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Escaflowne: The Movie (2000)
"Escaflowne" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Animation, Drama  |  24 June 2000 (Japan)
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A grim retelling of the television series "The Vision of Escaflowne".

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High school student Hitomi Kanzaki, depressed and despondent, wishes to disappear from her world. Her wishes are heard in the alternate world of Gaea where a battle for absolute control is raging! Magically, Hitomi is suddenly transported to this other world and is bestowed with the power to decide its ultimate fate! Written by Mike Eisenberg <evaunit6@yahoo.com>

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A place you've never seen. A story you'll never forget. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for strong animated violence | See all certifications »

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The stadium where Hitomi first meets Folken and is drawn into the world of Gaia is modeled on the historic and famous Kasumigaoka National Olympic Stadium (Kokuritsu Kasumigaoka Rikujo Kyogijo) in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, where the 1964 Summer Olympics were held. Some of the most distinctive elements in the stadium, such as the colored rows of seats, large scoreboard, lights, and field track are directly visible in the film. Another visible Shinjuku landmark in the film is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, which Hitomi sees from the train while she is out shopping with her friend Yukari. See more »

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Merle: you ARE strange
Hitomi Kanzaki: [gets mad] I don't want you calling me that.
Merle: here.
[throws her water]
Merle: so are you the REAL goddess of wings?
Hitomi Kanzaki: I dunno...
Merle: But its about you, isn't it?
Hitomi Kanzaki: I... don't even know where I am.
Merle: Isn't that called stupidity?
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Visually Stunning But Falls Short of Being Perfect
23 July 2002 | by (Owings Mills, Md) – See all my reviews

Escaflowne the Movie while visually stunning and aided by an enchanting musical score just seems to fall short of being as epic as it could have been. With a running time of 98 min. events and character development seem rushed and unfulfilled. We never really get to know the characters and even though many viewers will have already seen the TV series that's still no excuse for the lack of content. Hitomi seems to shift from a depressed school girl on the verge of suicide to a strong supportive heroine without much coaxing or personal experience. The full legend of the Escaflowne and Wing Goddess as well as the mythology of Gaia are also never fleshed out for us. The final confrentation between the two brothers is a far cry from what could have been. And the ending leaves something to be desired as well, not as fairy tale as some might have wanted. However inspite of these problems I still enjoyed Escaflowne the Movie. It is a feast for the eyes and ears, and as a theatrical adaption it has no problem standing on its own. Definitly recomended ^_^


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