Much more than a re-cap
R. Cobb | Omaha, NE | 06/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"RahXephon: Motion Picture bears a similar stigma as Neon Genisis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth in that the majority of RX:MP is a recap of the series, however, it does reveal more about Ayato, Haruka, Quan, and many other main characters from about 10 years before the first episode to about 40 years after the last. A must have for RahXephon fans, but if you weren't thrilled by RX, you can afford to pass on the movie."
Got me hooked.
Steven D. Mietelski | 10/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like anime, but I'm very picky. I really liked the Lain series because it had me thinking, constantly. I liked Ghost in the Shell, because it made me reflect on the direction we are taking our society. I'm not an otaku, or whatever they call those crazy fanboys. Most anime fails my test. But not Rahxephon, and although it didn't make me contemplate things in the same ways as Lain, or define anime the way Ghost in the Shell did, I still fell in love with it immediatly.
I watched the movie twice in a two day period, because towards the end I became distracted and couldn't figure out exactly what was going on. If you can pay constant attention to the movie, it's wonderful. Bits and pieces of the puzzle are constantly revealed to you for you to put together to figure out the entire mystery of what is going on. Some people have complained about this. But I feel it really gives you the oppurtunity to be placed in Kamina's shoes, and experience what he is experiencing. As the truth of his world is revealed to him, it is revealed to you, too.
And who doesn't love giant, powerful robots? Giant powerful alien robots? That can destroy everything. The movie lacks a little in this department, and could have benefited from better fight scenes, but there's a lot to compact in 2 hours (it comes from a 13 hour series, I've found out) and the fight scenes they supply are somewhat adequate.
Then there's the love story. I wish I could spoil it for you, but I won't. I'll just say my heart was on a roller coaster ride throughout the movie. One moment, joy and warmth, the next moment, cold sadness.
The art style was amazing, as well. Most anime is generic, or gritty. Not Rahxephon. Its art style is amazing and more production studios should strive for this level of quality. If we compare anime to comic books, most anime is like your regular comic book and printed on that recycled paper junk. Rahxephon is that special edition issue where they print it on glossy paper and it looks a million times better.
The movie got me interested in picking up the series and really getting to immerse myself in the world of Kamina and the Rahxephon. Hopefully I can find it at an affordable price (amazon doesn't seem to carry the series!!)
If you're an anime snob, too, then you should dig rahxephon. The only people who dislike it are fanboy's gone bitter because they wasted so much time on subpar anime that their gpa suffered ;)
Stick to the good stuff. Add rahxephon to your collection."
Anime for the Ages.....
J. D Naae | Neo-Tokyo | 10/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, Whats going on with all the negative reviews of this movie? The series was great and I think the movie, though it was a little bit different view interpritation on the story line from the series, is just as good as the series. I don't think alot of people truly understood the series and probably would not have as great of appricitation for this movie as other might. However if you were a fan of the 30 some episide long series, than the RahXephon movie (which runs alittle over 2 hours) is a must see. If you have not seen the series yet, it might be better to try to watch the it first and keep an open mind. Though the similarities to series such as Evangellian are there, RahXephon is truly in a league of it's own and should not be compared to past anime series!! Just watch RahXephon and experience one of the best anime story lines ever to be written...."