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RahXephon

RahXephon

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ラーゼフォン

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 21, 2002 to Sep 10, 2002
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.621 (scored by 23622 users)
Ranked: #11862
Popularity: #628
Members: 52,873
Favorites: 653
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Popular Tags

action drama mecha romance sci-fi

Synopsis

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.

Related Anime

Adaptation: RahXephon, RahXephon
Side story: RahXephon Interlude: Her and Herself/Thatness and Thereness
Alternative version: RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio
Summary: RahXephon Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

Kamina, Ayato
Kamina, Ayato
Main
Patton, Chris
English
Patton, Chris
Shimono, Hiro
Japanese
Shimono, Hiro
...
Kisaragi, Quon
Kisaragi, Quon
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Vincent-Davis, Kira
English
Vincent-Davis, Kira
...
Mishima, Reika
Mishima, Reika
Main
Sakamoto, Maaya
Japanese
Sakamoto, Maaya
Latini, Ilaria
Italian
Latini, Ilaria
...
Shitow, Haruka
Shitow, Haruka
Main
Hisakawa, Aya
Japanese
Hisakawa, Aya
Rial, Monica
English
Rial, Monica
...

Staff

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



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Mar 6, 2015
adrianojones
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...

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Feb 20, 2014
Eastunder
You know, it's actually kind of hard to write a positive review. It's not that it's hard to point out positive aspects of something. But it's a bit harder to justify your praise for it, without coming off as a fanatic that choses to ignore it's flaws. By contrast, it's far easier to justify a negative review. My last review of School Days was one of the easiest things i've ever written. A show that i detested for so many reasons, and that others felt the same about, so it was easy to justify my negativity. But what about a review of my favorite show? read more
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Oct 18, 2009
Maur
Overall/Enjoyment:
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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Aug 18, 2008
jagabond
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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Recommendations

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.
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.
Both are mecha shows set in a post-apocalyptic backdrop with large, alien enemies and similar themes.
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.
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.
Angels vs Humans.... fighting for survival and annihilation. With action, mecha, and romance; these two animes are worthy of watching if you like the combination of these genres.

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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