Neo League 276 - #277: Kensou vs Juli

Description: Kensou and Juli clash once more, almost a year later, on a rooftop in Hong Kong! Juli's cool as ice, but Kensou embraces the spirit of Jackie Chan, and does something COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS to edge out a win. (Winner: Kensou)

Hong Kong: A city that's more active than it's worth. A city of lights, culture, people, and food that can kill you just as soon as you look at it.

It was a city that she wasn't entirely fond of visiting, either. The noise and people grated on what still exsisted of the nerves that the Doll isn't supposed to have-- similar to how that blonde secretary did the exact same thing. No matter-- her business has yet to arrive.

Odd as it is to say, but Juli likes to keep an eye on those that use power similar to her own. Monitor growth, progress-- see what's worth reporting and bringing to Vega's great notice. For that reason, she remains, as always, somewhat incognito-- a leather jacket, boot-cut jeans, and a rather plain t-shirt. Arms folded under her chest, the Doll stands on the flat rooftop of a rather large building, waiting.

Juli made sure to specify the address, she just neglected to mention 'on the roof'.

Of course, Kensou himself enjoys Hong Kong. It might not have all the creature comforts of Japan, but it's a little more like the places in mainland China where he grew up; a nice middle ground. Plus, the food is pretty awesome! But, since he was called out for a Neo League fight, the Psycho Soldier is here on business. The business of... KICKING SOMEBODY'S ASS. Confidence, even baseless confidence, is a powerful weapon.

The problem is that he wasn't told where in the building to /meet/ his opponent, so by the time he gets to the roof, it's already ten minutes later than he was supposed to be there. "Uh, anybody up here?" he wonders, panting a little bit after having run up every flight of stairs in the building. Not cool, not cool at all! He doesn't notice Juli just yet, or the League crew, which is no doubt already filming them from a position of stealth... You know, to capture the 'real experience' of a fight.

Somewhere, in the deepest, darkest corners of her mind is where the mental image forms. The image of Kensou, speeding floor by floor through the building and knocking on doors at random, passing up the elevator at every turn and asking any and everyone in the building about where he has to go.

The Doll stirs when the young man mkes his announcement-- his question, really, but it works all the same. Her foot grinding against the gravel rooftop as she takes her first step, the brunette speaks with a tone that sounds more deadpan than annoyed, as presented by her expression.

"I am here."

Pulling a pair of red lycra gloves out of her jacket pockets, both are put on one at a time. She tugs at the inside of the wrist, making sure they're snug fitting and just right, paying more attention to them than she does her opponent. "You are also late. Perhaps next time, I shall send a book with photographs and crayons that you may ascertain the location without fail."

Her right hand opens in front of her chest, her left hand closes into a fist as her weight shifts on her legs.


COMBATSYS: Juli has started a fight here.

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Well, isn't she a cheerful one? And what's that supposed to mean, photographs and crayons? Annoyance passes momentarily through the Chinese psion, who tugs his own gloves tighter as he steps out further onto the roof, letting the stairwell door shut behind him. "Yeah, well..." Something about her appearance tickles at his memory. Weird.

"Have I seen you someplace before?" Kensou wonders, apparently having a poor memory for faces, before he shrugs. The lady said 'begin', so he might as well begin, right? Right. Suddenly, the Psycho Soldier is running right at the Doll, and he twists around in a low roundhouse kick - which is in fact a /feint/, as he's hoping she's going to dodge high for his followup - and keeps twisting, using the force to lift himself off the ground in a higher, more powerful roudhouse. "Huaa--!!"

COMBATSYS: Kensou has joined the fight here.

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Juli             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Kensou

COMBATSYS: Juli dodges Kensou's Heavy Kick.

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Juli             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Kensou

Has he? Juli offers no explanations or replies-- but feels somewhat satisfied internally as the youth decides to make with his attack. Her arms lift to about shoulder level as she jumps up a little bit, right into the arc of the lashing kick poised to take her right out of the air. Juli is a little more nimble and lithe than she looks, however-- her body twists backward even in the air. While she can't change her trajectory, it becomes apparent she can still make herself a difficult target even in midair.

Landing on her hands, her elbows buckle out and she pushes off back to her feet. Moving forward with a swift lunge, the Shadaloo agent leaps up to swing a swift toe kick at his gut-- but that's only the first part of the assault, dropping from there in an attempt to ensnare the young man in a reverse headlock and swing her body weight backward, looking to drop him right on the top of his head.

COMBATSYS: Kensou dodges Juli's Strong Throw.

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Juli             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Kensou

With his feet hitting nothing but empty air, Kensou eventually lands in a low crouch, just in time to see Juli trying to grab him with that kick and reverse headlock. Well, you know... He doesn't think that'd be a very nice thing to have happen. Instead, he springs back out of the reach of Juli's kicking foot, making a quick flip and landing on his feeta short distance away. Handily, this avoids the headlock, too.

"Oh, oh. A bit slow, huh?" Kensou says with a laugh and a grin. He's sassy, you know. Almost immediately, he springs forward a Juli again, leaping almost completely horizontally, with his left elbow and knee leading, his right arm bracing his left. "Yo--!" If he hits that, then he twists at the waist, to strike with his right knee. "Yaa--!!" And /then/, he keeps right on twisting, extending his left leg to smash that heel into the side of Juli's head. "Uryaa--!!"

COMBATSYS: Juli dodges Kensou's Ryuu Renga.

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Juli             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Kensou

Quicker than she anticipated-- or was he always this fast? Either way, it didn't matter. Her leg meets air when it should be meeting flesh, her arms grasping out at what isn't there anymore. Juli lands lightly on her feet, arms as of yet at her sides as the young man is already on his counter-offensive. Her expression remains as solid as ice as she lands, as he comes in for his three-part assault. Juli steps back with a harsh movement, cutting to the left to avoid the knee and leaving herself in prime position to counter.

Hopping slightly into the air, her right leg whips around in an arc poised to knock the Chinese youth to the ground. The kick isn't particularly powerful, but it might just be enough to actually hit him-- and get this battle moving.

COMBATSYS: Juli successfully hits Kensou with Light Kick.

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Juli             0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0           Kensou

Aw nuts, he whiffed! That's never a good thing. Kensou lands rather than continue his attack when the first hit misses, twisting to try and avoid Juli's inevitable counterattack, but instead he gets kicked right in the back, which sends him staggering. "Geh!" declares the Chinese fighter, trying to get his footing right and turning to face Juli, taking just a moment. His stance tenses a little, and his eyes fix right on Juli, studying her movements, looking for any possible openings. C'mon, Sie Kensou... You can get through this, you just need to think!

COMBATSYS: Kensou focuses on his next action.

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Juli             0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0           Kensou

Her foot pushes off against the young man's back as it makes connection. She lands again on one foot, lowering the kicking leg smoothly. While in one respect, she seems graceful... she also seems rather robotic. Shifting her footing, Juli watches the young man carefully, looking on as he seems to be opting to study her rather than attack.

Rather than stand still and present a target, the psycho-infused Doll makes a sudden, harsh rotation to the left. The loose stone and gravel sprays up and back before Juli -lunges-, her body cutting through the air with the precision of a surgical knife. The angle seems almost impossible from the lack of starting momentum, a move that defies most forms of logic and a lot more in the way of physics. Arms thrown back and outward to seemingly provide balance, Juli is like a psycho-powered guided missile-- with a burst of that tainted psionics infused into the kick.

COMBATSYS: Kensou interrupts Sniping Arrow from Juli with Sunda.

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Juli             0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0           Kensou

Hey, Kensou's got a move kinda like that, too! ...Oh, wait, they're fighting, right. The Psycho Soldier frowns a little as the Doll comes after him, and he breathes out slowly as she comes leaping at him through the air. Nevertheless, he sees his opening: Sometimes, attacking at the moment you are attacked can yield opportunities you wouldn't find otherwise. So Kensou steels himself, and twists slightly to the side as Juli comes towards him.

Her Psycho Powered kick scrapes along Kensou's side, but he's able to throw his right hand out at her, palm open, and there he unleashes his own blast of Psycho Power, blue-tinged, almost pure white energy exploding right against Juli's body, to send her careening away from Kensou with remarkable force. "Gotcha," he says, with a bit of a laugh, hiding the fact that he still got kinda hurt.

Her kick lands-- more or less-- right in time for the youth's palm to extend forward and unleash the blast of psycho power into her gut. Juli's eyes widen, wind forced out of her lungs and sent careening backwards through the air. Her legs arch up and her back bends, recovering from the strike and landing on the rooftop with a hiss of stone and gravel as she slides back a bit. Drawing her extended leg in, she crouches down with fingertips set on her knees, watching the youth for a few moments.

With footing and positioning, Juli charges forward in a quick run at Kensou. Dropping low a little further from the Chinese psycho-user than she probably should, she uses the terrain to her advantage, skidding on the tractioned palm of her glove to swing her leg around for a crushing kick at his side, looking to catch him hard in the kidney.

COMBATSYS: Kensou interrupts Strong Kick from Juli with Random Weapon.

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

Using the terrain to your advantage is an important part of fighting, everyone knows this; even Sie Kensou knows this. With Juli charging at him again, there's only one thing left to do: THE IMPOSSIBLE. Fortunately, though, if there's anything Hong Kong is known for, it's that it's kind of a dirty mess, and there's random crap /all over the place/, even on rooftops. For example, there's a long, thin metal pipe just laying there not far from where Kensou is, and he steps on one end of the long piece of metal, flipping it to his hands.

He's about to get Jackie Chan on somebody.

Grasping the pipe, Kensou swings as hard as he can, catching Juli at the precise moment her own kick lands, reducing the force of her blow and SNAPPING THE PIPE RIGHT IN HALF, and who knows what sort of trouble it's going to cause for the Doll herself. "Hey, hey," he says. "This is gettin' pretty dangerous, huh?"

It all goes according to her plan.

Her leg whips around to plant into the young man's side. He grunts as her foot connects. This is where she follows up with a second attack, perhaps a leg-lock that allows her to pull him to the ground.

Oh wait, reality had to set in.

Again, the Doll's eyes go wide. A pipe across the back is not conductive to a plan going to order, nor is being sent sprawling across the rooftop while her brain is sent one way and stomach another. The Doll lands in a pile of leather and denim, sputtering as she ceases rolling across the rooftop and comes to a standstill.

Pressing down her hands, she rises into a crouch, then stands with one hand pressed to her back. "... Reckless." she breathes, though it is hard to say whom she means it for-- herself, or the young man that stands there with a half-length of pipe.

Clenching her hands into a fist, she forces herself straight and to her full height, eyes narrowing as she taps on forces unseen. Energy crackles like small arcs of electric force across her forearms as she stands in a relatively defensive posture, arms pulled up vertical at her chest and standing like a boxer preparing to fend off an oncoming assault. The energy is corrupted, but the type is unmistakable to someone like Kensou.

COMBATSYS: Juli gathers her will.

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

...'Reckless'? Well, that's probably a good assessment of Kensou, yeah. He tosses aside the remainder of the length of pipe, which clatters as it hits the roof, and drops back into his own stance, facing off with the Doll. He can feel it, her power, as she draws it out, and that /really/ makes the Psycho Soldier frown. So, he does exactly what he ought to do in a situation like this: He proves that two can play at that game.

"Haaaaa..." Kensou says quietly, tapping his own reserves of Psycho Power, and motes of light appear in the air around him, like blue fireflies. They whirl around him, blending together, becoming larger and the blue giving way to white, Kensou's clothes and hair shifting in the whirlwind of energy that surrounds him. "C'mon, you just gonna stand there all day?!"

COMBATSYS: Kensou gathers his will.

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Juli             1/---====/=======|=======\=------\1           Kensou

In an instance like this, a person like Juli has little other options. At the moment, the tide of the battle is against her. The surge of psycho energy is refreshing, but it just isn't enough.

Is she going to stand there? "Yes."

Her left arm swings down sharply to her side as her right arm pulls back, eyes clenching shut. The surge of psycho energy is enormous-- pulled from somewhere that just doesn't seem natural. Though her clothing is thick and heavy enough to keep her injuries out of view-- for the most part-- they're still there. A column of light bursts up from the stone, encasing the Doll and healing the damage she's sustained-- or at least, -some- of it. First priority, health and safety-- attacking comes second.

Hey, that's new. Actually, Kensou has NO idea what she's doing there, but whatever it is, it's probably not in his best interests, you know? In fact, odds are it'll be /distinctly/ unhealthy for Kensou himself. Rather than be intimidated by the mighty column of energy, the Psycho Soldier instead dashes forward. Directly /into/ said column of energy, actually.

"Whaddya think you're doin'?!" demands Kensou, as he swings his right fist out in a wild haymaker aimed at Juli's jaw! If he hits, then he launches into a combination of strikes, pummelling the Doll with punches before he twists and hits her with a rough back-shoulder tackle, trying to knock her right off her feet. "Haa-!!"

COMBATSYS: Juli successfully hits Juli with Psycho Charge Beta.

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

COMBATSYS: Juli dodges Kensou's Ryuu Renda.

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

The column of white light flickers, shimmers, and fades into a tiny pinprick before disappearing completely, the glow flowing from below subsiding in due time. Juli's eyes open, focused and refreshed. "Stability restored."

A firm yet vague statement, the Doll watches Kensou's hurried arrival to break her out of her demi-trance, catching sight of the fist wildly swinging at her head. Moving a split-second faster than she has throughout the bout, she makes a daring dodge-- ducking down and forward, under the fist rather than moving away. Hooking her arm upward, the Doll stands up with her arm snaking across the young man's chest while her left hand attempts to lift him by the collar. Stronger than she looks, she attempts to use her power lift him up and unsteady him, to slam him down on the rooftop and shake his brains a little more loose than they already are.

COMBATSYS: Kensou blocks Juli's Medium Throw.

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

Hey, what?! Kensou's surprised by Juli's reaction to his punch, and he initially tries to pull out of the way of Juli's followup, but he doesn't really have the opportunity. Instead, he gets lifted, and then he gets dropped, but he goes a little limp during the drop, mitigating most of the damage and ending up in a crouch. No thanks, Juli! But now what? They're both pretty close together, there's not much time or space to maneuver...

Instead, Kensou comes STRAIGHT UP. Headfirst. At the Doll's jaw. That's right, here's a little head to head confrontation between two Psycho Power users! "Orya--!!" What? Technique? Wuzzat?

COMBATSYS: Juli fails to interrupt Quick Punch from Kensou with Cannon Spike.

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

Kensou makes a sudden, startling recovery. Juli thrusts out her foot to halt her momentum, stopping short and standing upright as he drops into a crouch. As he starts to rise, she jumps, legs spread out into a split as her hands drop backward. It's close proximity, but at this range, it could be just what she needed to turn things around to her favor.

Fate is not on her side.

Juli's jaw is struck hard with the rising noggin of the Chinese kung fu fighter, sputtering as she drops backward and out of control. Landing on her back, her arms swing out to the side to control her fall and disperse the impact across her shoulders, tensing the muscles of her stomach and whipping her legs upward to curl into a ball, rolling back just far enough to land in a crouch, dazed.

Meanwhile, Kensou is holding the top of his head, staggering back a little. Did he just... Did he headbutt her /by accident/? That would have to be terribly embarassing for the Doll, wouldn't it? "Ow, ow, ow." Well, maybe he just didn't do it right. He doesn't deliver a lot of headbutts. So what's next for Kensou, anyway? He'd better decide quick, while Juli is dazed.

And decide quickly Kensou does, as he suddenly stops staggering back and suddenly lunges /forwards/, jumping off the ground and quickly twisting to bring his heel to bear at the Doll's face. She'd better hope she's got better luck on this one, huh? "Hup!"

COMBATSYS: Kensou successfully hits Juli with Light Kick.

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

Clearly, she doesn't.

The stars in her eyes clear just fast enough for Juli to catch a good glimpse of the foot about a half-second from striking her right in the face. Juli's head snaps back with a sharp "gniff-!" while her nose has a good chat with her face on how much pain she actually feels versus how injured she actually is. She stumbles awkwardly, feet shuffling to keep her balance upright as her arms and head are swung backward as if to catch herself in a crabwalk.

Pushing off with one foot, Juli makes a small hop and then makes a very high arcing kick-- her leg vertical at the apex-- that leads into a hammerblow with her heel, an axe kick meant to make Kensou see stars just as well as she has been.

COMBATSYS: Kensou blocks Juli's Falling Arc.

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

Landing after kicking poor Juli in the face, Kensou quickly gets his footing bakc, the better to respond to whatever the Doll is going to do next, which appears to be trying to kick him right in the head. That... Doesn't look like something Kensou wants to get hit properly with. Gritting his teeth a little, the Psycho Soldier throws up his arms, catching the brunette's heel on his crossed forearms. "Tch," he mutters, pushing back on her foot to throw the Doll off-balance.
%And then, Kensou unleashes a deceptively simple, but rather speedy, kick towards Juli's head... And should he catch her with it, the Psycho Soldier will then unleash a punishing and lengthy series of kicks, kicking high and low and really seeming to be all over the place, unleashing a huge amount of energy in one powerful assault! "EAT THIS!!"

COMBATSYS: Kensou successfully hits Juli with Shinryuu Seiou Rekkyaku.

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

Her eyes widen in surprise. Shock? From her? And here the robot-like facade was starting to make her seem even more frigid than she already was. Her arm lifts to block the first strike, though it seems faster and stronger than she had initially anticipated. The kick pushes her arm aside, knocking against her head and killing her balance. Ribs, gut, legs, arms, face, here, there, everywhere-- the assault is something that Juli can't keep up with, much less get even one arm out to stop the assault.

Bruised and a bit bloody, the Doll lashes out with one arm at the last kick-- not aiming for the leg, but the man himself. Head tipped back and eyes glassy, her reaction seems more unconscious than anything else. Releasing him, she drops to the ground in a manner similar to what she tried before-- when he had headbutted her and thrown her off-balance. A burst of psycho energy crackles and sizzles at her feet, legs whipping around and up in an upward drill-like attack, a final ditch effort at dealing the youth some damage before her body gives out. Carried up a good ten or twelve feet into the air, her body ceases momentum and drops into a free-fall afterward-- and if left to it's own devices, crashing to the rooftop in a heap.

COMBATSYS: Juli can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Kensou dodges Juli's Reverse Shaft Breaker.

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Such is the power of Kensou's ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE. Or something. It's certainly something he uses much less often than the better-known Senki Hakkei, but having 'felt' the nature of Juli's power, it seemed like a good idea to him to fight fire with lots of kicks. Springing back and flipping after the end of his assault, Kensou lands in a low three-point stance... And then Juli comes at him, for revenge!

It is, however, revenge that doesn't get very far, as Kensou has the advantage of not being nearly as badly hurt as his opponent. When Juli tries to catch him with her Psycho Powered drill-like attack, he's simply not /there/, having leapt to safety some distance away... And then he falls down on his butt when Juli lands in a heap on the rooftop and doesn't get up. "W-whew," says Kensou, letting out a slow exhalation. "Looks like you need to train harder!" Hahahahaha!

COMBATSYS: Kensou has ended the fight here.

Log created by Kensou, and last modified on 19:35:56 09/29/2006.