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» Company
Bandai Entertainment
» Running Time
98 minutes
» Genre
Action, Fantasy, Romance
» Type
Movie
» Final Score
9.0
» User Rating
Current average:
8

Escaflowne: The Movie

» written by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim [Discuss]

Synopsis
Gaia is a mythical realm ruled by sword and sorcery and immersed in blood and violence. Thrust into a conflict she doesn’t quite understand, Hitomi helps aid the young Prince Van as they embark upon their journey of discovery. The battle over a legendary suit of dragon armor, Escaflowne, has begun.

Review
Escaflowne the Movie is the retelling of the hit TV series. Hitomi also known as the Wing goddess of Gaia was persuaded to go to Gaia by Faulken. The depressed Hitomi, who thought there was nothing to cherish in life anymore gets warped to Gaia and ends up inside Escaflowne as Van is trying to awaken the sleeping Guymelef.

The visuals of Escaflowne the Movie was well done. Although the ending was pretty much the same, the process of bringing the movie to the ending was very entertaining. In the show, it was more of a human battle than the guymelef battles we have experienced in the TV series. In the final battle, Escaflowne versus Alseides, the action was cool, after Escaflowne destroys Alseides. It turns black and reveals its’ true nature, ‘the destroyer of Gaia.’ Then after a few more scenes Van and Hitomi flies to Faulken’s castle and ‘What do you think?’

There were many additions to Escaflowne the Movie. One of the more noticeable was that the guymelefs were more organic. If you have seen the TV series, remember when Van pricked his finger and his blood dripped on the dragon’s heart? Well in the movie it is sort of different. In the control chamber of the guymelefs there are actually needle looking things that sucks the blood from the person controlling it. The blood then becomes the guymelef’s blood and enables it to move. That’s pretty cool huh?

The Breakdown
Escaflowne the movie is one of those retelling movies that doesn’t just put scenes of the TV series together and say that’s a movie. (This happens quite often at times to OVAs.) Nonetheless, this movie is a great retell and gives the viewers some fresh ideas that weren’t in the TV series.

 

» The Pros
The soundtrack is one of the best I've heard. I can't stop listening to Maaya Sakamoto's 'You're Not Alone,' the ending theme of the movie.

» The Cons
I think there was only 1-2 guymelef fights. It'll be cool if there were more.

» Animation
9.5
Escaflowne looks way better than before, all the characters look different from the TV series, some looked better, some looked worst, but in any case, the animation of Escaflowne the movie is very good.

» Sound
10
Yoko Kanno is the greatest!!! That's all have to comment on.

» Story
8.5
The story can be similar at times to the TV series. I know this movie is made to be a retell of the original story and it does a wonderful job in doing it.

» Recommend
9.0
Escaflowne fans cannot miss this great retell of the story. If you aren't an Escaflowne fan then start being one. :P

 

» Other Information
Language: English/Japanese language with English Subtitles

Extras:
Trailers, Isolated Score Audio Track, Overlapping Realtime Storyboards

Package:
The art is beautifully done, but I still would prefer the Ultimate Edition's box any day.

 

 

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