-Okay, we're here.
-Shima Central Park?! What are we doing here?
-You asked me what graffiti means to me, Follow me.
-The founder's statue, completely ruined...Why did you do it?
-It's not us, there's a goverment organisation that wants to end our art through whatever means necesary.
-What do you yhink graffiti is?
-As far as I know, it's an art movement born in the 20th century, and it's main characteristic was marking walls and pavements with meaningful messages.
-And what were those messages?
-Each artists wanted to express: Love, poetry, fun, satire...
-Stop. You see, the world "graffiti" didn't appear in the 20th century, it exists since ancient times.
*From a historical point of view, the term "graffiti" initially meant inscriptions, portraits found on ancient tombs or ruins such as Roman catacombs or in Pompeii, Romans used to engrave graffiti on their own wall and monuments, and examples of their work also exists in Egypt such as the Vesuvius eruption. There still exists graffiti on the walls in Pompeii and this offer us a direct perspective of the street life: Vulgar Latin, insults, magic, love declarations, political messages.
Unlike modern graffiti, the meaning of the world evolved. And now it represents any kind of inscription on any surface which can of course be seen as vandalism, or ilegal images, writings you can find on the walls sidewalks.
-I still don't get it. Would this organisation destroy the park?
-You said it, the satire addresses the demagogic political classes. And it wasn't the anti-graffer organisation that did this.
-Then who was it?
-Another graffer gang.
-Who are they?
-A large group of writers who mark their initials along with their names.
-Why would they do that?
-Because the political system is against us, many bands lost their territory, in a band without a domain means nothing in our world. In order to keep there territory, these scumbags will work for organisation thinking this way they will keep doing what they lov, but they are not aware that these alliances made us hate each other, meaning the end of the graffiti era is nigh.
-Finaly, I found you. Where the hell have you been?
-Kazuma, what happended?
-It's Rei, it's bad, I think he's about to fight.
A fight happens when two graffers pr two bands are disagreeing.
The fight can go two ways: a fight of scale is when two writers paint the wall in a certain amount of time, usually a day or a couple of hours, and whoever's art is better wins, or a getting up battle when the writers pick a certain area over town and whoever from a band can tag most of that area in a certain time, let's say a week or a month, wins. There is also a jury, and the loser can lose his tagging right.
-A fight, on his own, and with whom?
-The ones who declared war on us in this trader territory, they weren't working for the organisation, they were graffer choppers ( a writer or a band of writers that have only one goal: get rid of the competition). Almost all of work and tags were erased or crossed out, the only one left is the Phoenix Rebirth.
-Impossibble, that piece is "heavens" made by our founder, not even the higher kings could replace it.
"Heavens" are graffitichallanges they are always take place in busy areas at high altitudes or in heavily surveilled places. It has a double meaning because all those locations are dangerous and can lead to death, this way going to heavens.
-Rei is fighting them now, but I don't think he stands a change.
-Yamada, let's go! I'll explain later.
Central Park entrance
Rei is fighting a graffer chopper, it's already dark and these's not too many people left. They're scared of graffers after thelast incident.
-Rei, what's going on? asks Akito.
In that moment Rei was punching one of his rivals, his fists full of blood, broken head a river of blood drenching his face, not even his mother could recognise him.
-Shut up Akito or you're next. If we don't do something we will lose out territory.
-Well, well, well what have we here?! Akito, the prize of the new king generation. The Phoenix Rebirth is a joke, you're a joke.
-Kaito Kanzaki, leader of "Crossing out Tokyo", why are you doing this?
-Why? I'll tell you why. Your lovely senpai ant at the same time my silly brother. Where is he?
-Hagane Kanzaki, the leader and founder of The Phoenix Rebirth, Taught me everything I know, died last mounth in an atempt to become king.
-If he didn't think of himself as a king and if she wasn't in his life he would still be alive. It was too much for him, there is no writer that can accomplish a "third rail"
(The third rail that powers trains, if you tuch it you'll be dead).
-I cand do it and I'll prove that Hagane senpai was right.
-You make me laugh, the Phoenix is dead and will never be reborn, your team is dead. How many of you are left, 3-4? HA ha ha! Since Hagane died. I've declared "going over" to all the graffers in Tokyo.
"Going over" refers to a writer or gang who covers someone else's work, this way killing the competitin, except if it's high quality. Otherwise, it was just toying (inside joke).
-The kings won't let you do it!
-The kings? Who are these kings, Arata? Asks Yamada.
-Hmmm, who dares interrupt me?
-Yamada, shut up! This guy is dangerous!
The next secound Kaito grabs Yamada's hand and pushes her against the wall.
-Don't touch me you delinquent!
She slaps him.
-Leave her, Kaito! She's not one of them.
-Maybe she's your girlfriend then "Arata". You're so desperate you'd accept anyone into your team, or use her for other purposes.
Kaito is interrupted by Rei with a kick in the face a that made him roll on the dusty ground.
-You bastard! How dare you?!
-You trespassed on our territory, did you think we're just gonna sit and watch? You never understood senpai, and now you're staining his memory by ruining his art work.
You are just a toy.
-I'm sick of you, I'm gonna erase you from the face of the earth! Let the fight begin!
-Rei, we can't do this! We will lose our right to tag! says Kazuma.
-We? Who said that I think about the gang fight?
-"Who wants to jump, jump! if it's death, death!
-But Rei, you can't do this!
-I can,and I will!
-Kanzaki, I want a one on one fight! The loser has to give up his tag right forever!
-You gotta be joking! You, a newbie against me? Ha ha ha.
-Are you scared?
-Scared? You will never beat me!
-Hey you, I will fight you! Says the guy that Rei was beating earlier.
-This could be intersting. Alright Shun, all yours.
-By the way, Shun is the weakest membar of the team, if you beat him I'm gonna let you be for awhile, ha ha ha.
-I will bwat him and then I'm coming afer you Kanzaki!
-Rei,this cannot hapen !Says Akito.
-Akito, mind your own business.
-But we don't even have a judge!
-Hmmm, I didn't consider that...
-No worries, we will be your judge
-Surprise!! The police has surrounded the area!
-Do you really think you'll catch us?
This is our home, no hostile graffer or cop is welcome here! Says Akito.
-Your home?! This is public domain you trash, your homey's inside a prison cell.
-We'll see about that! Rei take the East side, Kazuma you go West and I'll go North. we'll meet in the central spot. Yamada, you're with me!
-Kanzaki this isn't over! says Rei
-You can be sure of it! Let's go boys all these cops are gibing me a headache.
-Do you really think you're gonna get away so easily? says the chief of police, Hiroshi Daisuke. Get them!!
The next secound all the graffers disappear in the bushes, between the builldings, trees, all of them except...
-Chief, I got one!
-Bring him here!
-Well, well, well. if it isn't miss Aimi Yamada, the one that mec olleagues were looking for this morning. And here I was thinking you're a victim! How's the fever?
What are you doing with these punks? Your mother was worried!
-I... I I didn't do anything!
-By the way, next time you brush your dog teeth don't forget to floss!
-But it's not what it seems!
-No? Enlighten me!
You see, I just....
-I advise you choose your words carefully, Let's go!
-To police station of course, where you belong!
-You can do this, I'm underage!
-Don't worry, your mother is waiting for you! She will be really happy, to see you.
"This time I'm in trouble. But why did Akito tell me I can even reveal his real neame they still won't find him. I don't get it. Arataaaa!!!
Central point, Phoenix base
I can't belive Kaito ruined that place, says Rei while looking around the decrepit room as if looking for something. How could he do that? We were a team!
-Kazuma, is everyone here?
-Akito and that chick aren't here.
-What the hell is he doing? I hope he didn't get caught.
-Relax Rei, he'll be fain. I'm worried about that friend of his.
By the way, is she his girlfriend or something?
-No way, she's just a chick who's head you banged and left unconscious.
-Where is she?
-I think they got her.
-Oh well, she knew too much if she'd seen you that night.
-You idiot! How could you tell her your reall name?
-Do you think I'm stupid? I wanted to test her! She thinkks my real name is Eiji Arata and I'm a transfer stundents at her school.
After we split that night I went after her because no one saw she was lying in a puddle of blood. I bandaged her and left her in a shelter house. Next day I followed her again and instead of going to the police she went home.
-Maybe she was confused.
-I doubt it! A few days later I went to her class possing as a student.
When I opened my mouth she realised that Akito and Eiji are one and the same person.
-So she doesn't really Know anything.
I think we can trust her. Even when she knew who I am she didn't go to the cops, instead she ennt looking for me. That's why I was with her. We gotta help her.
-But how? says Kazuma.
-I don't care, she's not one of us and I have no intention of helping!
-Rei you moron, after the stunt you just pulled you owe me! You're selfish!
-Me? Selfish? I'm doing everything I can to protect the Phoenix! Look around, everything is destroyed it's just the three of us left but you care more about your little girlfriend.
Maybe Kanzaki was right and without Hagane we are just a joke. I'm out of here!
-Rei, you can't go! says Kazuna Worrie.
-Relax Kazuma, I'm just gonna get ready for the duel. Some of us have important things to do, not butterflies in our stomach.
-Kazuma, am I wrong about this girl?
-Only you can know that Akito, but if you're saying theat we can trust her then I'm with you.
-I owe her that, it's my faul that she got caught in this mess,
-What do you wanna do then?
-What we know the best!
Tokyo Police Station, 6:00 AM
Aimi gets out of the police car escorted by Daisuke and two other policeman.
-Ms. Yamada, we found her well and unharmed, but she will have to tell us what was she doing in that place.
-Aimi, are you okay? Where have you been? When the police called me to get Pufi and that someone attacked you I was terrified! Why did you lie to me?
-Because I was scared, mom! I was afraid that if Itell someone my life will be in danger so I lied...
-Of my dear, you should have told me! We would have found a solution. What about Pufi and the toothpaste? What was that all about?
-Oh just a bad joke...
-A bad joke?? Listen here Missy, cut the acting and tell me what were you doing with those punks? Daisuke intevenes.
-I wasn't feeling well so I went for a walk in the park to get some fresh air. Then this guy, Eiji Arata, the same guy who attacked me that nightshowed up and threatened me that if I say anything he'll kill me.
-How do you know his name?
-Before hitting me I heard his voice and someone calling his name.
-Well, I think you're lying and there's no punk with this tag and that you made all of this up. Trust me, I know all the ganngs in my sector.
He didn't even finish the sentence when a loud bang come from outside and the whole police station went dark.
-I think it's a solar eclipse! says one of the policeman.
-Solar eclipse my ***! Have you ever seen a lack ink eclipse? Yells Daisuke. It's those punks! Hurry up before they get away
Outside, all the station windows were covered with ink bombs, special ink designed to cover a certain area or someone's tag, in this case "Eiji Arata"
No one was outside, they were already gone.
-It's him, cries Yamada hugging her mom.
-Stay calm miss, we belive you. We eill sign up for the witness protection programme.
You have my word as chief of police!
"Hmmm, I'm a pretty good actress, but still that doesn't change the fact that he lied about his name..."