Note: This is part of a series of reviews I call Memory Lane. It’s where I look at a title I’ve rewatched more than once to see if it’s really worth rewatching.
Creator/Studio: Yutaka Izubuchi/Bones
No. of Episodes: 26
Summary: This anime focuses on Ayato Kamina, a 17-year old high school student who has been living in a false environment called Tokyo Jupiter. He is guided outside Tokyo Jupiter by a mysterious girl who resembles a classmate and is soon thrust into a war that he does not want to participate in nor understand. He pilots the Rahxephon, a godlike robot that uses sound-based attacks against giant robots called Dolems, which are controlled by human-like aliens called Mu who shed blue blood.
Review: I love this anime! It is one of the most beautiful titles I have ever watched, and one of the best characterized. Each character is more than he/she appears on the surface. Just when you think you’ve understood a character, another layer is often revealed. For instance, Ayato seems to be someone who’d rather be a pacifist. But when he discovers someone he wishes to protect, he becomes a good fighter, despite the fact that he clearly does not wish to participate in the war. Another favorite character of mine is Megumi Shitow. She seems like a cheerful teenager, but under the surface is someone who is unsure of her abilities and purpose. Overall, the anime has a mystery feel to it, and you just want to sit back and watch so you can see if you can develop your own theories about what is going on.
Music/Score: Music plays a big part in the story. The music in the show is very pretty to listen to. The opening and closing are among my all-time favorite opening themes.
Sub/Dub: Either way works excellent. This is one of the best dubs ever!
Violence: (7/10) Some bloody moments, but nothing truly graphic
Language: (2/10) Some mild language, but nothing above PG-13.
Sexuality: (3/10) I heard some suggestive dialog, but nothing above that.
Nudity: (3/10) Some symbolic mild nudity. There are some scenes where a girl named Quon is seen in somewhat revealing clothes, but it’s actually a plot point rather than fanservice.
Drugs/Tobacco: (3/10) Two women are very heavy drinkers.
Religion: (4/10) Some references to the Mayan calendar toward the end.
Related Media: There is a movie and a manga based on the anime.
Rewatch Value: ***** Yes, this is definitely a title that must be rewatched to truly understand its depth. Every time I watch it, I discover something new. It has various layers.