Olin of Xephon wrote:Bottom Line: (again) Evangelion wasn't original, it was just the first Dark, philosophical mecha anime that caught peoples' attention. When Rahxephon stepped into the lime light, said people reviled it as a rip off.
A more accurate way to say it would be that Eva was the first dark philosophical mecha anime that immediately caught people's attention to such an extent that it was arguably among the most popular animes in Japan at the time. Ideon, Zeta Gundam, etc... all caught people's attention. They didn't reach the heights of popularity that Eva did, but they certainly caught people's attention (as I mentioned earlier, Ideon is top 10 best anime ever from some...)
So can we stop these Rahxephon vs. Evangelion threads at some point in the near future?
As long as the "RahXephon is a ripoff of Eva" people stop. Remember, that side of the argument started it by creating a lame site and advertising it here. (then running away when people dared to disagree with him)
Maybe the way they made the EVA more alive(human). I mean there were mecha that were alive before EVA like the Ideon & Zoids but not human. There were also bio-machines like Aura Battler's & even Zoids(Japanese toyline & UK comics only, Chaotic Cenmtury manga/anime diddn't start until in the late 90's).
Yep. There had been organic mecha before, like Dunbine, but I'm not aware of an anime pre-Eva that literally had living creatures with metal bindings wrapped around them. Thats one point in Eva that I'm not aware of an earlier source. That said, this is one of the areas in Eva that rarely if ever appears in post Eva stuff. I've never seen a post Eva anime that features this.
the 1st mecha i actually saw ever was Escaflowne, as i wasnt really and still am not a hardcore mecha Fan yet. i did actually see EVA 1st. but after watching Rah i went back to my vault and watched eva again and still wasnt convinced that it was different. sure there are GENERIC elements in every mecha anime, but to me some of the evidence is a lil too convenient to deny.
Consider this then.
Evangelion was heavily influenced by earlier made mecha shows, mostly from Sunrise.
Bones, who created RahXephon was made up mostly of former Sunrise employees.
Perhaps the creators of RahXephon, who just happened to work for the company that influenced Eva, were either influenced by their own stuff or stuff their colleagues worked on?
The fact is, RahXephon owes most of its influence to Brave Raideen, not Eva. A show that just happened to have been made by Sunrise, were much of Bones used to work.
Originally posted on: 08.09.2006, 05:44 PM