I am writing this post in the hope of ending a needless and futile debate. I’m writing it knowing that I’m talking about the anime community, and unnecessary and futile debates have been their bread and butter since Harmony Gold first licensed Super-Dimensional Fortress Macross. But I’m writing it anyway because I feel like I’ve […]Read More RahXephon does NOT equal Evangelion
Here I am at the end of RahXephon. Have you ever had a series that you watched at a pivotal time in your fandom, and it will always be a show that you love? For me, that is RahXephon. In a lot of ways, my relationship with this show has reached the stage where my […]Read More The Cry of Hope at the end of RahXephon
I’m nearly at the end of talking about RahXephon. Well, maybe not. I’ll probably never stop talking about RahXephon, but I’ve spent three months on my blog largely focused on this show, and I would like to finish talking about it this month. That said, I have a lot of small things I really wanted […]Read More The Odds and Ends of RahXephon
If you asked me who my favorite character was in RahXephon, I would be torn between two choices. The first one is pretty obvious — Jin Kunigi. I wrote an entire post about his bluebird and the underlying tragedy of his daughter’s death. He is a character who is torn in a lot of different […]Read More A boy, his pet rock and Makoto Isshiki’s Operation Downfall in RahXephon
I don’t think I can write an entire series about RahXephon and skip out on talking about Episode 19, or really the tragedy that surrounds Hiroko Asahina. By necessity, I’m going to need to talk about spoilers here. Sure the fact that I’m saying that she is involved in a tragedy is a spoiler, but […]Read More The tragedy in Episode 19 of RahXephon
The longer I watch RahXephon, the more I become convinced that this is not a show about the human condition. Sure. There are elements in the show that speak to the human condition especially when you look at how the trauma of the war affected various characters, how Ayato reacts to being lied to and […]Read More The portrait of an artist as a young man in RahXephon
I’ve spent most of the morning trying to decide what I wanted to say about the most pivotal moment in RahXephon. If there is a single episode where the show turns from a sort of mecha show into something else entirely, it’s Episode 14 “The Boy in the Mirror/ Time after Time.” I think I’m […]Read More If you meet the RahXephon on the road, do you kill it?
When I was writing about Evangelion, I said the angels don’t matter. Perhaps it could be better stated that the angels are only important to the story when they tell us more about the four main characters. For example, we have an angel who splits into two separate bodies because the writers wanted to put […]Read More Is RahXephon a mecha show?
Way back at the end of December, when I started these posts, I said I would likely revisit the themes of RahXephon. Well here I am, one month and 11 episodes later, and I am back talking about the struggle between having the world that you want and having the world that is provided for […]Read More Rejecting the letterboxed world in RahXephon
One of the first things I ever wrote on this blog was about the common comparison between RahXephon and Evangelion. In a nutshell, people will often go with a simple straight-line comparison between the characters in the two shows. They’ll say Haruka is Misato, Quon is Rei, Megumi is Asuka, Itsuki is Kaji, and sometimes […]Read More Why we need to stop comparing RahXephon characters to Eva