Beet the Vandel Buster Vol. #06 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, August 13, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Writer/Artist:Writer: Riku Sanjo / Artist: Koji Inada
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.
The Bloody Beast
Beet and his friends Poala and Kissu finally arrive at the Vandel Grineed’s castle, only to find that Grineed destroyed it and his minions during a brutal rage. Grineed, hiding in the ruins, captures Kissu and tries to convince him to join a devious scheme that will end Grineed’s dependence on the Dark House of Sorcery and earn another star. When Kissu refuses, Grineed shows his true colors and launches a vicious, uncontrollable attack. To save his friends, Beet must face the enraged Grineed alone. Is Grineed too powerful to defeat, or will the untested Boltic Axe give Beet a fighting chance?
In a battle against a raging seven-star Vandel one of Beet’s five saiga has to work on him…right?
The cover consists of orange block letters of Beet with a yellow banner underneath saying “the Vandel Buster” on the center top. After the awful cover of volume 5 Beet returns in this volume with one of it’s best covers so far with a purple background shrouding Grineed’s castle with Beet in front and Poala and Kissu standing behind him looking to the left and right. 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 picuture of a determined Beet holding the Boltic Axe but we only see the handle. The “Beet World” returns in volume six focusing on Milfa, Divine Attacks and the five types of Dark attacks.
Inada is able to create a terrifically creepy feel for the underground laboratory of Grineed which makes you experience his insanity all that much more. Well drawn battles again, especially after the transformation make this volume’s quality return to that of when Beet fought Beltorze. Like I’ve mentioned before, my favorite aspect of Inada’s work is the amount of emotion that can be brought out and there is always at least one fantastic example per volume, and this time it was watching Grineed’s mental stability quickly dematerialize. The tones in both the dark panels as well as the light panels is clear and sharp.
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):
Milfa’s thunder attack causes the land anemones to recombine to their true form of a giant monster to attack them, and Beet’s not going to be any help this time because divine attacks only work! Poala tries to give a hand but her fire is too weak and Milfa is thrown towards a tower only to be saved at the last second by Kissu. Kissu explains to Poala, while Milfa continues to fight, that everyone’s divine attack is different in size, distance and power so that she must use trial and error to discover her strengths and weaknesses. Poala uses a fire attack from close range with powerful success so Milfa summons her saiga Lightbolt Grasper to hold the land anemone for Poala’s final blow. Milfa says that she cannot join them right now and must go off to take her arrested rogue Busters, but while flipping through her wanted book she realizes that Kissu is in the book!
Kissu shows them the entrance to Grineed’s castle which Beet destroys with his Crown Shield only to find everything has been obliterated. A depressed Dangowl makes a feeble attack on them which the easily avoid. Once he unrolls himself he starts yelling and crying that Beet and Kissu made his master go mad and destroy everything he had built. Suddenly Kissu falls through the ground into Grineed’s underground lair which was still intact. When Grineed sees Kissu he offers him a drink saying that he was calmed down, but the size of his horn and crazed bloodshot eyes said otherwise. Kissu knows that he must try and keep Grineed from completely snapping or he is doomed.
To get to Kissu Poala roughs up Dangowl so he will lead them there. Grineed is showing Kissu his plan to no longer need the Dark House of Sorcery for he can now create his own monsters thanks to Kissu’s help in translating the ruins. Grineed offers him a pardon if he is willing to rejoin and help him kill Beet, but Kissu refuses just as Beet crashes through the door. At that point Grineed has lost total control of his temper and begins to molt into his true form, and unstoppable raging beast with an impenetrable hide.
The final battle between Beet and Grineed has begun and Beet cannot do anything to hurt him, even with the Cyclone Gunner and Crown Shield. Poala and Kissu attacks are just as worthless as Grineed shows zero sign of damage. Shagi and Beltorze’s right hand man Hazan have now shown up to enjoy the show. Grineed spots Dangowl and asks him if he can handle his powerful Fierce Wave of Infuriated Steel a technique with more destructive power than Beet had ever seen. But, Grineed controls himself enough to allow Dangowl to escape before he returns his attention to his adversary and cause of his rage Beet.
Grineed continues the onslaught and even punches with such spinning force that the preceeding cyclone on his fist tosses Beet up into the air right before contact. Things like bad for Beet who can barely stand, but tells Poala and Kissu they must get away from him and he begins to count. Just as Beet hits twelve Grineed goes for the final blow only to be stopped by the Boltic Axe splitting his knuckles wide open. He swings widely which Grineed easily evades and causes him to once again try and finish Beet off. But, to Hazan’s surprise he counters Grineed’s attack and the Boltic Axe pierce his right ribs. Then Lord Noa a mysterious five star Vandel shows up to watch the battles too, the spectators are growing to watch Grineed and the most wanted Buster in the Vandel world continue to battle.
What is worse for the Beet Busters dealing with a Vandel with endless strength or a powerful BB who realizes that she just left a rogue Buster free? Can Kissu and Poala do anything against the tough shell of Grineed’s hide or should they simply listen to Beet’s advice and head for the hills? Another gripping volume which makes this every other month release a real joy to read. It seems that each volume shows another wrinkle of Beet’s personality that you didn’t know was there, which makes him much more than an uberstrong idiot he appears in the beginning. Grineed and Beet are not going to let each other go this time, and in the seventh volume their fight will end but can Beet do it? Also with the mysterious Lord Noa there who else other than Grineed and Beltorze have their eyes on being the Vandel to kill Beet?
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
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