Ranked #1273


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
Source: Unknown
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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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 upon seeing his mother's blue blood.


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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, Creator, Mechanical Design

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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Nov 14, 2015
In the early 00's, a still-young anime studio whose most notable projects up to that point were tie-in movies to successful anime from their parent company hired a mechanical designer to serve as director for an anime-original project, hoping to create a series that would set a new standard for giant robot anime when many would argue that had already been done. This is how RahXephon came to be, and the end result is as difficult to describe and discuss now as it was to predict then. Knowing where to begin, though, has always been painfully easy. RahXephon is not trying to be Neon Genesis read more
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Nov 17, 2015
Beeing heavily inspired by NGE, Rahxephon became one of my favourite
anime. Though the makers even admitted NGE as their raw model for the
show, it has enough uniqueness of its own, to stand out from the NGE
clones of its time.

It`s hard to put a finger on what made the show so special...
It`s either the extremely complex plot that only
completely unfolds at the very end or the Mayan mythology inspired
symbolism that is heavily used in Rahxephon. Nonetheless the show
creates an unsettling athmosphere throughout its 26 episodes, that is
only rivaled by NGE itself.
The characters though are quite different. While Evas cast was almost too human and therefore 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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Oct 27, 2015
Okay so this is my first review... I first started watching this show after listening to DJ Sharpnel's "World Sound" and wondered if there was a theme song for some anime that was in it so I scrolled down... and found about 5 different people saying "It's the opening theme for RahXephon"

SO I decided to look at it and from episode 1 I was confused as hell... but when I got to the 4'th episode... I COULD NOT STOP WATCHING IT. The story just wraps itself around you and sucks you in. I LOVED how the main character, Ayato Kamina had to literally accept reality 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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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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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