Mania Grade: A-
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1,33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Escaflowne
Escaflowne Vol. #3
By John Trevathan
February 16, 2002
Release Date: February 06, 2001
Looks like the Escaflowne episodes will continue to be fast-paced. I like this! =D
The first episode deals with Van's past and how he got to be a draconian. I thought it was interesting, particularly with the Romeo + Juliet-style romance his mother and father had (specifically the rivalry going on between humans and draconians). It was also cool to see more of Balgus (who died in the second episode). The second half of the episode was even better though, with Dilandau and his minions clash with Van and the Escaflowne. Hitomi is able to predict where the attacks will come from and then Van is able to fight the invisible enemies. When Allen shows up to help out, he only winds up getting hurt.
The second episode dealt with Allen recovering from the injury. Folken summons a Doppelganger to take the body of a priest and enter Freid undetected. He even gets Prince Chid, the ruler of Freid while his father is away, to believe everyone who arrived in Freid to be traitors, even Allen, his childhood hero.
The coolest thing about this episode is Van learning how to see invisible enemies himself and escape death from one of Dilandau's minions, Miguel.
The final one had Hitomi uncovering the Doppelganger and predicting that the Prophecy of Death the Doppelganger spoke of was for himself. Whoa. Prince Chid allows Van and Hitomi to head out on Escaflowne to try to help save the Doppelganger from doom. But it's too late; Dilandau's extremely mad about the Doppelganger killing Miguel and delivers him a cruel death.
Once again, audio and video sound fine, though I really do need a bigger TV and a home theater system to give a good rating on them, but for now I'll just say they're more than tolerable. I'm really beginning to prefer the Japanese cast over the English cast at this point, because you can really tell which version is made for older folk and which one was made for younger folk. Menus are cool again, with the same design, and they've even changed the music on some of the sub screens. Once again, Club Escaflowne is the lone extra on the disk and I didn't watch it since it still contains spoilers apparently. But hey, the trailers ROCK! I'm really beginning to consider some more titles Bandai has been releasing thanks to these. Good marketing tactic guys! You managed to brainwash my mind at least.
Panasonic 19" TV, Apex AD-703 DVD Player