Rai is a space opera that fuses feudal Chinese and Japanese customs with vast galaxy spanning empires and space-going societies. The story follows the life and times of the samurai Rai, and the quest of several spacefaring factions for control of territory and, of course, the Empire.
This series honour the genre it belongs, sci-fi space opera, it covers very well the comon elements like the growth of the hero (in this case Rai or Thunderjet) the political matters in war times (in this case mixed with feudal Japan and China settings) the action in battles both with spaceships and close combat with swords and the drama implied in a war of winning and losing battles and sometimes losing the life of important or dear persons like the leaders and the love interest or friends.
The story never slows down and keeps us always interested even if it change sometimes the mood going
from light comedy to serious war drama.
And look out for the opening and ending one being a very heroic animation and song and the other sad and dramatic animation and song.
This is one of the anime that I grew up with. I remembered that I watched this when I was in elementary. (am i that old already?) Anyways, even though that it was way long ago, this anime was stamped in my memories, why?
I love how the story went on. It will not give you any chance to be bored. The setting may not be your usual setting because its like the old history meets the sci-fi setting which kind of unique. Even though that this primary tackles war, the development was not dragging and will keep you interested with different other things like a
little comedy on the side and depths of the characters.
Since this is an old anime, the art is quite good comparing to the anime that was shown in the same year.
One thing that I always remembered about this anime is the opening song. I recalled that every time the TV starts to play the opening song, whenever I am in the house, I will definitely rush in front of out TV set, and I even compete with my classmates in singing its opening and ending songs.
The things that I love the most here are the characters. I believe they are well developed. The characters was able to justify the story and they did what they supposed to be doing, keeps the audience interested. I remembered that I did shed tears when one of the main characters died.
As you can see, I really did enjoy this anime, if you're looking for classic kick ass anime, I really recommend you watching this.