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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Caitlin Glass ... Hitomi Kanzaki (FUNimation dub) (voice)
Aaron Dismuke ... Van Fanel (FUNimation dub) (voice)
Vic Mignogna ... Dune / Folken Fanel (FUNimation dub) (voice)
Jad Saxton Jad Saxton ... Yukari Uchida (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

Gross USA:

$94,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,060
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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

Merle: you ARE strange
Hitomi Kanzaki: [gets mad] I don't want you calling me that.
Merle: here.
[throws her water]
Merle: so are you the REAL goddess of wings?
Hitomi Kanzaki: I dunno...
Merle: But its about you, isn't it?
Hitomi Kanzaki: I... don't even know where I am.
Merle: Isn't that called stupidity?
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Underrated anime masterpiece
6 March 2003 | by HPeepSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the entire series `The Visions of Escaflowne'. What I saw I really liked, but it needed something. It needed to be a much darker and more grim story. Well, this movie has a grim and dark story, with plenty of graphic violence to boot (now why did it get a PG-13?). Even though it kind of is a condensed version of the series, it does tell it's own story in a way. Though some `Escaflowne' fans may be disappointed by how much different the movie is, many people will be happy with the style.

The story is basically the same as the series: A normal high-school girl named Hitomi is transported to the world of Gaea to help the survivors of countries that fell to the powerful Black Dragon empire in one final battle that will determine the fate of their world.

It's actually a pretty good story with amazing animation and characters who are much less annoying in the movie than they were in the series. The music is also stunning with several great tracks.

Every way I look at the movie I love it. It's even kind of a cute romance movie. If you have a friend who wants to see some anime, show him this. If you liked the movie then get the 3-disc DVD. Well worth watching, but do get the subtitled version. Dubbed: C, Subtitled: A.

Rated R for graphic animated violence/gore, language, and sensuality. Suggested for ages 15 and up.


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