The Vision of Escaflowne

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  • TV-14
  • 1996
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.8  (4,459)

The Vision of Escaflowne is a classic anime series from 1996 that has been loved by fans for years. The series is set in a fantasy world where magic and technology are intertwined. It tells the story of Hitomi Kanzaki, a high school student who is transported from Earth to the magical world of Gaea.

As soon as she arrives on Gaea, Hitomi discovers that she has been summoned there to aid in the fight against an evil empire that seeks to conquer the world. She meets Van Fanel, the young prince of a country that has been destroyed by the empire, and together they embark on a quest to destroy the enemy while also discovering the secrets of Escaflowne - a legendary mecha that can only be piloted by a chosen few.

The Vision of Escaflowne is a blend of romance, action, and drama that makes it an engaging and thrilling series to watch. One of the strengths of the show is the characters, who are well-developed and multifaceted. Hitomi is a relatable protagonist who struggles with her own insecurities while trying to find her place in a new world. Van is a complex hero who has been traumatized by his past and must learn to trust again. Even the antagonists of the series have depth to them, making them more than just one-dimensional villains.

The animation in The Vision of Escaflowne is also exceptional. The mecha battles are well-choreographed and the designs of the mechas themselves are unique and creative. The world of Gaea is beautifully rendered, with lush landscapes and intricate architecture. The music complements the visuals perfectly, with a grand and sweeping orchestral score that brings out the emotion in each scene.

The English dub of The Vision of Escaflowne, provided by FUNimation, features an outstanding cast of voice actors. Kirby Morrow brings an earnestness to Van that makes him a compelling hero, while Kelly Sheridan imbues Hitomi with a likable quirkiness. Brian Drummond provides a chilling and menacing performance as the villainous Dilandau, who is one of the standout characters of the series.

Overall, The Vision of Escaflowne is a must-watch anime for anyone who loves a good story with well-developed characters, epic battles, and a touch of romance. Its timeless themes of love, trust, and self-discovery make it a series that is just as relevant today as it was when it first aired over two decades ago.

The Vision of Escaflowne is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (64 episodes). The series first aired on April 1, 1996.

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Seasons
Eternal Love
13. Eternal Love
September 24, 1996
Zaibach is defeated, but the fighting doesn't end. Allen stops Van from killing Dilandau and the two face off. Hitomi reaches out to Van to stop his drive to fight. When they finally realize their feelings, can the hatred and war finally end?
Eternal Love
13. Eternal Love
September 24, 1996
Zaibach is defeated, but the fighting doesn't end. Allen stops Van from killing Dilandau and the two face off. Hitomi reaches out to Van to stop his drive to fight. When they finally realize their feelings, can the hatred and war finally end?
Zone of Absolute Fortune
12. Zone of Absolute Fortune
September 17, 1996
Hitomi and Van return to Gaea on a bloodied battlefield. Van agrees to stay and fight but sends Hitomi to Asturia. Worried, she asks for Folken's help but he plans to go instead. But the vision she has of his fate...can she really let him face Dornkirk?
Zone of Absolute Fortune
12. Zone of Absolute Fortune
September 17, 1996
Hitomi and Van return to Gaea on a bloodied battlefield. Van agrees to stay and fight but sends Hitomi to Asturia. Worried, she asks for Folken's help but he plans to go instead. But the vision she has of his fate...can she really let him face Dornkirk?
Fateful Decision
11. Fateful Decision
September 10, 1996
Hitomi wakes up back in her world. Even though she is home, she feels a pull towards Gaea and towards Van. Back in Asturia, Allen is shocked when his lost sister, Celena, suddenly returns. But the reunion might not be what he expects.
Fateful Decision
11. Fateful Decision
September 10, 1996
Hitomi wakes up back in her world. Even though she is home, she feels a pull towards Gaea and towards Van. Back in Asturia, Allen is shocked when his lost sister, Celena, suddenly returns. But the reunion might not be what he expects.
Storm Premonition
10. Storm Premonition
September 3, 1996
Folken goes to Asturia seeking Asylum. As an offering, he reveals everything about Zaibach including what they plan on doing next. The kingdom prepares for war, and Allen asks Hitomi to marry him. Before she can finally answer him, Zaibach attacks.
Storm Premonition
10. Storm Premonition
September 3, 1996
Folken goes to Asturia seeking Asylum. As an offering, he reveals everything about Zaibach including what they plan on doing next. The kingdom prepares for war, and Allen asks Hitomi to marry him. Before she can finally answer him, Zaibach attacks.
The Black-Winged Angel
9. The Black-Winged Angel
August 27, 1996
Hitomi and Van go to meet with Folken in the ruins of Fanelia. Folken tells him about the day he abandoned his home and how he came to work under Dornkirk. He reveals his true motives and wishes. But is it what Van also wants?
The Black-Winged Angel
9. The Black-Winged Angel
August 27, 1996
Hitomi and Van go to meet with Folken in the ruins of Fanelia. Folken tells him about the day he abandoned his home and how he came to work under Dornkirk. He reveals his true motives and wishes. But is it what Van also wants?
Reaction of Fortune
8. Reaction of Fortune
August 20, 1996
Naria captures Hitomi but struggles as she reacts poorly to the Luck Intensifier. Van searches for her on Escaflowne and faces Eriya. Unable to take on the luck soldier, he focuses his efforts on attacking Folken. Will this finally be the end?
Reaction of Fortune
8. Reaction of Fortune
August 20, 1996
Naria captures Hitomi but struggles as she reacts poorly to the Luck Intensifier. Van searches for her on Escaflowne and faces Eriya. Unable to take on the luck soldier, he focuses his efforts on attacking Folken. Will this finally be the end?
False Vows
7. False Vows
August 13, 1996
Folken infuses Naria and Eriya with Fortune Blood to increase their luck. With this, they should be able to finally take on Van. On the day of the wedding, Hitomi reads Millerna's fortune. But when she wills the cards to change, destiny changes forever.
False Vows
7. False Vows
August 13, 1996
Folken infuses Naria and Eriya with Fortune Blood to increase their luck. With this, they should be able to finally take on Van. On the day of the wedding, Hitomi reads Millerna's fortune. But when she wills the cards to change, destiny changes forever.
Operation Golden Rule of Love
6. Operation Golden Rule of Love
August 6, 1996
Everyone reunites in Asturia. Dryden announces that he and Millerna will marry. Van asks Hitomi to stay with him, but fails to portray his feelings correctly. Folken plans to use the 'fate alter' to change Hitomi and Van's destiny forever.
Operation Golden Rule of Love
6. Operation Golden Rule of Love
August 6, 1996
Everyone reunites in Asturia. Dryden announces that he and Millerna will marry. Van asks Hitomi to stay with him, but fails to portray his feelings correctly. Folken plans to use the 'fate alter' to change Hitomi and Van's destiny forever.
The Gravity of Destiny
5. The Gravity of Destiny
July 30, 1996
Hitomi, Van, and Allen come face to face with the one behind Zaibach-Dornkirk. He tells them how he came to Gaea and the reason behind his grand plot. When they are imprisoned, Van must use his connection to Escaflowne to rescue them.
The Gravity of Destiny
5. The Gravity of Destiny
July 30, 1996
Hitomi, Van, and Allen come face to face with the one behind Zaibach-Dornkirk. He tells them how he came to Gaea and the reason behind his grand plot. When they are imprisoned, Van must use his connection to Escaflowne to rescue them.
The Edge of the World
4. The Edge of the World
July 23, 1996
Hitomi opens the way to the Mystic Valley, and when they arrive, Van and Allen are transported to different planes. As Hitomi and the others find out more about Atlantis, Hitomi is told the dark truth about her powers and predictions.
The Edge of the World
4. The Edge of the World
July 23, 1996
Hitomi opens the way to the Mystic Valley, and when they arrive, Van and Allen are transported to different planes. As Hitomi and the others find out more about Atlantis, Hitomi is told the dark truth about her powers and predictions.
The Guided Ones
3. The Guided Ones
July 16, 1996
Much to Allen's displeasure, Dryden takes his father's diary and tries to find clues to the Mystic Valley. There they can learn more about Atlantis and the Draconians. But the girl Allen's father speaks of...does she have a tie to Hitomi?
The Guided Ones
3. The Guided Ones
July 16, 1996
Much to Allen's displeasure, Dryden takes his father's diary and tries to find clues to the Mystic Valley. There they can learn more about Atlantis and the Draconians. But the girl Allen's father speaks of...does she have a tie to Hitomi?
Lost Paradise
2. Lost Paradise
July 9, 1996
Van is overcome by the souls of Dilandau's men that he has killed, and he loses himself inside Escaflowne. Hitomi goes in after him, hoping to reach him. And while Van recovers from the incident, two women from Zaibach attack them in the night.
Lost Paradise
2. Lost Paradise
July 9, 1996
Van is overcome by the souls of Dilandau's men that he has killed, and he loses himself inside Escaflowne. Hitomi goes in after him, hoping to reach him. And while Van recovers from the incident, two women from Zaibach attack them in the night.
Dangerous Wounds
1. Dangerous Wounds
July 2, 1996
Van is gravely injured after the battle. They bring him to the ship of Dryden, Millerna's fiance. He tells them that Guymelefs like Escaflowne are cursed. To heal Van, they need to fix Escaflowne. But, unfortunately, it's not that simple.
Dangerous Wounds
1. Dangerous Wounds
July 2, 1996
Van is gravely injured after the battle. They bring him to the ship of Dryden, Millerna's fiance. He tells them that Guymelefs like Escaflowne are cursed. To heal Van, they need to fix Escaflowne. But, unfortunately, it's not that simple.
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Where to Watch The Vision of Escaflowne
The Vision of Escaflowne is available for streaming on the FUNimation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Vision of Escaflowne on demand at Netflix and Crunchyroll.
  • Premiere Date
    April 1, 1996
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (4,459)