BUBUKI/BURANKI – #04
KONICHIWA! I’m Emi, the writer.
This week marks the beginning of the Bubuki battle. Let me share with you some highlights from the fourth episode!
Synopsis of the fourth episode
I will gut you out! Kogane charges at Matobai, blandishing Righty-chan in fury, only to face his overwhelming power but got quickly stamped to the ground. Azuma jumps in to help her getting up. Matobai wastes no time to shoot bullets at Azuma. The heart Bubuki repels Matobai’s attacks. The only way to defeat Matobai, Azuma thinks, is to summon Oubu. He holds his heart high above his head – but, nothing happens; Matobai laughs at the puzzled looking Azuma and the others, and takes out Buranki Entei’s heart.
Emotional battle of the right hand
Kogane doesn’t give up easily; she keeps her aggression against Matobai using every strength she can gather. However, her power is unmistakably lesser to that of Matobai. She realizes that the odds of winning this duel is very low. Kogane squeezes her voice. “A-chan, I’m mad. I’m mad at myself.”
Considering what was going on in her mind as she said that, I got really emotional and her words stuck in my heart with huge weights and pain. The reason being, Matobai and Kogane’s conflict goes back to her father. Ten years ago, Kogane’s father and Matobai faced off in same Bubuki battle, which resulted in Kogane’s father’s death. Kogane has been seeking revenge since then. With that horrific history as a baseline, her saying “I’m mad at myself” brought me to tears.
As Kogane is apparently loosing this Bubuki battle, a Bubuki transport train rushes right into Matobai, almost crashing him. Hiiragi and others outsmarted him and made an arrangement while Matobai was busy battling. Ultimately, Matobai raised a white flag, leading the duel to Kogane’s victory.
Highlight 2: The beginning of Bubuki battle
So this week the show demonstrates the first Bubuki battle. It was between Kogane, the wielder of Oubu’s right hand, and, Matobai, the wielder of Entei’s right hand. Let me share with you some more details about Bubuki battles that I found on the official Twitter.
The Bubuki battle is a duel-style, special battle between the Bubuki users. Bubuki weapon becomes the reward of the winning team. The battle consists of five matches, and the total group scores determines the result. In one word, it’s a group tournament of Bubuki users.
Each duel begins as the wrists of the two participating Bubuki users got linked with chained cuff links. The match ends when either the participant’s Bubuki is damaged beyond repair, or, either opponent declares a loss of interest in continuing the battle. As one match is over, the next match begins.
During the duel, other Bubuki users are not allowed to participate. Bubukis turn into a fossil, after either one of the participants loses the battle.
Whichever party scores three wins faster than the other party, wins the battle. In case of a draw, which means that four matches took place and the total score is 2-2, then the heart Bubuki users participate and fight for the team. In other words, this final duel decides the winning team. The winning party can acquire all the Bubuki that belongs to other party.
So… that brings us to … the match of the left hand Bubuki users, Kinoa vs. Arabashiri next week!