Rumble In The Streets - [Rumble Final] Maki vs AY4M3

Description: Maki's opponent looks exactly like she had in their their previous fight. Except, somehow, against all odds, she's found a way to walk even more stiffly and robotic. Or maybe it's that all of her fight data has been downloaded into a ComBot battleframe from Violet Systems, with the intent of raising the stakes to a new and higher level...! <Winner: AY4M3>

It was, ultimately, meant to be a match between Maki and Ayame.

That was the nature of the RUMBLE tournament. That was the design. The final match would be on the Crazy Zhin Luxury Barge, the personal yacht of Crazy Zhin. The vessel itself looked... out of place of the harbor. It was a converted oil barge, covered with tasteful chinese script and pictures of top quality Crazy Zhin propriety characters. The deck of the vessel was -covered- with junk. High quality discount junk, put about on the deck by Crazy Zhin himself to properly advertise everything that Crazy Zhin had to offer. The audience for the greatest final in the world would be by the harbor, watching the barge as it left the harbor for the fight. Camera drones buzzed all over, while helicopters came as well. Several brave, brave souls were on the top of the barge itself, cameras ready to film everything that would go down.

And of course, only -fighting- would be going down for certain.

The entire Southtown Police Department would be on standby on air, land, and sea, ready for whatever gang violence would break out. Surrounding the barge, on top of the police cruisier boats, were several vessels bearing their own advertising banners. Violet Systems's banner was stretched across two boats, while smaller ones were for the HitBit and Twilight Star Circus themselves. A several people in a rowboat had a flag for the Hibiki Dojo, while they random let off fireworks, drawn from a cache of explosives piled quite high on the rowboat. Right now some of them were in a heated argument over the fact they lost one of the oars, and was going around in circles. The fight was ready, the final match between Maki and Ayame was set.

But exceptions to rules must be made in special circumstances.

Yoshiaki Shirata stands on the aft of the great barge. He wears a pair of black-rimmed coke-bottle glasses, and is unfortunately cursed with a pronounced pair of buck teeth and acne that not even modern medicine can fully eliminate. He is garbed in a black suit; in his hands is a tablet computer that he looms over eagerly. On the far end was where Crazy Zhin and Lee Chaolan waited. But here, in the back? Where a massive crane looms over head? This was where Maki would climb up the ramp towards the stern.

And where Maki would ultimately face her opponent.

The tournament had gone on for so long, and it was a trial for Maki, both physically and mentally. Especially after that battle she had with Ayame. Even though she lost one of her battles, she still did very well in her fight, discovering more about herself than she thought she knew. The advice was, indeed, quite useful, but now was not the time for pondering such a thing.

True, the location doesn't seem much like a good place for a fight, but Maki's been in other strange fights before, and she's not going to let this stop her from fighting. In fact, the ninja shows up quite quickly, doing a somersault into the area from seemingly nowhere, before landing in a crouched position and looking upwards, tonfa at the ready. It was then that Maki responded to the cheers of her supporters, giving them a wave and a nod, before looking around for Ayame. They were supposed to have another fight here and now.

Maki is then directed to the ramp and she walks up it slowly, gripping her tonfa tightly and a look of determination on her face. She'd never imagined she'd be fighting the very same person who taught her a bit during their fight. In fact, when she arrives on the stern, Maki frowns a little, looking for Ayame. "I'm here, now where's my opponent?" Maki asks to no one in particular, although those around her can hear her quite well.

"Oh my -gosh!-"

That was the response from Yoshiaki as Maki strides up that ramp, gripping those tonfas, and looking just so... just so.... incredible. The greasy-haired man begins to sweat profusely, as he ogles the blonde with hungry eyes. Jaw dropped, he fiddles with the tablet briefly, and promptly takes some pictures! "Oh god! OH GOD! It's just- I can't believe I'm meeting the real Maki Genryuusai!" Yoshiaki gushes, face blushing profusely. He takes some steps towards the ninja, and then back. And then towards her again, giggling like a madman.

"It's just like my animes!"

Wheezing excitely, he finally commits to approaching Maki, striding over some of the bric-a-brac strewn across the surface of the barge. "Oh my, I- HI! I am Yoshiaki Shirata! And there has been a change in plans." He takes another picture of Maki close up. "Well, we are going to pit you against an Ayame, I can promise you that. You see, I have taken a GREAT interest in you." He pauses a moment. "I mean, yes. I mean! With your HitBit information! We've been able to keep track of everything about you! Your vitals, your abilities, your statuses, your measurements, everything! And we've done the same with Ayame, your opponent! Now, unfortunately, my boss wanted to handle Ayame personally. So- oh hang on." He hits something on the tablet. Looking back up, he smiles oily at Maki. "It'll be here in a minute. Your opponent. I'm not your opponent. But your opponent will be here soon." His eyes cast down Maki's body, and then back up to her eyes.

"So is that a natural blonde, or..."

Usually, Maki's thrilled to meet one of her fans. But this guy? He seems more like one of those nerds you see in anime. And given the way he seems to be in charge here, Maki can only scoff at this before shaking her head with her arms folded. "Yeah, I'm the real Maki Genryuusai," She comments with a hint of sarcasm in her voice. "Accept no substitutes, OK?"

Maki proceeds to warm up a little, stretching and getting the blood flowing in her body, even though she is listening to what Yoshiaki is saying to her. "So you've been keeping track of me, huh? Who do you think you are, Big Brother?" She sneers a little as she finishes her warm up, then gets into her fighting position. It's only at that point she begins to frown a little.

"Wait a minute, did you say 'It?'" She narrows her eyes. "What the hell is going on here? Is there something going on I should know about?" Then comes the question Maki really hates being asked, about her hair and all that. She grits her teeth and scowls big time. "Yeah, it's all natural! If you don't believe me that's too damn bad!"

As if to answer Maki, it arrives, from the stern of the barge.

Moving with an erratic gait, it was what looked like a robot. A somewhat skeletal frame, in fact, with a blank-faced head. A pair of red lamps peer out from the eyes, The silver-skinned robot was clad in a white haori and red hakama... in a mirror style to Ayame herself. Clutched in one of its pincher claw hands was a metal staff, in reflection to Ayame's own. In the other? A single strip of paper, pinched securely. While the robot has no hair, a great, red and white ribbon was done up behind its head, to mirror the style of the miko. Striding across the deck, it finally comes to a stop right by Yoshiaki. The robot stares blankly ahead, as the man almost -squeals-. "Maki, allow me to introduce to you your opponent!"

"Meet A.Y.4.M.3!"

The robot stares ahead, unresponsive. "After extensive research on Ayame throughout the tournament, we've been able to identify her entire combat technique, and was able to replicate it! And of course, I gave it my own personal touch! I've even been able to replicate Ayame's personality! That is, as I imagine it. Based on my research! Isn't that right A.Y.4.M.3?" Yoshiaki pushes a button on the tablet, as he steps back. The robot suddenly lifts up the staff, and spins it around in the air. And then, it gives a digitized voice, not unlike a vocaloid.

"Of course Yoshiaki Sempai! Not that I l-l-like you or anything, baka desu!"

COMBATSYS: Maki has started a fight here.

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Maki             0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 has joined the fight here.

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Maki             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            AY4M3

Doing a double-take at the sight of the robot, Maki shakes her head in disbelief. "I'm fighting against a ROBOT?!" She looks around at seemingly random, glaring harsher each time. "Is this some kind of joke? Am I on television or something?!" She then watches as the robot gets closer and sighs. "This can't be for real, can it? I'm fighting against a robot?!" When the robot speaks, Maki's suspicion is confirmed that, indeed, she is supposed to be fighting against a robot. "What kind of nonsense is this? I'm supposed to..." Then she sighs and hangs her head. "Oh, what's the use?"

Maki looks to Yoshiaki and says, "I dunno who you're supposed to be, but I will say that robots don't faze me in the least bit. You can give them as much data as you want, but without the power of a true mind, you can't always win!" She then looks to the robot and adds, "And as for you, I await seeing what skills you posess! Just don't expect them to do too much good!"

When the signal to fight is given, Maki rushes in and raises her tonfa quickly. "Because skill alone is meaningless if you can't use it!" She attempts to clothesline AY4M3 with her tonfa as she passes by.

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits AY4M3 with Medium Strike.

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Maki             0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0            AY4M3

Yoshiaki squees.

"Oh Ayame. I know you are harsh with your words, but deep down you have the soft heart of a miko!" Yoshiaki is much too absorbed with his creation and his tablet as Maki takes her first move. As a matter of fact, she WAS on camera. Multiple cameras, as the drones begin to buzz around and overhead. Maki takes her charge, rushing at the robot as it continues to spin its staff.

And the robot is hit squarely in place.

The blow seems to dent its torso badly, as it gives off a loud mechanical groan. "Wait uh hold on Maki." Yoshiaki states hastily. "It's still in the.... in the personal simulator mode. Let me move it into combat- there we go!" There is a whirring sound, followed by a click. The robot stops spinning its staff, and turns to face Maki with a new resolve. Eyes glowing red, it slips the paper into its sleeve, as to better grip the metal staff in both hands. And with the same vocaloid voice, it speaks aloud again.


With a sudden surge of speed, the robot suddenly jolts towards Maki afterwards. Clutching the staff, the robot unleashes a diagonal strike, slamming it towards the inside of Maki's shins. Should it make contact, the robot then would swiftly raise the staff up between her legs, attempting to slam her on the way back up. All while maintaining careful, balanced distance with the other fighter. Quite similar, in fact, to Maki's previous fight with Ayame.

But without the leering Yoshiaki in the background.

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 successfully hits Maki with Power Strike.

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Maki             0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0            AY4M3

Watching the robot's moves very carefully, Maki studies the area and the movements, judging when she should try to leap out of the way. But the robot is faster than she estimates, and the staff catches her in the shins, which causes her to be swept off of her feet and then thrown as intended. Unfortunately, Maki lands the wrong way on the ground, causing one of her shoulders to take a bit of a harder hit than she thought she would. Trying her hardest not to curse, Maki rubs at her shoulder while she gets back onto her feet. While breathing deeply in hopes of taking her mind off of the pain, Maki stares at the robot and shakes her head.

"Seems I've underestimated you a bit. Serves me right, I suppose. But this fight is only just beginning!" Maki drops to the ground and begins to roll forwards, at a rather quick rate of speed no less! She only slows down when she gets closer to AY4M3.

That brief slowdown gives Maki the ability to stick out her foot and attempt to trip the robot and maybe send AY4M3 to the ground instead of her this time. Assuming her speed and strategy work.

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 endures Maki's Light Kick.

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Maki             0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0            AY4M3

The barge begins to lurch suddenly, as the first blow lands.

The sound of tearing metal could be heard across the barge, along with the sounds of shouting. Something was happening on the other end of the ship. What that was not clear, though, as the robot unleashes a follow up blow with the staff. As Maki snarks back at the robot, the robot just stares blankly.


That was all that it responds as it reaches into its sleeve, forcing itself forward. Striding with the unceasing gait of metal death, the ninja attempts to trip AY4M3. And for that purpose, she is successful. The robot goes down, falling straight forward... towards Maki. With a slam, it attempts to hurtle the full force of the staff and heavy robot body down into the ninja. Yoshiaki gasps, as the barge shudders again.

"Are they going to be on top of each other...?"

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 successfully hits Maki with Medium Strike.

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Maki             0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0            AY4M3

Bringing your whole body onto Maki? Maki smirks and thinks this will be easy because that robot has got to be heavier than it looks, meaning it can't possibly hit her that accurately. But her estimates are way off base again. She's brought to the ground by that robot, and boy does it hurt. She feels like a pancake for a few moments as she struggles to get free of the robot's pin. Eventually she crawls out, bruised and somewhat bloodied, gasping for air as she breathes in and out rapidly. "Ugh... this is so embarrassing!" Maki comments, before looking to AY4M3, watching as the robot gets back up. "I've been nice so far, but now it's time to show you what I'm truly capable of!"

Maki crouches down on one leg. "This is my signature move! It looks tough and hits even tougher! You'd be wise to avoid it if you know what's good for you. Not that I intend to!" With that, Maki plants her tonfa into the ground, and then begins to spin around rapidly with her leg outstretched, turning her into a human whirlwind!

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 dodges Maki's Bushin Senpuu Kyaku.

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Maki             0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0            AY4M3

"Embarassing? This is just like my fan works I've made for you two!"

That is Yoshiaki's response as he uses the tablet to take pictures of A.Y.4.M.3. and Maki entangled. Like a ghost, unburdened by anything such as 'momentum' and leverage, the robot rises as Maki struggles out from underneath it. Whipping the metal staff about, it was already moving to create distance between itself and Maki...

And suddenly, there is an explosion.

The barge rocks hard, as jets of flame erupts from the bow of the ship. The barge itself groans, as screams are heard from the other side. Beneath Yoshiaki's feet, things begin to get very hot, as some kind of fire seems to spread under the ship. The man begins to sweat, and not in a way that he likes. As Maki begins to spin, it seemed that the robot was not affected by the threats upon the barge. Already, it digs it staff on the ground, and with a sweep of its skirt, whips its legs over the spinning kick of Maki. Sailing over the ninja, it finally draws its arm out from its sleeve, pulling out a slip of Crazy Zhin stock.

And promptly, sets the paper on fire.

Launching the paper from out from the sleeve, the robo-miko attempts to cover the flesh-mika with the burning Crazy Zhin stock, setting her ablaze in tandem with the very barge itself!

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 successfully hits Maki with Reliquary of Lost Time.

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Maki             1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0            AY4M3

Even when she's blocking, Maki finds she's getting overtaken by her opponent. She's caught on fire and begins to roll around, trying to get the flames out while cursing in Japanese. Once she's finally put them out, it's plain to see that Iria's really burning mad now, based on how her uniform has been burned in spots and her face is charred a little. And that fierce glare on her face could easily pierce a glass wall made of diamond! THAT'S how harsh Maki appears when she's angry!

"You think you've got it made, don't you?" Maki yells as she looks for something to rebound off with a swift jump. "But you're wrong!" As Maki finds a nearby crate to bound off of, she adds, "You're gonna be turned into scrap after I'm done with you!" Then she launches at AY4M3 with a harsh looking flying kick.

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 blocks Maki's Hassou Kyaku.

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Maki             1/-----==/=======|=====--\-------\0            AY4M3

The barge was erupting in chaos.

Crazy Zhin runs up from the bow of the ship, armed with an AK-47 knockoff. The barge was nearly screaming, the groans of the ship coming to full bear. The fire fighting ships were already in full play, as the fireworks are launched out. The barge was daring to fall apart, and Yoshiaki should have been scared.

Instead, he was taking pictures of his robot fighting Maki.

"Oh god yes! Oh god yes!" He babbles, snapping picture after picture as Maki erupts into flames. A.Y.4.M.3. for its credit simply stands fast as the fire takes hold, landing on both feet after her trick with the staff. Bringing the staff before it, it holds it diagonal, ignoring the fires and the flames that was boiling out from the barge. Crazy Zhin screams as he shoots at one of the police ships. "YOU NO TAKE CRAZY ZHIN'S MONEY! DEATH TO TYRANTS!" Was the rattle as Maki leaps off a crate straight for the robot. Moving with stunning speed, the robot holds up the staff, letting it act as a bar to catch and slow down Maki. Locking it in place, the robot's expression is neutral, in spite to the blow to its shoulder denting it more. It struggles to keep Maki in place, struggles to keep her fixed on the staff as the robot begins to pick up speed, moving forward, moving faster.

To slam her squarely into the very crate she leaped off of.

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges AY4M3's Medium Throw.

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Maki             1/-----==/=======|=====--\-------\0            AY4M3

Sorry, but not this time. Maki's been unlucky before, but this time things are gonna change! As the robot comes at Maki, the blonde haired ninja leaps into the air, avoiding the robot entirely. "Your luck is running out!" Maki calls out as she somersaults through the air before landing on the ground. "You can't be lucky forever! That's not how programming works!" She says, while wiping the sweat off of her tonfa. "You have to know your opponent and adapt to them!"

Maki shows a little honor on her part by waiting for her opponent to turn around. "You may be heavier than me, but my skills are top notch!" Maki steps towards AY4M3 quickly, before bringing her tonfa at the robot with a swift strike.

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits AY4M3 with Genkou.

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Maki             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0            AY4M3

There is an explosion on the water.

Crazy Zhin shields his eyes as suddenly, his stray gunfire hits the cache of Hibiki fireworks. The ship explodes, unleashing a broadside of fireworks straight into the side of the hull. The hull lurches hard, the groans coming with a roar. Even Yoshiaki is forced to tumble, as the drones overhead split off, some going below decks, the others staying above deck to fix on Maki versus the robot. The robot, throwing itself in, finds Maki not only leaping off, but itself falling hard into the crate. Stumbling hard, it steadily fights to regain its footing...

just as the tonfa comes smacking it hard in its head.

There is a beeping sound, and suddenly a high-pitched scream. Not a scream of pain, but a scream of... well lets just Anime. Yoshiaki immediately perks up at the sound, recovering instantly. AY4M3 had an eye loose, dangling from its head. Turning to face Maki, it lifts up a sleeved arm. It's clawed hand spinning, it suddenly fires off a torrent of Crazy Zhin stock. The papers are long and in lines, and threaten to overwhelm Maki, threaten to overtake her, bury her, entangle her.

And if Yoshiaki had his way, gag her as well.

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges AY4M3's Binding of the Condemned Soul.

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Maki             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\1            AY4M3

That was a nice attempt, but it appears Maki's gaining the upper hand once again. Once again AY4M3 misses entirely as Maki goes rolling across the ground, landing a few feet away, albeit with a few bruises from her injuries aggravating things a little. "I think you should just shut down now and call the fight off, but I suppose you're not going to do that." She hmmphs and runs a hand through her hair. "THAT would be too easy!" She shrugs.

"Very well, then, I'll put you out of commission myself!" Maki attempts to grab onto AY4ME's neck and throw her over the shoulder. That is, assuming Maki can lift her! She might be pretty heavy!

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits AY4M3 with Medium Throw.

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Maki             1/----===/=======|=======\==-----\1            AY4M3

Maki was getting momentum.

As the paper trail blows past where Maki was once was, the robot was already sweeping her staff, ready to catch Maki. As the blow comes, it already attempts to slam it in... as the barge shudders hard. Maki forces her way through, seizing up the robot. The robot brings to wind up with incredible tension, ready to slam the staff straight into her....

And then, it is hurled.

The robot snaps as it swings the staff, the weapon slamming into the deck of the barge at a diagonal angle, stuck fast into it. AY4M3, meanwhile, is knocked into a tumble, rolling on the ground. Face down, it's bottom hangs in the air, its skirt flipped up suggestively. While there is only metal underneath. Yoshiaki cannot help himself as he takes more pictures. AY4M3, programmed to have decency, flattens its skirt as it rises back up. Staring across at Maki with its head twisted harshly on its neck, it stares blankly at the ninja.




COMBATSYS: AY4M3 focuses on her next action.

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Maki             1/----===/=======|=======\==-----\1            AY4M3

"Chill out," Maki comments as she works on catching her breath. "This is only just a fight, you know." She can't believe what's happening now. "And to think I thought this was all just for show, guess I was wrong!" She wipes her tonfa again and rolls her neck around. "So, are you gonna try to take me out now? And don't even think about asking for a date, because I don't date outside my own species!"

A pause, then Maki watches as the robot seems to be sizing her up. "A staring contest?" Maki asks as she stares back at AY4M3. "Well, if you want to have a staring contest, why didn't you just say so?" She stares back at AY4M3, sizing her up as well.

COMBATSYS: Maki focuses on her next action.

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Maki             1/----===/=======|=======\==-----\1            AY4M3

Yoshiaki suddenly gets a nosebleed.

"DATE.... DATE ROBOT." He grabs his nose, staggering around blind. His face was red, overwhelmed by the sheer... yowsa. "WHA! WHAAAAAA" He babbles as he lurches towards Crazy Zhin.... who was busy hiding behind the edge of the barge, armed with a potato-masher style grenade. Stumbling, Yoshiaki falls over, landing squarely on Crazy. "AAAAGH!" was the scream. "AAAAARGH!" was the other scream. The ship suddenly lurches HARD to the side, as something hammers it hard. And deftly, the grenade flies through the air, landing on the deck, right by the staff....


AY4M3 stares down Maki, circling her with jerky movements. Stomp. Stomp. Stomp. Every step comes down to careful balance. Feet in place, it keeps its stance steady as it suddenly circles in, moving with steady, swift pace. Coming in fast, it suddenly shifts momentum, swinging a leg around into a shoving kick. A kick more to push, than to harm. And just as the kick comes...

The grenade explodes, bursting on deck away from the duo.

COMBATSYS: Maki blocks AY4M3's Light Kick.

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Maki             1/---====/=======|=======\==-----\1            AY4M3

Maki is distracted by the noise and that's why she brings her tonfa up to help her defend against the incoming attack. She remains steady, but the explosion is more than enough to cause her concern. "Is this another stunt or is someone actually trying to kill us?" She looks to the robot. "Aside from you, of course." Maki is starting to sweat even more now as she wipes her forehead and tries to keep herself from passing out from lack of water and things like that. "A true ninja never gives up in the face of danger!" Maki says to herself.

Realizing her time might be limited, Maki decides to try to increase the impact with her attacks. She jumps at AY4M3 and attempts to deliver a swift flying kick to the robot.

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 counters Strong Kick from Maki with Laguna Blade.

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Maki             1/=======/=======|==-----\-------\0            AY4M3

The surface of the ship moans, as the metal staff is blasted straight through the deck, somewhere down below. The deck was collapsing, the pieces falling apart. Crazy Zhin rips away from Yoshiaki, clutching a RPG as he runs away. The deck continues to fall, as Yoshiaki clings to the edge, clinging to his dear life. As the push kick comes from AY4M3, it is not enough as Maki readies her counter attack. Desperately, the man cries out to the dented robot.


"Activate Slayers Mode!"

The robot suddenly beep boops.

AY4M3 scoots on in, waving over to Maki. "Neee.... about ready, Maki-san? n.n; " AY4M3 wavewaves to the crowd... "Okay... sorry about the wait... are the competitors ready???" The gibberish from the robot comes out with digitized tone. Crossing its arms before it, its wrists start to light up, as it starts to chant in the face of the jumping kick.

"I beseech thy fragments; by all of the power thou possesseth, grant the heavens' wrath to my hand; unleash the sword of dark, freezing nothingness; by our power, our combined might, let us walk as one along the path of destruction..."


Catching Maki in mid air, the robot suddenly lashes out its arm, an energy sword arcing out in a flash. The laser flickers out shortly after the slash, but the timing and cut is true; Maki is knocked clean out of the kick.... as the deck of the ship around them finally collapses fully, ready to send both tumbling down into the flooded, burning hull below.

The laser burns into Maki like nothing else, and the fall that occurs only adds more pain. Landing in the flooded area below combined with the burning really makes things even more uncomfortable. Maki struggles to get up, feeling like she should just call it quits here and let the water carry her away or something, but that's the easy way out. Maki knows she still has a chance if she focuses on her opponent well. And then her chi begins to spike and she realizes that she could possibly turn things around if this 'last ditch' attack is launched just right. Maki waits for her opponent to get into the proper position before caling out to her.

"You've weakened my greatly, I will definitely admit that! But I will also say to you that you still haven't won anything just yet! I still have one last trick up my sleeve!" Maki points her tonfa at AY4M3. "This is my last ditch effort, and when I bring it out, I bring the pain with it! Not that it matters since you're a robot, but the fact still remains that I'm going to finish you here and now!"

Maki's body begins to glow with a bluish aura of chi. "I will finish this fight honorably! I will use my skills to bring it to an end! I will do this!" And with that, Maki launches at AY4M3, attempting to launch into a flurry of tonfa strikes with a few kicks mixed in for good measure. If the attack succeeds, Maki will end it with a vertical jumping kick.

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 blocks Maki's Bushin Gou Rai Ha.

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Maki             0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0            AY4M3

The robot falls with a dull clank.

Landing on both feet, it is barely able to keep on its feet on the land. But only long enough for Maki to glow with energy. Without any staff to defend itself with, it instinctively brings it arms forward, in a desperate attempt to defend. Like the real Ayame, its dress is torn heavily, with its robot skin easily exposed. Yoshiaki hangs from above, looking down in the berth.

And trying to peek down Maki's shirt.

The robot is hammered again and again, it's arms denting and twisting with every blow. It was fighting, struggling to keep together as Maki hurled out blow and blow. Against the face of the full assault, all it can do is ultimately rise. Reaching into a stand as the final, vertical jumping kick comes, the robot suddenly sweeps out its arm, reaching out from its sleeve... and there, it draws out a chain. Lashing it out long and far, it suddenly dives away as the chain reaches out towards Maki's neck...

To wrap around it, to choke her fierce.

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 successfully hits Maki with Bridge Beyond the Twilight Dim.
Grazing Hit

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Maki             0/-------/---====|=====--\-------\0            AY4M3

Weakened as she is, Maki still tries to put her ninja skills to good use. Despite the fact her 'last ditch' effort barely worked, she's still intent on staying alive as best as she can. Which is easier said than done when she tries to duck the chain that's coming at her, but it still wraps around her neck, and it begins to choke her hard. With little stamina left as is, it's easy for her to start fading a little. Her body is going limp, but her mind is telling her not to give up. And Maki believes in mind over matter, which explains what she does next!

She drops to the ground briefly, just long enough to look like she's unconscious, until the chain goes limp, at which point she pushes herself back up quicker than an injured person should. This causes a wince of pain as she does so, but she doesn't let it keep her down either. She looks at the robot and says, "You survived, but don't feel too proud. I've had other opponents survive that and still get knocked out! So don't get cocky!"

Staggering towards AY4M3, Maki grips her tonfa, trying to grit her teeth through the pain and whatnot going through her body. "I've endured a lot worse than this, so don't think you're doing so hot either!" She tries to emphasise this by getting close enough to drop down into the water... and spin around again. If she was a whirlwind before, she might look a little like a whirlpool this time!

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 counters Bushin Senpuu Kyaku from Maki with The Sunrise of Broken Dreams.

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Maki             0/-------/-======|=======\-------\0            AY4M3

And Maki swirls in the water.

Piece by piece, AY4M3 was struggling, fighting to keep aloft. As the chain wraps around Maki's neck, the robot repositions, trying to find something, anything. And something is seen. Amongst the remains of the Crazy Zhin supplies, was 'My First Dance Pole' from Lightning Spangles. AY4M3 immediately grabs it as Maki comes out of the choke, and comes straight for the robot by spinning. As she spins and spins, the robot seizes the dance pole, and thrusts it towards Maki.

And just barely catches her.

Pivoting, the robot lifts Maki up in the air with the pole, catching her in the midsection. With the twist, the robot finishes by slamming her straight in the water. Before standing astride with the pole in hand.

Sparking slightly, ankle deep.

Maki failed big time this time. Maki was slammed into the water, and then the sparking thing came down, giving the shock of her life. She lay under the water for awhile, only the faintest bubbles showing. It looks like this is the end. Maki would be making a last statement, but she's struggling to turn over so she can keep her head above water while she begins to pass out...

COMBATSYS: Maki takes no action.

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AY4M3            0/-------/=======|

COMBATSYS: Maki can no longer fight.

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AY4M3            0/-------/=======|

AY4M3 does nothing to keep Maki's head over the water.

But with a splash, a hero comes.

Running across the water, Yoshiaki rushes. "Wait! No! Waaaait!' Was the cry. Yoshiaki reaches in, and lifts Maki's head above the water. Holding her tight. Clutching her chest, to keep her safe. "Don't worry, Maki. I will be... I will be..." He leans in, eyes shut, to kiss the woman.

Meanwhile, near his cracked, abandoned tablet, a seagull taps its beak on the screen.

And suddenly, AY4M3 seizes Yoshiaki.

In front of all the cameras, amongst the cheers of the crowd, AY4M3 throws the man over its knee, and promptly begins to spank him. Again and again. "HELP! HELP! THIS IS A NIGHTMARE! A DREAM! A NIGHTDREAM!" Was the screams of the man as the crowd cheers.

This is what the RUMBLE committee sees as the end of its tournament.

COMBATSYS: AY4M3 has ended the fight here.

Log created on 15:45:39 04/08/2016 by AY4M3, and last modified on 23:50:44 04/09/2016.