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Anime adaptation of CLAMP's manga.

 Ashura the Lord of Heaven is betrayed by his wife and murdered by her lover, his chief general. The usurper rules for 300 years, until the day when the prophesied band of six warriors arrives to defeat him. But there are only five of them, so they wander around a bit looking for the missing slowpoke, while various people go on about "things that shall be" and "that which is written." By the time they find the latecomer, it's time for the credits to roll.

Based on a manga by the CLAMP artistic collective who gave us CardCaptors, RV is one of many of their works that has been poorly served in anime form. Like many anime designed as ads for much longer manga (e.g., Compiler), RV finishes before it's even begun, with the band of heroes heading off to do great deeds, frustrating English-speaking fans who want to know how the story ends but cannot read the original.

The English dub uses genuinely British accents with mixed success; plummy goddesses ordering around minions sound rather good, but the iconoclastic gang of farting, bickering heroes seem like the Famous Five on safari. Although George Roubicek's script is fine, Rg Veda suffers (like many anime) from being transliterated instead of translated. The fact that we're watching a Japanese fantasy retelling of Hindu myth is interesting, but the script keeps names in their Japanese form, so we never find out that Taishakuten is really Indra, Karura is Garuda (see Karula Dances), Kujaku is Mahamayuri Vidyarajni (see Peacock King), Kendappa is Gandharva, and Yasha is Yaksha. There are a few nice moments of fantasy, like the butterflies who are "messengers of darkness," and the mad Princess Aizen Myoo (Ragaraja, a red-skinned, three-eyed, six-armed male demon in the original), who imprisons Yasha in a castle of ice, but it's all been done better elsewhere-chiefly in the pious Indian coproduction Ramayana.

The production company pretentiously used Sanskrit orthography to write the title, not expecting the English distributors to mistake the opening two letters for initials-it's thus pronounced "Rig Veda" not "Argie Veda."
Series Credits
Person Name Episode Count
Tetsuro Aoki
Takamasa Ikegami
Hiroyuki Ebata

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Name RG Veda
Name: 聖伝-RG VEDA
Romaji: Seiden RG Veda
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Start Year 1991
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Aliases Holy Scripture RG Veda
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Ashura first in Twin City
Soma first in Twin City
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