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- Art Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Text/Translatin Rating: B
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Released By: Viz Media
- MSRP: 7.95
- Pages: 192
- ISBN: 1-59116-691-8
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
Beet the Vandel Buster Vol. #02
By Justin Rich
April 10, 2005
Release Date: November 24, 2004
Beet the Vandel Buster Vol.#02
© Viz Media
Writer/Artist:Riku Sanjo & Artist: Koji Inada
Adapted by:What They Say
Not only is Beet’s arch-enemy, Beltorze, alive, but he’s more powerful than ever. Beltorze has returned as a seven-star Vandel, the strongest Vandel of all. And after meeting with Shagie, chief of the Dark House of Sorcery, he could become even stronger!
A battle to the death…?
On their way to the port town of Ladoh, Beet and Poala meet with a new enemy, the Vandel Grineed. He tries to kidnap Poala, and Beet must act quickly to save her. Even worse, Beltorze appears, and he and Beet face-off in a death-match that will leave both changed forever.The Review
The cover consists of orange block letters of Beet with a yellow banner underneath saying “the Vandel Buster” on the center top. Below is a picture of Beet in full color in the intermediate stage of pulling forth a saiga. Behind him in an orange dusk-like background is Beltorze look menacing staring off to the left. Like all the other Shonen Jump releases the bottom contains the “Shonen Jump” Logo, the author, artist and the volume number. The back cover is similar to the last with a picture this time of Poala with her left hand on her hip. The tones in both the dark panels as well as the light panels is clear and sharp. Once again the “Beet world” guide is back this time it explains the five types of divine attacks, a introspective look at Shagie’s Dark House of Sorcery and a look into the monster encyclopedia.
Inada’s work improved quite a bit in this volume fixing the minor gripe about the nonaction scenes from the first volume, by adding much more to surroundings as well improving the balance of light and dark to make for much more intriguing panels. The quality of the action sequences remained the same which made for a extremely well drawn and balanced volume. The emotional highlight of Inada’s work in this particular volume though was the facial expressions of Grineed who like a manic-depressive goes through ups and downs from panel to panel.
The SFX are like the usual Shonen Jump manga and the previous volume stay to the borders of the panels and are translated and retouched. Unlike last volume where the SFX bleed into the middle of scenes blocking out some artwork the were primarily kept to the edges adding the necessary effect without diminishing the fighting panels..
My major complaint with this volume’s translation has to be another Shonen Jump name change. We meet Beet’s rival and natural verbal sparring partner Sled, but his name gets changed to Slade. I realize it is not a huge difference but it is enough to bother me.
Contents (Watch out spoilers ahead):
Beet and Poala head out on their way to the port city of Ladoh while also being noticed by the second most powerful Vandel the five-star Grineed. Grineed’s main hobby is hunting down Busters who show talent before they can develop their skills. This lowers the amount of high value Busters available to be killed by Vandels and in turn gain more stars and power. Grineed also prides himself on his “Vandel way” of being the exact opposite of his rival, and only higher stared Vandel, Beltorze.
Beltorze and Grineed both are looking for entertainment and to expand their power and control. Beltorze shows up and lower star Vandel’s castles looking for a challenge while Grineed buys low value monsters and tries to kill opponents before they can become a threat.
Beet and Poala finally end up at their destination and unfortunately for Beet he runs into his own rival in Slade. An assassin who does jobs both inside and outside of the normal channels of the Buster profession. After the start of their 82 fight Beet falls asleep for his full day of rest and is carried to his room by Slade. While unconscious Grineed sets his plan in motion by destroying the Gate, unleashing his horde of monsters on the city and capturing Poala to use as bate for his real target Beet.
When Beet does wakes up he fights his way through the city to the center of town where Poala is hanging there and Grineed unleashes his sinister plot. He fires a poison dart at Beet which he thinks hits his target and as he exposes himself from the shadows he is stunned to find out that Beet saw through his plan. As the fight between Grineed and Beet is about to begin it is crashed by Beltorze who is looking to fight with his rival but instead is left with only Beet as his opponent since Grineed was able to control his temper and exit.
Beltorze the Vandel, who may or may not have killed the Zenon Warriors, is Beet’s obsession to vanquish his brother’s killer. As their fight starts Beltorze is surprised as Beet attacks only bare-knuckled. But soon Beltorze is bored and goes for the finish, but is shocked with Beet using Crown Shield to block the blast. Shagie watches from the rooftop as Beet and Beltorze’s battle wages on, only to be astonished to see Beet “double equip” with both Crown shield and Burning Lance. He goes for the kill by pulling out his third Saiga, Zenon’s Excellion Blade, and uses his brother’s attack Zenon Wingard. Can Beet actually win? Did he finally slay the most powerful Vandel Beltorze or Beet no match for the seven-star monster?Comments
This volume really picks up the action from the previous including introducing Beet’s primary nemeses. It really builds well upon the foundation left at the end of the first volume and with the arrival of Shale things are always going to be interesting between those two. Beet continues to be a quick and extremely enjoyable read that leaves ready for the next volume to find out who will win the epic battle between the “King of Tragedy” Beltorze and our vastly improving hero Beet.