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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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Cast

Credited cast:
... Hitomi Kanzaki (voice)
... Van Fanel (voice)
... Folken Fanel (voice)
... Yukari / Sora (voice) (as Mayumi Iizuka)
Minami Takayama ... Dilandau Albatou (voice)
Kôji Tsujitani ... Jajuka (voice)
... Allen Schezar (voice)
... Merle (voice)
... Oruto (voice)
... Old Woman (voice) (as Naoko Kyoda)
... Shesta (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felecia Angelle ... Additional Voices (FUNimation dub) (voice)
... Sora (FUNimation dub) (voice)
... Ort (FUNimation dub) (voice)
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 »


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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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$16,692, 27 January 2002, Limited Release
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The movie was a darker, action-packed, very abbreviated version of the series, and a great many changes were made from the original. See more »

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Dilandau: I too have wings, Lord Van!
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Featured in AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005) See more »

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Not your average Escaflowne
17 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Anyone settling down to watch the usual romantic fluff of the series might be disappointed by this movie. However, if the same audience wants to drown in the glory of wonderful storytelling, a beautiful soundtrack worthy of Williams, and heartstopping animation, this is the perfect film for them.

"Escaflowne: A Girl From Gaea" is loosely based on the already popular series "Tenkuu no Escaflowne", where Hitomi, a young school girl with psychic powers, is whisked away to the magical land of Gaea, filled with mystical creatures, gallant knights, and gigantic suits of armor. However, here, the happy Hitomi and the peaceful Van are very much gone. The movie opens with Van brutally slaying a group of enemies and Hitomi rethinking the decision to hand a suicide note she has written over to her best friend Yukari. This is a very dark, but compelling Escaflowne. Much of the storyline from the series has been changed dramatically, as one can tell, but it gives the movie it's own original feel and one does not have to be familiar with the series to enjoy the movie. The soundtrack, once again handled very nicely by Yoko Kanno, is absolutely top-notch and might remind one of the power of John Williams' score to "Star Wars". The animation is very different as well, more mature and detailed than the average anime series. Older teens will love it, but smaller children familiar with the series might find the action too intense, some scenes and animation echoing the works of Akira Kurosawa, particularly "Ran".

I have only seen bootleg copies of this, but I hope the rumour of the movie coming stateside is true and we American otaku will get to enjoy the majesty that is "Escaflowne: A Girl From Gaea" on a theatre screen. Anything less cannot do it justice.


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