SNF 2023.01 - Ninja Heroine for Hire!

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Description: Yoshimitsu shows up instead of Maki's intended opponent in this sizzingly goofy SNF/MC adventure! Will Maki really join the Manji clan??

New year, new SNF, still the same Maki as before.

She's still as tough as ever and is still an active participant on the circuit. There's no keeping a good kunoichi like Maki down!

Maki's arrived in Shibuya for her match, which is supposed to be against a schoolgirl who also has ninja-style weapons. Maki would have initially brushed that off as a joke, but she's seen what can happen in this day and age, and she knows to expect anything.

For now, Maki is doing some stretching and warming up for her battle. She also takes a sip of water before she gets into her fighting position as she waits patiently for her opponent. "I wonder what this will be like?"

Unfortunately for Maki, SNF and MC is a little different this year--she's probably expecting to run into someone else tonight, too--but again, things very rarely run according to plan.

There is a click of metallic boots high above, as someone lands on the edge of a rooftop. The wide hat and shoulderpads should probably clue Maki in this is not necessarily who she was looking for, especially as they jump down to the street level below, doing the whole superhero crouch-landing thing, to boot.

"So... you're the one they sic'd that demon girl on, huh? I heard you were a powerful ninja, so I was curious..." it's Yoshimitsu, in all the heavily armored ninja regalia, cursed sword slung around his back. The voice is metallic, kinda robotic sounding--and the face is covered by a large metallic white mask.

"I was considering offering you a job, but we're not just any group," Yoshi tilted his head, pausing to think.

As soon as Maki hears that strange sound, she looks up and does a double-take. This is definitely not Edenlith. Hell, is this even a human being?

"You... you're..."

Maki can't finish as she stares in disbelief at Yoshimitsu, uncertain of what to make of this guy. His mask reminds her of a bounty hunter from an old anime, but that doesn't mean she's a fan of him.

"Who are you?" Maki asks as she crouches a little, getting into her fighting stance. "A job from you? I don't even know you! Why would I want to work for you?"

"Yoshimitsu, of the Manji clan--yes, that clan--you heard me right," Yoshimitsu nods, "We steal from the crooked and give to the poor, also help out those in need. I heard Mishima Zaibatsu last had my friend Boskonovitch in their custody, I was in town checking out if that was true--ran into that devil schoolgirl," he shook his head.

"You don't need to worry about her, relax--she's a little tied up right now," this is where we might cutaway to Edenlith being mummified to a wall somewhere with ducttape, or the like, but one can use their imagination.

"So, you really the ninja heroine they say you are?" headtilt, again.

Yoshimitsu of the Manji clan. The names ring a few bells in Maki's head. When Maki hears that Edenlith is tied up, she fears that something has become of her. But she can't leave now as she still has a fight to take care of. Even if that means facing off against Yoshimitsu.

"The heroine of Metro City," Maki says as she twirls her tonfa around a few times. "Maki Genryuusai!" She gets back into her fighting stance and looks Yoshimitsu in the eye (or the equivalent on his mask.)

"I don't know who you are or what you did with Edenlith, but if you wish to challenge me, know that I will show no mercy!" She jumps up and down a few times to get the blood flowing before she returns to her fighting stance. "I am ready when you are!"

COMBATSYS: Maki has started a fight here.

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COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu has joined the fight here on the right meter side.

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Maki             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0       Yoshimitsu

"I... just told you?" the fixed expression of the space ninja's mask made the confusion in his voice even more well-timed comedically. "Oh, well--I guess we can make this the tryouts for initiation," Yoshimitsu shrugs a little and reaches behind him--the long ancient-looking katana unsheathed from behind him and brought to bear, the blade humming to life.

Before Maki can do anything however, Yoshi is springing towards her in a sort of wild leap--more of a dive, actually, head first--apparently trying ot headbutt her or sail over her? It's unclear.

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Yoshimitsu's Ganto.

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Maki             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0       Yoshimitsu

"Initiation? Tryouts?" Maki's about to ask what he's talking about, but she knows it's a waste of time since he apparently seems intent on fighting her. She shakes her head, only to widen her eyes in disbelief when she sees the katana he's wielding. It seems she's not the only one wielding a weapon here.

"All right, looks like this will be a fair fight in terms of how we fight," Maki comments.

When Yoshimitsu dives head first towards her, Maki quickly dodges to the side while twisting to face Yoshimitsu as he flies by.

At least she's being fair by letting him get back up first, before she rushes in and attempts to deliver a swift kick to his stomach. (Wonder how well that armor protects him?)

COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu blocks Maki's Light Kick.

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Maki             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0       Yoshimitsu

Yoshimitsu is able to land in a roll from the dive, missing Maki, but rolling back up onto his feet fluidly--and having to turn before the ninja behind him sends a kick right to his chest. He brings his arm up to guard against it--getting pushed back, and immediately returning with a punch, elbow thrust--followed up by a kick of his own, twisting his entire body to aim the heel right at Maki's head!

"You're not bad--pretty fast--" Yoshimitsu's metallic voice through the mask sounds tinny, less than human.

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Yoshimitsu's Scowling Spirit.

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Maki             0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0       Yoshimitsu

"Oh yes, I'm very fast," Maki says without cracking the slightest hint of a smile. "A ninja has to be swift on her feet to avoid being caught!" Maki proves this by tilting her upper body sideways and backwards to avoid being caught by the roundhouse kick. "You'll have to do better than that!"

Maki doesn't waste any time after that. She attempts to go in and throw an uppercut at Yoshimitsu's chin (or the equivalent thereof!)

COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu blocks Maki's Medium Punch.

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Maki             0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0       Yoshimitsu

"I noticed--hrkk--" Yoshimitsu grunts as the fist of Maki comes up and nearly splits their chin open. Well, would if that mask wasn't covering their face. No one had ever seen them take it off, come to think of it... Nevertheless, Yoshi is able to barely block the uppercut and hop backwards, circling Maki a bit, before slipping the katana into the sheath again, at least for a little bit.

"Guess it's back to basics," he tilts his head again, this time more extremely, popping a joint in his neck, before sinking back down to a fighting stance and cracking their knuckles, prepared to go hand to hand.

"Think fast!" his right hand darts out in a chop toward her shoulder!

COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu successfully hits Maki with Quick Strike.

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Maki             0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0       Yoshimitsu

"Back to the basics, you say?" Maki asks. "To be honest, there's nothing basic about-- YAH!"

Maki is cut off as she's hit in the shoulder by Yoshimitsu. And being hit in the shoulder hurts a lot. Maki reels back, wincing in pain as she rubs at her shoulder. "Damn it, I really messed up there."

Now Maki is really angry. "All right, time to show you what I'm truly capable of!" Maki drops down onto her side, then props herself up on her tonfa while spinning around like a whirlwind with her leg outstretched.

COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu fails to interrupt Bushin Senpuu Kyaku from Maki with Skull Splitter.

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Maki             0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0       Yoshimitsu

Yoshimitsu is finally able to put some of that weird alien power of his to work--and Maki will probably no doubt notice this as the energy levels from him spike during it. He then prepares to grab the girl by the shoulders and bring in for a big old metal mask and hat tipped headbutt--however that will work--but is then taken off guard as the leg sweep catches him--pushing his feet out from under him and lands him straight on his back and side with a CLANG.


"You should know by now not to underestimate me!" Maki gets back on her feet and stares at Yoshimitsu. "Although whether or not you were doesn't matter. I think you need to change your tactics if you want to defeat me!"

Maki stares down Yoshimitsu, watching to see what he's going to do when he gets up. She knows a downed opponent can easily come back with an unexpected attack.

COMBATSYS: Maki focuses on her next action.

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Maki             0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0       Yoshimitsu

"Alright," Yoshi pushes himself up off the floor, and draws that hanzo steel again--not that it likely WAS steel, more on that later--and the blade crackles with energy. A strange purple/white cloud of energy surged around the hilt--energy? most likely--and he took a dashing step forward, trying to cleave Maki down around the shoulder with it, the blade leaving red after-images in the air! Was this the accursed swords power? Probably--Yoshi was pretty good at controlling it, all things considered, in this, his low-key personality tended to be a strength.

COMBATSYS: Maki interrupts Mumyo Juji Ken ES from Yoshimitsu with Hassou Kyaku.

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Maki             1/------=/=======|=======\-------\1       Yoshimitsu

"Using your blade, huh?" Maki says as she leaps back slightly as she sees Yoshimitsu reaching for his sword. "Well, how about some of this?"

Maki leaps onto a nearby steady object (use your imagination!) and then flies forwards, leg extended in a flying kick manner.

Her timing may be fast, but not quite fast enough. She hits Yoshimitsu just as his sword comes down on her, meaning they both made contact.

Maki drops to the ground, rolling quickly but getting up and then holding her shoulder. "He got the bad one again..." Maki hisses through her teeth. "Just luck though..."

The swing of the blade continues, apparently scratching against Maki's shoulder as he's kicked and brought to the ground with an 'ugh!' but the metallic ninja quickly gets back to their feet.

"NOt sure who that hurt more, oof," Yoshimitsu isn't afraid to be honest about how they feel, at least, looking down at themselves and the blood on their hand--likely not his, but still. The bloody hand tightened into a fist and he lashed out with it--trying to hit Maki with a blow before sliding away on those metal boots.

COMBATSYS: Maki parries Yoshimitsu's Evasive Strike!

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Maki             1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\1       Yoshimitsu

Again with the blade...

And this time Maki brings out her weapon: Her tonfa!

She strikes the blade away with the greatest of ease while shaking her head. "Sorry, but you'll have to do better than that I'm afraid!" Maki says with a slight smirk. "I'm not one to be underestimated!"

Her smirk disappears. "And now here's another example of what my tonfa is capable of!" She rushes at Yoshimitsu and attempts a tightly gripped strike using her whole tonfa instead of just part of it.

COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu blocks Maki's Genkou EX.

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Maki             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\1       Yoshimitsu

"Tonfa are great for catching and defense against swords, I can see why you like them," Yoshimitsu replies, bringing his blade up to defend against the full swing of the tonfa--the shafts of both weapons meeting with a booming clang. "I can see why they call you the ninja heroine now," that might not be exactly what they call Maki, but.

"Now i'll show you a special technique--" Yoshimitsu then launches towards Maki with his sword--not stabbing with it, but bringing the hilt down with his elbows against her!

COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu successfully hits Maki with Dramura Drop.
Grazing Hit

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Maki             1/-======/=======|=======\=------\1       Yoshimitsu

"This I have to see," Maki comments, preparing to move out of the way when Yoshimitsu comes at her. Unfortunately, she doesn't quite have the depth perception she thought she had. Yoshimitsu manages to hit her just as she moves, knocking her off-balance a little. Somehow she manages to keep from falling over, but that doesn't mean she's exactly thrilled about it.

"OK, now I'm really mad!" Maki says as she grasps her tonfa even tighter than before. "It's time to show you what I'm really capable of!"

Maki rushes at Yoshimitsu, then suddenly launches herself forwards with a swift flying kick. If it connects, she'll send him flying!

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits Yoshimitsu with Tesshin Hou.

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

Yoshimitsu continues on falling--barely hitting Maki and instead hitting the ground. Hard. Not so hard that he's hurt, but it's going to take a moment to get up from being prone--which he's doing when Maki finally moves in for that kick--sending the metallic ninja rolling and breaking a fire hydrant with his body, which ow--that looked like it hurt. As water sprays into the air, he rises--looking a fair bit more woozy now, and shaking his head, that mask dented from where he took the hydrant to the forehead.

"Hokay, passed the test I think, you don't think we could stop now, would ya?" of course, it's unlikely that Maki does, so he has to think fast--giving another rush into a palm strike!

COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu successfully hits Maki with Acrobatic Bliss.

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Maki             1/------=/=======|=======\======-\1       Yoshimitsu

What is Yoshimitsu doing? What is he trying to do?

Knock Maki down hard before she can even react, that's what.

Maki finds herself on the ground and picking herself up as she rubs at her sore spots. "Damn, this... this... whatever he is, he's tougher than he looks!"

Maki shakes her head and slaps her face a few times to get herself back into the fight. After that she shakes her head.

"Can't let him get the best of me..." Maki tries to move in quick and administer a simple takedown.

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits Yoshimitsu with Quick Throw.

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Maki             1/-----==/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2       Yoshimitsu

Yoshimitsu is a strange fighter, to be sure. He's also a bit weird and goofy, at times--but then that's kind of part of the charm. After knocking Maki down again, he stands, before being bonked down unexpectedly by Maki, AGAIN. This time he rises, and he's wavering around, not looking like he's able to take much more of this, but all of a sudden, he raises his sword hand, and...

the wrist starts rotating, spinning--as it is mechanical--and the sword is soon a helicopter blade, pulling his legs up and swooping up and down toward Maki--legs extended to grab or kick her, one of the two.

...Of course, on the other end of her is a storefront, a deli, actually--looking like they're on a collision course regardless--oh god!

COMBATSYS: Yoshimitsu can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Yoshimitsu's Spirited Away.

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Even though she's tired and bruised and battered, Maki refuses to go down easily!

She jumps to the side, albeit then losing her balance and falling over.

But at least Yoshimitsu is taken care of...

As Maki gets to her feet and dusts herself off, she comments, "Whatever Yoshimitsu is, I hope he doesn't come after me anytime soon! I hope he learned his lesson about messing with me!"

And with that, Maki walks off to be tended to by the SNF medical technicians.

Yoshimitsu continues into the storefront, busting through the glass facade. There are dogs barking, and police sirens coming soon. Best to fade out here. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!

Log created on 18:52:02 01/26/2023 by Yoshimitsu, and last modified on 12:46:15 01/29/2023.