Buso Renkin, Volume 1

Buso Renkin, Volume 1

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by Nobuhiro Watsuki
     
 

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Kazuki Mutou is mortally wounded saving a girl from a strange monster, but is given a new life through the power of the alchemically-made Core Iron. Along with a second chance, this grants him the ability to use his own Busou Renkin, or Alchemy Weapon. Joining forces with Tokiko, the Busou Renkin user he'd saved earlier and who gave him the Core Iron, he uses his

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Kazuki Mutou is mortally wounded saving a girl from a strange monster, but is given a new life through the power of the alchemically-made Core Iron. Along with a second chance, this grants him the ability to use his own Busou Renkin, or Alchemy Weapon. Joining forces with Tokiko, the Busou Renkin user he'd saved earlier and who gave him the Core Iron, he uses his newfound powers to fight the malevolent Homunculus monsters and protect his friends and the rest of mankind.

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In Watsuki's modern-day follow-up to his smash Ruroni Kenshin, we meet high school student Kazuhiko Muto, who dreams of rescuing a pretty schoolgirl from a hideous, tentacled beast. Is this vision just a product of his slumbering imagination? To his horror, Kazuhiko discovers that his dream is actually a terrifying reality and the creature that he battled is a "homunculus," one of a legion of man-eating monsters who hide among the general population in human guise until they can prey upon their victims. Luckily for Kazuhiko, the girl he rescued in his "dream" is a sorceress who seeks to wipe the homunculi from the face of the earth and has altered Kazuhiko's body with the power of alchemy and a talisman called the Kakugane, rendering him virtually unkillable, highly skilled in the fighting arts and empowered with the Buso Renkin, a mystical lance that can defeat the homunculi. Watsuki offers up strong artwork, clear storytelling, hyper-kinetic action, monsters, arcane weaponry and characters crying out their special moves, such as "Valkyrie Skirt!" and the titular "Buso Renkin!" This first volume is mostly setup, but Watsuki's fans will want to stay around for the ride. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421506159
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Buso Renkin Series, #1
Edition description:
UK Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
557,814
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Born on May 26, 1970. Born in Tokyo and grew up in Nigata. Graduated from Nigata Prefectual Nagaoka High School. His blood type is A. He won an honorable mention prize in the Weekly Shonen Jump. "New Manga Hop Step Award" with the work Podomakku. Later, while he worked as an assistant, he presented works such as Sengoku No Mikazuki. (Crescent Moon in the Warring States) and Rurouni-Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Meiji Swordsman Romance Story). The serialization of Rurouni Kenshin started in 1994 and concluded in 1999. His hobbies are to draw, read, play video games, read American comic books, and make model figures.

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Buso Renkin, Volume 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good series, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes action, a good laugh, and just having fun with a slacker or a do-it-now-think-later type. It is definitely one of the most halarious mangas' I've read since Ranma 1/2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked myself up volume 1 because it was by Watsuki who made Rurouni Kenshin. I have to say that I was very impressed. I wasn't sure what to expect because it was quite different from Watsuki's other hit. I look forward to seeing where he takes this series. I definately recommend this manga.
MereChristian More than 1 year ago
<i>Buso Renkin</i> is a manga, and later anime, from the creator of the <i>Rurouni Kenshin</i> series, Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story is a simple one. The alchemy that was abandoned in Europe centuries ago, the stuff of Nicholas Flammel and the search for immortality, secretly did produce results. There were two types of alchemical discoveries, the homunculus and the Buso Renkin. The homunculus is a plant and animal hybrid type of organism that takes control of a victim and eventually kills them, coming to life in their brain and nervous system, thus taking over their bodies. The Buso Renkin, on the other hand, is a weapon used to defeat such creatures. The homunculus eats different things, but mostly eats people, and so you can see where this is going. To say that the above premise has some elements in common with modern vampire myths would be an understatement. All you need to do is replace &ldquo;homunculus&rdquo; with &ldquo;vampire&rdquo; and &ldquo;blood&rdquo; with &ldquo;entire body&rdquo;, and you have the same concept. And then you have the vampire hunters.... Anyways, our story begins when our young hero, Kazuki, stumbles across a girl about to be eaten by a monster, and tries to save her, getting brutally killed for his trouble. Unbeknownst to Kazuki, and the monster for that matter, the girl was an &ldquo;alchemic warrior&rdquo;, a holder of a Buso Renkin. She was luring the monster out so she could kill it and save the local human populace from being eaten. The girl, feeling both sorry and touched by Kazuki's unnecessary, but noble, death, brings him back to life with a Buso Renkin. Upon discovering what happened to him, Kazuki vows to join the girl, named Tokiko, in battling the monsters of his city. <i>Buso Renkin</i> is a very different comic than <i>Rurouni Kenshin</i> . While <i>Kenshin</i> had it's share of fantastical stories, to be sure, it was grounded in a thoroughly non-fantasy world. Everything was <i>shonen</i> , or kick-ass and manly man, but it was still within the bounds of a non-fantastical setting. This is a thoroughly magical, fantastical story. The only part I didn't like was that the tale has none of the moral components that Watsuki put in the <i>Kenshin</i> stories. Instead, it was a typical fantasy story, at least until the second volume which I am currently reading, but this is a review of the first volume so that is irrelevant for now. All in all, I enjoy the second volume more than this first volume being here reviewed, but it was still a fun story, though not as good, in my opinion, as <i>Rurouni Kenshin</i> .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good book and if u cant decide if u want to buy it or not buy it it has everything action mysteries its sounds dumb talking about it but trust me get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kazuki Muto is a act-first-think-later type of character, and tends to joke around a lot and is a bit of a space cadet. When one night hi is killed by a Homunculus, an animal-like creature who thrives of eating humans, he is saved by a mysterious gril who can controll a Buso Renkin. That, of course, is a type of weaponry that mirrors your own fighting spirit and was created by alchemy. (Buso Renkin = Weapon Alchemy in Japanese.) Kazuki then gets roped up into fighting these Humunculi alongside her and the story takes off from there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got to read the first chapter in the Shonen Jump magazine and Nobuhiro Watsuki does an excellent job! The main character is rather a clutz and his little sister is adorable. You will love the characters!
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This was a great series and there is a lot of humor, action and a really good story line. This series i suggest to anybody who is a big manga fan like myself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though i have not read it, I have read rurouni Kenshin, and since this is also written by Watsuki, it has to be good no matter what! Watsuki is the reason why I want to be a manga artist. I wish i could learn from him....... but he probaly dosent know how to speak english, and dosent want to watse time with a girl like me. Anyway, you need to read this book!!!!!!!!! PERIOD! READ THIS BOOK!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the whole book, not just the 1st chapter, it seems to me that Nobuhiro Watsuki ran out of all the juice he had when he wrote Rurouni Kenshin. When reading this, you'll see that the book is a cliqued shonen action type. If you like the action action and no depth to the characters then by all means read it. The artwork is stunning as always, but the story is lacking. Its mostly just beat up the bad guys, it didn't have the same depth of characters and story as RK so if you're looking for something like RK I wouldn't recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nobuhiro Watsuki seemed to run out of all the juice he had when he wrote Rurouni Kenshin. When reading this, you'll see that the book is a cliqued shonen action type. If you like the action action and no depth to the characters then by all means read it. The artwork is stunning as always, but the story is lacking. Its mostly just beat up the bad guys, it didn't have the same depth of characters and story as RK so if you're looking for something like RK I wouldn't recommend it.