Neo League 126 - #145: Kensou vs Hinako

Description: A League battle outside the Kremlin! Sumo vs. Psycho! Unfortunately, Kensou found his 'A' game while nobody was paying attention, and Hinako doesn't really manage to recover the momentum of the fight... (Winner: Kensou)

Ah, Russia. Land of snow, vodka, and little furry hats. And also the maternal ancestor responsible for Hinako Shijou's rather un-Japanese blonde hair. This isn't her first time to the country, nor even the first fight she's been to here, and luckily she knows enough Russian to have some at least passable conversations with the locals. It makes it easier to get directions, at the very least.
Not that the venue for this particular fight is too hard to locate. The Kremlin in Moscow stands out noticeably from its surroundings, and the plaza in front of it provides plenty of room for fighters to go at it, with enough empty space that they probably won't destroy anything valuable.
It's not bitterly cold today, but Russian weather isn't exactly known for being warm. To combat that, Hinako is wearing a warm purple coat which falls to mid-thigh, just failing to cover a slightly lower reaching skirt of a lighter shade of purple. Hinako wears no gloves to obscure her tape-wrapped hands, and currently she has them cupped in front of her face as she blows into them in an attempt at warming them up. Once the fight begins she'll be more than warm enough, of course.

But dealing with cold weather is all part of the important conditioning of a proper martial artist! ...Or, that's what Kensou's teacher has always taught him. Usually while quite heavily bundled up, himself, but how hard is it to believe Chin is more of a 'do as I say, not as I do' sort of teacher? So anyway, here the Chinese fighter is in Russia /in freakin' shorts/, but his fighting attire has never really been known for being all that warm-looking. No, he'll just bear with it, and keep himself warm with thoughts of piping-hot foodstuffs.

Arriving in the plaza where the League battle is slated to take place, presumably with the usual barricading and officials and camera crews all getting ready. And Kensou? Kensou's pumped! And definitely hoping he's not going to be beating up some crazy little girl again, because honestly... Fighting Mimiru doesn't exactly do wonders for one's self image, even if they /do/ win. "Okay, so!" the energetic Psycho Soldier says, once he's made the scene. "Who'm I supposedta be fightin', anyway?"

At the question from Kensou, Hinako turns to look in his direction, then holds up one of her hands and waves. "Over here!" Yes, the tiny blonde girl is his opponent. Another chance for Kensou to look bad even in victory, it seems. Walking briskly over, Hinako gives Kensou a deep bow, then a grin as she stands back up. "I'm looking forward to fighting with you!" Hinako certainly gives off the impression that she knows what she's doing, at least.
At a call from one of the fight officials, Hinako begins walking over toward her starting position. She pauses for a moment, a thoughtful expression coming over her face, then dashes over toward the sidelines, rummaging in a small pile of her luggage. She withdraws a thermos and then runs back over to Kensou. "Here, you look pretty cold. This is some homemade herbal tea, and it should help warm you up."

Oh ho! Clearly she's trying to lull Kensou into a false sense of security, with her being nice and all. The Chinese youth is initially rather surprised, honestly, because there /is/ a distinct 'beating up on a young girl' feel to this impending match, but Hinako does look more competent than Mimiru, and is at least not making any bizarre declarations that might be a sign of serious mental illness. On the other hand, he doesn't know that she's a /sumo wrestler/. "Uh, oh, no, that's okay," the psychic teen says with a sheepish laugh, waving his hands. "If I drink anythin' before a fight, it throws my rhythm off." Besides, she might be trying to drug him! He wouldn't normally be so paranoid, but he's had his reasons lately. "'sides, a good fight always warms me up! Thanks anyway, though," Kensou adds, because he doesn't want to be /entirely/ rude.

Hinako doesn't look /too/ disappointed, and she nods in response to Kensou's choice. "Okay! And you do have a point. A good fight really gets the blood pumping, doesn't it? I hope we have a great match!" And then, humming happily to herself, Hinako goes and tucks the thermos back in with her belongings and moves to her starting position as she waits for the fight to start.
At the signal to get ready, Hinako stands up straight, then slams her right fist against her upper left arm, doing the reverse with her left fist, then slamming both fists together as she psyches herself up for the fight. "Hyah!" She then crouches forward with her open hands out in front of her, assuming her sumo stance just as the call to fight goes out.
Charging across the plaza toward Kensou, Hinako reaches out for the boy as she comes within striking range of him. She lashes out with her right hand, trying to slip it under his left arm and then hook around behind his back. If she succeeds, she uses the leverage to push forward and down, slamming Kensou down hard into the concrete.

COMBATSYS: Hinako has started a fight here.

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Hinako           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Kensou has joined the fight here.

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Kensou           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Hinako

COMBATSYS: Kensou parries Hinako's Kake Nage!

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Kensou           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Hinako

And meanwhile, Kensou has slipped into his own, wide-legged sidelong stance, a pretty generic kung fu position really; with Hinako first off the mark, the Psycho Soldier watches her charge straight at him, and then she's reaching to try for that grapple... Well, honestly he knows next to nothing about his opponent, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to apply his /own/ tricks, intercepting Hinako's right hand with his left arm in a twisting sort of motion, even as he quickly draws on his reserves of Psycho Power to unleash a spherical blast of crackling, blue-tinged white energy right in front of the sumo girl! This might hurt.

COMBATSYS: Kensou successfully hits Hinako with Choukyuu Dan EX.
- Power hit! -

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Kensou           0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0           Hinako

Hinako blinks in surprise as she finds herself stumbling with no opponent in her grasp. She notices the flash of light coming from Kensou, and it's all she can do to attempt to bring her arms up in front of her, palms out, in an attempt to ward off whatever blast might be coming from him. She doesn't really manage to do much to /stop/ the energy, but at least she managed to get herself ready enough that it doesn't knock her off her feet.
And because she's still on her feet, Hinako is able to lunge at Kensou again, this time reaching out with both arms in an attempt to get a firm grip around his torso. She then turns sharply to the side, trying to use her rather improbably impressive strength to whip Kensou off his feet and then send him skidding across the ground.

COMBATSYS: Kensou fails to interrupt Medium Throw from Hinako with Senkyuutai.

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Kensou           0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0           Hinako

Yeah! See, now, that's how a Psycho Soldier is supposed to do things! Well, presumably. Kensou, true to form, gets a little overconfident after that powerful showing, and he tries to fall back away from Hinako's grip... Buuut it seems her grip is a little firmer than he was expecting it to be, and he gets pretty handily whipped off his feet and send skidding, which is not a very comfortable sensation, thanks. "W-whoa!" he declares thereafter. "Ow..." But, he's quickly hopping back up to his feet and turning to face the sumo girl, hopefully in time to deal with whatever's coming next...!

Hinako advances on Kensou as he gets back to his feet, moving steadily but carefully. She's capable of working up a full speed charge from a surprisingly short distance, so keeping in close is almost always a good idea. Not to mention that she has little in the manner of ways to deal with an opponent from a distance.
However, once Hinako gets to within a few feet of Kensou, she stops advancing straight towards him, and instead begins circling around him. She doesn't move slowly, but since she turns herself so that she's constantly facing him she's not really moving fast enough for him to lose track of her. But sooner or later he's going to have to show an opening if he wants to do something... And if not, she'll just have to show him how quickly she can launch forward into an attack.

COMBATSYS: Hinako focuses on her next action.

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Kensou           0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0           Hinako

Well, Kensou was expecting some more solid offense from Hinako, so this is a bit of a surprise; rather than take the 'invitation' to go on the offensive himself and present an opening, the Psycho Soldier keeps himself facing the circling sumo girl, and perhaps he's waiting for an opening of his own? Just what he's doing isn't really clear, as he turns his focus inwards, drawing on his own reserves of Psycho Power even further. So now the question becomes, who's going to do what to whom first?!

COMBATSYS: Kensou gathers his will.

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Kensou           0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0           Hinako

A tricky situation indeed! But somebody has to break this stalemate, and it looks like it's going to be Hinako. She's not sure exactly what Kensou's doing, but it /seems/ to be meditation of some sort. Which is something that it's useful for a fighter to be able to do, but in Hinako's experience it's usually better for training than in an actual fight. Where somebody might hit you upside the head while you're busy becoming one with the world.
That's not /exactly/ what Hinako plans to do to Kensou, but close enough. She rushes in toward the Psycho Soldier again, once more trying to wrap her arms around him. But this time she leans back rather than turning, arching her back as she attempts to yank Kensou off his feet and send him sailing up into the air.

COMBATSYS: Kensou blocks Hinako's Tasuki Nage.

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Kensou           0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0           Hinako

You might be surprised just what will and won't work, in a fight! Especially since Kensou isn't paying as little attention to the world around him as some might be led to believe. Still, the psychic teenager gets grabbed pretty securely by Hinako, and he does get tossed again, but this time he's a bit more prepared to deal with it, rolling as he hits the ground to mitigate most of the damage, ending up in a low crouching position before he dashes towards Hinako again, feinting a low attack before taking to the air, hoping to catch the sumo girl with her guard, well... Somewhere other than where it ought to be. "Yaaa-!!"

COMBATSYS: Hinako endures Kensou's Heavy Kick.

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Kensou           0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0           Hinako

Kensou's kick does slam into Hinako's stomach, but the effect isn't quite as pronounced as one might expect. The girl's arms wrap around the limb as it impacts her, and she skids back from the force of the blow, but no more than a few inches. And then she's crouched over with a grip on Kensou, leaving him in a somewhat awkward position, hopefully.
A position Hinako wishes to take advantage of. Shoving Kensou away from her with all her strength, Hinako then leaps forward, trying to slam into Kensou... and then keep going. If it works, it'll be like a truck slamming into the boy, as Hinako pushes him along in front of her. There are sadly no walls to slam him into, but Hinako makes do by jumping up, attempting to drive Kensou into the ground, landing on top of him as he's scraped and slammed against the concrete at high speed.

COMBATSYS: Kensou interrupts Yorigiri from Hinako with Senkyuutai.

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Kensou           1/------=/=======|=======\===----\1           Hinako

Wuh oh. Kensou's leg is caught, and then he gets shoved back, and Hinako's attack strikes the Chinese fighter when he's off-balance, driving him back with that painful rushing slam. It doesn't seem like he has the wherewithal - or at least the opportunity - to do anything about the assault, until Hinako makes the choice to disengage long enough to leap up for some sort of body splash. With moments, split seconds of breathing room, Kensou makes a quick choice and and slaps his gloved right hand against the ground, stopping his slide and putting his entire weight onto that hand, lifting his body off the ground in an impressive feat of gymnastics, his lower body raising highest so that he can meet Hinako's dive with a quick one-two kicking combination, knocking the poor sumo girl back away. "Yo-!! Yaaa-!!"

On the plus side, Kensou's attack means that Hinako doesn't have to stand back up on her own, since she manages to stay on her feet as she staggers away from the blow. On the down side, well, it kind of hurt. Panting for breath, Hinako uses her left hand to clutch her stomach, though she keeps her right one out in front of her, prepared to fend off any follow-up attacks.
It's probably not the best idea to let Kensou control the momentum of the fight, but Hinako really needs a moment to regroup and reconsider her options. Her opponent's acrobatic ability is making it somewhat tricky to fight against him properly, so she's going to have to come up with a new strategy. In the meantime, she can hopefully at least catch her breath.

COMBATSYS: Hinako takes a breather.

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Kensou           1/------=/=======|=======\===----\1           Hinako

It was supposed to hurt! That was the point of kicking her! Kensou pushes off of the ground with the hand his weight was on, landing deftly on his feet. Oh, he's looking a bit worse for wear... Hinako's throws are definitely something he needs to be careful of... But he could be looking worse! "Sorry," he says, with a grin, tugging the glove on his right hand a bit tighter. "But I ain't gonna go easy on ya just 'cause you're a girl!" And then he charges /straight/ at the breath-catching Hinako, gathering power as he runs. Small bits of debris on the ground stir, lifting slightly off of the plaza, and a faint breeze seems to stir the Psycho Soldier's hair and clothes as he skids to a halt in front of Hinako, his right arm extended fully forward, palm open scant inches away from the sumo wrestler, and his left hand tapping against his his right shoulder, when...

COMBATSYS: Hinako fails to interrupt Senki Hakkei from Kensou with Gasshou Hineri.
- Power hit! -

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Kensou           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Hinako can no longer fight.

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Kensou           0/-------/-------|

...For a brief moment, Kensou's eyes gleam with a blue light, and then a sphere of almost pure white Psycho Power springs into being, engulfing Hinako and even swallowing up Kensou's right arm - all the way to mid-bicep, though it doesn't seem to hurt him any. The hellish blast of psychic energy attacks from all sides, before finally erupting after a few moments of blinding white light, Kensou's control over the massive amount of Psycho Power shattering and a last wave of force /throwing/ Kensou back, and likely throwing Hinako in the opposite direction...!

Aha! Hinako's appearance of resting was really just a feint! (Well, if Kensou had left her alone she probably really would have tried to catch her breath.) But when Kensou comes charging toward her, Hinako looks up at him with a grin. "I wouldn't want you to go easy on me!" And then she /leaps right at him/.
In theory, this is a good. In theory, communism works.
Whatever Hinako was attempting to do, it's flat out negated when she finds herself leaping into a giant ball of energy. Hinako's eyes widen for a moment, and that's the last that can be seen before she's engulfed by the Senki Hakkei. At least, until she goes sailing out of it, soaring in a graceful arc through the air before crashing into some of the broadcast equipment. Leaving a pile of ruined electronics with a pair of legs sticking out of it. Luckily for Hinako, she's buried far enough in there to keep anyone from looking up her skirt. A faint voice drifts out from within. "....ow..."

It's certainly a /different/ tactic. Most people try to get the hell out of the way, if they recognise the setup for that particular attack, though since Hinako's never faced Kensou before... Perhaps she just didn't ralise what might be happening. Sitting up from where he landed in a heap after losing control of the Psycho Power blast, Kensou then proceeds to get to his feet, his right hand hanging a bit limply at his side, while he rubs his neck with his left. That was... A much stronger blast than he was /intending/ to use. "Oh man," he says, noticing that his opponent seems to have inadvertently ruined some of the broadcast equipment... And that the League official is counting to see if Hinako is going to get back up, but that's not looking all that likely! "Er... You okay?" Kensou asks, wandering closer.

COMBATSYS: Kensou has ended the fight here.

Hinako would nod, but at the moment there wouldn't really be much point. On the plus side, some medics are now making their way over toward the ruined equipment to dig Hinako out and treat her. She's still concious, so that, at least, is a good sign. "...Yes, I'm okay.... owie... I don't think... I can get up, though. Good fight!" Although her voice is a little weak, there's still some of her optimistic enthusiasm in that last call. And now there's not really much to do except wait to get extracted and patched up by the medical team.

And indeed, the decision is made in favour of the Psycho Soldier, who looks a bit sheepish still. Oh, Kensou can tell that Hinako's no slouch, but he still wonders if maybe he didn't overdo it /just a little/. "Yeah, definitely, good fight!" the Chinese youth agrees. "We'll havta have a rematch sometime," he adds. Yes, he is also full of energetic enthusiasm and optimism. He might not be the relentless ray of sunshine some are, but he tends towards the positive end of the spectrum. And plus, he's not even noticing the cold now, as the medics go to help his opponent. Ahh, victory.

Log created by Kensou, and last modified on 19:57:36 01/15/2006.