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Posted October 1, 2010
This series is nothing short of beautiful. Set mostly in the fantasy world of Gaia, Escaflowne has a wonderfully intricate plot, realistic three dimensional characters (i can't say enough about the characterization in this series), and huge sword wielding robots. The story starts with modern day Japanese student Hitomi Kanzaki being mystically transported to Gaia, where she meets prince Van, a young headstrong king-to-be. He is the pilot of the Escaflowne, an enormous (and very cool) humanoid war machine. Soon, evil enemies attack, and Van's kingdom is in ruins. He and Hitomi are forced to live on the run, accepting help from a colorful and richly detailed cast of characters as they attempt to end the evil that destroyed Van's homeland. The animation is smooth, clean and consistent throughout the series (sometimes a rarity in 26 episode anime series). As an added bonus this perfect collection also includes the Escaflowne movie! Highest possible recommendation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.