Neo League 326 - #350: Jiro vs Roberto

Description: Roberto comes back from his leg injury to see if he can get himself in the swing of things. Jiro on the other hand has things to prove to himself. Will the Soccer Star be able to avoid the bite of the Stray Dog? It certainly won't be a walk in the park if Jiro has anything to say about it. (Winner: Jiro)

Daylight breaks in the air, approaching the high afternoon, slowly descending towards the time of dusk. Fortunately, dusk won't be approaching for some time. The middle of the field is packed with people ranging from those taking a casual stroll in the park to those who'd want to watch the fights.
The park is cleared enough for a fighting ring, in a sense. Some of it consists of the grass and a little bit of it consists of the sidewalk. But it is mostly a nice battlefield that the fighters can use for a full way combat.
Within the very middle is none other than the Stray Dog. The young man looks -a lot- better than he was the previous fight, aired in regards to the Mini League fight against Shinobu. The late teened youth is more pleasant as far as looks go. The trenchcoat rests along his side, gleaming a little. The Stray Dog is tightening the leather straps, shutting his eyes. "Alright... Time to control my power. Getting back into a fight is the first step."

Roberto is another fighter with something to prove... Ok... Not so much something to prove as trying to get himself into the swing of things since he was side-lined both in fighting and soccer since his injury.
The fight had been scheduled on fairly short notice and so he didn't really get a chance to scout out his opponent even though he once supposed to fight alongside the Stray Dog in a charity match.
When Roberto comes to the park he has the mesh bag of soccer balls over his shoulder. He nods to Jiro and then dumps the bag onto the grass and chucks the empty mesh bag aside. He smiles and gets into a goalie's ready stance.

COMBATSYS: Roberto has started a fight here.

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Roberto          0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Jiro has joined the fight here.

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Jiro             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Roberto

A fist is extended out, the palm facing the sky while he looks straight at Roberto. The look is quite poker-faced, considering the calmness that he has. He has to control his power. Just try not to have his anger take over him. Someone like Roberto should be easy enough, as there isn't hatred or anger harbored towards the individual.
Re-opening his eyes, Jiro faces the direction of Roberto, then he takes a step back with his left hand, having both hands up in a guarding position. "Your style is familiar. A girl like yours, but volleyballs, if I recall."
Past memories. Meh.
"Meh, whatever." The Stray Dog tightens his stance, allowing the white blaze to erupt around him. "Ready."
The announcer immediately announces, "Ready, fight!"
Considering Jiro's nature with the aggressiveness, he is running towards Roberto with right hand drawn out, immediately bringing the arm down in order to take Roberto's head out with a powerful clothesline. "Arrrgh!"

COMBATSYS: Jiro successfully hits Roberto with Strong Punch.

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Jiro             0/-------/-------|===----\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto is off to a slow start and when he goes to perform a spin move around the attack but he starts his spin move just a little to slow and then... THUMP!!!! He really ought to know better than to use striker tactics out of a goalie's stance. He's suddenly taken off his feet and is staring at the sky. "That... hurt..."
Roberto gets back up to his feet. "Volleyballs? I had no idea you knew Natsu."
Anyway since it's established that the fight has began Roberto is going to make his own run at Jiro and see if he can get Jiro get about as intimate with the ground with a swing of his glowing foot high into air, hopefully carrying the Stray Dog on it until he's sent into the air.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Jiro with Thrust Kick.

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Jiro             0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0          Roberto

As the arm reaches out to slam the meaty part of the arm against the chest of Roberto, Jiro is shifting his entire weight into the momentum, feeling the force of the energy sending him forward to continue his assault on the soccer player. Narrowing his eyes, the Stray Dog is channeling his energy together once more, turning to face Roberto.
"Hrm." His eyes focus at Roberto, who is making the initiative to launch his foot against the Stray Dog. Caught by the forceful push, Jiro is launched off of the ground by the kick, sent into the air. Spiraling towards the ground with a twist, Jiro impacts the ground with a loud -thud-, groaning as he tries to shake the cobwebs out. "...Damn." He snorts, staggering to his feet. "Alright."
~ ...Summon the power. ~
His eyes focus at the soccer player, stepping into his stance. Fury makes itself known as the flames -burn- profusely along the Stray Dog. His head lifts up while allowing the flames to spiral around him. The anger is apparent on the boy's face.
~ Con.... control it... ~
He is pressing his feet on the ground, then he sprints towards Roberto, drawing his fist back with the anger still painted on his place.
~ Try to control it! Damnit, Jiro! Control it! ~
The white flames shape itself into a blade, and then the whisking flames slash out against Roberto in an arc. Jiro leans forward with it, making the swipe a full way slash.

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks Jiro's Shining Fang.

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Jiro             0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto's hands move into the way to catch the energy blade in his palms burning his goalie gloves off as his hands move into the way of the attack causing him to slide backwards.
He doesn't have much time to respond and so he takes a step forward to slam his knee into the Stray Dog's stomach with authority. "Uragh!!!"

COMBATSYS: Jiro interrupts Heavy Kick from Roberto with Heaven's Diminisher.

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Jiro             0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1          Roberto

The blade swipes out against the goalie's direction, the guarding preventing Jiro from making any further movements as far as getting in position of drawing a twisting punch. However, the opportunity does allow for the Stray Dog to assess the situation that he's at. That distance being taken back allows Jiro to assess his current point, observing for Roberto's next move for a good chance on when to catch him.
It's almost as if time stops when Roberto's actually stepping forward to drive the knee towards his stomach.
Jiro twists his hip to allow the knee to strike the rib, but he immediately twists the hip back with the left leg erupting from the ground. The right leg keeping it held, the other foot is igniting with the white flames.
Slowly, Jiro's face loses all form of expression as he looks at Roberto, trying his best to quell the emotions while trying to dig into the highest form of emotion that is the most difficult to control.
Pure as white, the indiscriminate flames roar while the foot drives itself into the stomach of Roberto as his knee drives at Jiro's rib. Then, Jiro is leaping back while grunting at the impacting blow. It isn't long before Jiro draws his hands back, gathering his chi to form a sphere of white flames. Then, he launches it into the air to form it into a lance, then he -thrusts- the lance straight at Roberto's chest.

"Ahhhhh!" exclaims the soccer star though it's partially from pain it's mostly from surprise as he didn't expect to have his attack turned around on him so easily and he goes flying backwards.
He gets up his feet, a slight smile on his face, as he glances to the ground before moving to a soccer ball and kicks the rubber sphere at Jiro's stomach with his signature move. After the ball is released he begins breathing heavily as he watches the soccer ball go.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Jiro with Long Shot.

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Jiro             1/-------/=======|=======\-------\1          Roberto

After the onslaught of the foot's impact and then the lance, Jiro is on the gorund once more, narrowing his eyes at Roberto, as if to watch his movement. The fighter straightens his upper body, the vetebrae making a pop as it comes back in place. Keeping the sharp gaze at the soccer player, the Stray Dog notices the soccerball being shot back at his direction.
A grunt is given by the young man as he's given a powerful blow towards the chest, he grunts, tilting his head back while he stumbles to the side. Even though he's a bit out of it, he tilts his head at the ball, then towards Roberto.
He'll use his own thing against him.
The Stray Dog has a grin on his face. "Heh..." The young man immediately launches his right foot back, then he snaps it forward, sending the soccer ball straight back at Roberto.

COMBATSYS: Roberto fails to reflect Thrown Object from Jiro with Shining Clutch.

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Jiro             1/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Roberto

This type of thing is Roberto's bread and butter. Soccer ball kicked at him usually means a hand goes up and swats it back at the opponent. It's something Roberto has been drilled on for years upon years... Apparently that week of being on the disabled list has hurt his reflexes a little more than he expected.
What Roberto actually does is put up a glowing hand in front of the soccer ball but it glances off and bounces hard right into the goalie's face and drops down to the ground into a roll before stopping. Well if it was a game Roberto still would've gotten credited with the save but damn that hurt.

While the ball impacts off of Roberto's face, Jiro tilts his head over and then he forms his shoulders coming up with a shrug, "Heh." The young man tightnes his fist, rubbing his chest. "Huh." He better not get cocky, or he'll pay for it. So, in order to press forward with the opportunity, the Stray Dog is sprinting at Roberto once more.
When he closes the distance on the young man, Jiro immediately llifts his right foot up and launches the leg out for a roundhouse kick against the man's head. He is actually aiming to make -sure- the soccer player remains disoriented.

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks Jiro's Light Kick.

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Jiro             1/-------/=======|=======\===----\1          Roberto

Roberto brings two hands together balled up into a pair of fists to deflect the kick away in a goalie styled deflection as he tries to calm himself down.
Then he moves in closer to follow it up with another punch this time attempting to push the dog back with a fist which would be usually used deflect a soccer ball. Let's see if this tactic will be applicable to this situation.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Jiro with Quick Punch.

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Jiro             1/-----==/=======|=======\===----\1          Roberto

There is the resounding sound of pad against pad as the right foot is collided against the paired fists to help deflect the kick from Roberto's face. While Roberto pushes the leg the other way, Jiro is diving straight into the incoming fist. Now stepping into thef ist, the Stray dog is actually charging -IN- towards the soccer player.
He tilts his head down to have the fist strike his skull, but instead, the punch immediatel pops him upside the nose. The forceful impact makes a smidge mark on his face, causing the Stray Dog to stumble back as the blood flows along the nose spot. His head tilts his head back and he holds his face. There is an annoyed growl echoing from his mouth, then he spits out the blood that protrudes down his mouth. "Tsch."
He shuts his eyes once more, glancing at Roberto, then he steps forward with his right foot aimed towards Roberto's direction. Not just that, but the Stray Dog presses forward with his right fist drawn forward at the solar plex, then he lunges in with his elbow striking at the teenager's face, then he spins around to launch his back leg at Roberto's stomach to send him back.

COMBATSYS: Jiro successfully hits Roberto with Heavy Kick.
- Power hit! -

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Jiro             1/-----==/=======|=======\=====--\1          Roberto

This time he's in perfect position to dive out of the combo altogether. He can pretty much see the attack coming from a mile away. When that first kicks comes and then the leg flares up mid leap, setting himself for the kick, punch, elbow strike, and the final kick sends him spinning away as he wonders what the hell is going on. While he figures that out, he begins to juggle a soccer ball watching Jiro carefully.

COMBATSYS: Roberto focuses on his next action.

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Jiro             1/-----==/=======|=======\=====--\1          Roberto

After the man is knocked into a distance, Jiro is straightening himself up, the reconnection of his body is in place as both eyes shut in its placid concentration. He doesn't do anything for a while, other than that he's bringing his right hand towards his side.
It rests silently for a few moments, mostly because there is a resonation of chi emitting from his hand. It's a slight glimmer, but it immediately burns profusely as the raw power ignites upon the Stray Dog, drawing forth more of his energy as he feels the raw power consume him.
His muscles tighten, which causes the Stray Dog to put himself away from the flames's energy. Between concentrating of pulling himself from his emotions into total separation, Jiro is drawing his flames in full view. Both eyes shut, looking at Roberto.
"Why don't we end this with a finish, hrm?"
He brings the fist back, drawing forth a funnel of raw energy to consume the hand, then he takes a leap from the ground, dashing in a striding motion straight towards the goalie. As if he is going for the goal with the final blow, Jiro is sending the ivory flaming hand towards Roberto's chest.
"Exploder Knuckle!"

COMBATSYS: Jiro successfully hits Roberto with Exploder Knuckle.

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Jiro             1/---====/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2          Roberto

Roberto lets the soccer ball drop as the punch moves towards his stomach. Roberto zigs when he should've zagged and gets slammed yet again. He gets up on one knee and coughs then stands up while holding his stomach and staring at the Stray Dog in disbelief. He looks shaky as he moves to the next soccer ball and kicks that at him. There's a noticable difference in this shot. For one thing this shot is significantly faster and is a soccer ball supposed be glowing? Well Jiro better not be anywhere near that soccer ball because it will create a large explosion.
As for what happens to the soccer player after that is that he drops to one knee in silence shaking his head. He doesn't have anything left in the tank to continue the fight.

COMBATSYS: Roberto can no longer fight.

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Jiro             1/---====/=======|

COMBATSYS: Jiro blocks Roberto's Blazing Strikers.

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Jiro             1/-======/=======|

As the fist is impacting against the man's stomach, Jiro is slipping further into the distance of Roberto, stepping forward and he shuts his eyes as he straightens himself. "Hrmph." The young man lifts himself back up, staring at Roberto's soccer ball and he keeps note of the sudden glow.
~ Shit. ~
The Stray Dog brings his right hand up, then he steps his right foot to the side and plants himself to the ground, aiming to tighten his stance as the ball impacts against his arms while he guards himself. The explosion is spread everywhere, creating a smokescreen to make things invisible.
Shrouded in darkness.
But soon, the smoke is slowly disappearing, the ramnents of the explosion leaves Jiro to look severely beaten, but standing. He calmly tightens his fists, then he relaxes his muscles. He steps towards the soccer player, then he sighs. "Usually, I am insulted with being helped up since I'm too damn prideful, but...." He shuts his eyes.
He extends his right hand up towards the soccer player, "You're probably a better person than me."

COMBATSYS: Jiro has ended the fight here.

"Normally I would accept the offer for the help but I have some things to think about." Roberto sits down bringing his knees to his chest as his thoughts run through his head he looks up as an afterthought he adds, "Thanks for the fight though. I look forward to a rematch." He extends his hand waiting for the other teenager to shake his hand drawing it back only if Jiro waits too long.

Hrm. Not a problem.
The hand does remain up when he shakes it. He blinks, then he offers a faint smile. "Alright." Jiro nods towards Roberto, "Good match."
While Jiro turns away to walk off, the crowd cheers as 'The Stray Dog' is announced the winner.

Log created by Roberto, and last modified on 17:10:02 04/04/2007.