So, it's Friday night, you've just gotten back from work, classes, or whatever, and now you've got nothing to do. Perhaps it's because of the weather, as it's pouring rain outside. Or maybe your friends are busy. It may even be because there's just nothing to do in your town.
Well, whatever the case may be, we've got a recommendation for you to check out this weekend, to keep you warm and cozy. This week, I'd like you to join me after the jump so that you can find out why it's worthwhile to snuggle up and pop Escaflowne into the DVD player.
Escaflowne is one of those memorable shows for a lot of people -- it was a unique mixture of fantasy and mech. It aired on Fox Kids way back in the day, which was my initial exposure to the series. Later on, I'd find the series on DVD, and it continues to hold a special place in my heart. But, in the end, the movie holds a special place in my heart.
The series is about a girl, Hitomi, who is transported to the world of Gaea, where she's caught in the middle of a war between nations. While in Gaea, her fortune-telling powers blossom, and she ends up being the key to unlocking the mystical mecha Escaflowne. It's an interesting blend of shonen and shoujo from Sunrise, focusing both on Hitomi trying to deal with the world she's trapped in, as well as the larger conflict of the male protagonist, Van, attempting to reclaim his lost nation.
And so, the Escaflowne film attempts to recap the entire 26 episode series in an hour and a half, while modifying some of Hitomi's motives. The film, animated by Bones, provides a new art style for the title: more angular character designs, more fluid motion, and a richer color palette throughout. It's a true visual feast. To match the darker tone of the art, the film revolves around Hitomi contemplating suicide.
I have to admit the story is somewhat fast-paced, and so some of the details might be lost, expecting you to have already seen Escaflowne, but for me, having not seen the original series in five years or so, watching the movie a few months ago presented no problems for me. Any faults in the film is carried by the stunning visuals, and thinking about it, it needs to get on Blu-ray as soon as humanly possible. This should appeal to most shonen fans, and if you loved Cowboy Bebop The Movie for its action, then this should be perfect for you.
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