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

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  • Actors: Jason Douglas, Hiro Shimono, Aya Hisakawa, Fumioki, Dai Matsumoto
  • 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 26 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000844JY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,438 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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It's been a while since I've seen an anime whit as much depth as RahXephon. Although many people have compared it to Neon Genesis Evangelion this is really not a correct comparison. Although they share similar themes their stories and the way the plot unfolds are total different. While in Neon Genesis Evangelion the anime revolves around the mecha and the pilot's reaction to them and through them, in RahXephon the mecha is just a means to an end. The story is more about the main character, Ayato Kamina come to terms whit him self and the two worlds he is a part of. In Evangrlion the story was forced on the characters. In RahXephon the characters actions force the plot. There is no predicted dooms day approaching and there is never any feeling that he is the only hope for mankind. He is just a kid whit a talent and the world will not end just because something happens to him. This allows for a more realistic character that's easy to relate to.
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.
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I wasn't terribly interested in this series when I first had a chance to see it and didn't have any real idea what it was really about, but after watching the first episode I was drawn in and completely hooked. The story is interesting and compelling while the animation style and mecha designs are absolutely beautiful. Through out the series I found all the characters to be very fascinating and extremely well developed. As far as the DVDs themselves go I am very pleased too. The inserts contain some great translator notes and other extras.
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.
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Everyone who is attempting to compare this to Eva is missing the point. I've watched Eva, repeatedly. Hell, I own all of Eva on DVD. I've watched RahXephon repeatedly as well, and am in the process of buying the R1 DVDs as they come out. I'm sorry but, while there are some similarities between the two series (OMG MECHA), RahXephon has incredible character development, artwork, music, and depth. Eva, well, whiny Shinji, an awful dub of Auska, "I WILL NOT RUN AWAY"^3, a terrible ending to the OVA, and two movies that served as a giant "I hate you" to the fans. Forget that. I'll take my opera that is RahXephon anyday.
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.
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By A Customer on April 22 2003
Format: DVD
"I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
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.
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