Busou Renkin
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Busou Renkin

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Synonyms: Arms Alchemy, Embalming: Dead Body and Bride
Japanese: 武装錬金
English: Buso Renkin
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 83
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 23, 2003 to Apr 25, 2006
Genres: Action Action, Comedy Comedy, Fantasy Fantasy, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Watsuki, Nobuhiro (Story & Art)


Score: 7.261 (scored by 80248,024 users)
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Ranked: #53252
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Popularity: #1099
Members: 16,980
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Busou Renkin is the story of the teenager Kazuki Mutou, who dies trying to save a girl who was being attacked by an eerie monster. The next morning, however, Kazuki is left wondering whether it was all a dream. Lo and behold, the girl, the monster, and his death are all real! The girl, Tokiko Tsumura, was actually trying to slay the homunculus (a beast that can take the form of humans, but whose main source of food is people), but Kazuki got in her way. To revive Kazuki, Tokiko replaces his heart with a "kakugane," an alchemic device that allows him to summon a lance with which to fight the monsters. It turns out that Tokiko is a member of Renkin Kenshi (Alchemist Soldiers)—an organization sworn to protect the world from the diabolical creatures. Soon, Kazuki joins Tokiko in her quest to terminate the sinister being that creates and controls the homunculus.

(Source: VIZ Media)

Included one-shot:
Volume 10: Embalming: Dead Body and Bride


This manga was published in English by VIZ Media under Shonen Jump Advanced imprint from August 1, 2006 to February 5, 2008.

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May 14, 2010
Story: While it may feel like a tired shonen plot to some viewers, Buso Renkin more then makes up for in pure fun. Never taking itself too seriously, as a good shonen should, the story is the lighthearted tale of a young boy who acquires powers and the responsibilities that come with them.

Art: Perhaps the best part of Buso Renkin. The characters are drawn by the masterful Nabuhiro Watsuki of Ruruoni Kenishin fame. Anyone who knows of him knows of his strict adheerance to the Akira Toriyama doctrine of clean smooth characters and epic battles. Which I might add he delivers in plethora.

Character: WHAT CHARACTERS!!! ...
Apr 5, 2011
Alchemy is a very interesting concept, but shonen isn't really an interesting genre.
Add them together though, and you just might get a mildly entertaining action story.

STORY: Buso Renkin is shonen story number 362445815-there's not really much else that can be summed up after that, if you're tired of the typical shonens, well this isn't the place where you should look.

But for those wanting to give the shonen genre a look at, I could easily talk about others that stand out more like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, or Dragonball, but I'm going to talk about the one that started my obsession with the shonen genre (Not ...
May 18, 2022
Mixed Feelings
There's just nothing special here. The art is good and the characterization is pretty good (except for villains), but the plot and writing stink.

I'll start with the good: The art is nice, but not super impressive. The characters and settings don't have the same elegance or beauty as in Kenshin.

I liked most of the characters, but I didn't find any of them especially compelling. And the villains (except for Papillon, whom I really liked) are very bad.

As for the bad: The plot is nothing special (but it's shounen, so what do you expect?), but the pacing is weak. Everything feels rushed, like ...

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