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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.95
  • Pages: 190
  • ISBN: 1-59116-806-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Beet the Vandel Buster Vol. #05

By Justin Rich     May 26, 2005
Release Date: June 15, 2005

Beet the Vandel Buster Vol.#05
© 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 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.

New Friends, New Enemies
Still in the Black Horizon, Grineed’s evil domain, Beet and Poala encounter Milfa, a Broad Buster, who arrests criminal Vandel Busters. Milfa recognizes Beet as Zenon’s brother and becomes very friendly with him-much to Poala’s dismay!

But there’s no time for romance in the Black Horizon. Beet must face off with Frausky, the living gun. Frausky’s accusations wound as much as his bullets-he tells Beet that his friend Kissu is really working for Grineed. But when they fight the Vandel Rozzgoat, Kissu offers to sacrifice himself for Beet…Who will survive the Black Horizon? And who can Beet really trust?

The Review
The cover consists of orange block letters of Beet with a yellow banner underneath saying “the Vandel Buster” on the center top. Front and center is Beet with his spear thrown over his should and his left hand pumped into a fist, but unlike all the previous covers the color is bland, spotty and lacking any other background images leaving a uninteresting white sheet behind Beet. 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 much more vibrant with a cute picture of Milfa with her hands on her hips and her hair blowing behind her. The tones in both the dark panels as well as the light panels is clear and sharp. Like in volume 3, the “Beet World” is once again gone from this volume.

Unlike most of the flashbacks in this series so far, this volume’s came out grainy and off color with a lot of gray bleeding into the normally darker flashback panels. Even Milfa’s picturing of Zenon looked faded. But, Inada has redeeming points in the art in this volume as well as the both battles are done incredibly with the shading emphasizing the difference between the fights masterfully. Also Kissu’s emotion as he fights his inner demons and works his way back to the light is filled with angst and pain as Inada does so well.

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. The SFX were absolutely huge once again during Rozzgoat‘s living dark attack. Once again kudos to Shonen Jump for leaving Milfa’s name, and with only one more member to go in the group we’ll see in a few volumes if his name is left alone like Milfa and Kissu or will he suffer the same fate as Sled (Slade).

Contents (Watch out spoilers ahead):
Poala and Kissu’s escape is cut short because of Frausky who is hot on their trail. After shooting down their moth Frausky attempts to finish off Poala, but first Kissu redirects the bullet and the second time the gun is shot out of Frausky’s hand by Beet. Frausky believes he has the advantage until Beet shows that now he too can fire unlimited rounds, for Beet had discovered the secret to the Cyclone Gunner. The final showdown between the two gunners begins with Beet matching Frausky bullet for bullet. Then Beet powers the Cyclone Gunner up for the same powerful blast he used to escape and blows Frausky to bits, except for his core which remains in tact keeping him barely alive. As Beet goes to finish him off Ventura snaps up the core and starts to fly to safety but Beet transforms the Cyclone Gunner and fires a long distance shot killing both with one round!

After the defeat of his allies Rozzgoat shows himself, and unbeknownst to Beet he has already made the first move! Beet, Poala and Kissu are all trapped within his Illusion Mist and they cannot summon saigas or make divine attacks. Rozzgoat begins to charge up his Dark Attack Inferno to finish off Beet but Kissu steps in front and says he’ll handle Rozzgoat. Astonished Rozzgoat lowers his hood showing his destroyed left eye to remind Kissu the danger of crossing Grineed, but he doesn’t care and their battle starts with some how Kissu blocking the attack while in the Illusion Mist. Kissu suffers from the poison of Grineed’s bracelet so that he can use his own divine power.

Kissu’s counterattack begins and he has unlocked the flaw in Rozzgoat’s technique so that he can manipulate the air and dissolve the Illusion Mist. Kissu’s true power is that he has mastered all five divine attacks and can release them in identical manor making his attack impossible to determine. Kissu throws a first class fire attack which Rozzgoat blocks but from his right comes a blast from the Cyclone Gunner. But, Beet’s attack was simply a diversion to allow Kissu to use his ultimate attack, Frozen Wave of Divine Blue which finishes off Rozzgoat for good. After the attack Kissu collapses but Beet is able to save him by removing the bracelet with Excellion Blade and extracting the poison with the Crown Shield.

The Beet Warriors finally arrive at Muslee to find it completely destroyed. Out of nowhere a Buster comes running and screaming out of the ruins being chased by the Broad Buster Milfa, whose job consists of both going after high star Vandels and arresting rogue Busters. Milfa is about to be hit by the criminal Buster’s saiga when Beet slides in and blocks the attack with Excellion Blade. Milfa immediately recognizes the famous saiga revealing the young Buster’s identity to her. The cause of the city’s obliteration is shown to be land anemones a monster than can only be defeated by divine attacks. Kissu is about to defeat the monsters when Milfa steps in using her divine thunder attack absorbing the electricity and quickly disposing of the land anemones.

This volume started out with action and is high paced for the first half as Kissu and Beet do battle with Grineed’s powerful Vandel underlings. You see a character who has fallen pull his life back together with the help of his old friend to regain the dreams he had let slip away. The Beet Warriors are now officially three strong and ready to storm their enemies stronghold, which will not be an easy task. Also we get some comic relief with the arrival of Milfa the sexy, yet scatterbrained Broad Buster, whose flirtatious ways will definitely cause some problems with Poala’s controlling mentality. A great mix of comedy and action made this volume fly by so quickly I could hardly believe the volume was over.


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