Reviews of The Vision of Escaflowne (1996) and related work

The Vision of Escaflowne (1996Moving picture, 10 hours)

A regular girl is transported to a magical world where Earth hangs in the sky. Action, romance, catgirls, epic conflicts, the roots of creation, Tarot and whatnot.

Fantasy plus mecha. Shoujo-shounen integration. Hitomi’s voice actor sings the opening well; she was 15 at the time. As far as steampunk fantasy goes, this is excellent, at first. Stretched thin after Atlantis, unfortunately. Odd nasal design.

animation fiction Japanese production mecha moving picture series

Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaia (2000Moving picture, 98 minutes)

animation fiction Japanese production moving picture remake