RG Veda is based on the manga of same name by the famous artistic group, CLAMP. Since it was a fantasy anime, I quickly picked it up.
The one thing that immediately struck me was the really good character art. CLAMP's style is rather distinct, particularly in the eyes of the characters. They also sported very shiny hair, as well, which made me wonder if shampoo was available in the middle ages. The background art wasn't very detailed, however. This wasn't a problem, since most of the time is spent looking at the characters.
The characters themselves were quite good. Ashura is such a cute little thing, and quite charming as well. The various other main characters were fairly developed as well. However, the main villains suffered from a lack of proper character development, due to the short length of the anime.
The story is one of this series' greatest strengths, but also its biggest weakness. A prophecy tells of six warriors coming together to overthrow the evil tyrant, Taishakuten. Four of the six have already joined forces, as they seek out the remaining two. Since only four episodes were made, they only have snippets from the manga. The overall story revolving around the six warriors joining forces is present, but it is never resolved. As is such, merely a few minor plots occur, which isn't entirely a bad thing. I enjoyed the elements of the story line that did occur, but it's too bad the larger tale wasn't told in full.
There's also some pretty exciting medieval-type action, with lots of glitzy spells, ferocious sword fights and big ol' monsters. The soundtrack which accompanied the action was a bit on the heavy side, but enhanced the mood nonetheless.
It's a real shame this anime didn't contain the entire story from the manga. The story that was presented was very good, and it's too bad the whole story will remain in the manga. Don't let that stop you from seeing RG Veda, though. If you like fantasy, you shouldn't be disappointed.
The Verdict: * * * * (good)
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