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High school student Kazuki Muto thinks he's saving a girl from a monster, but it turns out that he's the one who needs saving! Kazuki is killed while fighting a homunculus, a malevolent creature that feeds on humans. The girl, Tokiko Tsumura, revives him by replacing his heart with an alchemical device called a kakugane. With this device Kazuki can create his own Buso Renkin, an alchemical weapon in the form of a huge lance, capable of destroying homunculi. With his new weapon in hand, Kazuki decides to join forces with Tokiko to eliminate the homunculi and destroy their master, the strange and eccentric Papillon Masked Creator!
* 3 DVD box set with 13 episodes. Featuring original and uncut episodes.
* English dubbed / Japanese (with optional English subtitles).
* Interview with English voice cast and director.
* Exclusive collector's art prints inside!
In what he initially believes is a dream, Kazuki, the hero of the fantasy Buso Renkin (2006), sees a girl being attacked by a cobra-like monster. When he tries to rescue her, he's killed by the monster, but the girl brings him back to life with a kakugane, an alchemical device that replaces his heart. Tokiko is an alchemical warrior who fights homunculi, monstrous creatures that live on human flesh. Kazuki resolves to join her and begins learning how to fight them. Buso Renkin offers some impressive battle scenes. Tokiko fights with a "Valkyrie Skirt," mechanical arms and scythe-like blades that clip onto her thighs; Kazuki uses an elaborate spear with a magical banner. Buso Renkin is based on a manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator Rurouni Kenshin, but viewers expecting equally engaging characters and compelling plots are in for a disappointment. Kazuki accepts the existence of magical monsters and warriors without question, and decides to become an Alchemical Warrior on the spur of the moment. He lacks Kenshin's emotional complexity or evenIchigo's skepticismabout the supernatural--and the plot owes a lot to Bleach. The filmmakers don't tell the rather standard story very well: In the first episodes, Kazuki has to prevent a homunculus embryo from reaching Tokiko's brain and turning her into a monster. After he finds the antidote, he collapses--and wakes up to find everything's been happily resolved. (Rated T+ Older Teen: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 1 inches; 10.24 Ounces
- Item model number : DBRBS01
- Director : Various
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 5 hours
- Release date : March 31, 2009
- Actors : Various
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B0012EM5G0
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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- Comments: An old-school anime that screams Shounen. There was a lot of wacky stuff in this anime. Romance, action, and character development was brilliantly executed. Also, seeing some of the super powers was quite interesting too.The VAs were also enjoyable to hear, as they fit their roles very nicely.
- Features: English and Japanese audio, as well as English subtitles. Includes 13 episodes on 3 DVDs with a run-time of about 5 hours. Rated TV-14 for some violence and fan-service.
- Conclusion: If you are looking for a relatively straight-forward type of anime with some interesting characters, fight scenes, good English and Japanese Dubs, catchy music, and enjoy some of the more old-school animes such as DBZ, Yuu Yuu Hakusho, and the like, you will most likely find this anime series entertaining and/or enjoyable.
- Recommendations: Sky Wizards Academy, Blade Dance of the Elementalers, Tokyo Ghoul, Tokyo ESP, Needless, K, Brave 10, Yona of the Dawn, Code:Breaker, Tokyo Ghoul, Claymore, Ben-To and Lord Marksman and Vanadis.
Well, I don't know what was expected. But it turns out to be the lighter-hearted love child of "Bleach" and "Fullmetal Alchemist" -- "Buso Renkin," a fast-paced action-comedy with some darker moments sprinkled throughout the first half of the series. "Buso Renkin Set 1" does a good job introducing the hero to this weird new world, his new powers, and lots of vaguely cybernetic homunculoi.
Schoolboy Kazuki Muto has a nightmare about trying to rescue a mysterious girl, and being killed by a monster. The next day he thinks nothing more of it.... until he gets a text message telling him to enjoy his new life.
But then a surly teacher turns into a mechanical cobra and attacks him -- and Kazuki ends up trying to defend himself and his innocent sister. Turns out an alchemical device called a kakugane has replaced his heart, and it also gives him a megasized sword called a Buso Renkin. And the mystery girl he tried to rescue -- Tokiko Tsumura -- saves him once again, then reveals that there is a massive battle going on between the monstrous homunculi and the Alchemist warriors.
Though Tokiko orders him to stay out of her battles, Kazuki believes that his power means he must fight and protect the humans around him. But they're confronted by a mysterious masked boy, who is the master of the homunculi -- and even worse, he infects Tokiko with a homunculus embryo that will shortly turn her into a monster. Kazuki is determined to stop the Papillon Mask and get the antidote for Tokiko... but he may have to sacrifice his principles to do it.
And the war isn't over yet. Kazuki's nemesis isn't quite as dead as he expected, and a secret homunculus organization called the LXE is planning a coup -- and they've sent a pair of familiars in with Buso Renkin, to stop or kill Tokiko and Kazuki. And the LXE's ultimate weapon is unveiled in a vast battle at the school...
"Buso Renkin" is somewhat derivative from other action/fantasy anime out there (especially "Bleach" at first), but somehow that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. It's sort of one-third fantasy story, one third blood-spattered action and battles, and one third school-based romantic comedy -- and despite some dark and gruesome moments, the overall message is an uplifting one. Specifically: gain strength from friendship, and try to keep as many people as possible from being hurt.
Along the way there's lots of alchemical action scene, big powerful homunculi (who are metal, for some reason), high-intensity action scenes, usually with loads of flying blades, blood and bolts of energy. And there are some really dark, often gruesome moments sprinkled in as well, such as the story of Shusui and Ouka being trapped with a rotting corpse. But there's also plenty of comic relief sprinkled through the stories ("We have to give my lance a REALLY cool name!"), and more than a hint of romance.
One small warning: The climactic battle between the LXE forces and the Alchemist Warriors (plus Kazuki's wacky pals) takes a rather shocking twist, which definitely counts as a cliffhanger. It quite literally changes everything.
Kazuki is a particularly fun character -- he's an ordinary kid whose spacey, somewhat dramatic personality ("I'll avenge my death, dangit!") hides his true strength and courage. He's just an all-around good guy, with a pure heart. Tokiko is a bit harder to warm up to, since she's tough and fairly hard-nosed, but she's a solid girl-warrior with plenty of guts and personality -- and it's clear that Kazuki's enthusiasm is warming her up.
The supporting cast is pretty likable as well, especially the larger-than-life, hyper-trained Captain Bravo, and the masked Papillon (who turns from a sickly invalid to a campy archrival). The tragic twins Shusui and Ouka bring a darker shade, turning friendship to emnity; and the kooky trio of Kazuki's friends and his flaky younger sister provide plenty of comic relief, but they also serve as solid backup whenever something goes wrong.
"Buso Renkin Set 1" is a thoroughly solid, action-packed little anime series, with a likably sunny hero and plenty of imposing homunculi. And the story ain't over yet...
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The one flaw i found with Buso Renkin is that one season was not enough to flush out the show and the characters i feel like they could have done so much more with the other warriors and it felt a little rushed towards the end of the series.
Other than that though it was a easy to pick up and enjoy anime which should appeal to a wide variety of people.
If you liked shakugan no shana, full metal panic, Infinite Stratos or similar shows, I think you will not be disappointed by Buso Renkin. This is no harem anime, by the way, but the action and comedy have some similarities to IS.
I was able to get set 2 from my favourite discount seller but had tog et set 1 from a third-party amazon seller (much more expensive, and I still haven't received the set). Set 2 came with a nice art booklet outlining the characters, and behind each disc is the list of episodes on that disc, which is handy. I hope set 1 is laid out the same way.
....A device which `bonds' with the body to give the bearer special powers when activated becomes the focus of a young mans life when he becomes embroiled against modified humans who also have extraordinary strength and powers. He even `transfoms' by shouting "Buso Renkin", Guyver style!
Like I say, there's no issue with using existing ideas, and with Buso Renkin there's enough originality to let it stand on its own, but enough to let it stand out. This seems to be aimed at a younger audience than Guyver anyway. The awkwardness between characters when dealing with boy-girl relationships is pretty immature. The main male and female groups both 'compare sizes' which gives them 'an unbreakable bond'. The series is violent and fleetingly dark though, and it certainly isn't aimed at young children, more at younger teens in order to understand some of the more mature elements - when they happen.
If you get lost with what's happening in the adventure then never fear - Mahiro Muto (the sister of the hero) is here with her seminars! Between episodes, Mahiro presents a seminar in which she quickly discusses a character and the strengths/weaknesses of their weapons. This might seem a bit patronising - but it works well, and it often refers back to plot elements you may have missed. What perhaps *is* patronising however is the repetition of lines and the `thought narrative' which guides you through something which may have already been explained previously when it simply isn't necessary.
In a nutshell: This is a good anime series but nothing groundbreaking. The plot is based on a group of teenagers who act a bit young for their age for most of the time. It strives to be deeper and enigmatic, but it always comes back to teenage issues like girlie magazines. I enjoyed it but won't go mad waiting to watch the second half of this 26 episode series as it simply wasn't involved enough to absolutely draw me in. It does end on a cliff-hanger though and I suppose I would like to see the follow up.
This might not be just another action adventure, but it isn't *much* more than that either.
Buso Renkin is no exception, and is actually quite difficult to review on its own merits simply because its comes off as being so darn generic, but I'll do my best-and I won't bore you with another plot synopsis ;)
First of all, please don't be misled by the 'if you love Fullmetal Alchemist, you'll love this!' tagline. Just because they both toss around the word 'homunculus' and 'alchemy' doesn't mean they have SQUAT to do with each other. This anime has far more in common with Bleach; in fact cut off Kazuki Mutou's hair and give him an orange wig, and he'd be Ichigo Kurosaki's double. His little sister is a dead ringer for Bleach's Orihime, and the fierce warrior Tokiko seems to have been modelled on Rukia Kuchiki's personality. In the first two episodes the plot also smacks of Bleach so much that viewers may be put off, but it will go its own way so stay tuned if you dare.
One major point working to BR's advantage is its high quality animation-this is slick, dark and gorgeous enough to be Studio Madhouse material (I was surprised it wasn't). The english dub is also quite strong; Steve Cannon (X/1999, Naruto) takes on Kazuki with good humour and passion, I'm loving Liam O'Brien (Ergo Proxy, Code Geass) in his comedy role as Kazuki's perverted friend, and any anime that casts Spike Spencer (Evangelion, Excel Saga) as the quietly psychotic arch villain in a butterfly mask is OK by me. My one complaint so far would be the utter lack of creativity that has gone into some of the baddies; they look and act like they stepped out of Sailor Moon's reject pile. Monster of the week format may be fine for younger kids watching Tokyo Mew Mew or whatever, but it does make it very hard to take BR seriously as a contender for a teen shonen anime, especially when the genre is already stuffed full.
The bgm is unremarkable, and even after 8 eps I couldn't hum the ending theme to you if my life depended on it. The opening theme however is decent; high-energy and quite catchy. Altogether, Buso Renkin is an anime that is interesting enough to keep watching in the hope that it will go somewhere good, because it certainly has the potential. The characters are surprisingly likeable, the humour is funny, the action is good and backstory on Tokiko probably make this even more watchable; I would really love to come back to reviewing this in a years time and be able to say how awesome it is. On the plus side Manga ent. is kindly releasing a 13 ep set, so its well worth the money if you want something fun to chew on between Bleach and Naruto releases.
C'mon Buso Renkin! Show us how good you can be! ~
(I should point out here it was impossible to review the japanese dialogue, subtitle quality or dvd extras-or possible lack of them-because Amazon thoughtfully didn't think to include any of these thing on their Vine programme release. This is especially annoying as some Japanese text is present in the show, and for everyone who doesn't speak Japanese we have no idea what it says!)
Which isn't to say that it's not good. The character design is very attractive and imaginative, even toyetic - a word that apparently means that they suggest toys based on their images. The characters are boisterous and enthusiastic and well-played by the voice actors, so that you do care about them. There's a good amount of humour in that goofy anime style, but not so much that the show cannot turn to drama and emotion when it needs to.
The story starts out very simply. A schoolboy sees what he thinks is a girl being attacked by a monster. The monster kills him and the girl, who is actually an alchemist warrior, places a device in place of his heart to revive him. A side-effect is that he can now manifest a buso renkin, a giant lance, with which to fight the bad guys. The main bad guy is the man in the papillion mask, who goes to the same school as the boy, and who creates homunculi by sending out devices that burrow into people's brains and turn them into monsters. The schoolboy seems to have natural talent with the buso renkin, developing skills without effort, which suggests more is going on than meets the eye!
Not quite so deep and heartrending as Full Metal Alchemist, Buso Renkin is still better than average for anime, and well worth a look!