Mania Grade: D+
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: N/A
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B-
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Central Park Media
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: RG Veda
By Chris Beveridge
August 14, 2001
Release Date: August 14, 2001
What They Say
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A brutal tyrant enslaves a dying race. Prophecy says that six warriors will end his despotic rule. Five mystical fighters search the land for the last of their kind, living by their wits and battle skills. Swords will clash as the battle between good and evil explodes.The Review!
The first time I started up this disc I remembered why I never bought past the first laserdisc. I lasted 5 minutes before I turned it off. The second night I started up this disc I made it 10 minutes until I found my daughters alphabet puzzles more interesting and turned it off. On the third night I found myself without the energy to press the stop button and ended up watching the disc.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout this stereo soundtrack, the majority of the dialogue and sound effects were center channel based and sounded decent if unexceptional. We didn't note any dropouts or other distortions.Video:
Originally released in 1992 in Japan and then a few years later subtitled only in the US, RG Veda finally gets itself a dub and a DVD release. The materials for the show look like they were never top notch to begin with, as you can tell just from the number of flecks of dirt and dust on the print from the opening scene. This doesn't have the high quality feel that a lot of early 90's OVA's do and looks quite pale and lifeless compared to many that were released during that timeframe. Colors here are decent if unexceptional, and the show mostly suffers from mid-range to long-range shots where rainbows take their toll in causing a lot of interior character shimmering. Close-up shots of characters seem largely unaffected.Packaging:
Going by the overly red and pink cover, I can see a lot of men backing away from this cover in a retail store. It's more shoujo-feely than a Cardcaptor Sakura cover! The main artwork is a shot of Yasha and Ashura being all serious while the leaves fall around them. The back cover provides some artwork of the two women and gives a brief summary of the show and a decent listing of the features. Note to CPM: we rag on MGM for listing their inserts as collectible booklets. It's time to stop listing chapter stops and menus as features. The reverse side of the cover is the usual black and white with some more artwork and the voice actor credits for both languages as well as chapter stops.Menus:
A bit more creativity has crept into the menu design with the selections listed through the center while inside an object the animation plays behind it. Selections are quick to access and there was no trouble moving around.Extras:
There's a few extras here, such as the trailer and the about sections that talk about the history of the show and the verses. They're in English, so we kind of skimmed through them a bit, more due to our distaste for the show rather than it being dubbed.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Studly clan king loses clan, protects young elfinish looking woman wearing a toga who has power to set everyone free, but should have killed her to save his clan. They travel together with others to find the missing sixth "star" who will help them set their realm free from the evil person who is turning their world dark.
That sums it up.
The show, with character designs by Mokona Apapa, is one of CLAMP's earlier works and to me one of their weakest. It really feels more like an animated thank you to the fans of the manga who supported that rather than a full story of it's own. The characters are ill-defined, their quest is really clichéd and the plots are obvious pretty fast. The characters have little real appeal to them and feel more of the standard cutout variety. Part of me feels that this was designed for those with more knowledge of its origins than those coming in fresh off the street.
As mentioned earlier, the show doesn't have the best looking designs for a CLAMP show nor for an OVA produced during a time of high budget OVA's. The two episodes, both running 45 minutes, are pretty poorly paced with a lot of long dragged out shots of our characters being moody or just oblivious. There's little for the viewer to really connect to here.
I really like CLAMP's work in general, but this is definitely one of their weaker efforts. Unless you're a die-hard fan or in desperate need for a fantasy fix, I'd take a pass on this one.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,About the Story,About the Verses,Meet the Cast,RG Veda Trailer
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.