Escaflowne - The Movie
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Unlike most Anime movie tie-ins, I.E. Cowboy Bebop or Blue Gender, the Escaflowne movie is really a re-imagination of its progenitor. While in the series the Escaflowne armor was a royal heirloom, in this it is the embodiment of destiny and a living being. And while Hitomi was painfully innocent and upbeat in the series, here she is dark, lonely and suicidal. Best of all, Van is equally dark and has lost the heroic stoicism for apathy and a-moralism. All these things are so different from the series its like watching Alice in Wonderland then playing American Magee's Alice (which, if you haven't seen or played, you should).
I will admit that when I first bought this DVD I too was disappointed. The action was neat and all but the story dealt too much with ethereal Fate and Destiny, thing I really could care less about. But then I watched the series, which brings in these subjects a little less jarringly and I found the whole idea much more edible. And, while I was initially disgusted with the characters of this DVD, namely Hitomi and the cat girl, when I understood the origins of these characters, I loved the change. The basic story you can get from the other reviews, I hate to give stuff away. But while the series focused on Van's travel and growth into a warrior, the Movie focuses on the dark prophecy to which he is chained.
But if you really want an endorsement from me, here it is. Escaflowne the Movie is an awesome experience for the initiate to the series. Escaflowne the Movie is a sub par experience for those who are bereft of the Series.Read more ›
As a bit of a disclaimer, I award this production the distinction of two stars (as opposed to one) solely for its music, and partially for its animation (it seemed to fluctuate between brilliant and mediocre, whereas the music was just brilliant).
And another disclaimer: I have no experience in the initial Escaflowne series, so this review will be focused on the movie alone.
That said ...what happened? Where were the characters? Where was the plot? Where were the motives? With all the liberal granting of wings, you'd think they'd taken a pair and flown into obscurity.
Yes, there were characters. Little bits of compiled animation cels, rather. There were two types of actual personalities: Those who had none, and those who were, shall we say, overly dynamic.
Excluding our [extremely abrasive] protagonists, nearly the entire cast falls into the former category - little Grecian sculptures granted movement and tongue. Maybe I'm a critic, but I somehow fail to sympathize with a character whose most impassioned line of the entire work is: "I'd hate to spill the blood of a woman".
As for the latter category, for those who received the rare benediction of a somewhat identifiable personality, it seemed as if that benevolence was immediately betrayed. Van is an angst-riddled, introverted, scampering desperado, yes? No - wait! No, he isn't! He's a kind-hearted jolly good fellow because the 'evil within [him] has been healed'. It has? Did I miss something? Wait a second ...here it is again! He has a heart of stone! He's instigating Armageddon! Oh, wait! No - he isn't! He's just an innocent bystander! No, wait! No - he isn't! He's counterattacking his wantonly sadistic brother! No, wait! He isn't! He loves his brother! Don't let his brother get hurt!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit high strung and angsty, typical of Anime, but has one of the best musical scores I've heard in a movie.Published 5 months ago by Mark Packer
Warning there will be some spoiles for both the movie and the show Escaflowne in the brief review that follows. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David
So glad it's not scratched, favorite movie and it was pretty cheep. ThanksPublished 7 months ago by Alyssa Cook
lets meet Hitomi a ordinary school girl who is so board with her life that she wishes to fade away. well one day she is called to the world known as gia to help bring back to life... Read morePublished 12 months ago by daryl drumheller
Always extremely pleased with this seller (shawnek). Came exactly as described: new. Still shrink-wrapped and the packaging was standard. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Green-eyed Beauty
Ok for an old school anime. Not one of the best I've seen. All I remember it teenagers and prophecies and giant fighting robots, something about the life force of the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Karbon