This week I’m covering a series by the author of Rurouni Kenshin for Manga Monday. It’s Buso Renkin by Nobuhiro Watsuki!
Plot Synopsis: The narrative of Buso Renkin follows Kazuki Muto, who saves Tokiko Tsumura and is killed by an alchemical monster known as a homunculus. Tokiko, an alchemist warrior, feels responsible and revives him by replacing his destroyed heart with a kakugane (核鉄). The kakugane is an alchemical device which, when activated, takes a weapon form based on its user’s personality, forming a buso renkin—the only thing that can destroy a homunculus.
Plot: The plot is okay, but it wasn’t nearly as good as Rurouni Kenshin. It’s sort of a disappointment, but not everyone can write amazing series back to back.
Characters: I honestly didn’t like the cast of Buso Renkin at first, but they sort of grew on me.
Art: The art was just as good as Rurouni Kenshin.
Overall: This is an easily skippable series, but it’s not super terrible either.
For those who like: Action, Urban Fantasy, Drama, Science as Magic, Magic as Science.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.