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Rahxephon - Vol 3 [DVD]

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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: Animated, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Dec. 2003
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8QF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Three more episodes of the Japanese anime set in 2012, in which Tokyo teenager Ayato Kamina is chosen to lead the freedom organisation Terra in the fight against the alien dictators Mu, and to pilot the angel-winged giant mecha robot ReXephon. Just as Ayato begins to think he has finally learned the truth, the barriers between the world created by the Mu and the 'real' world start to disintegrate, causing the very fabric of time and space to unravel. Episodes are: 'Sonata of Recollection', 'Elusive Circuit' and 'The Black Egg'.

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As the story of RahXephon unfolds, its similarities to and differences from Neon Genesis Evangelion--the subject of heated online debates--become increasingly evident. Unlike Shinji, Ayato is curious--and suspicious about the events surrounding him. He's right to be suspicious: lurking in the shadows is mysterious billionaire Ernst Von Bähbem, who may be over 500 years old. His relationships with TERRA, the Mulians, and Ayato are only hinted at. Quon begins to discover her latent powers, although "the time of her awakening has not yet come." Music exerts a curious power in this world: Quon floats toward a great Mulian egg singing the familiar "Second Polovtsian Dance" of Borodin. The ultimate success of the series will rest on whether director Yutaka Izubuchi ties all these elements together more satisfactorily than he did in Gasaraki. (Rated 15 and older: violence, brief nudity, minor profanity, tobacco and alcohol use)

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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2009
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This volume contains three episodes (10 - 12) so you get slightly fewer episodes for your money than you did with the first two.

After a complex first volume, and a second volume which settled down to give us a 'slice of life' look at the many characters involved, Volume three delves deeper into some of the characters so far left unexplored.

Ayato seems far more comfortable in his role as RahXephon pilot and jumping into the giant machine to fight enemy Dolem is second nature to him now, but things are turned up-side-down for him after a strange experience which momentarily leaves him questioning everything when he gets lost inside his own head and finds he can do whatever he wants to do.

While Ayato is left a bit dazed we learn more about his commander, so far he's been something of a macho guy but here he is given some depth. He has a dark past and his duty to the military led him to execute a command which still plays on his mind and fills him with guilt. His sadness is magnified by the fact that he has an estranged family and yet more regrets. A lot of time is invested in bringing us his story, a perfect example of how this story is aimed at a slightly older audience who can appreciate the more emotionally articulate aspects of the characters. There's also some naughty goings on down in the hospital, and the though the hints are obvious - some younger viewers may miss them.

The enigmatic Quon remains a mystery, but by the end of episode 12 it's clear that she is initiating something which is going to be a major factor in forthcoming episodes. The series is constantly building up various sub plots and characters - even when RahXephon makes for confusing viewing you want to watch on.
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The first thing that strikes me about this DVD is that fact that they have skimped on an episode where by you get only 3 as opposed to 4 in the previous volume, that is a little annoying :S but as for the story, this series seem to have reached that point in every classic Anime series where the dark sinister plot twists start to kick in, though only softly at first, the actual battles between the Rah Xephon and the Dolems are getting fewer and further between and much more emphisis is being placed upon the characters and their relevant relationships, which in this case is a good thing as the charcters in this series are surprisigly deep and endearing, there are quite a few dark alteriour motives starting to bubble to the surface with particular characters while the driving reasons behind others are better explored and explained, those expecting all out mech battling will be sorly dissapointed by this volume and for me the loss of an episode was sneaky profit making move on behalf of ADV, but for those looking for some serious character developements this is one for you :)
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The first thing that strikes me about this DVD is that fact that they have skimped on an episode where by you get only 3 as opposed to 4 in the previous volume, that is a little annoying :S but as for the story, this series seem to have reached that point in every classic Anime series where the dark sinister plot twists start to kick in, though only softly at first, the actual battles between the Rah Xephon and the Dolems are getting fewer and further between and much more emphisis is being placed upon the characters and their relevant relationships, which in this case is a good thing as the charcters in this series are surprisigly deep and endearing, there are quite a few dark alteriour motives starting to bubble to the surface with particular characters while the driving reasons behind others are better explored and explained, those expecting all out mech battling will be sorly dissapointed by this volume and for me the loss of an episode was sneaky profit making move on behalf of ADV, but for those looking for some serious character developements this is one for you :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for a sci-fi fan 21 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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RahXephon is a sci-fi anime with an intriguing story. Editorial review does a good job for summarizing the overall scenerio, so there is no need to lengthen my review. RahXephon resembles Neon Genesis Evangelion in many respects but it doesn't have the drawbacks of Evangelion that I mentioned in my review of its complete set. If you enjoy science-fiction books or movies having interesting and intriguing subjects, you will enjoy RahXephon as much as I do. If you need an example from anime to make your decision, I can say that the ones liked Gasaraki will probably like RahXephon, too.
Video and audio quality of this DVD edition is very good. Most anime fans dislike dubbing and prefer to watch Japanese sound with English subtitles. However, subtitles are not that good. I found out that listening an important conversation, which you couldn't understand it at first, for a second time is much more efficient than figuring out what happened from subtitles. You should notice that there are actually two English subtitles. First subtitle is the regular one and the second one is similar to the "Pill" option of Akira, it only translates Japanese words on the video and background conversation on scenes such as a news heard from a TV. This second English subtitle is benefical to turn on.
Leaflets on DVD's are very wellcome and useful. There are fully coloured drawings of mechas and persons together with a brief information. The leaflet of this first volume also includes short interviews with Japanese cast but no translation notes this time. Production sketches, opening and closing animations are there again in the extras, as well as ADV previews. Final extra of this volume is the early production promo trailer. As being early, this is not as good as the trailer in the first volume. To summarize, this volume has the weakest extras amoung the first four.
Third volume has only three episodes. 10th movement, first episonde on this volume is among the weakest of those in the first volumes. This is only because of its slow pace but it contains some important key points. I would give the volume four stars if all the episodes were like this one. However, the next episode is very "Matrixish", making it up - 11th movement is to be praised by Matrix fans like me. I, as a science fiction fan, give five stars to this volume as well as the other three and I am looking forward for the rest.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great anime 21 July 2013
By Moonstarr - Published on Amazon.com
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If you haven't seen Rahxephon yet, try it!! This anime is incredible. It's in the future, there are giant mechs and attacking aliens. It's a lot like Neon Genesis Evangelion in that there's a place for humans to hide plus a world out in the open, and the mechs fight the aliens. The biggest difference is that Rahxephon brings in musical aspects; it's hard to explain. I love Eva, but I also love Rahxephon, and it's different enough that it doesn't feel like copy. Plus the animation is very beautiful. Give it a chance!
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhh, RahXephon....please give us a tangible thread! 20 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The third DVD of RahXephon disappoints on several levels. To start, it only has 3 episodes, thus seemed like a let down in terms of sales price. Then on top of that, the episodes contained move along exactly like presvious episodes and explain little more. Instead, the creator/writer has thrown in a further potpourri of obtuse and intangible elements that establish little, confuse greatly, and solidify nothing. As if RahXephon wasn't hard enough to understand, and maintain interest, now it is a nearly unmaintainable burden! The first episode jumps into a kind of equivocal romance, comedy with the first act suddenly having the characters going into constant, uncharacteristic, anime, funny faces. Nothing is defined or resolved between any one. The second episode is a sorely paced hallucination episode that is just a kind of waste of space to occupy time. The sort of tense pacing evident in similar anime is lacking, and the imagination of the hallucination is bland. In the final battle, we find that Ayato (and thus RahXephon) had lost it's wits because a Dolem was deep throating him in a prolonged french kiss in the sky. I guess I can symapthize; love is consuming, but I never came out of it just to bash the girl's face in. The final episode tends to be similar to the previous episode, in that reality and hallucination (assuming it is hallucination) blur even worse. And now some very odd, intangible and ridiculous characters are introduced. You will have to read the DVD insert booklet to understand who these people are because they don't explain anything within the series. Could this man, Ernst Von Bebhem be the puppet master controlling the story? As of 12 episodes, RahXephon still fails to create anything truely captivating within the story. It is a jumble of post modern images and articles.
But the ART is AMAZING!
Much recent anime has dissolved solid stories, or writing, and has made the artform even more disjointed then ever before. Series like this make the audience do all the work, and keep them constantly confused, clinging to hopes that SOMETHING will be craftily resolved to make sense of the worlds they create. Instead of building expectations and then working inside and outside of the viewer's perception of a building story, they are afraid to write anything wholly corporeal in trepidation of putting themselves on the map and actually being quantified. Better anime series have made each episode of a series play as an individual story within a greater scheme. RahXephon tells less then cohesive episodal stories that appear to be building to a large train wreck/disappointment.
But the ART is GREAT!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interior Dialogues 23 July 2003
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This series has a particular fondness for exploring the inner workings of its characters. Frequently this is in association with RahXephon's battles, but the first episode here is an exception, playing the antagonistic relationship between Ayato Kamina and Megumi Shitow against Commander Jin Kunugi's painful visit to his daughter's grave. In a sense, fractured relationships are as much a major sub-theme of RahXephon as is the music that often expresses via the mysterious Quon Kisaragi.
In the next episode, Ayato, pilot of the RahXephon, encounters a new Dolem, 'Vivace,' in battle. It thrusts Ayato into a strange dream world that is a partial replica of the Tokyo locked behind the time barrier. He finds himself more in touch with his on inner turmoil and fears of intimacy than he expected to be, creating a crisis that will resound through the rest of the series.
The last episode is Quon's tale. Her role so far has been that of a beautiful, but physically weak woman who is most noted for her poetry and violin playing. In undergoing her own crisis - triggered by Ayato's in the previous episode, Quon comes face to face with her own potential, and very nearly overreaches herself.
Often, this series will get compared to Evangelion, and not inappropriately. But there is much more going on here at the character level than it's forbearer offers - and correspondingly less action. If you can imagine Evangelion grown up a bit, with even better music and art you would have a good idea of what to expect. I find it fascinating both as art and concept, with a difficult to achieve naturalness to the acting.
By all means seek this series out, it shows every sign of being a keeper.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should have been titled Dissonance 12 July 2003
By Lucidity75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is what I would consider a break away from the main series with three episodes that stray a bit from reality.
This disk is going to be a love or hate. The art and color use are still great. Not much is revealed about the main story line and as I said its a few steps away from where the rest of the series has been so far. If you are looking for answers you wont find them here but if you pay attention you can intuit a few things that I feel will be major in the story line later.
I liked departure from reality episode. It reminds me more than just a bit of the Twin Peaks TV series. The pacing could have been faster but I think it was done well enough. It also sets some interesting character relasionship umm.. dificulties. I'm interested to see if they intend to work through them or if they will just go away next episode and everyhting will be fine again. Could go either way.
I think it was a brave move for the creators of the series to take this kind of divergence from the formula people might have come to expect. I don't know that it would work for the whole series but I think it works on these few episodes.
Like I said - love it or hate it, to each their own.
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