Ranked #1291


Alternative Titles

Japanese: ラーゼフォン


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 21, 2002 to Sep 10, 2002
Premiered: Winter 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Asatsu DK, Fuji TV
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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In the year 2012 Japan was invaded by the Mu. Human-like beings from another dimension with blue blood.

In the year 2015 Tokyo is attacked by invaders, who are repelled by a humanoid weapon called a Dolem. During the chaos, Ayato Kamina meets Reika Mishima, a classmate.

During that same day, he is attacked by government officials but a woman named Haruka comes to his rescue, informing him that she was sent to get him by the Organization TERRA, and that Tokyo had been sealed in a time rift where time flows one third as fast as the outside world.

He flees from Haruka onto a train where he sees Reika once more. Arriving at the Room of Rah, he follows her to a tremendous egg where the Dolem RahXephon is hatched from, and upon her singing his mother appears atop the Dolem that had stopped the TERRA Invasion. In the battle Ayato's mother is injured, and Ayato flees Tokyo Jupiter with Haruka.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Kamina, Ayato
Kamina, Ayato
Shimono, Hiro
Shimono, Hiro
Shitow, Haruka
Shitow, Haruka
Hisakawa, Aya
Hisakawa, Aya
Kisaragi, Quon
Kisaragi, Quon
Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko
Mishima, Reika
Mishima, Reika
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sakamoto, Maaya


Minami, Masahiko
Minami, Masahiko
Greenfield, Matt
Greenfield, Matt
Producer, Script, ADR Director
Sasaki, Shiro
Sasaki, Shiro
Izubuchi, Yutaka
Izubuchi, Yutaka
Director, Mechanical Design, Creator

More episodes Episodes(8/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Invasion of the Capital
Shuto Shinkou: Over Lord (首都侵攻 - OVER LORD -)
Jan 21, 2002
2 God and Man Awaken
Shinjin Mezameru: Awakening (神人(しんじん)目覚める - AWAKENING -)
Jan 28, 2002
3 City of Blood
Futari no Machi: Welcome to Our Town (二人の街 - Welcome to our town -)
Feb 4, 2002
4 His Own Watch
Jibun no Tokei: Watch the Year Hand (自分の時計 - Watch the year hand -)
Feb 18, 2002
5 Nirai Kanai
Niraikanai: On Earth As It Is in Heaven (ニライカナイ - On Earth As It Is In Heaven -)
Feb 25, 2002

Opening Theme

#01: "Hemisphere" by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 2-3, 5-25)
#02: "Hemisphere (Instrumental)" by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 4)

Ending Theme

#1: "Yume no Tamago" ("Fledgling Dream" English version) by Ichiko and Mayumi Hashimoto (ep 1, 5, 15-16, 19, 25)
#2: "Yume no Tamago" by Ichiko Hashimoto and Mayumi Hashimoto (eps 2-4, 6-14, 17-18, 20-24)
#3: "Before You Know" by Ichiko Hashimoto (ep 26)

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Aug 18, 2008
To start off, I'm going to say I am not a big mecha fan. All I knew when I started this series was that it was a mecha/sci-fi/action anime that some of my friends looked down upon due to its unfavorable comparisons to Neon Genesis Evangaleon (which I haven't seen). Other than that, I had no idea what I was in for, and that's how I like it. What I got, in short, was a surprisingly great show, well made, that really grew on me very quickly.

STORY: The story can be the weakest part for some people, it isn't simple or linear, but, I think, read more
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Oct 18, 2009
Where to begin. First the disclaimer: RahXephon is definitely not for everyone. It's usually best to have little to no expectations so as to not contaminate the experience. With RX there are some things you should, and a lot of things you should NOT, expect.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how significantly challenging of a show it is to get into. You certainly have to be in the right mood/mindset for it. It is easy to label this show as an action, drama, sci-fi mecha romance (or whatever), but what does any of that mean? If you've seen Neon Genesis Evangelion, expect this read more
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Mar 6, 2015
Preface (let me get this out of the way): Rahxephon certainly draws strong influences from various sources; Robert. F. Young's The Dandelion Girl, James Churchward's The Lost Continent of Mu, and most famously, Neon Genesis Evangelion. In fact, the latter's impact was evident to the point where Rahxephon was often called an "Evangelion ripoff", and while it should cry out indignantly against having such a name, there are certainly numerous parallels in presentation that almost seem as if the show was paying homage to NGE. Now, that said...

Our love for our favourite shows by no means dissipate after their credits roll, much like how read more
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Dec 24, 2007
RahXephon is a Shounen, Sci-fi, Mecha, Romance, Drama about a high school boy Ayato Kamina, who believes in the reality that is present before him. However everything changes once he discovers the truth about the world, that humanity is at war.

From the very beginning you will be thrown right into the thick of it, knowing very little about the plot, story and overall premise. However as the show goes on it slowly reveals, bit by bit, what it is all about, which is about humanity's struggle against some weird invaders. The story is told well because everything is straight forward and you won’t feel overwhelmed read more
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Evangelion is the main source of inspiration for Rahxephon, many consider it a clone. Evangelion tends to be more complex and intellectual, concentrating on philosophy and psychology while Rahxephon tends to be easier and not so intelligent concentrating on a love story with harem like influences. 
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Both are mecha shows set in a post-apocalyptic backdrop with large, alien enemies and similar themes. 
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The Director of Eureka 7 (Tomoki Kyoda) was also involved as Assistant Director for Rahxephon, and both series share a lot in common. Rahxephon, like Eureka 7, is also a "character-driven" mecha which I'd highly recommend to anyone who likes a good love story with giant robots thrown in, or a giant robot story with a love story thrown in - take your pick, you win either way. 
reportRecommended by Godai5
Anime: Persona: Trinity Soul
Both RahXephon and Persona have the main character thrown into a situation which requires them to fight for, at first, somewhat unknown reasons. However, RahXephon is more serious than Persona. 
reportRecommended by selective_yellow
Anime: Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
Both are made by Bones, they take place at a southern island and revolve around strange looking mecha. There is also a certain painting that most likely will catch your eye. 
reportRecommended by AfterGlow
Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
The stories themselves are hardly similar, but there is an air of desperation in both of them. The main characters are both teenagers thrown into fighting before they know what they're fighting for; both characters have skills that cannot be compared to anyone around them. Ayato who pilots Rahxephon and must tune the world, and Kira who pilots a gundam and is considered the ultimate coordinator. 
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