If any in the group was looking behind Ryo, they'd have noticed the crowds clearing and parting, and the sight of what appeared to be a 10 foot tall Oni fully encased in armor rushing towards the group.
They could certainly hear - and feel - the Oni's footsteps.
They could also certainly hear the sensual, if frenzied, voice of a woman shouting various obscenities and demanding people get out of her way.
The next thing Ryo knew, he was being slashed into by an extremely ornate and masterfully made katana.
Oh, and it was on fire. And arcing with electricity. And had a chilling wind about it.
The woman wielding the weapon was stunning. She had a figure to rival Chiyo or Rei's, and left most of it bare seeing as how she was sort of half-wearing a revealing kimono that was falling off her, practically, and not much else. The heavily made up girl seemed to move with the effortless grace and exaggerated hyper-sexuality common to the Shiranui clan (and Succubi, and Kunoichi) and also had the everpresent golden eyes of the Shiranui clan. Plus the huge tits and junk-in-the-trunk that was so common to the family. Given her outfit and make-up, Ryo would probably have assumed she was a Shiranui clan streetwalker were it not for the whole "stabbing him" thing.
The woman also had the tattoo of a skeletal tiger on her shoulder. Significant?
"GRAB THE PRIEST-SHIT!" She screamed towards the Oni which proceeded to respond in a low, stilted, tone. It sounded stupid even for an Oni. "Yes." It also proceeded to do as it was told, grabbing Haru with both of its enormous hands and grappling with him.
Well. This was a thing.
I did roll for attacks, but I don't want you all seeing just yet. Also there's no way the Oni could have missed Haru since Haru is flatfooted. Same goes for grapple check.
Also, combat, obviously. You're all close enough that a map is unnecessary. Also initiative is unimportant so just post when you are able, but no more than once per round. So the order is Hitomi -> Oni -> You guys in any order.
Knowledge Local to see if her tattoo is common to any crime groups or Ninja clans.