Tenkuu no Escaflowne

The Vision of Escaflowne

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Synonyms: Tenkuu no Escaflowne
Japanese: 天空のエスカフローネ
English: The Vision of Escaflowne
German: The Vision of Escaflowne
Spanish: La Visión de Escaflowne
French: The Vision of Escaflowne
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 1996 to Sep 24, 1996
Premiered: Spring 1996
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:00 (JST)
Producers: TV Tokyo, Bandai Visual
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Themes: IsekaiIsekai, Love PolygonLove Polygon, MechaMecha, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.671 (scored by 6522065,220 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #12382
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1454
Members: 154,032
Favorites: 2,104

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Episodes: /26


Hitomi Kanzaki is just an ordinary 15-year-old schoolgirl with an interest in tarot cards and fortune telling, but one night, a boy named Van Fanel suddenly appears from the sky along with a vicious dragon. Thanks to a premonition from Hitomi, Van successfully kills the dragon, but a pillar of light appears and envelopes them both. As a result, Hitomi finds herself transported to the world of Gaea, a mysterious land where the Earth hangs in the sky.

In this new land, Hitomi soon discovers that Van is a prince of the Kingdom of Fanelia, which soon falls under attack by the evil empire of Zaibach. In an attempt to fight them off, Van boards his family's ancient guymelef Escaflowne—a mechanized battle suit—but fails to defeat them, and Fanelia ends up destroyed. Now on the run, Hitomi and Van encounter a handsome Asturian knight named Allen Schezar, whom Hitomi is shocked to find looks exactly like her crush from Earth. With some new allies on their side, Van and Hitomi fight back against the forces of Zaibach as the empire strives to revive an ancient power.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Escaflowne was originally planned to be a 39 episode series, but after cuts to its budget and an extensive reworking of the plot, the show was reduced to a 26 episode run.

Due to time constraints, certain footage in earlier episodes were cut during its broadcast and later restored on the Japanese home video releases, referred to as the Director's Cut. The North American Bandai Entertainment releases used the TV masters, so their English dub does not sync properly with the Japanese home video masters on those specific episodes. FUNimation later licensed the series and, in 2016, launched a successful Kickstarter to redub the entirety of the Director's Cut edition.

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Opening Theme

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"Yakusoku wa Iranai (約束はいらない - No Need for Promises)" by Maaya Sakamoto

Ending Theme

"Mystic Eyes" by Hiroki Wada


Feb 6, 2023
The Vision of Escaflowne is an exquisite audiovisual experience, with art and sound which effortlessly immerse the viewer in a world of immense imagination and adventure which manages to be an aesthetic tour de force from start to finish. However, wreathed in the glory of this achievement, there is a story which is simply adequate, failing to rise to the occasion in a way which keeps this work of art from being a 9 or perhaps even a coveted 10. To begin with the story, which is the weakest link by far, it must first be said that it isn't a bad story. Indeed, it's ...
Apr 30, 2023
Mixed Feelings
My thoughts on Escaflowne are very simple. It is something that could have been good, but unfortunately the budget was cut and the plot moved way too quickly all of the time. Even if the other parts of the series are of high quality, this nonetheless completely ruins the experience for me. If you like extremely fast paced anime, then you've definitely found your recommendation. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it. The theme of revenge is also very overdone; I don't think this needs to be expanded upon.

Numerical rating:
Visuals and sound - 7
Value - 7
Script - 4
Characters - 7
Enjoyment - 4
Overall - 6
Feb 12, 2022
A disappointing and predictable series riding on the mesmerizing musical compositions of Yoko Kanno.

The story of Escaflowne had the opportunity to incorporate engaging and complex explorations of predeterminism and how one’s state of mind is the catalyst to one’s destiny. The inspirations drawn from archeology and ancient mythology could also have had immense potential to support the theme.

Nevertheless, the narrative failed to dive into the underlying philosophical and rich subject matters. It is a pity that such powerful motifs were not thoroughly illustrated or perhaps the implicit aim was to cater to the generic audience. Either this or the writer gave up on the ...

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