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Rahxephon: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jason Douglas , Hiro Shimono , Akitoshi Yokoyama , Ikur˘ Sat˘    DVD
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  • Actors: Jason Douglas, Hiro Shimono, Aya Hisakawa, Fumioki, Houko Kuwashima
  • Directors: Akitoshi Yokoyama, Ikur˘ Sat˘, Masahiro And˘, Mitsuo Iso, Susumu Kudo
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000929VA4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,418 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars evangelion rip-off? 1 Oct 2005
At first glance the story of Rahxephon sounds suspiciously similar to that of Neon Genesis Evangelion. And it is true the two stories do have a lot in common! -but, nevertheless, they are two distinctly different stories, and the author of this review takes the side of the Rahxephon.
First let me make it clear that I have the greatest respect for Evangelion, it is an amazing anime that no one should have to live without. With that said one might wonder how I can claim that Rahxephon is better. But it is simple: everything Neon Genesis Evangelion brought, Rahxephon brings twice as well.
Evangelion was driven by a massive philosophical plot, giving it a dull appearance. The greatest strength of it being the uncertainty with witch it was put forth. You always had to have the next episode, because maybe you would understand everything better, only the moment of understanding was never as clear as one could have wanted.
The story of Rahxephon is character-driven, and compared to the characters of Evangelion these have what it takes to hold it up. In my humble opinion given Rahxephon a much more mature and trustworthy story.
My advice to you is not to let this anime slip past you just because you thought it sounded like a rip-off. It is an incredible story about learning who you really are and where you belong. And it is a definite must-have for anyone who loved Evangelion, but sat at the ending thinking it could have been different, and thus much better.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime doesnt get any better than this! 17 May 2005
By B. Ackley - Published on
"RahXephon- Complete collection" repackages the 2003 7 disc TV series from ADV Films into a space saving thinpak collection. The orginal cover art is used but buyers wont get the dvd character booklets that accompanied the original release nor is the motion picture included. The series does come in a stylish collectors box with new artwork. If you missed RahXephon the first time don't hesitate to pick up this amazing series.

RahXephon was at first dismissed by some as a clone of Neon Genesis Evangelion with it the similar idea of a protagonist (in this case Ayato Kamina) reluctant to use the giant mecha RahXephon to fight otherworldly invaders. Those who watched the show realised thats where the similarities end.

RahXephon is the story of high schooler Ayato Kamina, a ordinary guy living in Tokyo, the last city on Earth that didnt fall to invaders the MU. The citizens of Tokyo are constantly aware that invasion could happen at any point and in the first episode it does. During the attack Ayato is seperated from his friends and meets up with another classmate Reika who takes him to an underground room where she awakens the RahXEphon and makes Ayato become one with the hulking mecha. Ayato is able to escape the city using the RahXephon where he soon learns Tokyo is actually controlled by the MU.

Over the course of the series Ayato has to unravel the truth of the world, come to grips with his own personal demons and decide how he is connected to the RahXEphon.

The series does a great job of storytelling. The first episode quickly throws many questions at the viewer and has you wondering just what is the truth in the world of RahXephon. The pacing of the story is excellent. Viewers are given just enough answers to questions to keep them satisfied while having new questions crop up. The show will keep you guessing until the end.

A phenomenal anime that has action, romance, comedy, big mecha and lots of mystery- truly something for everyone. If you haven't seen RahXephon yet, what are you waiting for?

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a great series! 23 Dec 2005
By A. Schneider - Published on
Often enough this series is compared to NGE (Neon Genesis) and is blamed for following in its footsteps. In all honesty I find RahXephon extremely creative, thought provoking and well done. In its own right RahXephon stands out as possibly one of the very best "mecha" series to date, in a class and category all to itself!

As a fan of thought provoking animes (preferring seriousness over humor and calm introspective moments for the characters over highly complicated battle sequences), I was deeply disappointed with NGE and many movies in the Gundam line... was it impossible to fuse high-technology robots with an intellectual storyline? Was it impossible to bring great voice acting, great animation and design together in one series?

At first I thought I was asking a lot ... that was until I caught RahXephon on G4TV.

RahXephon's art alone is superb. The series is drawn and animated quite beautifully, almost everything on the screen is highly detailed and appropriately colored. The series comes across as extremely stunning in comparison with other mecha-type shows. In other shows the artists sacrifice detail in order to bring you quick action sequences - RahXephon doesn't focus too much on the action sequences and instead brings you stunning visuals you're sure to remember.

RahXephon features a creative storyline: a world in which music plays a key role in human events. Music literally shapes the world as a whole and when two races collide (Humans and Mulians); music might just be the world's only salvation. Through themes which were heavily researched (as apparent in the Italian musical notation names of the Dolem - enemy Mu fighting units - and through the use of clever poetry to foreshadow events to come), RahXephon's storyline is one of the most engaging storylines in a mecha-type show I've seen.

RahXephon is a story about uncertainty, taking risks, and exploring the nature of reality. And yet for all the major themes present, through the use of downright loveable characters (who are aesthetically pleasing as well as interesting), we see a world "suffused with sound" in all of its magnificence.

An anime great. I recommend this series to anyone with any interest in mecha combat mixed with a heavy story! Those with a good grasp on what makes a quality Japanese animation are bound to enjoy RahXephon!
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent anime series 15 May 2005
By eau - Published on
This complete collection contains the same discs from the current, individual volumes but now at a fraction of the cost. The discs come in thinpaks housed in a chipboard artbox. The only things that are missing are the booklets from the individual volumes. Note that while this is called a complete collection, it does not include the movie DVD.
33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Night and Day! 3 April 2006
By S. L. Burdick - Published on
First off, I loved Rah and hated Eva, so keep that in mind reading this. ;)

As I added to my Eva review here, Eva did it first, but Rah did it RIGHT.

Other people have said Rah blows you away for visuals, and they're right. The Last Exile was the only series I've seen that's on par with the beautiful art here.

The beginning's a bit hectic to be sure, but after the mess that was Evangelion, I was willing to sit it out for a few episodes. Boy am I glad I did!

You won't even notice when Rah works its subtle charm on you, but you'll suddenly realize you're connecting pieces of the story and really getting involved.

Eva NEVER gave me a similar moment, most of that's weak "what if" at best. RahXephon took the entirely different road with their ideas. If you watch to the end and then think about each and every instance, Rah DOES make sense. The wierd happenings all are understandable, something Eva didn't seem to bother with at all.

As to why the Mu only sent out Dolems one at a time? Unlike Eva's Angels which really DIDN'T make sense to be attacking solo, the Mu weren't after conquest. Their whole motive was to awaken Rah. This's why they don't outright try to kill Xephon in the first episode. See? Like I said, Rah makes sense!

Don't even get me started on character differences. Night and day, baby. Rah's populace is heroic and act like actual humans, for the most part. None of the gloom and doom from Eva. As a result, you actually give a damn about them. The underpinning main romance will have ya jumping up and down in your chair screaming "Just tell him!", it's that well written.

And the biggest point in favor of RahXephon? It's resolved. All the philospies and long episodes go somewhere. There's no jumbled mess at the end of Rah. The ending, while ambiguous except for a few characters, is an ending. An ending a HUMAN would choose if given Rah's choices. Eva forgot that it was dealing with humans somewhere, instead turning them all into fatalistic robots with a deathwish in the second half.

Eva did it first, but RahXephon did it right. Here comes the sun, baby.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Amazing What Two Minutes Could Do 6 July 2006
By Antonio D. Paolucci - Published on
Rahxephon is a masterpiece. It has one of the smartest and original stories ever written, with characters that are easy to love and hate, depending on their role in the series. To add to that, Rahxephon has a soundtrack that perfectly matches both the mood of every scene, as well as the overall theme of the anime, and since this anime is based off of musical patterns, a good musical score is a must.

But all that wasn't enough for me to give Rahxephon a five. It was actually the final two minutes of the twenty-sixth episode that caused me to give this series a five. While I won't describe it, and therefore spoil it, I'll say that it does everything and then some to fully explain what was actually going on between the two main characters of this series, Ayato and Haruka. To me, it was the perfect ending to a series that had me a bit puzzled until those last minutes, and I actually laughed out loud at the final words that flashed across the screen before it was finally over. So, advance warning, don't turn the final episode off until all the credits have rolled or else you'll miss one of the most important moments in the story.

As for the story, Rahxephon follows a seventeen-year-old boy named Ayato who grows up believing that his small place in Tokyo is all that is left after an apocalypse. Yet this, as he learns quickly, is a lie, and Ayato soon finds himself the key tool in a battle against a race of alien creatures known as the Mu, who appear human in every aspect but their blue blood. Working for a military organization known as Terra, Ayato battles the Mu's Dolem, giant robotic creatures who use sound patterns as weapons, with his own giant robot, the Rahxephon. Along the way, Ayato meets a few friends, as well as experiencing some rather strange occurrences, including an illusionary girl, a few love interests, and a red-haired girl named Quan who seems to know more about Ayato than he does.

Well, that's about the gist of the plot. Rahxephon is actually a difficult anime to explain. I can say that it's somewhat of a love story as well as a tale of apocalypse, with a large cast of characters. But still, I can promise that if ever there was a giant robo anime to come close to the success of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rahxephon is it. It contains a story as smart as Eva, only a little less confusing. It has excellent animation and a lot of great action. And it has the aforementioned soundtrack, including what may be the best opening credit song to ever grace an anime. Get this if you love giant robo anime, or loved Eva. Also, if you like Studio BONES productions (Fullmetal Alchemist; Wolf's Rain; Eureka Seven), then this is definitely one you'd like to get.
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