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Story

Escaflowne is a sprawling adventure saga that infuses sword-and-sorcery and mecha elements into the popular "magical girl" anime genre. The girl is Hitomi Kanzaki (voice by Kelly Sheridan), a withdrawn teenager who wishes she could just leave everything behind and vanish. When she's magically transported to the alternate world of Gaia, she gets her wish--in spades. The dashing Van (Kirby Morrow) of the White Dragon Clan is pitted against his twisted brother Folken (Paul Dobson), the leader of the Black Dragon Clan, in a succession war that threatens the very existence of Gaia. Hitomi is hailed as the long-awaited "Wing Goddess," and her power over the invincible dragon-mecha suit Escaflowne confirms her status. Although the tangled story line has been pared down, the feature remains a reworking of the 26-part TV series The Vision of Escaflowne, which aired briefly on Fox Kids and is available on DVD. Fans of the television series will find that many of the familiar characters have been redesigned and reduced to minor roles, among them Allen, Princess Millerna, Dryden, Merle, Naria, and Eriya. Some of the story's more outré elements have been dropped, but there are still more prophecies, conflicts, and relationships than the filmmakers can resolve satisfactorily in 96 minutes, despite a pat happy ending. Escaflowne boasts some impressive action sequences, which Kazuki Akane directs with panache. The film opens with a spectacular sword fight, as Van single-handedly dispatches the guards on an enemy airship to capture Escaflowne. MPAA rating: PG-13. Contains considerable violence. --Charles Solomon

DVD Features

Interactive Animated Menus, Anamorphic Transfer, Dolby DTS 5.1 Japanese Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 Japanese & English Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 Isolated Score Track, Realtime Storyboard Track, English Subtitles.

Cast

Minami Takayama
Terry Klassen
Jôji Nakata
Paul Dobson
Willow Johnson
Ward Perry
Kirby Morrow
Shinichiro Miki

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  • Genre: Anime Movies
  • Director: Kazuki Akane
  • Producer: Bandai Entertainment
  • Length: 110 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Anamo
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 23, 2002
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