This episode of Bubuki Buranki is jam-packed with a number of super unique characters who appear for the first time. The increased character lineup is not the only surprise. The series’ serious and intense human drama tone switched up to a silly, comical, no-brainer entertainment.
I, for one, am gagging at this switchback, but, that said, hey, I’m open to a twist like this one. It’s challenging. It’s stimulating.
Now, are we ready for the highlights?
Synopsis: Episode 8
There are only two Burankis with a living, beating heart on earth right now. Those are Oubu and Entei.
Besides, just recently, Reoko has defeated a headless Buranki (also known as Dearacine) and as a result she acquired another Buranki heart.
This is not a situation one should overlook. One guy passionately pleads to his audience. He dispatches his subordinates Bubuki Users to Japan, instructing them to recapture the Bubuki heart from Reoko’s hand.
Around the same time, Azuma and the party in Japan are riding the train that transports their Buranki. A shadow of a person who carries a guitar on its back appears, causing Hiiragi to quickly step on the break.
Who is this, and what is this hobo up to?
Super Weird New Characters
The U.S. and Russian Bubuki User teams come and join the show. What are they after? The Bubuki Heart. They want to bring back Azuma or Reoko’s Bubuki Heart.
A total head count of the new characters is whopping ten! Each member has a strikingly unique personality. Let me introduce each one of them.
Let’s start with the U.S. team.
- Epizo Evans
He’s the leader of the American Bubuki Users. He is incredibly cheerful and positive under any circumstances. He loves and adores the Japanese culture. His vital energy and physical ability enables him to overcome any hardship. He inherited from his mother the Buranki Heart of “Megalara.”
- Luis Garcia
He has a very stoic personality. He loves the philosophy of Japanese Bushido. There was a time he looked down on Epizo; however, he comes around with a deeper understanding and now he respects Epizo as the group leader. He inherited Megalara’s left hand, a Bubuki called Cassavetes Boomerang.
- Farrah Umlauf
She’s usually pretty laid back, but when she loses temper, she rages in trashy language and gets violent. Her passion is cheer leading. She likes Epizo for his straightforward and positive temperament. She inherited Megalara’s right hand, a Bubuki called Freedman Tomahawk.
- Waglula Hara
He’s a man of free soul; he hates rules and restrictions. He loves freedom. He has a habit of jumping right in to anything that interests him. Being a belligerent type, he’s all about destroying and smashing things to rubble when it comes to combat. He inherited Megalara’s left leg, a Bubuki called “Silver Pekenper.”
- Domina Dorsey
She has the habit of repeating words or phrases when she speaks. A secretive type. She loves colorful candies, cute stuff, or cute and creepy goods. She even loves occult and mystic stuff. She inherited Megalara’s right leg, a Bubuki called “Siegel Hammer.”
Alright, now, let’s move on to the Russian team.
- Maxim Arsenyevich Balakirev
The Leader of the Russian Bubuki User Team. He’s considered a noble elite, as he is from one of the nation’s most privileged families that is specialized in assassination business. Self-respectful, cold-blooded and merciless. Highly ambitious type. He will do whatever to achieve his goal. He inherited from his father the heart of “Zampaza.”
- Lyudmila Arsenyevna Balakireva
One of the twins and the sister of Maxim. She admires her brother, Maxim. Like her brother she is highly proud of being a member of the elite family; she acts aloft and looks down on others. She inherited from her mother Zampaza’s right hand, a Bubuki called “Zvezdocchka.”
- Diana Arsenyevna Balakireva
The younger one of the twins. Much like her sister Lyudmila, Diana adores her elder brother Maxim and is as proud as her sister is. When their mother’s sister, who is their aunt, passed away, Diana inherited her Bubuki. It is Zampaza’s left hand, a Bubuki called “Zvyozdochka.”
- Ignat Bosporus
A polite, gentle-hearted, and soft-spoken guy with high patience. He even assumes that enduring unreasonable treatments from the twins is one of his duties. He inherited Zampaza’s left leg, a Bubuki called “Mowgli Yozhik.”
- Dersu Nizhny
He is a silent introvert, hardly shows any feelings. Ignat is his only close friend and he often opens his heart to him. He’s actually violent and wild deep inside, therefore, once he loses control it is hard to stop him. He inherited Zampaza’s right leg, a Bubuki called “Amba.”
Well, well… I didn’t expect to see this many new characters at this phase of the series development! This episode is full of surprises.
I can’t help wonder how this blown-up story is actually going to be wrapped up in the forthcoming climax.
Let’s keep our eyes on unpredictable twists and turns.