Chapter 0 – Jet Set Radio

Tokyo used to be free, but it seems like nowadays nobody remembers that… Whether it's because they choose not to, in order to make the world they live in now seem more bearable, or whether it's because they've simply forgotten, I can't tell you. But, I remember. I remember what this city used to be like and somebody's gotta remind the people it wasn't always like this! I guess it's up to ol' DJ Professor K to refresh y'all memory.

Now this may sound like ancient history, but I'm tellin' you! There was a time before Gouji. I'm sure that, if nothin' else, you remember how alive Tokyo used to be, how the whole city used to pulse with rhythm and glow! It was beautiful enough to make a grown man cry. But that all changed with Rokkaku.

When Gouji and his gang stepped on the scene, they immediately started throwin' money and tellin' people what to do. And the government bowed down to that power-hungry punk. Shameful. Then he bought out the police force, renamin' them the Rokkaku Police, and ordered them to enforce his bullshit laws and oppressive regulations. Why? Because he wanted to show everyone he was the big man.

The Rokkaku Group shut down just about every major corporation in Tokyo except those ones willing to abide by their new rules. He put Tokyo's flourishing entertainment industry in a choke-hold. And with that, Gouji started his anti-cultural campaign, transforming a neon-lit city into a mass of concrete, steel, and glass. It didn't take long for whispers of insurrection to begin to pass…

Soon enough, an underground culture was born in the bowels of the city, otherwise known as the streets, occupied by a people that yearned for freedom and glorified rebellion. And at the head of this revolution was none other than the rudies. Oh, "who are the rudies," you ask? A bunch of roller-skatin' rebels with a passion for graffiti.

Misguided as they are, the rudies are the true heroes of Tokyo. Their paint brought the soul of Tokyo back to the streets and their efforts eventually lead to the downfall of Gouji… In the end, perhaps even he was not big enough…

Now, there are many rumors surrounding Gouji's little disappearing act. Some say it was the GG's who put an end to his rampage. Others say he was transformed into a hideous monster and swallowed whole by his own greed. Heh heh heh… ol' Professor K knows the truth and all I'll say is this: Tokyo ain't free yet. Let the paint that stains the walls remind you of your struggle for freedom and set ablaze that burning desire within us all…

Damn. How long have I been talkin'! Ha ha ha ha ha! I'm sure y'all ain't interested in hearin' me ramble all day. You wanna hear some music, right!