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RG Veda
Castle of Flame; Prison of Ice

Distributed by: (Japan), US Manga Corp. (North America)
Length: 45 minutes
Rating: NR, parental guidance suggested
Format: Subtitled (VHS)

[ plot summary ]

vhs jacket

Three hundred years ago, Taishakuten overthrew the heavenly Emperor Tentei, claiming power for himself. At this time, he declared holy war on the Ashura Clan and killed one of his warlords and the King of the Ashura clan; Ashura-ou. For the crime of aiding one of the Ashura clan, the Yasha clan was eradicated and only Yasha-ou survived. A prophecy of six stars was foreseen by the prophetess Kuyo, which foretold the overthrow of Tentei, and the hardships to follow for the Ashura clan. This prophecy spoke of a six pointed star which would overthrow Taishakuten, each point being a warrior of great power. The six stars who could overthrow the very heavens themselves.

[ capsule review ]

It's been a long time since I watched this series. Based on the manga series by CLAMP, the animé is actually a little different in feel from the manga. Unfortunately, only two OAVs were ever produced (to my knowledge), both of which illustrate key points in the manga series, but without knowledge of the manga, this series may not be entirely interesting for some people. However, at the same time, it may interest people to look into the manga (like me!) to find out more.

CLAMP's drawing style is quite unmistakeable; especially the eyes, and I have to admit to being rather partial to their style. The animation quality in the OAV is a bit of an odd mix however using a combination of some very nicely detailed shots, combined with camera pans over less detailed still drawings. Definitely not a high budget production, but using the budget in an innovative manner. The music is a bit unusual; rather dark in places, and makes heavy use of a synthesizer, but is still well done. The translations are also decent although there is occasionally a bit of awkward wording due to literal translations. The story while interesting on its own leaves many, many questions which are not answered unless you go to the manga series (ex. just who is Kujaku??) Unfortunately, these questions won't be answered in the anime. There is a brief background narrative at the beginning of the episode which helps to fill in some of the history which passed and gives the viewer a starting point. Otherwise my only problem with the animation, was that I find the concept of exchanging looks in animé just looks too contrived. - JYN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 3 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 3 stars N/A
Acting: N/A 3 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 3 stars N/A
Music: N/A 4 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 3 stars N/A

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