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, integrating across the traditional demographic lines of manga-based culture. 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 but stretched thin after Atlantis. Odd nasal design.

moving picture Japanese production animation mecha fiction series

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

moving picture remake Japanese production animation fiction