There are Many People to Thank for Escaflowne’s Creation
The idea originally came from Shoji Kawamori after a trip to Nepal. (Drazen 289)
Nobuteru Yuki designed the main protagonist Hitomi. (Drazen 290)
The name Escaflowne comes from the Latin for escalation Yashurio Imagawa chose it. (Drazen 290)
Kawamori and Imagaw departure led to Kazui Akane to become the producer for Escaflowne. (Drazen 291)
Famous sound producer Yoko Kanno whos previous worked on:
- Porco Rosso,
- Macros Plus,
and would later compose music for:
- Cowboy Bebop,
- Wolf’s Rain,
composed the music for Escaflowne. (Drazen 291)
She also provided the voice of Hitomi.
Escaflowne is unique in that it had four different iterations
There was no defined demographic for Escaflowne. As a result, two versions came out.
One version had Hitomi as a girl with long hair, glasses, and a very feminine body.
The other had Hitomi as a thin girl with short hair and a runner.
The anime based its version on the second take on Hitomi.
Akane was in charge of the creation of the second version of the manga (Drazen 292).
There is a movie called A Girl in Gaea which is a different telling of Escaflowne.
All the characters are older and do not share the same traits as they did in the show.
After watching the show I jumped into the movie.
Confusion took hold as this Gaea seemed much different than what I knew.
The only recognizable things were the existence of the characters and that hearing Dance of the Curse.
For many, this is why the movie was not well received by the fans.
So, there were two mangas in production, the movie, and the show.
The production of the show and manga happened simultaneously which is not uncommon (Drazen 292).
More Facts about the show
Escaflowne was originally going to 39 episodes in length but was later shortened to 26 episodes. Also on Fox Kids, there was an English dubbed version airing. This was a typical anime for kids dubbed anime. It contained heavy flashbacks and a terrible replacement soundtrack for the current one. Thankfully the show’s ratings were so bad that Fox Kids canceled it after nine episodes.
Escaflowne’s main genre is a shojo because it follows the journey of a young girl. What made Escaflowne unique is that it also has mech battles and action sequences. These aspects also make it for boys. It would not be inaccurate to call Escaflowne a crossover show.
The Visions of Escaflowne debuted in 1996.
Now that you know some brief history of Escaflowne, let’s discuss the show