Pokémon RéBURST is a manga series adapting the Pokémon franchise, focusing on the mons of Pokémon Black and White and published in Weekly Shonen Sunday. It's probably the biggest departure from the basic Pokémon concept in the franchise's history, utilizing the gijinka as a main focus, and further expanding it.
The main protagonist is Ryouga, a boy with superhuman strength. Joining Ryouga is Miruto, a girl who works for an organization that tracks down people who use Pokémon for evil, Yappy, a journalist who resembles a Pansage, Karuta, a Ninja, and Rug, a thief. The plot centers around "Burst," the ability to use special gems called Burst Hearts that contain Pokémon stored inside of them to transform into human-Pokémon hybrids. Ryouga's Burst is Zekrom, Karuta's is an Accelgor, and Rug has a Purrloin.
On rare occasions they actually use Pokémon in the traditional way.
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Pokémon RéBURST contains examples of:
- Anti-Villain: Some Great Gavel members do have redeeming traits or sympathetic backstories, like Carola or Fraud. Even Hariru can count as one.
- Bishōnen: Depending on personal taste, Karuta or Ryouga.
- BFS: Not a sword, per se; its actually an Akebo. Still freakin' big, however. And it can be set on fire!
- Bullet Time: A power Human!Ryouga has.
- Darker and Edgier: Is stated to be this, in comparison to all the other Pokémon manga. Not too dark, but it's definitely edgier, all right.
- Disappeared Dad: Ryouga aims to find his missing father, Garyuu.
- Dynamic Entry: By Ryouga in the first chapter.
- Elemental Powers: An ability given to those who can use Burst:
- Expy: Karuta is this to Naruto from the latter's eponymous series.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Screw settling every conflict with mon battles. This time, it's the humans themselves who regularly beat the living shit out of each other, in a huge departure from the franchise's status quo.
- Hearing Voices: Ryouga, from someone named Arcades.
- Hijacking Cthulhu:
- All Burst forms involving Legendaries, with Ryouga's Zekrom Burst being a heroic one.
- Later chapters reveal Great Gavel doing business of abducting Legendary Pokémon and turning them into Burst Hearts.
- Hot-Blooded: Ryouga is a great example. Even mentioning the word "Impossible" makes him want to do it.
- Hotter and Sexier: Reburst has more fanservice than most other Pokémon media.
- Master of Illusion: Hariru, considering he's an Anti-Hero in his all right.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: The manga is an unusual expansion of the idea of Pokémon gijinkas.
- Out of Focus: Pokémon themselves. It takes several chapters for one to even show up. All Pokémon not from Gen V are absent entirely.
- Panty Shot:
- In the first chapter, Miruto avoids this by having her leg block it.
- Done straight in chapter 10 where we clearly see her or, at least someone transformed into her underwear.
- Prophetic Names: The Village of Protecting Time, anyone?
- This Is a Drill: Major Hilgreitz can make drills on his hands in Burst Mode.
- Tournament Arc: Burst Heart Survival.
- Transformation Sequence: Ryouga into his Burst form.
- Transformation Trinket: The Burst Hearts.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Seven Warriors got kicked out from Great Gavel in later chapters, prompting them to use Three Generals instead.