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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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Credited cast:
Maaya Sakamoto ...
Tomokazu Seki ...
Van
Jôji Nakata ...
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Yukari / Sora
Minami Takayama ...
Kôji Tsujitani ...
Shin'ichirô Miki ...
Ikue Ohtani ...
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Nukushi (voice)
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Dryden (voice)
Paul Dobson ...
Folken (voice)
Brian Drummond ...
Allen (voice)
Andrew Francis ...
Dilandau (voice)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
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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 »

Quotes

Hitomi Kanzaki: [Hitomi falls out of the Escaflowne] Who are you?
Van: [grabs her] You are... are you the goddess of wings?
Folken: [Hitomi flashback] You are the goddess of wings
Hitomi Kanzaki: [looking frightened] Wings?... what are you talking about?
Van: I'm a descendant of the Dragon Clan. My name is Van. I will obey your wishes and orders Goddess of Wings... for the purpose of leading Gaea to your will.
Hitomi Kanzaki: I...
Van: I will don this armour... known as the Escaflowne and eliminate anything that gets in the way of your will. Anything.
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Standard movie for an excellent series
15 June 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I've just finished watching the entire series of Escaflowne and then the movie, and I must say that it was a let down (though not unexpected).

On the one hand you have a quality movie - great animation, more violence and adult themes than the series would allow and already complex characters (as they were taken from the series' in their totality, rather than their presentation at the beginning). On its own this movie had every potential to be great - decent story world and concept, the problem is that it fell into the limbo of relying on the series too much and too little.

The first half of the movie is truly a great watch - you see old faces and nods to secondary characters (the cats in the nightclub are a nice touch). The problem is that in the second half it sort of falls apart - it seems to lose focus and rely on clichés and poor on screen chemistry for the lovers.

The reason for this is that the first hour or so pretty much relies on the first few episodes of the series - girl meets boy but is afraid, the world itself is introduced and so forth, but in the last hour they try to cram the remaining 24 episodes of plot into the movie. While they negate a large amount of the less relevant details in the series, the fact that they try to throw a love that only develops at the end of 24 episodes of questioning (Between Hitomi and Van) into about 30 minutes, and it just seems forced.

So in the end the movie would've been better had it not relied on the overreaching plot of the series and made its own way in the world. (or maybe do the opposite and be set at the end of the series like the Evangelin movies).

At any rate, I did feel a little cheated by the apparent lack of mech fights and 'brother battle' at the end. 3/5


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