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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 125
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: RahXephon
RahXephon Vol. #1
By Mark McPherson
June 05, 2003
Release Date: March 25, 2003
The first new mecha show of the 21st century is finally on DVD. This ain't your daddy's Evangelion.
Audio: Given the fact that this came on Japanese TV not too long ago, the audio is quite superb with ADV delivering an excellent 5.1 audio track. No complaints.
Video: From most new anime titles nowadays, you can expect great video quality and RahXephon is no exception. Although it feel a bit too bright to me, the video quality is commendable.
Packaging: At first galnce, it doesn't look like much of anything special. But if you look at it more carefully, you'll see it's a great looking cover. The inside comes with a platic sheet blooklet with bios and character designs. Nice touch.
Menu: Pretty simple. Just a basic genetic code menu with one BGM playing. Pretty similar to the Evangelion DVDs.
Extras: Pretty good for the first DVD. Theres a clean opening as well as some character designs and a short trailer for the show. Nothing big, but nothing terrible either.
Content: So, we have a new mecha show. What do we classify it as? Eva clone? Gundam rip-off? Getter Robo carbon copy?
Neither. RahXephon is the first original mecha series I've seen in along while. The story starts out in Tokyo where it is believed that all of humanity outside Japan has been destroyed. In actuallity, it the center for an alien city called Tokyo Jupiter, that has secluded itself from the rest of the Earth. Meet Ayato Kamina, a more stable version of Shinji Ikari. While witnessing a fight between two Dolems (the main mechs of the series) he awakens the RahXephon Dolem from it's egg (yes, the egg came first).. Slowly, we learn how it functions without the process of a long tutorial. Soon, Ayato escapes Tokyo Jupiter and joins up with the Earth forces to combat Dolems.
So what is a Dolem? Well, they don't seem to be very mechancial. In fact, they are pretty much 100% organic (a rare find in anime). The designs may look like Eva copies at first glance, but on further inspection, they seem to have some Egyptian characteristics to them (although these are never pointed in the show).
Much like the successful Patlabor series, this show focuses more on character drama than mecha heavy battles (although there are some pretty good fights in between the drama). Every character has a personality and you will easily become attached to atleast one of them whether it be the manipulative professor or any of the famale cast which all seem to have a dark past, but very humorous behavior.
Overall, if you loved Evangelion and want to see another good mecha show, RahXephon is the ticket. Every mecha maniac should see this show, whether they like it or not. It will become a milestone in anime history.
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