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?!
Buso Renkin is a really fun manga, not because the story is especially good (though it's not the worst I've read by far), but due to the comedy (which is brilliantly funny at times) and the memorable protagonists throughout the series. Firstly, Kazuki. Though rather generic himself, he's fun to read about because of his interactions with others and how he effects them. Tokiko on the hand is a wonderful... read more
If I hadn't known this was done by Nobihiro Watsuki, the creator of Rurouni Kenshin, I never would have known. In fact, it was when I heard he did another series that prompted me to seek this one out; I was sorely disappointed. Not just the plot and characters, but the artwork and the battles...some of it felt very forced, and often times, it was difficult to tell what exactly was HAPPENING. I will say... read more
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