The story takes place in a fantasy world where humans have been
suffering from the attacks of the demon-like Vandels. ("Vandel" is a Coatstand 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.
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, and the Zenon Warriors are forced to break
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 him, 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 manga series has been on hiatus since September 2006 because of Koji Inada's sickness.
- The fifteen-year-old protagonist of the story, Beet is the leader of
his own group of Vandel Busters, called the Beet Warriors. His dream is
to end the dark century, and to kill all the vandels so they will stop
killing humans. At the beginning of the series, he received five Saiga
from the members of the Zenon Warriors, which are his major weapons in
fighting vandels. He is strong when fighting monsters and Vandels but is
weak when fighting humans.
This is an extremely strong Saiga, controlled by Beet's brother
Zenon. It is a powerful sword materialized by the Divine Power of Light.
Its appearance, with its angelic wings, reflects its majestic, heavenly
force. Beet can materialize Excellion Blade that it is considered a
lethal weapon against the weaker Vandels. It is also the Saiga he can
use while under intense gravity due to its nature and effect on the
user, increasing the wielder's moving speed and jumping capabilities.
This is the Saiga of Laio. Laio, the lead attacker of the Zenon
Warriors, was closest to Beet. Since Beet learned the Sohjutsu (Art of
the Spear) from Laio, he uses this Saiga the most often. Born out of the
Divine Power of Fire, this spear always radiates with heat and burns
the bodies of its enemies as it slices through their flesh. As a first
choice, it's the best weapon to use against Vandels. The Burning Lance
can also extend, and gain a second spear head on its other end as shown
in Beets brief battle against the Winged Knight.
This is the Saiga of Alside, another member of the Zenon Warriors. He
is known for his silent presence and his accurate shots. Materialized
by the Divine Power of Wind, it has incredible speed. The damage it can
inflict is immense, and it can bring forth an enormous plume of smoke
wherever its bullet hits. The blade that stretches below the muzzle is
sharp and can be used during close combat. At first, Beet can only fire
on shot with the Cyclone Gunner. At first, Beet thought that this was
because of the difference between his and Alside's level of wind power,
but in order to fire multiple shots, Beet soon discovered that he had to
sync his breathing with the gun's. Soon after discovering how to fire
multiple shots, Beet discovers an alternate version, in which the blade
moves in front of the barrel, resulting in a more focused and powerful
shot very much like a sniper rifle.
This is the Saiga of Cruss, another member of the Zenon Warriors. It
was made from the Divine Power of Water. This Saiga is known as the
world's strongest shield. While it is primarily used to deflect attacks,
it can also turn into a ball and chain that can be used to pound
enemies into the ground. This Saiga also can cleanse a body of poisons,
make it a very versatile saiga. In the recently released Volume 11,
Cruss is shown to have recovered his memories and have personally
instructed Beet in the use of this Saiga. Whether or not Beet managed to
completely master it is still to be seen.
This Saiga was wielded by Bluezam of the Zenon Warriors. It is formed
from the Divine Power of Thunder. Beet did not use this Saiga very
often because it is hard to control and takes a long time to
materialize. However, it is the most powerful of the Saiga, and in the
end he was able to defeat Grineed with it. After the battle with
Grineed, Beet has learned to control it by setting his aim right before
it is fully materialized when it weighs nothing. In volume 12, it is
revealed that the handel holds a sickle like weapon, and a hidden power,
called the Magi, resides within it. It seems to absorb the Divine,
Dark, and life force of humans and vandels alike. This might explain why
its original owner, Bluezam, was always covered in bandages, because it
seems to chip off the skin. This hidden power is strong enough to make
Sir Baron the King of the Sky, Noa The Vandel Scholar, and Hysterio The
Evil Blade, retreat, even though they are seven star vandels
- Beet's childhood friend, and the second person to join the Beet
Warriors. She is an intelligent and wise girl, but often lets her anger
(mostly comical by ways of hitting others. Mostly Beet.) towards others
get the best of her. Poala is shown to be quite good with fire tengeki,
but has trouble controlling its raw power. She is fairly skilled in
tengeki. She is also known among Vandel Busters as Beet's future wife.
None (Though in the manga she seems to be developing one)
- Slade is a Vandel Buster and a rival of Beet's whom he has known
since his training journey. Like Beet, he is highly skilled in the use
of spears, which has been developed by the 120 bouts he and Beet have
fought. His main weapon is Wind Tengeki, which makes up his saiga, the
Silent Grave. Despite his outward attitude towards Beet, he cares for
him, but also believes he is too naive. He is also a friendly rival with
Beet and hopefully a new member for the Beet Warriors.
The Silent Grave is a spear saiga made of wind, and compressed to a
very high limit. It is so focused, that it can cut through the skin of
any vandel. Another side addition is that when he summons it, its
invisible, which make it looks like he is slashing at his enemies using
just his hands.
- Milfa is a Broad Buster (BB) who is very upbeat, big fan of the
Zenon Warriors and has a dream to either marry Zenon, Beet, or Kissu.
She may even become a new addition to the Beet Warriors. She is
especially skilled in the Lightning Tengeki, which also makes up her
saiga, the Lightbolt Grasper.
A saiga shaped like a giant claw that Milfa uses to grab her enemies.
Once they are in its grasp, she can electrify them, or hold them for
others to destroy. She can also use it to fire a beam of lighting at her
opponents, moving them out of her opponent's way.
- An old friend of Beet. He is a genius and master of tengeki, using
his abilities to rival even the strongest busters. He is trying to
redeem himself in his eyes and the eyes of Beet for teaming up with a
Vandel, and Beet's biggest enemy, Grineede.
- Beet's older brother and leader of the Zenon Warriors. His saiga is
the holy Excellion Blade, which was passed onto Beet. Upon meeting
Cruss, Beet learns that Zenon used "the power beyond saiga" to handle
Beltorze before being sucked into a dimensional rift. His current state
and whereabouts are unknown.
- Member of the Zenon Warriors. Laio's fiery saiga is the Burning
Lance, which was passed onto Beet. Taught Beet how to fight with the
spear. After the encounter with Beltorze, his whereabouts became
- Member of the Zenon Warriors. Handsome and skilled with the power of
water, uses the saiga 'Crown Shield' which he passed onto Beet. He had
lost his memory until after the battle with the Vandel Garownewt. Told
Beet what he remembered about the fight with Beltorze and helped him
sharpen his skills with the Crown Shield saiga.
- Member of the Zenon Warriors. To match his immense size, he wields
the Boltic Axe, which was passed onto Beet. After the encounter with
Beltorze, his whereabouts became unknown.
- Member of the Zenon Warriors. His saiga is the Cyclone Gunner, which
was passed onto Beet. After the encounter with Beltorze, his
whereabouts became unknown.
- 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 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
- Tengeki is the main
weapon that only vandel busters can use. It is described as "the ability
to grasp heaven" because no one else besides busters can use it. The
ability to use tengeki is activated when one first becomes a buster and
receives their buster branding. Tengeki is assorted in five categories:
fire, water, wind, lightning, and light. Each element is more powerful
than another but weak against another. The order goes water puts out
fire, fire "burns" through wind, wind cuts through lightning, and
lightning shocks water. Light isn't included in this because light is
its own separate element and does not exist in the natural world. Below
is a list of each tengeki and a summary of them overall.
- Fire Tengeki: The Divine Power of Fire is characterized by
its explosiveness and ability to burn through anything. Common attacks
are fireballs, long bursts of flame, and focusing the flame into various
shapes. Fire can also be focused through weapons to extend the user's
reach of where the flame hits. The highest level of attack, called
"burst end," focuses and compresses the fire tengeki into a ball that
causes an enormous explosion when hit against something. Divine Fire is
the best style for close range attackers, and it is the most commonly
seen style among busters. Examples of Fire Saiga are Beet and Laio's
Burning Lance and Jiiku's Blaster Edge. Most Fire Saigas are regular
weapons that focus fire around the weapon, increasing the damage it can
- Wind Tengeki: The Divine Power of Wind is characterized by
two things: its ability to cut and slice through vandels, and its
ability to blow away monsters. Common attacks are creating blades of air
focused to various degrees, which can slice through objects. Another
common attack is to create tornadoes and hurricanes, which can blow
opponents away. Wind Tengeki can also be focused through a weapon,
either increasing its cutting ability or extending its reach. A high
level attack, called Linear Gust, focuses Wind Tengeki to a great degree
and the tengeki pushes through a monster's body, piercing it and
exploding from within its body. Divine Wind can also be focused by
skilled users around the body, which results in a shield of wind all
around the user. A high level defense technique is to focus the Wind in
the normal way of a shield, but is focused so that when a vandel comes
within reach of the shield, the air will slice up the vandel. Wind is
mainly used in mid to long range attacks, but it can also be used at
close range. Wind Saigas are commonly shown to compress air for attacks,
like Alside's Saiga Cyclone Gunner, which uses compressed balls of air
for ammo. A close range example would be Slade's Saiga Silent Gaive.
Silent Gaive is a spear compressed to the limits, so it can cut through
virtually any vandel. Wind is the second most common element seen.
- Water Tengeki: The Divine Power of Water is very flexible and
flowing. The most common attack for Divine Water is to focus the water
into ice, and fire it at opponents, which leaves them frozen.
Afterwards, they can be smashed into smaller pieces. Ice is also
commonly focused into different shapes, like knives or needles, which
are thrown at the opponent. A very high level attack associated with
this is to focus the water in the air above the monster into needles,
which can drop on the opponent. Another common attack is to focus and
compress water into various shapes (most commonly seen is a stream of
water) and fire it at opponents. This will either push the opponent
back, or if focused enough, grind through the opponent. A high level
attack, developed by Kissu, is called Frozen Wave of Divine Blue, which
is a highly compressed arrow of ice tengeki. When it hits an opponent,
it goes right through them, freezing them completely and destroying them
in the process. Less commonly seen techniques, only associated with
water, are healing powers. By focusing the water tengeki on a wound,
highly skilled users can heal injuries. An example of a Water Saiga is
Cruss's and Beet's Saiga Crown Shield. This shield is called "strongest
shield in the world," and it deserves that reputation. It can block many
powerful attacks, and like water, it flows from offense to defense. If
the user needs to attack (which is not very often, considering that it
is a shield saiga), it can transform into a ball with a very very long
chain attached to it, which can pound vandels into the dirt. Beet used
this technique to kill the Phantom Beltorze. Another side technique
associated with the crown shield is that it can cure poison by using
water tengeki to push poison out of the body. Because of these
techniques, water can be used for close range and long range attacks.
However, it is mainly used for midrange attacks. Divine Water is the 4th
most commonly seen tengeki.
- Lightning Tengeki: The Divine Power of Thunder is
characterized by its supersonic speed, repulsion/attraction of the
electromagnetic force, eye blinding brightness and unpredictable
movement. Common attacks include focusing lighting in the hand and
throwing it like a ball, or conducting it through a weapon to increase
its damage. Skilled users can focus their lighting tengeki in the air,
causing lighting to hit opponents. A unique defensive technique shown by
Milfia is to conducting lighting on yourself, super charging your body.
This createa a rather nasty shock when anyone touches you, be it friend
or foe. This technique is dangerous for those who are not very skilled,
because if one messes their control of lighting it could go throw your
body and stop your heart. Like other elemental saiga, lighting saiga
have more than one side to them. For example, Beet's and Bluezam's
Boltic Axe appears to be just a giant golden axe, but there is more to
the saiga than that. The axe is easily capabale of cutting through
bedrock, which makes it handy for killing vandals. When Beet swings the
axe, he is capable of letting out a condensed form of lighting tengeki
that can cut through hard boulder. However, its greatest ability lies in
the axe itself. When Beet's life is in mortal peril, a seal in the axe
opens up, and begins to suck anything and everything in the area into
the void, acting as a black hole. This technique is so powerful, it
drove off three seven star vandels from the area in seconds. Another
example of a lighting saiga is Milfia's Lightbolt Grasper. Basically a
giant pair of pinchers, this saiga is able to grasp enemies and hold
them down, making it easier for teammates to attack. In extreme
situations, Lightingbolt Grasper is able to clamp onto enemies and drive
stakes from the saiga into the ground. Then, Milfia fires off an
incredibly condensed ball of electricity, which can be controlled to
move vandels hundreds of feet into the sky.
- 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 a 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 a
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" rediscovered 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 that they have
abilities beyond what is normal for that kind of monster. An example is
Dangol, 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 was created in response
to a demand for "a strong monster who will not be a burden."
- There are two basic philosophies on monsters. Some Vandels like to
buy large numbers of cheap monsters while others prefer a small number
of powerful monsters.
- Saiga are the trademark weapons of Vandel Busters. They are created
from a Vandel buster's divine force, and are generally gained in levels
30 and up. 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 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 from their soul, 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. It also seems to represent
the imagination and cleverness of the user. For example, in episode, a
seemingly dumb man used a divine fire saiga in the shape of a sword,
which doesn't have any unique properties besides a regular fire saiga.
On the other hand, Slade's saiga represents his cleverness by making it
invisible and being incredibly thin. Saiga can have several different
forms, which can allow a Vandel Buster to fight in many different
situations. For example, Cruss' Saiga Crown Shield is a shield, which
can turn into a flail-like weapon for offense. Another example is
Alside's Saiga Cyclone Gunner, which can change into different forms: a
regular gun, a sniper mode, and a blade for close combat.
- The five saiga of the Zenon Warriors are:
- The axe "Boltic Axe", the saiga of Bluezam,
- The shield "Crown Shield", the saiga of Cruss
- The sword "Excellion Blade", the saiga of Zenon,
- The spear "Burning Lance", the saiga of Laio
- The gun "Cyclone Gunner" the saiga of Alside
The Author Of Beet The Vandel Buster
Koji Inada born March 14, 1964
Inada has been ill since September 2006, which led to the hiatus of Beet the Vandel Buster at volume 12.
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