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BUBUKI/BURANKI The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy Episode Guide

Episode 13 (Black Oubu) and 14 (The False Heart)

BUBUKI/BURANKI Eps 13 And 14: Imōto From The Pits Of… Well, You Know!

BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy opens the reason with two episodes (episode 13, Black Oubu, and episode 14, The False Heart) that introduce us to Azuma Kazuki’s little sister Karoruko Kazuki, as well as the four borrowed limbs that make up her Buranki. We also see Guy Barville Abeille push his own mysterious agenda forward despite what it does to Maxim Arsenyevich Balakirev’s Bubuki users; we meet Ryuuki (who really owns the heart that Karoruko borrowed) and see that he treats all four of his “limbs” in a disgusting and demeaning way; we see the benefits of teamwork against mindless drones; and we witness Karoruko disregard family to throw her friends — and possibly the future of the city — in jeopardy.

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The idea that five creative and intelligent people working together could achieve better results than one man with slaves makes this show appealing. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 15: The Right Hand’s Scar

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 15: An Unexpected Confession And A Plea In The Rain

In The Right Hand’s ScarBUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy’s fifteen episode, Kogane Asabuki has to confront Shūsaku Matobai and his confession about his role in her father’s death. Also, we see just how much more effective Bubuki wielders with free-wills can be: Azuma Kazuki‘s limbs made short work of the limbs on loan to his sister, Karoruko Kazuki; we learn the fate of Entei, Reoko Banryū’s Buranki and gain insight into the plans Guy Barville Abeille has for it; and we see once again how differently Azuma treats his limbs, like Asabuki, compared to how many of the other hearts treat their teams.

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Asabuki’s expressions added emotional punch to this episode. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 16: The Hunter’s Bullet

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 16: A Machiavellian Leader’s Vile Treachery

The Hunter’s Bullet, the sixteenth episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, shows us the Russian Heart Maxim Arsenyevich Balakireva’s contrition betrayed by Guy Barville Abeille‘s Machiavellian treachery; the beginning of Shūsaku MatobaiKogane Asabuki, and the rest of her team’s journey to liberate Reoko Banryū and their meeting a surprising Buranki; Azuma Kazuki‘s continued resolve to free his his sister, Karoruko Kazuki, from Guy’s clutches; and the true story of the Buranki’s origins.

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Ignat’s reaction to Desru’s shooting was a perfect example of this episode’s adept animation. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 17: The Island Fortress

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 17: Karoruko Reveals Guy’s Treachery

The seventeenth episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, named The Island Fortress, shows that Karoruko Kazuki isn’t quite the idiot she’s led us to believe she is. Azuma Kazuki and Team Oubu launch an all-out assault on Guy Barville Abeille’s island fortress. Laetitia Nilgiri Swanson reveals the reason she fights for Guy. Epizo Evans does something astounding: he thinks, though it nearly kills him and his crew! Reoko Banryū shows her self-destructive tendencies haven’t healed.

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Banryū’s escape was way too easy. Part of Guy’s plan? A stunning success for Matobai’s planning? We’ll see soon enough! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 18: The Butterfly and the Gallows

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 18: Casual Cruelty And A Deep Mole

In The Butterfly and the Gallows, the eighteenth episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the GalaxyGuy Barville Abeille reveals a level of casual cruelty unexpected even for him. We also — finally! — learn why Karoruko Kazuki is so motivated, and we see the revenge Guy extracts for her “disloyalty” in the previous episode. Finally, we find out that Guy’s organization had a deep mole!

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Never let it be said that Hazama doesn’t enjoy her job! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 19: Older Brother and Younger Sister

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 19: Karoruko Becomes A Likable Character!

In “Older Brother and Younger Sister,” the nineteenth episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the GalaxyRyuuki and his crew of reluctant Bubuki wielders try to flush out Reoko Banryū from her hiding place in Akihito Tsuwabuki’s estate. Guy Barville Abeille drops Azuma Kazuki off at the front door to the Island Fortress. Laetitia Nilgiri Swanson and her Buranki, Epimew, try to stop Karoruko Kazuki and Zetsubi Hazama from escaping Kurorko’s beheading. Finally, Karoruko learns more about her family and actually starts making good decisions!

Astounding but true!

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Karoruko finally admits to Azuma that she was lonely. And he finally apologizes. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 20: The Rebellious Limb

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 20: The Return (And Exit!) Of The King

In The Rebellious Limb, the 20th episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the GalaxyLaetitia Nilgiri Swanson and her Buranki, Epimew, try desperately to justify Guy Barville Abeille’s faith in her by defeating Karoruko Kazuki in her Buranki Zampaza. Ryuuki senses an opportunity to cement his position with Guy Barville Abeille and goes after Azuma Kazuki and Oubu. However, Ryuuki finds that his limbs may not share his vision of the future. Reoko Banryū sleeps peacefully through the whole episode. Finally, Guy receives a surprise visitor.

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Lakshmi says she’s not even afraid to fight Guy if she and her friends must. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 21: Swan Song

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 21: Guy’s Sapien Supremacy Theory And Another Casualty

In the 21st episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, named Swan SongMigiwa Kazuki meets with Guy Barville Abeille to learn his plans. Epizo Evans takes on Azuma Kazuki and Oubu in a misguided attempt to help Laetitia Nilgiri Swanson, who learns the full extent of Guy’s duplicity. Azuma decides to take action against the fallen Treasure Island while Migiwa decides she has to take her own action.

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Guy is so cruel that Migiwa is not convinced he’s even human. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 22: The Comet Opens Its Eyes

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 22: Deus Magna Awakens!

In The Comet Opens it Eyes, the 22nd episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, we learn about one excuse Guy Barville Abeille uses to justify his cruelty — and it’s pretty thin. Deus Magna rises headless from the ocean. Lakshmi helps Ryuuki understand the error of his ways. Reoko Banryū and Entei meet an uncertain fate. Azuma Kazuki and Oubu fight against Guy and his new destructive power.

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Guy uses Duroc’s body to take control of Deus Magna. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 23: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 23: Showdown With Guy!

In The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, the twenty-third episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, Mega-lala, Batalov, and Zampaza hurl themselves at the awakened Deus Manga — with little effect. Azuma Kazuki continues his mission to rescue Reoko BanryūMigiwa Kazuki’s conversation with an alternate form Oubu takes a strange and unexpected turn. Guy Barville Abeille plays his trump card.

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Banryū and Azuma face off against Guy. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 24: Three Shining Stars

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 24: The Emptiness Of A Quest Fulfilled

In Three Shining Stars, the final episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, a year has passed since the previous episode. Azuma Kazuki tries to return to a “normal” life after defeating Guy Barville Abeille, but he finds it’s more difficult than he hoped. Reoko Banryū awakens a different person. Karoruko Kazuki gets buried. Zetsubi Hazama makes a shocking announcement. Kogane Asabuki refuses to give up on Azuma.

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Azuma felt lost after the conflict. He couldn’t find his course through life. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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