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Manga Review: RG Veda Volume 1 & 2 by CLAMP

RG Veda by CLAMP
Published By: Dark Horse Manga
Publication: 2016
Genres: Manga, Fantasy
Year Read: 2018
Links: Goodreads

RG Veda, pronounced Rig Veda, is based on the classic Indian saga of the same name. The lush, sprawling epic follows Yasha, once a mighty warrior king, but now the lord of a slaughtered people he could not save. Yasha journeys the land as the companion and protector of the genderless Ashura, even knowing Ashura’s fate is wound with doom for many. Together they seek the other four of the “Six Stars,” whose prophesied gathering will at least defeat Taishukuten, the evil usurper of Heaven’s throne. But all prophecies are open to interpretation…

RG Veda is CLAMP’s first published work. Back then there were more than four in the team and their style was not that developed, so the overall feeling is somewhat different from the norm.

This story is said to be based in Indian mythology, which sadly I know little to nothing about. I’m not sure if it would help to have some basis there to help with getting into the story, but it was a bit hard to follow. Things kick off with a prophecy and a child who should bring about doom for our main character while also overthrowing the tyrant god-king. That’s clear enough, but who is who and why they matter is a bit harder for me to follow. The art style is older, but has a bit more whimsy to it than more recently published stuff I’ve read.

I felt like this had a mixed up jumble of characters. I’m intrigued, the storyline sounds so interesting but I didn’t really enjoy it, I couldn’t continue the series past volume 2. It has a slow start. Really slow. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series.

Have you read this? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments! Hopefully you enjoyed it more than I did!