|Name:||The Vision of Escaflowne, 天空のエスカフローネ|
|Date(s):||April 2, 1996 - September 24, 1996|
|Medium:||anime, manga, light novel|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||Bandai's page for the Play Station game (JP)|
website for the card game (JP)
Biglobe - Anime (JP)(dead link) archived version
Biglobe - Esca Movie (JP)
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Escaflowne is a 26-episode fantasy mecha series about Hitomi, a schoolgirl who is whisked away to an alien planet invisible in Earth's skies, and the people she meets there. The series was extremely popular in many countries when it was first fansubbed, so it was eventually released in several languages (English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish) by Bandai's official representatives.
Had enjoyed a fairly large fandom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, possibly more so in the West where the tv series allegedly found more success than in Japan.
Beyond the main archives, one could find fics and fanart on Livejournal and on individual websites.
The most popular ships back in the early days seemed to be Van/Hitomi and Van/Dilandau. The former was bolstered strongly by the series' abrupt ending, which left the main characters living apart. This fueled a desire for fix-it fics that brought Van and Hitomi back together, usually several years after the tv series ended. Another popular trope was to send OCs to Gaia for new adventures on the planet.
Actual discourse seemed fairly uncommon by today's standards, though it must have existed.
The TV series was fansubbed into English by several groups in the late 1990s. Those who completed the series include:
- Anime Plus (Brazil, Portugese) (1998)
- Arctic Animation (Canada) (1998)
- Beefbowl Anime (1997)
- Central Anime (United States) (1997)
- Dragonfly Anime (1998)
- Faceless Minions (1998)
- Great Muto Anime (1997)
- HECTO (1997)
- Illion (country?, Spanish) (1999)
- Invader Productions (1998)
- Jimaku Animation (United Kingdom) (1997)
- Ryuujin (1997)
- Studio Sabaku (1999)
- SUGOI! (1998)
The movie was fansubbed by a smaller group, including:
- (hashtag)AnimeFactory (2001)
- Illion (Spanish) (2000)
- Studio Laissez Faire (2001)
- SUGOI! (2001)
- X-Japan (Spanish) (2001)
- Zettai Unmei Anime (2001)
Anime Music Videos
The series is popular with AMV editors.
One of the best AMVs is a more recent work, featuring a brilliant choice of song, strong editing and storytelling:
Popular early AMVs included:
Several AMVs were also made from the movie, including:
- Salva Hitomi by Katt
- Escaflowne stories and crossovers at FanFiction.Net
- Works tagged Tenkuu no Escaflowne | The Vision of Escaflowne at AO3
- Fansub Database, Accessed Nov. 30, 2012.