Neo League 570 - #588: Blanka vs Aranha

Description: Blanka invites Aranha to Brazil for a Neo League fight. Both fighters appear to be an even match in speed and agility. But is Blanka's toughness and wild instinct a match for Aranha's creativity and rhythm? (Winner: Blanka)

It starts with a package. Sent through the Neo League sponsors, a ticket to Brazil and a message hand-written in.. well, for lack of a better term, crayon. Dark red and full of flipped letters, the effort of someone perhaps 4 or 5 trying to get a point across of something that was Very Important Indeed.

'Come to FiGht, in Brazil. Blanka. Map included.'

The 'map' is only a slight help, drawn out like a pirate's treasure map, with simple lines from the airport, through the city, to a deeper area of the jungles. Within is a small clearing in the trees, underbrush trimmed down but not cut away, enough to make a fighting area open. There's evidence of heavy footsteps all around, as if someone had spent extra time tromping and stomping things down, to make things more 'even'. At one edge stands Blanka, green skin and orange hair half-hidden by a hooded sweatshirt and pants combo. He's gotten quite used to the scary effect his features have on others, and is trying to make sure that he doesn't scare off his other fighter before like.. the fight starts.

Aranha opened the package and look of surprise appeared on his face. He personally had no idea as to why the green skinned fighter would be interested in a fight with him.

Aranha found himself crunching before the fight trying to get as much footage of the green beast as he could and when time for the fight came along he felt himself ready. To be honest though, Aranha didn't really trust the map. He used NL hired guides to get him where he needed to be.

And so Aranha arrives wearing a black tank top and white pants and black indoor soccer shoes. He figured he wouldn't need heavier clothing. It's Brazil. He isn't quite scared of the beast man. He expected a monsterous appearance and indeed that isn't make-up. "So you're Blanka, huh?"

Well, that's one worry out of the way. Even though he's trying to present a tough side, Blanka does tend to overmuch care about people freaking out about him. Someone who seems blase about his features is ... a rarity, and Blanka's actually a little off-put by it. Pushing the hood back so his hair can pop out like a giant puffball of orange spikes, Blanka focuses gold eyes on his soon-to-be opponent, and then just nods. His voice is gruff, half-way between a growl and regular speech.

"Nn. Am Blanka. Wanted.. proving to self about fighting. Do your best... Blanka do his."

With that, well, Blanka howls out into the air, throwing back his head and arms in his best 'alpha male' posture, fingers tensing and untensing in expectation. He's brought the other man into Blanka's own element - at the least he can do is to give the man the honor of the first choice in what to do. That's only fair, right?

COMBATSYS: Blanka has started a fight here.

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Blanka           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Blanka takes no action.

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Blanka           0/-------/-------|

Aranha doesn't make his move right away and instead he reaches for a pair of sunglasses. He glances at those Oakley Thumps and then puts the sunglasses away again. The idea of the Beast swallowing his sunglasses accident or not doesn't seem like a good idea and so he puts it away again.

"It looks like we may have something in common." Actually the idea that Blanka wants to prove himself makes the Dancing Spider look at the other fighter in a different way.

He begins swaying and dancing as moves closer a relaxed smile on his face as he does so. While he studies the other fighter he's actually considering whether or not Blanka has what it takes to be a team mate. "Well then, let the dance begin."

And then the capoeirista cartwheels at the green skinned fighter and kicks out th moment his feet hit the ground again.

COMBATSYS: Aranha has joined the fight here.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Blanka

COMBATSYS: Aranha successfully hits Blanka with Short Kick.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Blanka

Hey, where did Aranha's feet go?! They were on the ground just a minute ago, and now.. now they are up in the air! And now they are on the ground and have come in and OW. Blanka looks a little lost in the sway and dance of capoeira, the sinuous slide and dance much like the snakes in the jungle that sway and draw their prey off guard. It's not enough to stop Blanka cold, but it does lower his guard, makes his forearms miss the block, and allows the impact to send him back on his rump in the foilage.

Shaking his head, Blanka narrows his eyes and gets back up - he's not going to allow that to happen to him /too/ often, that much he's sure of. He starts to match the sway, circling to the left and starting to get a better feel to the 'beat' that Aranha moves with. When he thinks he has it down, well - he does his own leap forwards, on hands and feet like a beast. At the last second, he flips his body backwards, to get a bit of space between himself and Aranha, and also to hopefully clock the guy with his giant size 15 green soles. That are kinda dirty.

COMBATSYS: Aranha dodges Blanka's Backstep Rolling.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0           Blanka

Aranha watches as the beast leaps forward. He had seen capoeiristas adopt a similar tactic leap forward and then retreat backwards in the process of delivering an attack. Aranha holds his ground when Blanka moves in and then when Blanka flips backwards, Aranha leans backwards as the size 15 fly past him.

Aranha spins on the ground in crouched position before throwing his body up into a handstand and spins quickly with his size 10s whirling to kick the the beast in the head.

COMBATSYS: Blanka dodges Aranha's Inverted Tornado.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0           Blanka

Blanka has seen this move before! Not from Aranha, but from one of the other World Warriors (tm), the lovely lady Chun-Li. The whipping motion of the legs comes in, but as it does, Blanka rebounds from his kick and just flattens himself out against the ground, his huge frame seeming to almost sink into the underbrush. As he does so, feet fly close enough to hit his hair, sending the spiky strands to and fro. His hoot this time isn't of an alpha male, no - more of a enjoyment of the fight, starting to relax into the 'battle', to treat it more like a game.

"Good... ! Aroo, fight hard!"

Blanka doesn't need to exhort his opponent to do his best, of course - most all the fighters he's ever met always run at 110 percent. But cheering them on is never ever a bad thing, and as he does, he's already straightening up, bringing his arms up into the way of the last remnants of the spinning kick, attempting to meet force with force, to throw off the balance of Aranha by simply clocking him in the shins with knuckles made out of... well, very very very strong and honed bone.

COMBATSYS: Aranha dodges Blanka's Medium Punch.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0           Blanka

As soon as Aranha realizes that his attack isn't going to land he pulls his legs closed and with a sweeping motion swings his arm to spin the entirety of his body out of the way of Blanka's strike allowing him to protect his legs.

Aranha then drops out of the handstand and then spins around using the spin to both close the distance and generate momentum to kick the beast man's head before attempting to step backwards after the attack.

The cheerfulness of his opponent brings a smile to his face but that doesn't mean that he wants to feel the impact of fists just yet.

COMBATSYS: Blanka dodges Aranha's Strong Kick.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0           Blanka

His opponent moves so fluidly. It's very much a style that Blanka could learn to love, no moves seemingly wasted, each circle tightening up and turning, to build momentum and speed. Blanka's impressed, really. His eyes are wide open as he takes in the motions, and he's moving with Aranha, to keep things close. After all, the guides who are watching the fight need a good show, too! This time instead of down, he leaps up, giant hand grabbing a vine above the pair, hauling himself upwards out of the way. He hangs upside down, looking down at the man below him, and howls in laughter. Far, far too fun!

"Is... Good! Look ... out... BELOW!" With that, Blanka lets go the vine, turning and curling up into a ball, attempting to bounce himself up off of the top of his head with his fists. It's not going to hurt much, only having Blanka's weight instead of the power of a good swing, but hopefully it's quick enough that the capoerista can't dodge it!

COMBATSYS: Aranha blocks Blanka's Jab Punch.

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Aranha           0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0           Blanka

This time Aranha has nowehere to go and so he just rocks away from the beast as he lands taking the impact of Blanka's attack with his shoulder and forearms. Considering the speed of the attack he's actually surprised that it hit that hard until he considers the fact that Blanka does actually has some mass.

But Aranha also wants to show that he can play the air game as well and so the traceur runs towards the tree with efficient and quiet footsteps. Not a single movement is wasted or out of place as he runs up a tree about 9 ft. before kicking off it to reach a vine which he in turn uses to swing to another tree and grabbing ahold of a branch before muscling himself up. When he gets to a standing position he runs along the branch and leaps off the end of it hoping to land right on top of Blanka feet first. "Good! Show me more!" Regardless of whether or not he lands the attack on Blanka, he'll drop into a roll upon hitting the ground to render the impact of dropping from above harmless to himself.

COMBATSYS: Blanka endures Aranha's Sky's the Limit.

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Aranha           0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0           Blanka

Oh wow. This man is /good/. Blanka stops moving as Aranha takes towards the trees, and just sits back on his haunches as the man hits the bark and runs /up/ it. Eyes wide, Blanka's head cranes and turns, seeing the flip, the grab and branch-run, much like Blanka might do himself in the jungle - and he's truly happy. This, this fight is something special.

As Aranha comes in, the exhortation to 'show him more' hits home - and what can be more than allowing the man to see just how tough Blanka can be?! He stands up, and moves /into/ the attack, taking both feet on his chest, knocking him down and into the ground. At the same time that Aranha starts to roll, Blanka does as well - using the momentum that he's gained from Aranha's own impact to speed the green giant into a blurry orange and green ball. He bounds along the ground, aimed at where Aranha will recover, trying to bounce at the last second, and mush him into the treeline!!

COMBATSYS: Aranha dodges Blanka's Vertical Rolling.

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Aranha           0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0           Blanka

Toughness. That's indeed something a useful trait. The moment that Aranha notices that the bestial fighter is taking his attack without moving out of the way which the fighter had been following, it raises alarms in his head. And so he watches as the fighter rolls and then attempt to bounce on top of him and this time his evasion isn't graceful. He dives out of the way, dirt completely covering his pants.

He gets back up to his feet and frowns at the dirt on his white pants but he can't be angry at Blanka, it was pretty much his own damn fault. While not angry he still needs to go after the fighter again swinging his foot up into the air like he was flicking off sandals as he tries to catch Blanka either on the way down or as he recovers from the kick.

COMBATSYS: Blanka interrupts Medium Kick from Aranha with Electric Thunder.

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Aranha           0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0           Blanka

Please do not be angry at Blanka! He is doing everything he can to make this good - admittedly, he's starting to get a little nuts about not being able to cleanly /hit/ his opponent! Fingers flail a bit as he lands, digging into the turf in surprise - he was /sure/ he'd have Aranha that time!

His back is to Aranha as he recovers from the kick, seemingly unaware. However, Blanka has decided on a /new/ stratergery, one that should hopefully lead to better choices. As soon as the foot lands in his hair, hitting the back of his neck, Blanka's body lights up like a floodlamp, electric arcs of whites and blues roiling around his frame. Unfortunately for Aranha, Blanka's waited until the man was in contact - so even though the kick hurts Blanka, he's quite sure that the impact was the lesser of the pains felt.

Aranha for lack of a better word, was shocked. The foot makes contact with Blanka's head, and then he finds his body pumped full of electric chi and then sent flying away and ending up getting thrown into a tree.

As the Capoeirista rises to his feet there's a moment where he is a bit loopy. No one can blame him though. He got blasted head first into a tree.

It takes a few moments for Aranha to become lucid again and when he does, he moves in with a relaxed sway and then whirls around before whipping his hand out and backhanding a blue spider web of chi at the orange haired fighter. "Hmm.. Interesting."

COMBATSYS: Blanka blocks Aranha's Web Shot.

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Aranha           0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0           Blanka

Spider man! Nobody knows where you aaaare~ o/`

Well, ok. Blanka knows where Aranha is, being right next to the man. He stands back as Aranha recovers his wits, letting him get back to his feet and not pressing the advantage. After all, if Blanka were to say, knock the tree on top of Aranha's head, he wouldn't be able to see what the other man has up his sleeves!

And then, well - Blanka finds out what is up the sleeves! Web-chi! Blue chi that clings and clatters around Blanka's hands and forarms, tangling in his hair and sticking the beast-man into a semi-bound position. Blanka wriggles as he tries to get free, to get closer and close the distance with Aranha, but in the end, all he does is look somewhat comical as he does so, using the respite to try and gather his breath back, the wind having been knocked out of him somewhere along the way. Sheesh!

COMBATSYS: Blanka gains composure.

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Aranha           0/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0           Blanka

That's something his Web Shot has never done before. It was something that had always been on the agenda to teach himself but it has always been more of an impact blast with the appearance of a web. As a result Aranha's probably more astonished than Blanka is. Rest assured Aranha will be studying this fight to figure how this fight is different from the rest.

Aranha also realizes that letting the Beast get his wits together is probably a bad idea and so he continues to press Blanka further by whipping his heel at him and then following it up with another heel kick this time crouching low to the ground as he throws it both directed to Blanka's head.

COMBATSYS: Blanka fails to interrupt Strong Kick from Aranha with Wild Fang.
- Power fail! -

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Aranha           1/-------/=======|===----\-------\0           Blanka

Augh! Wriggle! Twist! Escape! Blanka is free again, free to pummel the person before him into a semi-pulp full of humany goodness. He howls as he gets his arms away from his body, and hunkers down just a bit as Aranha starts to move again, pressing his attack. The first heel is eeled around, Blanka's head coming up as the second kick comes in. Giant jaws open wide, and Blanka looks about to simply /chomp/ the foot as it comes in, to give Aranha something else to think about!

However, the THWOCK sound that rings out is Blanka's mouth closing a second too fast, and the foot catching him upside the head in the temple. Blanka sprawls out, floored and flattened, dizzy and confused, and quite certain that the ringing in his head is something very very strong indeed. Ow. Hands on either side of his head, he staggers dizzily, trying to throw something, /anything/ at Aranha, failing miserably, and instead just sort of flailing like a cow that just got tipped. Moo.

As the heel connects with jaw of Blanka he finds himself divided between wanting to cringe and smile at the impact delivered to the jaw of the beast. He settles on neither but instead on relief. Feet getting chomped is bad. Very, very, bad.

The Dancing Spider is a bit shy of kicking Blanka to the head again and so he leaps over the orange haired beast, twisting as he lands with his elbow pressed into his side with his head barely touching the ground as he shoots a foot to the back of Blanka's knee.

COMBATSYS: Blanka blocks Aranha's Short Kick.

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Aranha           1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0           Blanka

WHACK! Blanka's still a little dizzy, y'see - each time the feet come in to attack, they seem to come from different angles, catching him by surprise and setting him a bit further 'off' in the fight. Slow but steady apparently is winning the race, and Blanka himself isn't doing nearly as well as he'd hope he would. He manages to get a hand in the way of the kick at the back of his knee, but the motion causes him to fall back onto his back, laid out at Aranha's feet.

Quick thinking will hopefully save the day, as Blanka lashes out with his hands in a wild swing, full of power but not much else. He's aiming at taking Aranha's feet out from under him when the man tries to recover, to knock him onto his back as well. In the underbrush, Blanka might have a slight advantage - but it certainly would involve being able to /touch/ the other fighter. With the wild movements of Blanka's hands - that's not so likely!

COMBATSYS: Aranha fails to interrupt Fierce Punch from Blanka with Malicia.

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Aranha           1/----===/=======|=====--\-------\0           Blanka

Aranha lets his feet drop back down to the ground and he attempts to maintain a look of vulnerability before surprising the beast with a powerful chi laced kick but Blanka's wild swing catches the capoeirista by surprise the unbelievable power sends Aranha flying.

Using the tree as a support, Aranha gets himself back to his feet before stumbling like a drunkard and breathing quite heavily.

That worked? Wow. Blanka is slightly agog, as he rolls to his feet. This fight started out as two combatants slipping away easily from attack after attack, but as the pair started to try and pull off moves in close quarters, well.. things did not go nearly as well! Blanka is learning from this, and attempts to press the advantage with a howl of assertiveness!

To his feet, rushing the other man, Blanka brings his foot up and around, a side kick swung with speed and accuracy, attempting to paste Aranha against the tree he leans on, to take away his support and smush him with it!

COMBATSYS: Aranha dodges Blanka's Medium Kick.

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Aranha           1/----===/=======|=====--\-------\0           Blanka

Aranha finds himself gasping and gasping for air. The fight with Blanka having forced him to fight at a faster pace than he'd normally like to. He's fairly sure that if he doesn't put Blanka away soon he'll lose the match himself.

Then Blanka makes his move. The foot moves to crush Aranha against the tree but suddenly Aranha moves faster than his body probably ought to bringing him out of the way of the kick.

A mirthful laugh comes out of his mouth before he begins to whirl around whipping his foot around with an outside crescent kick from his front leg which then drops to his rear leg. He shifts back and swings his leg around in a rear leg outside crescent kick which is quickly followed up by a trio of kicks where he touches the ground as he swings the heel of his rear leg towards his opponent's head. On the third of those particular kicks he cuts short and turns his foot as he drops it down on the ground before swinging his other foot at the head in a roundhouse kick-like motion though it's also done with both hands on the ground. Aranha then shifts his weight over to the side swinging the unplanted foot up and over which though it doesn't hit, it generates momentum for the other foot to come back across. He performs a handstand and performs a series of rapid spinning handstand kicks. Each and every kick covered in Blue chi.

COMBATSYS: Blanka endures Aranha's Royal Flush.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|=======\-------\1           Blanka

Blanka will kick over that tree if he misses again! Foot impacting against bark with a very heavy thumpin', Blanka is left at a loss, with Aranha nowhere nearby. The green beast's head flips from side to side, looking for his opponent with wide open eyes, trying to prepare for whatever that laughter entails. Blanka's not able to move out of the way, big body far too tired to dodge as before, and instead, he just throws his forearms and shins in the way of most of the attacks, letting each of those shiny blue impacts knock him this way and that, much like the 'dance' that Aranha himself was doing earlier. From left to right, back to front, he's swayed and rocked, and at the end he's sent flung away from the power of the giant series of kicks.

But that is not the end - no, Blanka is still moving, and as he hits the ground, he tucks into a ball again. Bouncing with the stored momentum, this time he comes to a nearby tree, up and over, coming at Aranha in mid-air, trying to crush the man underneath him, his hair spiky and seemingly stiffened up for maximum mulching! Even if he can't stand up, he can still attack! Blankaball, GO!

COMBATSYS: Blanka successfully hits Aranha with Ground Shave Rolling.

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Aranha           0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0           Blanka

Aranha likewise is too tired block, let alone dodge and when Blanka tucks into a ball there's an overall impending sense of doom comes over him. The Blanka ball picks up a spare capoeirista sending him head over heels and into that same tree that Blanka tried to stomp him into.

At this point Aranha knows he can't afford to waste energy needlessly. Instead it's a just quick simplistic kick attempting to finish off the fight. And when the foot recoils, his ginga becomes sloppy. It's a miracle that the capoeirista is even capable of standing.

COMBATSYS: Aranha successfully hits Blanka with Light Kick.

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Aranha           0/-------/-======|=------\-------\0           Blanka

Aha! This is for the best! Blanka is on top of things, and even though he's reeling like a big prize fighter in the tenth round of a battele, he's still going... semi-strong. Semi being the operative word. His chest is heaving like a bellows, the beastman pushing his stamina to the limit to stand strong. The kick clocks him in the chin, knocking him off-balance, hands flailing.. He's going to go over, going to go over...

He recovers! Still barely holding his balance, Blanka leaps forwards and attempts to bring his mighty maw into play, trying to catch the man in his jaws and to push Aranha into giving or passing out or or.. or something!! AWM NOM NOM NOM with teeth pulled back. After all, gumming the man to submission would probably work just as well!

COMBATSYS: Blanka successfully hits Aranha with Wild Fang.

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Aranha           1/-----==/=======|==-----\-------\0           Blanka

Aranha tries to move away, but he finds his feet to heavy to move out of the way and he practically falls into Blanka's mouth. The fighter is gummed continuously. He finds himself struggling and struggling before he finds himself incapable of struggling any longer.

Eventually the capoeirista's body goes limp. That's it for Aranha. He's gonna need sometime to sleep this fight off.

COMBATSYS: Aranha takes no action.

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Blanka           0/-------/-----==|

COMBATSYS: Aranha can no longer fight.

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Blanka           0/-------/-----==|

And .. as soon as the fighter goes limp, Blanka lets go. After all, he's not going to /eat/ his opponent! No, no, he's more than willing to pick the man up and hoist him over his shoulder. Time to take the man back to a hotel and a place to rest and recuperate. After all, Blanka's barely standing himself. Yikes!

COMBATSYS: Blanka has ended the fight here.

Log created on 20:01:22 02/08/2008 by Aranha, and last modified on 11:44:04 02/10/2008.