Hitomi Kanzaki is just an ordinary 15-year-old schoolgirl with an interest in tarot cards and fortune telling, but one night, a boy named Van Fanel suddenly appears from the sky along with a vicious dragon. Thanks to a premonition from Hitomi, Van successfully kills the dragon, but a pillar of light appears and envelopes them both. As a result, Hitomi finds herself transported to the world of Gaea, a mysterious land where the Earth hangs in the sky. In this new land, Hitomi soon discovers that Van is a prince of the Kingdom of Fanelia, which soon falls under attack by the evil empire of Zaibach. In an attempt to fight them off, Van boards his family’s ancient guymelef Escaflowne—a mechanized battle suit—but fails to defeat them, and Fanelia ends up destroyed. Now on the run, Hitomi and Van encounter a handsome Asturian knight named Allen Schezar, whom Hitomi is shocked to find looks exactly like her crush from Earth. With some new allies on their side, Van and Hitomi fight back against the forces of Zaibach as the empire strives to revive an ancient power. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
Blog Of The Hawk
So in the end is Escaflowne an anime classic? In one word yes. Escaflowne has everything one could ask for in a quality series. Even with an ending that could be better and simple miscast for the English dub, it does not take away from how great a series this is. If you are new to the anime fandom or if you are grizzly seasoned veteran you should watch this series, you will not be disappointed.
The Anime Review
The plot line itself (ordinary girl gets pulled into another dimension/planet/etc) has been done before. Didn’t I just see this in Fushigi Yugi? But never mind that–just because a plot is overused doesn’t mean it can’t be good in the right hands. First off, the artwork is perfect. I love the character design, and in the first tape I could not see them taking any obvious shortcuts with the animation. Secondly, it’s rare to see mecha in a fantasy-based show, at least anything recent (since Aura Battler Dunbine is so far back in memory now). The designs are cool and frankly impressed me more than what I saw in the first two episodes of Evangelion. Finally, I’m just drawn in by this world. It’s different, but I’m liking it. How many shows are willing to kill off a potential major character right off the bat, and then end the episode on that dire note? Escaflowne just looks to be a show with loads of potential.
It will be a long time before another anime arrives that combines so many genres and has such a strong and well developed storyline and cast of characters.
Truly exceptional and certainly unmissable.
So having finally gotten around to Escaflowne, I can say that it was both more and less than what I thought it would be. I came into the series expecting something a lot meatier than a basic genre story, but the execution and visual aesthetics of it were so strong that by the time I walked away from the show, I hardly cared and it was an enjoyable experience from start to finish. There isn’t really anything about Escaflowne that stands out from the stuff that’s come after it, but just about everything in it has aged gracefully, which really speaks to how timeless of a series it is, and with that going for it, I have no doubt that it’ll continue to stand the test of time for many years to come.
Articles Of Destroyer
Overall, The Vision of Escaflowne is a quality anime. From its fantastic soundtrack to epic battle scenes, the anime is worth watching. The characters are great. From the main characters to secondary characters to characters who only appear for a few episodes, they are all handled well. The subplots and backstories enhance the story, an example being how Dornkirk was connected with Allen’s father. Though the romance triangle aspect wasn’t needed, it doesn’t take away from how much quality Escaflowne has. It’s one of the great anime fantasy epics.
The Forgotten Lair
So, do I recommend The Vision of Escaflowne? My response is much more reserved than it would have been had I reviewed the majority of it on its own terms, but still, the enthralling story that is the first two-thirds compensates enough for the clumsy ending to make it a worthwhile ride. It in fact reminds me of an over-zealous high school student who, after having labored intensely and aced his classes during his first three years, enters his final year in a state of complete and utter burnout: one might feel angry at him for ending his career on such a weak note, but everything else he’s done makes it hard to give him too harsh a yelling about it. Escaflowne is a very good series all around, and for the most part, it’s excellent. I only wish that I could use the word “excellent” without any qualifiers.
It’s not just because of its place in anime history, just what a momentous achievement it was, just how groundbreaking a show it became. I could be the anime snob who has Escaflowne on his shelf, chats pompously on anime forums about the show, its themes, and its meanings, all the while choosing Love Hina to watch, but Escaflowne is genuinely an excellent show (up to that point where I endanger my teeth enamel).
Well, chummers, I enjoyed the series greatly, and would consider myself a definite fan. I don’t really know why I sat and wrote this, aside from a desire to express myself on the matter…and I figured this would be the forum to do so. Sorry if I sound longwinded, that’s just my nature at times. The more I say, the more information I can give; and this, in turn, helps you to understand my feelings on the matter. Now, all I have to do is wait for my tape of Escaflowne’s movie to arrive… (::begins itching nervously::)
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Overall: Escaflowne has an excellent story and characters, a well-built and animated world, excellent seiyuu and beautiful music. It has a few flaws, mainly from the compressed schedule it was given to air in, and the occasional forgetting of characters but, nonetheless, is a very solid series. It’s not a ZOMG favorite series for me, but I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a good series.
With merely decent characters and a dated look, what makes Escaflowne stand out is the excellent plotting, the way it tells an exciting and meaningful story without losing attention to detail. For those in need of something exciting, well-paced and epic, this romantic fantasy action-adventure is a safe bet.
The Vision of Escaflowne is very well worth watching. It makes a very interesting mix between the usual elements of shonen anime (war, revenge, giant robots) and those of shojo (stylized characters, great attention to the characters’ feelings and emotions, and romance) without either of them becoming boring or tedious.
The Nihon Review
If you’re looking for an engaging action series, Vision of Escaflowne fits the bill. It’s far from the greatest series out there, but there’s never a dull moment in the world of Gaea. After all, who can say no to an “Anime Legend” for only $34.98?
Beautiful visuals and a wild plot, but runs out of steam toward the end.
Overall, The Vision of Escaflowne is a solid anime. In its 26 episodes, the show managed to cover a great deal. We had several big villains, one shot villains, etc. The heroes got to visit a lot of different landscapes and even went into a portal where they met vague high above beings who built Escaflowne. It has a good amount of action and the plot is solid as well. While the cast may not seem all that great from the character profiles, they can hold the show with ease. Most of them may be unlikable individually, but at least they’re interesting. Boring characters are worse for a show than unlikable ones and while Dunkirk may have not been threatening in the slightest, he was a memorable main villain. (For all the wrong reasons) The show even got to try out several tones as we had a few dark and intense episodes, but also several light hearted ones. The pacing was always nice and fast and you could never tell when the next tragedy would occur. Be prepared for a lot of it though as the villains leave no stone unturned. They make sure to get to everyone by the end. I definitely recommend this anime and don’t let the romance scare you off. It’s definitely the weakest part of the show and it’s omission would have made the whole thing better, but it doesn’t drag it down all that much. Now you can safely compare it to titles like Transformers and Gundam. Winning that battle is another story though!
The Vision of Escaflowne manages to pull together, it’s an odd combination of fantasy, science-fiction, war, mechs and romance but it’s almost perfectly blended together. It has some memorable characters and an unforgettable story.