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Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.

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RahXephon: The Motion Picture Movie 2003 TBD
RahXephon OVA OVA 2003 TBD

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RahXephon 2001 TBD
RahXephon (Light Novel) 2002 TBD
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Carole MORTIMER Character Design
Yutaka IZUBUCHI Director
Ichiko HASHIMOTO Music

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RahXephon HasseRovdjur 3.5/10 Jul 30, 2013
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RahXephon PhdInCartoons 7.3/10 Feb 28, 2013
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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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ryunekogod

If you liked RahXephon, you'd probably like Evangelion because the art is beautiful in both, and the stories are similar. I liked both of them a lot and they reminded me of each other, plus they both have mecha and that's a definite plus.

Euxinus
Alot of people called rahxephon this an eva clone. While this isn't true the two series have many similarities. But Eva has a different flair and a absoltely mindblowing story that just gets better the more you learn about the things they talk about in the series..
ZDragon
You find big, humanoid robots which melt together with their controller's senses in both animes. And earth needs to be defended against aliens in both cases as well. I'm sure you will find more similarities if you watch it.
LoneRaven
in a sense, this was a more depressing version of Rahxephon...supposedly the creators of Rahxephon drew ideas of NGE and used it in their production of Rahxephon...however both anime's are distinct in their own right.
TheBurningCrow

Neon Genesis Evangelion is probably the closest thing to RahXephon there is, but the characters are a bit more whiney. All-in-all the series is VERY good. There are lots of big robots and strange things called angels and revelations of the end of the world of course. If you liked one of these series, give the other a try.

Tomte
Another good high quality \"mecha\" series, both have a dark side to them that creates a depth in both series.
sothis
As I'm sure the other comments have already mentioned, RahXephon is commonly considered to be an Eva clone. Check out where that idea comes from by watching this classic series..
Imsorrykun
both are confuseing robot animes that you might find have hard to fallow plot themes.. mixed in with some kick ass fighting.
kamirura
Huge robots and aliens trying to over take the world... a story left untold.... Just like RahXephon ,Evangelion deals with a guy forced to become a pilot of a huge mysterious mecha just like Rah. RahXephon deals with the same kind of problems and figths just like Evangelion. But this one is alot more of a brain mess. This one has a really wonderful story and you will feel captured from the beginning to the end. You will love this one if you liked RahXephon.
cron
Evangelion a precurser to RahXephon deals more with character development and personal deconstruction. Prepare for a more depressing series with a darker and whole more confusing religious event that is a benchmark which all series are usually compared to.
Zadillo
The influences should be clear, but both are generally great and more complex takes on the basic giant robot genre. Great animation and directing, and some great ideas that you should definitely enjoy.
MaximusThrax
These two series invite close comparison, since they both feature giant mecha fighting with neurotic teenage pilots and existential philosophy. Evangelion is one of the classic series that made anime popular in the US, and RahXephon is a newer release with high production values, including stunning music and gorgeous art.
ralphp2
Both are bellwether mecha shows. IMO, if you watch NGE first, you'll appreciate how well done RahXephon is. But I'd recommend watching both anyway.
freakzilla
RahXephon is regarded as a clone of Evangelion by many(me included), you can't disregard that fact. Unstable main character, giant robots operated by chosen people, strange creatures attack human kind... it's in both of them, so go see the original!
himurakenshin
Very similar animes in terms of plot. The key differences between them are probably the more developed love story/stories in rahxephon and the differences in animation. Rahxephon is somewhat easier to understand, but both have very complicated plotlines full of unexpected twists and revelations. If you liked either of these animes for the winding plot or the semi-organic mech combat, you'll very likely enjoy the other.
Lothar
Rahxephon is very similar to Evangelion, and in the beginning it might have been an evangelionclone, but it makes it better with animation and less whiney characters. Evangelion is a must-see for anime fans, and rahxephon is as good if not better. Go figure.
klafka
Rahxephon and Eva both maintain a similar plot and where one contains an overabundance of Juddaic mythology the other replaces it with Sumerian.
nextolast
You will find that both of these, while deemed mecha, have "robots" that are very organic both in design and in behaviour... behaviour you say? yes, and this really sets these two apart from a lot of the rest of this genre imho. If you liked ishitori from Rax, or the way unit 01 acts in NGE, then the other series will probably be rewarding for you in the same way
sublime
Huge mechas backed up by an excellent cast of characters and stunning artwork is how I would describe RahXephon, it's utterly stunning. A very loosley, similar based plot with Evangelion, using mecha to fight alien "invaders" although I felt that RahXephon took itself a lot more seriously and has a much better characterisation than Eva. But both series are a must watch.
Prettykitty20034

Both Evangelion and RahXephon have similar storylines containing giant robots and an apocalyptic theme. Both contain a well drawn cast of characters. If you've watched one and enjoyed it, I highly suggest you watch the other.

Cetonis

Some say Rahxephon is and Eva clone, some say it's Eva done right. Either way, these two obviously have a whole lot in common. Mechs, foes they know almost nothing about, existential philosophy, corporate/governmental plots, and a young main character who has the world's future placed squarely on his shoulders. The list goes on. It's a bit quicker to list the few differences - Rahxphon doesn't really have the ecchi content Eva does, Ayato is a good bit more level-headed than Shinji, and Rahxephon uses a musical theme while Eva has its biblical allusions. If you liked either of these series, it should be worth your time to go watch the other.

j4c3n

Both anime are filled with giants, monsters, and robots which are controlled by teenagers who fight in them.  Both anime are aimed at thinkers, and climax at the end with THE robot (Unit 01 in Evangelion and RahXephon in well... RahXephon) in the first place.

Iahel

Using gamer terminology, these series have the same setting: huge anthropomorphic robots save the world (or try to destroy it, according to the point of view) with a little help of brave teenagers. The formula is completed by a mere alien per episode and a big boss in the end. As a set-off against Eva, RahXephon has a great love story. By all means, those who were excited about one series will enjoy watching the other.

takuhii

Both series feature teenaged powered giant robots in them fighting a mysterious alien force. They also raise many questions about why these battles are being fought and if they are right or wrong in doing so. I you liked either of these shows, I think you'll like this one too ;)

CapnRob

RahXephon has a lot of the same characteristics that Evangelion has in plot line. The characters aren't nearly as well thought out in RahXephon. Whichever you see first, you'll feel as though the story line has been told to you before when watching the other. I personally recommend Evangelion far above the other however.

CuddlyMcTickles

Both of these anime have a lot in common. In fact sometimes it's uncanny on how similar these two are. Emotionally unstable characters, giant Mechs, plot twists, and a lot of thinking required by the reader. Those are what make these anime great.Som if you like one, you are bound to enjoy the other.

TheGiftedMonkey

Humanity's last hope lies in an angst up teenage boy. Both seem to revolve around this idea, but each seem to pull off an excelent story of their own. If you liked one, you'll enjoy the change of pace in the other.

phoenixriser

Both series target a young protagonist. Although they are slightly different in character, they both go through a similar rite of age and grow up while bearing the epic apocalyptic conflicts the world experiences. Both involve a very exclusive organization and a quest to achieve salvation. It is important to note that they diverge greatly at one point in terms of atmosphere and theme. Also, BioMech combat is abundant though not the focus.

Chobitscrazy

Both animes are about a guy who gets stuck piloting a robot they never wanted to in the first place. They both fight to protect what they love and both end up fighting against their parents. Both go through their own live experiences and live through extreem mind blowing events. They are both very similar almost like the same anime with different characters.

Miej

Story line is similiar in both animes, though it's not the same. There is a couple of things that makes this anime unique. It was made on the story from NGE, so you should watch NGE also.

chamomille

Both series are similar in many aspects. At first sight they are both about fighting against strange beings which appear on Earth, with the help of robotic humanoids..but if you try to think of it more, you find out that there are many philosophical questions in both series - about our existence, about human's emotions, about human's attitude to unknown..both series are very symbolic and therefore very difficult to understand..I am sure, that if you liked one, you would like the other.

Merryberry

NGE was certainly a hit when it first came to light and while the artistic aspect has unfortunately dated a bit, it still is a good series to watch. RahXephon while a lot newer than NGE breathes new animation and storyline into the Mecha series, creating a similiar although different story to NGE. Either way, if you like one of them, then you'll most certainly be able to sit through the other.

Oehr

A clone/the predecessor? No, even though both series are somehow psychological, they are different: While NGE prefers an more open ending, RahXephon goes with closure. In the end, be sure to watch both or you missed something!

ShiWeiLi

Quite frankly, RahXephon could be mistakenly subtitled 'A Neon Genesis Evangelion Tribute' and no one would question the statement's validity for a second.  There are some obvious parellels, perhaps even homages to NGE.  Both try to elevate the mecha series to something deeper than summer-action movie levels of depth, both sport pretty shocking style in doing so.  Ultimately, it is NGE that is more succesful in this endeavor, and far prior in doing so to boot, but RahXephon is still a good watch. 

noblemage

RahXephon are very VERY simiar in terms of plot and also characters. I think that anyone who enjoys one would enjoy the other equally. I think the one of the only differences between the two is the influence is religion present in Evangelion

stingreis

In each of these anime's there is a boy who is asked to help save the world from strange beings beyond earth's imagination. There is a lot of character development that surrounds the boy as he gets in his mecha and struggles with his desire and his duty in this post-apocalyptic era of human survival.

If you enjoyed RahXephon, then you'll like Neon Genesis Evangelion

Duranbeaz

RahXephon contains everything good about the second half of Evangelion. Both contain beautiful art and music, and lovely character development. The symbolism makes you want to claw out your brain, but it's worth it. Though I found I was more emotionally invested in the characters from Evangelion than from RahXephon, I found RX to be a darker and sadder series (in a good way). If you enjoyed the thought-provoking nature of one, you'll definately enjoy the other.

shinigamidono

The similarities are endless and there is also definitely some major differences biggest one of which being that the main theme of RahXephon is music and its power to change the world (tune the world). I think of RahXephon as being very similar to NGE (at least there seems to be slightly more similarities than differences) with a much less emo male lead and a watchable ending (more than watchable actually, compared to NGE's completely unwatchable and horrific last two episodes). RahXephon is what Evangelion should have been like. NGE has a lot more fans than RahXephon, although i can't possibly comprehend why aside from the fact that NGE came first.

CrazyAce01

On a more serious note, both stories are focused heavily on character development and feature plotlines that unravel slowly amid deep philosophical and psychological questions.  Most of the plot is muggy or doesn't make too much sense logically in each anime, but both are also driven by their characters and questions.  If you enjoy character development and good action, you'll certainly like the other. Oh, and both have ass-kicking giant robots that are decidedly organic in presentation relative to other series.

Overall, RahXephon is a graphically updated and less depressing version of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

ChinoXL

These are two masterpieces that the mecha genre can proudly claim as their own. They are well-animated and they have good OSTs...but the real jewel here is the 2deep4u plot/story/character development/themes. Both are quite depressing, but you will be grateful to watch this treat. It's not often you see something that change the perception of the world...of hundreds of thousands of otakus!

JessetheHill

Simply put these two animes share so many themes. I'm a huge fan of character development and challenging the notions of self-worth and individual power. The protagonists in these series are similar in the way that they feel displaced.. and the story for RahXephon has been clearly influenced by NGE. NGE is my number 1, and until view RahXephon I didn't think anything could come close. Well it did. It came close and then beat it within an inch of it's life. RahXephon and NGE are both fantastic anime series and I strongly recommend these two to anyone who loves a good Psychological anime. 

havremilk

bouth anime are simullary in the plot and with the huge robots. and that ther are a young boy about 15-17 and he is  realy god at controling the robot.

HasseRovdjur

Both mecha shows have a lot in common apart form their respective eponymous mecha. Both can be rather obdurant, making casual viewing a bit annoying, and there are conspiracies left and right, nebulous organisations and large casts full of people that really are too young to be in a military context. The mecha designs are rather similar, and the enemy designs are pretty out there.

There's a larger mystical theme (Christianity in EVA and musical terms in RahXephon) that serves to set them apart from a lot of other mecha anime — but obviously not each other. People that like one of these and want a similar viewing experience would do well to check the other one out.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...

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Tomte
A simmilar series with a better storyline than its forcommer, even though it\'s a classical mecha anime u never get tierd of neither the fight or the inbeetween.
vick01

Both RahXephon and Gundam Seed have a main character that has to deal with fighting in a war that he wanted no part of. Both series have emotional conflicts and problems that the main character has to deal with due to fighting battles, and females who fall in love with the main characters. If you like one series you will like the other.

buzzlebee

There are two elements that make these two anime similar to one another.

1. They follow the same theme of the main character being practically an entirely different race and having to coexist alongside his peoples' enemies. It creates an protagonist that is truly alone on a extremely deep and emotional level.

2. Really great mecha battles. Really REALLY great battles. Not just lightsabers and guns and big intergalactic space explosions, but battles with a purpose and a meaning. Basically they're not just mecha fanboy fodder.

stingreis

While Gundam SEED has much more politics in the story line, they both incorporate a strong boy who wants to live a normal life, yet is forced into strange war, that troubles the boy (Kira in G SEED, and Kamina in RahXephon) The story really shows the hardships that the male lead encounters and the menal anguish of battle.

With love all around, and mecha fighting tearing thing apart... these anime's are very similar. If you like one, you'll like the other

shinigamidono

In both series, the main character is taken out of his normal life after meeting an older women (the onee-san type) and they are made too fight in a war even though that is the last thing they want to do in order to protect their friends. Also, they both do their battles using very powerful and unique mechas.

Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven

Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!

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doylwu

You would like Eureka Seven because it has a similar plot to RahXephon.  They are both mecha anime and both have clear Evangelion influences. Studio Bones animated both series, too, so the quality and style are almost identical.

freakzilla

Next to the obvious mecha connections, Eureka 7 and RahXephon deal with similar feelings of despair and perseverance. With a good plot and similar atmosphere you shouldn't miss out on one if you liked the other.

Dimension

As is pretty obvious by the screenshots both animes involve mecha. The great thing about these two animes is that they are both a mystery until some of the very last episodes. I will say that RahXephon has a lot more wtf moments in it towards the end, but if you take the time to understand it, its great. RahXehpon and Eureka Seven also both contain great love stories. There is also a heavy presence of the military in both shows.

JAhU

Both RahXephon and Eureka Seven are post-NGE mecha anime. Surprisingly both are quite good and providing lots of action and some decent characters. If you liked one of those two, you probably should give the other a try. Since both of those anime were produced by Bones, they are somewhat similar. However, in the long run, the story and characters are different, but I believe that is a good thing. I mean, what fun would be watching the same thing twice?

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Fafner

Fafner

"Are you there?" This is the question that the aliens always demand before they attack. The quiet island of Tatsumiyajima is secretly the last line of defense against mysterious invaders. In a quiet and rustic villiage, children were raised without any knowlege that they were born to pilot the Fafnirs, giant robotic war machines of terrible powers that are the only thing that can defend all they hold dear.These children's struggles will be the only thing that can hold off an enemy that attacks both our bodies and our sense of identity...

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DistMan
These shows might appear to be about saving the world from unknown enemies at first. But at a closer look one will soon realise that there are a lot more to it than meets the eye. Character interraction and character development aswell as questions regarding life and it's existence are abundant in these shows. These things are shown extremely well. Definetly something for someone who wants more than just senseless action.
Cetonis

Well, Fafner and Rahxephon are the two anime that most commonly get labeled as Eva clones - They each have mech combat against extremely mysterious foes, with some existential philosophy and government conspiracy mixed in. These two in particular also utilize a more sane cast of characters, so the focus is more on the actions they take in regards to the overall picture, as opposed to psychological meltdowns. Unless you just hate watching anime that are similar to something you've already seen, there's really no reason not to try out one of these if you enjoyed the other.

freakzilla

Evangelion started out as an anime, and now it has almost become a genre. If you want mecha without resorting to the light show that Gundam and Vandread gave you, then RahXephon and Fafner can provide you with story-based mecha anime that are all about character development and utter strangeness.

Wardenis

Well, Fafner and Rahxephon are two anime that have a great story and great character development. If you want a heavier mecha anime than something like Vandread, you have to watch Fafner and RahXephon.

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Scrapped Princess

Scrapped Princess

The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of a newborn child, and so she lived. Fifteen years later, her adopted brother and sister have sworn to protect her, and together they travel from town to town, searching for a life she can't have.

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nextolast
Dolems and peacemakers... a connection... i think so... not only that but SP has kick ass super dragoon, with those lightsaber holding backups, and rax has rax with those red things.. very suspicious additionally the anime is both in the "new" style with heavy hair highlighting... make tham feel even more alike, although to be fair the visual quality of rax is better
JAhU

RahXephon and Scrapped Princess have a bunch of similarities in plot and Peacemakers look quite like dolems. There is more to it, but you'll understand, once you've seen both shows. Both of those shows have rather good story, so you could give them a try.

Merryberry

While these two series may appear to have little in common, the artistic work offered by the BONES studio means that if you liked the animation of one of these series then the other will be of similiar style. Also, if you like the plot to be gradually unfolded and built upon through the series then both of these are well worth watching.

norco

While the execution of Scrapped Princess and RahXephon are quite different, they both have similar plot elements. I can't say too much without giving away spoilers, so I will simply say that they both deal with humanity's concept of the world. RahXephon is more abstract, but they both offer excellent character development.