Kamina Ayato lives an ordinary life. He goes to school. He lives with his mother. He has schoolmates. But all of that changes one day when massive machines, known as the Dolem, attack the ... See full summary »
Kamina Ayato lives an ordinary life. He goes to school. He lives with his mother. He has schoolmates. But all of that changes one day when massive machines, known as the Dolem, attack the city of Tokyo with their destructive vocal powers. Caught up in the chaos, Ayato meets a mysterious girl named Mishima Reika. She leads him to the sanctuary, resting place of the RahXephon, a giant humanoid being with powers to counter those of the Dolem. Upon its awakening, Ayato finds himself synchronising with the machine and it takes him to the world beyond Tokyo. It seems that Tokyo, more precisely called Tokyo Jupiter, has been cut off from the rest of the world. Those living within the boundaries of Tokyo Jupiter believe that the rest of the world has been decimated, when in fact they live in a world controlled by the Mu. Now, facing the truth, Ayato must come to terms with his new reality, for he is a central element in the fate of mankind. Written by
The first episode opens to the overture of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger", which will later prove to be an important reference to the theme of Rahxephon - song factors heavily in this series, and the Rahxephon and the Dolems are master singers. See more »
According to the director of this series Yutaka Izubuchi, Rahxephon is
an homage to Brave Raideen, but I also see strong influence of Neon
Genesis Evangelion throughout this series. It's almost as though the
series is is an amalgamation of the two.
Ayato Kamina was a teenager living a normal life in Tokyo. What he
didn't know was that he was a descendant of interdimentional race of
Mulians, and Tokyo was encapsulated in an energy field which the
outsiders called Tokyo Jupiter where time passed at a slower rate than
the outside world. Earth is under attack by Dolems - a quasi robot
created by the Mulians. Ayato Kamina is lead by his classmate Reika
Mishima to an egg containing Rahxephon. Rahxephon only accepts Ayato as
its pilot due to his genetic ties with the Mulians.
The plot of Rahxephon and its pilot having ties with the Mulians is
strait off of Brave Raideen, and also the design of Rahxephon takes
from Raideen. The main character who is an introverted in the closet
type individual is similar to that of Neon Genesis Evangelion. People
in this story seems to use "official assignment" as an excuse to
forward their motives and importance within the organization. The story
is rather dark with apocalyptic theme running through its plot, and
introverted characters that fills the roster doesn't make the story any
Artistry is high, and there is an experimental aspect of using music as
main ingredient of the story. Bolodin's Polovetsian Dances is played in
The story progresses slowly, and that takes away from the excitement of
action that should be the main focus of super robot anime of this type.
Also the characters appearing in this series are mostly unattractive
individuals as human beings, and takes away from the plot. The style of
the story - a dark apocalyptic sci-fi with introverted main character
which was popular in the early 2000s, is somewhat passé by now.
Watch this series for its artistry and its somewhat mysterious mood.
But don't expect much action in each episodes.
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