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Rahxephon - The Motion Picture

3.2 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Return to the world of RahXephon, where humans and Mu fight for dominance over a shattered Earth, and giant statues are the ultimate weapons. Where music forms the fabric of the universe and the link between two hearts is the thread upon which the fate of humanity hangs. It is still a love story, but it is not the same story. Not exactly. Prepare for new visions and new revelations, as the other side of RahXephon is finally revealed. RahXephon was created and directed by Yutaka Izubuchi (Gasaraki, the Gundam franchise), and produced by Bones (Angelic Layer, Cowboy Bebop), Victor Entertainment (Noir) and Fuji TV (Astro Boy, Battle of the Planets). The RahXephon series debuted on Japanese TV in 2002 and became an immediate sensation, with fierce action and the multilayered complexity of the plot and characters drawing in viewers by the tens of thousands. RahXephon: The Motion Picture is a DVD-only release, containing a 120-minute feature in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 language versions with English subtitles. Extras includes an 10-page RahXephon booklet and ADV previews.

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RahXephon: The Motion Picture retells the story of the 2002 broadcast series with some minor changes. After a subway accident, high school student Ayato Kamina discovers the city he knows has been hidden by Mulian invaders inside "Tokyo Jupiter," a huge sphere in which time passes slowly. Ayato's half-human/half-Mulian blood makes him the "Instrumentalist" who can pilot the giant mecha RahXephon and "tune the world," which will somehow defeat the Mulians. Ayato undertakes this mission only to save Haruka Mishima, his former high school sweetheart. Condensing the plot of the 26-episode series into just under two hours proves a daunting task for executive director Yutaka Izubuchi and his artists. They leave big chunks of the story unexplained and send characters into the past to visit themselves, creating some thorny, unresolved paradoxes. The results feel like yet another unsuccessful Evangelion imitator. (Rated 15 and older: violence, brief nudity, sexual situations) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Jason Douglas, Hiro Shimono, Aya Hisakawa, Fumioki, Dai Matsumoto
  • Directors: Akitoshi Yokoyama, Ikurô Satô, Masahiro Andô, Mitsuo Iso, Susumu Kudo
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029NMN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rahxephon - The Motion Picture" on IMDb

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By C. Jennings on September 11, 2005
Format: DVD
As a huge fan of the Rahxephon series, I was eager to get my hands on this movie...After watching it I'm wishing desperately that I hadn't. Basically, the movie adds about 25 minutes of new scenes, and the rest is recycled material.

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.
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After finishing the series just recently and having watched the movie quite some time ago, I think that honestly this film is only good in the sense of how well it ruins the series.

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.
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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. Also a few things are revealed early on that were revealed towards the end of the series. I was alright with those at first since it seemed early on like this was the series viewed through different angles, but by the time it gets to the middle those pacing issues come in and yeah.

Also the music is mostly stripped from the series, so if you liked the soundtrack the series had its not here. Seriously utterly hilarious that there's a fight scene where a character kills an enemy who, in the series are always singing, in a scene that is completely silent ending it with the line, "That'll stop your singing."

Final point there are almost no fight scenes in this film. If you were hoping to at least get the mech battles from the series well you'll get maybe 6 minutes of robot fighting total in a 2 hour movie.

Avoid.
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I imagine I must first explain that emotional content and emotional affect have a great deal to do with how I rate Rah-Xephon: Pluralitas Concentio. This movie rates high in both categories. I viewed the series in total a few years ago on DVD and was left feeling confused and unsure of what had actually happened. I'm in the process of rewatching the series, but only after having viewed the movie. In doing so, I now have better insight into the world and characters of Rah-Xephon.

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.
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