Description: GAN vs PEPPER on the Osaka ON RAMP! WATCH: As tarffic grinds to a standstill! THRILL: As road rage breaks out among those with hitbits! CHILL: As the very SOUL you hold dear seeps out from your suffering of traffic!
There's been quite a few hits for the fights that have happened so far! Just a bit of them! The on ramp for Osaka has been carved out with the painful orange and white cones, wooden barriers and in general orange flashing lights! The sight is enough for your soul to sink into your lower bowels from the IMMENSE LINE OF CARS that have CHOSEN WRONG and now get to watch. Well, all except one lane that the cars are revving down as they, in their states of anger, can only see how fast the accelerator will throw them forwards in an attempt to get home minutes earlier and salvage the rest of their day.
BUT for TWO OTHERS. The fight is getting started, and it's a brighter fight.
GAN ISURUGI sits about inside with a giant orange and white 'vest', all reflective as he looks at himself. "Gyahahah! I don't think I'd be a good construction worker. Maybe a demolisher, 'cause I don't want to construct anything." Far easier to break it all down! He's quite cheerful for a fight, of all things, as he prepares himself and the violence that he intends to inflict on the unlucky winner!
It's always come down close, but so far, Gan has managed to stay in it until the end! Beaten and bruised, Gan has stayed on and charged ahead with his muscles and brute force. So far, it seems to have worked!
Still something of an unknown, despite (or more likely because) the fact that she is the alter-ego of one of the Disney Corporation's hottest young stars, Lightning spangles (who happens to also be the current holder of the Red Rookie Belt), Pepper Green has managed to come quite far despite the fact that she's the youngest participant in the tournament.
Continuing her trek across Japan in the name of the fight, the young American keeps her rural appearance strong with her auburn hair braided. Despite all the wear that's been added to them, neither her wool-lined jacket or cowboy boots seem to be showing signs of giving up anytime soon, either (unlike the more fanciful outfits she's had to wear as Lightning Spangles, that seemed designed to be worn once and then cast aside for some new look).
Pepper isn't quite as jovial as her opponent. Two weeks prior she'd been forced to wait for hours for a fight to actually be sent once they'd put her on location, and the previous week her opponent hadn't even bothered to show. None of this is about winning, Pepper's only shown up so that she can learn from her opponents.
Of course, given her profession and her motivations, she also hasn't put up a fight over being forced to wear all that silly looking protective gear (nobody here wants to be responsible if a 14-year-old gets run over by a truck, even if she's here to fight an opponent built like one).
"Are we waitin' for something?" Green asks in her laid-back drawl. "I don't think the cars are going to go away anytime soon."
Compared to Pepper, Gan is pretty simple. Wooden sandals, massive as they may be, a headband of green and a silver disc in the front, and now a white and orange reflective vest over a torn green school outfit. There's a few words - ones that Gan can barely hear they are coming from someone so tiny. He glances around for a moment. Slow and deliberate as he scans the battlefield before him. Car. Car. Truck. Punch Buggy. Van. TRUCK. Nope. Nothing. Then , there it is again! Where's it coming from!?
Scratching his head, Gan blinks a few times before looking down, straight at Green. "Huh?" Gan's words come out on their own as he stares down upon her, completely blindsided. How can one person be SO YOUNG and be a fighter, and also here!? Gan peers down at Pepper for an uncomfortable moment before he scratches his head.
"Wait, you're her? The one I'm supposed to fight? GYAHAHAHAH! I'll have to try not to step on you!" Gan proclaims with as much disrespect as possible. It may be impossible to have as much disrespect, actually. Really, she is THE SMALLEST opponent he has had to fight so far! "Even that other guy was tall, but a string-bean. You're like an appetizer! I'm waiting to smash someone but I guess since you made it here, that someone'll be you!"
"'Course, it'll be fun. It always is! For me, anyway!"
His massive wooden sandal clad leg raises and crashes into the ground, a yellow with a black line hat resting upon his head as it is launched up.
"You're not going to run away, right!?"
"It ain't the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog," Pepper offers as a bit of folksy wisdom to counter the question about her size. Given the full ability that Pepper has shown at manipulating her own style to suit her interests, she's certainly got the talent that it might take to bring down the giant. The question now is whether or not she's got the strength and the skill to back all of this up.
In an effort to signal her readiness, Pepper reaches up to turn on her HitBit device, then suddenly jolts as if struck by a massive bit of static seconds later. There's something wrong with these Hitbits. They do a hell of a lot more than just help record matches and heart rates.
"I've walked halfway across the country for this fight, why would I start running in the other direction?"
COMBATSYS: Pepper has started a fight here.
COMBATSYS: Pepper activates her HitBit(tm) Karaoke Edition suite!
Pepper [E] 0/-------/-------|
COMBATSYS: Gan has joined the fight here.
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Gan 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 [E] Pepper
Not the size of the dog but the size of the ... "Eh?" Gan stares at Pepper a bit, the folksy wisdom being shared with Gan. His eyebrows narrow as he THINKS. That in itself is a ticking time bomb. Gan is THINKING. His features scrunch up more-so as he tries to figure it out, the entirety of Gan's effort is being affixiated to this one school-yard task. THINKING.
There's a few more moments where Gan humors this thought, with the HitBit device from Pepper being turned on, Gan has his... sort of attached to the barrel chest. He's not really wearing it. Still, as she speaks again, Gan answers - irritably!? - "It's cause I'd be knocking you that way!" Gan explains, "It doesn't matter if the dogs loud, dogs can't take down elephants!" Gan proclaims, as he throws caution to the wind. The wind doesn't even catch it.
That's because there WASN'T ANY CAUTION to begin with! It's quite a mystery, that!
Gan's heavy sandals hit the ground once, then twice, before he leaps upwards and positions himself right above Pepper - and aims to travel straight downwards. Looks like someone wants some GROUND Pepper!
COMBATSYS: Pepper interrupts Kashiwade Yaburi from Gan with Touch The Sky.
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Gan 0/-------/-======|===----\-------\0 [E] Pepper
If it weren't for the strange feeling surging through her right now, Pepper Green might have been a bit quicker out of the gate. There's something about these Hitbits that just seems to put some new touch of energy into her. Quite frankly, given that the only thing that really makes her happy lately is getting new opportunities to fight, the Oklahoma girl isn't all that worried about what other things these Hitbits might be doing, or if it's even remotely safe.
Instead, as Gan comes flying straight down at her, Pepper is simply overcome with the knowledge that she wants to show him right off the bat that it doesn't matter how loud the elephant trumpets, a good hit will still take them down.
As for the current situation, Gan's got a heck of a lot of weight behind him, and Pepper doesn't exactly want to get caught under him. He's falling fast enough that it's not a good idea to try to roll out of the way, so the better option is to send his weight falling the other way. Green drops down into a crouch, taking a deep breath as she centers herself, then launches up into a flip kick, the toe of her boot sparking a few times before being engulfed in flames, like a struck match. All the force the little brawler can pull into herself goes right entire Gan's chin with an added bit of chi to send him flipping back over his center of gravity.
Pepper keeps on going, landing a few feet back from where she started as the high school sumo hits the dirt on his backside.
Gans are GUARANTEED cirtified 100% Hit Bit Free or your money back! Why, Gan basically rejected it cause ... he doesn't trust that kind of thing! He's not about to use it as any more than a phone, and even then, a small one. Still, Pepper is small and look what she can do!
With Pepper dropping down into a crouch, apparently unharmed as she strikes Gan and launches him away, the student skids to a stop on his backside! With the asphalt catching him, Gan is perfectly fine! Just a bit like a used match, burning for multiple reasons! It doesn't seem to matter when he rises, though, damaged enough from the assault that he has a reason to CONTINUE the offensive! "Gyaahah! Took a lot of guts for such a small fry, but how long can you keep it up!? Cause I'm ready to go all day!"
Again, once more, little safety is thought for Gan as he bee-lines towards Pepper, body charging forwards like a rampaging bull. It doesn't seem to be remotely safe, but Gan isn't worried about 'safety'. Not at all!
As he charges across the overpass, causing the on-ramp to shake a bit from the added weight, Gan pulls back a heavy palm and swings it towards Pepper - as conventional as it'll get - in an attempt to put her on the backpedal! It doesn't matter what brain power Pepper uses, or smarts, because Gan isn't going to let something that small make a big difference, when such a big difference will make a little one smaller!
COMBATSYS: Pepper blocks Gan's Fierce Punch.
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Gan 0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0 [E] Pepper
"I'd think with as big as you were, you'd be wanting to do a lot more breathin' to keep on goin' than flapping your lips all the time," Pepper retorts as she readies up for the on-coming palm strike. Given the fact that knockback won't exactly throw her out of the match, there isn't all that much reason to try to hold her spot other than the fact that the big-mouthed giant seems to want to be shown he's made a mistake just thinking of her as a small opponent.
Her feet are staggered, and Pepper puts her shoulder and forearm forward, absorbing the hit as she lets the friction of her boots on pavement do a lot of the work that her weight isn't capable of.
Okay, so she goes back about a foot off of that one, but that wouldn't have been enough to send her flying out of the ring, and that's plenty enough to show off that the giant wasn't entirely right about her.
"Are you just trying to show off or something? If this is all you're managing with the advantage of all that size, that's a little embarassing, isn't it?" To follow up her taunt, Pepper draws back her fist, and with a new spark of energy flowing through her body (possibly kickstarted by the Hitbit itself), the girl's fist bursts into crackling electric chi. The wind-up on this might look just a bit silly, but when Pepper let's go, it goes flying forward, aiming to blast straight through Gan's belly barrel.
COMBATSYS: Gan interrupts Strong Punch from Pepper with Buchikamashi.
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Gan 0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1 [E] Pepper
"Gyahahah!" Gan belts out as Pepper speaks up, and it's true. He stops. AND THEN BELTS OUT ANOTHER LAUGH. Even as Pepper is staggered, Gan stops where he stands and slams a heavy palm against his chest, sending the cloth billowing but the body only jiggling slightly. "Don't you think I'm heavy cause I'm fat. I like you though! Got lots of spirit, so this'll be one hell of a match! I can already tell!" Cars, meanwhile, begin to honk. Because that's all they can do.
There may be a point where J-Pop is honestly blasting because of a car, and it's some sort of rap j-pop with the bass causing the very land beneath them to rumble with bass. It is, of course, acceptable. The music and airwaves are free. He just runs the danger of the other drivers starting ANOTHER fight.
With Pepper making such a point, Gan considers it. "Huh. You're right."
Pepper's fist draws back, a spark of energy tearing through her fist and aimed towards Gan's stomach. Gan, in the meantime, lashes out just as she does. Her hands, crackling, crash against the wooden barrier and stop as Gan lifts her upwards, searing against his midsection but failing to pierce his apparent 'wide' defense. Without so much as a word, except for a wicked grin, Gan pulls back his hand and Pepper's head and then meets his forehead to her own, over and over again before letting go and thrusting his head like a bull to send her flying backwards.
No response is given, that time, except the heavy slam of his wooden sandal against the ground as he repositions himself in a sumo stance - and grunts.
An important question that Pepper might be considering right now if it weren't for the fact that her brain is being seriously sent for a loop is: just how did Gan's head get so big? Certainly there are people with bulky bodies, who are tall, or just who have longer limbs. How did Gan end up with a head like a full-sized globe?
Given the fact that right now Pepper can't really see straight and actually has a trail of blood running down the bridge of her nose from where all that brain bashing just occurred, it's a real question just how much more effective a larger head is in the art of headbutting, whether it's the overall weight of it, the size itself, or just that Gan is one of the top tough guys at one of the roughest schools in Southtown.
As for the wordplay in the battle of wits, Pepper's only really got the ability to think on instinct at the moment, so the smaller American doesn't lash tongues. With pure mindless action combining with the power surging through her thanks to the Hitbit, Pepper rockets up from her dizzied stance into the air, sparkling energy flowing off every limb, trailing like stardust as she comes flying up, her arm snaring around Gan's neck and as she takes a quick spin about the back of his head. As she comes around the other side, the chi on her arm explodes like a hand grenade, sending a supernova of chi outward, but more importantly adding a great deal of force (missing from Pepper's relatively light weight) to the motion that aims to drag Gan down face first to the asphault.
COMBATSYS: Gan blocks Pepper's Someone To Hold.
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Gan 1/-------/=======|=======\=------\1 [E] Pepper
Gan's head, in the presence of so little inside, filled itself with FAT. Clearly this is the evolution towards the future that was unexpected! Gan would become the Alpha-Gan and take over the school, if he already wasn't being used by some other evil force, as well as possibly a good force that is unaware of the other. It gets convulted and Gan doesn't think too hard about these things.
What he does think about is when Pepper gets launched away from Gan, she is getting back up. Of course she is. When Gan eventually sees Pepper rise again, she rockets up like a ... shooting star? Meteor? Wait, do they go up or come down? Gan is lost in thought for a moment as she sparkles her way across the sky, aiming to slam her arms around Gan's neck! ... That she does.
"HEY! Off my head! Don't get... ANY IDEAS!" He grunts as she spins about, the chi on the arm exploding just as she aims. Gan topples forwards, teetering, and then is dragged downwards. Almost. His face sits an inch from the asphalt, staring it down, as one hand, bent from the force, holds him up. "C'mon, that.... nah, ain't all you got... SO HOW BOUT ... I give you a reason to show me more!"
He doesn't actually let go, so much as twist around and aim to grab Pepper Green's head with his other arm and drag her into a choke-hold, squeezing her tight as he collapses, in an attempt to see just how strong HER lungs are!
COMBATSYS: Pepper blocks Gan's Choke Hold.
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Gan 1/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1 [E] Pepper
One of the core rules of fighting (although in a lot of forms it might not be focused on beyond training) is that you can't fight if you can't breathe. Without taking air in, you lose effectiveness and eventually go down, no matter how little actual damage you've taken. In some cases this can be used to end a fight without causing serious harm, but as Gan starts to try to pull her into a brutal squeeze, Pepper is rather concerned with whether or not her ribs will stay in one piece.
With no way to actually get out of his grip, Pepper is forced instead to twist about to make his hold a problem. Using the flexibility of youth, she manages to tug her legs up and brace them with her arms, preventing Gan's prodigous strength from managing to lay a hold on her breath. The position also gives her a bit of leverage to push back out of the hold, using both arms and legs to eventually pry Gan's arm away from her and let her back to the ground.
"If ya'll want to see more, I'll show you plenty," Pepper retorts as she takes in a deep breath (which she thankfully still can due to not getting squeezed like a chew toy).
"TIME FOR THE RODEO!" she shouts, momentarily channeling a fraction of her alter-ego (although her tone is substantially more aggressive than the sort of upbeat catch phrase Lightning Spangles would shout as well as making no mention of the Showup Hoedown). The young girl surges forward in a flurry of violence, energy seeming to flow from every pore as she lands a series of violent, rapid fire kicks and punches that come from damn near every angle. In the midst of the combination, a leg sweeps in behind one of Gan's tree trunks and aims to send him off balance as she swings with a massive left cross that aims to hit like a truck...
...just as, by sheer happenstance, a driver in a dented sedan that shows years of carelessness allows himself to drunkenly drift past the warning cones. There's a moment of confusion as he's met with a strange, repeatitive thwumping noise beneath his car, but it's not enough to give him the reaction time to do much more than start a skid as he approaches the fighting duo.
It's just enough to miss Pepper by a hair, but Gan might not be so lucky.
COMBATSYS: Gan endures Pepper's Heart Of A Champion.
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Gan 1/----===/=======|-------\-------\0 [E] Pepper
There's every reason for Gan to think that Pepper can't keep fighting, and one of them is - she might have worn herself out! That's all Gan needs to assume and go for. Yet Pepper can see this coming, or at least the GRAPPLE attempt shows it might be. Pepper instead manages to prevent her body from being squeezed and crushed, fighting against his vice like grip! It's certainly something, that Pepper manages to keep him from squashing her. Showing her strength there to the onlookers who have at times given up going home! It's just a lost hope at this time!
Yet the violence satiates the mood slightly. SOMEONE is getting hurt for it.
"GYAHAH! Now we're talking!" Gan proclaims as she ... surges out of his grasp!? And straight towards him! Kicks, punches, strikes a plenty come forward! A leg sweep that smashes into his legs with brutal force and causes him to stagger, but there's a moment where she might see him correct himself. A teeter forwards, just as she gets out of the way of a car. That... that wasn't planned. "THE HE-" And Gan suddenly leaps up, rolling on the top of the car, damaging it and eating the deductable as he is further injured.
Rolling off, though, almost comically, Gan is still moving forwards. In some odd way, his forwards momentum is transferred into his motions as he doesn't even need to take a moment to get a breather, already back on the offensive!
For the first itme, Gan's hands light up much like Peppers, burning chi energy atop them as he thrusts one strike forwards, towards Pepper's midsection. Then a second and third! One after the other, Gan attempts to take the offensive to Pepper as he staggers forwards, as if he was falling over with each strike!
COMBATSYS: Gan successfully hits Pepper with Ganseki Otoshi.
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Gan 1/---====/=======|====---\-------\0 [E] Pepper
That would have been insanely impressive if Pepper had actually planned for it (although it would have admittedly been rather poor sportsmanship to position your opponent to get run over by a car). The girl just barely manages to duck out of the way as a tail-light nearly clips her.
As for the car itself, running over all of those road obstacles as well as getting crushed by a giant high schooler has managed to do a number on it and fluids are spilling out all over the portion of the road used as a fight arena. The drunk behind the wheel still manages to regain control for a moment, but that control takes him slamming into the wall on the opposite side of the ramp... the section that drivers were supposed to be using.
Following a few, thankfully near misses where the drivers have to swerve just barely into the cordoned off section of the ramp, the traffic comes to a halt.
And while Pepper is paying attention to all of that, Gan manages to recover remarkably fast and comes at her swinging. Doing her absolute best to duck out of the way, the country girl finds that her cowboy boots have been surrounded by auto lubricant. For a moment this seems like an advantage as it helps her start skidding back along the road, but with Gan's advancing stance, it just doesn't offer enough assistance to keep her from eating each of the three glowing swipes.
While some of the spectators are going over to check on the accident, now accompanied by the relentless honking of annoyed motorists, Pepper is stumbling back for something to help her regain her footing. That turns out to be one of the bright orange barricades, lights flashing atop it.
"Guess I gotta give it what all I've got left..." Pepper mumbles to herself as she hauls the barricade up with remarkable strength for a girl her size. A few sparks of electric chi flow from her hands to the flashing light, sizzling the atmosphere for a moment before the surge of power encompases the whole thing, causing the light to explode as Pepper swings the safety equipment at the side of Gan's head as hard as she can.
COMBATSYS: Gan interrupts Large Random Weapon from Pepper with Setsuhou Otoshi.
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Gan 0/-------/----===|=======\-------\0 [E] Pepper
With NO ONE going home today ( through the on ramp, traffic is going to be a dead standstill for ages ) Gan and Pepper's battle rages on! Even if one of them seems to be running out of steam. Pepper finds Gan's size accurate only in the endurance he has, but the speed does not seem to correlate with the size! It helps that when you throw yourself into literal danger, sometimes you come shooting out of it even faster. With Pepper skidding backwards, Gan manages to catch her, skidding forwards after her in such lubrication. However it is, Gan is certainly not going to hold back because of something on the road!
He's sure she wouldn't, either.
Coming to a stop sooner than Pepper due to the sheer mass of him, even though his inertia is greater, Gan finds himself facing down Pepper - literately facing down the girl as he looks upon her. "Yeah! Every last bit!" Gan remarks, absolutely riding the sheer violence that Gedo High is known for. The name they made for themselves isn't one that came without proper evidence! The barricade is hauled upwards, sparks of electric chi flowing around it - and swings.
In a better world, perhaps, Gan's actions wouldn't work. The swing wouldn't just impact into Gan, whom is thrusting himself forwards. It wouldn't just be grasped as it splintered and detonated, leaving Pepper's hands empty as he grasps for her.
She wouldn't be, then, raised upwards and spun around over Gan's head like a helicopter as he laughed. "GYAHAHAH! When you're small, THAT MAKES IT EASIER!" Before tossing her aside - not aiming anywhere particularly. The burn marks from the electrical chi are evident, as is the impact, but in Gan's sheer adrenaline, he isn't feeling it at all.
"So how aboout it, you still up for the next round!?" He yells towards her, breath coming raggedly as he pushes himself.
There are moments in life when everything is very suddenly completely out of your control as things go wrong. Despite being utterly terrifying, there is something almost freeing about them once you realize that what's about to happen will. Certainty, even if it is misfortunate, is a rarity, and provides an opportunity for reflection.
Of course, none of that really sticks around very long as Pepper, having been easily hoisted off the ground and spun about, hits the pavement quite hard. There's no chance to catch herself, to lessen the blow, or even try to retaliate while she can still move.
No, it's a Pepper Pancake.
Green makes a brief effort to try to push herself back to her feet, but finds that her arms can't manage the strength to raise her even a hair's breadth from the ground.
"...Think I'd need some time for another round," Pepper manages, her lips dyed red as blood starts to drip from her mouth as she speaks. She'd put in the best fight she could manage, but it looks like her time in this has come to an end. After a first round victory against one of Gedo's misfits, she has her time put to end by one of its enforcers. Perhaps a poetic bit of resolution.
COMBATSYS: Pepper takes no action.
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COMBATSYS: Pepper can no longer fight.
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An enforcer doesn't need to have brains. Anything but. Which is why Gan may be a /pretty good/ enforcer. Or at least a sensible one. Somewhat easily manipulated, not the smartest and certainly not the most outgoing, Gan is easily used to be a beatstick. He's quite effective at it, as well! "What's that?" Gan asks, as Pepper responds, before she lays against the ground. With Pepper staying down, Gan looks over and nods, slamming both fists together as he raises up the fitbit attached to his side afterwards. "HEY! You guys, whoever you are! I WON, alright? Gyahahah! Thanks for the fun too. Send someone with a little more meat on them next time, I didn't want to break anyone! She had some spunk though." Spunk, spunk that hit like a truck!
Speaking of trucks and cars, Gan looks up at the looming traffic and the blocks that have been made and helpfully begins to walk away. Winded but the victor, he'll go stuff his face!
As damaged as Gan is, he thrives on lasting to the very moment of collapse, and so, has a bit more energy to go. Unlike others though, he's leaving medical attention for the group that set up the fights. He's no medic, and he sure doesn't care about any of that stuff! At least, not right now.
COMBATSYS: Gan has ended the fight here.
Log created on 18:11:03 03/02/2016 by Gan, and last modified on 05:48:14 03/04/2016.