Part Seed (Original, Anime) Deadman (Overdose)
Lex Lang (Anime, English) Steven Jay Blum (Overdose)
Browning Hi Power with 30 Round drum mags Heckler and Koch USP
Juji Kabane (Brother)
Bunji Kugashira was a legendary hitman, nicknamed "Madness" ("Madman" in the English dub) because of his excellent skills. He was good friends with Brandon Heat, but after his death, believed he had betrayed Millennion.
Bunji has a strange sense of morals in life. Despite killing many he is extremely loyal to those he works for, and after joining Millennion, blindly follows the Code of Iron after Brandon's example. For this reason, he considers himself Brandon's first apprentice and presumably looked up to Brandon as the embodiment of the Code of Iron. Naturally, despite initially acting nonchalant about Brandon's betrayal, Bunji took the news harshly, killing off a Millennion target and his family out of disdain for his late mentor's comparatively peaceful ways of refusing the target's family to be involved and shortly after renaming True Grave to the Kugashira Group. After Bob Poundmax's death, Bunji even goes out of his way to finish off Grave personally, independent of and disregarding Lee's simultaneous desire for revenge.
Bunji's version of the Code of Iron differs from Brandon's only by loyalty: Bunji's being more focused on Harry than on the rest of Millennion, likely due to his respect for Harry. He executed Randy because while the latter had not betrayed Millennion, he had "betrayed Harry McDowell".
Thirteen years after Harry's ascension, Bunji has a habit of killing off the people he works with indiscriminately, considering them useless after Millennion's employee base has expanded so much at the expense of quality, and prefers to work alone. Bunji also holds Laguna Glock in disdain for the scientist's eagerness in pursuing Necrolization, but solicits his services in order to gain power to match Grave. In the anime, after his first defeat by Grave, Bunji regains respect for his mentor and even adopts his signature finger taunt to start the battle.
In Overdose he seems more depressed, hating his new life (death?) as a Deadman, constantly complaining about how whoever resurrected him had a "Bad sense of humor". He also claims that he is a pathetic leech on humanity, now with only one purpose: to fight. He seems to have an unhealthy addiction to cigarettes, almost always seen with one in his mouth, even when undead.
Joining MillennionEditBunji is introduced working with a small time gang, who ask him to find Harry McDowell and kill him. He brings Harry to them before they point dozens of guns towards him, he raises his hands as Harry suddenly grabs a pistol and fights back, Bunji joining. The two take cover behind the car they came in.As Bunji moves forward to fight back, Brandon arrives and fights as well. The two back towards each other as they kill many, yet as their backs hit again they instantly turn with guns pressed against each others face. Harry explains that Bunji is with them, and asks if Bunji wishes to join Millennion, which he refuses unless he could be beaten unarmed. Harry prepares to fight but Brandon holds him back, fighting him instead. Bunji is defeated and joins Millennion, finding new respect in Brandon.
Bunji is later seen joining Brandon, Bear, and Cid Gallarde for drinks. When a drunken Cid pulls out his gun to test the two junior members, Bunji and his mentor immediately hold him at gunpoint, forcing Cid to concede that he is beaten and that it was time for the next generation to take over.
Blood War and Cannon Vulcan Edit
Bunji creates the hit squad True Grave with Brandon, being the second in command. Bunji becomes involved in many operations, including the battle against Blood War and Cannon Vulcan with the prototype necrolyzers, helping Brandon against them. In the first battle, the two scout Lightning territory for War and Vulcan and encounter the prototypes, but largely unaware of their adversaries' undead natures, run out of bullets futilely shooting their opponents. Bunji is held at gunpoint by three of the prototype necrolyzers while War persuades Brandon to deliver Big Daddy to him.
Brandon shows up alone with several heavy guns intending to fight the Orgmen alone, but is later joined by Bunji, who prevents War from killing Brandon. Again, the undead nature of their opponents ensures that neither of them are able to keep their opponents dead for long, and both are soon disabled by bullets from their enemies. Only the timely decay of the necrolyzers ensures that Bunji and Brandon survive, and Bunji helps Brandon aim the pistol at War and deal a lethal shot.
The battle is not yet won, as War returns as a necrolyzer himself, easily withstanding Brandon's and Bunji's shots, but the two are saved with the timely intervention of Harry McDowell and Balladbird Lee, who crash into War with a minivan. However, even this isn't enough to stop War, who tosses the minivan aside, and draws his golden pistol on the four men. War is finally brought down with a barrage of gunfire from Bear Walken's hit squad Overkill and Bunji witnesses Brandon take War's own golden pistol and finish off his opponent with a single shot.
The Rise of Harry McDowell Edit
Three years pass and Bunji accidentally botches one job, suffering a shoulder injury, for which Brandon silently berates him for his recklessness. After this, Bunji increasingly becomes involved in Harry's schemes, killing Randy on Lee's orders after Harry set him up as an embezzler. Hearing from Harry that Brandon had betrayed the organization, Bunji takes his word at face-value and initially appears nonchalant about it. However, Brandon's betrayal had affected him personally, as on a job to kill a target, Bunji disregards his subordinates' impulses to isolate the target without affecting the family, barging into the home and killing off the target, his wife, and the children, shortly after, renaming True Grave to the Kugashira Group.
Later, when Big Daddy confronts Harry in an attempt to kill him, Bunji shoots the gun out of his hand with a single shot and leaves Harry to deal with the rest. In the thirteen years that follow, Bunji becomes part of the Big Four, along with Bear Walken, Balladbird Lee and Bob Poundmax.
Beyond the Grave Edit
In a meeting in which Harry and the Big Four discuss the new force that has been killing off Orgmen, Bunji is quick to dismiss claims that Brandon was responsible, as he was sure that Brandon was dead.
When Grave crashes into a mansion following information planted by Bob Poundmax, Bunji greets him with Harry and the rest of the Big Four. Bunji pulls a gun on Grave when Grave aims his at Harry, but is interrupted by Bob, who offers to fight Grave himself to test out his Superior powers.
Game Synopsis Edit
Harry, Bunji, and the rest of the Big Four greet Grave in an airship after the latter kills the other Millennion executives.
Bunji is also seen on the sidelines of Grave's fight with Lee, having saved Mika from her fall, and watches Grave's fight with Lee from nearby.
Bunji is next seen detonating a series of bombs attached to Bear Walken's skyscraper shortly after Grave kills the old hitman, acknowledging Grave shortly before they fall. The resulting explosion destroys the skyscraper and causes Grave to crash into a nearby church building, with Bunji challenging his mentor to one last gunfight, but is defeated by Grave. Dying, Bunji laments that he had given a pathetic performance, especially to his former mentor.
Anime Synopsis Edit
After Bob's death, Bunji digs up Brandon's grave, his suspicions further confirmed that the grave was empty. Bunji shoots the gravestone bearing his name and goes hunting for Grave alone, armed with a series of pre-planted bombs and a gun that paralyzes tissue. He manages to paralyze three of Brandon's limbs and proceeds to execute him, but is interrupted by Mika Asagi, who begs him to stop. Mika's constant shouting irritates Bunji and he fires a series of warning shots around her, angrily denying that she knew anything about Millennion and himself. Bunji's threatening behavior enrages Grave, who, making an effort to stand up, knocks Bunji down with a single punch, knocking off his sunglasses. Bunji's attempts to point his gun and draw another gun from his jacket sleeve are interrupted by Grave pinning down each arm with a knee, and he laughs nervously as Grave repeatedly punches his face with his single functioning arm. The barrage only stops when Mika begs Grave to stop.
Following this encounter, Bunji drinks heavily, even to the point of being kicked out of a bar associated with Millennion, who did not recognize the hitman due to his lone wolf nature. He meets a pet cat and later approaches Laguna Glock, declaring his intent to become a Superior to confront Grave one last time on even grounds.
The two meet on the ground floor of Millennion Tower and engage in an animated gunfight. Grave himself was wounded in the process, and noticing Grave's body beginning to break apart, Bunji picks up the Left-Head that Grave had dropped earlier and proposes they end their fight in one final Western exchange. As Grave ascended the elevator to reach Harry, Bunji, shot in the head, leans against a wall, smoking his last cigarette. His cat runs towards him, and he welcomes it, before his glasses slip off and he falls to the floor, breaking apart.
OverdoseEditBunji's skills were great enough to have him resurrected for use by the Corsiones. He seems to hate being a Deadman, but he accepts it, remembering he could get revenge on Grave. He tracks Grave and his team through much of the story, until the Corsiones decide to take off on their plane, with Bunji and Fangoram being the first line of defense. As he awaited his rival, he was instead met with his long lost brother, Juji. He explains why he was there, and wishes to test Juji's skills. The two clash, and after an extremely powerful Bladestorm, Bunji falls. Bunji asks of one last thing from his brother, to be the man he could've been if he wasn't a monster consumed by a thirst for blood. He thanks his brother, who was shocked to be able to defeat him, and dies for the last time.
Bunji's CatEditIn the anime adaption, Bunji befriends a stray, one eared cat during his time in the gutter. He acts uncharacteristically kind to this cat and keeps it with him regularly. After Bunji's death, the cat chases his soul, accidentally causing a recently-widowed Harry McDowell to crash.
- Bunji's appearance was based off of Nicholas D. Wolfwood from Trigun, another series made by Nightow.
- The anime portrays Bunji's eyes as black or brown underneath his sunglasses.
"Yeah, Yeah. They'll have to taste my justice!"
"With your powers, make me invincible."
"Whats wrong partner? You don't seem too energetic..."
"Brother, please don't betray us."
"I am pathetic"
"If there is a God, he must have a nasty sense of humor. Why else give a man who's lived so long yet another chance to make a fool of himself?"
"Everything I'm about to do, I learnt from you."
"Here it goes."
"Give him a message for me, tell him I won't be able to see him again."