Escaflowne Vol. #4 -

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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • 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. #4

By Thomas D. Trevathan     February 16, 2002
Release Date: February 06, 2001

The Review!
Whoa, Escaflowne just keeps getting better and better.


There is action aplenty in these episodes, as well as hints of new plot points ahead. I found it interesting Escaflowne is using the Lost City of Atlantis as the homeland for the Draconians and are implying its destruction happening again if human hands ever use the sword behind the secret door. A bloodbath rages as war continues which results in the fall of the Duke of Freid and Prince Chid is forced to turn over the sword over to Folken since Freid is now Zaibach territory. Van and the others manage to escape on the Crusade and the final episode in particular is interesting. It is made obvious Hitomi also likes Van in this episode (that girl just can't make up her mind, can she), leading her and Merle in particular to be concerned about Van's injuries.

Apparently the blood pact that binds Van to Escaflowne resulted in Van suffering near-fatal injuries. The only way Van's injuries can be healed is by repairing the Escaflowne, and Dryden, a newcomer to the show who is Princess Millerna's Groom-to-be, insists that only the Ispanos, the makers of Escaflowne can repair the damage done to Escaflowne. They ask for $50 million (which shocks Allen a lot, lol) however Dryden says he can pay for the repairs. As soon as Van recovers, Zaibach forces attack led by Dilandau (who left without Folken's consent) and thirsty for revenge Van heads out immediately on Escaflowne, and interestingly enough, pushes his two girlfriends out of the way hard since they are blocking the way to Escaflowne. Van surprisingly holds his own in the fight, but when he goes to finish off Dilandau once and for all, for some unexplained reason the ghosts of Dilandau's fallen men take over Van's mind. In the most edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger yet in Escaflowne, Van blacks out and the Escaflowne turns completely black. This is cool. I can't wait for the next few disks!

(end spoilers)

Can't really comment on anything else than that really. Although it needs to be said the packaging on these disks is not too good. Why does Hitomi have to be on EVERY cover? I realize she's the main character of the show, but Van deserves equal attention, and he's not on EVERY cover. And this is my opinion, but most of Escaflowne's girls aren't incredibly attractive whereas in contrast most of the men of Escaflowne are handsome and were obviously drawn so girls would also like the show. Maybe the women are drawn the way they are because they are trying to send a positive message that not everybody is attractive like supermodels on TV. Which is cool by me, but still you have to have at least one attractive main character who is female in addition to the action and storytelling. It's part of the reason shows like Buffy and Xena are TV successes. Also, on this particular cover, Dilandau looks virtually NOTHING like he does in the show, and even Folken looks a little different here. Show itself continues to look and sound good and once again, Club Escaflowne is the lone extra. I'll get to watching those once I'm done with the show, but for now I'll keep it on standby.

Review Equipment
Panasonic 19" TV, Apex AD-703 DVD Player


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