidding backward across the boardwalk. Of course, with her feet on the ground, and her more notable mass, Alice still has a great deal more horizontal distance to travel from all of that.

"Not bad, but I'm not done in this fight just yet," Mika shouts back in response to Alice's earlier taunting. She pauses for a moment to turn her back on Alice, slapping her backside for just a moment before her legs start to tense up and she launches herself into the air, flying toward Alice ass first in her iconic backside assault.

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata parries Rainbow Mika's Flying Peach!!

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Rainbow Mika     1/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0     Alice Nakata

Not far away, at one of the many small specialty shops surrounding the NTT DoCoMo, there is a bookstore called Books Kinokuniya. They had had a book signing scheduled for today, which either the Rumble in The Streets planners didn't know about, or else they really just didn't care. The author's posters have been up for a while -- apparently it's to promote a new book from the author as he writes about the caste system that used to exist in Japanese culture from the days of the shogunate. The line has been forming for quite some time, but -- as is typical in such events -- the line of people eager to get their book signed is taking -full- advantage of the opportunity to watch a pair of lovely ladies throw down!

Alice Nakata saw the bookstore, but let's be honest: Alice has way better things to do to pay attention to book signings about a poligical topic. Like pay attention to books of literally any other sort, or her fight, or a video of Terry fighting. Right now it's actually that middle one that has most of her attention, for /mysterious reasons/.

"Yeah? Neither am I!" Alice turns her back at the same time, mirroring Mika's slap on her own rear, but instead of immediately going into an assault she turns back, holding her arms wide -

Alice catches the Shooting Peach.

She gets her hands on Mika's rear, wrapping around toward her hips, and just kind of... catches it. It's not easy, and she has to move back to deal with Mika's sheer momentum, and she's not really strong enough to keep holding Mika there, but for a few instants she does, bracing Mika's entire weight against her chest.

"Whoof. What do you eat, /bricks/?" Alice twists, tossing Mika up just slightly - because she's going to drop her right back down, trying to lay a very high kick right on Mika's Shooting Peach and send her flying back the way she came! At least it's probably padded...?

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata successfully hits Rainbow Mika with High Heel EX.
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~

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Rainbow Mika     1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0     Alice Nakata

Rainbow Mika eats a lot of things.


Given the amount of calories burned by a professional wrestler even on days when they're only training, let alone days with a match, it's no surprise that Rainbow Mika can manage to have quite an appetite. She made her actual debut during an eatting competition (which she won) simply to have an avenue to announce the fact that she was entering the fighting world.

Rainbow Mika does not, however, actually eat bricks. As close as she's ever come to that was dried ramen, which is an awful lot like a brick before you cook it.

None of this helps her avoid the sudden kick that sends her flying across the current fighting arena. Certainly this hasn't been going her way so far, but being backed into a difficult spot just means that if you manage to get back out of it, it's even more dramatic.

Of course, when things are this tense, there's no real reason to pay attention to book signings in the background. Rainbow Mika has done plenty of fan meet-and-greets where she's signed tons of autographs. Compared to wrestling fans, how rowdy could a bunch of book nerds even get?

No time to consider that at the moment, though, as Mika comes barrelling down on like a freight train. Just as she's got her steam built up, Mika drops low, skidding along the board walk with a kick designed to take Alice's legs out from under her, leaving her falling in the air. With a remarkable amount of speed, Mike kicks back up to her feet in time to hook an arm up around Alice's neck, leaping forward to add her weight to the Bogard fan's fall, focusing it in on her neck. Apparently still not finished yet, she pops up yet again, making a run for a walkway barrier and hopping up to the top of it before launching herself into the air to come down on top of her opponent in a classic moonsault.

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata auto-guards Rainbow Mika's Sardine's Beach Special.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-------|=======\-------\0     Alice Nakata

It's OK. Alice has eaten dried ramen too. It was exam time and she was doing her best American impersonation and cramming. (It works less well for a Taiyo exam.)

"C'mon, c'm - oh, you came!"

Alice can't actually say more than that because Mika is barreling in like a steamroller - well, she's not Makoto but it's at least on the same order of magnitude. Alice's stance goes from lazy to defensive in an instant; she leaps the first sweeping kick, lands, and interposes her arms between Mika's grabbing hands and her delicate body.

Ordinarily for a fighter having her arms bound would be a /bad/ plan, but Alice mostly uses her feet to fight anyway and is much less concerned about it. Instead of allowing Mika to finish her combo, Alice uses Mika's grip on her arms to lever herself up, wrapping her /own/ legs around Mika's waist and going into a scissors hold; she swings her body back, trying to drag Mika off balance and flip her overhead. "I can do this stuff too, you know!"

Nobody told her she probably shouldn't in a short skirt. Fortunately, she is wearing bikini bottoms. They match the top.

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika dodges Alice Nakata's Strong Throw.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-------|=======\-------\0     Alice Nakata

This really isn't going Rainbow Mika's way. It's one thing to fight somebody putting up a strong defense, it's another to fight somebody whose defense seems to be approaching impregnable. Someone capable of being so consistently aggressive as Mika is really gains no advantage when so little of what they do manages to get through.

The only advantage Mika has right now is that she's far more experienced at grappling that Alice is, and while the Buster Pup might have advantageous positioning, Mika has years of intense training. Each motion that Alice makes is met with unexpected motion, counter to the hold, making it impossible to advance through the positions. Eventually she simply slips free of Alice's grip.

"Nice try, but you'll really need to work on your holds if you want to show off like that," Mika says with a smile on her face. Sure, she's absolutely at a complete disadvantage here, but you're not done until you're done.

Now intent on at least putting up a good fight, Mika lashes out in an efforto slip both arms around Alice's midsection like a vice before she hauls back into a suplex to slam Alice's shoulders to the ground. Immediately afterward, she rolls and hauls the other blonde with her, following it up with another suplex. And then another. And then a fourth.

If Alice is going to win this, Mika is going to force her to earn it.

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata dodges Rainbow Mika's Brutal Throw Chain.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-------|=======\-------\0     Alice Nakata

Honestly, Alice isn't entirely sure how she's doing this as well as she is; her excuse is 'sheer adrenaline'. It's as good an excuse as any.

She might not be able to lay a hold on Mika, but she's fast enough to stay ahead of Mika as long as she keeps moving. It's starting to tire her out; as Mika lashes out, she leaps, then actually throws one of her little shi balls. It doesn't hit Mika; it's not even aimed at her. "Sorry, but I've got to play hard to get for a little longer!"

Instead it pushes Alice the rest of the way over and past Mika. She lands behind her in a crouch, then immediately bounds right back up, spinning her body through a full flip before she extends her leg, striking with her heel. It looks familiar... because Mika's already seen it!

Well, not quite; there was chi before, and this time Alice is just smashing with her foot. But she hits hard; it's a practiced maneuver, not merely her using the other one in an incomplete fashion. "Ora ora ora!"

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika Toughs Out Alice Nakata's Thundercrack Kick!
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1     Alice Nakata

"IT'S... NOT... OVER!" Rainbow Mika shouts as she stands dead still in front of the on-coming assault, eyes dead locked on her opponent as she stands ready to weather the storm. The flames in Mika's eyes are intense at this point. Nothing is going to stop her from giving the crowd a hell of a show, win or lose!

As the heel hits Mika's chest, she doesn't even move an inch, simply staring on at Alice with an incredible grin on her face.

"YOU THINK THAT'S ENOUGH TO PUT ME DOWN, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE ME EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE ANY HOPE!" Her bellowing challenge fills the air, carrying all the way across the boardwalk, even down to the bookstore where chaos is reigning.

And then she hauls up, launching into a rising headbutt aimed directly for Alice's jaw, instantly moving so close to Alice that there's little room to react. Following the headbutt, she launches a vicious knee to Alice's midsection to held finish it up.

If anyone thought Mika was going to go down from a hit like that...




COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika issues a challenge!!

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1     Alice Nakata

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika keeps on fighting!

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/-----==|=======\=------\1     Alice Nakata

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata dodges Rainbow Mika's Roundhouse Kick.

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Rainbow Mika     0/-------/----===|=======\=------\1     Alice Nakata

Honestly, Alice expected that to drop Mika. It was a pretty sensible guess, after all that. It /looks/ like she should be beaten. That's why Alice drops back, giving a V-sign to the crowd closest to her.

Except... she's still up. She's still standing - more than that, she's still ready to fight. Alice's eyes widen slightly as she watches Mika. "You want more after all that? Don't get greedy!" Alice waggles her finger. "I know you want to put your hands all over me, but really, have a little restraint!"

She can't taunt more because holy shit, Mika on the rampage. There really isn't a lot of room to react; Alice bends backwards, and Mika's headbutt misses her. Barely; it's so close that Mika's hair brushes across Alice's nose. She restrains the urge to sneeze to push away from the knee, circling around Mika and going out toward the beach. Crowd members get out of her way as Alice leaps, summoning another ball into her hand.

"SPIKE!" she yells, and smacks it right down at Mika's feet. It hits the ground, passing through it with a ripple of red that spreads across the ground - and then said ground /explodes/ into a huge, if short-lived, plume of chi, blasting up at an angle to literally launch Mika down the fighting ring (or, well, fighting circle).

Surely this will do it, right?

COMBATSYS: Alice Nakata successfully hits Rainbow Mika with Buster Shoot.

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Rainbow Mika     1/---====/=======|==-----\-------\0     Alice Nakata

When you're Rainbow Mika, you don't go down easy. It doesn't matter if you win. It doesn't matter whether or not everything is going against you. It doesn't even matter if it's a training match or a championship.

Rainbowmania is about never giving up and giving it your all! It's about inspiring all of the Rainbowmaniacs out there to give it everything they've got, and to know that even if they fail, knowing that they did everything they could to achieve success is important. Rainbow Mika isn't perfect, she doesn't win every fight she's put into, but she doesn't back down. She keeps on striving.

That's how she won the Neo League Championship, even if there were other people who never lost.

She didn't even win the Eastern Belt her first attempt at it.

She faced down Cracker Jack three times and never beat him until the last one.



And so it doesn't matter now that Rainbow Mika is blasted away by the explosion of chi. It doesn't matter that she's barely able to stand. Struggling with every last bit of strength she's got, Rainbow Mika flies through the open space between her and Alice, launching into a dropkick aimed square at Alice's gut, hoping to double her over. Hopping back to her feet, Mika slips her arms in around Alice's neck, lifting her up vertically onto her shoulder and then leaping backward, positioning Alice to pound all of that force directly into her head.

And then Mika is finished. She can't summon up the strength to stand...

But she gave it everything she's got.

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika can no longer fight.

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Alice Nakata     0/-------/-----==|

COMBATSYS: Rainbow Mika successfully hits Alice Nakata with Sardine's Beach Special.

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Alice Nakata     0/-------/=======|

And when you're Alice...

Well, you're not a Rainbowmaniac. But that doesn't mean she's going to give up either. Alice is determined; she's decided that she's a lot better a fighter than she was as a volunteer nurse's assistant. Here, she does well - and she loves it. She wants to to make a showing of it. Sure, she hasn't been involved with as much as Mika has - yet - but that's going to change...

Mika manages to hit Alice with the dropkick, more solidly than she has managed to hit in a long time. She lurches, doubling over and giving Mika the opportunity to heft her up. Alice struggles when she realizes she's going up, but she doesn't manage to slip free this time; Mika goes down, and Alice goes down with her.

But while Mika can't summon the strength to stand, Alice can. It's a slow thing; if there was a wrestling ref here, they'd have counted to 7 or 8 before Alice manages to push herself to her knees, and then her feet. She's breathing hard, pretty well battered - but she manages to throw up a fist in victory anyhow!

The fans go -wild- over the victory -- they could certainly not ask for a better show at -that- price of admission (free)! Alice Nakata and Rainbow Mika both gained a number of new fans from their impressive showing here at Sound Beach... but that victory might be tainted by a somber down note. For as the cheering begins to die down, it becomes clear that the crowd gathered at Books Kinokuniya has reached a climax all its own. What began as a simple book signing for a renowned Burakumin author has turned into a bitter melee, with the exact problem unclear until a singular sound parts the crowd: the sound of a gunshot. The crowd outside the book signing begins to part way for the perpetrator to flee through the crowd -- because really, who wants to stop a man with a gun?
The tall Japanese man in a long black coat escapes through the crowd, pausing for just a moment once his fancy Italian shoes clonk down on the boardwalk. His eyes can't be seen due to the fedora, though it's clear that his head angles towards Alice and Mika for just one delirious moment... before common sense returns to him, and he takes off running to the north, leaping into the bed of an idling pickup truck, which has the good sense to gun the engine.

Log created on 15:59:49 01/23/2016 by Rainbow Mika, and last modified on 22:42:15 01/23/2016.