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07/29/2005 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Beet, The Vandel Buster, Vol 5"

Beet The Vandel Buster, Vol. 5
by Riku Sanjo and Koji Inada
Published by VIZ Media

Review by Tom Good

As I read the first few pages of Beet Vol. 5, I chuckled at some of the odd character names: Beet, Rozzgoat, Frausky, Grineed. The next thing I knew, twenty minutes had passed, and I was gripping the edges of the book, enthralled by the battle scenes and concerned for the main characters. In this fantasy action manga, Koji Inada poses the characters for maximum effect in a series of balletic fight sequences. Beet's feet seem to sink into the ground when he fires his weapon at full power, and the reader can almost feel the impact of various attacks, falls, and explosions.

The dialogue problems that were apparent in Volume 2 are no longer an issue. The writing flows more naturally now, and the plot works well. Beet has to master his cyclone gun and use the power of air to fight the Vandel named Frausky. Beet's friend Kissu, who has served the Vandels in the past, must decide where his loyalty lies and what sacrifices he is willing to make. Finally, near the end of the book an intriguing new character makes an appearance. I will not spoil the surprise, but Beet and Poala may have a lot more on their minds after this. This is a good manga that keeps improving.

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