Neo League 151 - #160: Xiangfei vs Shinobu

Description: It's a rematch of rematches in China! Good ol' China. LiX starts off strong, and Shinobu makes an astonishing comeback, but.. (Winner: Xiangfei)

After their first fight, it's time to raise the stakes on the second match. With a fight between a kung fu master and... well, somebody who bases their style on a lot of kung fu movies, only China seemed appropriate! And, of course, it means a free trip for the pair to Hong Kong. Let it be said Strongest! never failed to mooch when the moochin' was good!

It's a busy street intersection... not so much busy with cars per se, but with cars around the perimeter, and people atop them cheering on the two fighters under the streetlights. It's a cool evening, but hardly cold, with a faint edge of wind about it. The cameras loom above the cars, ready to catch every second of the upcoming battle. A neon sign nearby flickers, casting shades of blue and red across the street.

Then, over one of the cars with a *wham* comes Shinobu, as she jumps atop it between two people, springing into the "arena". Rising from her landing crouch, she swings her arms, bending her body from side to side as she does a couple of goofy stretches, before then just swinging her arms from side to side in anticipation.

Good ol' mooching! Despite the Heavenly Hip-Hop Honey having it good as of late finance wise, she's still a bit of a penny-pincher, but heck, she would have spent money to go to Hong Kong for a fight, it's always one of her favorite places to fight!
Things have been pretty wild in general for Xiangfei, she having arrived to the fighting area a little early to do a little... Wow, meditation! Mulling over words of her most admired fighter. Her eyes open quickly, jumping a bit to the always audible entrance of Shinobu, and the girl dressed up in her classic fighting attire hops up to her feet, grinning to her teamate, "Oh ho! So what do you think of China, Shinobu, not bad at all, huh?" she boasts, punching her fist into her open palm and gives a bow to the schoolgirl before slipping into her open-palm stance, "I guess there's time for formalities later though, it'll be interesting to see who wins this time, I've been looking forward to this match!"

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei has started a fight here.

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Xiangfei         0/-------/-------|

This is, what, their fifth match? Shinobu's lost count. But the number of decisive ones are rather few. Each has won a single battle... so this one is for the game! Or something like that, anyway.

Shinobu bows back less formally, swinging her arms out to her side as she does so. "Eh? It's a place...", she then says more thoughtfully, looking around. She then blinks, and says, "Ah, I can't get distracted this time!", getting a more determined expression. "Get ready!"

Then, she sprints at Xiangfei... but rather than lead into a straightforward attack, she tries something a little... different. Falling back, she drops into a skidding slide - legs fist - as her hand reaches out to try and grab one of Xiangfei's arms. What's she planning?

COMBATSYS: Shinobu has joined the fight here.

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Shinobu          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0         Xiangfei

COMBATSYS: Shinobu successfully hits Xiangfei with Spin Crasher.

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Shinobu          0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0         Xiangfei

As she grabs the arm, she swings on like a pendelum, leaving the ground as she loops over on it, aiming a kick at Xiangfei's back. And, of course, yanks the arm in the process. Not the most devastating attack, but a tricksy one, to be sure!

Xiangfei tries something a little different herself! Though er, she isn't exactly very fortunate in her shift in tactics, first she snickers to the expected answer of Shinobu, and then looks a little suprised by Shinos shift in tactics; Noticing the reach for her arm at the last moment, she goes along with it, intending to break free in mid-hold but oops! She arches her back upon impact, eyes widening, "O.. Ow!" she cries, staggering forward afterward with a wince, "Ok.. Uh.. Wow, good hit," she sputters, clapping her hands afterward and fans out her fingertips, building up chi in her usual impressive manner, shouting "HA!" as she presses her palms out a bit, "Not a bad start, that's for sure!"

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei gathers her will.

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Shinobu          0/-------/------=|======-\-------\0         Xiangfei

Shinobu rolls over once, springing back to her feet. She puts forth her dukes once again, and grins. "Thanks!", she says simply, and then advances once more... and then suddenly dips as if she's going to fall forward. As her hands get towards the ground, though, her fingers reach into the grating of a manhole cover. Gritting her teeth, she yanks it up, wobbling backwards... and then quickly /forwards/, looking to ram into Xiangfei with it. It looks like she's getting a bit dirty tonight - literally!

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei blocks Shinobu's Random Weapon.

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Shinobu          0/-------/------=|=======\=------\1         Xiangfei

Xiangfei's eyes widen a little, not to Shinobus thanks, but to Shinos display of strength and speed in maneuvering that manhole cover, "Woah!" she shouts in suprise, the thing zooming at her like a discuss, and she draws her hands back, with a, "HAAAH!" she slams her palms and catches the cover as one would catch a sword blade. The momentum makes her slide back a little, xiangfei smirking, then rushes back at her teamate after tossing it aside, "Not bad!" and then finally she's on the offensive, with a hop, a backflip and then a sweep, she goes for a low heel sweep, which, if connects, is followed with a leaping knee strike mid-fall, "HuaAAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Shinobu blocks Xiangfei's Esaka.

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Shinobu          0/-------/-----==|=======\=------\1         Xiangfei

Shinobu drops to a crouch, bracing against the first impact, and then high, catching the blow on her arms. She grins, and says, "I can't just use the same old moves, except for this!" Wait for it... "Yayayayaya!" As she springs back into a standing position, she's already throwing her left-handed - sinister - flurry of punches, trying to reverse Xiangfei's newfound momentum. After all, she's got to press her, and keep her advantage!

COMBATSYS: Shinobu successfully hits Xiangfei with Rumble Punch.

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Shinobu          0/-------/-----==|=======\====---\1         Xiangfei

"... Huh?" Xiangfei looks a little confused at first, as if genuinly unaware of what it is Shinobu's getting at, and then cringes.. Not visably of course, but muttering something unpleasent under her breath with the unorthodox attack. She raises her palm, apparently attemping to parry the barage at last and as usual, no dice. Xiang is sent staggering backward with a yelp, falling to one knee for a moment, "Augh, fair enough," she replies, and this time when she snaps forward, she attempts to slam her palm into Shinobus shoulder, and should she get that momentum, her arms spread like airplane wings, she bursting upward in a rather strange clothesline during the stagger, "WATAAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei successfully hits Shinobu with Shinsaiha.

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Shinobu          0/-------/--=====|=======\=====--\1         Xiangfei

Finally, Shinobu gets hit hard, almost going end-over-end as she flops onto the ground with all the grace of a tumbly puppet. However, she kippups, getting back to her feet as she palms an object. "Ah, that hurt...", she mumbles, and then turns to Xiangfei. "But get ready... for this!" She starts with a hook punch... but then opens her hand, throwing a small rock at Xiangfei! Of course, this isn't exactly a takedown move... rather, she's just trying to knock Xiangfei off guard. If that's just a taste of what Xiangfei might have ready...

COMBATSYS: Shinobu successfully hits Xiangfei with Thrown Object.

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Shinobu          0/-------/--=====|=======\======-\1         Xiangfei

Well that was different.. Xiangfei figured it was just a punch and considers herself ready for it when she attempts to swerve backward; but succesfully tricked, she ends up eating the rock and staggering back a little, "Ugh!" Off-guard? Most definatly. But she doesn't end up pausing, instead she rushes forward again, with a slight stagger in her step, lashing out her palm in a simple strike to the gut, "That was different!" she declares, which is followed by a front kick to the same spot, "Hup! Hah!"

COMBATSYS: Shinobu endures Xiangfei's Quick Punch.

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Shinobu          0/-------/=======|=======\=======\1         Xiangfei

Buckling twice in rapid succession, Shinobu winces... almost falling back. But she's able to keep her footing, and says, "Nice punch!" Balling both fists, she then slams them /both/ out towards Xiangfei's chest in her newfound power attack! "Try two!", she cries, leaning into the strike. It's a rather Shinobu turn of thought - if one punch is good, two is even better!

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei blocks Shinobu's Strong Punch.

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Shinobu          0/-------/-======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2         Xiangfei

Xiangfei is impressed yet again, she always knew Shinobu could take a punch, of course, but even still, the way the momentum is redirected is admirable! But Xiang is ready for the blows that follow, she holds out her palms, and allows each fist to smack into them, stepping back just slightly to ease the momentum, then grins a little, "As usual, giving me the run for my money!" she pipes, nudging back her teamate just a little and then bursts forward, attempting to slam her palm into Shinos gut, This is followed with a step forward and a double palm strike, "HAH!" and then finally twirls with an even mightier shoulder rush! "KYAAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei successfully hits Shinobu with Chou Pai-Long.
- Power hit! -

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Shinobu          1/----===/=======|=======\-------\1         Xiangfei

And Shinobu tries to guard, but it's no use - she gets blow away, slamming into a car door and crumpling it. But... she rises again, narrowing her eyes. And then, she's dashing towards Xiangfei, shifting to the side at the last minute!

"Yayayayayayaya!", comes her cry, as she unleashes the familiar assault... before following it up with her right hand! "Yayayayaya!" And then she balls both fists, readying for the final assault. Instead, she hesitates for a moment, and then just launches a powerful hook at Xiangfei, leaning far into it. Rather than rely on her barrage... it looks like she's trying to throw Xiangfei for a loop. She knows surviving a second attack like that isn't likely, so she aims to make it a lot harder to launch!

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei dodges Shinobu's Dragon Entry.

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Shinobu          0/-------/------=|=======\-------\1         Xiangfei

Xiangfei pauses after her rather swift technique, an eyebrow raised slightly in concern- But when Shinobu bursts after her once more, Xiangfei can't help but grin a little, "Putting all the chips on the table, are we? I'm game!" granted, while her reaction isn't as risky, she goes and takes another chance, closing one eye and murmuring something under her breath that makes her eyes flash for a brief moment; and then she's like a blur, shifting left right, too and fro, evading the first barrage and then backflips away to safety, hand punching into her fist once more, "This is going to be even faster, good l-"
A huge cloud of dust bursts behind the martial artist before she even finishes, zooming like a bullet toward her teamate with her shoulder extended, looking to bowl Shinobu right over!

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei successfully hits Shinobu with Dai Tetsujin.

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Shinobu          0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0         Xiangfei

Once again, Shinobu gets nailed, trying to block... but Xiangfei just knocks her arms aside. She rolls several times, before snickering... and slowly stands once again. She looks over to Xiangfei, hmphing. "Ah, I tried something new, but..." She shakes her head, raising her fist. "... this isn't over yet!" She steps foward towards Xiangfei, and then just... launches a straight punch. Screw fancy. Here's punch in your eye!

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei dodges Shinobu's Strong Punch.

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Shinobu          0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0         Xiangfei

Xiangfei blinks a little in shock, she actually didn't expect to see Shino standing after that big tackle, but she managed to do it! "... uh," she replies, and gives a weak grin in return, "Yeah, well I am as well, it didn't work well at first, but.." she motions Shinobu to come, and well, there's nothing wrong with being simple, of course, but it's a little too much so for the Heavenly Hip-Hop Honey. She leans her head to the side, the fist zooming by, "I noticed you've been defending against my old style," and as Shinobu may be able to predict, Xiangs attack after that is a quick, simple one, crouching and delivering a quick backhand to her gut, "HAH!"

COMBATSYS: Shinobu blocks Xiangfei's Quick Punch.

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Shinobu          0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0         Xiangfei

Shinobu defends, sending the attack aside with an open palm. How she's still standing is anybody's guess, but rather than stick around to play 'Xiangfei trounces me soundly', she runs!

When she reaches the crowd, she grabs one of the hand-held cams aimed at her, yanking it away from him... and then just falls back, pitching it over her shoulder at the Xiangfei she guesses is following. It's a delaying tactic at best, but a delay is exactly what she needs!

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei overcomes Large Thrown Object from Shinobu with Large Thrown Object.

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Shinobu          0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0         Xiangfei

Delaying tactics; not that Xiangfei doesn't blame the girl at all, one has to fight the way things work best! Last time they had an object war, Xiangfei was having bad luck with it, but this time around she's feeling a bit more ready. When Shino dashes toward the crowd, her eyes widen a bit, and has a good idea what's up, Xiangfei backflipping once more-
So when the camera is flung, the manhole cover from before is already slamming through the equiprment as if it were nothing! And she cringes a bit, come to think of it, wasn't that against the rules?

COMBATSYS: Shinobu overcomes Large Thrown Object from Xiangfei with Petite Pop.

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Shinobu          0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0         Xiangfei

Rather than let Xiangfei hit her with her own trick, Shinobu gathers up a bubble in her palm as she stands up. Flinging it underhand, it deforms as it hits the cover, deflecting it and going off at an odd angle... but still towards Xiangfei. And experience should tell her... that's all it needs to hit!

As for the rules - Shinobu isn't even thinking on that.

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei endures Shinobu's Petite Pop!

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Shinobu          0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0         Xiangfei

Curious! Though Xiangfei goes and makes the assumption that the sewercover has lost a good deal of momentum, and as such she sprints toward Shinobu, and leaps into the air, smashing into the object shoulder-first and... That.. Actually hurt more than she has expected it too- And her momentum is slowed down a bit. But perhaps her rather suicidal tactic will catch Shino off guard as she flies down with her fist extended, "wwAAAtAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!"

COMBATSYS: Shinobu dodges Xiangfei's Quick Punch.

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Shinobu          0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0         Xiangfei

"Ahhhh!", Shinobu says, not exactly expecting that. She tries to flip back out of the way, but she's a bit too worn to play that game. Instead, she more stumbles out of the way of Xiangfei's attack... before then wobbling forward, throwing out a swift backhand towards Xiangfei's solar plexus. Though her punches may not be the most successful tactic she's had... it's one of her best moves. Can't let failure cloud reality!

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei blocks Shinobu's Strong Punch.

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Shinobu          0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0         Xiangfei

Xiangfei grunts lightly as her hand hits the floor instead, and gives a light shake of her head, "Rats.." gambles that don't pay off aren't exactly very comforting, but if this keeps up, Shinobu's going to manage to take -her- out! She quickly cricks her neck from side-to-side, and then the backhand is met with a crashing backhand of her own; though the execution is a bit poor, she ends up hurting herself in the process, "Rrgh.."
But! Rolling her shoulders, she suddenly STOMPS forward, looking to bowl Shinobu over once more with one of her hard-hitting shoulder tackles, "As gutsy as always, Shinobu!" she shouts proudly.

COMBATSYS: Shinobu dodges Xiangfei's Ekisupo.

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Shinobu          0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0         Xiangfei

Shinobu stumbles to the side, and as Xiangfei moves past her, she follows, trying to grab Xiangfei from behind. "It's more than guts! It's win!", she cries, her voice as unsteady as her stance. Perhaps half a minute ago... it looked like the china girl had her dead to rights. Now? We'll see!

COMBATSYS: Shinobu successfully hits Xiangfei with Quick Throw.

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Shinobu          0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0         Xiangfei

Grabbing Xiangfei firmly, Shinobu falls back in what might be considered a bad parody of a backdrop. She's never tries this before, folks! And so, she doesn't quite get the impact she's looking for... but, as usual, the surprise is worth it!

"Works for me!" she shoots back, though dang, it looks like Xiangfei isn't able to fend off Shinobus next attack, and yes, somehow the girl has managed to bring the Heavenly Hip-Hop Honey back down to her level. And she's just running out of options as Shinobu maanges to get her hold and send her crashing back down onto the ground, "URGH!" and she doesn't move for a moment. Which is of course a feint, as suddenly she handsprings upward, attempting to smack her heel into Shinobu as soon as the other girl gets up, "WATAAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei successfully hits Shinobu with Esaka.

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Shinobu          0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0         Xiangfei

Shinobu gets nailed - hard - but she's not out yet. Narrowing her eyes, she regains her balance, crouches... and then explodes at Xiangfei in a flying kick! "WaiTA!" It's not unlike that performed by a certain actor... and though she lacks his power and grace, it doesn't make her attack any less potent!

COMBATSYS: Shinobu can no longer fight.

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Xiangfei         0/-------/-======|

COMBATSYS: Shinobu successfully hits Xiangfei with Light Kick.

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Xiangfei         1/-------/=======|

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei takes no action.

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Xiangfei         1/-------/=======|

COMBATSYS: Xiangfei has reached second wind!

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Xiangfei         1/-------/=======|

Xiangfei is certainly caught of guard, she knows Shinobu is going to attack with SOMETHING, but what? She just pre-emptivly leans to the side, unknowingly just walking right -into- the kick. And so she goes twirling and crashes to the ground, but her eyebrow twitches, as an almost nasty grin forms on her face, "O.. Oh no you don't.." she hisses, and with a yell, she gets back up to her feet, face red and panting heavily!
.. Though she actually expected Shino to do the same, looking a bit confused at first, but then accepting, ".. Sou.. Heh heh, took me to the limit again, Shinobu. You're always a good match."

Shinobu crashes down, and tries to get up. She doesn't, though, which adds to her consternation. "I don't understand..." She slumps down to the ground. "... I've been trying hard to get stronger, but..." She squints an eye. "... I don't wanna just be a good match.", she mumbles, before passing out.

Log created by Xiangfei, and last modified on 04:29:37 01/28/2006.