Beet the Vandel Buster Manga Goes on Hiatus (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Riku Sanjo, Kôji Inada's manga ends 'Baron Arc' on Friday

The autumn issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ CROWN magazine is revealing on Friday that Riku Sanjo and Kôji Inada's Beet the Vandel Buster manga is taking a break. The issue added that the "adventure is continuing its fight" and asked fans to "wait until spring 2017 for further information." The issue is publishing the final chapter in the manga's "Baron Arc" on Friday.

Shueisha will release the manga's 13th volume on November 4. Shueisha had published the manga's 12th volume in Japan in September 2006.

Storywriter Sanjo and illustrator Inada (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken duo) resumed the manga in April after a nearly 10-year hiatus.

The duo published the series in the now-defunct Monthly Shonen Jump magazine from 2002-2006. Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru is credited with design cooperation for the series. Viz Media published the 12 volumes in English between 2004-2007, and it describes the manga as follows:

The Vandel Busters are a roving band of certified monster destroyers. Beet's biggest ambition in life is to become a Buster, but what can you say about a monster hunter who can barely stand the pain when he receives the mystical brand of a "Level 1 Vandel Buster"?

Still, Beet is ready for action, and when a nearby town is invaded by deons, he rushes to help--without a clue as to how to trounce even a single member of the rampaging horde. But not knowing how formidable the Vandels are might work to his advantage because he doesn't know enough to be scared! Beet is about to learn that being a hero mayy be more than he bargained for...

The manga inspired a 52-episode TV anime series of the same name in 2004-2005, as well as the 25-episode Beet the Vandel Buster Excellion television anime series in 2005-2006. Illumitoon Entertainment released part of the first series on DVD in 2007.

Update: The issue didn't specifically state that the manga would return in spring 2017 as previously reported, but instead asked fans to wait until spring 2017 for more information about the series.

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