Buso Renkin (武装錬金, lit. “Arms Alchemy”) is a manga series written and drawn by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It follows Kazuki Muto, who becomes an alchemical warrior in the battle against alchemical monsters known as homunculi. Watsuki envisioned the manga as his last shōnen manga, and then he tried to do as much as he could with that genre. It was serialized in Shueisha’s magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 2003 to April 2005. The manga has been adapted into an anime television series, which was produced by Xebec and was broadcast on Japanese television network TV Tokyo from 2006 to 2007. In Japan, the Buso Renkin manga has sold over 3 million volumes and was nominated for a Seiun Award. It received a mixed reception from manga and anime publications.
The story begins when high school student Kazuki Muto is killed one night saving a mysterious girl from a monster, only to wake up in his school dorm, believing it to have been a dream; however, he soon finds out that dream wasn’t a dream at all when a giant serpentine monster attacks him and his sister. Tokiko Tsumura, the girl he saved, explains that the monster is a homunculus. Kazuki had been attacked and killed by it when he was rescuing her; however, she, feeling responsible for him, revived him by placing a Kakugane medallion in his chest, serving as a replacement heart.
The Kakugane, as Tokiko explains, is an alchemical device that, when activated, takes a certain form based on the Kakugane’s user, forming a unique Buso Renkin. The Buso Renkin is the only thing that can destroy a homunculus monster. Using this, Kazuki creates his own Buso Renkin (the “Sunlight Heart,” a huge lance). Along with Tokiko and her own Buso Renkin (the “Valkyrie Skirt,” an execution scythe), Kazuki joins the fight against the homunculi and their master.[sociallocker]
Opening Theme: “Makka na Chikai” by Fukuyama Yoshiki [Single w/scans]
#1: “Hoshi Akari” by Jyukai [Single w/scans]
#2: “Itoshiki Sekai” by Aya Kagami
Busou Renkin Orginal Soundtrack (w/scans)
EXPERT-CD (BGM & Drama CD) : Vol. 1 / Vol. 2[/sociallocker]
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