lone man (Seth) boards a plane
bound for China...He checks
the seat number on his ticket
and arrives in first class.
"Thank you for riding JAR today.
This is flight 149...."
The "Fasten Your Seatbelts" sign
flashes on with the announcement,
and the plane takes off for China.
Shortly after, a stewardess comes
over and talks to Seth.
"Excuse me. Sir, would you like to
watch a video?"
Seth contemplates turning her offer
down but takes the video when he
notices a picture of his dog, Chinchilla,
engraved on the video she holds in
He thanks the stewardess and immediately
pops the video into the player. A
man appears on the screen.
The man's face is digitally blurred
"Your mission is to take custody
of the individual known as 車Ron.'
Naturally I want you to lead him
here without him catching on. The
fighting tournament known as 車KOF'
will soon begin. Since we have learned
NESTS is likely to appear in this
tournament and is probably involved,
we want you to get inside. Two entry
tickets have been prepared for you.
The envelope is wedged under your
Looking around to check no one is
watching, he reaches down under the
seat and pulls out a white envelope.
Seth opens the envelope to find two
tickets and a wad of bills. He shoves
it into the inner pocket of his suit.
"You are completely free to use any
measures and methods you see fit.
Should you make any mistakes, this
agency will take no responsibility
for you. This tape will destroy itself
The screen goes black, the video
begins to smoke, and is destroyed.
China. The Hebei province. Two ninjas
streak through the forest like a
pair of falcons.
"At last...information about the inner
sanctum of the Flying Brigands...!!
If we strike them now...!"
The ninja in front drips with sweat
and runs at full speed. A pig-tailed
ninja with a black band around his
arm pursues him. The ninja in front
then turns back to toss a dirk at
his pursuer. He senses that it hit
its mark. Something crashes down
in the forest behind.
The instant he turns back around
he sees the ninja with the black
band he thought he had just brought
down seconds before standing in front
His black band now covers his hand
and glows with a ghostly aura. He
lunges but the pursued ninja manages
to narrowly avoid the attack. The
wound is not lethal, but it leaves
a wound on his chest. The ninja tosses
down a smoke bomb and flees. The
ninja with the black band does not
Seth walks around asking the locals
the way to Hebei province.
But the people turn silent and appear
to quake with fear at the mention
of Hebei. Seth runs into a kindly
old man, and succeeds in learning
the way to Hebei. As he follows the
road per the old man instructions,
he finds himself in a remote area
where not a soul stirs.
As he presses further on, he reaches
the foot of a large waterfall. Here
he finally runs into another human.
But the figure totters from side
to side. Seth senses something is
afoot, and as he closes in while
remaining unnoticed, he's able to
see that the figure is a ninja. His
wound looks shallow, but his face
is pallid, drool runs from his mouth,
and his eyes stare off into nowhere
at nothing in particular.
As Seth looks on behind a boulder,
a gush of blood suddenly issues from
the ninja's mouth along with a scream.
"!!!...What in blazes...is going on...?!"
The ninja collapses into an unrecognizable
mass. When Seth runs to check out
the ninja, he notices him breathing
slightly and his mouth is gasping
As he finishes, the ninja heaves
up another torrent of blood and expires.
"Flying Brigands! ...I knew it...!!!"
At that instant the man with the
pig tail and the black band appears.
"You, too, know the name of the Flying
Brigands and thus must die..."
The man, without warning, attacks.
"Hoo, hoo, hoo...You are as fast as
they say.... Very well...let's dispense
with the pleasantries, eh?"
For a while, the two exchange fierce
blows. Seth lets his guard down for
a second, looses his balance, and
falls flat on his back.
A magical aura issues from his band
and the man aims at Seth's chest.
"It ends here!"
Seth makes a special move of his
own and barely manages to evade the
"Hoo, hoo, hoo...So that was the Poison
Punch of 車Lin,' one of Four Devas
of the Flying Brigands, was it...?"
"...Why? ...Why do you...know my name...?"
"Hoo, hoo. I know of your code, too.
All who know anything of the 車Flying
Brigands' must die-that's why no
one knows anything of your inner
sanctum and the name "Flying Brigands"
remains unknown to the rest of the
world. You're a real crack band of
assassins, you are. It appears that
your Four Devas are quite a force
to be reckoned with."
Lin is confused by the inquisitive
Seth. He cannot fathom how this man
knows so many details concerning
the inner sanctum of the Flying Brigands.
"...I will not let you live...."
"Just why do you think I know so
much about you and your group anyway?"
Lin attacks Seth, ignoring the question,
but Seth, unfazed, continues his
"Just where is your chief 車Ron' now,
Lin's attacking hand stops.
"...How? ...How do you know of Ron, too...?!!!
Just who are you...?!!!"
"Wouldn't you like to know?"
"...Enough to wait until I kill you...."
"Very well...You're chief is now missing,
isn't he...? I know exactly where your
chief Ron is right now."
"...Ah, ah, ah. First I want you to
agree to a few conditions of mine."
"...Don't mess with me! ...If you don't
tell me quickly, you shall die...very
"Tut, tut, tut...Kill me, and you'll
never find out where Ron is. Can
you live with that?"
Lin must resign himself to the fact
that the inner sanctum of the Flying
Brigands is on the brink of total
collapse. Just who is this 車Ron'
"I want you to enter the fighting
tournament called KOF with me. Then
if we go on to win, you will find
out just who Ron is. You'll be able
to see with your own eyes."
"...Impossible. ...I will kill you...!"
A few days later, in an abandoned
baseball field...there is no sign of
anyone and steel girders are strewn
"He should be arriving soon...."
Benimaru glances at his wristwatch
as he mutters this.
"Benimaru! Why did you ask me to
meet me in this creepy place? This
place...gives me the heebie-jeebies!"
"...I've summoned someone for whom
a place like this is appropriate."
Benimaru bruskly replies as he lights
"Benimaru...I've been meaning to ask
you this, but...is the reason you called
me here...could it be?"
Benimaru produces two tickets to
KOF and passes one to Shingo.
"So they did come, did they...?!!!
But just why are you waiting for
K' in a place like this?"
Benimaru exhales a puff of smoke
"We're not joining up with those
clowns this time around...."
"Huh? Then who are the other two
members...? Kusanagi still missing,
"This time I'm going to choose the
members I want. One of them is an
old comrade of mine, and the other
is a rather touchy type it seems....
He's the reason why we're meeting
here. He seems to prefer...out of the
Benimaru has a bad feeling that something
wicked is about to happen.
Crashing scrap metal clatters in
the distance. Shingo shrinks back
in fear. The figures of two men suddenly
appear from behind a steel column.
"Hey, Benimaru...Long time, no see,
eh? ...I'm honored to be invited to
join your team. Looks like we're
going to bust some heads together
Seth extends his right hand, giving
Benimaru a firm handshake. Lin stands
"So this is the guy...?"
Benimaru asks Seth, trying to keep
the question out of Lin's earshot.
"...You should keep your distance from
him...I told you about him before,
but this guy's necessary to find
Kyo Kusanagi and crush NESTS...."
"What about Kyo...? Have you come up
with any leads?"
"...All I've been able to come up with
is that he's probably going to enter
KOF as usual...but everything will
become apparent once we enter, I
"I guess so...."
Benimaru shoots a glance at Lin.
Just at that moment, Shingo innocently
approaches Lin to greet him-he shouldn't
have done this.
"Uh...My name's Shingo Yabuki!!! Nice
to meet you. What's that band for?"
The moment Shingo tries to touch
Lin's band, Lin's eyes begin to glare
brightly and he motions to attack
"Cut that out...!"
Benimaru quickly snags Lin's attacking
hand in the nick of time.
｡ﾖ"They call me Benimaru.... Don't be
messing with my team. ...Do you got
Seeing Lin all worked up over his
interrupted attack, Benimaru senses
that he won't be able to avoid a
showdown with this clown.
As predicted, a strange aura bursts
from his hand and Lin attempts to
run Benimaru through.
In an instant, Benimaru zaps Lin
with his Electrigger move, rendering
him temporarily paralyzed.
"...Never get any strange ideas like
that again, got me?"
"That was magnificent, Benimaru!"
Seth is impressed at the speed of
Benimaru's lightning swift judgment.
"But...a few ticks later or if my Electrigger
move was late, I would have been
dead. It seems that he wasn't that
serious. To take a full-force Electrigger
move and still be alive... You sure
brought one tough cookie to our little
As a matter of fact, this is the
first time Lin has tasted defeat
outside his band of Flying Brigands.
Along with Lin's animus toward him
going up a notch, so too does his
respect for Benimaru's moves.
Lin lets out an audacious laugh.
It looks like this year's KOF is
going to be another doozy. An it's
about to begin.
...Meanwhile, Shingo, the reason fro
all this commotion, stands petrified,
alone in the middle of the abandoned
"Mr. Benimaaaaaaaru! Help me! I'm scared!"