This year I'm entering for sure!"
A lone girl mutters this with a touch
of excitement as she squeezes the
KOF invitation in her hand.
Her expression brims with her enthusiasm
towards entering the tournament.
Now we're in Southtown's Chinatown.
The young woman works here part-time
in her Grandfather Bai's Chinese
Her name is Li Xiang Fei. Ever since
she can remember she has loved a
good fight and works as this shop's
bodyguard as well as one of its waitresses.
"Last year was a real letdown. Even
though I got an invitation, Mary
and King ended up entering on other
teams, and Mai's team was already
Xiang Fei still stings with the regrets
of being unable to find team members
for the previous tournament, but
this time, for sure, she's determined
to enter KOF.
"OK! This year for sure I'm absolutely
going to gather together some teammates
and quickly form my team!!!"
Once she makes up her mind, Xiang
Fei's quick to act. She bursts out
of the early morning mist that shrouds
Meanwhile, inside Andy's gym in the
middle of Southtown, Mai's voice
echoes through the structure to no
"That Andy. I'll never forgive him!
This is the second time in a row
he's left me in the lurch, and I
won't forget it! Come on! Show yourself,
Andy, you bleach-blond girlie-man!!!"
With almost perfect timing and no
prior notification, in pops Xiang
Fei, right in front of a truly peeved
"Hey, Mai! I thought you'd be here!"
"Say what?! You're Xiang Fei, right?!
What're you doing here?!"
"Eh, heh, heh. I heard Andy had opened
a gym, so I came to check it out.
And just as I expected, here you
"Well, yeah. I don't mind about Andy
opening a gym here, but...Nuts! The
loser's not here! It's just getting
to be more and more of a chore trying
to find out where that pretty-boy
is! Uh, anyway...do you have something
you want to ask me?"
"Yeah! I thought I could convince
you to be on a team with me this
Xiang Fei tells Mai relates her experience
with last year's tournament.
"Hmm...the dickens you say...Well, all
right! I understand. Let's kick some
but, Xiang Fei! And I want to make
Andy scream é‘Uncle.'!"
"...Y-Yeah, that sounds nice. So let's
do it together! (It's not the way
I pictured it, but it'll have to
"Hmm, looks like the whole world's
on the skids these days...."
A solitary woman sits inside a bar
that boasts a reserved atmosphere.
She looks over the newspaper spread
out on the table and sighs.
Meet King. Along with being the owner
of the bar "Illusion," she is an
figure well-known among fight fans.
There is still a while before she's
set to open her shop. King takes
her eyes off the newspaper and shoots
a glance at the envelope placed casually
atop the thick oak counter. It's
an invitation to King of Fighters.
"...It's come uninvited once again
this year...ah, whatever...."
And just at that instant, "bing,
bong" rings the doorbell.
"I'm sorry, we're not open yet."
King answers melancholically with
her back to the door.
"Is that...King? Long time no see!"
"!! Xiang Fei?! And Mai, too. Hmph...."
The instant King saw their two faces,
she knew it was another invitation
to enter KOF. But this year she has
not intention in the least of entering
the tournament. So that's why she
would tell the two the real reason
and get them to leave. But as a result
of Xiang Fei and Mai's persistent
pleadings, King's chance to give
these two the boot never arises.
King eventually gives in.
"All right. All right already! I'll
enter on your team, so enough of
"Really?! All right!!!"
The two go wild with joy.
"But what are you going to do about
the fourth team member? You can't
join with a team of three members."
"Uh, I forgot about that...What'll
we do? ...Kasumi said she saw her father
in the last tournament so she set
out to find him and can't be reached...and
Yuri has already joined up with the
Kyokugen Karate team...."
"Mai, uh, what about that sumo chick
that entered last year. Won't she
"Ah, you mean Hinako? She has school
to worry about now...."
"That's not a problem. I'll convince
Xiang Fei confidently comes to a
"Nice to meet you. My name is Hinako
It didn't take especially long for
Hinako to show up at the bar "Illusion."
What a coincidence that she shows
up on a trip to Southtown at this
very moment! It looks like the final
pieces have fallen into place, so
Mai's beside herself.
"So you're that sumo fanatic, Hinako,
are you? Well, today everything's
on the house so eat up!"
King stops wiping the glasses momentarily
and takes a deep breath. She resigns
herself that there's nothing she
can do, today's just not her day.
Not her day, and not her month: accounts
this month will surely register in
"Oh really? Thank you very much.
I oblige myself of your kind hospitality."
"...So, Hinako, won't you enter KOF
with us? With you on our team, I
know we can win for sure."
"Oh, really-eeee? I'm truly honored
to hear that. And if you provide
me with another opportunity to enter...I'll
be able to get more sumo club members,
and...yeah, can I bring my sumo club
teammates to the event?"
"Uh, yeah, the more the merrier,
right?! It would be nice to have
our own cheering section!"
"U-Uh, that's fine with me. Well,
anyway, we have all of our members
lined up, eh? Oh, good grief...."
"And in the event of our victory,
I'll be happy to treat you and all
your friends to a dinner party here
at my place."
"Huh?!!! Really?! All right! Now
I feel more psyched than ever. We're
really going to bust some heads!"
And so, with Xiang Fei's passion,
Mai's rage, and King's tolerance
(?), the new Women Fighters team
came into being.