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Escaflowne: The Movie (2000)

Escaflowne (original title)
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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 Ôtani ...
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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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One Will Wake It. One Will Destroy It. See more »


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

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24 June 2000 (Japan)  »

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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. The stadium was demolished in 2015 to make way for a new stadium constructed for the 2020 Olympics. 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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Featured in AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005) See more »

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A Fantastic Retelling
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those who have seen the Escaflowne television series know that it was a beautifully complex shoujou anime with plenty of action, adventure, and romance.

The movie, however, is a completely different animal. Most viewers try to compare the television series to the movie, and thus usually disregard the movie as trash, as it is not a faithful retelling of the series. So, if you haven't seen this movie yet, but have seen the series, remember they are two completely different creatures, each wonderful and unique.

The most noticeable change is in the character design. Nobuteru Yuuki (who also did the designs for Chrono Cross, X, and Record of Lodess War) slightly altered the character's distinctive looks from the TV series. They now closely resemble the characters from Chrono Cross (the similarity between Millerna and Kid is the most obvious). The plot was also trimmed of the intricate subplots to fit into a decent running time, and thus some of the characters from the series do not appear. The biggest change is the inclusion of more action and violence, so we're talking flying body parts and lots of blood spraying. This was done to attract more males to the fanbase as the TV series had a fanbase that was 80% female.

Other things, however, haven't changed. Yoko Kanno and her partner Hajime Mizoguchi return with an excellent score of blended nationalities to give it a truly unique sound that makes it seem as if we are really listening to the music from another world.

Overall, the movie is an excellent example of anime at its best. Between the quality of the animation and overall production, this movie is a must see for anyone who loves any form of animation.


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