Tenkuu no Escaflowne

Alternative Titles

English: The Vision of Escaflowne
Synonyms: Tenkuu no Escaflowne
Japanese: 天空のエスカフローネ


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
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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The usual high school student who finds a portal to a different world whilst finding a "foreign" love. The main female ends up befriending many people to help the love interest with his problems. A bunch of action/romance/drama here yet still very entertaining to watch. 
report Recommended by PandaPuff
Unlike the travel in time animes, Escaflowne and Juuni Kokuki both have separate worlds apart from Japan. These worlds have their own religions, technology, biology, history, etc. Where most other animes do not have deep thought.  
report Recommended by hisuikirei
Both shows involve girls getting transported to a fantasy realm complete with giant suits of armour. The animation in escaflowne is much nicer however (not to jab at MKR, I love this show) and it is shorter at 26 episodes. So if you liked MKR, give escaflowne a try! 
report Recommended by Imperial_Sword77
Both anime have a world that is on the brink of destruction and a normal girl from earth meets a prince/king from that other world. 
report Recommended by yumiche
Both heroines are thrown into another world and fall in love! 
report Recommended by Jess-chan
Two beautiful quest/love stories where main characters have to fight for their happiness. In both, female characters discover new super-natural abilities which they learn to use. Escaflowne is a bit lighter and a bit more action-focused, but you will definitely like both! 
report Recommended by as3
Both are adventure stories, with an equal share of action and romance aswell. They also both weave elements of ancient mythology into their settings and stories. The main female characters are also similar, both possesing mental powers above others. Mecha are both portrayed in a more original way, than what you would normally see. 
report Recommended by Fayere
Both of these wonderful series are very unique among mecha anime, in that they do what most don't do that often: Mix two polar oppisate genres (Science Fiction and Fantasy), and do it wonderfully well. The mecha desgins for both have a royal, fantasy asthetic to them, and both shows have very eleborate settings and well developed characters and themes. Even if you aren't particularly interested in mecha anime as a genre, you will find something to like in both of these. 
report Recommended by rah-rah
Some places and characters... Like Atlandia ( Aquarion ) that has similarities with Asgard ( Escaflowne ). etc... 
report Recommended by Carolzinha
Both anime deal with two different worlds where a girl with magic powers comes from one world to the other in order to help a guy. Both anime deal with a great war and leaving the heroes to save everyone/the world. There are samurai, mechs, tarot cards, and space/dimension travel also in both anime. When I saw Nobunaga for the first time, I automatically thought "This is like a modern Escaflowne with historic characters." If you liked one, you should like the other. They have the same feeling. 
report Recommended by thejadegecko
A territorial war for "natural" resources / energy crystals. A unique Mecha. Half-hearted love story with triangles. War, sadness, deaths 
report Recommended by Bishounen_Hunter
Deconstructions of their respective mecha subgenres, they explore the concept of human will: its manifestation as power to control, create, overcome, and bring about apocalyptic danger. 
report Recommended by broujo
Protagonist who is the ordinary schoolchild was transported to another dimension. He have to participate in a cruel war. There is either magic or high technologies. I can't say there is the same atmosphere but both anime are sad and made in realistic style without kawaii-elements. Also, there is a flying fortress in both anime.  
report Recommended by Day-Elven
both mecha with medieval/fantasy settings, "sci-fantasy". Main character travels to a world totally different . 
report Recommended by mooncrypt
Both series deconstruct the shoujo genre heavily (though Utena is unmatched in this field, Escaflowne also gives it a try).  
report Recommended by Forion
This anime is similiar to Eureka Seven in the fact that there is main mecha (like Nirvash) that is awakened by means of both main characters, Van Fanel and Hitomi Kanzaki. Both anime have a mythological genre as well, and both rely heavily on romance as well as a unique plot line that is unclear at the start, but reveals itself as the anime continues. 
report Recommended by Eka
Escaflowne and Maze are both adventure stories of troubled girls being whisked away through space and time to magical realms where the only hope for survival is a giant robot-like creature of legend. 
report Recommended by case649
Teenager controlling big robots to fight the enemy with a girl the same age as him that he loves helping him with her visionary abilities, with a little bit humor here and there. What's NOT similar? 
report Recommended by Kirimao
Both directed by Kazuki Akane, and they have pretty much the same atmosphere and space-travel setting. Some characters bear a lot of similarities too. 
report Recommended by Jacut
Both have beautiful imagery and music (with openings composed by Yoko Kano). Intrigues, romance and fantasy are elements that are present in the plot. They also revolve around godlike mecha and the inner journey to find a place in the world.  
report Recommended by anie
Both of these anime share the same music author, Yoko Kanno (in Earth Maiden Arjuna she uses the Alias of Gabriela Robin) and their openings are song by the beautiful voice of Maaya Sakamoto (she also is the leading role in Vision of Escaflowne), both animes also have a God or powerful spirit in the form of a mecha (Ashra and Escaflowne respectively) and their characters go into a coming to age style of development. 
report Recommended by Fidem-Ayanami
Okay Okay, so I know this recommendation is a bit of a stretch, but I think these shows are similar enough because the main things that I enjoyed in Escaflowne are the SAME THINGS I liked about Valvrave and Gundam Seed. These are the types of shows that obviously aren't writing masterpieces and they weren't meant to be either, but they're still highly enjoyable. I won't say they are trash (I gave them high scores), but they have a trashy, soap opera like quality to them. It's kind of a mess, but at the same time you can't look away! As far as the things  read more 
report Recommended by brianez
Okay Okay, so I know this recommendation is a bit of a stretch, but I think these shows are similar enough because the main things that I enjoyed in Escaflowne are the SAME THINGS I liked about Valvrave and Gundam Seed. These are the types of shows that obviously aren't writing masterpieces and they weren't meant to be either, but they're still highly enjoyable. I won't say they are trash (I gave them high scores), but they have a trashy, soap opera like quality to them. It's kind of a mess, but at the same time you can't look away! As far as the things  read more 
report Recommended by brianez
Involves angel like beings, magic and romance. 
report Recommended by Radu_Bey0
1.) It has the whole medieval sword fighting fantasy thing going on (Though in Escaflowne there are mecha) 2.) It has the same dynamics with action, fighting, and romance. 3.) There are trapped in other worlds and trying to get home. Hitome, from Escaflowne, tries to get back to earth and everyone in SAO tries to leave the vitual world. 
report Recommended by Kaizoku_Mugiwara
Filled with awesome Mecha fights and sci-fi magic. 
report Recommended by Radu_Bey0
Both involve the protagonist being an athlete and then being summoned into a land of fantasy and strife.  
report Recommended by Kazard
In many ways, the plight of Dornkirk and that of Z-ONE are one and the same. Both are old men with deep voices, one with a machine, well traveled in the world, whose sole desire is to remove darkness and despair. The desire to create a new world in one's own image is a very common underlying theme, and can be seen influencing the stories of both anime. Both characters are also willing to listen to the things that others have to say, particularly the protagonists, and their well-travelled nature allows them the luxury to make such acceptances. Though the tragic fate must befall men  read more 
report Recommended by callmetheBigD
In both series, the main character is mysteriously beamed from present day Japan to a medieval, parallel world that is somewhat similar to our own; in Dunbine, we have Byston Well, a land somehow contained within the Earth, and in Escaflowne there is Gaia, a land orbiting the earth but somehow invisible to it. These parallel worlds are both ravaged by war because of the sinister plans of men who have also crossed between the worlds: and 'war' in both cases, is fought by humans who pilot bio-mechanical robots. Both Escaflowne and Dunbine have their pros and cons. Escaflowne is much shorter, but Dunbine is overlong.  read more 
report Recommended by kupoartist
Genre: Fantasy, Mecha, action, drama Both MCs travel to another world where giant, knight-like robots are piloted by warriors against monsters and enemy mecha in a fantasy and magic setting. Escaflowne is older but the art and execution hold up and the mecha probably look better than the CGI of Knight's & Magic to most. It is though a far more serious story but a more refined product. Knight's and Magic focuses on a light-hearted story about the MC's dream of making his own robot in this fantasy setting where robots are real. 
report Recommended by Javilin
You like break blade huh? Then you'll like Escaflowne. These two animes are very similar, especially when it comes to mecha combat and the warring nations feel to it. Escaflowne has a stronger romantic sub plot, but also has a more epic feel to it. The main characters are different, however the overall feel of the animes are similar. Break blade is a great anime in it's own regard, but if you like Break blade, you'll like Escaflowne. It is IMO a better anime 
report Recommended by tye1
Both are about hunks of varying hunk levels battling to be the alpha hunk. 
report Recommended by Lostinblue087
Both have fantasy worlds. The romance between Shirayuki and Zen is very similar to that of Van and Hitomi. Zen is also a prince, much like Van. Shirayuki is an outsider to Zen's country, much like how Hitomi is an outsider to Van's country. 
report Recommended by RogerSmith2004
A completely different setting - but both shows have very similar 'pointy', shojo-esque character designs and the soundtracks are very similar too. If you liked the wistful tones of Escaflowne, but want to see a more contemporary, urban take on it, Heat Guy J is worth checking out. 
report Recommended by feltano
Two teenagers are plunged into strange and alien worlds, shortly before said world plunge into conflicts involving mecha. One of them is a girl from 90's Japan who ends up in the fantasy world of Gaea, the other a boy from a far future Moon-based society who is sent to a less advanced Earth. Both of these are Sunrise originals made in the 1990s, with cel-based animation, unique mech designs, and soundtracks by Yoko Kanno. Each are absolutely worth checking out if any of the aforementioned plot/production details are of interest. 
report Recommended by Quetzal_dactylus
These shows heavily involve a lot of the same concepts: fate, destruction, sacrifice, love and family. Both have elements of fantasy and there are quite a few character similarities. Their styles are completely different and I think one is a better show than the other, but of course that's subjective. 
report Recommended by flyingdolphin
The style of the visual directing and the soundtrack in both shows seems fairly similar, which gives the serious moments in both shows a fairly similar atmosphere. However, Trigun focuses more on comedic moments early on while Escaflowne is more consistently serious. However, both shows share similar design sensibilities for the characters, and the villains are written pretty similarly. The sci-fi elements also share similar designs, having a fairly organic and pulsating feel to them in both shows. The story and setting are different in each show, but they're similar in that they incorporate sci-fi elements into a setting which is typically devoid of sci-fi. 
report Recommended by vigorousjammer
Same setup/fantasy. Villain has a flying fortress.  
report Recommended by jyagan0
Both anime are heavily influenced with fortune telling and "fate." Both main characters can predict fortunes and the future. There's romance in both and a huge fight that involves fortune telling. Dr. Rin is more humor-based while Escaflowne is a bit more of action drama. While both anime have a clear story to tell, Escaflowne is more serious and complete. 
report Recommended by crimsondrop7
Both anime involve a girl who, during a scene in which she is determined to show her love for a classmate, is transported into a fantasy world, and must defeat a power-hungry enemy and return back home. 
report Recommended by Noodle070
Flip-flopped settings and lots of characterization alongside lots of mecha action. Really interesting to compare and contrast. 
report Recommended by tennyson119
both are in similar fantasy worlds raging with wars. The characters are not alike but i think that if u liked escaflowne specially the world of it u may like untawarerumono and even if the robots in this last one are not as cool as in escaflowne the wars and the kings are very cool in their on way. 
report Recommended by TanisChile
I guess you can say that the art is pretty similar, and somewhat the characters are too. 
report Recommended by Morningrise
Both are mecha anime with strong leading male characters on a mission.Throw in a little romance with two great leading ladies, and you have a hit for both. Escaflowne is more about Hitomi finding out about who she really is, while in the midst of a new world. Gundam wing focuses more on the war in space and the two main characters searching for what is right to do for themselves...all in all both great animes that are a MUST to check out! 
report Recommended by FireFly07
Both deal with mecha and magic. Both also have stories that are rather on the dark side. I liked the twists and turns within the series. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Sci-fi is combined with varying amounts of supernatural. Fate is also involved. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Like ROLW, Escaflowne is a fantasy series with music by Yoko Kanno. However, Escaflowne has more interesting characters (imo), a better thought out setting and intriguing storyline. 
report Recommended by Allura
Both are adventure stories in which the protagonists are girls that are chased because of a hidden power that they have. Both have a medieval world with some rare and mysterious technology as a setting. 
report Recommended by m4rc0
Another great action/magic/romance series. The plots, characters and ideas are very different in these two, but the series explore similar themes, so you'll like them both! 
report Recommended by as3
Yes the plots are super different and Escaflowne has mecca and fighting that Ginban does not have at all. Still, if you are the fan of Ginban or Escaflowne romance, you will definitely like the other show as well. They are both very touching, beautiful love stories. 
report Recommended by as3
Another great action/magic/romance series. The plots, characters and ideas are very different in these two, but the series explore similar themes, so you'll like them both! 
report Recommended by as3
Many of the themes are similar: an unknown girl appearing out of nowhere, a pendant that holds magical powers, a crumbled Utopia, a lot of flying, a little bit of romance, and a great score to go with it all. 
report Recommended by syndel
If you enjoyed Aim For The Top! and similar classic anime series from the 80's that involve mecha with a good story line, then Escaflowne is a must watch.  
report Recommended by arimakenshin
Both animes have non-electronic mechas on the spotlight, but Escaflowne has a well build and deep story. Sakura Wars is so short that you almost can't have a opinion about it, but at least it'll keep you entertained for more than two hours with some mecha action.  
report Recommended by Superman
Like the Valkyria Chronicles, Escaflowne is at its core a romance story set against a war. Whereas VC has a circa-WWI / WWII era feel to it with a number of fantasy elements thrown in, Escaflowne is an urban fantasy that has a much more traditional high fantasy feel (knights, "dragons", the main character could be said to be doing something resembling magic). Between the two, I would say Escaflowne has a much more sweeping, epic story. Although the animation might be a little dated by today's standards, the story really makes this series. Also, if you enjoy a good movie  read more 
report Recommended by wanderingstar
Both titles have mechas, but the story focuses more on the romance. Somewhat similar art style 
report Recommended by Gokudo-kun
A character thrown into a different world full of magic, gets involved with royalty, has love interests, fights + some humor - that's what you get in these two series. 
report Recommended by as3
Both have female protagonists sent to a medieval-ish looking world to help restore a land that was taken over/ravaged by a neighboring country. The girls have powers and try to help while looking for a way back to their own world. It's very similar, trust me. 
report Recommended by eizeral
In both the main character is dragged to an unknown world where they have the power to change its destiny (and are unaware of it) 
report Recommended by ladyxzeus
X-TV has got something in common with escaflowne which is the the dragon of heaven are aiming for the change and the renaissance of the earth in X-TV series and the zaibacher wishing for another destiny for the earth from escaflowne series. 
report Recommended by motoko09
fantasy world, flying ships and weird meccha.. that what they both share..they have the same feeling to each other in some way or another.. 
report Recommended by yumiche
Both are great tales of epic campaigns that one would do in Dungeons and Dragons though not strict to any classes etc. In True D&D fashion there is always room for the next adventure. 
report Recommended by idio
Shoujo (or at least shoujo-esque) fantasy sci-fi's with a heavy focus on drama. In Escaflowne, it's mostly romance; in Terra, it's mostly tragedy. Some occasional battles and fights. The main character makes important decisions for the people they are with, but unfortunately they don't always make the right choice, leading to disaster. The main female character is a psychic. The antagonist has a lot of interesting angles to him. Have rich orchestral and choral soundtracks. Character designs are somewhat old-school. The endings could be seen as sad, disappointing, or bittersweet. 
report Recommended by IceAndCream