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Thursday, July 21, 2005  
Ok, haven't posted in quite a while, at least anything worthwhile. heh heh heh. Anywho I've been watching Escaflowne the series. I first heard and seen some of this series a long time ago when it was butchered for saturday morning (I recommend seeing it in all it's glory uncut). It only lasted a I think about 10 episodes if that. But I was young and I liked what I saw. A few years later, me fully ensconced in a haven of anime, see it really cheap at Media Play ($13.99 a pop) and decide to try it. I fell in love with the first disc a I resumed getting the rest of the series within a week and I'm glad I did. This is one of my favorites, I love the plot because there is so much to it. Basically, It's about Hitomi Kanzaki, an average high school girl who likes to play with tarot cards and make predictions. Until one night a mysterious light delivers a ferocious dragon and a boy doing battle. In the end of that beginning sequence the light comes and takes her and the boy to another world, his home, called Gaia. Basically if you like fantasy try this series. You have flying ships, giant robotic armor, sword fights, love triangles, politcal conspiracy. I don't want to go into too much detail because there is so much too it. If I say one thing it might spoil the rest. But I'll give you the main characters. I already mentioned Hitomi in which the story focuses. Once she arrives on Gaia, she has visions and her predictions become very accurate. Van Finail, is the boy fighting the dragon when he meets Hitomi. It turns out he is the young King of Finailia which was burned and destroyed. His mission is to avenge his people and rebuild his kingdom. He also opperates the armor Escaflowne (they call the armor a Guymelif but I'm just calling it Armor cause my spelling sucks). Allan Schizar (sp?) is a knight of Estoria and top swordsman. He meets Hitomi when she and Van are separated. When Van comes upon her and Allen he thinks he is a thief and are at odds with each other. They eventually become uneasy friends. Hitomi also developes a crush on Allen. Allen opperates the Armor Sherizad (sp?). Princess Milerna is in love with Allen and pretty much tags along on their mission to save Gaia. She riles Hitomi a bit by openly flirting with Allen. Yet again they eventually become friends. She is also the healer of the group. Myrl is a cat girl who follows Van around. They have been friends since childhood and she would do anything for him. She's playful and curious and doesn't trust Hitomi and Van alone together. Lord Folkan (sp?) working toward the renewal or destruction of Gaia? He is also searching for the lost power of Atlantis. Emperor Dornkirk, pulling the strings of the nation Zaibach. Folkan is his top henchman. He has created a machine that can change a person "luck" and he doesn't like it when the shadows of the "dragon" and the "girl from the mystic moon" draw near. Dilandow (sp?) He's, in my opinion, the psycho you love. I'm finding a lot of them lately. These crazy bloodthirsty guys that have tragic pasts that just grow on you and make cool additions to the cast. This is the spot that Dilandow fills. He's a bit crazy, a bit bloodthirsty, and quite tenacious. He has it out for Van and he opperates a red armor. These are the major characters, if I missed any others I apologize. But these characters are well developed and I enjoyed the animation style. The only complaint I have is the ending. I liked the ending of the movie better. But that's that. I highly recommend this series if you're into fantasy or just want a well rounded plot. I give it 9 out of 10.

Boma at 9:13 PM

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