Monday, January 16, 2017

A review of Escaflowne (Anime).

Rating: 5 of 5

Escaflowne is one of my favorite anime of all time. So I was ecstatic when I discovered that Funimation had rescued the series from obscurity and would be doing a redub. The animation may seem outdated compared to today's standards, but it was great for its time and will still wow you, because of how great everything was designed.

There are many reasons why Escaflowne is just as enjoyable for me today as it was in the mid-nineties. One reason this series stands the test of time and is still a must see is because there are no other anime like it. I have not seen another anime with a medieval-style mecha. These mecha, Guymelfs, are like giant suits of armor that uses swords instead of missiles and laser beams. Yet, enemy Guymelfs are able to fly and discharge spears of solidified liquid metal. The technology of Escaflowne was well thought out. Simply awesome.

Another thing that makes any show stand the test of time is the characters. The characters of Escaflowne are memorable and will touch your heart. There is Hitomi, the Alice in Wonderland or Dorthy of the Wizard of Oz of the show. She is one of the central characters. She is an everyday teenage girl stuck in Gaia, a world where Earth can be seen in the sky. It was fun watching her go through emotions, trying to figure out who she loved: Allen, Van, or Amano. And though there were many times she was frightened, her courage prevailed, and she would often be the one to save Van or the entire cast. Though not a fighter, Hitomi's heart made her one of the strongest of the heroes and heroines. You can't help but fall in love with such an adorable character.

Van, the main protagonist, is one of my favorite anime heroes of all time. He was kind, but there was also an aggressive, and sometimes arrogant, side to him. He'd often be brash, rushing into battle. As the series progressed, he grew and became more acquainted and receptive to Hitomi. It was really fun watching the cold relationship between them turn into something truly special.

Then there's the gallant swordsman, Allen. He was more than just a ladies man and a handsome face. In battle, he was vicious. His gallantry, nobility, and his skill made him one of the deadliest of the show's heroes. Don't let his face and gentleness fool you.

Another thing that makes this series so memorable is the world of Gaia itself. Every country had its own uniqueness and was beautiful to watch onscreen. Then there was the cinematic music score, which can rival any movie you think of.

Though the original voice cast was my favorite and will always hold a special place in my heart, the new cast does an excellent job, and Van's new voice actor adds a level of aggressiveness to his voice that I like quite a bit.

When you purchase the Blu-ray box sets, you get the new and old dubs, so pick up this classic anime and enjoy. It has mecha, sorcery, sword fights, and more! It combines action and romance and bridges the gap between male and female anime fans, making it a series for both to watch.

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