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RahXephon - third of the way in review

So I decided after finishing Battlestar Galactica that I needed a bit of a break, so I moved on to an anime that's been on my list for a while, RahXephon.

At first, I dismissed it as a straight rip-off of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but now, a third of the way into it, the two are definitely diverging from one another... mainly in that the characters in RahXephon are actually likable, if not very well developed. Seriously, there are a few characters I haven't even taken the time to learn the names of yet, unlike Evangelion, where even its tertiary characters like Kensuks and the class rep, were given ample characterization in the few scenes they were in.


(Then again, it could be that I've watched Evangelion about a dozen times while this is only my first run-through of RahXephon, but seriously, the cast of RahXephon is BORING.)

The monsters in RahXephon are creepy and menacing, and the RahXephon itself is something of a cross between an EVA and a Gundam, which is in and of itself pretty rad.

The soundtrack, while not as great as most anime soundtracks, still has some great cues and tunes; of particular note is the closing song, Yume no Tamago (Egg of the Dream), a haunting lullaby with ethereal vocals that I've been humming for three days now.

It's starting to show real progress at this point,with deeper explanations of what Tokyo Jupiter is, why there is a time lag between the two planets, and it seems to be setting up events for the protagonist to have a much larger destiny than he suspected.


Sadly, my only frame of reference that I can compare this series to IS Neon Genesis Evangelion, as the similarities do continue to abound even as the plots diverge, but overall I'd say that I've enjoyed the series so far and I'm looking forward to finishing it and its OVAs.

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