Escaflowne: The Movie – Anime Abandon

The only giant robot in anime named after a nasal relief spray.

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  1. wait wait wait. he JUST said, he is doing it for revenge for his clan. Not because he wanted to be king.

    • Now I am imagining the same motive being used in Simba’s song “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” that would make it a tad interesting.

    • He was talking about Folken’s motivations, not Van’s. It only sounded like he wasn’t paying attention because not a single Jareth the Goblin King reference was made.

  2. Yeah, I too was a fan of the english version of the series as a kid. The mecha designs were incredibly badass. I remember skipping class in grade 12 to catch a screening of the movie with some friends. The scene when Falcon twists Dilandau’s hand definitely sticks out in my memory, just brutal.

  3. Ahhh, the Escaflowne movie–a meaningless betrayal to fans of the series that exists for no reason other than to act as a tech demo for the then-brand new Studio Bones.

  4. In Canada, the entire edited dubbed series ran, in order, on YTV. For several years.

    The wording about the Bandai release is a little fuzzy; It’s made out like Funimation’s release is the first time for the whole show. The whole series, including the movie, was released uncut, visually and in dialogue, on DVD in the early 2000s. I have all 9 discs.

  5. I remember seeing the 26 episode English dub many years ago, back when my friend first got me into anime. He did say not to watch the movie though, so I didn’t, and now I’m glad I didn’t. I remember Hitomi actually being a solid character with a good arc, not some worthless damsel. Even many years later, I can tell other characters were changed for the worse too.

  6. Heard about this series, but don’t know much about it. But it looks interesting.
    And those robot horses look fucking cool.

  7. Lmao, I’m loving this loose theme you’ve got going on for your reviews lately. It’s also a good way to just eliminate those frequent requests from fans once and for all.

  8. Fun Fact: The Japanese voice actress of Hitomi (I think) would later go on to voice Lunamaria Hawke in Gundam SEED Destiny.

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