West Bloomfield, Michigan
Raiden smiled. His bloodthirstiness momentarily abated as he thought of his best friend. Taro was the leader of their band, Scent, a rock group that was currently one of Japan’s most popular musical acts. Raiden, Taro, and their other bandmates were household names in their native country. Their sultry pouts emblazoned magazine covers; they made countless appearances on popular talk shows; they toured all over Asia and Australia, and performed occasional stints in Europe. As much as Raiden’s life had been forever altered by this unexpected fame, he could easily recall Scent’s indie days—back when he was still human.