"Gooooooooood morning everbody! Welcome back to the 25th Tenkai'ichi Budokai; it'll only heat up more and more from here folks as we enter the quarterfinals!!!" The announcer cheered and held his microphone up into the air as the crowd cheered loud and proud.
The announcer smiled wide and readjusted their sunglasses. "After another set of battles this last week, we have eight talented warriors remaining! Only one shall advance from here, so lets hear it for our competitors!" The crowd erupted into excited cheering once more as the fighters were signaled to enter the ring.
"In this match we have the sword wielding shadowmancer; Erebos!" The announcer enthusiastically gestured to the Oni's side of the ring, then did the same to the other side where the Shinjin would enter from "and the calm measured magician; Ward! The question everyone has right now, is who is gonna win, So lets find out, shall we!?" Some people in the crowd even began cheering for a specific fighter of their choice, but the atmosphere was as hype as ever!
Once the crowd settled a bit, the announcer addressed the competitors. "Remember my good sirs victory will be determined only by ringout, knockout or forfeit. You may not maim or kill your opponent, and flying is strictly prohibited! You may begin when ready, have fun out there and give us a good show!"
The Quarter-Final Rounds of the Tenkaichi Budokai begin! This fight will end on May 17th at the time of this thread's creation if someone hasn't lost by then!
Last Edit: May 10, 2021 11:42:22 GMT -5 by Staffbot
For the first time going into a match-up in this tournament Ward was sans nerves. For the first time he was also less confident he could come away with a victory, which in a strange way made him excited for the fight. Both of his last two opponents had been vastly different in how they approached combat, and though he had met Erebos once before, both had grown exponentially ever since.
The announcements had been made, and Ward stood on the stage looking across at the demon, cracking a smile with his hands placed behind his back. This was a fight he knew he'd have to play by ear, and for Ward that was difficult. Both his previous fights had a plan, even if they didn't go perfectly to plan, but Erebos was also a magic user, and the way he fought was just as tricky as Ward tried to be himself.
"I wasn't confident the two of us would end up facing off here when this started. I've saved my banter, saved my words, saved my emotions for this fight. You and that Earthling got the better of me last time we met. I'm looking to repay the favor."
This was more than Ward had said in both of his matches combined. He was still focused, but this was what he had been hoping for since the moment the bracket was posted. It was time to let loose and have fun, and if his reserved nature wasn't a what the crowd enjoyed before, this was certainly going to be a change of pace and a surprise.