If there is an art book I want, but it hasn’t been released in English, I have no problems buying the Japanese version. Not being able to read the “extras” at the end of the book do make me a bit sad. But the main reason I want these books is for the full page illustrations. I’m a big fan of CLAMP illustrations and love their art books. Unfortunately not ALL RG Veda illustrations are in this art book, but a good chunk are. There is another RG Veda art book out there, but the pricetag is too high for my blood. How much did this one cost? The seller’s requested “Buy It Now” price was $48.99, but my offer of $26.00 was accepted and I also got free shipping because I bought several other art books. So don’t hesitate to ever use the “Make an Offer” feature on eBay when it’s available, you may be surprised at the luck of your results.

So this set comes with two books, the top image is of the sleeve that holds the two books together. The book on the left is the one that was my goal, this one contains illustrations from the series RG Veda. The 2nd book is an extra story that is sort of a prequel (not that I can read it). RG Veda was when I was first introduced to the frustration that are OVAs, the episodes gave me a piece of the story, but nothing more. Eventually (many years later) I was able to buy the manga and get the complete story. This series is CLAMP’s debut series and their art style is drastically different today.

This character (Karura-ō) is what drew me into RG Veda, I watched the OVAs on a whim one night. At that time the main way I watched anime was renting from the local video store, and I was running out of series appropriate for my age (at the time). But the image that sticks in my head is of this character and her lovely bird, so when I got a chance to own the manga I jumped at it because 1) I like CLAMP and 2) I wanted to know more about that character.

Also another gorgeous illustration. The illustration is even better when you know more details about these two and their relationship, and their outcome. This is probably my favorite illustration in the entire series.

This is one of the best pictures of the protagonist Ashura. But I think my favorite image of Ashura is the illustration from the Tsubasa Art Book. Ashura was a hard protagonist for me to swallow at first, why? Because CLAMP drew this character so that it could really be a male or female, although I think officially he is male? I’m not 100% sure if Ashura is a male, or if the English translation just made him male to take out the ambiguity of this character’s gender.

There should have been more illustrations of Kujaku! Ok there are actually quite a few of him, he was a great character. I think the illustration that does him the most justice is this one (despite being just Black and White). It’s lovely. Although when you compare his face to Ashura’s it’s every bit as pretty as his, but for some reason his appearance didn’t confuse me as much. Maybe him being bare chested took out any questions my head may have had. The icons below are a mix of some of the black and white images from the first book and some of the images from the side story.

I can understand that it’s a bit hard to enjoy this art style, it’s extremely outdated (early 90’s). But I love illustrations from this time period a lot. Perhaps it’s because that’s when I first began to love anime?