RahXephon: Orchestration 1: Threshold (ep.1-5)
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The city of Tokyo has been overthrown, taken over by the Mu, invaders who have devastated the rest of the planet. Within the domed walls of the city, however, time flows in a different path, and none of the citizens even know they've been conquered. Outside Tokyo, the remnants of the human race have fought a desperate 15- year war against the Mu, knowing only that the key to victory lies within the occupied city. But no one has been able to get into Tokyo-until Ayato Kamina, a young resident fleeing a horrifying attack on the city, unwittingly breaks out. An extraordinary mystery unfolds as Ayato confronts a world he has never known, and begins to learn the horrifying secrets of RahXephon, a humanoid super weapon which apparently only he can control.
This imaginative 2002 TV series is vastly superior to creator Yutaka Izubuchi's muddled Gasaraki (1997). High school student and aspiring artist Kamina stumbles into a parallel world after a subway accident. The Tokyo of 2015 that he knows has been hidden in a way that causes time to pass more slowly--it's 12 years later than he believed. The outer world is engaged in a war fought with giant mecha that use sound as a weapon--and in which Kamina will play a key role. Everyone in this world recognizes him as the "Ollin," and when Reika, a girl he's painted, leads Kamina to a gigantic egg, the splendid mecha RahXephon hatches from it and bonds with Kamina. The premise recalls Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, but RahXephon is better plotted and executed, with more engaging characters and strikingly original mecha designs. (Rated 15 and older: violence, brief nudity, minor profanity, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Artwork and CG is some of the best that I have seen in anime. They blended the two together so well that in many scenes it becomes hard to tell what is CG and what is drawn. The music very well done, it is predictable enough that it easily brings out the proper emotion for the scene but also surprising and strong enough to be remarkable and memorable.
A lot of reviewers tend to compare Rahxephon to Evangelion, but I don't really think it's all that great of a comparison. Rahxephon is a much better series in my opinion. The characters have much more depth and have more reasonable motivations for their actions and are considerably more believable while the angst is less severe and more reasonable when it is present. The allusions and references are much more literary, like the aliens being called the Mu after Churchward's lost continent of Mu which I believe is often referenced in H.P. Lovecraft, and several rather apt references to various works of Japanese literature. Also the series has an awesome ending which while really weird and somewhat nonsensical at first eventually revealed a wealth of wonderful irony and assorted goodness after I thought about it for a moment. All of which leads to a wonderful series that I greatly enjoyed.
The music in this series is MINDBLOWINGLY good. The animation is GORGEOUS, although not exactly GITS SAC or Macross Plus. The story is incredible, and is one of the few animes that I have watched that has repeat value. Every time you see this series again, you will understand the plot in a whole new light and really enjoy it.
I'm sorry Eva fanboys. Give it up. I know there's been a lot of knock-offs, but realize that this series doesn't build on mecha with obnoxious Christian symbolism. It totally redefines the mecha genre with an entirely new standard of quality.
Since I'm not particularly good at reviews, I'll make this easy on you and I, and just divide it into two categories.
The first five episodes of the 26-ep series are on the first (of seven) DVD. The animation is crisp, bright, sharp, clean, colorful, vibrant, and all those other adjectives that people use to describe great animation. The character designs are also very nice, as are the mecha (I especially love the Allegretto). On to the storyline: even though these are only the first episodes, they aren't afraid to get into the mysteries right away. It already seems like the plot is revving up to something, and we're only 5 episodes in. I hope the feeling crescendos (no pun intended) all the way through the series.
The English dubbing was handled very well, too. Megumi and Haruka's voices sound kinda... odd when they yell or have very high-pitched lines, though. Otherwise, a very solid dub. The Japanese cast is very, very nice too. Music is above average as well. "Hemisphere" and "Yume no Tamago," the opening and ending themes, respectively, both fit the show well, and so does the vast majority of the background music.
The extras on the disc are sparse, but good. Other than Cowboy Bebop, this is the only series that I've appreciated the clean openings-closings for. The Japanese trailer was very cool too. The liner notes were very nice as well. The character sketches, info bites and interviews were a nice touch, and the first and last pages of the notes looked very cool with the different type of paper.
Since I bought the Special Edition DVD, I also got a nice box for the series, and a T-Shirt. The box is... well, a box. The art on it is very nice, though. The shirt is pretty cool, too.Read more ›
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What a complete and utter pile of crap. I cannot believe people are praising this anime. It is so unoriginal it makes me want to spew. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by NoMoreMrNiceGuy
Having already watched much of the wildly acclaimed anime available in the US such as Evangelion, TekkamonBlade, Cowboy Bepop, etc. Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Darius
(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... Read more
First off this show is really nothing like NGE, in my opinion it is alot like Brain Powered (look it up for a description). Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by DJ-H-OS
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... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003
This series is wonderful! I haven't seen disc 2 yet, seeing as I'm broke right now, but I'm hoping that will chance soon.
Anyway... Read more
The music is good, especially the theme by Maaya Sakamoto, the art is good, and SOME of the mecha designs are very good. Read morePublished on July 28 2003
It's not that bad reviewers can't help comparing this title to Evangelion it's just that it should be compared to it because it borrows so much from it. Read morePublished on May 14 2003 by Michael Wood