|Genre||Action, Drama, Mecha Sci-fi|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Daizen Komatsuda|
|Written by||Jirō Ishii|
|Licensed by||AUS Madman|
|Network||Tokyo MX, AT-X, KBS, TVA, BS11, SUN|
|Original run||January 9, 2016 – March 26, 2016|
|No. of episodes||12|
BBK/BRNK, also known as Bubuki/Buranki (ブブキ・ブランキ?), is a Japanese anime television series created by Sanzigen to celebrate their 10th anniversary. It began airing on January 9, 2016. The opening theme is "Beat your Heart" by Konomi Suzuki and the ending theme is "Anger/Anger" by Myth&Roid. The series is available for legal streaming on Crunchyroll. A sequel was announced at the end of the final episode, with more details coming at a later date.
Azuma Kazuki is a young boy living with his family on Treasure Island (宝島), a floating island several thousand feet above Earth that is inhabited by giant sentient robots called Buranki (ブランキ), all of which are "sleeping". However, several of the Buranki are starting to wake up, forcing Migiwa Kazuki, his mother, to send Azuma, his sister Kaoruko, and their father down to Earth in a Buranki named Oubu for safety, leaving her behind.
Ten years later, Azuma, returning to a post-apocalyptic Shinjuku is captured by the authorities, but was saved by his childhood friend Kogane Asabuki, a user of a sentient weapon known as Bubuki (ブブキ), which also forms a Buranki's limbs. Discovering he is a Bubuki-user himself with the Heart of Oubu, Azuma and Kogane unite with three other Bubuki-users: Hiiragi Nono, Kinoa Ōgi and Shizuru Taneomi, to work together to seek and revive the lost Oubu, and discover the hidden truths behind the Buranki and the mysterious Reoko Banryū's tyrancy over the post-apocalyptic Japan with her own Buranki: Entei.
Oubu (王舞 Ōbu) is a powerful Buranki once owned by Migiwa Kazuki. When the Buranki on Treasure Island started to awaken ten years prior to the series, she had her husband and two children sent down to Earth with it, crash landing into Japan's shores and causing much destruction in its wake. At some point, its limbs were reverted into Bubukis and returned to their owners, and all that remains is its skeletal husk stored in an underground Buranki Jail. In the present day, Oubu's Bubuki has been inherited by the children of their owners, now working with Migiwa's son Azuma, who has inherited its Heart, to reawaken Oubu and travel back to Treasure Island to find out the truth behind the Burankis.
Entei (炎帝) is a Buranki owned by Reoko Banryū, rivalling Oubu in terms of power. 24 years prior to the series, a battle between the two Buranki ended up with Entei's limbs being permanently torn apart and destroyed, while Reoko mysteriously gained immortality as an outcome of the conflict. Since then, Entei uses a pair of pseudo tentacle-like limbs to battle, with Reoko constantly on the hunt for spare Hearts and parts strong enough to withstand Entei's power to once again complete Entei and exact her revenge on Oubu and Migiwa. Her comrades, dubbed the Four Heavenly Kings (四天王 shitenou), however, now having lost their original Bubuki, use their own substitute Bubuki they won off from other users through battle, and continue to support Reoko till current day, even though their current weapons are not strong enough to form up Entei anymore.
- Reoko Banryū (万流 礼央子 Banryū Reoko?)
- Voiced by: Megumi Han
- A young woman who once wielded Entei's Heart (炎帝の心臓 Entei no Shinzō),
she and Migiwa were best friends back in high school. When she was told she only had three years left to live, she decided to make Entei and the other Buranki known to the world, but Migiwa interfered in this to save her: Destroying Entei's limbs with Oubu, Migiwa crushed Entei's Heart, causing a new Core to painfully manifest within Reoko, turning her into Entei's new Heart and granting her immortality as a result. Following the years, having been locked up in Migiwa's mansion before being released upon her departure to Treasure Island, Reoko has not aged one bit despite reaching forty, and reunites with her comrades as they overthrow the government that has been killing Bubuki-users, creating a new one that serves as her puppet for her plans to exact revenge against Migiwa for what she has done to her.
- Being Entei's Heart herself, her powers are similar to Azuma's,
though with every time she controls Entei she brings fatal damage onto herself, and despite her body being able to revive and restore itself to a near-perfect condition, the brain-damage she receives cannot recover, her memories eventually being eaten away every time she dies.
- Shūsaku Matobai (的場井 周作 Matobai Shūsaku?)
- Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda
- The oldest among the Four Heavenly Kings, his unnamed Bubuki is a
pistol that like Tsurarai, can fire bullets that hone in to their targets to hit their mark, but its bullets are stronger than those fired by Tsurarai. He previously formed Entei's right arm.
- Zetsubi Hazama (間 絶美 Hazama Zetsubi?)
- Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa
- One of the Four Heavenly Kings who previously fooled Oubu's users into her plans under the alias Mami Horino (堀野 真実 Horino Mami).
Her unnamed Bubuki is a pocketwatch that allows her to transcend time and space for a few seconds, while its hands can extend to be used as blades. She previously formed Entei's left leg.
- Sōya Arabashiri (新走 宗也 Arabashiri Sōya?)
- Voiced by: Subaru Kimura
- The youngest among the Four Heavenly Kings, he is also Reoko's
doctor, and the most concerned regarding her condition. His unnamed Bubuki is a set of rings that creates illusions, as well as being able to fire lazers. He previously formed Entei's left arm.
- Akihito Tsuwabuki (石蕗 秋人 Tsuwabuki Akihito?)
- Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu
- A genius and strategist of the Four Heavenly Kings, he was also
Shizuru's former mentor. His unnamed Bubuki is a fountain pen that is able to turn what it writes into reality (such as writing "nothingness" (無 mu) would cancel out an attack), and produce a lazer blade. He previously formed Entei's right leg.
A team of Bubuki-users from America, representing their Buranki Megalara (メガララ Megarara). Due to their Buranki being rendered unusable as a result of Migiwa releasing an energy wave that deactivates all Buranki Hearts on Earth, they have been sent to Japan by a mysterious benefactor to fight Oubu's and Entei's teams for their working Hearts. Their Bubuki are named after film directors.
- Epizo Evans (エピゾ・エヴァンズ Epizo Evansu?)
- Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
- The big-hearted plus-sized leader of the United States' Buranki team and user of Megalara's Heart (メガララの心臓 Megarara no Shinzō), though because he is so airheaded his comrades rarely listen to him nor treat him of much use since his Heart is unusable.
- Luis Garcia (リュイス・ガルシア Ryuisu Garushia?)
- Voiced by: Ryuichi Kijima
- User of the Bubuki Cassavetes Boomerang (カサヴェテス・ブーメラン Kasavetesu Būmeran), which forms Megalara's right arm.
- Farrah Umlauf (ファラー・ウムラウフ Farā Umuraufu?)
- Voiced by: Ikumi Hayama
- User of the Bubuki Friedkin Tomahawk (フリードキン・トマホーク Furīdokin Tomahōku), which forms Megalara's left arm.
- Waglula Hara (ワグルラ・ハラ Wagurura Hara?)
- Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita
- User of the Bubuki Silver Peckinpah (シルバー・ペキンパー Shirubā Pekinpā), a tommy gun which forms Megalara's left foot.
- Domina Dorsey (ドミナ・ドーシ Domina Dōshi?)
- Voiced by: Azumi Waki
- User of the Bubuki Siegel Hammer (シーゲル・ハンマー Shīgeru Hanmā), a mace which forms Megalara's right foot.
The last of a clan of assassins, the Bubuki-users from Russia represent their Buranki Zanpaza (ザンパザ). However, just like the United States' team, their Heart was deactivated by Migiwa, and are thus sent by the same mysterious benefactor to Japan retrieve functioning Hearts from Oubu's and Entei's teams, although using more rough and violent methods to achieve their goal.
- Maxim Arsenyevich Balakirev (マクシム・アルセー二エヴィチ・バラキレフ Makushimu Arusēnievichi Barakirefu?)
- Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi
- The cruel genius leader of the Russian Buranki team and user of Zanpaza's Heart (ザンパザの心臓 Zanpaza no Shinzō).
Due to being born and raised of an elite status, he harbors a superiority complex, often treating his leg Bubuki-users like dirty rats due to their lack of a home or status, and will not hesitate to sacrifice others to achieve his goals.
- Lyudmila Arsenyevna Balakireva (リュドミラ・アルセー二エヴナ・バラキレヴァ Ryudomira Arusēnievuna Barakireva?)
- Voiced by: Azumi Asakura
- Maxim's younger sister and Gianna's older twin sister.
She and her sister often target Shizuru due to also having being mentored by Akihito. She uses the Bubuki Schvedochka (シュベドッカ Shubedokka), a scythe which forms Zanpaza's right arm.
- Gianna Arsenyevna Balakireva (ジアーナ・アルセー二エヴナ・バラキレヴァ Jiāna Arusēnievuna Barakireva?)
- Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi
- Maxim's younger sister and Lyudmila's younger twin sister.
She and her sister often target Shizuru due to also having being mentored by Akihito. She uses the Bubuki Zvyozdachka (ズヴョズダチカ Zuvyozudachika), a hammer which forms Zanpaza's left arm.
- Ignat Bosporus (イグナート・ボスボロス Igunāto Bosuborosu?)
- Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa
- A young man who remains faithfully loyal to the Arsenyevna twins
despite how cruel their brother treats him and Dersu for being homeless street rats. He uses the Bubuki Morgli Yorjig (モークリ・ヨージク Mōguri Yōjigu), a saw which forms Zanpaza's left leg.
- Dersu Nizhny (デルス・ニジニ Derusu Nijini?)
- Voiced by: Seiichirō Yamashita
- A quiet young boy who shows almost no emotions and is Ignat's best friend. He uses the Bubuki Anba (アンバ), a staff which forms Zanpaza's right leg.