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The cover of the DVD Box set containing all twenty-six episodes of Buso Renkin released by Geneon Universal Entertainment on November 26, 2009

The anime series Buso Renkin is based on the manga series of the same name written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The series is directed by Takao Kato and produced by Xebec.[1][2][3] The episodes follow Kazuki Muto who becomes an Alchemic warrior in the battle against Alchemic monsters known as Homunculi.

The production of the Buso Renkin anime was announced by the release of a minute long internet trailer.[4][5] Buso Renkin aired between October 4, 2006 and March 28, 2007 on TV Tokyo.[6][7] The episodes were later released in nine DVD compilations between January 25, 2007 and September 21, 2007 by Geneon Universal Entertainment; A DVD box set containing the whole series was released on November 26, 2009.[8][9] On December 8, 2007, Viz Media announced the release of the English dub that would be released in two DVD sets of thirteen episodes each.[10] The first set containing episodes one to thirteen was released on April 29, 2008 and the second set contains episodes fourteen to twenty-six and was released on October 7, 2008.[11][12] On December 20, 2009, the first three episodes from the series were officially uploaded to Hulu and Viz Media's portal.[13] Two episodes were uploaded weekly thereafter with the final episode uploaded on March 8, 2010.[14][15]

The series use three pieces of theme music: a single opening theme and two ending themes. The opening theme is "Makka Na Chikai" (真赤な誓い?, lit. "Crimson Oath") by Yoshiki Fukuyama.[2] The first ending theme from episodes one to fourteen is "Hoshiakari" (ホシアカリ?, lit. "Mysterious Star") by Jyukai and the second theme for the remaining episodes is "Itoshiki Sekai" (愛しき世界?, lit. "Love the World") by Aya Kagami.[2][3][16]

Production team

Buso Renkin's original work was created by Nobuhiro Watsuki in the form of a manga. The anime series was produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato.[2][3] The series was planned by Kazuhiko Torishima, Akihiro Kawamura, Koji Kumozu, and Yukinao Shijimoji. The producers were Makota Oyoshi, Nobuhiro Nakayama, Shinichi Ikeda, Hinoyuki Yonemasu and executive producers were Naoko Watanabe and Kohei Kawase. Nobuyoshi Habara directed the opening and ending themes and its animation was directed by Akio Takami. Keito Watanabe directed the art of the series, Natsuyo Ban coordinated the colors, Takuya Matsumura designed the animation for the weapons, and Sunao Chikako designed the props. The sound was directed by Takeshi Takadara; sound effects were done by Mitsuru Kageyama, mixed by Naotsugu Uchida, edited by Akane Sango, and recorded at Half H-P Studio.[2][3]

On December 8, 2007, Viz Media announced that Buso Renkin would receive an English localization and be released in two DVD sets.[10] The production for the dubbing was coordinated by Marc Schmidt and recorded at Salami Studios located in Hollywood.[3] The cast of the English dub was overseen by Rene Veilleux. The English script was written by her along with Donald Roman Lopez. The automated dialogue replacement mixing was done by Mark Mecado, Johnathan Palomo Abelardo, Jeff Kettle, and Josh Huber.[3]

Episode list

Ep no. Title Director Writer Animation director Original airdate Refs.
1 A New Life
"Atarashii inochi" (新しい命)
October 4, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A 16-year-old boy named Kazuki Muto awakens from a nightmare where he is killed by a monster after trying to save a mysterious girl. At school, a teacher named Mita punishes Kazuki for not having proper school equipment and forces him to stay after school. That night, the teacher reveals himself to be the monster from his dream which really happened, causing Kazuki to experience a flashback where the girl uses a kakugane to restore Kazuki's life. Kazuki is saved by Tokiko Tsumura, the same girl who destroys Mita and explains that the monsters are called Homunculi. These monsters are created from alchemy and can only be destroyed by specialized weapons called buso renkins. Tokiko tells Kazuki to go home while she heads to a warehouse where the Homunculi are hiding. Kazuki ignores her warnings and heads to the warehouse where he activates his buso renkin and defeats the Homunculus leader. The girl introduces herself as Tokiko Tsumura and takes Kazuki as her disciple.
2 The True Form Homunculus
"Homunkurusu no shōtai" (ホムンクルスの正体)
October 11, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Tokiko's investigation of the warehouse leads her to believe that someone was using the laboratory to create Homunculus matters. She explains that Homunculus matters are parasitic embryos that turn their host into Homunculi. The pair are attacked by a mysterious man who sends a Homunculus matter to attach onto Tokiko only to have it deflected. Later on, Tokiko notices that the Homunculus matter has attached itself onto Kazuki's sister and attempts to destroy it only to have it attach to her instead. She tells Kazuki that she will change into a Homunculus within a week and that they must find the mysterious man before the week ends.
3 You've Become A Little Stronger
"Kimi wa sukoshi tsuyoku natta" (キミは少し強くなった)
October 18, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After learning that the Homunculus creator is a student at Kazuki's school, Kazuki and Tokiko attempt to search for him on the school grounds, but fail to find him. Kazuki is later confronted by a Frog Homunculus and defeats it in battle only to faint from his injuries. A Plant Homunculus appears and prepares to finish off Kazuki, but Tokiko intercepts its attack and kills it. Kazuki regains consciousness and promises to Tokiko that he will work harder from then on.
4 Another New Life
"Mō hitotsu no atarashii inochi" (もう一つの新しい命)
October 25, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kazuki and Tokiko finally discover the creator's identity to be Koushaku Chouno. Koushaku explains that he intends to turn himself into a humanoid Homunculus with a specially made Homunculus matter which will grant him abilities and endurance far beyond human capacity. Koushaku's Hawk Homunculus, Washio, captures Kazuki and Tokiko and takes them to a secluded forest and engages the two in battle.
5 To Protect Someone
"Mamoru beki hito no tame ni" (守るべき人のために)
November 1, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After enduring a long battle, Kazuki defeats Washio. Tokiko has become unable to move due to the embedded Homunculus embryo and is carried by Kazuki back to town. Kazuki leaves Tokiko in the care of his friends before leaving in search of Koushaku who holds the cure to Tokiko's condition.
6 The Butterfly of Black Death
"Kokushi no chō" (黒死の蝶)
November 8, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kazuki finds Koushaku in his great-great grandfather's laboratory and attempts to destroy the Homunculus matter. However, due to the interference of Koushaku's younger brother, Koushaku is able to have the Homunculus matter attach to him and is turned into a Homunculus. He then begins to eat everyone in the vicinity until he is killed by Kazuki, who passes out from exhaustion before he is able to deliver the cure to Tokiko. Kazuki awakens to find that Tokiko has been cured and that his buso renkin shall be called Sunlight Heart.
7 Whether or not You're a Hypocrite
"Moshi kimi ga gizen to utagau no nara" (もし君が偽善と疑うのなら)
November 15, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Captain Bravo, a member of the Alchemist Warriors and the one who delivered the cure to Tokiko, offers Kazuki to join their mission on combating against the LXE, a group consisting of Human-type Homunculi based in Kazuki's town. Koushaku, having been resurrected by the LXE's leader who is also his great-great grandfather, Dr. Butterfly, and now calling himself Papillon, seeks Kazuki and declares war on him. Kazuki, Tokiko and Bravo are then attacked by Kinjo, a Homunculus of the LXE, but he is quickly dispatched by Bravo.
8 A Night in the Dorm
"Kishukusha no yoru" (寄宿舎の夜)
November 22, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
During night, Bravo takes Kazuki out to the woods for special training while Tokiko protects the kakugane acquired from the previous battle. Later on, a Homunculus named Jinnai uses a buso renkin and takes control over the students in the dorm, ordering them to take the kakugane from Tokiko. Tokiko is able to avoid her classmates and kill Jinnai, freeing them from his control. Papillon takes the kakugane from the defeated Homunculus, declares that he will defeat Kazuki and then leaves the scene.
9 The Hayasaka Twins
"Hayasaka kyōdai" (早坂姉弟)
November 29, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kazuki and Tokiko befriend the Hayasaka twins, Shusui and Ouka. However, the twins are actually humans working with the LXE ordered to kill the Alchemist warriors at the school. When two LXE Homunculi invade the school, Kazuki and Tokiko intercept the threats, causing the twins to realize who the Alchemist Warriors are and that they must kill their friends.
10 It Seems We're Well Matched
"Kimi to ore ha aishō ga ii" (君と俺は相性がいい)
December 6, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The four begin to battle and Kazuki eventually inflicts a fatal wound on Shusui. Ouka uses her buso renkin and heals Shusui while at the same time receiving Shusui's wound on her own body. Due to this, Kazuki realizes they are both humans and not Homunculi and questions whether they are the enemy or not. Shusui reveals that they worked under the LXE so that one day the two can become Homunculi and live together for eternity.
11 'Til Death Do Us Part
"Shi ga futari o wakatsu made" (死が二人を別つまで)
December 13, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Tokiko proceeds to eliminate the twins but is stopped by Kazuki who argues that they are still human and deserve to live. Shusui inflicts a critical wound on Kazuki while he is distracted. However, Ouka uses her buso renkin and absorbs Kazuki's wound damage claiming that Kazuki is someone they can trust. As Ouka begins to die, Kazuki, Tokiko, and Shusui are able to avert her death with the healing properties of the kakuganes. The next day, Kazuki and Tokiko visit Ouka in the hospital who reveals that her brother had left to train in order to rid himself of LXE's corruption.
12 Carnival
"Kaanibaru" (カーニバル)
December 20, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kazuki, Tokiko, and Bravo infiltrate the LXE's base only to find out Dr. Butterfly and his army of Homunculi are targeting Kazuki's school. While Bravo engages in battle with the Homunculus in the base called Moonface, Kazuki and Tokiko defends the school from Dr. Butterfly and his army.
13 Signs Of Death
"Shi no taidō" (死の胎動)
December 27, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After defeating the Homunculi, the flask Dr. Butterfly has with him activates and begins to drain energy from everyone inside the school. Papillon appears with his own buso renkin activated and challenges Dr. Butterfly to a battle, eventually coming out victorious.
14 Who Are You?
"Kimi wa dare da?" (キミは誰だ?)
December 27, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Before Dr. Butterfly dies, he explains that a man named Victor is inside the flask and that he is a being far superior to humans and Homunculi. Kazuki destroys the flask and engages Victor in battle and is seemingly killed after having his kakugane destroyed. Kazuki regains his kakugane which is revealed to be a black kakugane, causing him to transform into a being like Victor with glowing light green hair, red eyes, and tanned skin.
15 An Intermediate Existence
"Chūkan no sonzai" (中間の存在)
January 10, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After a short battle, Victor concludes that it would take too much time to defeat Kazuki and leaves the school. After reuniting with Captain Bravo, Papillon leaves to research Victor in order to turn Kazuki back into a human being. The next day, they decide to head to the beach where Tokiko runs into Gouta Nakamura. He tells Tokiko to meet with him at night for important information.
16 New Strength
"Arata naru chikara" (新たなる力)
January 17, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
That night, Gouta calls Tokiko out and tells her that Kazuki will be killed. Captain Bravo tells Kazuki that in six weeks, Kazuki will be passively draining energy from those around him like Victor and that Bravo has been ordered to kill Kazuki before the transformation is complete. In a short battle, Bravo handily defeats Kazuki, and leaves him for dead by throwing his inert body into the ocean.
17 When Dawn Comes
"Yoru ga ake tara" (夜が明けたら)
January 24, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Tokiko manages to find Kazuki's body in the ocean and is able to revive him. Meanwhile, Gouta learns that a team led out by Alchemist Warrior Chief Sekima Hiwatari is sent to confirm Kazuki's death. Gouta learns they plan to assassinate Tokiko and impedes their mission before escaping and rendezvousing with Kazuki and Tokiko. The three then prepare to travel to the school where Kazuki's kakugane was found in order to find a way to restore his humanity.
18 The Escape
"Tōhikō" (逃避行)
January 31, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Tokiko explains that a mysterious person gave her Kazuki's kakugane and that person may know how to reverse the black kakugane's effect. Meanwhile, Papillon intercepts the team searching for Kazuki and engages one of its members, Genji Ikusabe in battle. Elsewhere, Shusui is recruited by the Alchemist Warriors for the upcoming battle against Victor. Kazuki's group is ambushed by the team at a graveyard.
19 As Long As I Can Protect You
"Kimi sae mamorere ba" (君さえ守れれば)
February 7, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hiwatari's buso renkin separates Kazuki from Tokiko and Gouta. Papillon manages to defeat Ikusabe and learns about Kazuki's whereabouts from him. Tokiko and Gouta are able to defeat the enemy, Shinobu Negoro, and resume searching for Kazuki. Elsewhere, the other group of Alchemist Warriors finds Victor and engages him in battle, only to be easily beaten, though Shusui's abilities save them from certain death.
20 With Strength and Power
"Omoi to chikara o kome te" (想いと力を込めて)
February 14, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kazuki runs into Captain Bravo, engages him in battle but is soon overwhelmed. Despite the information Tokiko is able to relay, Bravo tells him that after he kills Kazuki, he will kill himself to repent for his death. Kazuki, enraged that his failure will result in Bravo's death, pierces Bravo's buso renkin and wounds him. Bravo accepts that Kazuki has become strong and allows him to continue his search for a cure. However, they are then interrupted by Hiwatari's appearance.
21 Gone Into FlameA
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February 21, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hiwatari engages the four in battle and Bravo is critically wounded in the process. Just before Kazuki and Hiwatari finish each other off, the Alchemist General, Shosei Sakaguchi, stops them explaining Kazuki's assassination has been suspended and that the top priority for the Alchemists is the battle against Victor. Shosei then reinstates Tokiko and Gouta as Alchemy Warriors and allows Kazuki to continue his search for a cure.
22 A Decision Is Required
"Ketsudan o yōsu" (決断を要す)
February 28, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Alchemist Warriors find and engage Victor in battle. Meanwhile, Kazuki, Tokiko, Gouta, and Papillon arrive at the school and meet a mysterious figure who introduces herself as Victoria and leads them to her brain in a vat mother, Alexandria, the creator of the black kakugane. Alexandria reveals her creation, a white kakugane, and explains it is able to negate the effects of the black kakugane. However, with only one in existence, Kazuki must decide whether to use it on himself or Victor.
23 Boy meets Battle GirlA
"" ()
March 7, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kazuki and Tokiko spend time with their friends at the amusement park. After much thought, Kazuki decides what he will do with the white kakugane. Meanwhile, the battle between the Alchemist Warriors and Victor continues.
24 When You Die, I'll Die With You
"Kimi ga shinu toki ga watashi ga shinu toki" (キミが死ぬ時が私が死ぬ時)
March 14, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kazuki retrieves the white kakugane from Alexandria and proceeds to where the battle between Victor and the Alchemist Warriors is taking place. Using his buso renkin, he forces the white kakugane into Victor; However the white kakugane fails to restore him into a human and merely weakens him. Kazuki then flies to the moon, dragging Victor with him and saves the Earth from Victor's reign.
25 No One Could Ever Take His Place
"Kawari nado inai" (代わりなどいない)
March 21, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kazuki's friends mourn for his sacrifice and return to their daily life. Tokiko decides to battle Papillon before leaving town. Accompanied by Gouta, Shusui, and Ouka, Tokiko is able to bypass Papillon's Homunculi and confront him declaring she will fight him in Kazuki's place.
26 Period
"Piriodo" (ピリオド)
March 28, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Papillon is revealed to have been making a white kakugane to restore Kazuki. The battle is stopped when they notice that Kazuki's buso renkin's light is seen on the moon. The Alchemist Warriors, using Shosei's buso renkin, fly into space in order to retrieve Kazuki. Victor decides to send Kazuki back to Earth with the use of his buso renkin. Kazuki, seeing the good in Victor, drags him back to Earth. Papillon, using his white kakugane, restores Kazuki's humanity and the two begin their long awaited duel. The Alchemist Warriors are able to create another white kakugane and restore Victor back into a human. Victor asks them to turn him into a Homunculus and that he will lead all the Homunculi to the moon until they find a way to revert Homunculi back into humans. From then on, Kazuki, Tokiko, and Koushaku return to their daily lives.

Volume DVDs

Japanese releases

Geneon Universal Entertainment released nine DVD compilations between January 25, 2007 and September 21, 2007 in Japan.[8] A DVD box set containing all twenty-six episodes was released on November 26, 2009.[9]

Geneon Universal Entertainment DVD (Japan, Region 2 DVD)
Volume Episodes Release date Ref.
Volume 1 1–2 January 1, 2007 [8]
Volume 2 3–5 February 23, 2007 [8]
Volume 3 6–8 March 28, 2007 [8]
Volume 4 9–11 April 25, 2007 [8]
Volume 5 12–14 May 25, 2007 [8]
Volume 6 15–17 April 24, 2007 [8]
Volume 7 18–20 July 25, 2007 [8]
Volume 8 21–23 August 24, 2007 [8]
Volume 9 24-26 September 21, 2007 [8]
Box 1–26 November 26, 2009 [9]

North American release

Viz Media released the English dub of the series in two DVD compilations which contain thirteen episodes each.[11][12]

Viz Media DVD (North America, Region 1 DVD)
Volume Episodes Release date Ref.
Volume 1 1–13 April 29, 2008 [11]
Volume 2 14–26 October 7, 2008 [12]

Notes and references

  • ^A The episode's title used English lettering in the Japanese airing.
General references
Specific references
  1. "Buso Renkin Official Website" (in Japanese). Xebec. Archived from the original on January 15, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Staff list" (in Japanese). Xebec. Archived from the original on June 29, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
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  4. "New Anime Trailers Online". Anime News Network. October 2, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  5. "Buso Renkin Trailer information" (in Japanese). Xebec. Archived from the original on October 3, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
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  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 "Buso Renkin DVDs" (in Japanese). Xebec. November 13, 2009. Archived from the original on June 29, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "武装錬金 DVD-Box" [Buso Renkin DVD box] (in Japanese). Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "New York Anime Festival and ICv2 Conference on Anime and Manga". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Buso Renkin, Vol. 1 (DVD Box Set)". Viz Media. Archived from the original on August 1, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Buso Renkin, Vol. 2 (DVD Box Set)". Viz Media. Archived from the original on August 1, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  13. "Buso Renkin episodes 1–12". Viz Media. Archived from the original on October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  14. "Buso Renkin episodes 13–20". Viz Media. Archived from the original on October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  15. "Buso Renkin episodes 21–26". Viz Media. Archived from the original on October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
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