ANIME TOP TEN (LIST #1) - #6: Vision of Escaflowne (1996)


Director(s): Kazuki Akane
Screenplay: Shoji Kawamori
Music: Yoko Kanno
Everything comes together so well in Vision of Escaflowne. First of all, there's a great and wonderous new world created on Gaia, a mix of midieval, Renaissance, and steampunk motifs. You really get a good feel for the world and its people (and beast-people). It's a world whose secrets unravel as the story moves. I really like the Guymelefs, the giant combat armors that are like magic machines, and the combat and lore. Themes of fate, love, and loss shine a light on the story and characters. Yoko Kanno's soundtrack is gorgeous, providing sweeping, powerful context to the actions on screen. It really helps to lift the series above similarly well-crafted works into an exciting epic journey.

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