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Escaflowne: Complete Collection (Super Legends)
Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical high school problems. But when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn into a strange vortex with the swordsman, Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea. Entangled in a struggle over life and death, Van must learn to master the suit of armor, Escaflowne. Chased by the Empire of Zaibach, Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne. Hitomi's heart is stirred by love and adventure, but at times aches with sorrow.
Contains all 26 episodes on 8 dvds.
Disc 1: Dragons and Destiny
Disc 2: Betrayal and Trust
Disc 3: Angels and Demons
Disc 4: Past and Present
Disc 5: Paradise and Pain
Disc 6: Fate and Fortune
Disc 7: Light and Shadow
Disc 8: Forever and Ever
Extras: Escaflowne Music Video, "Club Escaflowne" Featurettes.
Audio: English, Japanese. Subtitles: English.
Region 1 release from Bandai Entertainment. Out of print (Nov/2012).
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Hitomi, a young girl from earth as a run in with a young prince, Van Fanel, after he is magically taking to her world while on the hunt for a dragon. Unfortunately, so was the dragon. With her help he is able to slay the mighty creature and is taken back (unwillingly) to his world of Gaia, where the earth and the moon hang in the sky.
But not everything is not so peaceful on Gaia. War is coming and soon Van's kingdom is burnt to the ground. Hitomi starts to see visions. But are they real... or not?
Hitomi will need to trust in herself, her friends and her confused heart as she helps to end a war.
This series will appeal to you if you are both male or female,teenage or young adult, fan of mechas or prefer series that are set in non-futuristic worlds. It's got a tiny bit of comic relief, a lot of action, some romance and more whoopmh then you can ever imagine.
If you like the cut and polished tv version you will LOVE this product!
First off, this was delivered incredibly fast. I was pleasently suprised to find it had arrived so quickly, especially with the Canada Post strikes and the fact that it was shipped from BC. The DVDs also came wrapped in plastic and were sealed quite well, and were even packaged in a box lined with bubble wrap. However, the DVD case came chipped and broken and does not close properly. All of the DVDs seem to be okay, none are scratched and all look to be in working condition (which is the most important thing) but I am still disappointed with the broken case.
However, I don't really blame the shipper and think that my case was probably damaged somewhere along the way (perhaps by a disgruntled Post Office worker?). I doubt it was actually shipped that way considering the care that was put into the packaging (the plastic and the bubble wrap), so I recommend buying this DVD, or any other, from this shipper and would probably buy from this shipper again.
Escaflowne features a fantasy story of a normal teenage girl named Hitomi. She is taken into a distant world called Gaia in which the Earth is known only as the Mystic Moon.
After meeting Van Fanel, a young swordsman with an amazing secret (ok, I'll tell you --- he has wings!), a rich plot begins to develop. Romance that is not sappy, a plot that is not cliche, characters that are interesting, tragic, and wondrous....
This anime is beautiful.
From the music to the story to the entire atmosphere of this enormously entertaining and instantly classic anime, Escaflowne shines. It is a series not lacking in any area, and the fantasy/futuristic feel is an interesting and unique touch. With robotic battles, sword-sparring, games of fate, tortured pasts, torn loyalty in romance, and winged people(!), the sheer ingeniousness of this series will blow you away.
The winged people are an amazing touch... they are not cliche or even angelic, just surprisingly well-done for such a common anime characteristic.
Dont' skip Escaflowne---
This is perhaps the best anime of all time.
Not, however, in the case of anime series. No series I've ever watched -- and I've watched a lot of them, from Mobile Suit Gundam to Harlock to Metal Fighter Miku and Space Adventurer Cobra -- comes close to matching Escaflowne.
Visually, Escaflowne is stunning. Most series animation is clearly inferior to that found in anime movies, but in the case of Escaflowne it's hard to recognize that this is, in fact, a series. The backgrounds, the main characters, the action, all are done with a warm, lush attention to effect that never fails.
The music is one of the finest anime soundtracks ever made. Composed by Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop), it captures a spirit of mysticism and high adventure which is perfect for this series. I often leave this disc running in the background because it's so much fun to listen to.
The story... how can I do it justice? The best way to put it is this: for the past several years I have done a monthly anime night at our local Borders, and Escaflowne is the ONLY anime to consistently pull in people of all walks of life. I've seen it enthrall Dragonball Z fanboys, Sailor Moon addicts, 65-year-old grandmothers, 7 year old little brothers, casual Yuppie passers-by, and cynical goth poseurs. It has magic and war, politics and romance, intrigue and action, swords and giant mecha suits, and somehow all of it works to form a dazzling coherent whole that is unmatched in all the history of animated television.
Watch Escaflowne. You will never regret it.
Most recent customer reviews
I had bought a previous version of this box set, which couldn't be read by most laptop disc drives or DVD players (someone suggested maybe the copyright protection was to blame). Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2012 by M
I recently bought the box set, and it was definately worth every penny. It might seem short, but the story gets right to the point, and it's almost never boring. Read morePublished on March 13 2002
This series is one of the most epic I have ever seen. The story follows Hitomi Kanzaki, a young high school girl with a crush on her senior friend. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2002 by Keri
My opinion this anime shoulda gotten 10 stars but thats not an option >.<. Anyways this animes RULES!!!! its got great animation and a great plot. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2002
This is 1 of the best animes ive seen and ive seen many. This anime keeps you guesssing till the very end and is animated EXTREAMLY well and i dunno its just a great anime which i... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2002