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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: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Escaflowne
Escaflowne Vol. #7
By Ibrahim Peasnell
April 27, 2002
Release Date: June 05, 2001
After watching another seventy-five 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 Angel Links, The Big O, Mobile Suit Gundam and Gundam 08th MS Team.
The extra that is presented on this disk is another installment of Club Escaflowne. During this installment of Club Escaflowne, Mayumi Lizuka yet again plays the role of interviewer in this instalment of Club Escaflowne. The staff members that are interviewed in this installment of Club Escaflowne are Shoji Kawamori (Original Story, Story Editor & Supervisor) and Kazuki Akane (Director). This installment of Club Escalfowne continues the interview that was conducted in the previous disk. The very first thing that we learn while viewing this instalment of Club Escaflowne is that we learn about the staff's favourite destination that they would like to take a holiday. However as this question is posed to the staff members, they don't reveal their favourite destination, as they would prefer to rather sleep then take a holiday due to the constant pressure of trying to come up with new ideas by reading books and by watching movies. However we do learn of their ideal holiday location that they would like to go on, if they had time to take it. After learning about their ideal holiday spot and previous travel experiences, we learn of the relaxing techniques that they use when working on a project. While on this subject, the staff members discuss their opinions and views of Yoko Kanno and the music that she performed for the series. Lastly in this instalment of Club Escalfowne, we learn of the staff views and thoughts of how the usage of sound effects that were used in the series. This disk sadly marks the end of the great extra Club Escaflowne. Overall Club Escaflowne was a great extra to view as it shares the thoughts and views of the production people (which is quite rare to experience as an extra), while also being entertaining at the same time.
The first episode on this disk deals with Nariya and Eriya trying to capture Hitomi and bring her to Folken. After finally capturing Hitomi, Nariya and Eriya journey back to the flying fortress isn't smooth one as an unwanted reaction in the fate-altering machine causes Eriya's Guymelef to be forced down, thus allowing Hitomi to be rescued. However after recovering from the incident, Eriya sneaks into the palace and kidnaps Hitomi. The rest of this episode deals with Eriya returning Hitomi over to Folken, while Van seeks to confront his brother. Also in this episode, we a given more insight into Allen's past, as he recalls how he fails to protect the ones that he loves and cares about.
The second episode on this disk deals with the relationship that Folken and Van have with each other. During this episode, we get basically all the information that one may want to know about Folken, when Van Confronts him in the burnt ruins of Fanelia. Meanwhile learning about Folken's past, the government officials of Asturia decide to place economic sanctions on Zaibach to keep them pined down in this time of uncertainty. The episode ends with Folken and Van being reunited. However just before the episode ends, the episode ends on a cliffhanger question that looms on the viewer, as we are asked why Folken's wings are pitch black instead of being white like Van's.
The final episode starts off with receiving Folken asylum from Asturia, as he willingly reveals all the knowledge that he has acquired about Zaibach to Asturia and their allies. While everything is quiet in the Zaibach camp, our heroes reflect of the consequences of war and how it affects people's lives. While everything is quiet for the time being, Zaibach plan an attack on one of Asturia towns. The rest of the episode deals with Zaibach's attack on the town, Rampant. Lastly in this episode, Dilandau makes his triumph return to the screen, as he is once again outfitted with a brand new Guymelef to boot.
Upon completing this disk, many things about this show have impressed me, while also leaving a lasting impression on me. While watching the first episode of this disk, the thing that caught my attention in this episode was the cinematic use of using still images and panning shots when displaying the tragic past of Nariya and Eriya. Also the visual look of Nariya's and Eiya's tragic past look absolutely stunning, as colour contrasting is used again to great effects to give as different look and feel into the troubled past's of Nariya and Eriya. Also while viewing this episode, the music themes that are used during this episode are absolutely brilliant, as they convey and enhance the emotions of the characters.
This second of this disk to me is my favourite episode out of this entire series, as we get all the details about Folken's past. While this episode does feature my favourite character from this series, this episode also features the best attributes and cinematic techniques that make this series so great. In this episode more creatures of Grea make their appearance in this episode, as not one but two half-human creatures make their appearance in this episode. Firstly the appearance of Ruhm, the half-human/wolf man messenger was another great addition to the growing listing on other half human/animal creatures that are featured in this series. But what really took me by surprise, while watching this episode was the introduction of Jajuka, the half deer creature that is featured in this episode. I was really impressed by the character design of Jajuka, as he looks more beautiful and graceful in appearance than the other creatures that are featured in this series. Also while viewing this episode, the music themes that are used in this episode are just as absolutely good as the visuals that are presented in this series. The whistling theme Fatal that Folken whistles while waiting for Van in the burnt ruins of Famelia is just absolutely beautiful, that I went out and purchased the third soundtrack. Also while viewing this episode, the scene of where Folken is whistles in this episode, reminded me of Gohan's whistling theme that he whistles in the fourth Dragonball Z movie. The visuals of this episode continue to be of a high standard, as computer CG and cell animation are combined yet again to deliver a magnificent image of the land dragon's that are featured in this episode. Lastly, the visual image of the still shot that is featured at the end of this episode, is just so beautiful and elegantly presented, that this image now resides as my wallpaper that I have on my computer. The third episode of this disk was a treat to watch, as many things about this episode caught my attention. The first and foremost thing I was impressed while watching this disk is that we get another song in this series. The theme song Aoi Hitomi is played to the scene of Hitomi running around the palace, and this scene just looks and sounds absolutely magnificent when the two elements are combined. Also while viewing this episode the scene of where Van and company are handing out food to the villages, while also playing games with the children, reminded me of themes of war that are featured in Macross. The same theme of war that features in Macross popped up in my head again, while viewing the scene of when Van tells Hitomi about Merle having no family and about the consequences of war has on people. Also while watching this episode, this is the first and only time that we get to any skin shown from this series, as we get to see a face full of Merle's rear end, when one of the kids that she is playing with, pulls on her tail. Also while watching this episode, I was intrigued at the mecha design of Dilandau's new Guymelef that he is outfitted with. The mecha design of Dilandau's new Guymelef is a lot squarer in appearance, when comparing this design to the previous mecha design, as more attachments are added to the shoulders and forearms of the Guymelef. The design of Dilandau's new Guymelef to me looks similar to the mecha design that Al Arak of Gundam 0080 pilots, as the forearms and shoulders look similar in appearance.
Escaflowne is a stunning series that 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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