Neo League 151 - #151: Kensou vs Megumi

Description: A rematch a long time coming, under Metro Bridge! Unfortunately for Kensou, it looks like he left his 'A' game in Russia! (Winner: Megumi)

A league match in the early evening hours...Megumi had been challenged. The battleground was to be the under-section of the Metro Bridge, with enough ground available here for a match, certainly. The mass of spectators and league crew ensure that any of the typical gang activity this area's known for is diminished, possibly even outright chased off for now.

Megumi got here early. Several hours early, some of which was spent simply wandering Metro City. But as the time for the match grew nearer, she took her place in the center of the area that's been marked off for the match. Right now, she's...calm. Quiet. Not engaged in her usual mingling with the fans. Megumi has a rather introspective, 'thinking' demeanor right now as she waits.

Since joining the league, Kensou's been getting a lot more travel than he has in a long time! Which has only served to remind him how easily he gets airsick, unfortunately. But, the energetic psychic teen has been all over the place, from Russia to Africa, to a cruise ship and now, yes, even to the 'illustrious' Metro City. It's been a long time since the Psycho Soldier has fought Megumi, and a lot's happened since then... But now he's intentionally sought out a rematch, perhaps planning on using the other psion as a means to measure his own growth since he joined the League fights.

Or, maybe he totally forgot she was even in the Neo League until recently. It's difficult to say.

There's a bit of a stirring in the crowd as someone makes their way through, and Sie Kensou's whole plan for making a cool running entrance is rather handily stymied by the lack of space for people to really be spread out. But he winds his way through the spectators as quickly as he can, managing to mostly avoid treading on anyone's foot or anything, and once he gets to the barricade, the Chinese fighter leaps over them dramatically! ...Except he snags his foot on the barricade, so his leap turns into a tumble, rolling head over heels to end up in a sitting position near the middle of the ring, swaying a bit dizzily. "I-I'm okay!" Kensou insists, hopping to his feet and dusting himself off with a sheepish, nervous laugh.

Megumi is snapped out of her thoughts by Kensou pretty well bumbling on in, obviously surprised. "Eh?" She's fine with him getting back up, starting to go over towards him and offer a hand only to find he's already back up. It's not like the fall would've really hurt him, most likely. "Well, so long as you're alright. I guess...well, y'wanted a match with me, right?" Megumi backs away from Kensou, picking out a spot near her own 'side' of the area's barricades. "I'm ready when you are, I suppose. Just lemme know." Then she shifts her hands and feet around into the typical Aikido stance, the one she usually leaves the moment the match starts.

Of course it would hurt, Kensou's taken much worse! "S'right," he confirms in confident tones, as he drops into his own stance with a flourish; it's different from the one he used to use, though it's still wide-legged and sidelong. Instead of holding his hands open as he used to, now they're both balled into fists, his left hand leading and turned upwards so that his palm faces up. "I wanna see if you've gotten stronger since the last time we fought!" After all, Megumi is someone whose ability he does respect, having seen it firsthand and all. "So, c'mon!"

COMBATSYS: Kensou has started a fight here.

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Kensou           0/-------/-------|

"...If that's how you feel about it," Megumi responds at first in a very quiet tone. "Well..." There's a single nod. "'Kay, time t' go for it, then." She's starting to lapse back into a more casual attitude, and it's showing. Kensou looks more or less ready, so Megumi runs a few steps towards him, then makes a headfirst dive towards Kensou.

Her right fist extends after that, bright red energy wrapping around it as her body twirls through the air. Megumi plans to strike her fist into Kensou's midsection, it seems. Should she hit, her left hand is ready to thrust down to the ground, to let her cartwheel aside and back onto her feet. could go some other way, easily.

COMBATSYS: Megumi has joined the fight here.

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Megumi           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Kensou

COMBATSYS: Kensou blocks Megumi's Spiral Knuckle.

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Megumi           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Kensou

Initially standing his ground through Megumi's advance, Kensou's response to the incoming attack is pretty straightforward; he steps /into/ it, crossing his arms to intercept the fist and bright red energy. Most of the potential damage dissipates, and Kensou exhales a quick breath as he pushes back against Megumi's fist as she, presumably, attempts to recover from her attack; he twists around once he's got a little room, hoping to catch the other fighter with a roundhouse kick before she can properly get her footing. "Hyaa-!"

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Kensou's Heavy Kick.

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Megumi           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Kensou

Megumi manages her carthweel off to the side after she apparently barely even nudges Kensou, and continues the motion into a low roll beneath his kick, rising back up to reach out at one of his wrists. If she gets that, she'll try to also grab that arm's elbow, raising it while bending it in towards itself. It's a strange gesture, but it might get a point if she manages that hold.

Because if she does, Megumi will spin behind Kensou, keeping the arm lifted, before she spins with it and begins to drive it downward. A strange takedown, one meant to bring him to the ground face-first.

COMBATSYS: Kensou dodges Megumi's Medium Throw.

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Megumi           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Kensou

Now, if there's anything Kensou knows for sure about Megumi, it's that getting caught by her grappling techniques is /very bad/. So pardon him while he avoids doing so! His wrist is grabbed, but his response is to quite promptly jump straight /at/ Megumi, trying to catch her in the jaw with his left knee. "Yo-!" If that does hit, then he twists his waist to smash his other knee into her jaw as well. "Yaa-!" and then he'd twist around entirely, using her arm as a levering point, to bring his now-extended left leg down on her shoulder, painfully! "Uryaa-!!"

COMBATSYS: Megumi blocks Kensou's Ryuu Renga.

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Megumi           0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0           Kensou

Megumi can't quite get her hold, but does have the foresight to expect strange aerial tactics from Kensou, letting go and spinning away from him while raising her arms to stop his knee and leg-strike. After that, Megumi jumps backwards and puts her hands together upon landing, creating a sparkling red energy ball about the size of her head.

It hovers for a moment, then Megumi gives it a light push, one that sends it flying quickly towards Kensou; certainly out of proportion with the very light force behind her shove.

COMBATSYS: Kensou slows Crimson Comet from Megumi with Choukyuu Dan.

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Megumi           0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0           Kensou

Flipping back off of Megumi's guard, Kensou lands pretty easily, skidding back a few feet and... Oh, that's probably not good! Still, his response to the incoming projectile is pretty straightforward, as he brings up his hands in front of his face and quickly gathers his own Psycho Power, hurling a crackling sphere of blue-tinged white at the incoming attack, with a cry of: "Choukyuudan!!" The two blasts intersect, but some of Megumi's attack manages to leak past Kensou's, hitting the Chinese fighter. "Keh...!"

Megumi takes into a sprint even as Kensou fires off his Choukyuudan, though her face does show some surprise as her own blast actually gets past his. Enough to slow her down for a split-second, then she picks back up to a full charge, jumping at Kensou when she's near. She's going just beside him, one arm held out to try and wrap around his neck and use the momentum to take him to the ground.

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

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Megumi           0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0           Kensou

Honestly, Kensou's about as surprised as Megumi... And that surprise costs him. When his opponent jumps at him, the Psycho Soldier starts to drop back, but this just opens him up all the better for Megumi's attack, and he's borne to the ground with the sound of air rushing out of his lungs. "Ooof!" Okay, /that/ was a miscalculation! Barring any further grappling from the other fighter, he'll of course try to roll /away/ from her...

Megumi rolls backwards as well, trying to actually catch up with Kensou's roll. Should she manage to get beside him, Megumi will try to keep this battle on the ground, reaching out at one of Kensou's arms and trying to stretch it out, lying down and bending it downward; a typical arm-bar technique to damage that limb. Doesn't seem to be saying too much at the moment...

COMBATSYS: Kensou blocks Megumi's Medium Throw.

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Megumi           0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0           Kensou

And Kensou knows full well that a grappling battle on the ground isn't at all to his advantage; so, while he gets grabbed, he powers out of the arm bar as soon as he can. It hurts, sure, but it beats getting hurt even worse, and potentially having a damaged arm to boot. He leaps backwards, backflipping and putting a hand on the ground briefly to shove off and give himself even more distance, landing back in his stance. "Hehehe, you're still pretty tough!" he says, turning his focus inward, and drawing on his reserves of Psycho Power...

COMBATSYS: Kensou gathers his will.

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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=======\-------\0           Kensou

"Y'think so?" Megumi asks back as she handsprings back to her feet once Kensou's slipped away. "Y'know, I'm glad ya feel that way. I'm tryin' my hardest." Definitely gotten back to a more casual, relaxed attitude than she started in. Still looks focused, but fairly sociable. Megumi also looks to be rushing at Kensou again...this time flinging herself bodily at him, turning sideways to try and tackle-pin him to the ground. Should she manage to cleanly bring Kensou down, the plan is to go to work on a leg, reaching over and twisting it in a simple ankle-lock hold.

COMBATSYS: Kensou blocks Megumi's Rebound Throw.

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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=======\==-----\1           Kensou

But... There's no clean takedown, this time. Kensou does get tackled, and that /hurts/, but he's smart enough to push off of Megumi when it happens, putting enough distance between them to avoid the actual pin, and the ankle lock. This... Isn't going too well right now, but he's sure not done yet! "Hoo..." He reaches behind his back, and yes, he produces from seemingly nowhere a piping-hot meatbun, which he proceeds to eat. Is he not taking Megumi seriously? Actually, he's taking her /very/ seriously, right about now!. But it probably doesn't look like it.

Megumi knows plenty about leverage, but there's still something to be said for a difference in physical strength; Kensou will easily be able to shove Megumi away and back off. She does another handspring to get back up, then leaps into the air and inverts, 'divebombing' towards him even as he tries to eat. Megumi's extending another fist at him as her body spins through the air, red energy surrounding it again as she targets one of his knees with her diving fist, her other hand ready to be used to land on the ground.

COMBATSYS: Kensou successfully hits Kensou with Meat Bun.

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Megumi           0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0           Kensou

COMBATSYS: Kensou dodges Megumi's Spiral Knuckle.

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Megumi           0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0           Kensou

Ahhh! Nutritious and delicious! Much of Kensou's visible physical damage fades before the crowd (and Megumi's) very eyes, restoring much of the psychic teen's vim and vigour. So here comes Megumi on another diving attack, which the Chinese fighter deals with by stepping out of the way at the last possible instant, swinging a fist up to try and catch her in the face before she lands. "Hua-!!"

COMBATSYS: Megumi endures Kensou's Quick Punch.

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Megumi           0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0           Kensou

Megumi flips into the air off her landing hand, using that to land upright...right in the path of Kensou's fist. She takes the blow, but despite her general tendencies...doesn't move. At least, she's not moved by the blow, even though her head is rocked back from it. But she's standing right there, and even as she cries out from the strike, Megumi leaps a few feet into the air, thrusting her legs out to try and wrap them around Kensou's neck, then twirl sideways to flip him over to the ground and, if she manages that much, continue to clamp down and apply pressure to the sides of the neck.

COMBATSYS: Kensou fails to interrupt Storm Hold from Megumi with Senkyuutai.

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Megumi           0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0           Kensou

You know, things don't seem to pan out for Kensou very well when Megumi gets in close; when the other fighter goes for the grapple again, he tries to forestall it with an attack of his own, but that doesn't work! Instead, he gets grabbed with that headscissors, ending up on the ground and getting squeezed. "Ow... Ow..." Yeah, he saw that going differently in his head.

Megumi doesn't do anything particularly fancy once they're both on the ground, instead, she's just lying there and continues to squeeze down on Kensou's neck with her legs. "You can tap out any time, y'know. Not that I'm expectin' you'd do it just yet, but it's there if ya need it." Win by submission, win by 'chokeout', either one would work for her, it seems.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Kensou with Medium Throw.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0           Kensou

And Kensou's initial attempt to get loose... Doesn't so much work. He's getting a bit purple in the face, which sucks pretty bad, but he's certainly not without possible escape routes, you know? Particularly as he gets his feet and hands beneath him. He'd love to make a witty retort, but you know... Choking. Instead, he springs off the ground with surprising power, angling to one side, attempting to smash Megumi against one of the concrete barriers that holds up the underside of the bridge. "RRRRGH!!"

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Kensou's Strong Punch.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0           Kensou

Megumi continues to keep her hold as long as she can, even with Kensou getting up. But she's not hellbent on keeping it going at all costs, as she shows when Kensou tries to slam her against a barrier. Megumi thrusts her hands out to push against the bridge, letting her legs go and using her hands to spring off harmlessly, landing behind Kensou. "Guess not, huh?" Then she's reaching to wrap her arms around Kensou's midsection and try to lift him up, then turn sideways and simply toss him to the ground. Rough, but potentially worthwhile.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Kensou with Medium Throw.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\=------\1           Kensou

Well, all Kensou was /really/ after was to get loose; and he manages that! At least for the moment, until he gets grabbed and thrown again. He tries to get his arms in the way of the landing, but doesn't manage it this time... Instead, he hits a bit badly, and rolls away, and wow he's not having a good time today, huh? "Ain't out of this yet," he says, reaching behind his back once again, for a second meatbun! This fight is really not going how he was planning at all.

Megumi presses after Kensou even as he tries to get another Soldier Snack out. She may not be able to prevent him from downing it, and really, she doesn't try to. She goes for something else instead, reaching at his non-eating arm's wrist as she tries to spin behind him with that limb held, wrenching it up behind his back if successful.

Should Megumi manage that, she will continue the spin, alternating which hand holds Kensou's arm as her other arm swings to go for his neck, then use that to drive him back towards the grass.

COMBATSYS: Kensou successfully hits Kensou with Meat Bun.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|=------\-------\0           Kensou

COMBATSYS: Kensou endures Megumi's Flood Reversal.

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Megumi           1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0           Kensou

Once again, Kensou's penchant for stuffing his face helps him quite a bit, as he recovers again... And he doesn't even attempt to avoid Megumi's next grapple, instead standing his ground. His arm is grabbed and twisted painfully, and then he gets driven towards the grass! But on the way there, he's going to add in his own attack, attempting to snap a foot across the grappler's face. "Hua-!"

COMBATSYS: Megumi blocks Kensou's Light Kick.

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Megumi           1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0           Kensou

Megumi lets go of Kensou's held arm the moment he kicks at her head, bringing her free arm up to take the blow instead of letting him strike her forehead or some other spot. But with Kensou on the ground again, she tries to slip down beside him and grab at the previously released arm. The goal here is to raise its hand upward and then begin bending it down towards the arm, a potentially painful hold.

COMBATSYS: Kensou blocks Megumi's Medium Throw.

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Megumi           1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0           Kensou

Another grab! That's not very healthy for Kensou, he'd say. Once again, though, he uses his (at least marginally) superior physical strength to power out of the grapple before the actual hold can be applied, though he tries to grab Megumi's wrist in return... Not that he's dumb enough to try and fight her in a grapple match, of course. Instead, he tries it as a setup for a kick, so he can then roll away from his opponent, looking rather the worse for wear.

COMBATSYS: Megumi counters Light Kick from Kensou with Tornado Slam.

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Megumi           0/-------/------=|=======\-------\0           Kensou

Megumi does a very quick set of reactions as Kensou tries to grab her hand. First, she thrusts her free hand upward at the underside of Kensou's wrist to break the hold. Then as he kicks at her, Megumi grabs the kick by Kensou's ankle and shin, then begins to spin. And spin. And spin, carrying Kensou off the ground. Finally, she brings him up and slams him to the ground, then lets go. "Had enough?"

That's something else Kensou saw going differently in his head, you know? He's spun pretty handily and slammed, and boy has this fight been rather one-sided! "Nope," he says confidently, grinning from ear to ear as he gets a bit creakily up from the ground, shaking his head to clear out the cobwebs. "You're strong as hell, ain't no gettin' 'round that, but... A fight ain't over 'til one person can't fight anymore!!" 'Giving up' really isn't in Kensou's vocabulary. Well, unless you're talking about actual training. Anyway, Kensou's next move is pretty simple, as he attempts a standing dropkick with both feet, somersaulting off of Megumi if it hits to land on his stomach, rather than a more vulnerable prone positon.

COMBATSYS: Megumi counters Heavy Kick from Kensou with Flood Reversal.

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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=======\=------\1           Kensou

Megumi is smiling too, standing in an unusually relaxed posture as Kensou speaks. "I'm glad, y'know. Hate it when people just walk off or somethin' like that, so...thank you." Kensou's dropkick is, to her, a last-ditch effort to land a significant hit on Megumi. Despite her loose stance, Megumi's ready for it, shifting her body just off to the side of the kick and grabbing one of Kensou's legs while he's in mid-air. Then she jumps up and past him, still holding the leg, carrying it up towards his head, past it...and using the fall to drive him into the ground again. "Huh...probably need one more t' take this." Megumi starts to back away, expecting a reprisal of some kind still...not counting Kensou out.

Ow, ow, ow. Okay. Kensou is pretty much out of the fight, it's true... He doesn't have a whole lot of options left. In fact, he basically has two. He could not get back up, because there is an awfully strong temptation to simply lie down, but... He does have /some/ pride. He doesn't want to just let Megumi walk away hardly looking like she was in a fight at all. Suddenly, though his reactions are dulled now, he springs up and twists around, thrusting his right hand out, open-palmed, towards the other fighter, his left hand tapping against his right shoulder, and if he gets close enough...!

COMBATSYS: Kensou can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Kensou successfully hits Megumi with Senki Hakkei.
Glancing Blow

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...Briefly, Kensou's eyes flash blue as he unleashes is last gasp, a massive sphere of almost pure white Psycho Power which he /intends/ to have Megumi at the center of. The blast of force rages for a few long moments before his control of it finally shatters, and Kensou slumps back down to a seated position, trying to catch his breath and, well, definitely not looking able to keep fighting.

Megumi is confused at first as Kensou gets up and begins putting his hands about himself. How odd. "Hey, whatcha doin'? I didn't hurt you too bad, d...!" Megumi makes a sudden noise as she realizes what's going on, just before Kensou's literal outburst. Megumi makes a backflip away from him, just a half-moment too late; Kensou's energy strikes her, but she's not as close to the blast as she would have been if not for her attempt to evade. It still hurts, but not as bad as it by all rights should have. Megumi lands off-balance, but on her feet...and starts to rush at Kensou again, then stops when she realizes he's exhausted.

Megumi waits a few seconds to one of the league crew, and gets a nod. Megumi thrusts a fist into the air after that, definitely pleased to have won. Then she goes over to Kensou, holding a hand out to him. "Y'alright there? Tried not to do anything that'd hurt ya too bad, just wear you down...nice match, by the way."

It's an important part of the technique! Especially since he has to force so much energy through one arm in such a quick period of time; there's even a bit of faintly visible smoke coming off of Kensou's palm afterwards. "Huaaa---!" he says, stretching a bit where he sits, before taking the offered hand to get up. "Nah, ain't like I'm fragile or anythin'," Kensou replies. No bad feelings on his part! "Kinda expected t' do better'n that, but that's how it goes, right? Sometimes you get the tiger, an' sometimes the tiger gets you," he adds with a laugh. And then, naturally, his stomach lets out a loud, gurgling growl. Oh, Kensou.

"What, you're callin' me a tiger or somethin'?" Megumi backs up a step once Kensou's on his feet again. "Guess I kinda like that in a way. Almost gives me a few ideas. But I'll say didn't do bad at all. I was taking this seriously the whole time, and you gave me some hits to think about. So if someone gives ya crap about it, you did just fine and they're full of it."

Megumi adds after a brief pause, "And I'll take you seriously in any rematches, too." She's relaxed, certainly. But serious enough about what she's saying, it seems.

Stretching again once his stomach has done gurgling at him, Kensou grins at what Megumi's got to say. "I'd hope so, 'cause I'm definitely takin' /you/ seriously." And how! "But, definitely a good match. Glad to see you've been gettin' stronger too," Kensou adds, lifting one hand for a thumbs-up! Because that's the sort of guy he is. "I'll try not t' disappoint, if we ever have another rematch!"

Megumi responds with a simple "Mm," at first. "Well...I have to. Keep getting better, that is. Even this probably isn't enough. But it's okay...I seem to have more time now." That bout of sober self-analysis over, Megumi eases up quickly. "Your call on the rematch. Whenever ya want it. For now though..." Megumi turns to head off towards the barricades, planning to do something she'd foregone earlier; mingle with the audience, hand out one of her wristbands, and so on before she leaves.

And with Megumi going, Kensou also heads out the other way. Of course, he's going to have to get checked by the League medical guys first, but once they're done making sure he's okay... The Psycho Soldier is going to go get something to /eat/. Fighting makes him hungry!

Log created by Kensou, and last modified on 20:55:01 01/21/2006.