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1[[quoteright:250:]]²''Butsu Zone'' the first serialized manga by HiroyukiTakei, author of the more famous ''Manga/ShamanKing''. ²²Some time in the present, a young orphan named Sachi is in the midst of being chased off the Buddhist temple in which she and her grandfather live to make way for the Mignola Clan's four-star hotel redevelopment project. One of the gangsters notices the temple's patron god - the Bodhisattva Kannon - who was reputed to bear one thousands arms, each dedicated to helping and protecting humanity. When told as such, another gangster insults the god and threatens violence against Sachi, and is surprised by the statue coming alive and punching him in the face. The statue shatters, revealing within a teenage boy in ascetic robes, who berates them for raising their hands in such a dishonorable way. The boy introduces himself as Sennju, who comes from the land of the Buddhas. ²²And so begins a journey through Japan touched by the Buddhist faith, meeting gods, fighting demons who possess the statues of Bodhisattvas, and redemption. ²----²!''Butsu Zone'' provides examples of: ²* ABoyAndHisX: A Bodhisattva and his temple guardian dog. ²* AgainstTheSettingSun: The ending. ²* AloofBigBrother: Bato.²* AntiHero: Ashura. ²* TheAtoner: Asura, at the end.²* AnAxeToGrind: Bato has several, and an ''extremely'' large one as his finishing move. ²* BadassBiker: Bato. ²* BadassBoast²* BashBrothers: Sennju and Jizo.²* {{BFS}}: Several characters have very large swords. ²* BigBrotherMentor: Bato. ²* TheBigGuy: Bato. ²* BladeOnAStick: Bishamon carries one. ²* BulletCatch²* ChurchMilitant²* DropTheHammer²* FinishingMove: Many Bodhisattvas have finishing moves. ²%% * FragileSpeedster: Ashura. ²* FriendToAllLivingThings: Sennju. ²* HardHead: Jizo. ²* HeadPet: Koma, the temple dog. ²* HeroicSacrifice: Jizo near the end. ²* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Ashura's main philosophy. ²* HumanShield²* IAmYourOpponent²* IdiotHero: Sennju. ²* ImprobableWeaponUser: The Ebisu Butsu Droid uses a bladed fish on a fishing rod as a weapon. Likewise, Junkei the Carver of a Thousand Hands uses chisels as stabbing and throwing weapons. ²* KiManipulation: Jizo's Mudra Beam. ²* KickTheDog: Ashura kills Koma. ²* KungFuJesus²* LargeHam: Several characters. ²* LifeEnergy²* LightningGlare²* MessianicArchetype: It is said that Sachi will attain enlightenment and become the Buddha Mirouko. ²* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Sennju, Bato, Asura, and many other armor-bearing Bodhisattvas.²* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Sennju and Ashura have this relationship. ²* PintsizedPowerhouse: Sennju. ²* PowerArmor: The source of the Bodhissatvas' power are suits of power armor, enchanted, blessed, and gifted with weapons and (usually) multiple arms. ²* ThePsychoRangers: The demons of Mara, who possess the representative statues of the Buddhas and become the Butsu-Droids. ²* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Eight Dragons of Heaven. ²* RapidFireFisticuffs: The One Thousand Fists Attack. ²* RedOniBlueOni: The originals, Agyou and Ugyou.²* ReusedCharacterDesign: The [[Manga/ShamanKing Itako Anna]] appears. Takei has stated that she is his "lucky charm" of sorts. ²* ShoutOut: The Mignola Clan (as well as their boss Mike) are all named after MikeMignola, whom Takei professes himself as a big fan. ²** Likewise, Bato's human form resembles the Mariachi from ''Film/{{Desperado}}''.²* SingleMindedTwins: The Agyou and Ugyou Butsu-Droids. ²* StoneWall: The "Gruesome" Armor of Jizo. ²* SuperSenses: Jizo has the ears of hell itself, apparently.²* TagTeamTwins: Again, Agyou and Ugyou.²* TechnicalPacifist: Sennju, who although abhors killing, has no qualms about beating the unrighteous to a pulp. ²* ThouShaltNotKill: A strict rule amongst the Bodhisattvas. To kill another is unthinkable (to the point where Sennju will not even allow Mike Mignola to kill ''him'') which stands in stark contrast to Ashura's thoughtless slayings. ²* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Jizo and riceballs. ²* TransformationTrinket: Sennju's arm-ring allows him to summon his armor from the Butsu Zone. ²* TrojanHorse: Gobujo is actually the elephant-mount, not the kid. ²* {{Tsundere}}: Sachi.²* VitriolicBestBuds: Jizo and Sennju. ²* {{Yakuza}}: The Mignola Clan. They convert to Buddhism and become monks after their encounter with Sennju.²----


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