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RG Veda
Castles of Fire and Lightning

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

[ plot summary ]

vhs jacket

The Ashura Clan has been under a death sentence for over three hundred years. In search of the sixth star to Kuyo's prophecy, Ashura and his companions go to Zenmi-jo, Taishakuten's castle and the place where Shurato indicated the sixth star was located.

[ capsule review ]

This is the animated version based on another story in the manga series. The animation continues to be nothing particularly special although very clearly CLAMP's style. If you just watch the anime without thinking too much about the background of the series it has a good story and is more than enough to keep your interest. However, if you start wondering why some people seem to act a little strangely on occasion, then you need to know something about the manga series where these questions would be answered. I noticed this most clearly when Ashura was watching the dancer performing and she says a name (Gige) but the translation was something like "she's good". The other part which is very much in question is Ashura's evil side which we see when he goes on a rampage through the castle. Oh and yes, Ashura is a he not a she as mentioned in the anime. While Ashura is over 300 years old, most of that time was spent being protected in a tree. Tenoh is oddly enough his twin brother by Taishakuten; both had the same mother Shashi. There are many other points which are clarified in the manga, and so it helps if you can read some Japanese, or have a good ability with picture reading. Otherwise, while the story is good, the background is somewhat lacking and there may be a couple places where you wonder why people are acting the way they do. - 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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