Rahxephon - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1-5 details
|Starring:||Agnès Manoury, Ayako Kawasumi, Illich Guardiola, Ichiko Hashimoto, Hilary Haag, Chris Patton, Aya Hisakawa, Kira Vincent-Davis, John Swasey, Mandy Clark, Lauren Goodnight, Maaya Sakamoto, Houko Kuwashima, Hiro Shimono, Monica Rial|
Rahxephon - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1-5
|Run time:||2 hours 5 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Sep 2003|
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Simply Superb - A Breath Of Fresh Air.By adam from bristol , 03 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Comparable to an operatic version of The Matrix, RahXephon is a perfectly animated science fantasy centring on the awakening of a young boy's identity from his deceived perception of the world.
Set in the near future, Tokyo has been isolated from the rest of the world by a bubble following what citizens term 'World War 3', which reportedly destroyed the rest of the world. 17 year old Kamina Ayato begins to discover there is a lot more to the truth behind this than the government are telling the occupants of 'Tokyo Jupiter'. What are the strange giant machines floating in the sky? Why can't anyone else see them? Why do government agents follow him and why is their blood blue?
The plot slows in places to allow greater character exploration as deeper relationships are developed. I found the level of interaction between characters very satisfying and convincing enough to utterly draw me into the emotional sweep of the story.
Besides depth of character realisation, there is a terrific sci-fi theme of imaginative ideas on the scale of a Philip K Dick novel. Certainly a level above typical giant robot anime, the ideas are used properly, to further explore story aspects, expanding on real life issues as superior sci-fi should.
I would recommend viewing in Japanese with English subtitles, though, as although the American dubbing is less cringeworthy than most, some of the name mis-pronounciations can get quite irritating ('Heyyyy, Ayadoooh, how's it goiiin'?' in a teenaged Californian accent).
RahXephon is categorised as High Density Animation, which means if you watch it on a large screen the picture quality won't suffer. Although ADV's standards of picture quality and DVD programming are consistently high, this is one of the best of their releases - perhaps one of the few that deserves their professional attention to detail and clarity of images.
I've watched a lot of anime and have grown quite sick of shoddy, Pokemon style junk. I can promise you that this is different. Comparing RahXephon to typical Manga would be like comparing Al Pacino to George Lazenby. You simply shouldn't do it. It would be a sin.
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rahxephonBy mark leather from secret , 06 Mar 2011Well worth watching and I would recommend to anyone
Fresh evaluation...By Svarog (13 reviews) from Earth, I think... , 15 Dec 2010I originally watched the first disc of this series and wrote it off as a Neon Genesis Evangelion-clone. Yes, it is very similar in many ways, however, I've sinced watched it again and think that I may have been a bit too harsh.
The plot is basically the same as NGE, but approached from a slightly different angle. The exposition (no spoilers here) is measured, leaving the viewer wanting more and the characters begin with less substance, leaving scope for detailed character-development.
Sceptical but in the end I liked itBy sn8f1st (5 reviews) from Windsor , 23 Dec 2009I was not to sure about renting this one out but I gave it a go and really did enjoy it.
Starts slow and is a little confusing at the beginning but once the story starts to develop I found myself getting drawn into it more and more.
I watch a lot of anime and have seen a lot of whats already available and this is one I will be chomping my way through.
I agree with previous comments:By Riain (121 reviews) from Essex , 05 Apr 2009A good animated story, good character dept, well presented, enjoyable but your patience is tested in the beginning with the lack of information. I kept watching because the comments of other LoveFilm members promised me an enjoyable story.
For adults?? hmm..By Thomas Paterson from Scotland , 13 Aug 2007I read the other review saying that the series was more suited to an adult and a kid would find it boring. I have to say that seems about right BUT- as a 19 year old i didn't enjoy the series much. Admittedly I like some more action - (recommend - bubblegum crisis 2040) - anime madness but even great pieces like spirited away i can appreciate. Overall i'd say the anime is quite dull, and does take soem patience to get into. But artistically it's fantastic, even the english voice-overs are decent.
Can be quite dull at parts, but worth giving a chance. Definatlely aimed at the more art-appreciative audience.
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