This series blew me away. There have been many comparisons between RahXephon and Neon Genesis Evangelion, and with good reason: Kamina Ayato vs. Shinji, TERRA vs. NERV, The Alliance vs. the UN, Barbem Foundation vs. SEELE, Quon vs. Rei, etc.
But the feel is completely different. That is perhaps because the tone of RahXephon is essentially an optimistic one, whereas NGE is essentially depressing. It's both about shadowy organisations that want to rebuild the world according to some plan (that is not completely explained to the viewers).
The one thing I didn't completely understand is the motivation of all these characters/groups. Why did Barbem build RahXephon? Why is he at odds with the Murians, since they seemed to want the same thing. Why is TERRA against both Barbem and the Murians? In the end, they allowed Ayato to board RahXephon and do exactly as what Barbem wanted. Perhaps everybody wanted to control Ayato, and remake the world in their own image. In the end, Ayato chose for love, and the world became a better place.
And what exactly is Ishtori? She shamelessly manipulates everybody and everything to accomplish her goals, but it seemed like she was in fact Ayato's subconscious...
I think I'll get the series on DVD, and rewatch it two or three times, to pick up on all the nuances of the plot.
- The music;
- The quality of the animation and designs (especially the Dolem!);
- Maaya Sakamoto!
- The story.
- The (short) period of Ayato's depression.
All in all, a solid 8.5 in my book.