Escaflowne - The Movie
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In this animé feature based on the popular Japanese television series, Hitomi is a high school student who is trying to come to terms with a severe case of depression. When her spirits are at their lowest, Hitomi makes a psychic connection with Van, the young king of the nation of Gaia, located on another planet visible in the night sky of Earth. Gaia has been brought to the brink of war by the evil Black Dragon Clan, and, while the nearby nation of Abaharaki wishes to form an alliance with Gaia for their mutual protection, Van is a leader who prefers to act on his own. Hitomi finds herself… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its ambitiousness and artistry should satisfy discriminating fans of the anime genre."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"A combination of standard, stiff TV-style animation and snazzy-looking digital effects that do little to disguise the fact that the characters barely move."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Even die-hard fans of Japanese animation ... will find this one a challenge."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Fairly run-of-the-mill."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A 93-minute condensation of a 26-episode TV series, with all of the pitfalls of such you'd expect."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Romantic, riveting and handsomely animated."
‑ Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
"It is just too bad the film's story does not live up to its style."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The idea of an ordinary slacker kid being a savior for another world may not be anything new, but Escaflowne literally gives it a new paint job."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"A fan film that for the uninitiated plays better on video with the sound turned down."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"A visual spectacle full of stunning images and effects."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"Required viewing for anime fans."
‑ , Oregonian
"Typical animé, with cheapo animation (like Saturday morning TV in the '60s), a complex sword-and-sorcery plot and characters who all have big round eyes and Japanese names."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This beautifully animated epic is never dull."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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