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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: RahXephon

RahXephon Vol. #2

By Stewart "Phlips" Phillips     June 05, 2003
Release Date: May 06, 2003

The Review!
Rah Xephon often claimed to be an Evangelion clone is an interesting project that a picked out randomly. Now let me begin this review by saying that this is a very original plot, grant you I've only seen nine episodes (to the end of volume 2)

Audio: I watched this in the Japanese and English Dialogue, now the Japanese is very well done and has a quality presentation, where as the English dialogue comes of so-so. NOT BAD, but certainly nothing incredible. I enjoyed the Ayoto's dub (Chris Patton, Yu from Spriggin) and thats about it.

Video: Well using my crappy 8x DVD player leaves me with a fuzzy not well presentated, but I will not take off for that, I will, though, take of for some rare, but apparent cross coloration.

Packaging: Nothing incredible. You get the main Dollum of the episodes. in the second episode into the DVD. You witness him. All and all it's white and somewhat boring. Though it gives the effect of making the Dollum stand out in front of the blank background.

Menus: Where to begin...This menu reminds me of the Evangelion Menus. You have the episodes on the left and the Options on the right. It does an average job of flowing between menus.

Extras: This is where it improves heavily on the previous Disk. You get the clean openning/closing, but then you get to see some interviews with the english cast. You also get some more production sketches and ADV previews (which show some ne faces. THANK GOD)

Content: (Contains Spoilers)

This is where the show shines

Animation:Well the character models have an overal sense of consistanceys, but u get the occasional dissformed cel. The Dollums and the Xephon are very well animated as well as Elvys' Aircraft.

The Plot: Well we learn a little about the disaster that took place in Australia and we dig deeper into the characters. The relationships between Ayoto and Quan begin to come forth as well as the relationship between Ayoto and Haruka.

We get to see some cool action with the Xephon Vs. some Dolloms including a very cool Ice battle and a city battle that has an incredible finale. The final episode on the disk has no battle, but introduces some new facts and opens new questions like what exactly happened to Reika. We also get some clues to some interesting ideas.

One of the new characters is Futagami, who is a repoter who comes to Narai looking for answers He is very informed and gives the audience new clues to Ayato's past.

Well I would recommend this to anyone who saw the first Orchestration and no one else. You can't really start the series here. I look forward to seeing the conclusion to this interesting and thought provoking series.

Review Equipment
8x Dell DVD drive using WinDVD


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