I cieli di Escaflowne
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The Vision of Escaflowne!
天空のエスカフローネ (Tenkū no Esukafurōne)
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The Vision of Escaflowne!
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I cieli di Escaflowne (in giapponese 天空のエスカフローネ, Tenkū no Esukafurōne/Tenkū no Escaflowne; letteralmente "Escaflowne del cielo" ma noto anche col titolo internazionale
The Vision of Escaflowne) è un anime di 26 episodi prodotto
dalla Sunrise. La versione originale andò in onda in Giappone dal 2 aprile al 24 agosto 1996. Possiede vari elementi comuni ai generi shōjo, shōnen, romanzesco e mecha, e ne è stato tratto un manga ed un film d'animazione. L'autore del manga serializzato è Katsu-Aki, basatosi sul lavoro originale di Hajime Yadate e Shouji Kawamori.
Attenzione: questa sezione rivela, in tutto o in parte, la trama dell'opera.
Hitomi Kanzaki è una tipica ragazza della scuola superiore, con tutti i relativi problemi tipici di una ragazza della sua età. Un giornò ebbe una visione di un giovane ragazzo che combatteva contro un drago: all'inizio
non gli diede peso, ma ad un certo punto accadde qualcosa che cambiò completamente la sua vita. Attraverso una serie di vicissitudini Hitomi arriva nel mondo sconosciuto di Gaia con il giovane spadaccino, Van. In questo mondo vi sono diversi Paesi in guerra fra loro, con una tecnologia singolare piuttosto diversa da quella presente sulla Terra. Particolarmente potente fra questi Paesi belligeranti è l'impero di Zeibach (letto in tedesco Zaibah), che possiede un esercito efficiente, numeroso e tecnologicamente schiacciante. Sullo
sfondo di questo scenario c'è il ricordo della perduta civiltà di Atlantide ed in particolare della macchina di predizione del destino, che permette di realizzare qualunque desiderio. Van e Hitomi, insieme ad alleati e nemici che incontreranno durante il loro cammino, dovranno cercare di sopravvivere in questo problematico scenario evitando che la guerra porti alla distruzione del mondo di Gaia!
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Ep. 01: Una dichiarazione segnata dal destino
Ep. 02: La ragazza della luna dell'illusione
Ep. 03: Lo splendido spadaccino
Ep. 04: Il Ragazzo dalla bellezza diabolica
Ep. 05: Il sigillo dei fratelli
Ep. 06: La città degli intrighi
Ep. 07: Un addio inaspettato
Ep. 08: Il giorno in cui un angelo danzò
Ep. 09: Memorie delle piume
Ep. 10: Il principe dagli occhi azzurri
Ep. 11: Predizione di morte
Ep. 12: La porta segreta
Ep. 13: Destino rosso
Ep. 14: Cicatrici pericolose
Ep. 15: Il paradiso perduto
Ep. 16: Colui che fu guidato
Ep. 17: la fine di questo mondo
Ep. 18: Attrazione del destino
Ep. 19: Operazione regola d'oro dell'amore
Ep. 20: Una falsa promessa
Ep. 21: Reazione alla fortuna
Ep. 22: L'angelo dalle ali nere
Ep. 23: Presagio di tempesta
Ep. 24: La scelta del destino
Ep. 25: il luogo della fortuna
Ep. 26: Sentimento eterno
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Hitomi Kanzaki (神崎ひとみ Kanzaki Hitomi) — A girl transported from Earth to the world of Gaea. Hitomi is a track sprinter at school and practices tarot card reading as a hobby. A dimensional rift opened a fabric of reality between Van's world and Hitomi's world. In the middle of Van's ritual ascension (dragon slaying),
Hitomi was dragged into Van's world. Through her time in Gaea her latent abilities manifiest to allow her senses to find people or destinations through dowsing and accurately read the future through tarot card reading. She discovers that she is clairvoyant, an ability that begins to warp Dornkirk's visions of the future. At first she was romantically interested in Allan Schezar, but towards the end develop a relationship with Van. Her destiny is connected with Van's. Her
birthday is December 9.
Hitomi KanzakiVan Slanzar de Fanel — Van Fanel is the brash young half-draconian king of Fanelia who must learn to cope with drastic changes in his life after Fanelia is destroyed by Zaibach. He pilots Escaflowne, a mystical armour made by the mysterious Ispano tribe. He made a blood pact with Escaflowne (he fed
a small token amount of his blood into the energist cyrstal) to which he is connected by body and soul, like all the Kings of Fanelia that preceded him. His destiny and Hitomi's are linked. He also has a grudge against Folken for leaving Fanelia for Zaibach and Dornkirk for his grand ambitions. Due to being half-human/half-Draconian, when he wishes to he can sprout wings which allow him to fly.
Allen Schezar — The gallant knight of Asturia who provides a foil for Van and a
second potential love interest for Hitomi (he bears an uncanny resemblance to Susumu Amano, Hitomi's first love from school). As a young child his younger sister Celena was kidnapped by the Zaibach; his father disappeared mysteriously and his mother died shortly afterwards. While he captures the heart of Princess Millerna of Asturia, he is a noted womanizer, perhaps because he wants to protect any woman he cares for to make up for his inability to help his mother and younger sister.
He's a member of the Knight Caeli, Asturia's elite knights. He was a gifted (yet rebellious) swordsman at a young age, but had nothing to lose and wished to die by his sword by challenging Balgus. Allen became one of the most skilled swordsmen of Gaea under the expert tutelage of Balgus of Fanelia.
During his early knight career he and Princess Marlene fell in love and she bore his child. During that time the princess had married Duke Freid, but never openly
revealed the true father of her pregnancy, instead she wrote it in a lifebook that was later found by Millerna. Duke Freid, on the other hand, considers himself as Chid's father in all accounts. Even though Allen never told Chid he is his real father, Chid has a strong connection and trust for Allen. Later, Allen was briefly romantically involved with Hitomi through Dornkirk's influence, and even offered her to marry him, but finally decided to let go and pushed Hitomi toeardss Van.
Allen harbors a great deal of anger towards his father, Leon, for traveling and not being with his mother; he feels his father forsook the family, but it's later revealed that Leon loved his mother greatly and that he was murdered by Dornkirk's soldiers for the secrets of the Draconians. At the moment of Leon's death, also, Mrs. Schezar had a vision of it and mysteriously found Leon's trusted journal on her night table... so, she always knew that he was dead.
Folken FanelFolken Fanel — The Strategos (Japanese軍師 gunji or "tactician") of Zaibach, Folken is revealed to be Van's older brother and the original heir to Fanelia. He, like Van, is half Draconian and thus he also has angel wings. After he failed to kill a dragon due to his ethical conflicts, he lost an arm to the beast and was later picked up by the Zaibach, who nursed him back to health under
Dornkirk's instructions.; he originally joined the empire in hopes of realizing Zaibach's ideals of a world free of war, but is later disillusioned and defects. His wings turn black, a portent that his life is coming to an end, as it does when he travels back to Zaibach to confront Dornkirk. Although Draconians have a long lifespan, Dornkirk's experiments have taken their toll, and Folken finally dies after failing to kill Dornkirk on his own.
Dornkirk — The leader of Zaibach and main antagonist of the series. He is said to be the equivalent of two hundred Earth years old and is hinted to be Isaac Newton (although this is debatable). He continually tries to see into the future with his destiny prognostication machine to create an ideal future for Gaea by unlocking the secrets of Atlantis, which Hitomi's visions of the future and Van's connection to Escaflowne continually interfere with. His idea of an ideal future is
the creation of a "zone of absolute fortune", in which everyone's dreams would come true. However, it is that very power that destroyed Atlantis in the first place.
Merle — A 13-year-old cat-girl and childhood friend of Van. She is jealous of Van's increasingly close relationship with Hitomi, but eventually sees that Hitomi means no harm to Van and warms up to her. An orphan, she has since devotedly followed Van since she was picked up by the Fanelian courts; in fact, the twins
Eriya and Nariya spared Van's life once when Merle hauled herself in front of him, seeing their past selves reflected on her.
Balgus — One of the three master swordsmen of Gaea and a general of Fanelia's army, Balgus served under Van's father in his younger days and later left to travel around Gaea, searching to improve his skills. He met Allen and trained him for a time, but when Van's father died he returned to Fanelia to look after Van
and his mother. When Zaibach destroyed Fanelia, he died while saving Van. An unofficial translation of his name is "Vargas".
Millerna Satah Aston — The third princess of the kingdom of Asturia who is in love with Allen Schezar, though she is betrothed to the merchant prince Dryden Fassa. Millerna's ambition was once to become a doctor but was forced to give up her medical studies by her second sister, Eries. Her eldest sister, Marlene, is
deceased and was the wife of Duke Freid and the mother of the Duke's son, Chid. She later runs away from Asturia to join Van's troupe and fulfill her dreams. She is upset by her engagement to Dryden, but gradually comes to appreciate her fiancé's good qualities.
Dryden Fassa — A knowledgeable, successful, and generous merchant who is also a part-time scholar. He is engaged to Millerna through his father Meiden, a friend
of Asturia's king. He's perceptive and open-minded and well aware that Millerna is in love with Allen, yet he still flirts with her.
Dilandau Albatou — The leader of an elite group of Guymelef pilots called the Dragon Slayers in Dornkirk's army. He is also somewhat of a maniac and abuses his soldiers, although he is shown to be very emotionally-dependent on them as well (he gladly and messily kills anyone who has caused any serious harm to them, like
the shapeshifter Zongi). Toward the end of the series it is revealed he is actually Allen's long lost sister Celena, who was brainwashed and mutated by Zaibach's fate alteration machines. Dilandau eventually regains his/her memory and returns to his/her original female form, Celena.
Countries and places
Gaea — A mystical world in the sky that Hitomi visits and where the series takes place. Earth can be seen as a moon in the sky. It was created by the Atlantians.
Mystic Moon — This is what the residents of Gaea call Earth. It has a reputation
for being a cursed place among the people of Gaea. It appears as though the people of Gaea know nothing about what the Earth really is, although Hitomi is hinted (and later shown) not to be the first person to come to Gaea from Earth.
Fanelia — A small kingdom in Gaea ruled by the Fanel family of which Van is king. It is demolished by Zaibach near the beginning of the series and it rebuilt at the very end of the series. Fanelia bears some similarities to feudal-era Japan.
Asturia — A major kingdom in Gaea that was initially allied with Zaibach before leading an alliance against them. The country is a monarchy and its greatest warriors are known as the "Knights of Caeli". Asturia bears some resemblance to Renaissance-era Venice.
Freid — A duchy in Gaea that is ruled by the Freid family. It has an ancient artifact that Dornkirk needs to complete his plan to revive the power of Atlantis.
This artifacts draws the attention of Zaibach who invades Freid. Freid is said to have been based on Thailand.
Zaibach — A large powerful nation ruled by Dornkirk that possesses very advanced technology. It was once a small and frail place to exist. People were facing hunger, sickness, neighboring attacks, and in constant fear. Dorkirk is a well educated man of science and used his knowledge to rebuild Zaibach was one
of the most respected and feared countries. People of Zaibach have committed their lives to the vision of Dorkirk. They seek to create a new era of peace by controlling the world and are led by Dornkirk. Zaibach is similar to Industrial Revolution-era England.
Atlantis — An ancient, mysterious civilization that was destroyed after its inhabitants created a device to turn human thoughts will into energy. They were an
advance technological society that evolved their bodies angel-like with their knowledge and considered themselves as Gods. Their ego and their advancements lead their device to destroy themselves. It is unknown how many Draconians are left. Most of the main characters of the show visit the ruins of Atlantis late in the series. The remains of Atlantis still had partial function and had the power to influence human thoughts.
Hitomi KanzakiThere have been different releases and spin-offs of Escaflowne.
Escaflowne briefly aired on the Fox Kids network in an edited form between August and October of 2000, but was canceled. This Escaflowne was modified for
content and to fit the tastes of teenage boys. Because of this, it has been nicknamed "Foxcaflowne".
A young Allen SchezarA 23-episode version, heavily cut for content and timing, and with a different title sequence, aired several times on the Fox Kids channel in the UK during 2001 and 2002.
Vision of Escaflowne has aired on YTV in Canada under the title Escaflowne, though it featured some of the same problems as the Fox Kids version. Unlike Fox,
YTV aired the complete series twice before retiring it.
Vision of Escaflowne aired as a whole in Mexico on public television. TV Azteca aired the whole series uncut in two different occasions. In Chile Etc.TV aired the whole series, first censored and later uncut.
Vision of Escaflowne was aired in the Philippines by GMA7 The Philippine airing predates the North American airing by at least 4 months and features the English dub as shown on video/DVD.
Bandai's now-defunct Anime Village label released a "Special Edition" in North America created by Bandai Visual in Japan. This "Special Edition" was the entire 26-episode story arc condensed into three VHS tapes. In 1998, Anime Village
marketed this edition as the Vision of Escaflowne Best Collection.
The unedited 26-part series has since been released on VHS and bilingual DVD box sets in the US and UK. In October 2004 Bandai again released an Escaflowne box set that uses slim DVD cases, but the content appears unchanged from the original box set release from 2002. This re-release also includes Escaflowne: The Movie. There have been several DVD versions of the movie, including the
"Ultimate Edition", which included a bonus features disc and the soundtrack CD.
TOKYOPOP released the shonen manga in English in the United States in 2003. (The shōnen manga series actually debuted in Japan before the animated series did, due to the animated version's long pre-production process.) The American translation was imported to Australia by Madman Entertainment.
The shoujo manga of Escaflowne has not been licensed. It is only available in English through scanlations downloaded from the Net.
Trivia and allusions
Young Prince FolkenEscaflowne was originally a story known as Air Cavalry
Chronicles which utilized the more typical transforming fighter-plane mecha in lieu of more knight-like Guymelefs. In fact, much of the nation and mecha names originated from that pre-production outline. (Certain design elements of Air Cavalry Chronicles were eventually adapted into various elements of Macross, a franchise co-created by Shoji Kawamori.)
Fans speculate that with Dornkirk's role as a 17th-century scientist before his
death on Earth, his obsession with gravity and the occult, his original Earth name Isaac, and general appearance, that he is actually supposed to be Isaac Newton.
The "hero"-type unit of the Goliath mech in the game StarCraft was named Alan Schezar, in homage to the Escaflowne character; it only appears in the editor and does not appear in the single-player campaign. However, this unit made an
appearance in the bonus campaign called "The Enslavers" in StarCraft: Brood War, as the player's enemy, a space pirate named Alan Schezar.