Beet the Vandel Buster

Beet the Vandel Buster
冒険王ビィ?
(Boken Oh Beet)
GenreShōnen, action, comedy
Manga
Authored byRiku Sanjo
Publisher Shueisha
VIZ Media
Kana
Serialized in Monthly Shonen Jump (ceased publication)
Original run 2004 – on hiatus (since September 2006)
No. of volumes12 (current)[1]
TV anime: Beet the Vandel Buster
Directed byTatsuya Nagamine
StudioToei Animation
Licensor Bandai Visual
Illumitoon Entertainment, Westlake Entertainment
Network TV Tokyo
TBA
ABS-CBN
Original run September 30, 2004September 29, 2005
No. of episodes52[2]
TV anime: Beet the Vandel Buster: Excellion
Directed byTatsuya Nagamine
StudioToei Animation
Network TV Tokyo
TBA
ABS-CBN
Original run October 6, 2005March 30, 2006
No. of episodes25[3]


Beet the Vandel Buster, also known as Bouken Oh Beet (冒険王ビィト Bōken Ō Biito; literally "Adventure King Beet") is a manga and anime series written by Riku Sanjo and illustrated by Koji Inada.

The manga is published in Shueisha's Monthly Shonen Jump in Japan and by VIZ Media in English.[1] The anime is produced by Toei Animation and is aired on TV Tokyo. The anime had 52 episodes and the sequel Beet the Vandel Buster Excellion had 25 episodes.[2] The anime has been licensed in North America by Illumitoon Entertainment.

The story takes place in a fantasy world where humans have been suffering from the attacks of the demon-like Vandels. ("Vandel" is a portmanteau of "vampire and "devil".) Humans can fight back by becoming a Vandel Buster, a paid monster and Vandel assassin. The protagonist of the story, Beet, is a young boy who becomes a Vandel Buster to be like his heroes, the Zenon Warriors.

Story

The story is set in the "Dark Ages", a term referring to the time since Vandels appeared and started attacking humans. Beet is a boy who dreams of joining the "Zenon Warriors", a group of "Vandel Busters" who are considered to be the strongest on the continent. When the group comes to protect his village from the Vandel, Beltorze, Beet tries to join them but is rejected.

When Beltorze appears, the Zenon Warriors seem to have the upper hand until Beet cheers them on, causing the Vandel to notice his presence. Beltorze attacks Beet so the Zenon Warriors to drop formation to help him. Beltorze uses that moment to attack again, which mortally wounds all of them. Hidden in the smoke, the Zenon Warriors decide to rescue Beet’s life by putting their life force into their “Saiga” and giving them to Beet. When Beet complains and asks them why they are doing this, it is revealed that Zenon is Beet’s brother. The now weaponless Zenon Warriors then emerge from the smoke and continue to attack Beltorze. When Beet regains consciousness, both Beltorze and the Zenon Warriors are gone. Guilt ridden and sad, he cries and vows to destroy all the Vandels and end the Dark Ages. He then goes on a three-year training expedition.

His childhood friend, Poala, who Beet keeps impressing that she is going to marry Beet, later joins Beet and they form the “Beet Warriors”. As the story continues more is learned about the fight between the Zenon Warriors and Beltorze and the fantasy world of Beet is expanded on.

The series is currently on hiatus since September 2006.

Characters

Busters

Main article: List of Busters

Vandels

Main article: List of Vandels

Monsters

Terms

Busters
Vandel Busters are often called Busters. To become a Buster one applies at the Buster "house" to get a brand that indicates their level. Elders who have the special ability to scan a buster's eye to prove kills, and advance levels. Levels are similar to RPG game level systems in that the more monsters or Vandels one kills, the higher one's level. Levels are represented in roman numeral like characters that represent numbers, with each line representing a level. It should be noted that the buster's level is more a reflection of how much they have done, rather than how strong they are. Elders also give monetary rewards for slaying Vandels and Monsters, allow for the formal formation of groups, and give information. Each "house", in each town, is under the jurisdiction of the Busters Association. (Similar to the vandel hotel)


Busters can work either individually or in groups. Buster are policed by a group known as the Broad Busters, commonly referred to as BB, and must have at least a minimum level of 40. Busters fight with Divine attack (energy in the forms of Air, Fire, Light, Thunder, and Water), or their own individual Saiga (A magic weapon made of divine energy), the ultimate weapon used to fight evil. Normally a Buster is not able to produce a Saiga until they have mastered a certain level of divine attack.


Vandels
The Vandels are creatures that have a demonic appearance and whose sole purpose seems to be terrorizing humanity. Vandels have a base called the vandel hotel located at the end of the world. The dark house of sorcery is responsible for creating Monsters for the Vandels who order them as well as giving money and marble shaped “Stars” for killing humans and destroying towns. They also provide fortress construction for Vandels, luxuries, etc. The Vandels pay for monsters that they order and other things through dark currency (Humans use MG coins).


Vandels can use dark attacks to attack. Like Divine attacks they can come in several forms: fire, water, wind, lightning, and sorcery. Vandels control the dark power with their horns which is the hardest part of the vandel's body. If the horn of a powerful vandel is severed, the uncontrolled dark power will accumulate inside his body. The moment the vandel dies, it cause an explosion that is five times as powerful as a first-class dark attack.


Vandels start out with one “Star” and like levels more work is required to gain one Star if the Vandel already has several. Supposedly, the first Vandel to obtain eight Stars will become the new leader of the Vandels. The stars shatter when a Vandel is killed.


Each Vandel's body is different granting them all manner of unique abilities, weapon generation, monster storage, and being able to regrow an entire body from a golf ball sized "core" just to name few. There is also much more variation in the first class dark attacks then in their divine counter part, Rozzgoat's version of Inferno looks like giant centipede of fire with one eye but another Vandel's Inferno would look completely different.


"The Eyes of Darkness" are the gods and creators of the Vandels. Outside of Shagi and some of the other workers at the vandel hotel, their existence appears to be unknown.


Encyclopedia of Monsters
All the monsters a Vandel can order are listed in this encyclopedia. It is also divided into sections like trees, caves, bogs, etc. The stronger the monster the more expensive it is. Low level monsters are like animals in both intelligence and appearance, they do not take instruction they just obey instinct. Higher level monster are much smarter and/or stronger but do not reproduce naturally. They must either develop from weaker monsters, or be purchased.


In the past, Vandels could make their own monsters. Grineed, "The Clever Honcho of Deep Green" rediscoved the lost knowledge of creating monsters so that he no longer had to buy them from the Vandel Hotel. He died before passing on his knowledge.


Monsters can be "special ordered" this means they have abilities beyond what is normal for that kind of monster. An example is Dangowl, a protector bug with human speech and intelligence who served Grineed as a personal assistant and punching bag/stress release device. Another is Hazan, Beltorze's Hound Knight, who created in response to a demand for "a strong monster who will not be a burden."


There are two basic philosophies on monsters. Some Vandel like to buy large numbers of cheap monsters while others prefer a small number of powerful monsters.


Saiga
Saiga are the trademark weapons of Vandel Busters. They are created from a Vandel buster's divine force, and are generally gained in the later levels. A Saiga is a Vandel Buster's soul, and is best wielded by the owner or another who wields said Saiga with the whole of their soul. A Vandel Buster's Saiga, or soul can be transferred to another Vandel Buster, or even a normal human to save their life. Upon it being transferred that person can wield the Saiga at their own will, regardless of their prior training as a Vandel Buster, or lack thereof. Each Vandel Buster can only have one Saiga, unless the Saiga of another Vandel Buster is transferred to him or her. The Saiga reflects the owner's fighting style, abilities, and overall soul. Saiga can have several different forms, which can allow a Vandel Buster to suit many different situations. For example, Cruss' Saiga is a shield which can turn into a morning star like weapon.

References

1. ^ Beet the Vandel Buster (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-05.
2. ^ Beet the Vandel Buster (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-05.
3. ^ Beet the Vandel Buster (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-05.

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