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.
In a massive online world, people act only as well as their conscience demands. When one player's punishment is to be trapped in this world, a disparate group of people seek the answers why. Their motives are varied; their methods even more so. What stands between when we tear down the walls of reality? Where does our soul end and we begin?
The travels of Kino and Hermes take them through a desolate landscape, where they come across a domed city whose inhabitants seem obsessed with personal hygiene. After submitting to a lengthy cleaning process, Kino is admitted to the country where she enjoys a pleasant stay in luxurious surroundings, and befriends a girl suffering from sickness who dreams of the world outside. However, not all is as it seems...
Just one reason: more Konaka goodness°°°/!
A tad more seriously and thoroughly: if you enjoyed this show, it is quite likely that you weren't taken by an astonishing graphic appeal; you were much more likely taken by the story's deeper meaning and by how they were told to you.
Is a name still a quality guarantee in the modern day anime industry?
If we are talking about few very respected names like Konaka, Kuroda or Shinkai, my answer is without doubt "yes".
As scientists explore a new form of energy on the moon, an experiment gone awry brings the lead scientist's life crashing to a halt. In a freak accident, his daughter Kurau is engulfed in the energy and becomes the mysterious entity known as Rynax; a pairing that endows her with new superhuman abilities and a new personality. Years later, Kurau is using her unique powers to make a living as a bounty hunter, but the corporation has not given up on this new form of energy and will stop at nothing to find her. Now, Kurau must protect not only herself, but her Rynax "pair" named Christmas, a soul mate more precious to her than life itself. Can Kurau and Christmas find peace for themselves and the Rynax?
Kurau: Phantom Memory is similar to RahXephon in the sense that it's also a sci-fi series with some supernatural elements. And like RahXephon, the series is heavy on character developement and (relatively) light on action-sequences. Studio Bones also delivers really solid art and animation, much like RahXephon's.
After years apart, childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman reunite as rival pilots, each showcasing an experimental plane for the military. But their mutual love for longtime friend Myung threatens to spin their already tense feelings out of control! Now, each battles to secure Myung's affections, but even more dangerous than their own dark secrets is a clandestine plot involving superstar singer Sharon Apple that threatens all of humanity!
The Year is Cosmic Era 73, two years after the end of the war between Earth and the PLANTs. Peace had finally been achieved thanks to efforts put forth by both sides, but it was not meant to last. When rebel Earth Forces soldiers infiltrate the PLANTs and steal ZAFT's new prototype Gundams, it's up to Shinn Asuka and the crew of the Minerva warship to hunt them down and retrieve their mobile suits. With the war now back in full swing, will Shinn and the others find a way to restore peace?
If you're looking for a good mecha anime with dramatic subplot and unbelivably good soundtrack then here you are. Beside the excellent music there are of course other similarities, like in EVERY other mecha series there's an overreacting mega sesnsitive main character with his tragic past and the always-popular-save-the-world-through-fighting theme. Nothing shocking but it's worth watching for the soundtrack alone.