Neo League 101 - #114: Shenwoo vs Iori

Description: Fighting it out in Colombia, Shenwoo manages to push Iori Yagami to the limit... But in the end, will it be enough to win this League battle?! (Winner: Iori)

[OOC] Iori typetypes.

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Log is go. >_>/"

[OOC] Iori says, "You logg--- a'ight."

[OOC] Iori knows -nothing- about geography, clearly. Well, whatever. XD I thought Colombia was an island.

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Well, geography is hard. :( The free-for-all for the PPV proved that."

[OOC] Iori says, "Hm?"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "We couldn't figure out where the Mayans actually were."

[OOC] Iori laughs. XD

[OOC] Iori is pretty sure there's a big temple about an hour outside of Cancun, if his co-worker is correct.

[OOC] Iori says, "Might be Incan tho."

The rest of Colombia may be in a constant state of civil unrest, but even the crime bosses set their guns down to party hard down in Cartagena. An oceanfront town, the weather is beautiful year-round, with local bathing beauties providing plenty of eye candy for out-of-towners. On the Colombian Independence Day, part of the main drag is closed down for a massive go-kart road race, with bleachers set up on either side of the road.
This is not Independence Day, but the bleachers are still seeing use this evening -- as is the road itself, which is currently barricaded off to street traffic. A dozen or so cameras line the streets, all of which are currently focused on Iori Yagami as he strides out from one of the local buildings. The tall redhead hooks his thumbs into his jeans pockets, sparing only nominal glances to either side as he makes his way to the center. And once he's there... he just stops, crossing his arms and breathing a long, vaguely irritable sigh.
At least it's not a damn iceberg.

[OOC] Iori says, "... hahaha."

Iori heads OOC.

Iori has arrived.

You know what Shenwoo's favourite thing about the League is? It's that he gets to go to exotic locations, meet new and interesting people, and punch them. Sure, sometimes his fights aren't in very exotic locations at all - such as his string of losses against Rose and Sagat back in Shanghai - and other times, they're not against new people at all. Case in point: He's fought Iori before, but it was a long time ago. So, while this might not be 'new', it probably still qualifies as 'interesting', at least for Shen.

Regardless, the self-styled 'God of Battle' appears from the side opposite the Yagami scion, ambling rather casually towards the middle of the intended fighting area, his dark eyes hidden behind a pair of designer sunglasses. The younger fighter isn't entirely showing his anticipation for once, so while he's relishing the opportunity to test himself against Yagami's strength again, he outwardly seems a little... Subdued. Maybe the idea of fighting Iori again is a little intimidating? Maybe just a touch? A hair? As he stops, about ten feet away from the redhead, Shenwoo reaches up and slowly takes off his sunglasses, pocketing them and then brushing his blond hair back out of his face. And then he just /looks/ right at Iori, an almost-mad glint in his black eyes, and a feral grin pulling at his wide mouth as he settles into his casual boxing stance, leading with his right hand. "Yo," he says, sounding a bit... Gleeful.

So that's a 'no' on the indimidating thing.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo has started a fight here.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|

[OOC] Iori says, "... it's been a damn year since we've fought, wow."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Yep."

Good. There's one thing Iori really likes about Shenwoo, and that's the fact that he doesn't talk any crap. When it all comes down to it, Iori's impression of Shenwoo is that he just does one thing really well -- knock the bejeezus out of whatever's in his way. And that commands a lot of respect from a tall Orochi halfblood who likes to knock the bejeezus out of whatever's in his way.
Chuckling faintly, he lurches forward, his movements languid and relaxed. He's not on edge -now-... considering the last time he'd taken on the Shanghai berserker, it was with backup. But just the same... "You got balls, kid. Went toe to toe with Kyo, I hear." Not that Iori's that much older, but still. "Show me how much better you've gotten since last year." Leisurely, he extends his hand towards Shenwoo, beckoning him on rather than charging right into a punch. Why? Because Iori's a damn arrogant bastard, that's why.

COMBATSYS: Iori has joined the fight here.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Iori

Well, some people can afford to be arrogant; being significantly stronger than the vast majority of the world's population probably qualifies as just cause. Shenwoo doesn't seem at all bothered by Iori's attitude, his grin unfaltering; but what to do, what to do? Another person would probably be pretty cautious in dealing with Yagami, but Shenwoo's really not that sort of person... Instead, he walks right up to Iori, just as casually as you please, and then he launches a foot up to try and kick the other fighter right in the side of the head. And to think, some people have Shen pegged as being a 'boxer'!

COMBATSYS: Iori dodges Shenwoo's Fusen Kyaku.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Iori

Swerving his upper torso out of the way as he backpedals, Iori efficiently takes himself out of the way of that kick. He -would- have been tricked by that. "You learned how to =kick=..." he notes with a wry half-grin. And... apparently, Iori learned to chill out a little, because he's not screaming like crazy... yet. No, when he charges forward this time, it's with a dashing punch to the stomach. Nothing crazy, just a rapid punch aimed at knocking Shenwoo off his game.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo dodges Iori's Quick Punch.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Iori

Note to self: Next time, don't go for such a slow kick. Shenwoo gets his footing again pretty easily, though, swinging his foot back down to the ground and balancing himself, so when Iori comes at him with that punch, it's easy enough for the brawler to twist out of the way, avoiding the attempt to strike him in the midsection... And then attacking in turn, lunging with his upper body at Yagami with both fists extending in a simultaneous punch at the other fighter's chest. It's simple and straightforward, and possibly enough force to knock the other man on his back. "Graah!!"

COMBATSYS: Iori endures Shenwoo's Strong Punch.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Iori shakes his fist at Tough Out.

It's a seriously powerful punch, there's no question of that. But Iori, for whatever reason, doesn't make any attempt to evade it -- rather, he charges =right into= the punch, letting Shenwoo's fist slam right into his chest.
Almost. He pivots just a few degrees to the side, such that Shenwoo's knuckles slide just a =wee= bit off target -- because if it'd hit full on, Iori seriously =would= be knocked on his ass.
Why would he try something like that? ... Simple, really. From this angle, shoulders pitched forward, he's got a bit of a reach advantage if he were to try anything crazy like, oh... socking the dirty-blond fighter right in his face. "GURAAAAAAH!"
And only -then- would he stumble to the side ... that punch really =hurt!=

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo blocks Iori's Strong Punch.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Iori says, "!"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "So that's what that 'b' command is!"

[OOC] Iori laughs.

But it seems that Shenwoo's reactions are a bit faster than Iori probably remembers them being, enabling him to twist his head and mitigate the brunt of the damage of the other fighter's strike. Instead of socking him in the face, the fist glances painfully across the side of Shenwoo's head, but it's definitely not enough to slow the lean brawler down. "Too slow!" he cries, twisting his body to try and smash his knee into Iori's gut, even as the other fighter tries to stumble to the side.

COMBATSYS: Iori blocks Shenwoo's Light Kick.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "And I have to go let my mom cut my hair or she's going to nag me for hours. :o Idle for hopefully not too long. x_x"

[OOC] Iori ahs, okay. NP.

Too slow? "Hmph." In one sense, Iori -was- just toying around with Shenwoo... but the comment was enough to raise his hackles slightly. Growling, he pivots sharply to the side, snapping his arm down to deflect the knee to the gut. Slow or not, he's still more than quick enough to keep that knee from doing any -serious- damage.
But... while he's backing off, he's not -slacking- off. Reversing his evasion, he charges right back at Shenwoo with what might be a familiar charge -- an underhanded punch to the cut, followed by a right cross, before launching into an overhead double-handed hammer blow. And... oh, yes, the screaming. "GURAAA! GURAAA! GURAAAAAAOH!"

COMBATSYS: Iori successfully hits Shenwoo with Aoi Hana.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-======|==-----\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Ow. C_C"

"Heh," chuckles Shenwoo when his kick is blocked, and what comes next doesn't quiiiite pan out how he was hoping it would; he tries to duck out of the way of the first strike, but instead he gets hit right in those rock-hard abs of his, his breath rushing out and leaving him open for the right cross, and the overhead hammer that follows, knocking the brawler down... But definitely not out, as he twists as he falls, reaching to grab Iori by the nearest ankle and simply try to haul the other fighter off of his footing. "Tch...!"

[OOC] Iori says, "... whoa, sorry about that."

[OOC] Iori says, "I was having to reconfigure my display settings. @_@"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "It's cool, I just got back. :O"

[OOC] Shenwoo had to shower after the cut, and then wash out the tub because there was a ton of hair in it. :|

[OOC] Iori ehs XD

[OOC] Iori hehs even.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo successfully hits Iori with Quick Throw.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-======|===----\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Iori says, "... you... friggin restorer. :o"

[OOC] Shenwoo :D

[OOC] Iori :D

Well, that was unexpected. Iori finds himself snared by Shenwoo, but really, what the hell is that guy gonna do from on the ground? Iori certainly doesn't think it'll be -much-... but apparently, it's enough to take the man to the ground just the same. "Kuuhaaa-" he shouts as his legs are jerked out from under him, and he lands with a resounding *THUD* on the street.
=This= is street fighting at its finest, ladies and gentlemen. Of course... with Iori and Shenwoo both on the ground, there's only one truly effective way to strike -- a stomp kick, with both steel-toed boots rocketing out towards Shen, fueled by the arching of Iori's entire frame. "GUHAAAAAA!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo interrupts Heavy Kick from Iori with Tenrenshou.

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Shenwoo          1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Iori says, "... Yeowch."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Damn, hoss, that's a lot of heavy kick. o_<"

[OOC] Iori says, "Hi, Shen, I have someone I'd like you to meet."

[OOC] Iori says, "Shen, Smash. Smash, Shen."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Smash is a good friend of mine. :("

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Well, not today, he isn't."

[OOC] Iori nods. "He's working both sides of the fence tonight.

Now, if Shenwoo were sensible, the lean brawler would've tried to get out of the way of that... Or maybe not, after how things went with his last dodging attempt. Anyway, 'sensible' is not something he's ever really been accused of, which would be why Shenwoo twists around again and, while he still gets stomped, his own leg stretches past Iori's at the same moment to smash into the other fighter and shove the pair of them away from each other, lessening the impact of the Yagami heir's strike. Plus, it buys Shen the room he needs to roll to his feet, grinning wildly in a low, crouching stance. "Heheheh," he chuckles quietly. You know, he might be a little unbalanced.

Rugal has arrived.

... Again, that was unexpected. He didn't expect to get his ass kicked by Shenwoo. ... Literally, even less so, but that's precisely where Shenwoo's kick would have to land at that point. His back skids along the pavement from the blow, causing a rather =violent= outburst from Iori that gets censored out for the viewers at home, but regardless, it only leads to Iori climbing right back to his feet. Scowling, he's finding this fight to be less entertainment, and more of an irritation.
So it's pretty obvious Iori's just pissed... whereas Shenwoo seems to be enjoying this. Either way, =both= fighters are gonna end up hurtin'. And Iori... well, =you= try stopping a mad bull racing for your head, swinging his right palm for your face for a takedown. But if that palm connects, it'd explode in a furious blaze of purple flame, heralded by a hellacious wail: "GURRRRAAAAAAAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo dodges Iori's Koto Moon Negative.

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Shenwoo          1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0             Iori

But... That palm /doesn't/ connect. Shenwoo is all too aware of Iori's ability to throw flames around, and frankly he got a heaping helping of the crimson variety recently courtesy of Kyo... So he waits until the last moment, the last /possible/ instant, and then throws himself back, Iori's grasping takedown missing by a hairsbreadth. And then, Shenwoo's knee comes up again, this time headed right for the Yagami fighter's face, since he's being so obliging with that attempt to try and knock the blond fighter down. "SHAAA!!"

[OOC] Iori says, "... Kyoko beating Sagat has put this fight in an entirely different perspective. >_>;"

[OOC] Shenwoo couldn't beat Sagat. :(

[OOC] Iori could, but hasn't yet.

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "...Mainly because Tiger Genocide beat my ass."

[OOC] Iori says, "Yeah."

[OOC] Iori says, "Ah hell. 50/50."

COMBATSYS: Iori fails to interrupt Light Kick from Shenwoo with Oniyaki.

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Shenwoo          1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Iori says, "..."

[OOC] Rugal says, "You don't have the best of luck with that move, do you? :O"

[OOC] Iori says, "stfu meanei ;_;"

[OOC] Rugal says, "omg sry :("

Shaaa. It's a battle cry Iori hasn't heard for a while. And truthfully... he could probably go another year without hearing it again. Not that =his= are any better, of course, but still. It's mainly because he's crouching low to try and knock Shenwoo out of it, his fists flaming a brilliant purple as he prepares to spin around, that Shenwoo's able to catch him unawares with his blindingly fast punch. It lands, just as planned, and Iori flies backwards, back grazing the pavement for one more long slide. Road rash sucks, kiddies.
He kips back to his feet afterwards though, snarling like a rabid dog. Yagami's not happy, folks.

Man, Shenwoo's happy he managed to forestall that little counterattack... Though, uh, clearly Iori's not as happy. The tall, lean brawler from Shanghai is well aware of the anger and hostility being directed his way, and while he can certainly understand those sorts of feelings, the way he experiences them is a bit different. Iori's snarling is met with that almost unchanging, wolfish grin of Shenwoo's, and the berserker takes a few steps towards the other fighter, intent on pressing his advantage; soon enough, that 'few steps' turns into Shenwoo rocketing forward so fast his figure blurs, his hair and shirt trailing behind him as he rushes at Iori almost too quickly for the eye to follow. His beringed left fist is thrust forward, leading the attack, and a shockwave of energy surrounds and evelops his form, turning him into some sort of crazy human bullet. "GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!" A crazy, yelling human bullet.

COMBATSYS: Iori blocks Shenwoo's Zetsu Gekiken.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/------=|====---\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Rugal says, "O dear."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Aw."

Kim has arrived.

[OOC] Kim swaps. D:

[OOC] Iori o.o

Rugal heads to the Pacific Ocean.

A crazy, yelling human bullet that runs into a crazy, yelling, brick wall. Iori roars with anger as he shoulders the blow, boots smoking as he's plowed backwards from the hellaciously quick punch. "GUUUUUH!" But when Shenwoo's push comes to Iori's shove, both men somehow remain standing.
Muttering unintelligibly, he pivots forward, bringing his trailing hand forward in an overhand slash, aiming to rake his talons across Shenwoo's neck and chest. "GUHAAAA!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo Toughs Out Iori's Quick Punch!!

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Shenwoo          0/-------/------=|====---\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Iori says, ")(@*!er!"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "..."

[OOC] Iori says, "Did I just zero-damage you!"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "...Yes."

[OOC] Kim... !

[OOC] Iori says, ")(@*!"

[OOC] Kim says, "Tough out is so hardcore. :O"

[OOC] Iori says, "Only if your name starts with S and ends with henwoo!"

[OOC] Kim checks his name--snap. :(

[OOC] Iori's seriously amused by this, not mad or anything, just like whoas.

[OOC] Iori says, "Then again, I don't endure as much as I should. :)"

[OOC] Kim says, "Do you have Toughness, too? :O It's be pretty fitting."

[OOC] Iori does, yeah.

[OOC] Iori hasn't TOed yet.

Well, snapple. Anyone else might give into frustration after something like that, but apparently not our boy Shen, who laughs in a bit of a madcap fashion as the energy from the Zetsu! Gekiken is dispersed, almost harmlessly... And keeps right on laughing, a harsh near-bark of a sound, as he stands there, getting slashed across the throat and chest, rivulets of blood running down his chest. "That supposed to hurt?" he wonders of Iori, joy in his voice, his hands snaking out to try and grab Iori by the front of his shirt, jacket, whatever, and then plant a big ol' headbutt right on his noggin'... Before lifting Iori right up if he manages it, to smash him down on the ground opposite. "GRAAAAAAAAAGH!!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo successfully hits Iori with Saikouhou-Geki.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-----==|======-\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Iori says, "... what the hell. >_>"

[OOC] Shenwoo has been eating his Wheaties.

[OOC] Iori says, "Clearly! :)"

[OOC] Kim says, "In response, Iori, you need to eat his face. :/"

[OOC] Iori says, "This is why the Neo League rocks."

[OOC] Iori says, "These fights would never frickin happen with SNF."

[OOC] Kim says, "Yeah."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Nope, it'd be 3vs2 or something."

[OOC] Iori says, "Oh, hell, now I know what I'm doing wrong. I forgot to turn on my PWN flag."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Oh crap, it's on now."

[OOC] Kim waits for a triple Crit hit. :O

Okay, okay. Iori, anger... gotcha. No need to elaborate there. And when Shenwoo practically laughs him off... well, even more of that. He's about to meet Shenwoo head-on for that headbutt, but Shenwoo has the clear advantage, braining him first before slamming the Orochi halfblood right back to the ground.
And he lands =hard= too, shoulder bouncing off the pavement once before he's able to scramble back to his feet. Desperation, panic... all of those are setting in now. Iori has =dusted= this boy before, but now he's having issues.
So much for anger. Spitting blood, he throws caution to the wind, lowering his head and bull-rushing forward. If nothing else, a good uppercut to the jaw ought to wipe that joyous grin off Shenwoo's face, right? "GUAAAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo blocks Iori's Quick Punch.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/----===|======-\-------\0             Iori

Shenwoo learned important lessons, when he fought Iori... And in all the fights he's had in the year since. There's a world of difference between being the big fish in a small pond like he was back in Shanghai, even in participating in some of the more interesting fighting circuits in China, than in facing the sort of people he has since he relocated to Southtown. World class fighters, fighters stronger and smarter and more experienced than the self-styled 'God of Battle', but that just meant Shenwoo needed to work harder. With every fight, win or lose, he's gotten stronger, smarter, faster, /better/. And while you can't catch the bear every time... That's not going to stop him from trying.

That uppercut smashes into Shenwoo, all right, but it meets his tattooed forearms rather than his jaw, hurting a lot less than Iori was probably intending it to. And what's the berserker planning to do in response? Well, he staggers back a step from blocking that hit, and he twists, swinging his left fist out, ring and all, in a speedy punch right at Iori's throat!

COMBATSYS: Iori blocks Shenwoo's Quick Punch.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/----===|======-\-------\0             Iori

Punches to the throat, slashes to the jaw... it's getting =vicious= now. But, if nothing else, Iori seems to be a bit more resigned to his fate here. Shenwoo's delivering a much bigger challenge than the arrogant Orochi halfblood had originally anticipated, and Iori's coming to give him the respect he deserves now -- and that's coming in the form of his forearm deflecting the punch with a carefully-placed forearm. No longer scowling quite as overtly, he simply grunts...
And curls his right hand back, igniting a ball of purple flame. Shenwoo might be familiar with similar moves, but this one packs a bit more punch than his Yami Barai. Notably, the flame -looks- just like it... but as soon as Iori sweeps his hand across his body, sending the blast sizzling across the ground towards Shenwoo, the heavens erupt with a thunderous roar (thankfully drowning out Iori's own howling), three tree-trunk-like bolts of lightning crashing down to meet the violet blaze. This could hurt.

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "/Hmm/."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "That's a bit of a pickle."

[OOC] Kim says, "Interrupt with Random Weapon!"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "I have a 0 chance of that, Kim."

COMBATSYS: Iori successfully hits Shenwoo with Ya Sakazuki.

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Shenwoo          1/----===/=======|===----\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "/Yeow/."

[OOC] Iori says, "... whoas."

[OOC] Kim says, "Man, I was tellin' ya."

[OOC] Iori says, "Actually, '0' is never '0'."

[OOC] Iori says, "Since you could still theoretically pull off a critical."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Well, true."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "But if I was going to get a critical, I'd rather get a Parry."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Or whatever a critical on a dodge attempt results in when you have Parry. C_C"

[OOC] Iori says, "That would be called 'parry'."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Well, there you go."

[OOC] Iori says, "I don't think it's any more uber, except -possibly- in super gain."

So... Fire. Lots of it! And it hurts! Shenwoo gets blasted by Iori, and it hurts a /lot/. Like, way way more than Shenwoo would like it to. But is that enough to stop him? Hell naw. Staggered, thrown off-balance by the sudden searing pain, the berserker nevertheless throws himself at Iori, with those cursed purple flames still clinging to his form, laughing wildly as he tries to get ahold of the other fighter and unleash a furious barrage of punches and kicks, ending it off with another headbutt. "NOT ENOUGH!!" he roars, but... Will it really not be?

[OOC] Iori tries the stupid again.

COMBATSYS: Iori fails to interrupt Kohyou Rengeki from Shenwoo with Yumebiki.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Kim says, "--Well, at least you're still alive."

[OOC] Shenwoo beathe. C_C

[OOC] Shenwoo breathe, even. C_C

[OOC] Iori says, "But for how long?"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Good question!"

[OOC] Iori says, "At least it wasn't a crit hit? c.c"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Or Power."

Punch, kick, it's all in the mind! If by 'the mind' we actually mean 'Iori's grill', because that's where Shenwoo's barrage lands. He'd tried his damndest to step forward and nip that assault in the bud, but his reflexes just aren't as quick as they were in the beginning of the fight. Buffeted backwards from each successive blow, Iori struggles to remain on his feet -- and for the most part, manages to do so. It's just a question now of whether Shenwoo can continue pressing his advantage...

They're both barely standing by this point, Shenwoo wobbling a bit after the impressive amount of damage dealt by Iori's massive attack... So what's he left to do, now? Nothing but try and press the advantage, such as it is. Battered and bruised, Shen keeps right on grinning, clearly enjoying himself, and he takes a pair of quick steps after Iori, twisting on one heel to swing his other foot up and then thrust it /out/, a straight-legged kick, trying to plough through Iori's guard and catch the man in the gut with enough force to toss him back - and hopefully, out for the count. "GRAAAH!!"

COMBATSYS: Iori dodges Shenwoo's Tenrenshou.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|===----\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "(Now I'm boned.)"

[OOC] Kim ufufufu.

Barely standing... but still managing somehow. Iori's crimson eyes glare back at Shenwoo, firm in his resolve to not be taken down by the Shanghai upstart. A quick pull to the left takes him clear of the berserker's kick, letting it whistle past with only the smallest of clearances. And for an instant... it seems like Iori gets a second wind, his lungs filling with air for what could be one last strike -- a hard kick to the ribs to rob Shenwoo of =his= last breath.

COMBATSYS: Iori successfully hits Shenwoo with Light Kick.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0             Iori

[OOC] Kim!!

"Hah!" laughs Shenwoo as his kick is avoided, and he doesn't really get a chance to recover before he gets kicked in the ribs, the wind rushing out of his lungs and the edge of his vision greying. It'd be easy, you know, to just... Lay down, then and there. But that's not the sort of person Shenwoo is. He twists, with the force of the kick, and then launches himself at Iori again, trying to shoulder check the other fighter and bear him down to the ground, where if successful, the berserker will then straddle Iori and punch the holy hell out of him. At least, until he flops to the side, unable to continue.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo can no longer fight.

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[OOC] Iori says, "Crit hit."

COMBATSYS: Iori blocks Shenwoo's Saikouhou-Geki.

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[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Booo."

[OOC] Iori says, "Okay, I like reverse jinxing."

[OOC] Iori says, "I expect that to work for the next 3.5 fights."

[OOC] Iori says, "Got me down to 4%, tho. You have a nasty tendency to show me up, dude. :D"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "That light kick did 20 damage. :("

[OOC] Kim says, "Shen is intense."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "And it's sad...."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Every time I convince myself I should get something else instead of Restore..."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Along comes a fight where it really helps me."

[OOC] Iori =nods=.

[OOC] Kim says, "Restore is sooo nice. :("

[OOC] Iori used to have SW.

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Because I was thinking..."

[OOC] Iori says, "It fired all of about three times."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "That Vigor + extended normals would be awesome."

[OOC] Kim has it on both of his alts. Was expecting SW as Kim, but this is so much nicer.

[OOC] Iori says, "Actually, I had a hard time deciding on that, Kim. ;b"

[OOC] Iori says, "Because the -last- Kim?"

[OOC] Kim says, "Oh? :O"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Was hitting like 4th wind all the time."

[OOC] Iori says, "He had a knack for hitting at least Third Wind."

[OOC] Iori says, "Yeah."

[OOC] Kim says, "--Yeah, I've heard. @.@"

[OOC] Kim says, "I think JD + Restore works nicely enough, though."

[OOC] Iori nods.

[OOC] Kim says, "Because the amount of times JD goes off for Kim is kind of amazing. ._.a"

[OOC] Iori wanted JD on Iori so badly, but it's so not appropriate, IC-ise.

[OOC] Iori says, "IC-wise*"

[OOC] Kim says, "Yeah. D:"

[OOC] Iori says, "Since I lean on block, like =whoas=."

[OOC] Kim says, "Yeah, so do I. On both alts. x_x So much more reliable, especially with ass reflex."

[OOC] Shenwoo loves him some Toughness.

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "And Parry."

[OOC] Kim says, "Parry has gone off for me once so far. XD"

[OOC] Kim felt antsy about dodging with a 90 as Rugal. Just because.

[OOC] Iori has pulled off some =amazing= parries.

[OOC] Iori parried Geese's Deadly Rave.

[OOC] Kim says, "... nice. O_o"

[OOC] Iori parried Ryu's Shin Shoryuken. Twice in a single match, IIRC.

[OOC] Kim Geeze.

[OOC] Kim says, "That's intense. D:"

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "That IS intense."

[OOC] Shenwoo's alt parried Chin's Roaring Flame Inferno...

[OOC] Kim JD'd D!'s MAX on a 29. I was so relieved. x_x

[OOC] Iori says, "Oh wait, no."

[OOC] Shenwoo Toughed Out D!'s max, Kim.

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "It was the first 0-damage tough out... Ever."

[OOC] Kim says, "Poor D!."

[OOC] Iori parried a hadouken, dodged and blocked his to Shoryukens.

[OOC] Iori says, "Yeah. At least you blew that 0-damage on a Quick Punch. ;)"

[OOC] Kim says, "D!'s MAX and FPC get denied an awful lot."

[OOC] Iori says, "D's max always did, yeah."

[OOC] Iori says, "See..."

[OOC] Iori says, "... the problem with MAXes and supers is..."

[OOC] Iori says, "... heck ,if =I= see one?"

[OOC] Iori says, "I'm gonna burn a DM."

[OOC] Kim says, "Yeah, I tend to do that as Kim. I've got nothing defensive to use as Rugal, though."

[OOC] Kim says, "... he is his own defense."

[OOC] Iori nods.

[OOC] Iori gets to typing. x.x

Shoulder check: successful. At least partially, anyway. The problem here is Iori's newfound energy... the determination to =not= get shown up in this fight. Staggering backward from Shenwoo's shoulder, Iori instead moves to deflect Shenwoo to the side, giving him a hard shove to help him to the ground that much faster. With what started out as a rather violent exchange of blows having devolved into a base street fight, Iori is just a little aggravated... but he =is= still standing, somehow or another.
Weary, Yagami glares down at Shenwoo, debating giving him a good hard kick to the ribs for the trouble... but eventually deciding against it. Instead... he just leans over top of him, blotting out one of the lights to take a closer look at his opponent, even as the referee is running down the count. "I underestimated you at first. Don't think I'll make that mistake next time." It might not sound like it, but that's a twisted form of praise from the Yagami scion.
Iori turns on his heel and walks back to the building from which he came, shutting out the cacophony of the crowd as per his usual.

COMBATSYS: Iori takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Iori has ended the fight here.

[OOC] Iori says, "Damn close fight, man."

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "It was, yeah!"

[OOC] Shenwoo was expecting to get his ass kicked. :D

[OOC] Shenwoo says, "Next on the list... RYU. C_C"

[OOC] Iori says, "... you saw what I did to Ryu yesterday, right? c.c"

[OOC] Kim says, "That was so out there. o_O"

And Shen is... Pretty much out like a light. But oh, he had fun, judging by the look on his face, only barely registering the 'praise' from Iori, and the fact that the Yagami scion is declared the winner. Of course, for Shenwoo, it's all about the fight, not the outcome. In the meantime, he'll just lie here for a bit. Nice, comfortable street.

Log created by Shenwoo, and last modified on 11:30:57 01/01/2006.