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Rahxephon - Dissonance (Vol. 4)
Rahxephon - Dissonance
Vol. 4
Actors: Jason Douglas, Hilary Haag, Ayako Kawasumi, Robert Anderson, Cyrille Artaux
Director: Yutaka Izubuchi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2003     1hr 40min

Tremors ripple through the city as new Dolems attack, but the most dangerous shock waves of all are the mental assaults that now threaten to overwhelm Ayato?s grasp of the physical world itself. As new players enter the de...  more »


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Actors: Jason Douglas, Hilary Haag, Ayako Kawasumi, Robert Anderson, Cyrille Artaux
Director: Yutaka Izubuchi
Creators: Yutaka Izubuchi, Chiaki Konaka
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Animation, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 07/29/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Changing the Key
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 08/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This fourth DVD in the series opens with a mounting puzzle about the nature of Quon Kisaragi. Haruka has become obsessed with finding out the truth for motivations which are not entirely clear. But her ability to enter the RahXephon has drawn intense interest, including the Mu, who send a new Dolem to send a message only Quon and Ayato can hear. This crisis has repercussions that will affect the rest of the series.Even so there is little warning for the view about the plot shift to come. If there is a question about Quon's nature, the mystery of Ayato's is even darker. Elvy, the pilot from TERRA, is equipped with a new giant robot named Vermillion. This weapon is every bit as powerful as the RahXephon, and Elvy's competitiveness runs away with her when she finds out that Ayato is not entirely human.But Ayato had no idea of his reality either and the discover shatters his self-possession. While he fights both his sense of alienation and his feelings of betrayal we are led deeper into what appears to be a 500 year old mystery surrounding the Bahbem mansion which has come to fruition in it's attempt to create a line of 'instrumentalists' who can wield the powers of the Mu. Thus, this DVD ends with more questions than it began with. Almost lost in all of this is a touching look at Megumi, Haruka's younger sister. We discover that her obnoxious exterior hides a surprising sensitivity. Certainly, this set of episodes contains strong performances on all sides.RahXephon continues its appeal to a more thoughtful audience than it's giant robo parents. There are clear parallels to Evangelion, but it is really a different and deeper story. Director Yutaka Izubuchi is looking deeper than surface character defects, and the ingenuity of its 'battle system' has yet to yield the same horrific violence. This isn't a criticism of either series, just an indication of their core differences."
Building Tension...RahXephon Gets Rolling
Chon-ny | 08/02/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Many "RahXephon" viewers may have been discouraged by the much too slow-paced third volume which was used to set up the rest of the series. Not to worry. "Dissonance" plays more like your typical anime series volume: numerous fights, major revelations, finishing with a cliffhanger. Things begin to get hectic in the real world, and this is the disc to get the ball rolling.As a recap, the title character is a giant robot with yet unexplored but sound-related abilities, and uniquely pilotable by teenager Ayato Kamina. Kamina has just been freed from the space-time bubble surrounding Tokyo-Jupiter (where time runs at a rate years behind) and has been told that what he thought was reality is a construct by an alien race of Murians. The battle for Tokyo-Jupiter and its numerous human inhabitants is waged with Dolems--the Murian giant robots--and RahXephon, on behalf of the "real" Earth.Vol. 4 starts off with the shady new characters Helena Barbem and Makoto Iishiki, the latter a white-haired albino with red circle spectacles and a heart of ice, speaking with Katsuragi about the experiments and examinations on his "sister," Quon. Everything begins to hint around the fact that Quon may well have been the first Murian specimen captured by those from the real world--in fact, her past is so shady that they feel any information they do have may even be forged. Meanwhile, another giant spiky-appendaged Dolem hovers visibly over the Earth, and is promptly destroyed by Ayato using a new RahXephon weapon. "That's the path to destruction," says Quon. The next episode is nearly a stand-alone and diverts strongly from the main RahXephon plotline. Three children--a boy with long, white hair, another boy in glasses and a girl with short blonde hair--are being vocally and academically trained (you can tell it's a flashback by the whitish-gold tone that tints the whole episode) by a man looking a lot like Makoto. The two boys sneak off, away from the girl, whom they don't seem to get along with, and go off to a rock-like creature they've been feeding and trying to nurse to life. This episode's plot brings a strong element of tragedy that helps us understand the main characters much better when we find out that the three are Katsuragi, Makoto and Helena.Next, the Barbem Foundation gives the fighters from the real world Vermillion, their own flying, fighting robot, armed with a machine/pulse gun, piloted by the fierce lady lieutenant Elvy Hadhiat. But this isn't the most significant development on the disc. Since Elvy would most likely end up working alongside Ayato in RahXephon, Commander Yagumo drops a bomb that shocks Elvy, but that most viewers should already have been expecting: Ayato, savior of the world, is a Murian. Ayato overhears the conversation, further upping his anger and lack of trust with the authority figures. Still, Ayato manages to talk himself into piloting RahXephon again to help out Elvy against a splitting Dolem. He will fly RahXephon one more time at the disc's end--this time to go back to Tokyo-Jupiter with Quon, with Vermillion in hot pursuit.This is a transitional disc. It still continues to set up the series by delving more into just who the characters are (including Haruka Shitou), but it also ups the number of action scenes and plot turns. RahXephon has beautiful art, part of the new, modern style of anime seen in "Full Metal Panic," "Gasaraki" and ".hack//sign"--flat, thick-lined, clean illustrations with computer graphics imbedded nicely into the shots. The music seems to have gained a better foothold as well, coming in at more appropriate times with more appropriate beats or sad orchestral tones. The pacing is spasmic...slow, conversational sections followed sporadically by giant robots blasting weapons, and back. While this disc doesn't compare to the first, fifth and ending volumes, it does provide more flavor to the series, and of course the all-important "Ayato's a Murian!" revelation.A four-star effort from a five-star series."
The beginning of my respect for the series...
Scot McGinn | Brookeville, MD | 05/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first three volumes of Rahxephon were good anime. The story was building at a nice pace and the characters becoming very interesting. Since we were still pretty early on in the series with volume four, I didn't quite know what to excpect. I have seen shows that have done well to this point and then suddenly shift gears and stall like a plane racing for the ground. For this reason, I couldn't quite get into the show, as I was waiting for the stall...Instead I got some of the best anime I have ever seen. One thing that truly amazes me about the Rahxephon series is the character development. If you see someone on the screen, you're going to get some back story on them eventually. And the more and more you start knowing about the MANY characters in this series, the much more complicated and facinating it becomes.The beautiful art, imagery, and music are just the icing on the cake. Rahxephon has so much going for it that I don't hesitate giving this DVD and series high praise."