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RahXephon
ラーゼフォン
(RahXephon)
Demographic Seinen
Genre Drama, Mecha, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Science fiction
TV anime
Director Yutaka Izubuchi
Studio BONES
Network Flag of Japan Fuji TV/FNS
Original run January 2002 – September 2002[1]
Episodes 26
Manga
Author Takeaki Momose
Publisher Flag of Japan Shogakukan
Serialized in Monthly Sunday Gene-X
Original run September 2001 – November 2002
Volumes 3
Novel
Author Hiroshi Ohnogi
Publisher Flag of Japan Media Factory
Flag of the United States DrMaster
Published July 2002 – February 2003
Volumes 5
Movie: RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio
Director Tomoki Kyoda
Studio BONES
Released Flag of Japan April 19, 2003 (TV) September 25, 2003 (DVD)
Flag of the United States July 20, 2004 (DVD)
Runtime 120 min
Game
Publisher Flag of Japan Bandai
Genre Adventure, Action
Rating CERO : 12
Platform PlayStation 2
Released August 7, 2003
OVA: Her and Herself (彼女と彼女自身と) / Thatness and Thereness
Director Tomoki Kyoda
Studio BONES
Episodes 1
Released August 7, 2003

RahXephon (ラーゼフォン Rāzefon?) is a popular Japanese science fiction series about 17-year-old Ayato Kamina, his ability to control a godlike mecha known as the RahXephon, and his inner journey to find a place in the world around him. His peaceful life as a student and artist in Tokyo is suddenly interrupted by a mysterious woman who appears to be stalking him, strange machines invading the city, and even stranger machines fighting back. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Seinen not to be confused with adult )) is a subset of manga that is generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be much older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... This article is about the term used in science fiction, anime, and manga. ... 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The original 26-episode anime television series was the first directed by Yutaka Izubuchi. It was created by Izubuchi and Bones, and it aired on Fuji TV from January to September 2002. It was produced by Fuji TV, Bones, Media Factory and Victor Entertainment. The series received critical acclaim and was subsequently translated, released on DVD and aired in several other countries, including the United States. An adapted movie directed by Tomoki Kyoda, with plot changes and a few new scenes, was released in 2003. Novels, an extra OVA episode, an audio drama, computer games, illustration books, and a somewhat tweaked manga adaptation by Takeaki Momose were also created. “Animé” redirects here. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Yutaka Izubuchi (出渕 裕, Izubuchi Yutaka, born 12 August 1958 in Tokyo, Japan) is an illustrator, anime designer and director. ... Bones logo. ... Fuji Television Network, Inc. ... Media Factory, Inc. ... Victor Entertainment ) is a subsidiary of Japan Victor Company (JVC) that produces and distributes music, movies and other entertainment products such as anime and television shows in Japan. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Tomoki Kyoda ) (1970-) is a Japanese animation director and animator born in Osaka. ... This article is about the literary concept. ... Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Radio drama, which had its greatest popularity in the U. S. and in most other countries before the widespread access to television programming, depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the story in her or his minds eye--in this sense, it resembles reading... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Takeaki Momose , ももせ たけあき) (born November 18, 1970) is a manga artist. ...


Music, time, mystery, intrigues and romance are central elements of RahXephon's plot. The series shows clear influences from philosophy and Japanese folklore, and from Western literature such as the work of James Churchward. Mesoamerican and other Pre-Columbian civilizations have a prominent place in the cultural background of the series. Col. ... This article is about the culture area. ... The pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the Americas continent. ...


Izubuchi said RahXephon was his attempt to set a new standard for mecha anime, as well as to bring back aspects of 1970s mecha shows like Brave Raideen. The result was generally well received by English-language reviewers. While some reviewers only judged the show on its own merits, others compared it with varying favour against shows such as Brain Powerd, Megazone 23 and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Brave Reideen (勇者ライディーン - YÅ«sha RaidÄ«n) is a Super Robot anime series. ... Brain Powered is a 26-episode anime series created by Yoshiyuki Tomino. ... Megazone 23 ) is an anime series about a future recreation of Tokyo where the citizens are unaware that they live in fabricated reality. ... Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996 No. ...

Contents

Characters and plot

Background

The backdrop of RahXephon is the fight against pan-dimensional invaders known as the Mulians, or Mu (IPA pronunciation: [muː] Katakana: ムウ). In appearance, the Mu are indistinguishable from humans. However, they carry a genetic marker called the "Mu phase" which makes their blood turn blue at a point in their maturity; this process also appears to cause memory loss. Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Katakana ) is a Japanese syllabary, one component of the Japanese writing system along with hiragana, kanji, and in some cases the Latin alphabet. ...


Although RahXephon is usually placed in the mecha genre of anime, its "mechas" are not fully mechanical. The mechas used by the Mu are called Dolems. Dolems are made of clay, like golems; each is bound to a Mulian, and some are also bound to a human host called a "sub-Mulian". This article is about the term used in science fiction, anime, and manga. ... The Dolem Allegretto In the anime/manga series RahXephon, Dolem (or Dorem) are great mysterious beings that are used as super-weapons. ... For other uses, see Golem (disambiguation). ...


The overarching theme of RahXephon is one of music changing the world. The Dolems are animated by a quasi-mystical force that is connected to music; most of the controlling Mulians appear to be singing. A Dolem attacks while singing, and sometimes the attack is the song itself. The RahXephon can also attack by having its pilot — the "instrumentalist" — sing a note. This unleashes powerful forces (such as light-energy blasts or heat waves) that cause destruction on an apocalyptic scale. Each of the Mulian Dolems has an Italian name which references musical notation, such as Allegretto, Falsetto, or Vivace. The ultimate goal of the RahXephon is to "tune the world." Izubuchi says the name RahXephon lacked a real meaning, but that he now explains it as composed of Rah, which according to Churchward is the origin of Ra, X for the X factor (the unknown), and -ephon as a suffix for instrument (-phone).[3] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In music, there are two common meanings for tuning: Tuning practice, the act of tuning an instrument or voice. ... For other uses, see Ra (disambiguation). ... In computer science and mathematics, a variable (pronounced ) (sometimes called an object or identifier in computer science) is a symbolic representation used to denote a quantity or expression. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ...


Characters

This section represents the story as told in the television series. Characters are changed, cut and merged in the movie and manga. Character names are in western order.
TERRA operations and research staff
TERRA operations and research staff

At the beginning of RahXephon Ayato Kamina is a modest 17-year-old living in Tokyo. Not exactly a model student, he is shown to enjoy painting and being with his classmates Hiroko Asahina and Mamoru Torigai. Ayato's mother Maya spends much of her time at work, which strains an otherwise affectionate relationship. This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... It is nearly universal for a person to have a name; the rare exceptions occur in the cases of mentally disturbed parents, or wild children growing up in isolation. ... Image File history File links Rah_terra_group01. ... Image File history File links Rah_terra_group01. ... This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ...


During a seemingly unexplained attack on Tokyo, Ayato hears the singing of another classmate, Reika Mishima. She leads him to a giant egg containing the RahXephon. Haruka Shitow, an agent of the defense research agency TERRA, brings Ayato and the RahXephon to TERRA.


Ayato moves in with Professor Rikudoh, Haruka's uncle, and pilots the RahXephon. Quon Kisaragi, a girl living with chief researcher Itsuki, seems to share some of Ayato's artistic talent. Ernst von Bähbem of the Bähbem Foundation sponsors TERRA through the Federation, the successor of the United Nations. UN and U.N. redirect here. ...


While most characters are introduced by the end of episode 7, RahXephon continues to develop the characters and reveal their mysteries and relationships, making heavy use of foreshadowing. This article is about Foreshadowing, the literary device. ...


Central plot

This section represents the story and ending as told in the television series. See List of RahXephon characters for changes in other story formats.

The unusual relationship between Ayato Kamina and Haruka Shitow is one of the most important plot lines of the series. Although Haruka appears to be a stranger to Ayato at first, the series reveals that Haruka and Ayato know each other from before the beginning of the story. This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Ayato, a boy conceived with the help of the Bähbem Foundation, was living in Tokyo with his adoptive mother, Maya Kamina. Ayato met Haruka on a trip outside Tokyo, and they continued seeing each other when they returned to school in Tokyo. At this time, Haruka's family name was Mishima. For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... Japanese high school students wearing the sailor fuku Japanese junior high school students in sailor fuku Secondary Education in Japan is split into lower secondary schools (中学校 chÅ«gakkō, literally, middle school) which cover the seventh through ninth years, and upper secondary schools (高等学校 kōtōgakkō, literally, high school, abbreviated to... Yamada Tarō (), a typical Japanese name (male), equivalent to John Smith in English. ...


The story reveals that two floating cities appeared above Tokyo and Sendai around the beginning of 2013. The ensuing conflict escalated into nuclear warfare, and the Mu enveloped Tokyo and outlying suburbs within a spherical barrier resembling Jupiter, referred to as "Tokyo Jupiter" ("Tōkyō Jupita") by all those outside. The barrier has a dilatory effect on time, with time inside Tokyo Jupiter passing about one-sixth as fast as the outside time. In science fiction, floating cities are settlements that use buoyancy to remain in the atmosphere of a planet. ... This April 2007 does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about nuclear war as a form of actual warfare, including history. ... Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 70 kPa Hydrogen ~86% Helium ~14% Methane 0. ... Time dilation is the phenomenon whereby an observer finds that anothers clock which is physically identical to their own is ticking at a slower rate as measured by their own clock. ...


During the Tokyo Jupiter incident, Haruka Mishima and her pregnant mother were away on a holiday trip while Ayato was caught inside. Years after the incident, Haruka's mother re-married and their family name became Shitow. Maya modified Ayato's memories to make him forget Haruka. The series makes clear that the entire population of Tokyo Jupiter is subject to the same kind of mental control. Still, visions of Haruka continue to haunt Ayato, as manifested in his art. Ixtli, RahXephon's soul, also adopts Haruka's appearance and family name (Mishima) but takes a different given name, Reika. This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ...


The story begins as the seemingly peaceful city is attacked by invaders while a mysterious woman (soon revealed to be Haruka) stalks Ayato. By this point, time dilation has made Haruka considerably older than Ayato and his friends who remained inside. Because of this, Ayato does not recognize Haruka and initially mistrusts her, but he gradually re-discovers his love for her as the series progresses and he learns of what has happened. At the end of the series, Ayato's RahXephon merges with Quon's, and he "re-tunes the world" (that is, modifies the past) so that he and Haruka would not have been separated. In the final sequence of the series, the adult Ayato (who can now easily be mistaken for Dr. Kisaragi, his twin brother) is seen with his wife Haruka and their infant daughter Quon. This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ...


Production and media

Main staff (TV)
Original story  Bones
 Yutaka Izubuchi
Character design  Akihiro Yamada
Animation character design  Hiroki Kanno
Mechanical design  Michiaki Sato
 Yoshinori Sayama
Art concept  Kazutaka Miyatake
Animation director  Hirotoshi Sano
Mechanic animation director  Shiho Takeuchi
Design works  Shingo Takeba
Art director  Junichi Higashi
Assistant art director  Atsushi Morikawa
Color coordinator  Shihoko Nakayama
Director of photography  Naoyuki Ohba
Digital works  Mitsuo Iso
Music  Ichiko Hashimoto
Music producer  Yoshimoto Ishikawa (Victor Entertainment)
Sound direction  Yota Tsuruoka
Producers  Masahiko Minami (Bones)
 Shiro Sasaki (Victor Entertainment)
 Katsuji Nagata (Media Factory)
 Daisuke Kawakami, Go Haruna (Fuji TV)
Animation production  Bones
Animation production support  Asatsu DK
Director  Yutaka Izubuchi
Production  RahXephon Project
 Fuji TV

RahXephon began production as a TV series. A manga version, novels, soundtracks and an audio drama were published during the original broadcast. A movie, an OVA episode, art books and guide books were also created. Characters, mecha and story from RahXephon were featured in two video games. Bones logo. ... Yutaka Izubuchi (出渕 裕, Izubuchi Yutaka, born 12 August 1958 in Tokyo, Japan) is an illustrator, anime designer and director. ... Volume 1, Part 2 of Fuyumi Onos Twelve Kingdoms novel series, illustrated by Akihiro Yamada. ... Hiroki Kanno ) is a Japanese animator, animation director and character designer. ... Mitsuo Iso (磯光雄, Iso Mitsuo) is a Japanese key animator, designer, and anime screenwriter. ... Ichiko Hashimoto (Hashimoto Ichiko)is a J-Pop singer, and member of the J-Pop group Oororagoninmusume. ... Victor Entertainment ) is a subsidiary of Japan Victor Company (JVC) that produces and distributes music, movies and other entertainment products such as anime and television shows in Japan. ... Masahiko Minami ) is a Japanese anime producer and president of Bones, born in 1961 in Mie Prefecture. ... Victor Entertainment ) is a subsidiary of Japan Victor Company (JVC) that produces and distributes music, movies and other entertainment products such as anime and television shows in Japan. ... Media Factory, Inc. ... The Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba is known for its eccentric architecture. ... Headquarters of Asatsu-DK in Tsukiji Asatsu-DK Inc. ...

Further information: List of RahXephon media

This is a list of episodes and media from the anime series RahXephon. ...

TV series

Yutaka Izubuchi was a successful anime supervisor and designer focusing on costume, character and mechanical design, notably in the Gundam and Patlabor series. His drinking buddy and former Sunrise colleague Masahiko Minami, producer and president of Bones, had suggested that Izubuchi direct something.[4] Yutaka Izubuchi (出渕 裕, Izubuchi Yutaka, born 12 August 1958 in Tokyo, Japan) is an illustrator, anime designer and director. ... Yarkand ladies summer fashions. ... This article is about the anime series. ... Patlabor 2 The Movie, Japanese regular edition 04 Patlabor (a portmanteau of patrol and labor) refers to Mobile Police Patlabor ) a manga franchise created by Masami Yūki. ... Sunrise logo Founded in 1972, Sunrise Inc. ... Masahiko Minami ) is a Japanese anime producer and president of Bones, born in 1961 in Mie Prefecture. ... Bones logo. ...

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Izubuchi finally took Minami up on the offer and RahXephon became his first directing job. Izubuchi returned to the classic mecha shows of the 1970s and 1980s, and wanted to make a show of that type updated with advances in anime production as well as injecting his own personal ideas. He wanted to "set a new standard in the field" of mecha anime,[4] or rather to show his "own standard" and capabilities as a creator-showrunner.[5] Media Factory, Fuji TV and Victor Entertainment joined Bones as production partners. After planning the story and designing characters and locations, a core group was expanded to a full production staff that completed the show, primarily working on the same floor — a partial regression from the trend of outsourcing and geographical dispersal of anime production.[6] Image File history File links RahXephon_Yume_No_Tamago. ... RahXephon O.S.T. 1 is the first soundtrack album from the anime series RahXephon. ... Image File history File links RahXephon_Huge_Suites. ... RahXephon O.S.T. 2 is the second soundtrack album from the anime series RahXephon. ... Image File history File links RahXephon_Runnin. ... RahXephon O.S.T. 2 is the second soundtrack album from the anime series RahXephon. ... Show runner (alternatively showrunner,[1] or show-runner)[2] is a term used in the United States television industry referring to the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a television series, in other words, the person who runs the show. ... Media Factory, Inc. ... Victor Entertainment ) is a subsidiary of Japan Victor Company (JVC) that produces and distributes music, movies and other entertainment products such as anime and television shows in Japan. ...


The original music, except for the opening theme, is composed by Ichiko Hashimoto; she was initially approached to compose some of the score and replied that she wanted to compose all of it.[6] She also plays Maya and performs the closing theme together with her sister Mayumi. The opening theme "Hemisphere" is composed by Yoko Kanno and sung by Maaya Sakamoto, who plays Reika.[7] Hashimoto's compositions range from piano sonatas and acoustic chamber music to experimental jazz, hard rock and ambience that crosses the border into sound design. That range also includes more mainstream jazz and orchestral music played with both acoustic and electronic instruments.[7] Ichiko Hashimoto ) (born July 1, 1952 in Kobe, Japan) is a jazz pianist, composer and singer. ... A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... Hemisphere ) is the 10th single by Japanese singer Maaya Sakamoto. ... Yoko Kanno , born March 19, 1964 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan) is a composer, arranger and musician best known for her work on the soundtracks for many games, seminal anime films, TV series, live-action movies, and advertisements. ... Maaya Sakamoto , born March 31, 1980 in Itabashi, Tokyo) is a Japanese seiyū (voice-actor) and singer who made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. ... A piano sonata is a sonata written for unaccompanied piano. ... Chamber music is a form of classical music, written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Ambient music refers to a kind of music that envelops the listener without drawing attention to itself [1] // The term ambient music was first coined by Brian Eno in the mid-1970s to refer to music that can be either actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending... Sound design is a technical/conceptually creative field. ... An acoustic instrument is an musical instrument which does not produce sound using electronics, as does an electronic musical instrument. ...

Further information: See List of RahXephon media for episode list and music releases.

This is a list of episodes and media from the anime series RahXephon. ...

Movie

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A television movie version of RahXephon called Pluralitas Concentio was directed by Tomoki Kyoda, who had directed three episodes of the TV series and acted as assistant director with Soichi Masui. Izubuchi acted as Chief Director on this movie, but was not heavily involved in its production. Most of the staff members involved with the TV series worked on the movie, and it was distributed by Shochiku. The producers were Masahiko Minami, Shiro Sasaki, Maki Horiuchi, Kenji Shimizu and Tatsuji Yamazaki. “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Tomoki Kyoda ) (1970-) is a Japanese animation director and animator born in Osaka. ... Shochiku Co. ...

In the manga, characters differ from their anime counterparts in both visual design and characterization. The manga has more "ecchi" and whimsy, but certain aspects of the plot are darker.
In the manga, characters differ from their anime counterparts in both visual design and characterization. The manga has more "ecchi" and whimsy, but certain aspects of the plot are darker.

The movie quickly reveals mysteries that were developed slowly in the TV series[8] and makes changes to the plot. It begins with a prologue showing previously un-shown events, followed by a couple of expository scenes. The final 30 minutes have the most plot changes and new scenes, and they end with a new epilogue. The rest of the movie consists mainly of abridged scenes from the original series, sometimes with characters replaced or with different motivations and dialogue. The plot establishes the link between the Kamina and Mishima families and other story-lines that were prominent in the original TV series were reduced or removed. One prominent distributor promoted the movie as an "encore" — an extra performance at the end of the series, rather than as a replacement.[9] Image File history File linksMetadata Rah_manga_panties. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Rah_manga_panties. ... Characterization is the process of conveying information about characters in fiction or conversation. ... Ecchi (from the Japanese エッチ etchi) is an English word deriving from a Japanese word meaning lewd or naughty when used as an adjective, and can refer to a pervert or sexual intercourse when used as a noun. ... A prologue (Greek πρόλογος, from προ~, pro~ - fore~, and lógos, word), or rarely prolog, is a prefatory piece of writing, usually composed to introduce a drama. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Exposition (plot device) and Plot dump . ... An epilogue, or epilog, is a piece of writing at the end of a work of literature or drama, usually used to bring closure to the work. ... The encore is an additional extra performance of a musical piece at the end of the regular concert, which is not listed in the event setlist. ...


Manga

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The manga was illustrated and written by Takeaki Momose.[5] Momose was one of the candidates for character designer on the series,[10] but Izubuchi wanted Akihiro Yamada to do the original designs,[11] and Hiroki Kanno got the job of adapting them for animation. With the manga Momose got the opportunity to re-design the characters into his own style and make changes in characterization and story,[10] as well as adding "fan service".[12] This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Takeaki Momose , ももせ たけあき) (born November 18, 1970) is a manga artist. ... Volume 1, Part 2 of Fuyumi Onos Twelve Kingdoms novel series, illustrated by Akihiro Yamada. ... Hiroki Kanno ) is a Japanese animator, animation director and character designer. ... Characterization is the process of conveying information about characters in fiction or conversation. ... Fan service ), sometimes written as a single word, fanservice, is a vaguely defined term chiefly used for Japanese visual media—particularly in anime fandom—to refer to elements in a story that are unnecessary to a storyline, but designed to amuse or sexually excite the audience[1][2]. It is...


The manga adaptation of RahXephon presents the same overall scenario as the anime, with some differences, ranging from significant to minor. In the anime series, Reika is a mysterious and distant figure; in the manga Reika is a more comical figure who grew up as Ayato's adoptive sister, but here she has a darker origin. The anime series shows Megumi competing with Haruka for Ayato's affections, while this role is taken by Reika in the manga. The rate of time dilation is also different in the manga version, as the year outside Tokyo is 2033 instead of 2027.

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Influences

In addition to its musical theme, RahXephon has many explicit references to ancient history and myth, literature, art and culture.


Art and literature

Gliding Dance of the Maidens is a recurring melody in RahXephon. This sound sample (help·info) represents the first four bars, while the image shows four following bars.
Gliding Dance of the Maidens is a recurring melody in RahXephon. This sound sample  represents the first four bars, while the image shows four following bars.
Music

In addition to the prevalence of terms from music, classical musical works are used in the show: The overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg opens the first episode, hinting to the musical contests between "normal" Humans and the Mu where the RahXephon is one of the instruments. The motif Quon sings or hums repeatedly is from Polovetsian Dances in the opera Prince Igor, about a warrior prince. Additionally, the opera itself is played on more than one occasion, usually over a loudspeaker system. The melody is also used in the musical Kismet, about love between two people of different worlds, here with new lyrics and titled "Stranger in Paradise". Image File history File links BorPolDances17b. ... Image File history File links BorPolDances17b. ... The Polovetsian Dances are perhaps the best known selections from Alexander Borodins opera Prince Igor. ... Image File history File links Gliding_dance_of_maidens. ... In musical notation, a bar or measure is a segment of time defined as a given number of beats of a given duration. ... Overture (French ouverture, meaning opening) in music is the instrumental introduction to a dramatic, choral or, occasionally, instrumental composition. ... Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Master Singers of Nuremberg) is an opera in three acts, written and composed by Richard Wagner. ... In music, a motif is a perceivable or salient reoccurring fragment or succession of notes that may used to construct the entirety or parts of complete melodies, themes. ... The Polovetsian Dances are perhaps the best known selections from Alexander Borodins opera Prince Igor. ... For the historical figure, see Igor Svyatoslavich. ... For the Marty Friedman album, see Loudspeaker (album) An inexpensive low fidelity 3. ... Kismet is a musical written in 1953 by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin. ... Stranger in Paradise is a popular song. ...

Post-classical literature

Izubuchi found the basis for the relationship between Ayato and Haruka in Robert F. Young's short story "The Dandelion Girl".[5] In Young's story the protagonist encounters a girl standing on a hill in a dress, the breeze blowing in her hair; this girl comes from the future, while the girl in RahXephon comes from the past. The Dandelion Girl is also the title of the "Coda" appearing after the credits of episode 26. Izubuchi later realized that another story, Portrait of Jennie, had been an additional influence for the relationship.[5] The idea of Tokyo Jupiter is explicitly compared to Sayonara Jupiter and Tokyo Blackout by the veteran science fiction writer Sakyo Komatsu.[13] The Dandelion Girl is a short story from author Robert F. Young. ... Coda sign Coda (Italian for tail; from the Latin cauda), in music, is a passage which brings a movement or a separate piece to a conclusion through prolongation. ... Portrait of Jennie movie poster Portrait of Jennie is a 1948 fantasy film based on the novella by Robert Nathan. ... Sayonara Jupiter ) or Bye Bye Jupiter is a 1984 Japanese science fiction film directed by Koji Hashimoto and produced by Toho. ... Sakyo Komatsu ) (born January 28, 1931 in Osaka) is a Japanese science fiction writer and screenwriter. ...


The summary movie shows Haruka and Ayato sharing the book Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll; the series itself does not mention this book, but they have commonalities: Both use mirrors and reflections, and both feature the stopping and reversal of time. In the manga version of RahXephon, the choice of literature is different: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This book appears only briefly in the anime series,[14] but characters in the manga note how their situation is similar to Oz; the last manga chapter is named "Over the Rainbow". In a reversal of Dorothy's experience Ayato is whisked away from the constructed world of Tokyo Jupiter into the "real" world. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a work of childrens literature by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), generally categorized as literary nonsense. ... The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) is a childrens book written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. ... For other uses, see Over the Rainbow (disambiguation). ...


The series also references the works of writers who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature: "Macondo Four" a code-name used at the beginning of the show, comes from Gabriel García Márquez's fictional hometown Macondo, prominent in One Hundred Years of Solitude. Another, "Yoknapatawpha", comes from William Faulkner's fictional home Yoknapatawpha County. The teams using the code-names attempt to maintain a similarly unreal home town for Ayato.[15] Nobel Prize in Literature medal. ... One Hundred Years of Solitude (Spanish: Cien años de soledad) is a novel by Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez that was first published in Spanish in 1967 (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana), with an English translation by Gregory Rabassa released in 1970 (New York: Harper and... Yoknapatawpha County is a fictional county created by American author William Faulkner as a setting for many of his novels. ...

Colours

The RahXephon system consists of a white RahXephon and a black RahXephon, with eggs, wings and feathers coloured accordingly. The Mu are shown to have blue blood while normal humans have red blood; in the RahXephon universe, the idea that the nobility has blue blood is thus a holdover from the period of Mu dominance. For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Red (disambiguation). ... Nobility is a traditional hereditary status (see hereditary titles) that exists today in many countries (mainly present or former monarchies). ...


RahXephon uses blue flowers as symbols of the Mu.[16][17] This concept was used by the philosopher Novalis, who wrote about Heinrich — a young man yearning for a "blue flower" that he once saw in a dream. Novalis wrote that "the world becomes a dream, and the dream becomes reality". RahXephon has several references to dreaming, and features dreamlike sequences that are shown to foreshadow real events. A Cornflower could be seen as a model for the motif The Blaue Blume (German: Blaue Blume) is a central symbol of Romanticism. ... For the German rock band, see Novalis (band). ... Heinrich von Ofterdingen is a famous, quasi-fictional Minnesinger who participated in the Sängerkrieg (Minstrels contest) on the Wartburg. ... For other uses, see Dream (disambiguation). ...


Michiru, the blue bird which the character Kunugi keeps, is named after his daughter.[17] As well as being a Japanese given name, "Michiru" is the Japanese name for "Mytyl", a character in Maeterlinck's The Blue Bird. In the last two episodes this bird parallels Haruka, blue birds symbolize the Mu, and The Blue Bird is used to describe Itsuki's relationship with Nanamori. The manga also uses this theme. Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck, Belgian author Count Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (August 29, 1862 - May 6, 1949) was a Belgian poet, playwright, and essayist. ... The Blue Bird refers to several things: The Blue Bird (original title LOiseau Bleu) is the title of a story by Maurice Maeterlinck. ...

The character Reika stands in front of a poster similar to La Grande Famille.
The character Reika stands in front of a poster similar to La Grande Famille.
A "dreamscape" from the opening sequence
A "dreamscape" from the opening sequence
Visual arts

A recurring significant image in the anime is a modified version of noted Surrealist artist René Magritte's La Grande Famille, showing a sky through the silhouette of a dove. Image File history File links ReikaMishimaWings. ... Image File history File links ReikaMishimaWings. ... Image File history File links Clocks_wide. ... Image File history File links Clocks_wide. ... The Treachery Of Images (La trahison des images) (1928–1929) René François Ghislain Magritte (November 21, 1898 – August 15, 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. ... For other uses, see Silhouette (disambiguation). ... Subfamilies see article text Feral Rock Pigeon beside Weiming Lake, Peking University Dove redirects here. ...


The anime makes other references to the French Surrealism movement, from the dreamlike sequences associated with some Dolems, to all the references to retuning and reworking the world and the desires of man. Surrealists said that artists should express the subconscious uninhibited by conscious thought and reason, and that the dream world of the subconscious was more real than the real world — surreal.[18] Ayato re-tunes the world based on his desires. Likewise, the Surrealists wanted to re-shape the world to fit the subconscious, for example through political revolution.[19] Max Ernst. ... See also: Unconscious mind. ... For other uses, see Revolution (disambiguation). ...


The opening sequence features dream art with surrealist qualities. One image in particular shows a dreamscape with clocks, some broken and others moving at different speeds, recalling the "soft watches" paintings[20] by Salvador Dalí. Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes: The Dream, 1883 Dream art is any form of art directly based on material from dreams, or which employs dream-like imagery. ... Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), was a Spanish surrealist painter of Catalan descent born in Figueres, Catalonia (Spain). ...


Civilization and culture

The Americas

RahXephon has many references to Pre-Columbian American culture. December 21, 2012 is the end of the 5-vigesimal Mayan Long Count calendar and the transition from one Mayan age into the next. In RahXephon the Mu re-appear one week after this date. Characters listen to a song called "Fate of Katun"; a Katun is a measurement of time in the Mayan Calendar. The Dolem control system is worn as a helmet shaped like a face from a Mayan sculpture,[21] and the cities of the Mu contain artwork inspired by Mayan and other Mesoamerican art.[22] Even the leader of the Mu in Tokyo is named Maya. The pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the Americas continent. ... is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2012 (MMXII) will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The vigesimal or base-20 numeral system is based on twenty (in the same way in which the ordinary decimal numeral system is based on ten). ... The Maya calendar is a system of distinct calendars and almanacs used by the Maya civilization of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and by some modern Maya communities in highland Guatemala. ... A katun or katun-cycle is a unit of time in the Maya calendar equal to 20 tuns or 7,200 days. ... The Dolem Allegretto In the anime/manga series RahXephon, Dolem (or Dorem) are great mysterious beings that are used as super-weapons. ... This article is about the culture area. ...

A bas-relief in the Palenque museum. Similar bas-reliefs of the RahXephon system are shown in the series and in the movie.
A bas-relief in the Palenque museum. Similar bas-reliefs of the RahXephon system are shown in the series and in the movie.

This is not coincidental, since the series draws many of its references from James Churchward's books about the Mu — an advanced ancient race from a large island in the South Pacific which had sunk, like the legendary continent of Atlantis. Churchward claimed that the Maya, and other ancient civilizations, were remnants of Mu colonies. RahXephon's main character Ayato is shown to know about Churchward's theories.[16] Download high resolution version (1116x2272, 707 KB) A painted stucco relief in the museum at Palenque, a Maya ruin in Chiapas, Mexico, from one of the recently excavated buildings. ... Download high resolution version (1116x2272, 707 KB) A painted stucco relief in the museum at Palenque, a Maya ruin in Chiapas, Mexico, from one of the recently excavated buildings. ... Bas relief is a method of sculpting which entails carving or etching away the surface of a flat piece of stone or metal. ... The Palace, Ruins of Palenque Palenque is a Maya archeological site near the Usumacinta River in the Mexican state of Chiapas, located at about 130 km south of Ciudad del Carmen (see map). ... Col. ... Underwater structures controversially identified as remnants of Mu, near Yonaguni, Japan Mu is the name of a hypothetical vanished continent. ... For other uses, see Atlantis (disambiguation). ...


The language of the Mu is based on Nahuatl, a classical form of which was spoken not by the Mayas but by the Aztecs further north. The terms in ixtli in yollotl (face and heart) and ollin (movement) come from this language, and the latter refers to the sun god Ollin Tonatiuh. According to the Aztec sun stone, humanity is living in the fifth and final age of the world. Tonatiuh is the god of this fifth age; in RahXephon, the characters Ayato and Quon are both called Ollin by the Mu. At the end of the series, both characters reach a state called Yolteotl — a state similar to the Buddhist nirvana.[23] Nahuatl ( [1] is a term applied to a group of related languages and dialects of the Aztecan [2] branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family, indigenous to central Mexico. ... Aztec is a term used to refer to certain ethnic groups of central Mexico, particularly those groups who spoke the Nahuatl language and who achieved political and military dominance over large parts of Mesoamerica in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, a period referred to as the Late post-Classic... In Aztec mythology, Tonatiuh was the sun god. ... Original stone on display in the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology and History. ... An Aztec word meaning The Heart of God. Its figurative translation means someone who contains an almost spiritual creativity. ... This article is about the Buddhist concept. ...


The series shows a Dolem carving shapes into the earth; these shapes are referred to as "Nazca Lines"[24] after lines made by a pre-Incan culture. Step pyramids both in the style of Tikal[25] and other locations[16] are shown, and the TERRA headquarters' shape is a pyramid-cone amalgam with the angle and tip of Mount Fuji.[22][26] The Nazca Lines are a series of geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert, a high arid plateau that stretches 53 miles or more than 80 kilometers between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana in Peru. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacan, is one example of an enormous step pyramid. ... For other uses, see Tikal (disambiguation). ... This article is about the geometric object, for other uses see Cone. ... Mount Fuji Mount Fuji , IPA: )  , is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,388 ft). ...


The final episode contains a quotation from Octavio Paz's prose poem "The Obsidian Butterfly" from the collection Aguila O Sol/Eagle or Sun? that plays upon Aztec mythology and the coming of a new era. "The Obsidian Butterfly" is a reference to the Aztec goddess Itzpapalotl; the character of Quon becomes a representation of this goddess, particularly Paz's usage of the goddess in his poem. Octavio Paz Lozano (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature. ... In Aztec mythology, Itzpapalotl (Clawed Butterfly or Obsidian Butterfly) was a fearsome skeletal goddess, who ruled over the paradise world of Tomoanchan. ...

Origin beliefs

The tuning of the world resembles the idea of creation by song, appearing in origin beliefs like that of the Hopi.[27] It also appears in fictional mythologies like J. R. R. Tolkien's Music of the Ainur and the creation story of C. S. Lewis's Narnia. Another symbolic element is that of the golems, creatures made from clay, recalling Biblical imagery from Genesis as well as more recent stories in Jewish kabbalism and folklore. Bill Reids sculpture The Raven and The First Men, showing part of a Haida creation story. ... Moki redirects here. ... The Ainulindalë is the title of the first part of The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... For other uses of Narnia, see Narnia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Golem (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Genesis (disambiguation). ... The tree of life Kabbalah (קבלה Reception, Standard Hebrew Qabbala, Tiberian Hebrew Qabbālāh; also written variously as Cabala, Cabalah, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabalah, Kabbala, Qabala, Qabalah) is a religious philosophical system claiming an insight into divine nature. ...

Japanese culture and religion

Two Japanese folk tales are explicitly mentioned in the series: Ayato compares himself to Urashima Tarō,[13] and professor Rikudoh compares Maya to Princess Kaguya.[28] "Spiriting away" (kamikakushi) happens both in reverse and in the way common to Japanese folklore.[29] Urashima Tarō ) is a Japanese fairy tale about a fisherman who rescues a turtle and is rewarded with a visit to the RyÅ«gÅ«-jō, the Dragon Palace. ... “Kaguyahime” redirects here. ... Japanese folklore is the folklore of Japan. ...

TERRA is based on Nirai Island, a fictional addition to the Satsunan Islands, one of the island groups making up Japan's southwest islands. The base itself is located in Kanai city, built on reclaimed land adjacent to the natural island. Nirai and Kanai have been named as a pun on Nirai-kanai.[16] In traditional Ryukyu beliefs "Nirai kanai", also called "Nira-hara" or "Niraasuku", is the place out at sea where the gods live. These gods are believed to visit the islands of humans during certain religious festivals.[30] In RahXephon, Mu is suggested to be the real-world basis of the Nirai-kanai legend. The "Shrine of Time" looks like a Ryukyan family tomb.[29] RahXephon's Nirai, Kanai, and the bay between them are roughly shaped like commas, a shape shared with magatama[26] and common Taijitu symbols. Mount Fuji appears in the show, both directly depicted[31] and as a design inspiration;[26] this mountain has a special spiritual significance in Shinto. Kamekoubaka, Traditional Ryukyuan Tomb I took this photograph and contribute it to the public domain. ... Kamekoubaka, Traditional Ryukyuan Tomb I took this photograph and contribute it to the public domain. ... Ryukyuan religion is the indigenous belief system of the Uchinanchu people of Okinawa and the other Ryukyu Islands. ... Location of Ryukyu Islands Flag of same The Ryukyu Islands or Nansei Islands (南西諸島 Nansei-shotō, which translates literally as southwest islands), are an island chain stretching southwestward from the island of Kyushu in Japan. ... Land reclamation is either of two distinct practices. ... Ryukyuan religion is the indigenous belief system of the Uchinanchu people of Okinawa and the other Ryukyu Islands. ... Ryukyuan religion is the indigenous belief system of the Uchinanchu people of Okinawa and the other Ryukyu Islands. ... For other uses, see Comma. ... Magatama Magatama(Japanese: 勾玉), are curved beads which first appeared in Japan during the Jomon period. ... A commonly used version of the Taijitu The Taijitu of Zhou Dun-yi. ... Mount Fuji Mount Fuji , IPA: )  , is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,388 ft). ... Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ...


The religious foundations of the TV series are Ryukyan and Mesoamerican. Beyond Ryukyuan beliefs and Confucianism the TV series has few prominent references to traditional Eastern religion. The character Yagumo is shown in a kimono performing a Shinto New Year ritual,[29] but other religious worship is not shown. The characters celebrate a secular Christmas, and distinguish between practice and belief.[32] The character Kunugi visits a Christian cemetery,[33] and important scenes in the last two episodes are set in and around a church. The show thus reflects the variations of Japanese religious practice. A Confucian temple in Wuwei, Peoples Republic of China. ... This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... A traditional wedding kimono The kimono literally something worn) is the national costume of Japan. ... The kadomatsu is a traditional decoration for the new year holiday. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... Castle Ashby Graveyard Northamptonshire A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies and cremated remains are buried. ... A church building (or simply church) is a building used in Christian worship. ... The primary religions of Japan are Buddhism and Shintoism (the latter is a pagan, animist religion). ...


Although Eastern religion only has a minor role in the TV series, the movie version references Buddhism. The epilogue shows a butsudan where a plaque bearing Ayato's posthumous name is standing. Beyond this, near the end of the movie there is a scene by a lake in which Ayato explains the situation of the "re-tuning" to Haruka. He explains how he cannot remain with her in the world as they know it and that now he, in fact, somehow has transcended his human state, that is, Enlightenment. In the manga version of the story, Reika is a Mu miko who was unprepared for a ritual involving the RahXephon, and who is trapped in a cycle of reincarnation. This form of reincarnation is very different from rebirth in Buddhism. The Buddha in Kamakura (1252). ... A butsudan A butsudan (仏壇) is a shrine found in religious temples and homes of Japanese and other Buddhist cultures. ... A posthumous name (Traditional Chinese: 諡號/謚號 Simplified Chinese: 谥号; Pinyin: shì hào; Romaji: shigō/tsuigō; Revised Romanization of Korean: siho) is a honorary name given to royalty in some cultures posthumously, that is, after the persons death. ... Bodhi (बोधि) is the Pāli and Sanskrit word for the awakened or knowing consciousness of a fully liberated yogi, generally translated into English as enlightenment. It is an abstract noun formed from the verbal root budh (to awake, become aware, notice, know or understand), corresponding to the verbs bujjhati (P... This is a list of recurring characters and cast in the anime/manga/novel series RahXephon. ... Miko at Aso shrine in Aso, Japan Miko lit. ... This article is about the theological concept. ... Rebirth in Buddhism is the doctrine that the consciousness of a person (as conventionally regarded), upon the death or dissolution of the aggregates (skandhas) which make up that person, becomes one of the contributing causes for the arising of a new group of skandhas which may again be conventionally considered...


Reception

The anime series originally aired on stations in the Fuji Television network and its affiliates, except in the Kansai region where independent UHF stations aired it instead.[34] Starting with epsiode 10, some stations moved the series from the afternoon to after midnight, but other stations moved it from late night to afternoon.[35][36][37] RahXephon thus remained both a "late night anime" and afternoon anime throughout its original run. Fuji Television Network, Inc. ... Kansai region, Japan The Kansai region ) of Japan, also known as the Kinki region ), lies in the Southern-Central region of Japans main island, Honshū. The region includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Mie, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, and Shiga. ... The Japanese Association of Independent Television Stations , literally National Independent UHF Broadcasting Forum), (abbreviated JAITS) is a group of Japans reception fee-free commercial terrestrial television stations which are not members of the major national networks keyed in Tokyo and Osaka. ... Late night anime ) is a term for anime television series that airs at late night or early morning in Japan. ...


According to its distributor the series "captivated millions in Japan" and "[drew] in viewers by the tens of thousands."[38] The series won the award for best TV anime at the 7th Animation Kobe fair.[39] It was considered popular enough that a TV movie version was commissioned and aired. The Animation Kobe ) is an event created by Kobe city in 1996, to promote anime and other visual media. ...


Internationally, the series was translated and released on DVD video. It was purchased for airing by television stations and made available on video on demand services in several countries. In the United States, the DVDs were released around the U.S. theatrical release of another Bones production, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. The distributor claimed that RahXephon was met with "strong sales and extraordinary critical response in the U.S."[40] DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Video on demand (VOD) systems allow users to select and watch video and clip content over a network as part of an interactive television system. ... A typical multiplex (AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, United States). ...

Further information: See List of RahXephon media#Anime distribution for more information on international distribution.

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TV series reviews

Protoculture Addicts editor Claude J. Pelletier chose RahXephon as one of the top 3 anime TV series of 2002,[41] and Mioko Matsuda agreed, noting mystery, technology and romance.[42] Christian Nutt of Anime Jump offered a contrary opinion: "RahXephon's characters fell flat and the grind of its scenario didn't inspire much curiosity, despite some initially awesome ideas".[43] En Hong, on the other hand, found the characters to be skilfully developed and believable as "self-conscious entities and not just parts to be filled for the story to progress",[44] and Charles Solomon called them "engaging".[45] The cover of Protoculture Addicts, Issue #87 (January 2006). ...


Mike Toole of Anime Jump was impressed by the music, animation and character design;[46] as was Protoculture's Martin Ouellette.[47] Solomon noted the "strikingly original mecha designs"[45] and Anime Boredom's John Huxley noted the "unusual yet elegant" mecha and the "fluid computer-enhanced" — but not CGI-looking — animation.[48] Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ...


RahXephon's "brief but not unwelcome" comic moments went over well with Huxley,[49] and he found the romance underplayed "a million miles away from the cheery antics of Love Hina or Ranma 1/2" and "for the most part thoroughly believable".[48] Serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine Original run October 21, 1998 – October 31, 2001 Volumes 14 (28 volumes in Brazil and Mexico) TV anime Director Yoshiaki Iwasaki Studio XEBEC Licensor King Records Madman Entertainment Bandai Entertainment (original), Funimation (new) Network TV Tokyo Original run April 19, 2000 – September 27, 2000 Episodes... Ranma ½ Graphic Novel, Volume 1 English version, Second Edition Ranma ½ (らんま½, Japanese pronunciation: Ranma Nibun no Ichi) is a comedy anime and manga by Rumiko Takahashi (高橋 留美子) about a boy named Ranma Saotome (早乙女 乱馬) who was trained from early childhood...


Cris Beveridge of Anime on DVD found the final episodes beautiful both in visual style and story, "with the raw emotions coming out of it, in both languages".[50] Huxley also liked the conclusion: "Despite falling short of the mark in a few areas this is a satisfying conclusion to a good series."[48] On the issue of plot resolution he wrote that RahXephon "keeps the audience guessing right up until the final credits and beyond" but that "the clues are all there" for the viewer to piece together.[48] Anime News Network columnist Zac Bertschy called RahXephon a "paragon of responsible storytelling (...) No loose strings are left; we see the conclusion of every character’s storyline." He added that the English voice work "raised the bar across the board."[51] This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


Movie reviews

The TV movie had a more mixed reception than the TV series. Christian Nutt was not excited about the TV series but found the movie to be better: Despite "too much cutting and chopping" he wrote that "the creators have done the best they can with the material." He added: "the last scene is very touching. It's a big improvement over the TV show."[43] Efrain Diaz Jr. of IGN called the movie a "valiant effort", but preferred the TV series and asked "why even bother with the movie?"[52] For other uses, see IGN (disambiguation). ...


Carlo Santos, writing for Anime News Network, recommended the movie both as an "endcap to a remarkable series" and as a sample for those yet to watch it.[53] While Chris Beveridge also recommended the movie as an addition to the series, he did not recommend it as a sample for newcomers "since some of the best revelations are given away so quickly..."[8]


Indeed, reviewers who were not familiar with the series complained about the movie's lack of coherence. Mitchell Hattaway of DVD Verdict "got lost about ten minutes in", considered the movie a waste of money for anybody but RahXephon completists and wrote that "Bones Animation Studio is guilty of contempt for its audience."[54] Janet Crocker of Animefringe was confused by the plot as well, but was less confused on the second viewing and looked forward to watching the TV series. She called the movie "intellectually refreshing and visually beautiful" and recommended it "even to non-mecha people like me".[55]


Book reviews

Eduardo M. Chavez of Anime on DVD was not impressed by the first volume of the manga, especially when compared to the TV series; he rated it "C minus" but said it could have worked as a "parody dōjinshi".[12] After the disappointment of volume one, Chavez was positively surprised by the story in the following volumes,[56] and called it a "story that grew up with its characters", rating it "B plus".[57] Dōjinshi ) are self-published Japanese works, usually manga or novels. ...


The five volume novelization was translated to English, but the other novels were not. This translation was marred by a lack of copy editing in the first volume, which was rated as a "D" by Santos.[58] The situation was somewhat improved in the second volume, but reviewers did not recommend the novelization as an alternative to the animated versions — only as a source to learn more about the characters and their internal motivations.[59] This is a list of episodes and media from the anime series RahXephon. ... This is a list of episodes and media from the anime series RahXephon. ... Copy editing is the process of an editor making formatting changes and other improvements to text. ...


Comparisons with other anime

Some reviewers, as well as the director, have compared RahXephon with other anime shows. Some of these shows also have staff in common with RahXephon.


Raideen the Brave

The director of RahXephon has said this series is meant to be a sort of modern-day Raideen.[5][11] As such there are similarities between Raideen and RahXephon, particularly in the titular "robots". Brave Reideen (勇者ライディーン - Yūsha Raidīn) is a Super Robot anime series. ...

  • Akira Hibiki and Ayato Kamina both have mothers who are from a race called the "Mu". This in turn means that both Akira and Ayato have Mu blood.
  • Akira and Ayato both "meld" into a surface in order to enter the cockpit of their respective robot. Akira enters via Reideen's forehead; Ayato can enter the RahXephon both directly and through a portal that is separate from the body of the RahXephon.
  • The Raideen and the RahXephon both are portrayed as intelligent, sentient beings and possess similar general aesthetics, particularly the human-like face that is covered on the sides. Both can attack with their voices, and can form a bow with arrows as well as a sword that protrudes out of their right arms.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

While some English-language reviewers did not mention the popular mecha anime Neon Genesis Evangelion (NGE) in their reviews of RahXephon,[45][46][53][8][54][60] others focused on whether or not these shows were very similar to each other and whether one was better than the other. Some reviewers noted similarities in the respective protagonists and in the style and execution of events.[44][61] John Huxley noted an episode with "soul searching" sequences reminiscent of NGE with a "hint of Twin Peaks".[62] Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996 No. ... For the hills in San Francisco, see Twin Peaks, San Francisco, California. ...


After reviewing the first five episodes, Mike Pinsky of DVD Verdict wrote that much of RahXephon was "ripped off completely" from NGE and although finding it to be a good show he ruled that "This Evangelion Lite tastes good enough, but is much less filling."[61] Christian Nutt of Anime Jump had seen the entire show when he wrote that "One of my least favorite aspects of RahXephon is its aping of Evangelion".[43] In Protoculture Addicts Mioko Matsuda agreed on the shows being similar, but compared in RahXephon's favour: "it is very similar to Evangelion, but in many ways more original and exotic."[42] In the same magazine, Martin Ouellette went as far as calling RahXephon an NGE "imitation", but was so impressed that he exclaimed "the imitation has surpassed the original!"[47] The cover of Protoculture Addicts, Issue #87 (January 2006). ...


Some reviewers favoured RahXephon because of its more active protagonist[44] and clearer ending: "Like Evangelion, you have to bend and warp your brain around this thing, but unlike Evangelion, if you think about it, it all makes sense" wrote Zac Bertschy.[51] Huxley praised RahXephon for including action sequences in the ending, providing "a more balanced experience".[48] RahXephon's story and complex relationships were planned and written early in the production cycle. In contrast, NGE's director stated that he did not know how the show would end,[63] and production was influenced by the reactions that TV executives and viewers had to previous episodes.[64] Although John Oppliger suggested stronger candidates for similarities than NGE, he thought the similarities with NGE were intentional:[65] John Oppliger (born August 31, 1972) is an employee of AnimeNation, an anime merchandise and production distributor. ...

RahXephon actually borrows far more heavily from Megazone 23 than it does Evangelion, and even Evangelion could be said to be heavily influenced by Megazone 23. I think that in its effort to be purely artistic entertainment, RahXephon knowingly pays homage to both Megazone 23 and Evangelion in the same way Evangelion re-uses the concept of a boy piloting his father's giant robot that was used 20 years before in Mobile Suit Gundam, which itself borrowed the idea from even older shows like Tetsujin 28 and Mazinger.

John Huxley found "several similarities" with NGE but wrote that there were "many, more significant differences",[66] and concluded that RahXephon "deserves to be recognised outside of its comparisons to a certain Hideaki Anno animation."[48] Megazone 23 ) is an anime series about a future recreation of Tokyo where the citizens are unaware that they live in fabricated reality. ... Mobile Suit Gundam ) is a televised anime series, created by Sunrise. ... Gigantor (originally Tetsujin-nijūhachi-gō 鉄人28号, literally Iron Man #28) was a manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama published in 1958 which was later made into several anime series, the first in 1963. ... Mazinger ) is a long running series of manga and anime featuring giant robots or mecha. ... Hideaki Anno (庵野秀明 Anno Hideaki, born 22 May 1960 in Ube, Japan) is a Japanese animation and video director. ...

Production connections

Anno and Izubuchi, the chief directors of each show, both designed mecha appearing in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988) and they worked together on the Cutie Honey live action movie (2004). They sat down for an interview together in the RahXephon Complete[67] guide book. There were also some connections in the actual production: Mitsuo Iso, a writer and key animator on NGE, wrote and directed the RahXephon episode "The Children's Night"; Yoji Enokido wrote the screenplay for RahXephon's "Interested Parties" and NGE's "The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still". Takeshi Honda was also an animator on both shows. Gainax was one of many companies contracted for in-between animation work on episodes 6 and 26.[68] Although no regular roles had common seiyū in Japan, both shows were re-dubbed into English by ADV Films. As a result, Allison Keith and Tiffany Grant voice regular roles in both shows. Cutie Honey ) (also spelled Cutey Honey) is a Japanese media franchise created by Go Nagai. ... Mitsuo Iso (磯光雄, Iso Mitsuo) is a Japanese key animator, designer, and anime screenwriter. ... For key frames in video compression, see I-frame and video compression picture types. ... The Childrens Night , Original English: Child Hoods End) is the 15th episode of the RahXephon TV series originally aired in Japan on the night between May 28 and May 29, 2002. ... Yoji Enokido (榎戸 洋司, Enokido Yoji, born 27 September 1963) is a Japanese screenwriter. ... The Artisans Battle , Original English: Interested Parties) is the 20th episode of the RahXephon TV series. ... The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still is an episode of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. ... Takeshi Honda , born March 12, 1968 in Ishikawa Prefecture) is a Japanese animator, designer, and animation director. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Voice Animage, a magazine about all things about seiyÅ«. For the retail company named Seiyu, see Seiyu Group. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... ADV Films logo ADV Films is the home video publication arm of A.D. Vision based in Houston, Texas. ... Allison Keith is an actor and voice actor who is best-known for her English-dubbing work with ADV Films on such anime movies and television series as Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which she voiced the character Misato Katsuragi. ... Tiffany Grant is a voice actor who is best-known for her English-dubbing work with ADV Films on such anime movies and television series as Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which she voiced the character Asuka Langley Sohryu (reportedly her favorite role). ...


Other anime

  • AnimeNation's John Oppliger noted influences from Escaflowne, Evangelion, Revolutionary Girl Utena and "especially Megazone 23"[69][70]
  • Charles Solomon compared the premise of RahXephon with that of Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, but found RahXephon to be "better plotted and executed".[45]
  • Huxley found the Dolems to be "the star of the show with their bizarre, slightly disturbing designs" reminiscent of Grey.[66]
  • Anime Jump reviewer Mike Toole compared RahXephon with Brain Powerd on account of the "excellent music", design and a "frustratingly large cast and Byzantine plot" but found RahXephon "more focused".[46] He thus disagreed with his colleague, Christian Nutt, who wrote that "[Brain Powerd] may not be as sexy, but it features a more heartfelt and original story".[43]

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Legacy

After RahXephon Izubuchi went back to design work and it was his assistant director Tomoki Kyoda's turn to be chief director, on Eureka Seven. Mitsuo Iso went on from his experience on RahXephon to become the chief director of Dennō Coil. RahXephon has been referenced by at least one other anime series, which was also produced by Bones.[71] Original run 17 April 2005 – 2 April 2006 No. ... Dennō Coil , lit. ...


When asked whether robot anime following RahXephon had "lived up to the new era" Izubuchi answered "Partially yes and partially no" and regretted the focus being on financially safer remakes instead of on new creations.[11] One of Evangelion's producers was similarly frustrated with anime as a whole, stating that much of what was released in the "post-Eva era" was "mass-produced junk".[72] In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ Calendar dates: 21 January 200211 September 2002. Schedule dates: 21 January 200210 September 2002. See List of RahXephon media for details.
  2. ^ Unofficial title translation
  3. ^ Momose Takeaki; Izubuchi Yutaka (2004). RahXephon Vol. 3. San Francisco, CA: VIZ Media, 1. ISBN 1-59116-428-1. 
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  5. ^ a b c d e Wong, Amos (February 2003). "Interview with Yutaka Izubuchi". Newtype USA 2 (2): 14-15. ISSN 1541-4817. 
  6. ^ a b Making of RahXephon special feature. DVD Orchestration 7
  7. ^ a b Izubuchi Yutaka (2003). RahXephon Bible. Houston, Texas: ADV Manga, 78-80. ISBN 1-4139-0026-7. 
  8. ^ a b c Beveridge, Chris (2004-07-27). RahXephon: The Movie (also w/box) (of 1). Anime on DVD. Retrieved on 2006-10-13.
  9. ^ A.D. Vision (2003) RahXephon:Pluralitas Concentio DVD cover: "Encore. Return to the world of RahXephon..."
  10. ^ a b Momose Takeaki; Izubuchi Yutaka (2004). in Kit Fox: RahXephon Vol. 1, trans. Joe Yamazaki, San Francisco, CA: VIZ Media. ISBN 1-59116-407-9. 
  11. ^ a b c Broestl, Sean (2006). Anime Expo 2006 - Yutaka Izubuchi Focus Panel. Anime News Network. Retrieved on 2006-07-11.
  12. ^ a b Chavez, Eduardo M. (2004-05-22). RahXephon Vol. #01 of 3. Anime on DVD. Retrieved on 2006-10-13.
  13. ^ a b "City of Two". RahXephon. No. 3. Ayato mentions Urashima Tarō. Movie posters for Sayonara Jupiter and Tokyo Blackout (lit. The Capital Vanishes) are shown together.
  14. ^ "The Black Egg". RahXephon. No. 12. Helena sees, or imagines, a younger version of herself reading the book.
  15. ^ "God and Man Awaken". RahXephon. No. 2.
  16. ^ a b c d "Nirai-Kanai". RahXephon. No. 5. Ayato is taken on a boat ride by Itsuki, where Itsuki explains the history of the island. Multiple pyramids are shown. He tells Quon of the myth that sakura blossoms are coloured by the blood of people buried nearby, and says that Kunugi's sakura have blue flowers.
  17. ^ a b "Sonata of Recollection". RahXephon. No. 10.
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  19. ^ Breton, André and Trotsky, Leon (1938) Towards a Free Revolutionary Art
  20. ^ The Persistence of Memory (1931), Soft Watches (1933), The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory (ca. 1952-1954), Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion (1954)
  21. ^ Photographs from a museum in Mérida, Yucatán: Mexico - Merida. Retrieved on 2004-06-14.
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  25. ^ "The Black Egg". RahXephon. No. 12. Tikal style pyramids are shown in a state of excavation in a crater.
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  31. ^ "Return to the Labyrinth". RahXephon. No. 17. A battle takes place in the area around Mount Fuji
  32. ^ "Bitterly Cold Holy Night". RahXephon. No. 8. The character Makoto Isshiki points out that Christians appropriated the winter solstice for Christmas. He says, however, that he is not a "non-believer" and makes the distinction between religion and religious practice.
  33. ^ "Sonata of Recollection". RahXephon. No. 10. Kunugi's daughter is buried with a large crucifix watching over her.
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RahXephon: Information from Answers.com (5462 words)
In addition, the date that the RahXephon awoke was December 21, 2012, which is the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar (according to the Mayans, December 21, 2012 marks the end of the Age of the Jaguar, and the transformation of Earth into the fifth and perfect phase).
The Raideen and the RahXephon both are portrayed as intelligent, sentient beings and possess similar general aesthetics, particularly the human-like face that is covered on the sides.
RahXephon was made several years after NGE, and because of similarities in the respective protagonists and in the style and execution of events it is often criticized for not being as original or groundbreaking as NGE [2].
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RahXephon isn't nearly as intellectual or theoretical, but is instead much more mysterious and subtle and, I dare say, artistic than Evangelion.
I wouldn't say that RahXephon "rips off" Evangelion, especially considering that Evangelion itself is a psychological parody and theoretical analysis of the giant robot anime genre that's existed since the early 1970s.
To summarize in an analogy, RahXephon is to Evangelion as Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet is to Franco Zeffirelli' Romeo & Juliet.
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