Buso Renkin, Vol. 2

by nobuhiro watsuki | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1421506165 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/22/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I recently watched the Buso Renkin anime and enjoyed it, so I've been picking up volumes of the manga here and there. I actually ordered this one, as I wanted to read more about the flamboyant villain Papillon!

This series is a nicely wacky mix of special-ability/costumed-superheros battling special-ability/costumed-supervillains (who devour people), with lots of snarky chat between the school friends (and sometimes between the heroes and villains), and manages some very creepy bits as well as some touching ones. In this volume, Kazuki and Tokiko are tracking down the student who's behind the butterfly-mask, and come across an ailing upperclassman who turns out to be the very man himself. And he's planning to turn himself into a homunculus, superpowers and people-devouring and all, so they have to try and stop him - but they'll have to get past his bodyguard, a very studly homunculus named Washio, part hawk, part man, part machine, all awesome! (Sorry, he's a favorite of mine. I adore the devoted-bodyguard characters, even if they were created for the purpose.)

A good portion of the book is devoted to the big fight between our heroes and Washio, and when Tokiko has to sit it out due to the encroaching homunculus-virus inside her it seems that Washio might win - but Kazuki manages some impressive powering-up, even as he and Washio realize they have a lot in common.

Later, our heroes face down butterfly-mask, but are interrupted by the arrival of his family, who have their own agenda - and who suffer for it, big-time. I admit I was rather cheering for Papillon at that point - and besides, when he transformed into his speedo-wearing form I had to admire him. (It's probably best not to wonder how he pulled that big butterfly mask out of his G-string!)

This volume wraps up with a marvelous battle - and with our first look at Captain Bravo, another character I adore. But who will our heroes battle next?

[The TV Tropes page for the series is what tempted me to watch the anime in the first place; entertaining tidbits, but do beware of spoilers.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, June 27, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (6/29/2015 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

I'm adding this book to k00kaburra's manga bookbox, which will go in the mail on Monday. Hope someone enjoys it!

*** Released for the 2015 Allergic to A challenge. ***

*** Released as part of the 2015 TV Series release challenge. ***

Journal Entry 3 by wingk00kaburrawing at San Jose, California USA on Sunday, June 12, 2016
This book came home in my Manga Bookbox.

I read the first couple of volumes in this series back in 2009, and wasn't a big fan. I'll be releasing this soon to the next reader.

Journal Entry 4 by wingk00kaburrawing at USA in Via Paperbackswap, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Released 8 mos ago (2/25/2019 UTC) at USA in Via Paperbackswap, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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sent to Houston, TX to fulfill a request on Paperbackswap.com!

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