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 77447,744 users)
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Ranked: #47972
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Popularity: #983
Members: 16,246
Favorites: 227

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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 Medai)

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 ...
Nov 28, 2009
Buso Renkin is in a sense Fullmetal Alchemist without a main character who has a nepolian complex. Taking place in a world where Alchemy was successful but at the same time immortality and turning bread to gold was a failure.

I think the story was actually very orginal for a Shonen series, while not the first Shonen manga to use Alchemy as a theme, it does give it a sense of orginality for the plot device the Kakugane.

The artwork is very good when designing the characters, effects, and enemies. Some of the background is also detailed to show where the ...

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