Neo League 526 - #531: Alma vs Katana

Description: Katana's real name is Quick Draw McGraw. Alma Towazu's real name is either Coward or Loser. However... (Winner: Alma)

And now, for something completely different.
Upon having found that there are some important aspects to Metro City that he is completely unused to, and having recognized that his dependence upon understanding the ambience and nature of his environment can cause great difficulty for him both in and out of combat, stylish young champion of virtue Alma Towazu has become determined to broaden his horizons and master the new challenges presented to him here, during the short amount of time he has free from his numerous obligations back in Southtown. From a shallower perspective he could be seen as simply going from work to a new kind of work, but, well, Alma loves his work too much to see that as a problem anyway.
Besides, Jiro is here-- and if he can't win here, he can't beat Jiro.
So as always, the thrilling path of perpetual self-betterment gives him many reasons to continue his struggle, and many new challenges have, as a result, arisen. In the park, he seemed able to function quite well, demonstrating that he had made some progress; but he knows there is still much more to learn. True depth of understanding Metro City in a way that will suit his unusual method of Soul Power combat will probably have to come later-- though he is becoming more and more convinced that opening a branch of the YFCC here would indeed be an excellent idea, so he'll probably have the chance. Right now, he just wants to keep reaching for new levels of difficulty.
So here he is.
After having arrived far earlier in the morning than necessary, Alma doesn't really appear to be as much of an oddity as before. You'd think he'd know better than to dress so nicely in a place like this -- expensive clothes are expensive clothes, no matter how understated your elegance or self-possessed your style -- but working the cafeteria at one of the larger homeless shelters here, it struck his co-workers that his outfit seems as much a part of him as his eye-catching hair, mellow demeanor, or mild-mannered smile. Alma himself would of course agree; it's all an expression of his self.
You have to be really determined to resent him.
Still, spending many extra hours here both performing service and getting to know the area -- both logistically and intuitively -- is, while helpful, possibly not enough, Alma considers as he steps out into the street, where the Neo League cameramen have almost finished setting up. He's never heard of his opponent before, but the character apparently hails from around here, just like Kyle. This could still be very tough for Alma, on a lot of levels.
Which is exactly what he's been looking for.
He grins softly, hands folded behind his back, and waits.

Those who step into Metro City step onto the turf of Mad Gear. No matter what those Hellraisers have to say about it, the true masters of the gang land, and the slums, are Mad Gear. And for anyone to enter is to earn the attention of the leader of Mad Gear.

When Neo League had contacted him for another thing .. a truck would be ran through it, otherwise clearly, Katana made himself the opponent for whomever who would be entering here, who was interested in fighting in the Neo League.

As Alma is waiting, something is pretty obvious, heard barreling towards the scene, and as breaks squeal, a truck, albeit another unpainted, jacked commercial vehicle is currently the Shogun's choice, and ontop of the vehicle happens to be Alma's opponent, weaponry in his hands, his clothes being armor, a ceremonial mask, and what seems to be jeans and a shirt with a Japanese Kanji on it .. that really has no meaning.

From on top of the truck, Katana spins the jitte in his hands, before pointing one towards Alma, staying onto of the truck for now. "You, are to be my opponent?" Katana inquires of the man. Before he kicks off, sandals pressing against the truck before he lands on the square set up for them in the slums.

The Shogun stands tall, his muscles apparent, but there may not be as much intelligence in the head as noticed first .. or maybe there is. "Such clothing .. they will be ruined by the end of this fight. So I wonder why you have worn such!" Katana inquires, but loses interest moments later.

"I expect you to do your best, warrior .. and we will see just what expensive clothes get you in such a place like this!" Mad Gear Thugs move all about the area, surrounding it, around the cameras as well.

"And I will show you the strength of the Mad Gear Gang, like all interlopers in this area!" Oh. He's ready. But he has NO IDEA WHO THIS GUY IS.

Except soon to be sushi.

~ T, this guy...? ~
Alma blinks once, lips parting slightly in surprise as he listens to Katana's opening speech, not once interrupting. The dusky-skinned blond seems rather impressed by the armor-clad, jitte-wielding gang leader's entrance.
Okay, maybe 'impressed' is not quite the word.
"...heh he..."
The handsome youth grins widely. There's nothing mean about it, of course, per se. He reaches up to rub the back of his head as the taller fighter approaches, looking a little overwhelmed if anything, and in other circumstances Alma's chuckling would just seem good-natured. But you never know. Maybe Katana is sensitive about people laughing upon his arrival. One might get to be, eventually.
Either way, Alma doesn't comment.
"Please do," he finally says gently, upon Katana's assertion that the pride of Mad Gear shall be displayed; privately, the name rings more than a few bells, even for one who has rarely ventured out of Southtown. There's no time to think about that now, though. This is man to man; he'll find out what kind of man Katana is soon enough.
Soul Power will tell him.
"You must be Katana," he continues, stepping back as the announcers prepare to begin the fight and a quite diverse group of onlookers begin to gather around them. "I am Alma Towazu, a student of Hiten-Ryu kung fu. It's a pleasure." Only Alma would be aware of his careful decision to say 'pleasure' instead of 'honor' there. "I will do my best," he continues, grin becoming a little smile as he straightens his posture and begins to sway ever so subtly, limbs relaxing.
"Please do so as well."

COMBATSYS: Alma has started a fight here.

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Alma             0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Katana has joined the fight here.

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Alma             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Katana

COMBATSYS: Alma focuses on his next action.

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Alma             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Katana

It always seems, simply, that everytime Katana fights .. the opposing side enjoys their feast of waiting for him. And every time, Katana charges in, simply ignoring the other one's defenses.

For Katana to stop now would be laughable.

A chuckle. He must be afraid! Katana know weakness. And certainly, Katana does not tolerate weakness. HE WILL BE PURGED. But for the moment, Katana raises the weaponry towards Alma .. "I never fight without giving everything." He makes it clear, and his muscles relaxing, weaponry raising .. and Soul Power? Katana doesn't know what that doohicky is. But it's painful.

As Alma finally introduces himself, Katana looks on behind the mask .. interested. "Well then, Alma... you have an odd sense of pleasure ... For I, KATANA, WILL DEMONSTRATE TO ALL WHAT IT IS TO STEP UNALLOWED ONTO MAD GEAR TURF!" Even in Neo League. EVEN IN NEO LEAGUE. "But the fight .. I SHALL SHOW YOU ALL!"

As Alma readies himself... he may not be ready for an incredibly fast charge from the Shogun, leaping off the ground, and slamming forwards .. WITH A SANDAL, TOWARDS ALMA'S FACE.

COMBATSYS: Alma blocks Katana's Light Kick.

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Alma             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Katana

Incredible speed... versus incredible style.
Alma smile only widens at Katana's posturing, in what seems to be genuine enjoyment. Normally it's difficult to achieve what the young man calls a 'clash of souls', but it's starting to look like achieving one with Katana wouldn't even require combat; you'd just have to stand next to him and give him some excuse to shout at you, and Alma's a walking excuse for being shouted at. Just look at those snug jeans. What a woman.
So Alma too, although he doesn't express it quite as intensely as Katana himself, is quite fired up around. Rather than show it through words, he shows it through his physical response-- a lightning fast parry that, true to the most profound traditions of Hiten-Ryu, quickly becomes something more. Something dramatic. It's intuitive and spontaneous; it issues forth from within him unplanned.
In spite of it all, this feels right.
Acting unhesitantly, Alma ducks and brushes the kick over his head with his forearm as he lunges in-- but he suddenly pivots and places his hand on Katana's thick armored leg, leaping upward and into the air. Buoying part by his own momentum, part by the invisible force of Psycho Power, and partly by Katana's own lower body, the prettyboy shouts furiously as he lashes out with a wild but bizarrely graceful kick imbued by white soulfire toward the man's helmeted head, the back of his heel aglow with added flares of sparkling pink and purple.

COMBATSYS: Katana blocks Alma's Shooting Star.

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Alma             0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0           Katana

INCREDIBLE STYLE, one might say. WELL. Katana is not against such a thing. And as Alma prevents his sandaled foot from smashing through, it hardly matters. Because that's about when Alma ducks, brushing the kick past, and as Katana lands, watching as the boy shouts, lashing out with a wild and graceful kick towards the man's head, Katana brings both his arms upwards.

The Metal clangs heavily, as psycho power rips into his arms as well as his flesh. But Katana is far from one to give up even though there is a little bit of burning, and as Alma's assault is prevented, Katana attempts to knock him back a bit with both arms, to force him away. Katana is not an easy one to take down!

But then, sometimes it is easier than planned.

Raising both jitte's the Shogun points them towards Alma. "Hahhaa... so you wait for me, before you make your own strike .. such things are the sign of a coward .. AND THE ONE WHO HANGS BACK, THE COWARD, will not see victory!" Charging forth once more, Katana rips across the cement, and bring both jitte upwards, attempts to thrust them straight into Alma's chest.

Katana works on the eventual 'DIRECT SHOT' method.

AKA. The Shotgun. He will eventually run straight through you if he keeps running at you. It is an amazing method to behold. But not to feel.

COMBATSYS: Alma fails to interrupt Medium Strike from Katana with Divine Intervention EX.

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Alma             0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0           Katana

It is pretty overwhelming.
Alma often finds it difficult to defend after an aerial assault, and as such he is quite willing to be pushed back and away by his opponent, fliping back through the air and attempting to regain his footing. But the kind of momentum that Katana can gather is a little more than the fighting model can handle all at once. You might say Katana is just too much man for him.
Hanging back was supposed to be more of a tactical prelude to a more furious assault, but the gang leader's righteous fury (?) doesn't give Alma any time to say anything about it. "Oof--!" Struck by both jitte, Alma staggers back, a little stunned, and sinks into a crouch as he attempts to get his balance and his breath back.
And then, of all things, he starts grinning again.

As Alma's unable to defend after such an assault, Katana rushes the offensive. And as Alma hangs back, Katana doesn't take any time to spare. It's what gets him into Alma's face right after he was just there. Chances are, Alma, he'll be RIGHT BACK THERE in a bit of time. But as Alma staggers back, sinking into a crouch, Katana, rushing past him, turns around in a quick motion. Or at least, as quick as one such as him is capable of.

And it seems that Alma is laughing a bit. Or at least, finds something funny. "Tell me ..." Katana asks, rather simply. "What .. you deem .. to be so interesting.. I, THE SHOGUN, will find out myself otherwise .. but I will not spare any time to finding out what it is though .."

Kind of a pointless move in logic, tell me, but I won't wait for the answer.

Or perhaps Katana is trying to keep him off balance for a moment. Because rushing in, Katana's body language is pretty obvious. He's planning to spear Alma once again. Sandals hitting cement that they have many, many times, Katana is off like a rocket. Jitte pulling back before he thrusts them forwards towards Alma, and if the points slam into his chest, he rips them outwards in both directions.

But even then, if they strike or not, Katana plans on rushing past once again.

One could say Katana is much like a truck himself.



COMBATSYS: Alma dodges Katana's Fierce Strike.

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Alma             0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0           Katana

It's just so tempting.
Alma doesn't bother to explain himself, since Katana doesn't bother to listen, but when the big guy just charges at him again the fighting model almost has to forcefully restrain himself. Despite all his training and self-discipline, the flames of battle burning with him compel the youth to throw himself directly at his opponent as well, brandishing all his power. But it's foolish to try the same thing twice, especially when the first attempt failed and this time is little different, and he would be disgracing himself -- and those he represents -- by being foolish. Still, there's a certain childlike delight in this, and Alma's not entirely ashamed of it.
He just has to use it well.
Diving to the side would be the best way to avoid the attack entirely, but that would be neither productive nor satisfying, and Alma has higher standards than that. So he just jumps. Straight up. Getting mad hops from both the crouch and the still growing intensity of his fighting spirit, Alma Towazu soars several feet up and arcs back, so that by the time Katana is passing under him he is upside down, looking down at his opponent. Hands glowing with motes of pink and purple energy, the still softly grinning youth thrusts his palms down and attempts to emit a burst of that will-shaking power directly into Katana's head. A helmet is little protection against a power that strikes directly at one's sense of self, though-- who knows how Katana's psyche functions.
Well, Alma would like to find out, that's for sure.

COMBATSYS: Katana interrupts Self Expression from Alma with Tengu Walking.

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Alma             0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0           Katana

Sharing a far different set of ideals, Katana does not believe one disgraces themselves by simply being foolish. One disgraces themselves through their hesitation. And Katana isn't ever having any of that. As Alma leaps upwards, Katana keeps charging. And it seems that Alma is upside down.

MEANWHILE, Katana cannot see a way out from under the glowing hand. So he does not attempt to escape it.

Infact, as the glowing hand erupts down towards Katana's head, Katana kicks off, hands gripping the jitte.. and goes STRAIGHT TOWARDS ALMA?!

The fist would connect, and Katana's mind would be rather hurt. It's true.. but Katana's mind is like a wall. You can ram against it, but it will not open it's doors so easily. So the psycho power, while effective, is just not enough to wound Katana to the point Alma would like.

But as he passes by, slamming the hand away, Katana flips as well.

And this is where his CHARGING STRAIGHT THROUGH, beliefs come in. He flips, and then his jitte are held, facing downwards, slamming towards the boy as he falls, to land on him and slash him as he passes down, before walking away on his jitte, legs in the air, hands pulling him forwards..

Until he kicks back to his feet.

"You .. see now? MY MIGHT... is not to be taken lightly!"

Well, /that/ was unexpected.
It's tough to react to something like that, and Alma hits the ground hard on his back, spiralling out of control from Katana's unrelenting assault. But he rolls to his feet quickly enough, rising from his crouch to see Katana making away in a rather unusual handstand. The handsome youth looks dazed for a few moments, but then grins again, even as a thin trail of blood trickles its way down from his scalp.
"Impressive!" he exclaims, with uncharacteristic open enthusiasm.
Oh Alma, don't encourage him.
But no, Alma won't stop. He's starting to break a sweat already, but rather than take the moment of respite to chill out the young man attempts to seize the initiative, reaching from within to draw out another burst of that formidable flame. "Kuu--" Expression calming again as he centers himself, drawing upon what his aura sense perceives as the energy of those around him, Alma channels that power into his right hand and casts it out gracefully, emiting a twisting burst of Psycho Power that crests in on itself and threatens to slam directly into the Shogun's armor.

COMBATSYS: Alma successfully hits Katana with Sacred Wave.
- Power hit! -

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Alma             0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1           Katana

As Alma slams a twisting burst of Psycho power into Katana, he's driven back, slamming hard against the wall that he lands against. And wounded, Katana yet pulls himself from it. And with Alma at such, Katana figures, for once, perhaps it is best if he hangs back for the moment, regaining his composure. His body is broken, but with such a strike, Katana would not simply wait. He would return a favor. But in time.

Jitte held at his sides, Katana faces Alma..

And readies himself for the next strike.

it is a view, of Katana, that such things that do not require moving in close, are quite cowardly. And Alma has proven that he is, indeed, a coward.

COMBATSYS: Katana gains composure.

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Alma             0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0           Katana

H, hey, man. Hey.
Well, he may be a psychic, but he's not a mind reader, and as such, Alma will unfortunately not prove Katana's narrator wrong by lunging close in to the attack. For one thing, though pushing himself to complete that last attack was a good choice, the fighting model really ought to catch his breath too. And for another, he's starting to really feel it again: the rhythm of the fight. He can almost taste it. Even if he won't be able to command it here, even if he won't be able to master it, even if he doesn't win-- he's going to savor it while it lasts. While the crowd cheers and shouts, while his blood races, while their souls sing out, or at least Alma's does, because honestly, who knows what's up with Katana's soul anyway.
He takes a deep breath-- and closes his eyes.
It's rather inoffensive.
But if he didn't feel the urge to close his eyes when he centered himself, reaching out with only his sixth sense to the exclusion of the others, it wouldn't be-- for the power he's building could be seen shining in his eyes, demanding to be released.

COMBATSYS: Alma gathers his will.

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Alma             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0           Katana

Now, Katana is ready. Kicking off from the ground, the Mad Gear Shogun charges straight towards Alma, his eyes closed and everything. Alma may certainly not enjoy what the Shogun has in store. When you are on the defensive, you are not right with Katana. And in such a thing, with Alma there, waiting, Katana will never sit and let him do as he plans.

Jitte are brought upwards as Katana charges forth. "DAIKYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU!" He cries out, jitte erupting upwards as he kicks off, leaping towards the other man, intending to slam them into Alma and slam him into the ground. If that is successful, Alma would meet the first real meaty strike of the fight.

Driving Alma against the ground, Katana would only stop once Alma was part of the landscape, before tossing him towards a building of brick.

Katana is far from interested in simply 'fighting' a warrior. He has to prove, simply, that he will not tolerate such intruders, such as Drake, within Metro City. "BUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!"

COMBATSYS: Alma blocks Katana's Daikyou Burning.

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Alma             1/--=====/=======|=======\-------\0           Katana

Oh, that's it.
You can call Alma a coward--
--but never compare him to Drake!
Perceiving the nature of Katana's violent intent, Alma's eyes snap open only after he has already launched himself forward-- leaping into the air to meet his opponent's powerful charge. Yet rather than attempt to get the better of his rushing adversary, he simply crosses his arms in front of him and blocks the brunt of the assault, allowing himself to be knocked away as his feet are off the ground. The blow sends him flying, but as he tucks and flips away it becomes clear that he has allowed himself to be thrown clear, avoiding damage and halting some of Katana's momentum without having to struggle to hold his ground.
And so Alma lands neatly on his feet again, not visibly the worse for wear, wiping the thin line of blood from his forehead. Eyes clear and bright with passion -- and maybe a sparkle or two -- Alma rises to confront his foe.
Clenching his fist, a spiralling plume of flame emerges from it, a flash of color in his eyes echoing the vibrant pink and purple of the darkening fire.
Roaring with sudden and unprecedented fury, Alma drops to one knee and punches the ground with enough force to splinter the pavement-- yet the pavement does not splinter. Instead, a streak of power quickly eats its way towards his opponent, and as it does he rises and turns away, eyes closing, seeing only with eyes unseen.
Raising his still faintly glowing hand up before his face, the streak reaches the point where Katana stands.
And he snaps his fingers, calling forth an explosive geyser of raw Soul Power from the ground, the howling storm of energy threatening to engulf the Shogun entirely and obscure him from view, blasting apart his awareness itself with a mental barrage even more overwhelming than the visible splash of color the attack creates.
Incredible style, baby.

COMBATSYS: Katana blocks Alma's Full Confession.

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Alma             0/-------/--=====|=======\=------\1           Katana

What? Drake is a lovely man and you MUST ADMIT IT. At least he's also a model. YOU AND HIM ARE MODELS ALMA, OR AT LEAST MAN PRETTY.

So sayeth the wise Kata-namari Damacy. But as Alma flips away, landing on his feet, Katana hears prepare.

He does. His body readying itself for what is to come. A spiralling plume of flame emerges from the fist, as Katana turns to see Alma dropping to one knee, a streak of power eating it's way towards Katana. And as it reaches him, exploding as it makes it all the way, Katana looks out.

He is then consumed by the explosive force of the assault, Katana being devoured by the pure amount of Psycho Power about him. The ground sprinkles down, some of it clattering about. But as the smoke clears, as well as the explosion, Katana, still able to stay, stays there, eyes glaring through the metal towards Alma.

He would have you, boy. And he will do what he did to Drake .. to you.

"HYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! THE SHOGUN WILL NOT SIMPLY FALL TO YOUR TRICKS!" Every piece of his body prepares for the assault he will throw towards Alma next.. READYING HIMSELF.

Or perhaps the truck is being started up.

You will know it time, Alma.

COMBATSYS: Katana focuses on his next action.

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Alma             0/-------/--=====|=======\=------\1           Katana

Alma has a bad feeling about this.
Any young man would get the chills at the thought of Katana 'having' him, yes, but it's a little more than that. For one thing, he didn't expect his opponent to be quite so resilient-- but that's alright. To be sure, he's faced unexpectedly tough opponents before. But it's just...
Well, he just has a bad feeling, okay? He's a psychic.
So rather than attack, having faith in his intuition and the unease it is now inspiring, Alma turns back toward Katana and lets his power simmer after its geyser-like manifestation, standing tall as the previously awed crowd begins to shout and chant louder, impatient with the sudden standoff.

COMBATSYS: Alma gains composure.

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Alma             0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1           Katana

It looks like Katana's plan is, simply, foiled for the moment. As Alma lets his power simmer, gathering it more to himself, Katana glares towards the man. The model. He will wait. He will not immediately use .. THE SECRET WEAPON. Not yet.

So as Alma hangs back, Katana is charging forwards, sandals hitting the ground as Katana moves faster towards Alma. Foot fall after foot fall, Katana brings himself closer to Alma as the time passes, and The Shogun does not immediately let the truck, which is warming up, go. Instead.

Katana brings both jitte forwards, first, a thrust with the right, against Alma's chest. The second, another slash, towards his chest again. "JIGOKUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!" He cries out, thrusting with each hand in succession.



COMBATSYS: Katana successfully hits Alma with Jigoku Scrape.

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Alma             0/-------/-======|=======\===----\1           Katana

Alma is possibly spacing out as much as his player; that, or Katana, being as we have already discussed INCREDIBLY FAST, is just too quick. Grunting as he fails to avoid the jitte strikes, Alma, for the first time, refuses to give ground. Gritting his teeth against the assault, he attempts to force his way through the Shogun's guard as the final weapon strike impacts against him, bringing his right hand back with renewed power.
Eyes flashing once more, will as iron as his face is pretty, Alma Towazu thrusts out with a hand sheathed in glowing energy up at Katana's face; the helmet will stop his hand but not the Psycho Power, for which it might as well be immaterial.

COMBATSYS: Katana fails to interrupt Self Expression from Alma with Run Your Ass Over.

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Alma             1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0           Katana

The psycho power launches at Katana.

Katana is struck by the Psycho power.


But unfortunately, Alma is a LOSER and so the truck instead of slamming into him, swerves so that it doesn't catch his loserness!

Actually, Alma was out of the way. The truck pretty much crushes the NL cameras though. Seriously. It's a large truck. AND IT CRUSHES THE CAMERAS.

As Katana, you know, gets the shit beaten out of him.

Who knew being a loser could be so useful?
Alma would be more aware of this turn of good fortune, especially since it's hard to miss the fact that the cameras have been mostly destroyed by a truck rampaging through the slums and the audience is scattering and screaming, but the young fighter is totally intent on his match, as is his nature. Eyes aglow with growing power as his strike slams mercilessly into Katana's frame, he seems to ignite with the fury that has been growing all match.
Trailing resplendant fire, Alma cries out to the heavens and unleashes a barrage of punches and knee strikes against his opponent, seeming to ignore the armor that prevents him from making direct connections in his overarching desire to release the fullness of his passion. Even if no one could tell-- he really has been inspired by his opponent's performance, in both senses of the word.
However this ends, one thing is clear.
Katana, too, has incredible style.

COMBATSYS: Katana fails to counter Trial By Fire from Alma with Shiraha Catch.

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Alma             0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Katana can no longer fight.

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Alma             0/-------/-------|

As Alma slams a barrage of punches towards Katana, Katana pulls himself up, and with his last motion, attempts to grab the first, to slam him against the ground and stop them all. Unfortunately, there is psycho power.

And Katana is overwhelmed, before he can grab the fist, going down soon after.

But in his mind, to the very end.

IS THAT ALMA IS A COWARD ( and loser ).

In reality, Katana really wishes he could pull himself up. But the force is too much. He was, potentially, doomed from the start. But he fought to the end. And that is what matters.

Log created on 21:16:25 10/19/2007 by Katana, and last modified on 12:43:26 10/20/2007.