Beet the Vandel Buster Excellion
Released Year : October 6, 2005 to March 30, 2006
No of Episodes : 25
Genre : Adventure,Fantasy,Shounen,Supernatural
Plot : It is the dark century and the people are suffering under the rule of the devil, Vandel, who is able to manipulate monsters. The Vandel Busters are a group of people who hunt these devils, and among them, the Zenon Squad is known to be the strongest busters on the continent. A young boy, Beet, dreams of joining the Zenon Squad. However, one day, as a result of Beet's fault, the Zenon squad was defeated by the devil, Beltose. The five dying busters sacrificed their life power into their five weapons, Saiga. After giving their weapons to Beet, they passed away. Years have passed since then and the young Vandel Buster, Beet, begins his adventure to carry out the Zenon Squad's will to put an end to the dark century.
Our Review : This review covers both seasons of the title (plain and Excellion)
Ever wondered what is a fair way to use while giving scores to anime titles? It’s about finding an average title at your opinion and using that as the base score. Anything else can be compared to this average series and its score can be calculated accordingly. It doesn’t matter if some genres don’t look like they can be compared; you are just using a point of reference.
And this is what Beet is all about. An anime as average as heck. Not bad but not good. Not ugly but not pretty. It is the most basic form of a shounen series and a great way to use as comparison material to all others.
Let’s start with the setting. It is an average Jrpg pseudo-medieval world, where monsters attack humans and heroes are taking up arms to fight them. Is there anything else to it? Heck, no. Just like a typical adventure, it’s about going to area A, fighting the monsters, defeating the boss, and then moving to area B where the procedure repeats. The only thing that differs is the side characters and the equipment used.
That’s the entire story to it. It deserves to get a 5 for being just that… But I will give it a 4. Why? Well, there is no ending. The first season is short linear arcs and the second a single big one that follow the same formula. But there is no end on sight; just another adventure awaiting the heroes beyond the horizon. Well thanks for nothing.
The cast is easy to figure out. The main hero is the typical “immature boy with hidden talent and super weapon”, next to it is the token useless girl in mini skirt, the fluffy mascot, the heartless monsters, etc. There is no reason to describe them; take the most basic character archetypes and you can figure them up immediately. Occasionally the series will try to grey their personalities a bit but by the end of the arc it will always revert them to the usual bipolar of good humans or evil monsters. The second season definitely does a better job at it but still means nothing special in overall.
The cast deserves to get a 5 for being average again… But also gets a 4 because the story is incomplete; denying them a catharsis or actual development.
The art is ok… for an average work. Like straight out of a videogame, everything is made to look like it is a world based on levels and spells. I mean, the heroes and the monsters have numbers on them, showing their level, there are seers giving you money for completing missions, there are magic items you buy to improve your stats and bazaars where you buy monster minions. It otherwise has nothing great or special to show, as the battles are rather simplistic and the budget a bit low. There is no great body language, or great choreography, or great decoration on buildings and clothes.
The animation is a 5 once more… but I will give it a 6 for at least adding the whole Jrpg fuss with the levels and the shops. It was funny to see it outside of the games.
The sound is… um… I don’t remember a thing. The dialogues were the usual “train, fight, protect others”, the voice acting was nothing much. But the music score? I don’t remember the slightest. Yeah, that can only mean it was passable as heck.
Sound gets a 5 and this one has no reason to get a cookie up or down. It really is average.
So, what about the enjoyment? Was it also average? You bet; it was so straightforward there was no option to think otherwise. But guess what; because it was left incomplete I once more make it a 4.
And value? Erm… average anime don’t get an average score here. To be honest, there is little to no value in this series. There is nothing you won’t find better (or worse) elsewhere and as a rule of the thump good or bad series are memorable while average are forgotten right away. Maybe some rookies will be fond of it for a while or something. But that’s it.
You thought the average score would be 5, didn’t you?
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