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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Escaflowne
Escaflowne Vol. #2
By Ibrahim Peasnell
March 17, 2002
Release Date: December 05, 2000
After watching another hundred minutes of Escaflowne, I'm back to bring you another review installment.
The tarot card based menus still continue to impress and stun me, even though they are identical to the menus that are used on the first disk.
The trailers that are featured on this disk are: Don't leave me alone Daisy, Jubei-Chan, Outlaw Star and Sabre Marionette J.
The extra included on this disk is the first installment of Club Escaflowne. Club Escaflowne is basically talking to voice actors and the production crew about the series, while having a good time. The host of Club Escaflowne is Tomokazu (Van), talking to the following guests: Mayaa Sakamoto (Hitomi), Jkue Ohtani (Merle) and Johji Nakata (Folken). In this installment of Club Escaflowne, we get to chat to these people before they started voicing the 25th episode. During Club Escaflowne we learn many interesting and miscoloucces information, such as why Nakata has a band-aid on his face, the age of Merle in the series to the first kiss they had experienced. Club Escaflowne is a great extra that is full of fun, humorous situations, seriousness, while also being intriguing at the same time. Club Escaflowne is a great extra to watch, as it complements such an excellent series.
The first episode on this disk continues where the last disk left off, with Van being chased by Dilandau and his troops. Van continues to draw the attention of the Zaibach forces away from the Crusade, until he is forced to make an emergency landing. Upon landing on the ground, Van is captured by Dilandau and his troops. The plot for the rest of this episode follows your basic formula of rescue the hero scenario. Even though this episode follows this simple formula, we learn some rather interesting bits of information throughout this episode, as little shades of Allen's past is revealed in this episode. Also in this episode, we also learn of the connection that Folken has with Van.
The second episode deals with Pala, the capital of Asturia. Upon arrival in Asturia, we are greeted and introduced to another cast member, Princess Millera. While Princess Millera gets to know the rest of the cast, Allen has gone to the palace to inform King Aston of the current events that have transpired. However, Allen's attempts to give Van and his crew members of the crusade safe refuge from Zaibach are throated as Folken makes his appearance. Also during this episode, we are given a little bit more knowledge about Folken's past, when he his confronted by Van. After learning about Folken's past, King Aston sets up a trail to test Van, to see weather if Van and the company that he keeps are worthy of receiving sanctuary from Asturia.
The third episode still deals with Pala, and the daily running of the palace. This episode gets interesting as Zaibach start hatching their plans, as they begin preparations to invade a nearby country. Also during this episode, Princess Millera's sister Eries, makes her introduction to the rest of the cast. The rest of this episode turns into your basic scenario of rescue the heroine, when Hitomi gets kidnapped by some Gecokos. Also in this episode, Dilandau gets a shiny new Guymelef to wreck some havoc in Asturia.
The last episode on this disk, answers the major question that has been asked since the beginning of the show, of who is the mysterious flying figure that saves Hitomi? Also during this episode, we get some background information about Van's and Hitomi's past. While learning about Van's and Hitomi's past, Zaibach start moving their plans into motion, as they prepare to invade Fried. The rest of this episode deals with Van attacking a dragon graveyard that Zaibach has occupied. During the attack on the dragon graveyard, we learn the role and relevance that the drag energist plays in Gaea.
Upon finishing this disk, I just wanted to pop in the next disk in immediately after completing this disk, as the plot and character relationships become more complex and intriguing. After finishing this disk, many things about the show have intrigued me and have also left a lasting impression on me. While viewing the first episode of this disk, the scene where Dilandau gets cut by Van's sword reminded me of the scene in the Street Fighter two the animated movie where Chung Li disfigures Vega's face. After Dilandau is disfigured by Van, he mutters the same sort of comments that Vega mutters to Chun Li in the Street Fighter movie. Another memorable moment for me while viewing this disk is the song that is played when Hitomi finds a CD that is sold as jewelry in episode six. The music that is played on the CD is this episode is very gentle and so uplifting, that I went out and purchased the soundtrack. Also during this episode, I was amazed at the diversity of the creatures that inhabit Gaea, as many half animal/human creatures can be seen walking around the streets of Pala, when Hitomi is walking through the market place. One scene in particular on this disk had a lasting impact on me. The dream sequence that Hitomi has at the start of the last episode, just had me absolutely speechless. To me the dream sequence of Hitomi wanting to be with Allen dearly puts any dream sequence that I have seen so far look second rate. The blending of art and music that are presented in this sequence is just absolutely beautiful and timed to perfection. The dream sequence to me is one of those scenes that you wish that would last forever. Lastly, by the end of the disk, Merle's Lord Van shout has grow on me show so much, that I can hardly wait for Merle to shout Van's name out loud.
Escaflowne is a very stunning series, as it combines many elements such as art, music, voice, computer graphics and story into one great appealing show. I give Escaflowne my highest recommendation without any hesitation.
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