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Anime Profile: Beet The Vandel Buster

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Beet The Vandel Buster Bouken Oh Beet(ε†’ι™ΊηŽ‹γƒ“γ‚£γƒˆ)("Adventure King Beet") Beet The Vandel Buster
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  Adventure King Beet
52 TV episodes 52 TV episodes
January 30, 2007(on DVD) Sept 30, 2004 – Sept 29, 2005
Illumitoon Toei Animation
  Tatsuya Nagamine
Action, Adventure, Fantasy Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Alside Alside
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Barasa Barasa
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Baron Baron
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Beet Beet
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Beltorze Beltorze
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon.

Anime Characters: Beet The Vandel Buster

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Alside Alside Kissu Kissu
Barasa Barasa Lady Rodina Lady Rodina
Baron Baron Laio Laio
Beet Beet Melmond Melmond
Beltorze Beltorze Milfa Milfa
Benchura Benchura Mugine Mugine
Bluezam Bluezam Noah Noah
Cruss Cruss Paola Paola
Frausky Frausky Shagie Shagie
Garonewt Garonewt Slade Slade
Giluth Giluth The Winged Knight The Winged Knight
Grineed Grineed Zande Zande
Hystario Hystario Zenon Zenon
Jiiku Jiiku    

Anime Description: Beet The Vandel Buster

As if life wasn't hard enough, it seems that in the Beet universe the Earth has become overrun with monsters known as Vandels who love nothing better than to terrorize good, innocent folk. Thankfully, a group of five warriors (known as Vandel Busters) called the Zenon Warriors are there to protect the hometown of Beet, our main character. I'm not sure what all of the other towns do... or maybe they just don't matter. At any rate, Beet is a young boy that dreams of becoming a Vandel Buster, yet the Zenon Warriors always shut him down, saying he's just a kid... which he is. But he's drinking his milk, eating his vegetables, and working out on his Ab-lounger, as he's bound and determined to fight monsters for a living, and "end this century of darkness".

So everything is all hunky-dory until one day a powerful Vandel comes knocking on the town's door... and as typical the Zenon Warriors answer. But this time, Beet shows up to watch, and ends up getting mortally wounded. Dumb kid. Now the five Vandel Busters must give up their life force energy in order for Beet to survive. Way to go kid... see what happens when you don't listen? But now Beet not only has the power of five powerful warriors inside him, he has the drive and determination to use that power to rid the Earth of Vandels so that no one else will have to suffer because of them. Okay, but first he needs to practice a bit....

Three years later, nobody has seen or heard from Beet. Beet's childhood friend (and possible future wife), Paola, has grown into a Vandel Buster and protects the village. But then a 2-star Vandel called Mugine of the Black Bog starts making life miserable for the townsfolk. Although Paola doesn't quite have what it takes to face off against a 2-star Vandel, she goes for it anyway. I know it's hard to just sit by and not do anything, but c'mon here, who is gonna protect the village if you go and get yourself killed, young lady!? Thankfully, after three years of being off training, Beet decides to come back, and helps her out of the jam. Despite being a lower level Vandel Buster than Paola, Beet makes mincemeat out of the baddies like they were nothing but pesky insects.

The artwork and animation seems pretty good for a TV show. There were a lot of scenes with cool poses and lighting that I thought would make for some cool posters or wall scrolls or desktop wallpapers. I checked out the Illumitoon website but they didn't seem to have any wallpapers available yet. Hopefully that will be coming soon.

The first DVD release, Beet The Vandel Buster - The Sacrifice, contains the first four episodes in the series (The Dream Catcher, Sacrifice, Bog of the Dead, and The Burning Lance), presented in both English and Japanese with optional subtitles. While the English dubbing for some of the characters is pretty good, for other characters it just sounds more like someone trying to do a voice rather than an actual, real voice. Mostly I noticed this about the smaller roles, such as random townsfolk. It kind of reminded me of the old Voltron series. But I also do understand it, as it's not like TV shows have an unlimited budget to work with (although this was released on DVD, it was clearly produced as a TV series). I'm just really glad they were able to include the original Japanese dialog track on the DVD. And both my wife and I are really looking forward to viewing more episodes as to see where this story is going.

Editor's Note:

Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. announced that based on overwhelming demand it will be initiating a trade-in program for its "dubtitled" DVDs. "Dubtitles" are video with the English dialogue superimposed over Japanese audio, as opposed to true Japanese translations of the Japanese audio.

"It's something that's obviously very important to the fans, and we want to give them what they want," said Barry Watson, President/CEO of Illumitoon. "Going forward we want to incorporate literal translations on all our anime product."

The trade-in program is only available through Illumitoon's website, and will not be available through retailers. Details are available at www.illumitoon.com. The trade-in offer applies to all Illumitoon DVDs released before April 30, 2007, specifically:

BoBoBo-Bo BoBoBo - Bo-nafide Protector of Hair
Beet the Vandel Buster - The Sacrifice
B't X - Empire of the Machines

"We're always listening to our fans, and are extremely grateful for their input," said Watson. "I think fans will be very pleased."

Illumitoon is offering the trade-in program through 5/30/2007. For more information, visit the company's website at www.illumitoon.com.

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