Neo League 426 - #441: Aranha vs Ichiro

Description: Ichiro Oe, a Lacrosse player from Taiyo High, debuts in his first fight against Aranha within Taiyo's Dome Arena. Aranha has trouble with dealing with Ichiro's hard hitting style but he begins to make up ground to bring the fight close to even and make it hard for Ichiro to hold on to the significant advantage he had early on in the fight. (Winner: Aranha)

Chuckling and waving a hand to his fellow lacrosse players as they chant his name raucously, Ichiro Oe shakes his head in quiet amusement as he dons the facemask-less hockey-style helmet that he prefers and clips the chinstrap with a snap. "This one's for Taiyo, huh!" he calls out to his team mates who whoop and holler in good-natured excitement as they cheer their captain on. Adjusting the shoulder pads worn under his Taiyo High jersey, Ichiro flips his crosse up to chest level with one foot and gives the stick a familiar twirl as he catches it in his right hand.
Squinting across Taiyo Dome's field, the young athlete takes a last minute survey of his opponent before the fight begins. "Ready when you are!" he calls out to the stranger with a wave of his crosse. He's never heard of this Aranha person, but this is his first fight in the Neo League, and it's important that he give a good performance. Normally he'd prefer to some tape on his opponent, formulate a game plan, but he's confident enough in his skills to let talent carry him through. Sometimes making up a game plan on the fly is good enough.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro has started a fight here.

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Ichiro           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Aranha has joined the fight here.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Ichiro

The capoeirista walks into the arena without the fan fare, without the pomp that he had in his match with Himeko. There's no pyrotechnics, no fancy entrances involving him bouncing from rafter to rafter before dropping down into the fight area by a rope, there's no sound of 'Welcome to Metro City' playing(which would be highly inappropriate considering the fight is in Southtown).

The sunglasses he usually wears to fights have been absent in his recent fights as well. He takes in the Dome Arena for a moment. It's at this moment he realizes that his opponent has couple advantages over him. The home field advantage which is fairly obvious advantage based on the cheering. There's another advantage that Ichiro has that he would know had he seen the highlight tapes. Aranha seems to fight his best when there are walls or ways for him to get to higher ground which are absent right now. Of course, Aranha will have to make the best of it. "It's 'bout to jump off!! Let's go!"

With that, Aranha begins to sway left and right in ginga. Dancing as he readies himself to fight waiting for his opponent to come in and start things off.

"Huh." Ichiro muses as Aranha begins to sway back and forth gracefully. Did this guy come here to fight, or to dance? Oh well, it's not as if Ichiro looks the part of a typical fighter either. Did he come here to fight or to play lacrosse?
Producing a solid rubber ball slightly smaller than a baseball in size from the pocket of his loose athletic shorts, Ichiro gives the ball a thoughtful toss or two and begins to gallop towards his opponent. "Sounds good buddy!" Ichiro replies with a friendly grin before tossing the rubber lacrosse ball high in the air between the two fighters. Waiting for Ichiro to come in and start things off, eh? Well Ichiro might have one more advantage that Aranha hadn't counted on yet. Breaking into a run as the ball descends; Ichiro catches it in the pocket of his crosse's head and twirls the ball around in the pocket casually as he closes the distance to about 40 yards. "BOUNCE SHOT!" Ichiro shouts as the contents of his crosse's net bursts with golden energy. Leaping slightly as he circles the stick up towards his shoulder and swings it down forcefully, the chi-imbued ball shoots out towards Aranha, striking the ground in front of him before ricocheting up towards his chest at an unusual angle.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro successfully hits Aranha with Bounce Shot.

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Aranha           0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0           Ichiro

Unusual angle indeed. Aranha attempts to perform a somewhat risky evasion but given the unusual nature of the projectile that might've been a bit of a mistake. However the information the dancing spider had gain from just that one attack was quite important. Of course now he has to find out about his opponent's defensive skills.

Even if the ball hit hard, he's still able to stand and he begins to work his way in closer and then suddenly he leaps up into the air, twisting in the air as he holds his legs straight and together, but tucked to his chest before dropping down on top of the Lacrosse player, a smile still on his face.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro fails to interrupt Armada Dupla from Aranha with Slashing.

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Aranha           0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0           Ichiro

Swiping his crosse at Aranha as he leaps, the lacrosse fighter's stick finds only empty space as the capoeirista twists and turns in the air. "Gah!" Ichiro yelps as his opponent drops down on top of him, accompanied by the pained gasps of his sympathetic fans in the crowd. "Nnnh... nice moves..." Ichiro compliments as he rolls away from the point of impact and coming to a stop up on his knees. "You got style, man!" He adds with a confident grin as he scoops his discarded lacrosse ball off of the turf nearby and into the pocket of his crosse before pushing himself up to his knees.

"Your style is different as well. It's the first time I've fought someone with a style based on sports." He goes into a quick spin as he backs off a bit his eyes on the ball in the pocket of Ichiro's crosse as he studies the Lacrosse player before performing a cartwheel to place himself right at Ichiro's flank.

It's a flashy looking setup with a practical basis in mind. He reaches out to only just temporarily pin the crosse down while his other hand touches the ground to support him while his legs scissor out to wrap up the athlete and then twist himself over to slam him on his face. Ichiro should be alright though, he does wear a helmet.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro interrupts Strong Throw from Aranha with Cross Check.

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Aranha           0/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0           Ichiro

His eyes growing wide in alarm as Aranha's hand lowers to pin down his lacrosse stick, Ichiro shakes his head curtly, "Oh no you don't!" Quickly moving his crosse out of the way of the Spider's hand, Ichiro can't really help from being grabbed by the capoeirista's legs and flipped upside down. Tucking his head and grunting softly as he absorbs the force of the blow on his helmet and shoulder pads, the lacrosse captain grips both ends of his cross and thrusts the stick at and into Aranha's face while they're still both upside down. "Nnnhg... dizzy..." Ichiro mumbles as he rolls onto his butt and puts a hand to his helmet to try and steady his head.

Aranha as a capoeirista is used to being upside down. However catching a stick to the face is more than a little disorienting and so he takes a bit of time to steady himself as well. And so he goes back into that dance. The ginga allowing him get himself together and give him time to figure out his next course of action. Another thing Ichiro might find odd is that he's humming as he watches him. If Elle didn't completely destroy his sunglasses he'd probably be keeping his music to himself.

COMBATSYS: Aranha focuses on his next action.

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Aranha           0/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0           Ichiro

Pushing himself up to his feet, Ichiro grins at Aranha as he reaches up and unbuckles his helmet, letting the strap hang free. That chinstrap is just so restrictive. "Back to the dance, huh?" Ichiro asks as he rests his crosse on his shoulder. "What's your kind of fighting called, anyway?" He asks, a confident smile playing on his lips. Taking the stick off of his shoulder, Oe spins the shaft in his hand a few times, the white rubber lacrosse ball rolling around the pocket as it spins. Suddenly raising the stick threateningly, Ichiro dashes towards the Spider, but instead of throwing the ball again, or another lashing with his crosse, Ichiro darts to the side at the last second and attempts to knee the capoeirista in the stomach as he passes by. "It's pretty cool looking."

COMBATSYS: Aranha interrupts Light Kick from Ichiro with Vingativa EX.

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Aranha           1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0           Ichiro

"Capoeira. A martial art hidden within a dance." He doesn't go into a lengthy explanation since this is a fight and the action is going a bit too fast for him to provide an in depth answer to that question. Plus he needs all of his attention for that knee that comes in.

On the surface the kick looks like it wouldn't be too painful to deal with. But the spider is able to see even deeper. But he decides to take a gamble. He knows he's fast enough to catch Ichiro with the move but can he do enough damage to make the counter attack worth it?

He side-steps the knee, almost enough that it glances off but it still enough to hurt nevertheless. He then puts his elbow on Ichiro's abdomen while he positions a leg behind both Ichiro's leg and with a sudden motion pops his hip upwards sending the lacrosse player onto his back.

"Hfff!" Ichiro gasps as he's elbowed in the stomach and tripped backwards. His helmeted head smacks the turf as he hits the ground, but luckily his shoulder pads absorb a lot of the impact. "Oh," Ichiro says simply as he pushes himself up to his feet. "I don't know much about martial arts," he admits openly as he flips his crosse up from his waist, tossing the lacrosse ball in it's pocket straight up into the air a few feet before catching it again. It must take some skill to be able to keep the ball in the net through all of this fighting. "I looks fun, I guess..." he says before spinning away from Aranha, his crosse lashing out as he spins to send the ball flying towards the capoeirista's stomach. "...but not as fun as lacrosse!"

COMBATSYS: Aranha blocks Ichiro's Thrown Object.

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Aranha           0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0           Ichiro

Aranha sees that ball flying at him and he knows he can't afford to take an attack like that again. At first he tries to drop under the ball with one hand on the ground and let the ball pass harmlessly over him however mid move, he realizes that he just can't drop low enough that he wouldn't get caught with the shot to the face and so he raises the free hand to catch the ball.

"Never had the chance to play. I might've enjoyed it."

With a quick twist and a kick upward he's in a handstand. The walk on his hands is slower than usual since he's carrying the ball while he approaches and then he lashes out with a series of kicks from the handstand before returning to his feet.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro blocks Aranha's Inverted Flurry.

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Aranha           0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0           Ichiro

Frowning as Aranha catches his ball, Ichiro quirks an eyebrow as the slightly older fighter inverts himself into another handstand. "It's not too late to try, you know..." Ichiro replies as the kicks start to come his way. Tucking his head into his shoulder pads as the kicks close in, Ichiro is able to deflect most of the damage onto his protective gear. Having weathered the storm, Ichiro dashes foreword as Aranha returns to his feet and hopes to catch him off guard by hooking his crosse under the other man's arm and toss him to the ground with a quick hip-throw. Not really a lacrosse-inspired move to be honest, but sometimes you gotta improvise.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro successfully hits Aranha with Quick Throw.

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Aranha           0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0           Ichiro

Improvisation works out because while Aranha easily has the speed to get out of the way, he isn't quite able to utilize that speed and he ends up getting dropped onto the ground and staring at the sky. He slowly gets back up to his feet and shakes out the cob webs before dancing his way in.

Suddenly the dance ends when he lashes out with a side kick and then quickly follows it with another kick to the stomach using the heel as the striking surface for both attacks. "Damn you have me on the ropes right now! Let's see if you can finish."

COMBATSYS: Ichiro fails to interrupt Change-Up Kick from Aranha with Cross Check.

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Aranha           0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0           Ichiro

Can he finish? That'd be a negative, at least at this point in the fight. Ichiro might have Aranha on the ropes, but as he alluded to, the hardest goal of the game to get is always the winning goal. Gripping his crosse with both gloved hands, Ichiro lunges towards Aranha, attempting to clock him in the face with his stick, but is stopped well short by the far reaching kicks. The first kick mostly catches the chest protector part of his shoulder pads, but the second connects solidly with the pit of his stomach, knocking the wind out of the captain's lungs and sending him stumbling back a few paces. Doubling over as he begins to catch his breath, Ichiro slowly straightens and rests his crosse on his shoulder as he readies himself for Arahna's follow-up.

The reason Aranha takes so well to the sport/art of Capoeira is those legs which are of above average length for a person of his height and so he has the ability to reach further with his kicks without presenting that big of a target. Of course like Aranha had learned from both his fights with both Luc and Himeko, it's easy to lose command of a fight.

He looks around for just a moment. Man Aranha's really missing the fact that there aren't any obstacles or anything to leap off of but even the lack of obstacles can act as an obstacle for him overcome. He whips his heel around attempting to bring it crashing into Ichiro's ribcage but of course there are no guarantees that it'll have much of an effect with the padding he's wearing.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro endures Aranha's Change-Up Kick.

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Aranha           0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0           Ichiro

Gritting his teeth as Aranha spins around to unleash another kick on Ichiro, the captain of the lacrosse team's eyes blaze with burning spirit as he takes a step in towards the Spider, letting his leg crash against his ribs, which unlike his shoulders and head, don't really have anything in the way of padding. Grunting as the kick connects; Ichiro lets himself spin with the hit while lashing out with his own cleated foot, attempting to kick Aranha's leg out from under him with a blow to his shin. This Aranha guy sure is tenacious, Oe will give him that.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro successfully hits Aranha with Light Kick.

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Aranha           0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0           Ichiro

As the kick goes down to his leg he seems to be poised and relaxed as he leans over to the side to cartwheel as he sees the kick comin but for some reason he just doesn't get his legs up into the air. Being unable to utilize his speed and also being unable to utilize his ability to manuever though obstacles in fights he finds that he has only one of strengths left to depend on. The fact that he's capable of kicking HARD.

Aranha takes two steps forward and then leaps up with a front somersault and brings a heel down upon the helmet which with his power, breaking the helmet apart if it lands is a distinct possibility.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro fails to interrupt Colossal Kick from Aranha with Cross Check.

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Aranha           0/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0           Ichiro

Gripping his crosse forcefully as Aranha somersaults towards him, Ichiro leaps forward to meet the other fighter mid-air, the range of the capoeirista's kicks is just too much to overcome once again. The kick cracks the unstrapped helmet and knocks it to the ground where Ichiro's body soon joins it. "Nnnhhh..." he moans as he sits upright, wiping away a trickle of blood from his forehead with his forearm wearily. Using his crosse to push himself up to his feet, Ichiro watches Aranha silently as he feels the end of the fight nearing.

When he threw those kicks to the stomach and ribs, he did it with a specific strategy in mind. Wear him down, and make it harder for him to land his shots. He can see the fatigue in Ichiro's body as he watches him get himself back up to his feet.

Of course Aranha isn't doing all that well either. He's beaten up physically and his ginga seems to have gotten sloppy due to the shot landed on his leg earlier. He still manages to put on a burst of speed. Moving faster than he probably ought to. He whips his foot, glowing with blue chi, around across Ichiro's now exposed head, following it with a spinning jump kick, which also glows with blue chi, he then finishes it off with a back flip, kicking a glowing foot down upon the athlete's head.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro endures Aranha's Aggressive Dance.

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Aranha           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\0           Ichiro

His unprotected head beaten every which way by multiple kicks, it's all Ichiro can do to try to latch on to one of Aranha's legs and try and drag him to the ground bodily. Even with all of that punishment Ichiro is still up and fighting, protective gear or no.

COMBATSYS: Aranha blocks Ichiro's Quick Throw.

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Aranha           1/------=/=======|=======\-------\0           Ichiro

The one thing you should remember about Capoeiristas are that they are very slippery and so when he's dragged down he catches himself in a handstand before he falls down then spins around until he drops down to his feet. He would've tried avoiding it altogether but we saw how that turned out.

Aranha leans away while moving his arm to shield his face and his body and then he leans forward to push away his opponent with a head butt to set up a turning kick off of his rear leg before placing his hand onto the ground and then throwing himself into a handstand where he launches a series of brutal snap kicks down upon his opponent's head. He drops down from the handstand and then performs a back flip kick.

COMBATSYS: Ichiro fails to interrupt Full House from Aranha with Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Ichiro can no longer fight.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|

Hefting his crosse one final time, Ichiro looks as if he's about to... well it's rather hard to figure out what he's trying to do because he's quickly assaulted with a barrage of snap kicks before a final back flip kick puts him down for the count. The crowd of Taiyo High students cry out in dismay as their peer is KO'd, but they don't seem /too/ unhappy, after all, it was a very entertaining fight, if not for the two battered and bruised opponents.

As Aranha lands out of the back flip kick, he looks a bit shaky. He desperately gasps for the breath that just won't come. It's takes a few moments to realize he won before he tips over and falls on his side. His head begins swimming and then after a moment he realizes he probably shouldn't stay too long. There's a red witch he should make it a point to duck. And so he gets up and quickly limps to a place where he can lie low until he can truly ditch the witch.

COMBATSYS: Aranha has ended the fight here.

Log created on 21:14:10 07/17/2007 by Aranha, and last modified on 19:56:25 07/22/2007.