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Vision of Escaflowne

 

Escaflowne

 

Premiering in 1996, The Vision of Escaflowne was the brainchild of creator Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Aquarion). Directed by Kazuki Akane, the series deviates from the standards of mecha shows and features a fantasy world similar to Yoshiyuki Tomino's Aura Battler Dunbine. In this story, high school student Hitomi Kanzaki is magically whisked away to the world of Gaea, a world where the Earth hangs in the night sky as a moon. On Gaea, peace is disrupted by the machinations of the Zaibach Empire, which is destroying kingdoms with its powerful Guymelef mecha. Hitomi lands in the middle of the conflict and is paired with Van Fanel, king of the destroyed Fanelia kingdom and Allen Schezar, a heroic knight who looks almost identical to Hitomi's Earth-side crush, Amano Susumu. The series is rounded out with striking mecha designs by Kawamori and music by Yoko Kanno. In 2000, Akane directed The Vision of Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea, which served as a theatrical retelling of the TV series. In that same year, the TV series premiered in the U.S. on FOX Kids in a heavily edited version that was soon canceled. Bandai Entertainment's release is out of print, but the series has been re-licensed by FUNimation. In 2016, FUNimation launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a new dub for both the TV series and movie for a Blu-ray and DVD release. The deluxe backer release was followed by a standard retail version.

 

Escaflowne TV
Escaflowne Movie
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The Vision of Escaflowne, characters, images, and related items are copyrights of Sunrise and FUNimation ©1996 to .

 

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