BUSO RENKIN VOL. 1

Posted On April - 12 - 2008
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:  

NOBUHIRO WATSUKI

  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / BW
  PAGES:   161
  RATING:   OT
  RELEASE DATE:   03/03/2008
  REVIEW DATE:   04/12/2008
  REVIEWED BY:   SANDRA SCHOLES

Known author of Rurouni Kenshin, Nobuhiro Watsuki brings to manga a new release, Buso Renkin about teen Kazuki Muto who wakes one morning from a nightmare where he sees a young girl attacked by a monster so hideous he does not even want to remember.

When he gets to school the next morning he is there late, and Mita, a stern and mysterious teacher is waiting at the gate as they get in and takes an unhealthy interest in Kazuki, making him pull weeds out of the school grounds as punishment for his lateness. When things take a turn for the worst and Kazuki realises the dream he had that night was in fact real, he is dragged head first into a fantasy adventure where he meets the girl from his dream; Tokiko Tsumura who was trying to destroy the homunculus, a dangerous beast that can assume human form, but needs humans as a food sources. As Kazuki tried to help her in reality, he was slain and Tokiko had to bring him back to life using a kakugane as his replacement heart, an alchemical device, which enables him to use an enormous lance to combat the monsters who come their way.

Tokiko is a member of the Renkin Kenshi, Alchemical soldiers who are around to protect the human world from the monsters who seek to kill and use humankind for their own ends. One day after a battle with the toad homunculus, Tokiko is infected and unless she finds the Papillon Mask to find a cure, she is living on borrowed time.

Buso Renkin has the high quality art, story and points of interest with the story such as the Kaku Gane, an object that looks like a seal in an alloy, which is used to bring Kazuki back to life. When Kazuke screams Buso Renkin, he can bring out the lance that at first resembles an enormous sword seen so many times in manga; Tokiko has her own weapon humorously titled the Valkyerie Skirt, a mechanical device attached to her thighs.

An all action shonen adventure it will hold the reader glued to the pages.

IN SUMMARY:
Alchemical madness – action, battles, monsters! Buso Renkin ranks right there at the top!

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