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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • Pages: 164
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0270-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Beet the Vandel Buster Vol. #09

By Justin Rich     April 03, 2006
Release Date: April 04, 2006

Beet the Vandel Buster Vol.#09
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Writer: Riku Sanjo / Artist: Koji Inada Translated
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.

Soul of the Saiga!

Beet never believed that the Zenon Warriors really died, and now he has proof: one of the warriors, Cruss, has been found in the distant land of Bekatrute, suffering from severe injuries and total amnesia. But Beet's efforts to restore Cruss's memory are rudely interrupted when the world's most powerful Vandels converge on the city, fighting for the right to destroy Beet! In the heat of battle, Beet makes an astonishing discovery. Could the survivors of the Zenon Warriors including Beet's brother...Zenon himself?

The Review
Beet is going to need to learn to tap into a Saiga's true potential if he is going to survive being the big game in the Seven-Star Vandel's fishing trip, but will the training to learn this kill him before his battles do?

The cover consists of orange block letters of Beet with a yellow banner underneath saying "the Vandel Buster" on the center top. An interesting cover with Beet in the forefront with Excellion Blade brandished and the Sky Knight looming behind him. Like all the other Shonen Jump releases the bottom contains the "Shonen Jump" Logo, the author, artist and the volume number. The back cover has a picture of Zenon with his cape draped over his shoulders to his feet looking at the reader. With a six month hiatus coming SJ gives us the "Beet Monster Encyclopedia" which an extensive picture and definition of most of the monsters seen in the first nine volumes.

The battle scenes are sharp, action packed and bloody like usual as this volume's art matches up with it's eight predecessors. But Inada makes the series truly great through the interactions of the characters and this time is no different. The scene in Garonewt's castle runs the gamut on emotion: everything from Noah's indifference to the coning actions of the used car salesmenlike Garonewt.

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. As with all previous volumes the giant SFX were there, but were handled very well again in this volume with out impeding the panels.

Content (Watch out Spoilers ahead):
The volume picks up at the Seven-Star Vandel Rodina telling Kissu that she didn't get rid of Garonewt because she was helping him, but for her own reasons before she vanishes herself. But, Beet is missing as they look for him. He had been rescued, sort of, by the Winged Knight he needs to know he true potential as well as his ability to use Saiga.

After testing his knowledge about Saiga he shows the ability to use the Burning Lance far better than Beet can, including transforming the lance into a twin headed weapon. Beet, using Excellion Blade counterattacks, but the sword begins to crack. Beet is about to give in when he is lectured by the Winged Knight in a fashion that reminds you of Zenon, which allows Beet to tap into the soul of the Saiga and both heal Excellion and perform a perfect Zenon Winzard. Even though it is a stand still the Winged Knight is impressed enough to pass him during this test, of course the Beet passes out to exhaustion so we cannot be positive that the Winged Knight is truly Zenon. Right after he returns Beet to his friends the Winged Knight vanishes in a mass of feathers just like those that lace the blade of Excellion we are given the clue that he is indeed Beet's still living older Brother.

Garonewt as the winner of his rigged game of high card gets the first crack at killing Beet for the elusive eighth star. He invades the town by firing his hidden monsters over the gate still within his blocks so that they are undetected. While this is going on Poala visits Melmarde only to find out that Cruss who was hidden within her castle was a fake. The real Cruss had been abducted by Garonewt while no one was watching and she kills the drawman that was pretending to be the former Zenon Warrior.

Poala, Kissu and Milfa are left to battle the hordes of enemies that had slipped in and were now shredding the town to pieces. Even the gate was obliterated from the inside leaving the city defenseless. Former Vandels Balleus and Eluder had given up their stars so that they too could live, for only by healing within a block of Garonewt could they have survived their injuries. Now, these two pawns were about to take care of the Beet Warriors when they were sliced up by an invisible assailant or should I say a visible assailant with an invisible Saiga. Just when he was most need Slade returns to step into the whole left by the sleeping Beet. But will the edition of Slade be enough to make up for the unconscious leader of the Beet Warriors and can they stop the city from being completely destroyed by a Vandel who only cares about killing Beet?

This volume really sets the stage for the next few volumes as the Seven Star Vandels, minus Beltorze, are together in one place to claim Beet's life for their own. This volume really shows the human side of Vandels and how their personalities vary as much as our own, which adds an intriguing humanistic element to the series. Also Sanjo keeps injecting further mystery into the series, even though there is hints of the identity of the Winged Knight the question remains unanswered. Plus, with the arrival of an old friend the battle between the Beet Warriors and the Seven Star Vandels is heating up fast. Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait half a year to see where this fantastic series goes next.


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