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Escaflowne - The Movie

1 rating: 2.0
Animation and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie

Escaflowneis a sprawling adventure saga that infuses sword-and-sorcery and mecha elements into the popular "magical girl" anime genre. The girl is Hitomi Kanzaki (voice by Kelly Sheridan), a withdrawn teenager who wishes she could just leave everything … see full wiki

Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
1 review about Escaflowne - The Movie

It Is What It Is

  • May 21, 2006
Yes, this movie is a work of art but it seems that it wasn't made from scratch. I figure that this movie is sort of in the style of Rahxephon's movie, meaning it's almost like a recap of the series. So if you've seen the series you don't really need to see this. Watching it before the series make this movie a gigantic spoiler. When I was young gun in anime I saw this movie before Escaflowne the series and I could only imagine what the series would be like, so I can give a review not influenced by the series.

It blends so much that you really have no choice but to let your eye catch the beautiful but a bit spotty animation. The true magic that brings you in is the sort of calm feeling the depressed and suicidal Hitomi gives off in the beginning, though she's supposed to be those things she's really to meek to do any of it. I can't lie because it can get a little boring and dark with too much talking and badly dimmed scenes, even the heart pounding music cant bring you out of a power nap.

I have tried but for some reason I haven't been able to watch this movie more than a few times so I guess it's time to move on to the series. It's obvious that this film is not all close to it's original series but it is a nice way to get into wanting to see Escaflowne the TV series. It can get a little too dark and talkative at times. I really think there isn't enough action to keep you coming back to see this. Some of the boring stuff comes from them trying to re-explain stuff. Hitomi's character doesn't develop the way you want and she spends the entire movie being scared and a pain in the neck. Hitomi can really give you a headache with her whining too. This is still an Ok movie but not as good as expected and in a way it didn't need to be made but if it wasn't some would have never known about the amazing series.

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