Rahxephon - The Motion Picture
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HOWEVER, the recycled scenes are redubbed with completely different words, in some cases this is very bothersome, more often than not obscuring the original purpose of the scene. This movie could be considered a Rahxephon crash course, but it's pretty poorly executed, and honestly omits most of everything good about the series. Many of the characters and events are changed totally to fit in this tiny slice of a plot.
In the series I found the Haruka/Ayato love story rather compelling. If you did as well, I'd suggest again skipping over this movie; it basically throws the relationship out in the open, and in doing so cheapens the emotions surrounding the original events. In general the things that took FOREVER to happen in the TV series are taken for granted.
Without providing any spoilers I will say that the movie changes a lot of what happens, in ways that make it very confusing. The ending also feels a lot stranger and much less definitive than the original.
Thus the only way I can really recommend this movie is if you're a huge fan of the series and don't care how the story is retold; you're too lazy to watch the original series, or simply like watching a series fundamentally changed and crammed into 2 hours. Otherwise, buy the complete collection, you won't be disappointed.
Haruka Mishima from this movie is totally given away from the beginning and nothing in this film ever explained Mishima's role and what she represents, the major plot twist in the end that explains who she is was totally expected by the time they built up to it, and the ending failed to close alot of plot holes.
They twist the whole series by clipping away the parts that make the story intriguing and make the relationships that are built in the series important to the overall story.
I for one was disappointed to recall the movie and how it played out akin to series order but without explaining crucial elements of the story like the where and how of what was really going on, they leave out very key elements about the story overall, such as the implications of the Foundation's involvement, the Bahbem Group, explaining how the Mu control dolems and where dolems and instrumentalists come from. The TERRA Commander's heartwarming story about his daughter's death and his struggle to atone for his inability to save his daughter in the great mu war.
This entire series is built around the premise of how relationships evolve and connect people by events, people, places, and things. Such as the squad leader's handkercheif, the picture of the Commander's daughter, Haruka's gloves, Buchi, etc. All these things connected one person to another even if only for an episode, and the emotional transcription is way more profound in this way...
The movie made me feel as though I lost part of that by knowing what happens before it happens, especially with Asahina.
If you have a burning need to own this film, please watch the series first, this is not a good introduction movie to the series and will ruin the story for you.
The movie is emotionally charged. There really is no other way to put it. I must agree with some of the other reviews in that it skips from here-to-there in a number of places and that character development is lacking (for most of the players) when compared to the series. The exception would have to be Ayato Kamina's "other" female friend from school, Hiroko Asahina. Her death in the series was tragic. In the movie it is even more so because we have a better understanding of her feelings for Ayato. We learn that her love for him is as long-lived and every bit as deep as the shared love between Ayato and Haruka. That Hiroko's love is unrequited until just before her death makes it all the more tragic.
Recommendation: This is a hard one to recommend. Mostly because it is so different from the series. If you've seen the series and were left confused then Rah-Xephon: Pluralitas Concentio should be on your "must buy" list.
One last point: The end title song for the movie, Tune the Rainbow is a wonderful piece of music. My understanding is that it is unique to the film and did not appear in the series.
In other words, the dialogue was full of technobabble and half-formed theories that were never satisfactorily explained, the action was subpar compared to the series (and you can see most of it just by watching the series anyway), and no serious plotholes or loose ends were resolved.
Thus, I can honestly say that I feel this movie has no special artistic merit and should be avoided. Rent it if you must, but save your money.
I can only conceive of two reasonable excuses to purchase this movie:
1. You are a HUGE RahXephon fan. If you have the Instrumentalist signs tattooed onto your body, you qualify. And you need help.
2. You already own the entire series, feel a deep need to complete your set, and have $30 disposable income.
In the end, I think I only liked two things about this movie: the fact that I got to see RahXephon's ultimate attack one more time (it really is awesome) and the ending song. Not nearly enough to amount to a worthwhile purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It looks like the streaming version was ripped from a DVD without de-interlacing the video. Every time there's movement, you can see the horizontal lines between alternate frames. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Bruce Yunker
If you know and like the series then you know the story. The problem is the pacing is compressed so things lose their impact from the series immensely. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kevin
This one has some funky art to it. You can tell some parts had a lot of love put into it in others the job was rushed. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Tekoa Games
To amuse myself what I did from time to time while watching was to make farting sounds with my mouth - you know pfhlaahblahflooblahahpwfhoo ... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael J
Couldn't hear the dialogue over the music. Was very interesting but I could not follow the story.Published 2 months ago by John Bondurant
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