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Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical problems, but when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn into a strange vortex with the swordsman, Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea. Van must learn to master the suit of armor, Escaflowne, before he and Hitomi are crushed by the ambitions of the Empire of Zaibach. Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne, and Hitomi's heart, stirred by love and adventure, will, at times ache with sorrow. But why was she sent to this world? Her journey has just begun! Written by
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i had heard of 'Escaflowne,' but i had always blown it off as shojo girly-man stuff. so i was mildly surprised by the few episodes i saw on FOX. even chopped and diced as it was, it was quite an interesting show. ... then FOX yanked it in favor of 'nascar racers.' dammit.
of course, i couldn't leave well enough alone. as soon as the DVDs were out, i snatched 'em up.
what you get from the DVDs is pretty much what was shown in Japan. i don't think they cut or edited anything from the disks.
one-part 'alice in wonderland', one-part 'lord of the rings', one-part 'wizard of oz' and sprinkled with enough big robots and romance to keep just about everyone's attention, 'Escaflowne' has got something for everyone.
the story centers on young Hitomi Kanzaki, a japanese school girl with some psychic abilities who is whisked away to the world of Gaea. there, she becomes (unwillingly) involved in war that is sweeping across the land and falls into the company of a host of unforgetable characters who must stop the evil Zaibach Empire from taking over that world. but in true anime fashion, the story becomes more wider and deals with more concepts that that.
all of the characters are wonderfully animated and fleshed-out deeply. the story is gripping and there are enough twist and turns in the plot to hold just about anyone's interest.
and the yoko kanno soundtrack is here in full glory. this woman is a genius of the highest order when it comes to music. the opening music song, 'no need to promise' is beautiful to the point of breathtaking.
the show is something special. buy the DVDs. you won't regret it.
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