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  • Art Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: DrMaster
  • MSRP: 7.95
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 978-1-59796-003-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

RahXephon (novel) Vol. #04

By Sakura Eries     January 10, 2007
Release Date: July 30, 2006

RahXephon (novel) Vol.#04
© DrMaster

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hiroshi Ohnogi
Translated by:Gretchen Ker
Adapted by:Ailen Lujo

What They Say
Ayato feels unable to stay in Niraikanai after learning he is a Mulian, and returns to his home in Tokyo, followed by Elvy and Haruka in the Vermillion. But he cannot stand the falsehoods and deceit there and flees. Ayato faces another Dolem in his Rahxephon, but this one is unlike any of the others.

The Review
Ayato returns to Tokyo Jupiter in hopes of finding a place where he can belong. However, once back, he can no longer accept the deceptive environment created by Tokyo Government Central. After an icy encounter with his mother, he flees in the RahXephon -- but not alone. The thoughts and suppressed memories of his childhood friend Hiroko are also breaking free of the government's mind control. Having witnessed those closest to her bleeding blue Mulian blood and realizing that her boyfriend Mamoru is not all that he seems, she begs Ayato to take her with him. Unable to remain in Tokyo and unable to return to Niraikanai, Ayato takes them to hide in a small city on the outside of the Absolute Barrier. Despite their predicament, it is for Hiroko a time of happiness, a happiness tragically cut short by the appearance of a Dolem...

It is very difficult to enjoy a novel's plot when the writing is poor. It baffles me why DrMaster did not put more effort into editing the translation of this novelization. In addition to the grammatical errors that have plagued the entire series, the dialogue is stiff. During lengthier interchanges, it is difficult to tell who said what. As I have remarked previously regarding this series, unless you have been exposed to the anime, understanding the action sequences will be very difficult. Even having seen the anime, I still found the description of many scenes, such as the appearance of Quon's egg in Tokyo, rather confusing.

However, this volume does include some nice tidbits regarding character development and background. Having the "Music Room Incident" told from Haruka's perspective help to better understand her obsession with Ayato, and the novel includes details of Hiroko's experiences leaving Tokyo and living with Ayato which were glossed over by the anime. As another bonus, Quon's stream-of-consciousness-speak is rather limited in this installment compared to previous volumes.

Included in this volume are three pages of character profiles, seven black and white sketches, two pages of afterword ramblings by the author, and ads for upcoming DrMaster releases.


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