May Lee - Shopping for Justice

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Description: As Koto pursues a coveted collector's item in Southtown, he encounters another fan whose love of justice (and collectable action figures) may even exceed his own. Will Koto secure his prize, or will May Lee triumph? More importantly, who has the most heroic pose?!

The latest craze from Japan had hit again! A new figure was being rapidly scooped up by fans as a commodity, collector, and all around cool item! That brings us to the current situation.

Despite ordering a couple tons of the figures with the expectations that a kung fu grip crazy figure in colored plastic with light up eyes, multiple battle sounds, and a cool cape would sell well... they are literally down to one now.

Just one figure. That's it.

And Koto was racing down aisleways trying to get to where the section with the one figure was before anyone else at the moment, skidding a bit on his tennis shoes before hurrying down the aisle of the toy store as he looks for it quickly.

"Nooo... c'mon, where is it? Where is it!? Ultrakamenman Ohrido is one of the coolest so far!!"

"Ah, I've found it!" May Lee gasps. The young taekwon carefully slides the blister card off of the hook of the display, pulling it to get a better look. "And the last one too! This is so AWESOME! I was afraid I wasn't gonna find one after coming all the way here..."

The young woman is dressed in her usual style: a blue t-shirt with a yellow frog emblazoned on the bust, a pair of white and blue taekwondo pants, red and white sneakers, and a oversized belt sporting a Taeguk. Big, round sunglasses sit on the top of her head.

"Huh?" May Lee says, hearing sneakers sliding across the floor. "Did someone say Ultrakamenman Ohrido..?"

"I did! Where's the...? Hey! Why do you have my Ultrakamenman Ohrido figure!?" Koto exclaims as he sees May with it.

The kid could probably pass for a high school student from any tokusatsu, but Koto is definitely a bit annoyed that someone else beat him to the figure first. And it's a collector's piece!

Not to mention he's dressed in what looks like the Pacific High student uniform. Even if he does lack the blazer or vest at the moment.

May Lee looks at the kid, then down at the figure. At the kid, then back to the figure. "You mean THIS Ultrakamenman Ohrido? Well, I mean, obviously you have good taste for recognizing it," May Lee says, putting a hand on her hip, "but I'll have you know this is a collector's item and I came a long way to get it!"

She leans forward, into a slight bow. "Sorry, but I'm not sure you can appreciate it."

"Why you... only another tokusatsu can appreciate something like that!"

He then makes a few motions, obviously a transformation pose with both hands going to his side before swinging his left across, "HENSHIN!"

His body is literally covered in prismatic energies before it disappears to reveal... yep. The student has become something that's definitely a tokusatsu hero with elements from well... all of them? It's hard to say there.

"Of course I'm a true tokusatsu fan," May Lee says proudly, "I mean, why else would I come all this--" It seems to be at this point that May Lee realizes that he didn't say "fan." Perhaps the biggest clue is that distinct hand motion, that flash of color, that--

"Henshin?!" May Lee says, wide-eyed. "That was SO COOL!" Her sneakers clap against the tile floor of the store. "How did you do that? Is it some kind of special effect? Suuuper awesome!"

"Nope! It's my Mega power!" The tokusatsu/student hero says.

Moving his hands, he makes another few over the top hand motions as he says, "I'm Mega Dragon Fighter J-Dragon!" The motions end with his left hand facing outward, index and middle finger pointed upwards and the thumb making the curve of a J.

"I seriously have powers, skills, and then some. So why not let me have the figure? You... wait, you're a tokusatsu fan, too?" He now looks confused with the head tilt. Especially as his face is hidden by the helmet as far as the expression.

"M-mega power..." the taekwon mouths, rolling that around. "And a cool name, too...he even has a hero pose..."

"Where did this guy come from...?" May Lee mutters under her breath, her lips pouting out as he glasses slide down a bit on her head.

That is, until she's addressed. "Of course!" the Korean girl perks up, raising a fist and clenching it so tightly that her blue fingerless gloves squeak. She points at him. "I'm a student of the Kapwan school, so I know a few things about justice myself." One hand sits on her hip as she tilts to the side confidently.

If the big eyes of Koto's helmet could blink, they probably would. "Kapwan school?" He seems to think for a moment. "Kapwan school... Kapwan school. Oh! One of the Taekwondo schools back home!"

Then Koto sighs and looks to pout a little. "You know what... why don't we just fight over it? Winner gets the figure?"

"Besides, I've always wanted to see how my Tenrairyu and Space Pakua measures up to Taekwondo!" He declares.

"Hmmm..." Don't do it, May Lee, she thinks to herself. Master Kim would probably not approve of fighting over an action figure. That's not the way of justice. ...but he did actually suggest it...

"Okay," May Lee says, her soles sliding across the tile as she slides her feet far apart into a wide stance. She hooks the action figure back onto the shelf, then sidesteps out of the aisle. "But let's not wreck anything, OK? If someone gives up, the fight ends there. Otherwise it's until someone can't keep going. Sound good?"

COMBATSYS: May Lee has started a fight here.

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May Lee          0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Koto has joined the fight here.

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May Lee          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Koto

Koto moves out of the aisle as well, sliding into something like what some of the more flashier tokusatsu might have as their 'soft' style of fighting from the looks. His stance wide and his hands in a looser formation, open palmed at that. "No wrecking things. Oh, that will be fun for me. I can agree to those. Fight 'til someone gives up or can't keep going."

"Ready when you are!" J-Dragon declares. At least from the stances, it's easy to see his influences overall. Which might be a little scary. At least May's request is not going to have whatever laser beams, energy blasts, and who knows what else the guy has in his arsenal being thrown about. Right?

Once they're out in the aisle, May Lee resumes her fighting stance. Her footing is almost casual: her feet are far apart, but tight and somewhat springy. Her hands are at her sides, ready, but not raised up in a guard like karate or boxing. She reaches up and sweeps her hair back before taking the arm of her glasses and setting them carefully back in place on her head.

"Alright," May Lee says, "let's see if your powers are as cool as your costume!" May Lee steps forward, snapping out with a swift low kick, then a mid kick. They come in rapid fire of one another, the Korean never losing a hint of her balance despite throwing two kicks from the same foot.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks May Lee's Lightning Needle.

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May Lee          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Koto

Bringing his hands around, Koto blocks one kick with a raised knee, but the second one definitely hits his side despite his trying to block it.

"Not bad!" He comments, then unleashes a kick of his own from the front leg aimed at hers as he tries to literally sweep her off of her feet with his own attack.

COMBATSYS: May Lee blocks Koto's Tsunami Sweep.

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May Lee          0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0             Koto

As the sweep comes in low, May Lee grinds her heel, setting herself heavily to block it with the strength of her calves. The kick connects with her leg with a thump, forcing her to stagger to the side as she hops over the end of the sweep.^r ^r

As the sweep comes in low, May Lee grinds her heel, setting herself heavily to block it with the strength of her calves. The kick connects with her leg with a thump, forcing her to stagger to the side as she hops over the end of the sweep.

"N-not bad!" the taekwon says as she adjusts her footing. She then snaps forward with a whip-like high kick toward Koto's jaw, pulls it short, then shoots out another whip kick toward his stomach instead, drawing back as she does.

"So do you have a secret identity?" She asks, "Or am I not allowed to ask?'

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks May Lee's Change-Up Kick.

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May Lee          0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0             Koto

The hero blocks the kick to the jaw pretty quickly, but the one to the stomach moves him a step back.

"Hard enough to keep one these days. Might as well be public and have fun with it, right? My name is Mukai Koto... oh, right. American." He comments as he brings his front leg up in a snapping crescent kick at May's midsection in return.

"Say... uh... nothing is really sensitive to sound in here, is it?" He asks. It's an off kilter question, but well... he probably has a good reason for asking it!

COMBATSYS: May Lee counters Crescent Kick from Koto with Blazing Intercept.

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May Lee          0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0             Koto

"Oh...huh," May Lee says, "I'm May Lee. I'm uh, from Korea. Did you come all the way for one of these too?" May Lee steps out of the kick and twists on her toes, hopping back and shifting legs.

But when Koto kicks forward, May Lee draws her right leg up in a guard. It impacts her thigh briefly, but she presses against it in an aggressive block...before immediately shifting legs and snapping forward with her leg to deliver three lightning fast kicks!

"Oh, um, I don't think so...?"

The lightning fast kicks hit him repeatedly. Koto was so busy readjusting his stance that he honestly didn't expect that to happen.

"Seriously, that's some impressive speed... and no, I'm a transfer. I go to Pacific High."

Then, well... if May is as big of a tokusatsu fan as she claims to be...

The impressively large winged dragon head symbol appearing on the floor behind him that literally just swirls and goes to his back leg is probably sending all kinds of alarms to her. "THUNDER KICK!" Koto announces as his leg raises up, noticeably not extending fully to the kick until the last second in a snap roundhouse aimed at her midsection that happens to be glowing with prismatic energies of some sort.

And like it's namesake? It sounds like thunder whenever it impacts. Apparently he is starting to get a bit serious!

COMBATSYS: May Lee blocks Koto's Thunder Kick.

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May Lee          0/-------/--=====|======-\-------\0             Koto

"Oh! Isn't that a pretty prestigious school? I mean, I hear about it sometimes..." When the dragon symbol appears behind Koto, May Lee's lip quivers. She draws back, bringing up her arm and tightening her guard. When the snap kick comes, she goes into a full cross-block using both forearms. Even so, the power of the blow is enough to send her sliding across the floor until her backside bumps into some shelving.

"S-so cool," she mutters under her breath. "How did you learn how to do that? Is it a technique of your fighting style? You have to tell me now!"

But May Lee doesn't wait for an answer before she hops forward, dropping into a sliding kick for Koto's legs.

COMBATSYS: May Lee successfully hits Koto with Dinosaur's Footprint.

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May Lee          0/-------/=======|=======\=------\1             Koto

About to answer, Koto moves to present his leg and crouch down, but ends up falling to the floor anyways. "It is."

Spinning in place, Koto rises back to his feet but continues the spin into a wheel kick, "Dragon Swings Tail!" No fancy symbol warnings this time, just a literal prismatic wave flaring out in front of the kicks as he spins into the two pronged kick and unleashes first one low wave, then a second higher to try to send her head over heels. Unfortunately, he manages to hit one of those large displays of beach balls as well. The attack is that wide. Said display explodes of such into the air.

And that has Koto turning his head to look, then at her. "Ah... oops?"

COMBATSYS: May Lee counters Dragon Swings Tail from Koto with HENSHIN!.

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May Lee          0/-------/----===|=======\====---\1             Koto

As the battle continues, May Lee's eyes twinkle just a little. "...I wanna learn how to do that. It seems fitting--" she says, confidently. Confidently for a moment, that is, before suddenly she's face-to-face with a dangerous (and spectacularly flashy) attack. The first wave goes low and May Lee leaps back, narrowly avoiding it. The second comes in, and May brings up her leg in a curled defensive stance. The wave slashes along her pants leg, but she crashes against the kick with a meeting of power and power. There's only a moment's pause as the beachballs explode into the air...

And then May Lee smashes forward into a flying haymaker punch. She slams forward like a blur, landing in a slide as her sneakers squeak across the floor. When she comes to a stop she seems...different. Her sleeves are rolled tight. Her fingerless gloves are replaced with elbow-length riding gloves. Most of all, a bright red scarf billows behind her.

"..for a hero of justice!" She thrusts her arm up and to the side in a dramatic pose, setting her feet firmly on the ground. "Perhaps it is time that I, May Lee, show you my own identity as a hero!!"

The resulting haymaker catches Koto completely unawares as he ends up stumbling back afterwards. And he is probably blinking a few times as he shakes his head. Staring at that, well... Koto's stance is at least a bit wider, too. And he seems to consider. "Oh, you're on now..."

Then he does something that is more classic from the Ultra series of all things! Reaches up with both hands to the crest on his head and pulls off what's pretty much a copy of it as he literally chunks it at her, complete with prismatic waves behind it as he calls out, "J-SLUGGER!"

It probably looks cooler than it seems, especially as it starts to circle around after it's flight path, and busily seems to be deflecting beach balls from aisle ways among other things.

COMBATSYS: May Lee just-defends Koto's J-Slugger!

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May Lee          0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0             Koto

The headpiece boomerangs toward May Lee, who narrows her eyes and watches it go. Beachballs get deflected. The blade keeps spinning. The taekwon bites her lip again.

And then suddenly catches the blade between her hands. It keeps spinning toward her for a moment before she lets go, letting it spin away from her. She breathes heavily, then sets her footing a little further apart.

"Ah! A clever move, but a hero of justice has an impenetrable defense!"

COMBATSYS: May Lee enters a trance-like state.

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May Lee          0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0             Koto

Quirking an eyebrow, Koto laughs, "Nicely done! I do not think anyone has ever deflected the Slugger like that! Classic!" Then he moves in rather quickly.

Moving sideways, he aims to first unleash a palm strike before there is a small flash of that odd prism-like energy from his hands and he moves a lot quicker, as if trying to anticipate her attack by moving the opposite way and attempt to get behind her to surprisingly put a hand on her back. Right in the middle of her back if he succeeds.

"Becoming the Moon." He says simply. Even then, he looks very, very winded at the moment if his breathing heavy is any indication.

COMBATSYS: May Lee dodges Koto's Becoming the Moon.

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May Lee          0/-------/---====|=====--\-------\0             Koto

"Ha ha! Thank you! Praise from a fellow hero is always welcome!" May Lee says, pulling her elbows to her sides and extending her fists. She cannot linger in such a pose, however, before her opponent moves into a spectacular display of power and finesse. The two break into a rapid fire set of movements, Koto trying to outmanuever May Lee as she bobs and weaves right in sync. As the move reaches its climax, he is suddenly behind her, May Lee's scarf billowing as she sucks in air and turns to look over her shoulder.

But in the next instant, May launches forward into a forward flip, diving away as the prismatic power explodes. She lands on her palms, twists, then flips back onto her feet.

"A most fearsome technique! But justice comes swift, like lightning! Shining--!" May Lee launches forward, drawing back her fist. Electrical chi surges through it, gathering in her palm before she clenches it closed. She throws a powerful punch forward, aiming it for his jaw.

"Thunder Blow!"

COMBATSYS: Koto fails to interrupt Shining Thunder Blow from May Lee with Crane Swipes Fish.

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COMBATSYS: Koto can no longer fight.

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Koto moves in an attempt to parry, and the electrical charged fist goes right past his jaw and head, shocking him a lot as his hand just barely makes it before he comments, "Yield!" Even as... is that a bit of smoke coming from him?

Coughing, he backs away quickly, hands up in surrender. "I give up!" Wincing a bit as his transformation gives way back to the more civilian outfit and he blinks a few times. Well, she can definitely see that he's bruised and battered and probably barely conscious at that.

Oh, and his hair has ended up standing at all ends in a more poofed out post-electrical explosion bit.

About that time, one of those beach balls comes down on his head and he winces before falling over unconscious.

As the fist connects, May Lee puts her hip into it, giving it extra torque as she finishes the technique. But as soon as the statement comes, May Lee pauses and practically hops back.

"Oh, sheesh!" May Lee says, back out of her hero routine again. "Maybe that was a little too much. I hope I didn't--" Thump.

"--oh gosh, I DID go a little overboard." She cringes, then looks over at the shelf. She looks back at him, then back to the shelf.

"Gosh, I hope I don't regret this..."

A while later, Koto will likely find himself in proper medical care. Besides making sure that his bills are properly covered, he may notice a shopping bag there as well.

Blinking a few times as he comes around, without electrified hair, Koto groans as he manages to at least sit up despite the bruises, bumps, and everything and stares as he notices the shopping bag. "Wha...?"

The shopping bag has him curious, and he reaches to open it to take a look inside. The idea of fighting another Hero of Justice was something that he hadn't thought possible, to be honest. But... it showed he had a long, long way to go before being at the level he was comfortable with!

Koto smiles as he considers what to do now. He tries to remember if he even got her name, for that matter.

Inside the bag is one Ultrakamenman Ohrido figure, still in the packaging and in pristine condition. Tucked on top of the blister card packaging is a small, neatly folded note:

"I know that I technically won, but a true hero knows when she's wrong. I'm sorry if I got carried away earlier."

Slightly below is a signature: May (Jinju) Lee

Another note is also tucked inside on a small card.

PS: Here's my username in case you ever need to call on a fellow hero!

Quirking an eyebrow as he reads the note, Koto thinks for a moment, then gets a grin before he starts to do some quick tracing through internet before wincing and giving an ow. "Okay, maybe later and try to find another one for her... feels wrong we fought over a figure now... owowow..."

Sticking the figure back in the bag, he sets the note as well inside it as he seems to consider how to improve now.

Log created on 20:53:34 11/07/2018 by May Lee, and last modified on 21:06:02 11/08/2018.