Ann smirked. Her body wasn't quite ready for combat yet but she refused to fight anything less than Kyoji's very best. So one can imagine how glad she was that he bluntly stated he'd be going all out against her. This was, in its essence, a stress test to her body. She needed to gauge just how far she was able to go in her current condition after not fighting for over five centuries. It would be perfectly normal for one to worry about fighting a Jonin in such conditions, but while she wore her Tetsudashi steel armor and swords, Ann really felt unstoppable. It would take a real heavy hit to bring her moral down. As Kyoji stepped back and she readied herself, the Yuki couldn't help but wonder if this sharkman was going to be able to cut her. She noticed the chakra flow running in his weapon, and activated her own chakra flow technique roughly at the same time. Her white blades became black. "Suiton eh? Now there's an element I'm familiar with..."
Then he moved. And he was fast, faster than she could possibly keep up with in terms of raw speed. As he approached and took a swing at her, Ann could barely do anything. She simply couldn't see him, so she figured she had no choice but to let him strike first and so she had braced for the hit. She had taken notice of the man's physical attributes too- his height, estimated weight, arm length, etc. It was only natural for a swordsman to do this when meeting an opponent, as being able to get out of the way of an arm's length could easily mean the difference between life and death. And yet as he moved towards her, all of that seemed to suddenly have become meaningless. Seemed
With his left blade, Kyoji struck Ann's torso on her right side, at her waist. This was the moment she'd been waiting for. It was true that she hadn't been able to parry the sword slash, but she didn't need to
. In fact, she didn't want to
. A solid *THUMP*
was heard. She barely felt it. You see, the man's blades were no match for her Tetsudashi Steel skin. They could not cut her and so the damaging nature of the hit became reduced to a matter of blunt impact. But her armor was extremely resistant, and bringing it down with impact alone was next to impossible. Additionally, she had braced for impact and her Steel release jutsu enhanced her to a point where using her leg strength to stand against that hit was child's play.
Ann would then take advantage of the man's surprise, which was bound to occur. The fact that she couldn't keep up with his speed had, for once, helped her. For as he approached, she would give no sign of an attempt to parry our counter-attack. There would be no indication, in fact she would react no differently than an ordinary civilian citizen would have in terms of attempt to dodge or parry. From the very moment Kyoji moved to the moment his hit connected, everything had gone exactly according to his plan
. So it was only natural that he'd be surprised at the fact that she didn't seem affected by it, at all.
But now he was within reach
. And there was no way she'd let this opportunity go to waste. With his left blade near her waist, Kyoji's left arm was completely exposed to the blade Ann held in her right hand, above her waist, at chest level. She would bring down her blade swinging it extremely quickly right after Kyoji's hit connected. One should notice that Ann didn't exactly need to perfectly see Kyoji in order to pull this off. She knew the length of his blade, she knew the length of his arm, and by the time he struck and his blade was suddenly stopped she knew exactly where she needed to aim and was already bringing the blade down on him.
Her blades were of extreme quality. Enhanced by her Earth Release chakra flow, they could easily slice a man's arm off like a hot knife through butter. But since this was a spar, she would hold back on the slash with pinpoint precision and only cut enough of the man's bicep muscles so that he'd be unable to use his arm for the rest of the fight. Kyoji was now left with a choice: After his failed attack on Ann's waist and her counter, he could choose to try to parry her right blade's strike with his own right blade. But this would leave him exposed to Ann's left blade.
As she brought her right blade down, Ann also brought her left blade up aiming at Kyoji's right shoulder joint. Her objective with this later move was to put his right right arm out of commission for the rest of the match. Because the two attacks came from opposite directions they became incredibly difficult if not impossible to parry with a single blade. So most likely he'd be able to parry either her left strike or her right strike as there was no way he could bring back his left blade in time to parry both. And should he choose to parry, his own blades would be left in terrible condition after being struck by Ann's S-rank Tetsudashi Steel blades, as even an A-rank quality steel blade would be chipped.
But this was only the beginning of Kyoji's nightmarish encounter with Kirigakure's Snow Blade. These first two slashes were the beginning of a series of strikes, considering the potential success of the first two Ann would press on her advantage. She knew Kyoji was faster than her and that he could retreat so after her right blade came down on his arm she would prioritize slashes at his knees with it since the blade was already lowered while her left blade focused on his torso. He was definitely faster but there was no way he'd be able to get out of her range in time before she could strike at his legs and cripple his ability to escape her sword range in this match. Strike after strike Ann would press on her advantage against a potentially one-armed opponent with inferior weaponry, possibly grinding down on his blades until they were either immediately or gradually broken. Every major hit connection on his skin would leave him with B-rank frostbite damage.
Ann couldn't keep this going for long, but she could keep it going long enough. Unless Kyoji surrendered, she would
bring him down with these strikes.
Trained: Absolute Zero Strikes, custom B-rank
- Relevant OOC stuff:
Samurai Focus -5
Impervious Armor and Exo-Skeleton -15 (Steel Release reduction UA) *2 (previous round)= -30
Chakra Flow -5
Yuki Tsurugi -1
Absolute Zero -5
Yuki snow ability -6
Ann's twin blades: A-rank Grade/Hardness >>> S-rank Grade/Hardness by Earth Release Chakra flow
Kyoji's Water Release Impact: B >>> D (Debuffed by 2 tiers by Steel Release: Impervious Armour Stage 3) VS S-rank steel skin, D-rank const and B-rank Str to hold ground, D-rank constitution)
Kyoji's relevant stat debuffs:
Strength: C -> C+ (Kendo) >>> E+ (Regarding sword impact, debuffed by 2 tiers by Steel Release: Impervious Armour Stage 3) VS S-rank Steel skin, D-rank const and B-rank Str to hold ground.
Samurai Focus active as soon as Kyoji's hit connects.
Strength: D >>> B buffed by Impervious Exo-Skeleton Stage 3
Speed: D >>> C (Yuki Tsurugi: Absolute Zero Slashes)
Coordination: C >>> C++ (Yuki Tsurugi) >>> B (Yuki Tsurugi: Absolute Zero Slashes) >>> A (Samurai Focus)
Intelligence: D >>> E (Samurai Focus)