World Warrior 2007 - [R2] Ken vs Kyo

Description: Ken Masters versus Kyo Kusanagi on Ken's home turf! Can Kyo re-awaken his flame powers in time to defeat the US champion? (Winner: Kyo)

The second time Ken has been here this week. That's the first thing that's on Ken's mind as he enters the arena. His body is covered in bandages, but thanks to Ken's somewhat unnatural healing and energy levels, about 24 hours of sleep has been enough to get him back in the game. Still, he has that 'post loss' blues about him, and regardless of what his wife might say, he feels a little out of it.

He looks over the field, for some reason not even hearing the cheers this time around. While he lost against the 4, it feels like it was something bigger. Maybe his training WASN'T good enough. Maybe he'll get hosed like the last time he tried to face Kyo. He shakes his head, trying to free himself of those thoughts, just looking toward the beach as he hops up onto one of the larger rocks on the water. Regardless of how he feels, he plans on winning this fight. No matter what. He didn't get this far just to lose now... And he has no plans to lose to someone like Kyo. That is a right he wouldn't want to give to anyone. And if someone WERE to defeat him, it should be Ryu. Ken steels himself as he promises that he won't let anyone BUT Ryu beat him in this tournament, knowing that Kyo isn't exactly going to be a roll over like Kyo.

In the audience, having spent too much time after his last fight reassuring her husband and consoling him in the best way she knew how, Eliza wasn't about to miss this fight. She may -hate- watching him fight, but she is still his biggest fan and she is here to cheer the man on with every fiber of her being. If he should look in her direction as he makes his way to the beach, he'd see her bright smile and the kiss she blows in his direction though the roar of the crowd drowns out whatever it is she calls to him.

While it's not quite as evident as Ken Masters' bandaged-up body, Kyo Kusanagi has his own handicap to overcome, not just in the upcoming fight, but during the whole tournament. While the former King of Fighters has been silent about the topic, observers, and there are plenty for a fighting tournament of this calibre, have noticed something isn't quite right about the young scion of the flames.

Namely, where have his flames gone?

Kyo wishes he could answer that question himself, but that's why he entered this tournament; to discover for himself during the heat of battle against the world's best street fighters why he has been, for the last several months, been unable to tap into his bloodline's unique powers. With every fight he advances past in the World Warrior tournament, he feels as if he is getting closer to the answers he seeks, but thusfar they have still eluded him. Something has been missing his first two fights.

As he steps onto the stone fighting surface, one wouldn't be able to tell from his outward demeanor that Kyo is going through this crisis, he looks confident as ever as he stares down his opponent for today, a man he is quite familiar with in fact as fate deems to continually pit them against each other. "Every time I come to this crummy place of yours to beat the tar out of you I say it's gonna be the last time..." Kyo muses out loud while pulling on one of his gloves, "I hope this time you've got what it takes to make me /burn/."

Though the last statement could be considered nothing more than Kyo's familiar trash-talking, in this case, Kusanagi really does hope Ken is able to awaken something within him.

Ken gives his wife a smile as she blows a kiss to him, always able to see her since she has those awesome seats. Considering Leilani's stunt, Ken thought he would be getting yelled at, but Eliza's understanding made him remember that despite losing here and there, in the end, he's still got a massive case of good luck.

Turning toward Kyo, he smirks. "Yeah, and every time you trashtalk my place, I've kept a nice little tally, so when you enter my arena can, I can let you know how I disagree personally. While you've might have beaten me rather bad in the past, I think you'll find that I'm better than I ever was! Now show me what that Kusanagi spirit is all about!" That said, Ken gets into a fighting position, putting his hands to his side, as if preparing to make a Hadouken. But for now, he doesn't do anything, as if waiting for Kyo to make the first move. He has home team advantage after all, might as well give Kyo something to make it fair.

COMBATSYS: Ken has started a fight here.

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Ken              0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Kyo has joined the fight here.

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Kyo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Ken

Eliza has the best seats in the house, and given that she's part owner of the arena, that's how it aught to be! Her smile remains bright for as long as Ken faces her, but as he returns her smile and then turns away from her to face his opponant, the rather tiny woman sinks into her seat, her smile fading as she watches. This is the part she hates, the watching, the waiting, and the utter lack of being able to do anything if something does go badly.

"Kusanagi spirit huh..." Kyo murmurs to himself while looking down at the palm of one of his gloved hands. He wishes he had a little bit more of the old Kusanagi spirit right about now. "Be careful what you wish for..." he says, more loudly now so that Masters can hear him, while pushing one leg back and raising his fists to drop into his usual ready stance. This only lasts a moment or so before he sees Ken has every intention of letting Kyo come and get some.

"I'm not gonna go easy on you just 'cause you're wounded!" Kyo cries out while dashing off his back foot. He covers the space between himself and Ken within an instant, still just as fast as ever despite his lack of flames, and immediately launches a barrage of short jab punches and quick hooks to put his opponent off balance. He mainly uses his chinese boxing techniques here, throwing out feint punches meant to be dodged or blocked in order to set up a solid blow. When Kyo finally thinks he sees an opening, he spins around once while bringing an elbow up, hoping to smash it into Ken's head or neck.

COMBATSYS: Ken auto-guards Kyo's Quick Punch!

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Kyo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Ken

Ken watches as Kyo leaps over toward him with a faint smirk. As he comes, Ken just bobs and weaves faintly, not really commiting to a total evasive measure. Ken usually has solid defense, but that's what keeps him from getting punched in the face. He isn't really faked out by the feints persay, but he is clearly cautious of Kyo's moves. The boy has beaten him rather badly before, so it would be insane for Ken just pass off the razzle dazzle as pointless show... Which works out well for Ken when the elbow comes up for his head. Instead of going where Kyo wants it, it hits firmly in the palm of his hand. "...Like I expect an ass like you to EVER take it easy on me," he offers before he takes his leg straight up, trying to bring it right for Kyo's chin. Regardless if it hits or misses Ken will try and bring it back down onto his shoulder in a painful one-two combination. It's a rather simple move, but the speed in which Ken does it is what makes the move impressive. That and it shows off how flexible Ken is.

COMBATSYS: Ken successfully hits Kyo with Inazuma Kakato Wari.

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Kyo              0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0              Ken

Kyo's elbow whiffs past Ken's face right into the American's open palm, effectively leaving Kusanagi open to whatever punishment the older fighter wants to inflict on him. The kick combination strikes both chin and shoulder, battering Kyo upwards then downwards. The attack stings, but he could have been struck far worse; by a Shoryuken, for example.

In any event, Kyo doesn't spend much time licking his wounds after wincing from the pain of the Inazuma Kakato Wari; he jumps off his back foot and unleashes his own deceptively simple kicking attack, a simple straight up kick with some added flare as his legs switch position in mid-air to attempt a two-hit combo.

COMBATSYS: Ken blocks Kyo's Nana Juu Go Shiki Kai.

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Kyo              0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0              Ken

The two kicks come, but the first one slams into Ken's right glove while the second one hits his left. Kyo is just as fast as he remembered, that's for sure. Not backing down a bit from this close range fight, Ken just tries to spin around a give a swift roundhouse to Kusanagi's jaw. Hit or miss, Ken's words remain the same. "Come on, Kyo! Where's the big guns? I'm not some beginner. Anything you can dish out, I can handle!"

COMBATSYS: Kyo dodges Ken's Medium Kick.

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Kyo              0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0              Ken

Eliza leans foward in her seat, the fight off to as good a start as she could hope for with Ken blocking the first two attacks sent at him and landing his own. Of course, that doesn't help Eliza relax, given what she knows about fights: they can change in an instant. And watching his father get smacked around is precisely the reason that she doesn't bring their son to the matches, even if it that possibility is less likely to happen than a win. It's still possible! Her hands ball into fists on her knees as she winces for Ken as the pair exchange blows, her nails biting into her palms.

Kyo transitions smoothly from landing on the ground after his Shiki Kai technique to ducking under Ken's roundhouse kick, the blow doing nothing but create a stiff breeze above Kusanagi that messes up the part in his hair a little bit. He doesn't answer Ken's taunts, which is slightly odd considering his well-earned reputation as a motormouth during fights. Instead he simply juts a foot out towards the shin of the leg Ken is pivoting on for his roundhouse kick.

COMBATSYS: Ken dodges Kyo's Light Kick.

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Kyo              0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0              Ken

Kyo's kick almost hits Ken's leg, but the American Champ is able to slide his leg out out of the way, despite being on one foot. This does send Ken off balance a bit though, so he reaches out to grab Kyo's jacket as he leans in. Regardless if he can get the jacket, Ken will regain his footing. However, if he gets the footing AND the jacket, he will them try and pull himself back, taking Kyo along for the ride if he can help it. If this works, Ken will roll back a couple of times before throwing this loudmouth rival right for the water, using his foot to launch him a decent distance away. Ken would try another quip, but when one is fighting this upclose and in a battle of speed, by the time you get a word out, you could have a fist in your face.

COMBATSYS: Kyo counters Jigoku Fuusha from Ken with Nue Tsumi.

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Kyo              0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0              Ken

Ken's thought process makes sense, turn a disadvantage into an advantage, but what he didn't take into account was that if Kyo's leg had successfully struck Ken's leg, he was prepared to have the blonde Ansatsuken fighter fall right on top of him: his arms are placed in perfect position. So when Ken dips forward and downwards anyways in an attempt to perform a throw, instead of grabbing a fistfull of Kyo's shirt instead he is held captive while Kyo delivers a painful elbow to the gut, then rolls backwards and kicks him away, mimicking the technique Ken was attempting to perform himself.

Eliza has disconnected.

Ken goes flying and lands closer to the beach, but he lands not directly in the water, but on a smaller rock which hits the side of his back. Ken winces in pain as the wet banages on his chest and back show a bit of red, the elbow and the rock perhaps reopening some stuff. It really really hurts.

It's okay to Ken though. He doesn't have to be in perfect condition to win this fight… Just remain standing. Ironically, he's gotten into fights between his tournament battles. The time he fought with Geese, his eyes had just gotten well enough he could use them to defeat Mimiru. This time, it is a much greater deal, but Ken doesn't care. He wanted to fight to test his limits last night and he got them tested. Might not have been the smartest idea, but it was Ken's desire and if there is one thing that Eliza likely knows, it's when Ken puts his mind to something, he'll do it. It's his greatest strength, but it gets him into a bit of trouble sometimes. Like it is right now.

Getting back to his feet and now in water that comes up to his ankles, Ken takes a moment to gauge his opponent. He is clearly getting ready to give the hurt from the narrowing of his eyes, the question is what move is he planning to use.

COMBATSYS: Ken focuses on his next action.

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Kyo              0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0              Ken

Rock has disconnected.

Kusanagi stands to find Ken waiting for him again. "Dammit..." he mutters to himself. Though Ken is known for being the more aggressive fighter when he's compared to Ryu, it seems like he's changed up his tactics for this battle, and that irritates Kyo. He wanted somebody to get in his face, to test him so that he could see if he could regain his bloodline-granted powers in the face of extreme adversity. "You're not going to come after me then..." the scion of the flames calls out to Ken, sounding somewhat dissapointed.

Well, fine. Regardless if Ken can get him to burn or not, Kyo's going to try to win this fight one way or another. So he charges into the water after Ken, launching more quick punches, even though this didn't work too well the last time he tried it, he hopes he's slowed Masters down a little, maybe even slowed him down for a snapping uppercut to land right on that chin of his!

COMBATSYS: Kyo successfully hits Ken with Quick Punch.

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Kyo              0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0              Ken

Ken tries to raise a hand to block like before, but this time, he gets clocked right in the face. He takes a step back before he pulls his head down and gives a smirk. "You call that an uppercut?!"

With that, Ken pulls his fist to his side, a small explosion of flames erupting over his hand as he does. While Kyo might struggle with his family's flames, Ken has been experiencing NO problems with his special gift so far. Of course, making the fire is only a third of the Ken Shoryuken. The second part is the motion, which is the powerful uppercut which takes him off of the ground as he gives the familiar cry of "Shoryuken!" The third part, the part where Ken tends to struggle with, is getting a nice clean solid hit to make a person regret ever getting in the ring with him. Like usual, he has a comment hit or miss as he lands. "THAT'S what we call an uppercut."

COMBATSYS: Ken successfully hits Kyo with Shoryuken.
- Power hit! -

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Kyo              1/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0              Ken

Kyo tries to block. He really does. In fact he even gets his arms up in time. The only problem is that Ken's Shoryuken basically blows through his defense like it was made from tissue paper. Kusanagi is lifted up into the air by the rising punch, throwing him all the way back into the wooded area, until a nice thick tree trunk is kind enough to halt his progress, at which point he slides down it onto the ground.

"I guess so..." Kyo groans, wiping away a trail of blood from the corner of his lip with the back of his hand. He hasn't been hit that hard in awhile. Time to even to score. After collecting himself, he nearly takes the same path back to Ken as he did when he was struck away from the blonde fighter. But this time it's by choice: he takes a huge leap into the air, bringing his leg around above his head to add torque to what he hopes will be a crushing blow inflicted on the top of his opponent's shoulder.

COMBATSYS: Ken fails to interrupt RED Kick from Kyo with Shoryuken.

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Kyo              1/-----==/=======|======-\-------\0              Ken

"There is no guess," Ken points out. "My Shoryuken is THE uppercut of the century." Of course, this pride comes out as he sees Kyo leap into the air. He pulls his fist back again, getting ready to pull the same trick twice. It doesn't work though and Ken is thrown onto the beach with his shoulder knocked out of socket. He gets to his feet and punches it back into place. Twice in one week... Of course, that fact is shown as Ken doesn't even try and move the arm anymore, letting it be limp for the time being.

Kyo blasts through Ken's second Shoryuken, sending the Ansatsuken fighter rocketing downwards into the beach, and though it seems he temporarily has the upper hand in the battle, Kyo couldn't look more displeased as he lands on the ground and dashes right at Ken, "It's not enough! It's still not enough to make me burn!!" He yells at Ken, apparently frustrated that even when faced with a opponent closer to his own level (at least, certainly closer than fighters like Hinako or Roberto), he still can't get his flames to come out.

Kyo grabs for the collar of Ken's gi, then pivots his body, using his back as a fulcrum to try and uproot Ken from the ground and then toss the blonde over his shoulder and back onto the beach.

COMBATSYS: Ken blocks Kyo's Quick Throw.

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Kyo              1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\0              Ken

Ken gets thrownas he can't get away in time, but Ken is able to break his fall and land in a nice ball. He rolls back to his feet before leaping back toward Kyo, just trying to give a simple punch to the face. It isn't much, but right now, it's all Ken has to give as he tries to give over the pain. He still gives a smirk though, like he knows something Kyo doesn't...

COMBATSYS: Kyo endures Ken's Jab Punch.

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Kyo              1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0              Ken

Kyo actually steps into this one after judging from Ken's posture that it's just going to be a light attack, merely a distraction. Though his head whips to the side as Ken's knuckles strike the side of his face, the rest of Kyo's body keeps moving forward, attempting to deliver a much more devastating strike to Ken in the form of one of his trademark hooking punches, sans-flames, of course.

COMBATSYS: Ken just-defends Kyo's Strong Punch!

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Kyo              1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0              Ken

Ken watches as Kyo's punch flies toward him. His other fist is pulling back, unable to do anything. that leaves his other one as the sole defense. he pulls back and giving a cry of pain, he pulls up the arm up and the fist sinks into the wounded limb. Ken gives a wince, but the pain and the block mingle with the cheers in some holy way that cause him to just give a smirk. He reaches toward Kyo as he tries to pull like before. This time, it isn't as powerful a throw, just rolling to his back before trying to launch Kyo off, but it is much quicker. "Not enough? Then I'll have to up the ante then and actually get serious, now won't I?"

COMBATSYS: Kyo blocks Ken's Jigoku-guruma.

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Kyo              1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0              Ken

Just like Ken a few moments ago, Kyo gets thrown but is able to cushion his fall with some deft body positioning, he kippups to his feet not too much worse for wear. "Yeah... you better" Kyo says, his eyes narrowed just a tiny bit as he approaches Ken with even footsteps. It appears he might just stride right up in front of Ken, but the last step is more of a lunge, covering a greater distance and serving as the set up for Kyo's rather infamous three-part punching combination, the Aragami. It all starts with a what is supposed to be a flaming hook punch, hold the flames this time, however.

COMBATSYS: Kyo successfully hits Ken with Aragami.

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Kyo              1/--=====/=======|=======\==-----\1              Ken

Kyo fluidly transitions from the hook punch striking Ken right in his smirking mug to a downwards elbow strike the sternum, as he bends his punching arm on the backstroke of the punch then brings it down. Normally he would then create a burst of flame by spreading his two arms while simutaneously striking Ken both high and low... but the beauty of the Aragami technique is it's many variants and the fact that it can seamlessly chain into many different moves. In his current, de-fanged state, Kyo choses to execute a quick roundhouse that hits Ken in the temple.

Just because he can't bring the pyrotechnics doesn't mean he'll abandon his catch-phrases though! "BODY GA... AMEZE!!"

"Where's the fire?" Ken replies even as he gets a punch to his face. As the rest of the combo comes in, Ken takes a few steps back. His body is a massive red. Most of the wounds have opened by now, but Ken figures that win or lose, he'll have a few days to recover. Best to push has hard as he can and not worry about tomorrow. Of course, he does that a lot of times when he ISN'T this badly hurt. "I see what it is. You want ME to show real fire before you do the same, Kyo, I can respect that. Hold back for a good attack. Just don't hold back TOO much or you might never get a chance to show me your best!"

Finally deciding to bring it to the next level, Ken races forward, giving one of his famed uppercuts. But it's much faster than his usual uppercuts... And a whole lot more powerful uppercut that sends him much higher in the air and spinning around too as a pillar of fire erupts where he was standing. "Shinryuu Ken!"

COMBATSYS: Ken successfully hits Kyo with Shinryuu Ken.

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Kyo              2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=------\-------\0              Ken

Kyo moves to try and counter Ken's amped-up version of the Shoryuken, but he almost seems to drop his guard at the last moment. Perhaps he wants to be struck by Ken in the hopes that it will knock some sense to him. Perhaps he doesn't think the technique is very threatening. No matter the reasoning behind it, Ken plows into the young scion of the flames, lifting him high into the air with the Shinryuuken.

There is a long way down to the ground from the point in the air where Ken's technique pushed Kyo up to, and although that still may only equate to two seconds or so of free-fall, to Kusanagi it seems like a frozen moment suspended there in mid-air, the last embers of flame from Ken's modified Shoryuken obscuring his vision. The thousands in attendance in the crowd hav, predictably, exploded in thunderous cheers for the hometown hero as he annihilates Kusanagi with the flashy technique, but Kyo can't hear them. All he can hear is his own voice, reverberating in his head, "This still... it's not enough... I'm not going to get my flames back like this, I'm not-"

His thoughts are interrupted as he hits the ground on the back, in the wooded area of the arena, making a nice Kyo-sized crater in the lawn there. The impact does more than just hurt him even further though, it jolts him into realization. A different voice is recalled in his head now, that of his fathers, asking him the same thing he did back when Kyo was just a boy, "HA HA! He's going to be alright, Shizuka! It doesn't matter how much he gets beat up during our training, he always gets up! Isn't that right Kyo? Don't you want to keep fighting?" Kyo begins to pick himself up off the grass, while Ken is no doubt busy playing to the crowd, and mouths the same thing he answered to his father back then, "If I don't keep fighting... I won't get stronger..." He stands up fully now, staring at Ken, saying aloud now, "If I don't get stronger, I can't protect the people I care about!" And in one hand, near his fingertips, small sparks start to appear.

COMBATSYS: Kyo gathers his will.

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Kyo              2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=------\-------\0              Ken

Ken watches as Kyo lands in the forest, but he doesn't assume he won quite yet. There hasn't been the 'big bang finish'. He knows it's coming. Kyo's got those flames. Ken figures that he must be conserving them, saving their strength to let out in a blitzkrieg assault. That thought in mind, Ken decides to keep his distance. Though the shout causes him to pause for a second. "...Hey, that's interesting, I feel the same way. Maybe after I've beaten you down, we can talk it over and see if we can help one another out. But first..." At this time, Ken has already gotten his palms together and channeled some blue chi into his hands which he throws out toward Kyo with a loud cry of "Hadouken!"

COMBATSYS: Kyo overcomes Hadouken from Ken with Orochinagi'.
- Power hit! -

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Kyo              0/-------/---====|=------\-------\0              Ken

COMBATSYS: Kyo successfully hits Ken with Orochinagi'.

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Kyo              0/-------/---====|=======\-------\0              Ken

Kyo's hands clutch into fists at his sides. So stupid. He's been so, so stupid. All this time he thought he needed to be tested in combat, that by fighting people in this tournament that he'd find the reason behind his extinguished flames, when really all he needed to do was remember the real reason he fights in the first place.

After two months of soul-searching, two months of frustration, and two months of seemingly futile effort, it finally happens: Kyo's crimson flame finally returns to him, the tendrils of fire tenatively swirling around his fingers, then his entire hand. He holds it up to his hand, with an amazed look in his eyes, almost as if he's seeing it for the first time.

The look finally passes, changing to one of determination as Ken fires his hadouken... Kyo's trademark superior smirk returns as he watches the projectile bare down on him. "I've got a lot of people back home supporting me, and I'm not going to let them down by losing this tournament here!!" The fiery hand is held up above his head, "KURAE...." then swept down in front of him. "-YAGARE!!!"

The wave of twisting, serpentine flame that trails off Kyo's arm and shoots off like a spiraling dragon quickly envelopes the Hadouken as well as everything else in it's path on it's way to Ken.

The fight is almost over. Kyo will likely have some nice little attack, but as long as he plays it safe and Lady Luck is on his side... But that's when the powerful attack tears through. He's literally seen nothing quite like it. It consumes him and Ken is still standing.

Like Kyo's, he's trained, he's sweated and toiled. Not because he lost something, but because he never had something. Skill, power, or just some new way of fighting, what ever it is, he finds himself lacking when he needs to win. Like right now. With the bandages from his arms completely burned off and falling in specs of red and black to the ground, Ken's charred arms give enough blood to trail over his fist. He takes a step forward.

He knows there is a fat chance he can win. Kyo's got his mojo, his trump card worked like Ken feared. He isn't moving for Kyo. He would lie down if that was so. Hell, Ken figures Kyo is getting some sort of pleasure out of this pointless effort. But Ken needs to go on. There are people counting on him too. People supporting him. Ryu, his wife, his student, his fans... He takes another step forward. And another. Most of his gi top falls away and his belt has a few burn holes in it, but Ken takes another step forward, crimson sand showing his slow path toward Kyo. As he does this, he struggles with his own flames. His fist erupts into flames, only to go out less than a second later. This happens every once in awhile as he walks toward Kyo. Once he gets to about ten feet, he says a soft "Come on, just one more time...." before he charges for Kyo, his famed uppercut making one final appearance before Ken falls to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Ken can no longer fight.

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Kyo              0/-------/---====|

COMBATSYS: Kyo blocks Ken's Shinryuu Ken.

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Kyo              0/-------/-======|

Kyo grins as the serpent wave mows down Ken, apparently winning this round of the World Warrior tournament for him. He may have overdid it though: he's forced to slump to one knee only a few moments after creating a trench in Ken's fancy multi-environment arena. Although his flames have returned to him it seems like he's somewhat out-of-practice. This is unfortunate since Ken is determined to inflict one last blow on Kyo. "Dammit..." he splutters as he sees the haggard Ansatsuken fighter charging right for him.

Kusanagi's defense isn't torn apart by the power of the Shoryuken this time, his braced arms hold, if just barely. Afterwards he slumps back down, on his hands and knees, and between gulping breaths of air he says weakly, "Heheh... moetaro?"

Log created by Kyo, and last modified on 06:03:46 03/28/2007.