- 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)
Rahxephon - Vol 3 [DVD]
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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'.
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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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.
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!
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.
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.