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Escaflowne: The Movie Reviews

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August 9, 2017
I rewatched this today after 10 years since the day i first watched it and I loved it 100% as much as I did back then.

Back then, i went in expecting some sort of sequel/prequel biz to the tv series that I was obsessed with and I remember that I was shocked that I resonated with this movie at a much deeper level past the whole animu fandom. Today as a 31 year old, I can assess what it was that I found so inherently beautiful about this movie (aside from the stunning animation which holds against time!) - was that the whole thing was really all just about Hitomi. This whole movie is a gigantic metaphor and I know it sounds reeeaaalllly "INCEPTION!!!" to say this, but I imagine the creators just didn't want to bother recreating Tenkuu no Escaflowne's overblown and twisted plots and complex characters and jam it into 90 minuets, so I feel they went the 'Eva route' and made it about something much more metaphorical and emotional. Unfortunately 90 minuets truly isn't enough for 'character development' but I don't think it actually hinders the plot or anything much since the only character really being developed here is Hitomi in her fight against depression.
December 9, 2016
Another decent anime movie perpetuated as being bad by the mongoloid, pseudo intellectual critiques of rotten tomatoes.

If you enjoyed the vision of Escalflowne I do recommend watching the animated movie. It's a remake of a classic and it will captivate the newer generation more than use veterans of the original.
½ February 28, 2015
Skip it. Watch the series instead.
June 1, 2014
This time, i have to say, i prefer the movie adaptation than the original series. Liked the art and character design (and the characters' personality). The only pitfall is that it is too condensed... Its plot is better off to be a trilogy.
½ May 20, 2014
I wish I could recommend this. There is some genuinely cool stuff in here: good action, some nice animation, and a damn good orchestral score with some well-used choir insertions throughout. I also enjoyed a lot of the dubbed voice acting, though a little bit of it was kind of lackluster. Unfortunately, the characters are fairly one-dimensional (especially the lead protagonist Hitomi) and the story, while promising at first, is extremely anticlimactic and convenient by the end. It's okay, but I probably will just go watch the series its based on as opposed to ever watching this again.
½ July 24, 2013
An anime fantasy thrill ride that is as brutal as it is elegant. From the truly impressive battles, to the beauty of the visual presentation, this one pleases the eye in the truest sense. Some western critics may not get it, but it's a great fantasy film for those who actually bother to see the film for it's true essence.
January 22, 2013
not as good as the show. although giving Folken magic powers was cool.
½ November 15, 2012
In a nut shell its the Japanese television show compress into a movie. a fine job they did.
August 22, 2012
Very good. Not the best. But very good.
July 29, 2012
Though visually spectacular, unfortunately the story seems too compressed compared to the anime series.
½ May 29, 2012
This movie is definitely better if you've seen the anime series, as you'll "get" the characters a little more quickly, but it's still quite fun to watch on its own. It's very much eye candy.. Oh, and if you *have* watched the anime? The movie is kind of..a loose 'retelling' of the anime's storyline, just fyi. ;)
January 24, 2012
The best thing that made the plot of 'Escaflowne - The Movie' exciting is the action. It's like mecha (robots) in a magical fantasy world!
March 8, 2011
It has great action sequences, and wonderful a wonderful design, But Escaflowne is too long and in some places, stretched out and boring.
Super Reviewer
February 22, 2011
Loved the ending to the OVA but still enjoyed the film, although Folken killed in the way he was just didn't do it for me...
February 5, 2011
I am not very familiar with the series, but I know this movie is a retelling of it...and having watched just a couple of episodes of the fails, miserably in comparison to just those episodes alone.
½ February 4, 2011
Definitely a lot darker and bloodier than the series. Story-wise I would say it's a lot stronger too, the series gets REALLY contradictory towards the end. The motivations in the movie just made a lot more sense. Plus it was prettier. Plus no stupid love triangle.
½ November 28, 2010
This earns 2.5 stars SOLELY for the gorgeous animation and music. Solely. The similarly gorgeous plot and characters from the series, however, are sadly absent. The movie version of this once unique fantasy epic is a huge downgrade to standard depressing and needlessly confusing anime movie fare.
August 22, 2010
This movie is an acquired taste since it's a shorter, more cryptic version of the series, Vision of Escaflowne. The character designs have changed somewhat for the movie adaptation. Everyone takes on an older, and in some cases more sinister appearance. The icing on this cake is the music; all of it is full of so much excitement and deep-seeded passion. The main storyline remains the same and universal; a high school girl looking for more than the mundane, and that's what keeps this movie from completely alienating everyone.
July 11, 2010
the animation was superb, but the story wasn't as impressive as the series. Still a fan, though.
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