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04/23/2005 Archived Entry: "Manga review: RG Veda, Vol. 1"
Review by Tom Good
The four-woman team known as CLAMP has created many popular manga such as Tokyo Babylon and Chobits. Rg Veda is CLAMP's first major work, and though the name refers to the Rig Veda, the story seems unrelated to the Sanskrit original. As this story begins, the cruel king Taishakuten sends his servant Lord Yasha to kill the Royal Stargazer Kuyou, who has escaped from her prison. She tells Lord Yasha what she has seen in the future: that six stars will fall and defy heaven, the child of a vanished race will be found, and this child's destiny will be to kill Yasha. Yasha discovers the child, who is the earthly form of Lord Ashura, and the wheels of destiny begin to turn. Though aware of the danger, Yasha quickly becomes attached to the child.
This manga contains many of the artistic elements CLAMP is known for: tall, slender men, flowing hair, very cute women with large eyes, and many close-ups of faces. At the end of the book, a three page "RG Veda Bonus Manga" is actually a parody of the main story, where Bishamonten tells Taishakuten, "Leave it to me, dude. No prob. I'll waste those six stars for sure. Totally." This surfer-dude version is quite shocking and funny, but it also points out by contrast how the more formal dialogue of the main story can seem ponderous at times. Still, for CLAMP aficionados this is great material, and even casual manga fans might want to check it out.
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