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King of Fighters XI
Storyline of King of Fighters 11, The
The ultimate defeat of the Kyokugen school.

In pursuit of this goal, Eiji Kisaragi imposed extremely harsh training on himself.
He had withdrawn from civilization, raced across the fields and climbed mountains, and inflicted untold suffering on himself in the process.

None could say how long this training had lasted.
Eventually, Eiji felt the time was right, and left the mountains.
KOF was the only place where he could regain his lost honor.
In order to participate, however, he would need to find two others of like mind.

(Yes, they must believe as I do.)

Though he was confident in his own abilities, KOF was only for teams... and that would require that his teammates also be enemies of the Kyokugen dogs.
In other words, his efforts would come to nothing if his comrades didn't hate the Kyokugen school as much as he did.
(Perhaps others suffered defeat at their hands...)

At that, one sprang to mind instantly. Kasumi, the daughter of the Todo Style-user, Ryuhaku Todo.
Eiji immediately set off in search of her, and upon finding her, explained his goals in an attempt to win her over.

"If you were to win the KOF tournament... or rather, if you were to shame the Kyokugen School, you could rest assured that the boost to your reputation would reach Sir Ryuhaku's ears."
"You're right! All right, you can count me in!"

And so, since her purpose had been the same as it ever was, Kasumi joined KOF quite willingly.

"If we're going to do this, there's something that I want to be sure of first."
"What is that, Lady Kasumi?"
"I heard a rumor that Takuma Sakazaki was beaten up by some mysterious thugs, and I want to find out if it's true."
"Hmph, that can't be..."

Eiji was initially disinclined to believe such tales, but he had to admit, he had been out of touch, while Kasumi had been living a more normal life, and had heard the rumor over and over again.
Kasumi went to the area around the Kyokugen dojo to get more information.

"Yes, Mister Takuma was assaulted by some thugs and put in the hospital."

The truth of the situation quickly made itself evident.
After hearing this from the housewife next door, Kasumi rushed to the hospital.


***

"I'm sorry, Yuri... if only I were in better health..."
"You don't need to worry about that, Dad."
"I have only one regret... that I never got to see the third generation of the Kyokugen School's family..." He broke into a fit of coughing.
"Master, you really should take it easy," said Robert.

(H-how could this be?!)

Kasumi hid in the shadows of the nurse station and slowly absorbed the shock of the situation. Takuma Sakazaki could very well never see tomorrow morning.

"Oh no, what should I do...? Father won't be pleased to hear about this."
"He's faking it."
"Yes, his fake must be in critical--, huh? Faking it?"
"Sssshhh! You're being too loud!"

Unlike Kasumi, whose clumsy attempt at concealing herself in shadows could be described as "unsteady" at best, the girl who spoke was as lithe as a cat, molding her slim body to the wall and remaining remarkably inconspicuous.
Kasumi received all sorts of strange looks from nurses and patients alike, but this other girl had escaped their notice entirely.
Kasumi didn't really understand what the difference was.

"You're the girl who was teamed with Athena and Hinako in last year's KOF, right?"
"Yep, the name's Malin. Nice to meet you, Miss Kasumi."


***

"Lady Malin! You would agree to assist us, then?"
"Yeah. I've also been looking for others to take on the Kyokugen twerps."

And so Eiji, Kasumi and Malin left the hospital to congregate at a nearby coffee house and discuss the situation. Moreover, it was Malin who proposed that they join forces, and register as the "Anti-Kyokugen Team."

"That sounds fine to me, but are you sure about that whole faking being sick thing?"
"Huh? Yeah, I'm really sure."

Could this girl really have fallen for such blatant trickery? One had to wonder if she was completely right in the head.
Malin was obviously a very forthright individual, but her mannerisms were a bit brusque, to put it mildly.

"I did plenty of investigating. I'm sure of my facts."

Malin picked up a paper from the nearby magazine rack, and as she looked over it, a crease marred her smooth forehead.
On the first page was a compilation of photographs of the teams who were expected to participate in this year's KOF tournament.

"So then, why would Takuma do such a thing...?
"I have no idea."

Malin produced a ball-point pen and began writing here and there all over the magazine.

"Oh yeah, Malin... why is it that you hate the Kyokugen school?"
"Because they complained about my fighting style, since I use concealed weapons."
"Hmph, how pathetic," said Eiji.

A glance at Eiji's half-covered face revealed that he was smiling.

"I cannot speak on about the validity of using heavy weapons, but the use of weapons in general is part of the essence of combat. Ryo Sakazaki certainly never showed any aptitude in that regard."
"Oh, it wasn't him. It was his little sister."

As she spoke, Malin continued scribbling furiously.
On the magazine's picture of Yuri, she had added a cross-shaped scar on her cheek and some greatly-exaggerated nostril hair, which had arranged itself into a fairly spectacular pattern.

"Y-yes, well, we all have our own reasons to fight.
At any rate, we shall be as one force until the tournament is over. Agreed?"
"Agreed. For the honor of the Todo School!"
"Okay. You can count me in."

And that is how the Anti-Kyokugen team was formed, with surprisingly little effort.
Just as with the last time Eiji Kisaragi had participated, he found himself teamed up with others who were hardly worthy, but for now, he was satisfied.
The other two would suffice, as they were ultimately unimportant.
He was fully prepared to take all of his enemies down on his own.

"Heh heh heh... get ready, Kyokugen dogs... you're in for a surprise of mammoth proportions."


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