Reviews where we hate stuff are funny-- and there's a lot of generic anime and manga to hate on out there. But we're going to try and aim you towards that next hit of "awesome." So with that in mind, let's talk about an anime that DOESN'T suck
Info: Title: The Vision of Escaflowne
Licensee: Bandai Entertainment
Year Produced: 1996
Number of Episodes: 26
Available Online: No
Online Price: $27.99 (Amazon)
High school student Hitomi is transported from Earth to the magical world of Gaea, where she meets boy prince Van Fanel, and is caught up in his quest to unite the countries of Gaea against the ominous Zaibach empire. On the way, she discovers an hidden ability and strives to unravel layers of mystery surrounding Van, his past, and the giant machine known as Escaflowne.
Plot/Analysis:Escaflowne is kinda like a stew. It is, undeniably, a show about people's feelings, particularly that of a high school girl with a lust for romance. However, it is also undeniably fantasy action, with delicious elements of steampunk mecha thrown in. Rather than duke it out, the series alternates events to emphasize how this is the story of a young, normal girl, caught up in the middle of something much larger than her.
Hitomi, our protagonist, is a walking pile of hormonal school girl. Her biggest concerns tend to focus on getting that dreamy eyed track team captain to lock eyes with her... that is, of course, before a mysterious warrior shows up, battling a dragon. After seeing a vision of his death, Hitomi instinctual acts to warn the man, and saves his life. After slaying the dragon, every facet of normal life ends, as Hitomi is whisked away to a world called Gaea, which is basically a moon around earth that we can't see.
The warrior, crowned prince of a small kingdom, promises to help get her home. Though, Hitomi has another vision of his kingdom being utterly destroyed. She doesn't really get to prevent this one, and barely escapes with Prince Van Fanel, and Escaflowne, the prized steampunk mecha of his kingdom.
Things You Might Like:
- Amazing soundtrack by Yoko Kano
- Soundtrack integrated consistently and powerfully into the production.
- Rich colors and vibrant animation, particularly in the sword fights
- Strong world building, with developed nations, practices, and faiths
- Issac Newton plays a prominent role in the series.
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