The Vision of Scaflowne
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mecha, Romance
Rating: 3/5 stars
Summary:The series focuses on the heroine, Hitomi Kanzaki, and her adventures after she is transported to the world of Gaea, a mysterious planet where she can see Earth and its moon in the sky. On Gaea, Earth is known as the Mystic Moon. Hitomi's latent psychic powers are enhanced on Gaea and she quickly becomes embroiled in the conflicts between the Zaibach Empire and the several peaceful countries that surround it. The conflicts are brought about by the Zaibach Empire's quest to revive the legendary power from the ancient city of Atlantis. As the series progresses, many of the characters' pasts and motivations, as well as the history of Atlantis and the true nature of the planet Gaea, are revealed.
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The anime was not a very traditional mecha anime since most mecha animes are in a futuristic like setting. The Vision of Escaflowne was more on a medieval tone of architecture.
The romance is great and I like the show depict Van’s struggles as a young prince with his kingdom getting burned to the ground, and his conflicts with his elder brother. The action was there of course, pure mecha action at it’s finest. Granted it may not have the laser guns and missiles but the classic giant sword duels was more than enough to keep me hooked on.
The show also showcased a lot of things like the importance of honor and pride. Though I had a bit hard time to keep up at times, this anime is definitely worth watching.