Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 10 – Buso Renkin

Alchemy. A Lance. A man dressed inappropriately with a butterfly mask.

art by Nobuhiro Watsuki, 2003

art by Nobuhiro Watsuki, 2003


What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!? – It’s a podcast about the manga and inner workings of Weekly Shonen Jump, with an eye towards accessibility and soothing camp tones.

What is this episode about? – It’s about Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Buso Renkin, an alchemy-battle series that’s a bit of everything; Action, Romance, Comedy, Romance, Romance, it’s got it all. I delve into what the series is and some bits that worked for me, as well as explain Watsuki’s approach to candidly explaining his methods and creative processes in the bonus pages. It’s also secretly an episode about one man trying his hardest to remember stuff from a series he didn’t fit in his suitcase when he moved all the way around the world.

Where are the show notes? – Just look below this line!

-You can learn more about Buso Renkin at its fairly comprehensive wikia, which mostly deals with anime stuff but certainly covers everything you’d need to know, including the oddity that is the Ps2 video-game only child of Kazuki and Tokiko,  Soya Muto. He’s utterly pointless
-Buso Renkin is incredibly available, purchasable in both book and animation form from your retailer of choice. But I’m lazy, so I’ll just link to amazon (UK) (US) (CA)
-If you’re American or Canadian, you can also get Buso Renkin digitally at a delightfully cheap price from Viz Manga
-You can learn more about Weekly Shonen Jump over at the wiki page for it, which is almost slightly reliable.
Friendship! Effort! Victory!’s on iTunes, where subscriptions and reviews are always most welcome.
-You can find me on Twitter @Maxy_Barnard where I usually just swear and be wrong about stuff
-You can also find me on Tumblr over at The Despondent, where there’s a Schedule of upcoming episodes & an irregular supply of things relevant to my interests
-You can also e-mail me at maxy dot barnard at gmail dot com with feedback or heartfelt hate
-As always the music used in this episode is from Jump Ultimate Stars. The intro is [INTO PLANET] and the outro, appropriately is ‘Loser’
-As was the case with the Reborn! episode, this is probably a title I’ll revisit in a future series.


7 thoughts on “Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 10 – Buso Renkin

  1. Hi, you have a very nice podcast going on here, listened to the big chapters, the 2012 one and AssClass one (yes I’m one of the thousands who came up with that name), and I’ll be waiting for you to tackle WSJ’s story, specialy Jojo’s, Gintama and Houshin Engi.

    Also, I think that’s important for you to get exposure with other manga podcast, either or you have something cool going on, keep going!

    I found the site by your Mangahelpers link btw

    • Thank you, you’re too kind. I haven’t actually had much luck finding other manga podcasts on the net, so your links are super useful. (the hard part is shilling myself to some pods and their audiences without screwing up my semi-hardline against piracy. It’s a challenge)

      The full timeline of Weekly Shonen Jump’s creation is currently lined up as the series two opener, when I’ll be back in England and more readily able to sit back and knuckle down on the pod (there’ll also be big changes in format when that happens), so that’s a long way off (Series One isn’t over till the last week of April, give or take), but I can confidently tell you that I’ll be doing JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood on the 13th of April (plan is to do seperate episodes for each storyline that appeared in WSJ), as long as there’s no delays, and Hoshin Engi and Fujisaki Ryu’s other two works, WaqWaq and Sakuratetsu Taiwahen, from the 23rd of March straight through to the 6th of April. Gintama though… I’ve gotta catch up on a fair old chunk I missed in recent years first. Hopefully it’ll crop up in series two.

      • Excelent, but it’s a shame that you’ll let Steell Ball Run and Jojolion outside. Please reconsider that SBR is one of the strongest of the series and Jojolion is shaping up to be pretty interesting.

        Other than Kinikuman, Captain Tsubasa, Bastard, D Gray Man and Jojo, are any other series that started and WSJ and went on to one of it’s sister magazines?

        I remember Sakuratetsu, now that I think about it, it reminds me of Medaka Box, and it’s 4th wall awareness.

        • Steel Ball Run I’ll sneak in, as it started off in WSJ, and JoJoLion… Okay, I might cheat there and do one on it, if only because it’s been my manga of the year two years running.

          Okay, other than them, off the top of my head there’s been continuations of Midori no Makibao, The Circuit Wolf, Jyuki Ningen Jumbor (Jumbor), Space Adventure Cobra (the psychogun), To Love-Ru (darkness), Beshari Gurashi, Shaman king (Flowers, Zero) and Ninku (Second Stage), though it’s notable that only Beshari Gurashi was a proper continuation from the WSJ series, and all the rest are full-on sequels or reboots starting from volume 1 of their launches.

          And this is without counting spin-offs without the original team, like all the yugioh and Saint Seiya ones, and spin-offs that are further removed, like the ice maiden spin-off thing of Hell Teacher Nube. And without counting Go Nagai’s continuations, which mostly went over to Kodansha for various reasons I’m not entirely sure of.

          … Oh dear, I shouldn’t have known all that without having to look it up, that’s a bit much.

          • Hats off, Perfect man for the Job.

            As we are in Jump trivia: Kanzenban!

            of the top of my head: Dragon Ball, Dr Slump, Ruronin Kenshin, Shaman King, Prince of Tenis, Yu Yu Hakusho, Houshin Engi, Saint Seiya, Slam Dunk, a romantic one that I’ll say it was I’s but could have been Ichigo 100% and I remember one of the old baseball manga that had one.

            • I was gonna say ROOKIES as the baseball one, but having checked that was bunkoban, so I’ve got no idea. The romance one was totally I”S, so well done there.
              Kanzenban’s a weak point for me, admittedly, having only even really seen the Hikaru no Go, Hoshin Engi and Shaman King ones, and vaguely having heard of the Prince of Tennis ones.

              … Unless the Dragon Ball ones were used for the Vizbig editions, but I’m pretty sure they were just high quality recollections of the normal volumes.

              • Nope, checked with owners of the VizBig, clasic ending, no cool covers.

                One of the cool things of the spanish manga market is that they have released a few Kanzenban, mainly from the 80’s big hits.

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