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RahXephon: Orchestration 1: Threshold (ep.1-5)


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  • Actors: Jason Douglas, Hiro Shimono, Aya Hisakawa, Fumioki, Houko Kuwashima
  • Directors: Akitoshi Yokoyama, Ikurô Satô, Masahiro Andô, Mitsuo Iso, Susumu Kudo
  • Format: NTSC, Color, DVD-Video, Dolby
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • Release Date: Oct. 15 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844JY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,821 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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Having already watched much of the wildly acclaimed anime available in the US such as Evangelion, TekkamonBlade, Cowboy Bepop, etc., I was not expecting to be so intrigued by this series. Rahxephon is a fairly new and mainstream animation which is supposedly, as my friend had mentioned before I bought into the series, an almost direct clone of Evangelion.
The story in Rahxephon is deep. Since I detest spoilers, I will only state that the plot is based on music and revolves around giant mecha combat, aliens, and the adolescent psyce. The animation is crisp and up to date. The battle scenes are beautifuly detailed and choreographed and the characters draw you with heavy dialogue and wonderful voice acting. Even the "ultimate resolution" at the end of the series was faboulously done and not as parodoxical as some Animes which I have seen.
The only area in which this anime fails is that it is preceded by Evangelion. If you strip away the element of music, one of the things that makes this animation truly exceptional, this anime looks EXACTLY like evangelion; the characters, mecha, and emotions are, if not directly duplicated, extremely similar. This unorigionality left me dissatisified with the animation as a whole. It felt like I was watching an alternate version of Evangelion and because of this, the emotions and actions of the characters did not have any impact on me. HOWEVER, if you have not viewed Evangelion, I beseech you to buy this series and revel in it.
The packaging and the DVDs themselves, are excellent. This anime should not be viewed by children for it is stark and violent and uterly devoid of "fuzzy" comedy relief.
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(This will be spoiler free, and as a result, brief. I don't want to give away a thing!)
I recently finished watching this series and I have to say that it has been one of the best viewing experiences of my life.
The animation is fluid, smooth, and breathtaking. Strategic placement of various backdrops and images enhance the story, whether by foreshadowing an event to come, or connecting an event from the past.
You can tell from the titles themselves that RahXephon has a very strong musical undertone, and in fact is an integral part of the story. The result is music that is haunting, stirring...memorable.
Above all else the characters are what makes or breaks a story - and these made it many times over. The diversity of characters ensures that you can relate and empathize with at least one, if not more. They are simple, complex, mysterious, or a little bit of each - tied together with the perfect voices, making these characters come to life. You find yourself laughing with them, crying in sorrow, in rage, in joy. You no longer see 'characters', but real souls going through myriad experiences and taking you along for the ride.
After finishing this story I find myself feeling as if I had lost a close friend, since I will never again be able to discover this world and these people for the 'first time'. I'm sure all of you have gone through a similar experience, and realized how profound it was, and how much you wanted to share it with your family and friends, anyone who would listen. RahXephon has been such an experience for me, and it is one I will not soon forget.
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First off this show is really nothing like NGE, in my opinion it is alot like Brain Powered (look it up for a description). This is a series that never lets you know what is going on or what the plot is and by the end its still not too clear. The fact that the characters are interesting and there are lots of battles and the curiosity to know whats going on when not much about the plot is revealed kept me watching. I read this series was by the creator of Gasaraki witch turned me off a little since that series sucked so bad, but this was really entertaining to watch.
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By A Customer on Dec 11 2003
Format: DVD
I wasnt quite sure of what to expect when i bought this. I was pleasantly surprised. It has a very deep if not confusing story, but since you've probably read a million other reviews for this, I wont go into the story. It has beautiful animation and the music is good but a bit annoying, but this is a bit biased because Im a rocker. The shirt that comes with it is very cool and is the only non-black shirt I wear in public. This is a fine purchase for anyone who likes giant robot anime, like myself.
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I've been looking at this for a long time. Obviously it appealed to me due to my deep love for Mecha-based anime, but I wanted to do a little basic research before buying it. After reading some basic info, I decided to buy it, and was lucky enough to find this box set at a Best Buy in New Hampshire, where there's no sales tax, and its about $15 cheaper than on this site. What I got was simply amazing. The animation is crisp and smooth, truly a thing of beauty at many points. The plot so far is very cool, and it's already drawn me in. Like what some have said, it bears some resemblance to Neon Genesis Evangelion, a series which I have the utmost respect for, but it is indeed its own show, and definetely a great show. The characters I've seen so far are excellent and feel very real, and there is some humor in it that makes it a little better(I believe episode 5 is the one with some humorous moments, such as a dinner scene, where there is a subtle but funny reference to sex made by a certain character^_^). The series is definetely going to be one I will keep my eye on in the coming months after each week's paycheck...
And another great thing, this DVD actually is worth the $30 I paid for it. The artbox it comes with for storing all seven DVDs is cool, and I love the shirt it comes with, it has a great black-and-white drawing of RahZephon on it. And of course, the five complete episodes makes it a good starting place for the series...
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