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In keeping with the musical theme of RahXephon, episodes are called "movements" and each volume of DVD is called an "orchestration". Each episode has a title screen that provides an English title for that episode, which generally does not correspond to a translation from the Japanese title. In addition to the 26 regular episodes, one recap episode was aired and one episode was released as an (OVA). These are placed in the list according to the series chronology.

The original air dates are schedule dates; these are calendar dates until the April series break, when Fuji Television moved RahXephon from Monday afternoons into a Tuesday late night anime block. Episodes 10 through 26 started at 25:55, which is at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday.[1][2] This means that the calendar dates of the first and last episode airings are 21 January 2002 and 11 September 2002, respectively. Stations in the Fuji Network System affiliate Tōkai Television Broadcasting network started airing the series in the late night but moved it to late afternoons after the same series break.[3] RahXephon thus remained both a late night and late afternoon anime series throughout its original run.

Episode list

Movement Japanese Title English Title Writer Japanese Air Date[4]
1 Invasion of the Capital
"Shuto Shinkō" (首都侵攻)
2002-01-21 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ayato, Hiroko and Mamoru are on their way to a chemistry test with a stalker on their tail. Tokyo is suddenly invaded by futuristic fighters, and giant Dolem defend the capital. In the rubble Ayato encounters Reika Mishima. Ayato is arrested, but he's freed by his stalker; Ayato runs away from her with Reika.

Ayato and Reika get on the subway and reach a special station called "The Shrine of Xephon" under Tokyo Bay. There, they discover a Dolem in storage, and further in they find a room with a blue sky, and a giant egg resting in a pool of water. The Dolems singing above affect Ayato, but Reika breaks through them with a song of her own. Suddenly the egg cracks, revealing wings inside, and Ayato says "Rah...Xephon".

2 God and Man Awaken
"Shinjin Mezameru" (神人目覚める)
2002-01-28 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The RahXephon defeats the invaders as well as one of the Dolem. Ayato is taken home by his mother, who insists that there were no such things floating in the sky; Ayato, Reika, Hiroko and Mamoru all seem to be all right in school the next day. The stalker invites Ayato to meet again.
3 City of Two
"Futari no Machi" (二人の街)
2002-02-04 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ayato is hindered in his escape by the same Dolem. The stalker, Haruka, is held safe by the RahXephon, but Reika stands on its shoulder as it is hit by an energy blast. Haruka shows Ayato the truth about the world. Ayato and Haruka wait with the RahXephon outside Tokyo Jupiter.
4 His own Watch
"Jibun no Tokei" (自分の時計)
2002-02-18 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ayato is transported by aircraft carrier to TERRA's base. On the carrier, Ayato meets Quon and TERRA's commander. Ayato is locked up because TERRA considers him a threat. But Quon notices a threatening timbre.
5 Nirai-Kanai
"Niraikanai" (ニライカナイ)
2002-02-25 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ayato's distressed feelings causes the RahXephon to petrify. Head scientist Kisaragi and second in command Yagumo come up with a plan to resolve the situation. Ayato is settled in with the uncle of Megumi and Haruka; he reminds Megumi to "not do unto others".
6 Obliterated Cities
"Shōmetsu Toshi" (消滅都市)
2002-03-04 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A Dolem that killed operator Kim Hotal's parents re-appears, but Ayato is not willing to give her the revenge she desires. Commander Kunugi and Director Watari are away dealing with the media, so Yagumo is left in charge.
7 Day of Assembly
"Atsumaru Hi" (集まる日)
2002-03-11 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A reporter starts an exclusive investigation on TERRA. TERRAs Alpha Squadron is replenished with new pilots after the losses in Overlord. The squadron commander, Elvy, takes a solo risk against a Dolem.
8 Bitterly Cold Holy Night
"Kōru Seiya" (凍る聖夜)
2002-03-18 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Christmas season is beach season on Nirai-Kanai, and the closest thing to snow is the decorations at Kisaragi's much anticipated Christmas party. But this year, a Christmas cheer-up for his assistant goes overboard.
9 Small Shrine of Time
"Toki no Hokora" (時の祠)
2002-03-25 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
It's the new year on Nirai-Kanai. The weather is still unusual, and those who can hit the beach and go for a boat trip. Quon listens to Haruka's music. Then Ayato and Quon run off together, finding a shrine on the island.
Recap Episode Memory of wing
"Tokubetsu Henshūban Tsubasa no Kioku" (特別編集版 翼の記憶)
2002-04-09[5] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A recapitulation episode aired after the series break that coincides with the 1 April start of a new Japanese fiscal year.
10 Sonata of Recollection
"Tsuioku no Sonata" (追憶のソナタ)
2002-04-16[4] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
TERRAs operations commander takes a rare day off, giving an opportunity for re-visiting the past. Quon and Ayato help search for harmony.
11 Kyoja Circuit
"Kyoja Kairo" (虚邪回路)
2002-04-23 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A Dolem swallows Ayato and shows him visions of Tokyo Jupiter, his mother, and his friends. But the visions of Haruka are the scariest ones.
12 The Black Egg
"Kuroi Tamago" (黒い卵)
2002-04-30 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Quon awakens from a coma-like sleep and escapes from TERRA with Reika. At the same time, a Dolem appears. Quon reaches for a black egg that seems very similar to the egg Ayato found inside Tokyo Jupiter.
13 Human Specimen #1
"Ningen Hyōhon Dai Ichi Gō" (人間標本第1号)
2002-05-07 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Haruka investigates Quon, but the audience learns more about Haruka than about Quon. A Dolem appears to call Quon, but Ayato destroys it.
OVA RahXephon Interlude
"Kanojo to Kanojo Jishin to" (彼女と彼女自身と)
2003-08-07 15 minutes, (DVD) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The special Plusculus edition of the RahXephon video game contains a bonus episode called RahXephon Interlude: "Her and Herself" (ラーゼフォン間奏曲「彼女と彼女自身と」 RahXephon kansōkyoku: Kanojo to kanojo jishin to?)/"Thatness and Thereness". It was re-released in Japan in 2007.[6] Chronologically, this episode fits somewhere in the middle of the series, Though it was released a year after the series broadcast, the OVA fits between episodes 13 and 14 chronologically. This episode shows Quon Kisaragi's dialogue with her other self as a series of dream sequences. By the end of the episode, Quon remembers something crucial about her past and makes a decision for the future.
14 The Boy in the Mirror
"Kagami no Naka no Shōnen" (鏡の中の少年)
2002-05-21 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Helena has learned more about Quon's state of awakening than what Istuki had intended, and she brings a Vermillion. Ayato and Elvy both learn why Ayato was locked up earlier. The RahXephon and Ayato give their first glimpse at being able to "re-tune", but only one person is truly aware of it.
15 The Children's Night
"Kodomotachi no Yoru" (子供たちの夜)
2002-05-28 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A flashback episode to when Itsuki, Helena, and Makoto were being raised at the Bähbem manor. Makoto finds a Mud Doll and decides to take it back to its mother and father.
16 Island of Others
"Tanin no Shima" (他人の島)
2002-06-04 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Megumi is looking forward to a promotion and confessing to Souichi. Ayato is not coping with being a Mulian. Rikudoh tells Haruka about how Maya was found and how she ran away for Tokyo. Quon tells Ayato that she is a Mulian too, and they set off for Tokyo.
17 Return to the Labyrinth
"Meikyū he no Kikan" (迷宮への帰還)
2002-06-11 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Elvy and Haruka go out in the Vermillion to intercept Ayato and Quon, but a Dolem appears and fights the Vermillion, and they are unable to stop Ayato and Quon. They all enter Tokyo Jupiter. Ayato meets Maya, Hiroko and Mamoru.
18 The Bond of Blue Blood
"Aoki Chi no Kizuna" (蒼き血の絆)
2002-06-18 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ayato and Hiroko are given proof that their friends and family were not what they appeared to be. Hiroko is scared away by Mamoru and begs Ayato to escape with her.
19 Blue Friend
"Burū Furendo" (ブルーフレンド)
2002-06-25 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hiroko and Ayato escape from Tokyo Jupiter with the Mu, TERRA, The Bähbem Foundation, and the reporter Futagami all chasing them. Hiroko is too scared to tell Ayato about her blood turning blue. A dolem then appears and Ayato fights it. However the dolem is connected to Hiroko and once Ayato defeats the Doelm, Hiroko dies.
20 The Artisan's Battle
"Ayanasu Hito no Tatakai" (綾なす人の戦い)
2002-07-02 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Makoto replaces Kunugi as commander, and brings with him a new staff member. Mamoru seems to have successfully escaped from Tokyo, but a new Dolem follows him.
21 The Carved Seal of Xephon
"Zefon no Kokuin" (ゼフォンの刻印)
2002-07-30 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
TERRA plans another operation against Tokyo Jupiter. Quon is again settled in at the Bähbem Foundation. Mamoru pays a visit to TERRA's deposed commander, and he discovers what has happened to Hiroko.
22 Operation Jupiter Obliteration
"Mokusei Shōmetsu Sakusen" (木星消滅作戦)
2002-08-06 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Operation Downfall commences, and Ayato and Quon start entering the tuning. But Ayato is not comfortable with accepting Reika.
23 From Here to Eternity
"Koko Yori Towa ni" (ここより永遠に)
2002-08-13 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Nirai-Kanai is evacuated before an approaching Dolem, while one person stays behind to operate the defense systems.
24 Doorway to the Tuning
"Chōritsu he no Tobira" (調律への扉)
2002-08-20 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Combat between the Mu and the "Normal" humans breaks out in full, with the skies swarming with Dolem. Evacuation is completed. After the previous false start, Ayato and Quon now dive into the tuning with both feet.
25 God's Uncertain Music
"Kami no Futashika na Oto" (神の不確かな音)
2002-08-27 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The fighting comes to a head, with rising body counts and a rapidly diminishing list of characters left alive.
26 Far Beyond Eternity
"Haruka Kuon no Kanata" (遙か久遠の彼方)
2002-09-10 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ayato wakes up on the modified La Grande Famille by René Magritte and enters the subway station, finding Quon. He asks her what to do, and promises to be gentle in the tuning.

Sayoko stabs Itsuki to death and Bähbem reveals that Sayoko was programmed to love Itsuki. Nevertheless, Itsuki says he has found his blue bird and dies content.

Prodded by Megumi, Haruka joins the tuning; as a consequence, Maya joins as well. Maya comes to terms with the fact that Ayato wants Haruka more than he wants a pure Mu world. Bähbem is robbed of his view of the tuning by a bullet from Takeshi.

Ayato defeats Quon and re-tunes the world to one where he was not separated from Haruka. They are married and have a daughter named Quon. Haruka gets off the phone with Megumi and Hiroko and Mamoru are invited to a class reunion. Ayato has just finished a painting of a girl in a yellow dress looking out over the sea. Haruka asks coyly who the girl in the picture is, and it is explained through a Coda that the girl that Ixtli copied her appearance from was a young Haruka.

Other anime

RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio
(2003), 116 minutes, television movie. An alternative version of the story, with substantial plot changes and some new scenes. Original release dates: 19 April 2003 (TV) 25 September 2003 (DVD)

Anime distribution

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Television broadcast and Video on demand

Among the television networks and video on demand (VOD) services and that have broadcast or streamed RahXephon are:

Region Network, station or service
Japan Fuji Television [1] and its FNS affiliate networks, except in the Kansai region.[2]
Bandai Channel (Web VOD)[3]
Kansai region of Japan Sun[2] (Kobe, Osaka)
KBS[2] (Kyoto Prefecture)
TVN[2] (Nara Prefecture)
BBC[2] (Shiga Prefecture)
WTV[2] (Wakayama Prefecture)
United States, Canada Anime Network (TV broadcast,[4] TV VOD[4] and Web VOD.[5])
United StatesG4 TV [6] (USA: Anime Unleashed. CAN: Not broadcast)[7]
France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium (French) Game One [8]
Mangas [9]
Spain Cuatro [10]
Buzz[11]
Portugal SIC Radical [12]
Republic of China Animax [13][14]
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DVD video

In Japan, the Media Factory DVD release started while the series was still airing. RahXephon a prelude (ラーゼフォン a prelude 前奏曲?), containing a "making-of" documentary and trailers, was released as a prelude on 29 March 2002. Its content was used as bonus material in the international releases. The series itself was released on nine volumes of DVD, the first one on 31 May 2002.

The series and the movie were licensed internationally. ADV Films released the show as seven DVD volumes in the United States and United Kingdom. In addition to the Japanese bonus materials, ADV included interviews with some of their voice actors. Other distributors released the show in other regions and languages.

ADV Films announced new High-Definition DVDs for release in 2005; each volume was planned have one disc of HD video and another with both DTS 5.1 and Dolby 5.1 audio for the standard definition video.[15] However, these were delayed[16] and ultimately failed to be released. Media Factory released a DVD box in spring 2007 which included a HD DVD edition of the movie, new art by Akihiro Yamada, and a re-release of the OVA episode.[17]

References

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External links

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