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Some things in life are so bad that you'd like to pretend they're just a dream. Unfortunately for Kazuki, trying to save a strange girl from being brutally killed by monsters (and ending up dying instead) is an unfortunate reality. Out of pity, the girl replaces Kazuki's heart with an alchemy-based artifact known as Kakugane, so that he may live on. With this strange device, Kazuki gains the power of Busou Renkin -- Arms Alchemy; a power that will come in handy when monsters (and worse) begin to plague his town! Kazuki soon meets the girl from his “dream” (named Tokiko) in reality, and she tells Kazuki to get on with his life; but with his sister and friends in danger, that might not be possible. Besides, if Kazuki gives up the chance to show off just how manly he can be, how can he hope to win the heart of the alluring older-sister-like Tokiko?!

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Akio TAKAMI Character Design
Hatsue KATO Character Design
Takao KATO Director
Kouhei TANAKA Music
Nobuhiro WATSUKI Original Manga Creator

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Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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Both the action and the comedy are very similar in Bleach, but Bleach is slower paced and keeps them a little more separated from each other. Still, if you liked Busou Renkin you might try to watch at least the first few major story arcs of Bleach


Busou Renkin and Bleach have a great deal in common. The primary premise of both series is that a young man can do a great deal if he has enough determination and pain tolerance. In both series, the inexperienced but honorable boy comes upon what he perceives as a vulnerable girl in serious danger. In a somewhat ill advised attempt to save the girl, he ends up endangering himself and gaining unexpected powers. Each boy finds himself struggling to improve himself both mentally and physically; so, he can fulfill his roll as protector and defender. These are two action series which feature major combat and internal struggle with random bits of humor thrown in.


Busou Renkin and Bleach are both similar in their action/fighting. Renkin has its different types of Arms Alchemy, while Bleach has different types of zanpakutous. They also share the "girl saves guy" story in the beginning.


Both Busou Renkin and Bleach feature a decent high-school student who has duty, honor and the lives of others suddenly thrust upon him. Both also feature a female "sidekick" who teaches our young heroes the skills they will need. I guarantee if you liked one of these anime, you will like the other.


Both Busou Renkin and Bleach are very similar in that the story focuses around the main character being saved by a mysterious female. Both characters end up becoming powerful from the encounters with the mysterious female and continue to fight alongside her and the others they meet. If you liked one then you will enjoy watching the other.


Bleach is almost the same type of anime as Busou Renkin. Busou Renkin is a bit darker than Bleach, but it has the same amount of fighting and (perhaps more) comedy. In both anime people fight with special powers, but in Bleach they use swords and in Busou Renkin they don't. Although, one of the main characters in Busou Renkin fights with some sort of swords attached to her armor (it's a bit hard to explain, it looks really cool though =P).


Both Bleach and Busou Renkin have a very colorful universe, which makes them a joy to watch. They both focus on a male high schooler and an older girl who shows him the ropes of fighting, and fills him in on the way that the world works (at least for a little while). They both have a very flashy fighting style, and they both start with B. If you like one, I have very little doubt that you wouldn't enjoy the other.


Both series centre on an ordinary teen who, through a highly developed sense of justice, are in the wrong place at the right time, and their lives are changed because of their choices.

Their sensei in both are highly trained female warriors, who are stern, but develop an affection for the protagonist.

If you like the way the fantastic rub up against the struggles of everyday life for teens, then you'll like both series.


Both are about young boys, who are accidentaly put into a weird fight, after which they obtain a mysterious power. Also, if you liked the variety of characters with different powers in one, you'll find it in the other too.


Teenage boy tries to save girl, it doesnt work so well so girl gives him super powers! Boy wants to get stronger so he can save girl, protect all his friends and maybe save the world too ! Add a little comedy and some cool swordfights to the mix and you got two very nice shounen with alot in common.

If you like the the first you will probably like the other.


Even if takes your life, you will never give up, you will never back down, you will never let down the ones who believe in you. You will keep going forward! You will fight for the world, for your friends and even for those you haven't met and probably never would. You belive that's the right thing to do and it really is!

Both Busou Renkin and Bleach are created on that same theme. The main characters - Mutou Kazuki and Kurosaki Ichigo, are first thinking about others and then about themselves. But is it an advantage to be so selfless, to care more about the world that about yourself? Who knows? But if you, too, think that the world we live in is worth saving, you must watch these two animes!


Wow this one is easy. Both series have main characters scouted by badass chicks giving them the power. They even have similiar cool-looking weapons ( swords ). They are both fast learners with bad first impression but kind hearts. Bleach and BR are a good shounen anime well worth your time.


Both Busou Renkin and Bleach have male characters that are in a serious crisis and are saved by female warriors, both have similar weapons and the sumoning is nearly the same. If you enjoyed one of these great series, I guarantee that you would like the other one too.


I'm going with the masses and adding the obvious recommendation for these series as they are both so similar. From a similar plot line of a secret society trying to save the earth from the unknown monsters, schoolgirl and guy heroes, special powers to a female side character with very large breasts.

Both are pretty mindless and don't take much thought, occasionally delivering laughs. Regular fight scenes that take more time than is absolutely necessary.

These are certainly not the best shows I've seen, but fill some time when there's lack of anything else better on...


Yet another story about a boy whose life, as well as the lives off all his loved ones, are in danger. Mysterious creatures that bare little to no resemblance to anything they've ever encountered before, have begun to attack their home towns, leaving piles of bodies and taking countless lives. Both protagonists have learned the secrets that had long been hidden from the normal populous, and with the help of two very unique girls, they've obtained the power required to abolish the threats and save their town from extinction. However, what they still do not know is that there is more to it than meets the eye. Can the two live up to their new responsibilities, and accept the fact that they may have to leave behind the very people that they swore to protect in order to fight a greater evil?


Both of these anime's have a strong female supporting character that introduces and works closely with the male character who aquired his powers from the female character. Both anime's involve supernatural powers and defeat things that should not dwell on the planet earth.

As a reccomendation, I believe anyone who has watched either of these anime's and enjoyed it, would definitely enjoy the other


Bleach and Busou Renkin are uncannily similar in several ways. From the animation, the beginning storylines, the characters, the groups and the weapons, you could probably take some of the characters from one, plop them in the middle of the second, and things would work out.

Character-wise, Kazuki and Ichigo are very similar in motivation, temperament, combat styles and eventually story. Tokiko and Rukia are also very much alike, for similar reasons.

Busou Renkin has a storyline that hits the ground running, with very minimal asides and filler. If you liked Bleach, but want something a little more fast paced, check it out.

Alternately, if you liked Busou Renkin and want a little more, check out the early seasons of Bleach.


Very similar plot lines, though Bleach is a little more complex. Both plots host a strong female lead who discovers the male lead and helps him realize his power. Both plots offer heros an extra set of fighting powers. Very similar animes, both very enjoyable.


Busou Renkin is like a shorter version of Bleach.  They both have weapons that suit their way of fighting. Also Kuzuki and Ichigo both meet a strange young girl who give them new power that'll help save the world.  Both of the guys are also incredible strong and manage to win in the end. They also fight to protect they're loved one.


Hmm, where to start, maybe it's shorter if I just point out the things they do not  share. Which is primeraly is their number of episodes. 

Basicly it's about a normal guy, guy gets superpower, guy fights to save the things he loves. Bleach just takes more time for it all.  


When I was watching Busou Renkin, I kept thinking of Bleach. Even with the usual spiky hair and oversized weapons, it's hard to not think of the other when watching either one of them:

Fight scenes a plenty against monstrous foes, the protagonist gaining strength through rigorous training, the cool trainer-esque female character who guides them (Tokiko for Busou Renkin and Rukia for Bleach) and the reason the heroes fight.

Busou Renkin actually ends and moves at a quick pace, while Bleach is still ongoing and moves at it's own pace (depending on the arc). No matter which one you watched, you're bound to enjoy the other as they both feature the same stuff that makes them good in their genre.


Both animes tell about a boy who was suddenly dragged into a HUGE mess due to a series of unfortunate events. The two protagonists gain power from a girl and start fighting along side with them. The two main guys strives to protect the girl and the rest of their loved ones. The action and excitement is just GREAT! If you liked Busou Renkin/Bleach, then DEFINITELY watch the otherr!!! 

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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Both anime are about alchemy and man-made creatures that hurt mankind in their quest to attain humanity. These series feature alchemical warriors and weapons, and their fight against all sorts of evil. Fullmetal Alchemist is slow-paced and complex, while Busou Renkin keeps it on the side of simplicity and humour, but the stories complement each other, and should not be missed.


Both Busou Renkin and FMA deal with the element of a science called alchemy, and focus around the main characters fighting against those who abuse or misuse alchemy for their own gain. Each of these series portrays it in a different way but they have similar story lines. If you watch one you will want to watch the other.


Busou Renkin is like a hardcore Fullmetal Alchemist; both refer to a philosopher's stone and alchemy. There is a romantic touch to Busou Renkin, but it does not take away from the action; and Fullmetal Alchemist has more of a brotherly interaction to it. Check it out and decide for yourself just how good it is!


FMA and Busou Renkin are both a bit dark and comedic, have characters with special powers, and have some kind of mutants (homunculi) as enemies. In Busou Renkin there is some more comedy than in Fullmetal Alchemist but there are very serious parts too, so they both kind of have everything. =P


Both series are about alchemy but each is unique in the way it portrays the idea of such a mystic thing. If you liked Fullmetal Alchemist, you will surely like Busou Renkin and vice versa.


Both series use the concept of Alchemy as their base, although they each have a different take on what it can do.

While Fullmetal Alchemist is set in a different reality, Busou Renkin has stronger parallels with our own, and thus both series extend their character's struggles in similar ways, but with differences that are refreshing.


The main points tying Busou Renkin and Fullmetal Alchemist together would have to be the presence of alchemy, the Philosopher's Stone, and homunculi. Alchemy exists in both series as a means of fighting, but has additional uses in FMA. While alchemy is used through Kakugane to create a unique weapon derived from the user in Busou Renkin it's used to modify objects and the world around you as both indirect and direct ways of fighting in FMA. The Philosopher's Stone is present in both series, but to vastly different ends. In FMA Ed and Al fight to acquire the Philosopher's Stone, while in Busou Renkin Kazuki fights to be rid of it. Homunculi make an appearance in both series, but the homunculi in FMA are highly significant and manipulate the plot from behind the scenes while in Busou Renkin their presence diminishes as the show moves forward. Overall Busou Renkin moves at a much faster pace then FMA but has less character and plot depth. Both shows feature great action, good humor, and great animation. On their own both FMA and Busou Renkin are easily recommendable to anyone, but if you enjoyed either FMA or Busou Renkin you'll almost certainly enjoy the other as well.


Both have different takes on a world with alchemy and hommunculi. Busou Renkin where humans are trying to become hommunculi, and Fullmetal Alchemist where they are trying to become human. Breathtaking stories with awesome characters.


Both series have to do with alchemy and fighting to save the world from destruction cause by a person with suprior powers than any human or monster. They both have comedy and a little romance. The main characters  have the same personalities. which is never give up. So if you like one of these series you'd like the other one.


In each of these anime's there are human created monsters that must be defeated using the magick and power of a team of people, though the purpose the team has are different, the battles are interesting to watch in both situations.

Through fighting monstors such as homonculi, the plot progresses and the team learns more about their true objective... all in all, these anime's are surely similar enough to reccomend to each other. Thus, if you enjoyed watching one of these anime's you are sure to enjoy the other.


The predominant similarity between these two animes is blatantly obvious; they both revolve around alchemy! That alone should impel you to watch the other if you've watched one; however, if it's not then I'll explain why you, the viewer, would adore both.

In both stories the main characters (Elric brothers in FMA and the "Bravo Team" in Busou Renkin) fight against evil organizations who've conjured various methods of wreaking havoc on the world. The villians in both stories also each have their own unique powers, the Homunculi have their names derived from their specific power (Gluttony has an insatiable appetite, Wrath is a bloodthirsty warmonger, etc.) while the members of the L.X.E (main antagonists of BR) each have their own "Arms Alchemy" (essentially a talisman made from alchemy that has a unique power) as do the protagonists. Each talisman is able to manifest itself into an "alchemical weapon," hence the name "Arms Alchemy." Each weapon is different and can only have one wielder at any specific time. All-in-all BR makes up to be a fine series that can cure your boredom.

If you enjoyed one you'd enjoy the other. FMA tended to lean towards the "drawn-out" and "slow-paced" genre while in the process giving detailed character development which made you "feel for the characters" that much more, giving some of the moments in the anime a more powerful effect. BR, on the other hand,  is much more fast paced and exciting, but doesn't give the viewer enough time to become emotionally attached to the characters as in FMA;however, this drawback is minimal as the plot behind BR is much more story-driven.

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Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana

Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?

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Both series has a similar beginning where a girl saves a guy who then becomes involved. However, even though the concept looks the same, they have individual stories. Also the amount of action isn't that different.


These series are about boys meeting girls that will change their lives forever. Yuji's (Shakugan no Shana) and Matou's (Busou Renkin) destinies are on their way, and the series focus on their dilemmas trying to lead a normal life, and not forsake their freshly-discovered powers. If you liked the strong, sword wielding girl and the boy that tried to protect them in one series, you will love the other.


Shakugan no Shana and Busou Renkin use the same story line (I.E. Such as: Onegai Sensei & Ah! My Goddess). Shakugan no Shana happens to be more on the dramatic spectrum while Busou happens to be on the comedy side. Either way, the artistic values are about the same except Shakugan no Shana has more digital effects than Busou Renkin; and although Busou has good points in its story, Shana appeals more to me because the comedy in Busou lacks forethought (but I'll leave the opinions up to you :)).


For both Busou Renkin and Shakugan No Shana are the ingredients swords and school boys and girls, along with a little romance between the main characters. Both Yuji and Kazuki try to do their best to protect the unknowing human society so that they can live on with their lives without getting killed. Although the story is completely different, they do share a lot resemblance, so if you liked the one, you will like the other.


Both series are about a boy who gets caught up in some kind of magical fighting environment because of a girl. Both have tsundere style female leads, where the female lead starts out cold and tough and gradually opens up, although this is perhaps less true in busou renkin. Shakugan no Shana is perhaps more childish, but the two shows are pretty similar.


Like shows where the protagonist is a mostly clueless male who is at the mercy of a tsundere magical girl through a misfortunate death? You'll like Busou Renkin OR Shakugan no Shana, as this applies to both.


Both series are about a boy meating a girl that is in a world of fighting the normal world does not know about, and both are, despite being told not to, wanting to fight along with the girl. Both boys are discovered to have quiet an amount of potential in fighting and both have a "special item" witch makes them that strong.

Both girls are a member of a organisation with multiple of these fighters.

The way the romance theme is applied in both series is similar too there is not that mutch focus on it in the start but later on the series start with more details on the relationship. Although in busou renkin there is a slight less amount of romance.


In the end, it's all about the alchemy. The idea of alchemists is exploited in both Shana and Busou Renkin, along with the idea of fighting evil powers that use alchemy for evil purposes. You should also find the couple of boy-girl mostly the same as the one in the other anime , because it is the girl that teaches the boy how to fight, it is the boy who saves the girl and it is a relationship that keeps getting stronger in each of their hearts. You'll really like them both!


Female heroines. Tsundere female heroines. Ass-kicking, tsundere female heroines. And then there's the guy. But the females kick ass, the guys have their uses (And are more often than not clueless) and the action is red hot. That's what these two are about; action, fighting and some comedic downtime with a romantic sub-plot.

Lines will be crossed for love, hearts will be hardened and villains will be vanquished. Tune in to the other if either one catches your fancy.


Both series has similar start with female warrior saving male lead character, then male lead character helping her in fighting against evilShakugan no Shana has more flavor of romance while buso renkin is more focused in fighting against evilBut if you like one series you will definitly like other series 

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An akuma is a soul which has been brought back to life through sadness and despair with the powers of Millenium Earl. Their mission is to terrorize the earth and all who dwell within it. The Black Order is a group of Exorcists that have sworn to cleanse the souls of the akuma, and collect the substance known as "innocence". This powerful substance can be used as an anti-akuma weapon, and ultimately can help destroy the evil Millenium Earl. Allen Walker is a young Exorcist who has the ability to tell who is human and who is an akuma with the help of his cursed eye. Together with the Black Order, Allen must find all 109 pieces of innocence to protect the world and defeat Earl.

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They are both a bit dark and serious, are comedic (Busou Renkin more so than D.Gray-man), and have characters with special powers. In D.Gray-man there are demons (akumas) as enemies, and in Busou Renkin they have some sort of mutants (homunculi) as enemies.


Both D.Gray-man and Busou Renkin have characters who fight against monsters (or monster-like beings) with superpowers, under the orders of a secret organization.

Also, the main characters resemble each other; both are naive and humorous from time to time.


The two series are very similar, not only in how their weapons are styled, but also in that both main characters are not like the others. The "Arms Alchemy" weapons are similar to "Innocence" in that they are very specific to each user and, with a few exceptions, are carried by their weilders rather than having the weapon be a part of the user. Also, the two main characters may be blurring the line between the "good" and "bad" guys.


Both animes have characters that fight against supernatural beings. Though akuma in d.gray-man are demons they are mechanical like ones in busou renkin.

They both also have unique user weapon activitation which as the anime went on, i found myself saying when they activated it.


Busou Renkin and D.Gray-man have many similarities. From the attitudes of the main male protagonists - who vow to protect everyone no matter wha - to the weapons, which are very specific to each person and contain similar levels of power. You could honestly probably drop a character from one into the other and not have them feel out of place.

While D.Gray-man is fairly long (and as of yet unfinished), Busou Renkin chugs through its own plot at a fairly rapid clip.

If you liked D.Gray-man and want something similar and/or shorter, try Busou Renkin. If you liked Busou Renkin and want something longer, give D.Gray-man a go.


Shounen shows with similar kind of enemies (in D.Gray-man it's akuma and in Busou Renkin it's homunculi) and with unique weaponry which relies on the inner potential potential of it's users.


Both series are similar in magical powers of characters. In Buso renkin , different characters had different interesting renkin powers and in D Gray man innocence provide different interesting powersboth have main character fighting evil monsters threating planet 

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Fate/stay night

Fate/stay night

The Holy Grail War is a battle between seven magicians who each summon a mythical hero to fight for their cause. Shirou, a twice orphaned high school boy, had so little magical talent that his foster father did not bother teaching him about the war and its meaning. Thanks to that lack of foresight, Shirou finds himself in a bit of a pinch when he accidentally summons a hero of the strongest class, and is sucked into the fray. The Grail grants the winner any wish they have. But driven by an unyielding sense of justice and self-sacrifice, for what will Shirou fight?

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If you liked the characters and the action in Busou but didn't care so much for the comedy, you'll probably enjoy Fate/stay night as well.


Busou Renkin and Fate/stay Night differ in the overall setting and type of action, but both stories progress with the main character unknowingly being dragged into something they could have otherwise had nothing to do with. They both focus on the main character struggling to become stronger, to protect the people around them. Although Fate/stay Night is a bit more serious and Busou Renkin is mildly more entertaining, if you have seen one and enjoyed it I am positive your collection would be happy to have the other.


Fate/stay night and Busou Renkin are very alike; they feature sorcerers in fights to the death. They tell a story of a warrior girl and a boy who are accidentally drawn into a world of violence and combat. The anime explore their relationship and the sacrifices they have to make, and are well-paired in both similarities and differences, so as to ensure a pleasant viewing experience.


Both of these animes involve the main protagonist meeting a mysterious girl, who is extremely strong and yet they both risk their lives to save the girl. This begins the bond that they'd need to face the upcoming battles as they both battle side by side to protect the world. It's also worth noting that the main protagonist starts essentially weak and becomes stronger as the show progresses.


Well, these two anime's are similar in the fact that both have supernatural powers... fate/stay night has a more magickal background story, and is somewhat of a game, however they both have plot driven battles that progress the story. It is likely that if you liked one, you will like the other.


Both main characters get dragged into wars by their own means without fully knowing what they've put themselves into however they raise to the challenge and start fighting for what they believe in. Both contain mild comedy and amazing characters


In both Busou Renkin and Fate/stay Night, the protagonist is thrown into a world that they did not know of filled with danger, anxiety, and plenty of action. Not only that, they feature a similar magical atmosphere and the ability to use 'special powers'. Busou Renkin features more comedy and some romance however, as opposed to F/SN and it's action; but if you liked one, take a look at the other!

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