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The Vision of Escaflowne

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

The Vision of Escaflowne is an anime produced by Sunrise and directed by Kazuki Akane.

The series follows a 15-year-old high school girl named Hitomi Kanzaki. She's a runner for her school's track team, who has a fascination with tarot cards and fortune-telling. Hitomi received a set of tarot cards and a mysterious pink pendant from her grandmother when she was a little girl.

Hitomi learns that Amano Susumu, a boy on the track team that she has a crush on, will be leaving her school. Hitomi asks Amano to watch her do a practice run; if she beats her time, she wants Amano to kiss her. While in the middle of her run, a boy about Hitomi's age suddenly appears on the track; the boy is wielding a sword.

A dragon appears shortly after, and the boy duels with the dragon. It turns out the boy is named Van Fanel. Hitomi ends up helping Van defeat the dragon, and Van claims a stone from the dragon. Bright light appears, and it drags Van and Hitomi up into the sky, and they disappear.

It turns out Van and Hitomi are taken to a planet called Gaea. Van is due to be coronated king of Fanelia, which is located on Gaea. During the coronation, Fanelia is attacked by the Zaibach Empire, who are trying to revive the legendary power of the ancient city of Atlantis. Van activates a steampunk mecha called Escaflowne. He makes a blood pact with Escaflowne, which ties his own life to the mecha when he pilots it. During the battle, Van is forced to flee from Fanelia with Hitomi and Escaflowne.

Hitomi unwittingly summons a pillar of light, which transports Van, Escaflowne, and Hitomi to another place in Gaea. Hitomi is attacked, and is rescued by a knight from Asturia named Allen Schezar. Allen bears an uncanny resemblance to Amano, and Hitomi falls for him instantly. This later leads to a conflict for Hitomi, when she realizes she's in love with Van.

Allen and Van team up together to fight the Zaibach Empire. Allen is not only a gifted swordsman, but he pilots a mecha called Scherezade. A 13-year-old catgirl named Merle, who is from Fanelia and has a crush on Van, is found. It turns out that Fanelia has been burned to the ground.

As the series progresses, the audience learns more about the Zaibach Empire. The audience also learns some secrets about Allen. Hitomi's powers for fortune telling also blossom during her time on Gaea.

The Vision of Escaflowne mixes fantasy, steampunk, mecha, and romance to create an interesting story. However, the series is a bit violent, and blood is seen onscreen. Personally, I would recommend this series for anime viewers who are 15 or 16 years of age and older.


Title
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Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
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The Vision of Escaflowne261996Kazuki AkaneSunriseBandai Entertainment
Escaflowne: The MovieN/A2000Kazuki AkaneBones/Sunrise/Bandai VisualBandai Entertainment
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