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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: 209
  • ISBN: 1-59116-693-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Beet the Vandel Buster Vol. #03

By Justin Rich     April 19, 2005
Release Date: January 29, 2005

Beet the Vandel Buster Vol.#03
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Writer: Riku Sanjo & Artist: Koji Inada
Translated by:N/A
Adapted by:

What They Say
The New Dark Age
It’s the Century of Darkness and monsters, known as Vandels, rule the world. The only force that can fight them are the warriors known as Vandel Busters. When a group of Busters are killed in battle, they pass on their magic Saiga weapons to Beet, making him the strongest Buster ever. He won’t just fight the Vandels, Beet wants to destroy them and finally end the Century of Darkness.

Practice makes perfect
No matter what Beet tries, he can’t ever fully defeat Beltorze. Worse yet, Beet learns that possessing the Zenon Army’s five Saiga weapons isn’t enough. He has to learn to use them properly. Using the Saigas improperly almost gets Beet and Poala busted by Beltorze.

The two friends are saved at the last minute by Slade, an experienced Vandel Buster. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing among the Vandels. Grineed gets another star, making his rank as high as high as rival, Beltorze. Will this lead to a Vandel showdown? How will Beet deal with two super-powerful enemies...?

The Review
The cover consists of orange block letters of Beet with a yellow banner underneath saying “the Vandel Buster” on the center top. There is a drastic difference though with a switch to a vibrant yellow map of the dark world behind Beet and Poala. Also Poala is the main focus of the cover with her newly acquired iron armored gun with Beet in the background. 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 previous two with a picture Slade looking out of the corner of his right eye at you. This volume did lack the informative “Beet World guide” that the last two had.

This volume picks up with the Beltorze and Beet fight so this volume’s art outshined the last two. Inada’s work really shines when the battle sequences are going on and with this volume primarily consisting of the fight between these to the art was fantastic. The Zenon/Beltorze flashback used different shading from the rest of the three volumes which made the emphasis of flashback all the more effective. It seems that so far each volume has a had particularly strong focus on the emotions of one character and this time Slade was used, with a substantially large range of emotion shown through his pages after he returns to help Beet.

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. The SFX were handled very well again in this volume with out impeding the panels. Even the SFX that were on the wounds were handled so that the only added to the scene. The was a tremendous amount of SFX during the Slade/Beltorze portion of the fight and not one got in the way of enjoying their fight.

Contents (Watch out spoilers ahead):
Beltorze arises from the rubble after taking Beet’s strongest attack Zenon Winzard and to Beet’s horror he sees Excellion Blade crumble in his hands. Beltorze begins his counterattack and Beet must resort to using his fourth Saiga, Cyclone Gunner, which Beet is extremely inexperienced with and doesn’t use effectively. Beltorze is easily able to brush Beet’s attacks away and is about to kill him. Poala and then Slade are able to help Beet avoid death in consecutive attacks.

Beet’s energy is completely drained from the use of four Saigas and passes out from the exhaustion of the battle. Slade steps in to give Poala the chance to get Beet to safety. Slade begins his fight with Beltorze using his Saiga Silent Grave and his divine cyclone attack to try and cut Beltorze down for good. But “the King of Tragedy” turns out to be too much for the assassin to handle.

Beet dreams while he is passed out and sees his Saiga fixing themselves and he awakes. Beet wakes up to find that the poison from Grineed’s needle was killing Poala and there was nothing that could be done. Beet decides that the only way he can save Poala is to try and remove the poison using the power of his Crown Shield, using the healing power to extract the deadly poison.

Beet then goes outside to await the arrival of the coming Beltorze. Their fight begins once again with Beet choosing only one Saiga, Crown Shield, as his weapon of choice. After a prolonged battle he is able to kill Beltorze, but it turns out that the Vandel is only a shadow or clone of Beltorze.

In the Dark House of Sorcery Shagie is giving Grineed his seventh star making him the same strength as his rival Beltorze, except he believes that his enemy is gone. Grineed has no idea that Beet defeated Beltorze’s shadow not the fellow seven star Vandel in that battle. Beet decides that he is going to go looking for both of the Vandels so he and Poala leave the gat in a row boat to head forth into the world.

This is turning into a series that I can’t wait to go through the pages on. The characters are very entertaining and even though Beet is an idiot you actually believe his noble rhetoric. The fights are intense and the plot continues to thicken with Beltorze lurking in the shadows and Grineed hatching his evil plots. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the Busters that will join the Beet Warriors in the next couple of volumes as well as the continuing struggle of our heroes to save the world from the grip of Vandels.


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