YMMV / RahXephon

  • Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack, composed by Ichiko Hashimoto. Yoko Kanno did the opening theme "Hemisphere", sung by Maaya Sakamoto. Here it is without the Moment of Awesome action drowning it out.
  • Genius Bonus: Things make more sense with knowledge of Mayan mythology and concepts.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Quite a few things once all the relationships tangled by time, cloning, and family become clear.
    • Ayato's claim in the first episode that he's "not interested in older women" is much more amusing on the second viewing.
    • There's much, much more, actually. This anime thrives on making small conversations much more interesting with a second viewing. For example, when Ayato first visits Itsuki's place, Itsuki mentions that it should be like visiting a relatives house. Ayato replies that he's never done that. The irony in this is that unknown to Ayato Itsuki is Ayato's clone and Quon is their biological mother.
    • An out of universe example. This series is thought to have been inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion. Maaya Sakamoto, who plays the softspoken, gentle, ethereal Reika, later plays (the Hot-Blooded Ax-Crazy Blood Knight of an Eva pilot) Mari Illustrious Makinami in Rebuild of Evangelion. In addition (and in-universe), the uniforms of the crew of AAA Wunder bear a pronounced resemblance to those of TERRA with their sleeveless jacket designs.
    • The protagonist of a Humongous Mecha anime is named Kamina (albeit as his last name). That should speak for itself.
  • Moe: Haruka displays shades of this at times.
  • Narm: Sometimes, Ayato shouting "Rah Xephoooon!" at the top of his lungs isn't as impressive as it should be.
    • When he and Haruka fly into the room of Rah, Ayato fidgeting in his flight suit and yelling "I've gotta go" makes it sounds like his destination is somewhere other than the RahXephon.
    • Overlaps with the example for Suspiciously Similar Song - a whole bunch of fans (and trolls) raged back and forth about perceived similarities between RahXephon and Neon Genesis Evangelion. It turns out that The Chariot is a copy of Evangelion's battle music.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: The most common criticism of the show is that it's a "rip-off" of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which is unavoidable given the similarities. Even among people who like the show, its similarities to Evangelion are sometimes cited as a negative.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Incredibly so. Some are:
    • The intro sequence to the show is done with the Overture to Die Meistersinger as the background music.
    • A recurring sequence (arguably a form of leitmotif) is, when Ayato meets Reika, she is in a higher place than he is with her back turned to him, wearing a yellow dress. She than turns towards him and smiles. This is sometimes coupled with a picture of wings behind her that makes it look like she has wings.
      • She's also wearing a scarf. When caught by the wind, it looks like wings.