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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".

Directors:

Kazuki Akane, Yoshiyuki Takei (co-director)

Writers:

Ryôta Yamaguchi (script), Kazuki Sekine

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Cast

Credited cast:
Maaya Sakamoto ... Hitomi Kanzaki (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ... Van Fanel (voice)
Jôji Nakata ... Folken Fanel (voice)
Mayumi Izuka ... Yukari / Sora (voice) (as Mayumi Iizuka)
Minami Takayama Minami Takayama ... Dilandau Albatou (voice)
Kôji Tsujitani Kôji Tsujitani ... Jajuka (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... Allen Schezar (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Merle (voice)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ... Oruto (voice)
Hisako Kyôda ... Old Woman (voice) (as Naoko Kyoda)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Shesta (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felecia Angelle Felecia Angelle ... Additional Voices (FUNimation dub) (voice)
Tia Lynn Ballard ... Sora (FUNimation dub) (voice)
Christopher Bevins ... Ort (FUNimation dub) (voice)
Ben Bryant Ben Bryant ... Additional Voices (FUNimation dub) (voice)
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 June 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Escaflowne: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,692, 27 January 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Gaddes: [Van is on a fallin airship] Is this really ok boss?
Allen: We don't have to worry about Van.
Gaddes: Don't you think you're overestimating him a bit?
Allen: Heh.
[smirks]
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Connections

Remake of Escaflowne (1996) See more »

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Good Animation, Bad Story
17 July 2001 | by christian94See all my reviews

This movie had a very weak story. Some may be satisfied with your run-of-the-mill cartoon story, but even in animation, I expect quality. This was not the case with Escaflowne. The only part worth mentioning is when she is still on Earth feeling lonely and sad and talking to her friend. The rest is pure formulaic regurgitation: the hero who does not know she is a hero, the evil brother, what is destined to be... The romance is seriously lacking as all the heroine can say when her sweetheart is in combat is "Van...". They should have played more (and with better writing) with the theme of feeling alone, and made a better excuse for fighting and destruction.

On the other hand the animation was of high quality and the decisions the director took paid off as there are shots that are literally out of this world. I'm thinking in particular of when or heroine is called upon in a football field, but there are many other.

As a whole the movie was rather disappointing... but if you stick to the end you'll find a magnificent song that plays through the end credits. The music in the entire movie is excellent in fact. It's really unfortunate that the story could not hold up to the rest.


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