DEM美しい骨格 Chapter 6: Aumento dell’ibrido uno (1 つのハイブリッドの上昇) / Rise of the Hybrid One
It’s been about 2 ½ years since MAK moved out of his mom’s house and decides to pursue the world with his mystical powers via the Blue Leaf but you wonder how he can do that with no money. Well, MAK told Big Daddy about the move but BD wanted to supply him with the cash he’s going to need for that, so he give him $10,000 for traveling, car rental, food, etc. but now he needs to find a place to stay, not to mention a job……well, a job that pays considering on his downtime, he goes as an alias on this movie site doing his own reviews, anything from movies, TV, music, and animation, especially anime, which happens to be his main forte of doing reviews now. Meanwhile, somewhere in the realms of another world, these god-like figures are watching every move of any anime reviewer (from amateur to semi-professional to the ones we know and love) and they begin to look at these profiles of who watch carefully next. “Hmmmm…what about these group of people? Oh wait; they have been disbanded, so that’s a no go.” Then they look at another profile of this angel wolf based critic but said that one is always being watched by another group of people….one that is way over their power. Then they suddenly pull out a picture with MAK’s face on it. Now at first, they weren’t interested but the more they read about his personal life and mentions that one specific thing, suddenly they were his choice.
Well, like any anime series that has a rise of popularity or being noteworthy, it was getting the compilation treatment of combining all 26 episodes of the series into a 120-minute feature-length film. Now projects like this often can screw up, especially in BONES’ case, although Eureka Seven made an alternate version of the series into a movie and how bad the reception it had gotten but there is the case of the two Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies that’s been running in theaters and has gotten great reception, so I’m quite skeptical on this.
Ayato Kamina was separated from the girl he loved, Haruka Mishima, when an event occurred that was thought to have killed everyone outside of Tokyo. But one day three years later, invaders suddenly attacked the city. It was then that he meets an agent of TERRA, Haruka Shitow, who tells him that she will give him the truth about the world. It is the beginning of a series of strange events, which involve him activating a giant mecha, the RahXephon and finding out that many people, including his own mother, has blue blood, and that he was actually living in a self-encased dimension where time moves slower than that of the outside world.
Well, like I said, this is a remixed version of the series and nothing I can say is going to sound different from the review of the series I did but I can say that it has the whole copy-and-paste feel to it as some of us know what’s going to happen with some added things that I never did notice fully, like the relationship between Ayato and Haruka Shitow, who has got me thinking that either she might be Mishima based off some of the Intel I got from it. There is also the fact with Quon not being fully utilized into the story but only bits and parts of it and also Megumi, Asahina (well, she wasn’t pushed aside but concluded her character quicker than the show did), & the other supporting characters are mostly pushed into the sideline or some that feel like they don’t exist at all. Now, about the romance angle between Ayato and Haruka Shitow, it does have the romantic link/theory between him and Mishima, thinking that all this time that he’s chasing to find her; she’s been there the whole time but I got a feeling it’s close to being like the romance in the Eureka Seven movie, which resulted into being romantic but instead of going with the mind and sometimes a little from the heart, it went with its head far up its ass.
For the animation, once again, BONES did an amazing job handing the mecha fight scenes, the art style being muted yet craftily done, and the backgrounds are tastily done to an extent. For the music, all the background music in there is fine, just like the series minus the awesome Yoko Kanno-produced opening, and I noticed some of the tracks in the film itself and the ending theme was marginally good for what it is.
And for the ADV Films dub, like I said, everybody did fine in the dub including Chris Patton as Ayato and I can say that Monica Rial as Haruka Shitow did approve on her performance and she didn’t quite overact like she did before.
FINAL VERDICT: Well, if I had a choice to choose between the movie and the series, I couldn’t because either way, this show is still good but I’ll say if you want to watch it but in the span of 2 hours, I would check the movie out. It does copy and paste some of the episodes in there but for a shorter pace and gets to the straight and narrow. But if you’re like me and you don’t care otherwise, check all things in the RahXephon universe.
However, this movie gets a lower grade than the series, it gets a…..
8.5/10 – HIGH Solid B.
As MAK was doing his daily routine of ordering lunch, he was approached by a person with a certain effervescent glow to them and he wonders why they are approaching him for some reason. “Hello is your name The Hybrid on [BLEEP}.com?” MAK shook his head, meaning “Yes” and continue with, “I don’t owe anyone money, do I? Because I swear I paid everyone I owed money to and—“The figures said that they are not interested in their money but they want him to earn some money. He followed them to an apartment building they own and he sat down to talk about running his reviews on their time and he will get paid along with food, shelter, basic utilities, and some more perks that are too much to mention. It sounds like a well-needed break for MAK and to keep doing what he’s been doing but almost in a professional way. Unbeknownst to him, these people are firmly aware of his powers and what he is capable of, but it seems like they are more powerful than them…..exactly like Gods but made for the medium of Anime itself. He agreed to the deal, hoping that this will work in the long haul…….well, he tried to make it last.
But one night as MAK was sleeping, he was tossing and turning in his sleep, possibly dreaming about his past and suddenly something was coming from his body as an arm is mutating from his back and another one came in the scene, climbing upward to the surface and breathing for relief. This strange creature looked like MAK, sounded like MAK, has the similarities in body structure, personality, and traits of MAK. However, unlike most clones, it is a born copy of MAK that remembers everything about him and that meant everything about him. However, the deal with the Anime Gods never lasted long with the betrayals, the killings and the attacks and as if that wasn’t harsh enough, he also got involved with the opposite of the Anime Gods by fighting an all-powerful demon that he found out to a robot and with MAK now fighting two battles, keeping his sanity at bay and not to mention that things will never be the same anymore. Ever.
Well, folks, I hope you enjoyed reading the reviews and the storyline I got as much as I did writing and thinking of them, but unfortunately, I will have to go into hiatus mainly because of tech difficulties and mostly college. But I’ll hope to return back here in April with new reviews.
So until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.
RAHXEPHON: HARMONIC CONVERGENCE (or PLURALITAS CONCENTIO) – animation by BONES, distributed by THE ANIME NETWORK/SECTION23 FILMS (formerly ADV FILMS)
music inspired by DEM LOVELY BONES (Angela Bofill – I Try), (Daft Punk – Make Love), (Yoko Kanno – Be Human)
THE MIND OF THE HYBRID ONE – my Tumblr page.