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The Vision of Escaflowne (天空のエスカフローネ Tenkū no Esukafurōne) is a Japanese anime series produced by Sunrise Animation and directed by Kazuki Akane. It aired in Japan from April 2, 1996 to September 24, 1996.

Synopsis

Hitomi Kanzaki is just an ordinary 15-year-old schoolgirl with an interest in tarot cards and fortune telling, but one night, a boy named Van Fanel suddenly appears from the sky along with a vicious dragon. Thanks to a premonition from Hitomi, Van successfully kills the dragon, but a pillar of light appears and envelopes them both. As a result, Hitomi finds herself transported to the world of Gaea, a mysterious land where the Earth hangs in the sky.

In this new land, Hitomi soon discovers that Van is a prince of the Kingdom of Fanelia, which soon falls under attack by the evil empire of Zaibach. In an attempt to fight them off, Van boards his family's ancient guymelef Escaflowne—a mechanized battle suit—but fails to defeat them, and Fanelia ends up destroyed. Now on the run, Hitomi and Van encounter a handsome Asturian knight named Allen Schezar, whom Hitomi is shocked to find looks exactly like her crush from Earth. With some new allies on their side, Van and Hitomi fight back against the forces of Zaibach as the empire strives to revive an ancient power.

Dubbing History

The original dub of Escaflowne was dubbed by Ocean Productions for Bandai Entertainment and produced by Saban Entertainment. In August 2000, Fox Kids began broadcasting the series in the United States. These dubbed episodes were heavily edited to remove footage, add new "flashback" sequences to remind the audience of the events that just occurred, and to heavily downplay the role of Hitomi in the series. The first episode was skipped altogether, and the series soundtrack produced by Yoko Kanno was partially replaced with more techno rearrangements by Inon Zur. This modified version of the series was cancelled after ten episodes due to "low ratings". The Canadian television channel YTV acquired Fox's dubbed version of the series for broadcast. Following Fox's planned broadcast schedule, they premiered the series on September 11, 2000 with the second episode. YTV aired all of the episodes Fox Kids dubbed, concluding with the series true first episode in February 2001. Bandai began releasing the dubbed version to VHS in 2000, discontinuing the releases in February 2001 after only four volumes had been released.

Bandai later released the entire series, unedited and in the original episode order, to DVD. Spanning eight volumes, the releases include the original Japanese audio tracks with optional English subtitles, and the uncut English dubbed track. Due to the closure of Bandai in 2012, their rights to the series lapsed.

At Otakon 2013, FUNimation Entertainment had announced that they have acquired both licenses to The Vision of Escaflowne and the movie. On February 27, 2016, FUNimation launched a Kickstarter campaign to re-dub the Escaflowne TV series using the HD materials from Sunrise, with the goal of $150,000.

Due to the High Definition Japanese restoration featuring deleted scenes not present in the original airings and dub, this necessitated these scenes to be dubbed. Due to the cost of dubbing in Canada becoming more expensive in the past decade, it was cheaper for FUNimation to redub the series as a whole with their own voice cast (similar rationale was the reason for the redubs of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Destiny.) The dub was later released on October 18, 2016. Due to the popularity of the original dub, FUNimation also included the Ocean Dub of the series as well.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Original Dub Redub
Hitomi Kanzaki.png Hitomi Kanzaki Maaya Sakamoto Kelly Sheridan Caitlin Glass
Van Fanel.png Van Fanel Tomokazu Seki Kirby Morrow Aaron Dismuke
Van Fanel young.png Yoshiko Kamei
(young)
Sean Smith (ep. 9) Maxey Whitehead
Andrew Francis
Allen Schezar.png Allen Schezar Shinichirō Miki Brian Drummond Sonny Strait
Susumu Amano.png Susumu Amano Austin Tindle
Dilandau Albatou.png Dilandau Albatou Minami Takayama Andrew Francis Joel McDonald
Gadeth2.png Gaddes Tōru Ōkawa Ward Perry Ian Sinclair
Milerna.png Princess Millerna Aston Mayumi Iizuka Venus Terzo Colleen Clinkenbeard
Merle.png Merle Ikue Ōtani Jocelyne Loewen Alexis Tipton
Folken Fanel.png Folken Fanel Jōji Nakata Paul Dobson Vic Mignogna
Dornkirk.png Lord Dornkirk / Isaac N. Masato Yamanouchi Richard Newman Jeremy Schwartz
Dryden Fassa.png Dryden Fassa Jūrōta Kosugi Michael Dobson Eric Vale
Ruhm.png Ruhm Ginzō Matsuo Rice Honeywell
(ep. 2)
Tyler Walker
Terry Klassen
(ep. 22)
Prince Chid.png Prince Chid Minami Takayama Dillon Moen Bryn Apprill
Princess Eries.png Princess Eries Aston Yuri Amano Ellen Kennedy Morgan Garrett
Princess Marlene.png Princess Marlene Aston Sakurako Kishiro Lisa Ann Beley Martha Harms
Nariya.png Nariya Yuri Amano Nicole Oliver Michelle Rojas
Eriya.png Eriya Noriko Hidaka Saffron Henderson Felecia Angelle
Jajuka.jpg Jajuka Kōji Tsujitani Scott McNeil Chuck Huber
Leon Schezar.png Leon Schezar Takaya Hashi Terry Klassen R. Bruce Elliott
Celena Schezar.png Celena Schezar Minami Takayama Ellen Kennedy Lara Woodhull
Yukari Uchida.png Yukari Uchida Mayumi Iizuka Willow Johnson
(ep. 1)
Jad Saxton
Saffron Henderson
(eps. 16-24)
Zongi.png Zongi Kaneto Shiozawa Paul Dobson Christopher Sabat
Miguel Labarie.png Miguel Labarie Taiki Matsuno Venus Terzo (ep. 9) Justin Pate
Sean Smith
Balgus.png Balgus Ganesha Tesshō Genda Don Brown Christopher Guerrero
King Gaoh Fanel.png King Gaoh Fanel Akio Ōtsuka Michael Dobson Taliesin Jaffe
Practo.png Plaktu Fumihiko Tachiki Christopher Sabat
Adelphos.png Adelphos Banjō Ginga Kent Williams
Voris.png Voris Shōzō Iizuka Alvin Sanders Cris George
Chesta.png Shesta Kappei Yamaguchi Ellen Kennedy
(eps. 3, 6-9)
Chris Cason
Brian Drummond
(eps. 13-26)
Nobuga.png Mole Man Chafurin Terry Klassen Mike McFarland
Varie Fanel.png Varie Fanel Yoshiko Sakakibara Ellen Kennedy Tia Ballard
Hitomis Mom.png Mrs. Kanzaki Natsumi Sasaki Kristen McGuire
Hitomis Grandma.png Hitomi's Grandmother Maaya Sakamoto Nicole Oliver Caitlin Glass

Additional Voices

FUNimation Dub

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
2000 FOX
(Fox Kids)
United States United States
2000-2001 YTV Canada Canada
2007-2008 AnimeCentral United Kingdom United Kingdom

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Content Dub Region Country
Bandai Entertainment 2000 VHS.jpg Episodes 1-15* Ocean NTSC United States United States
4 Volumes
2000-2001 The Complete Series
8 Volumes
DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
8 Volumes
2002 The Complete Series
8 Discs
2004 The Complete Series
8 Volumes
The Complete Series
8 Discs
2006 The Complete Series
8 Discs
2009 The Complete Series
8 Discs
FUNimation Entertainment 2016 BD The Complete Series Both A
DVB-T
2 Volumes
Anime Limited 2017 The Complete Series B
DVB-T
United Kingdom United Kingdom
2 Volumes
FUNimation Entertainment 2021 The Complete Series FUNimation A
DVB-T
United States United States
4 Discs

*Edited version

See Also

  • Escaflowne: The Movie

External Links

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