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Alt titles: Vision of Escaflowne

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Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.

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Escaflowne: The Movie Movie 2000 TBD

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Energist no Kioku: Tenkuu no Escaflowne - Komikku Ansoroji 1997 TBD
Name Role
Nobuteru YUKI Character Design
Kazuki AKANE Director
Hajime MIZOGUCHI Music
Yoko KANNO Music
Masahiko MINAMI Producer
Yumi MURASE Producer

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Escaflowne VivisQueen 8.5/10 Aug 27, 2007
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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

While reading "The Universe of the Four Gods", best friends Miaka and Yui are mysteriously transported into a strange world full of magic and unfamiliar faces. As if their arrival was determined by fate, Miaka is revered as the Priestess of Suzaku, the savior of their warring country, who was destined to arrived in a flash of light, from a land far away. Betrayal, love, and heartache accompany this fantasy-filled tale of friendships torn apart, and hope that never fades.

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if you like Escaflowne then you should like Fushigi Yûgi. they both got that a girl travels back in time. and meets the loves of thier lives. and alot of other friends. they both got this old fantasy kind of style. were everything is possible and can make all your dreams come true.

Vision of Escaflowne is a difficult title to recommend for due to the fact that it so effectively mixes so many different elements from both shoujo and shounen anime. Because of this, one can easily find anime that matches part of the show, but pinning down a show that matches the entire anime is more than a little difficult. At any rate, Fushigi Yuugi is an almost perfect fit... for part of Escaflowne. Essentially, if your favorite part of Escaflowne was the shoujo melodrama, then Fushigi Yuugi should be a perfect fit. However, if you preferred the mecha action, the absolute insanity of Dilandau or the general feeling of the new world, then this recommendation becomes much less credible. On the other side, if you enjoyed Fushigi Yuugi, then you're almost guaranteed to like *part* of Escaflowne. Either way, I make no guarantees, but the similarities between the two shows are too much to ignore.

Ok, fushigi yuugi was definitely a "girly" show. But thats now why im reccomending escaflowne. While it doesnt have a colorful cast of supporting characters each with different personalities and powers to guard someone, what it does have is good animation, nice fantasy elements, and some nice action mixed in with some pretty decent drama. Which is was fushigi yuugi was for the most part.
Though there are many similarities in the storylines, Vision of Escaflowne and Fushigi Yuugi aren't necessarily an obvious pair. The atmosphere in Fushigi Yuugi is quite different to Escaflowne's as are the characters. Still, there is much same in animation and themes, so even if it's not certain I WOULD think that a person liking one of these would like the other too.
These two series both feature a Japanese schoolgirl travelling to a mythic world and plot lines based heavily on romance with plenty of action and interesting characters. Fushigi Yuugi's mythic world is based on Chinese mythology, and Escaflowne's is a medieval-steampunk setting. Fushigi Yuugi, while it deals with mature themes like death and rape, generally has a lighter mood than Escaflowne (such as its super-deformed moments) and has a more comic style of art.

Both Fushigi Yugi and Escaflowne are epic tales of a girl being transported into another world full of magic and mystery. Both also include moments of romance and even a bit of comedy.


Both anime are about a girl attending high school who appears in another world and tries to save it. Both anime contain magic, action, predestination and romance.They both deal with the power of our wishes.


Fushigi Yugi and Escaflowne are very similar in the sense that a very pure hearted girl is suddenly sent to another world.  Both Hitomi and Miaka go through similar circumstances such as meeting a two handsome men and choosing between them, they both play huge roles in creating peace in their new worlds, and they miss their former world, family and friends.  The action is very different, but great in both cases, the fate of the world rests on their shoulders, and the love stories are so romantic.

If you loved Van in Escaflowne, you will love Tamahome from Fushigi Yugi (and vice versa).  Enough said!


Although seemingly different on the surface, both stories involve a young girl unexpectedly caught up in a different universe full of magic, with powers of her own that she wasn't even aware of before. Also, both animes involve a love triangle between the girl and 2 guys.


Fushigi Yugi and Escaflowne are very obvious recs for each other. They both share the girl-in-a-strange-land premise, but for two very different situations. The worlds they each travel to are not similar, but the feel of both shows is. If you enjoyed discovering a new land with one of these series- plan a trip with the other!

The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms

Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.

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Girl gets lost in another world, there are quite a few of those animes. But Escaflowne and Juuni Kokki manage to blend different genres into one piece. Escaflowne is a lot more romance/action, where Juuni Kokki is pretty serious and definitely aimed for a more adult audience.
Both of these series involve a Japanese high school girl journeying to a mystic land and taking part in epic struggles there. They are both fairly serious, although Escaflowne features plenty of shoujo romance whereas Junni is more fighting and politics oriented. Escaflowne takes place in a steampunk fantasy world, and Junni in a Chinese-mythology based world. Fans of action and fantasy-adventure, particularly with strong female protagonists, should enjoy both.

Both Escaflowne and Twelve Kingdoms involve a similar situation, where a girl from our world is transported to another realm full of magic and mystery.


Life in another world, a world that someone ordinary could never imagine; it's true that many of us have wished sometimes for such spectacular stories, something that is everything but ordinary. Both Escaflowne and Twelve Kingdoms share the same idea and yet are very different.


Juuni Kokki and Escaflowne are two entirely different stories, but have the same feel. Whiny little babies grow into mature characters, and the antagonists in both anime are virtually the same. They each deal with the fight against one's own humanity. In my opinion, Juuni Kokki pulls it off better, but I love both series.


Both stories revolve around the heroine traveling to another world in order to help others, while also acuratley portraying the struggles both characters have to endure in a world so unlike their own.


If you liked Escaflowne or The Twelve Kingdoms, I'd recommend checking the other one out. Both are somewhat epic in tone, have grand, well-conceived worlds, and involve a female central protagonist who has to discover a lot about herself. However, the big differences are that Twelve Kingdoms is far more character-focused and is more complex in terms of the political and cultural background of its fantasy world. Escaflowne takes a faster pace with romantic overtones... oh, and mecha! Finally, Yoko is more proactive and kick-arse, whilst Hitomi is a sad, passive observer. Other than that, though, if you genuinely want more rich, original fantasy worlds built upon the 'person in a strange world' premise, then either of these will be your next step.


Both shows look at a girl getting stranded in a new fantastical world and her struggle to adapt. Strong characterisation, and some deep political issues attract a more mature viewer.

The front for both Twelve Kingdoms and Escaflowne is the battling and action, however I think people will enjoy the shows for the darker story lying beneath.


If you like the idea of a girl being transported into another world and having to deal with the politics involved with being in this new land look no further than these 2 titles. 


Both have very determined and willful protagonists, although Escaflowne adheres much to the shoujo romance genre whereas Yohko is a split between wandering stranger in a strange land, sword woman, and leader.

They both start at with the same "setting" however, and have very interesting worlds. I heard Escaflowne had 12 episodes cut from it while it was on the air, which might explain why the ending started sounding pretty incomprehensible.

Twelve Kingdoms is a compilation of many character's stories, but my favorite is the Imperial Arc concerning Yohko.



Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.

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A girl suddenly draw into another world... suddenly far away from home and this world is filled with monsters. What would you do? Use your claws? ;) Inuyasha is the story of a half demon who from the moment a girl was brought into his world, was doomed to help her. Just like Van needs to help Hitomi who is also taken to another world against her will. Inuyasha is abit less romantic and dramatic than Escaflowne but still a close match. The only thing that can get boring in Inuyasha is the 100+ eps... its's pretty much the same thing going on all the way. But be sure to atleast watch some of the eps if you liked Escaflowne ^^
If you did like Escaflowne the you should deffently see Inuyasha. both got this girls that travels back in time to a fantasy world. meet the love of her life that will protect her against any evil that will harm her and she gets many new friends. both love stories are very cute and romantic. the boys don't whant to admit that they are in love but you can see it on their faces. and eventually they have no choise but to admit.
The initial resemblences of Escaflowne and Inuyasha are readily noticeable: the characters have similar relationships to one another. But from there, each series takes you to completely different worlds. If you liked Escaflowne, Inuyasha will have a similar emotional impact. But this is about the only thing they have in common, so don't feel like you can see one, and skip the other. BOTH of these series are brilliant, fascinating trips to alternate fantasy universes, and BOTH are Completely Necessary in any real Anime Fan's collection. Inu Yasha holds one of my Highest anime recommendations, for it's wonderful mix of action, comedy, and romance.
In Inuyasha a girl travels back in time, in Escaflowne she travels to another world. It's a pretty obvious connection. Both involve a lot of fighting as well. The biggest difference is that Escaflowne tends to romance, Inuyasha to comedy.

Both Escaflowne and InuYasha are about a young and fairly normal girl who finds herself suddenly caught up in the unbelievable world of magic, with a stubborn man mixed into the mix. Both stories focus on the magic, the girl's struggles to cope, and the love that inevitably blooms from it all.


In both series, a girl from our world is suddenly transported to another world, where she meets a boy, with whom she embarks on a long quest with.


Both of these series are about a young girl swept into a land of fantasy and wonder. She has the ability to see what others cannot, and uses this ability to aid a boy who is more than what he seems. With a band of fighters to aid them, and love issues causing drama, these are very similar stories. And with Sunrise animating both stories, the feel is quite similar. 

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Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic!

Gonzo does it again with this action-packed mecha comedy. She's an ordinary high school girl. He's a counterterror agent assigned to protect her from those who would steal the information locked in her mind. OK, so she's not so normal after all. Armored Slave battles and lovers' spats abound as Sousuke and his comrades try to track down the mysterious Gauln before it's too late.

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I see Escaflowne more of a fantasy version of Full Metal Panic, and not just because both have mecha, but I can even can see the same love-triangle in Escaflowne as in Full Metal Panic. Since escaflowne has less humor than full metal panic, the characters of the escaflowne characters can't be the same as the full metal panic ones. So in order to see this similar triangle: switch the genders of the characters and change the direction of the arrows of the triangle. As a last point: Both series hava a mayor bad guy, though the one in escaflowne is alot more oassive than the one in Full Metal Panic. Whole different seting, though if you liekd the mecha and the onesides love tirangle, check out Escaflowne. If you liked the little comedy in Escaflowne and liked the Mecha. Go for Full Metal Panic
Full Metal Panic is very similar to Escaflowne. A boy and girl look out for one another, while the boy fights the forces of evil in a giant mobile suit battle droid. If you liked the action in Escaflowne, you'll love Full Metal Panic. It's the perfect feel-good action/adventure/romance/comedy anime. FMP is one of my most highly recommended series.

Despite being so different at first sight, Escaflowne and FMP share a lot of similarities. Both have a romantic part, though in FMP it is more comedic. There is also mecha action, and a story with similar elements and build ups. After taking a deeper look into these, the main difference the two series have is that FMP is aimed more at a male audience, while Escaflowne is better for females.


If you enjoy a mix of romance and epic action then both Full Metal Panic! and Escaflowne are for you.  They have strong character development and fast-paced stories.  Also, they both include a healthy mix of drama and mecha battles.  Full Metal Panic! has excellent comedy, while Escaflowne sticks to more it's serious tone and story telling.


Both Escaflowne and FMP! have elements of fantasy, romance, and mechas. Both the protagonists are young girls that find they have some interesting abilities after they run into a man that is more action than romance. With plenty of fighting, romance, and intrigue, these two series compliment each other nicely. 

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Gundam Wing

Gundam Wing

The year is After Colony 195, and mankind is in the midst of a seemingly endless ongoing war between the Space Colonies and the ones who created them: the people of Earth. To give the Colonies the advantage, five mobile suits called Gundams were created. Equipped with enhanced technology and extremely talented young pilots, these are the ultimate machines of war. While Relena Peacecraft pleads for peace, Heero Yui leads the Gundams into the battle with Earth to attain it. As their personalities and visions clash, their goal is the same: freedom for all and peace at last.

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Relena and Hitomi are both normal high school girls who lead a normal life. Suddenly, the male character comes in from nowhere and changes their lives. As Van wants to keep the peace in his world, Heero wants to destroy whomever stands in the way of his mission. As time goes by, the main female characters will change the personalies of the leading male character and guide them to a new world. Anyone who likes an adventurous story with dangers at every turn will like both series.


Both Gundam Wing and Escaflowne are about a group of people fighting in a time of war to bring peace to their worlds. Also, both anime have mechas.


If you like mecha, you're going to love Escaflowne and Gundam Wing. They are full of action and drama, and have great fights between awesome robots.

Both are short series, but even if they weren't, the action in them won't let you get bored. Enjoy the wings in each series.


Other than the obvious of these two series being mech related. You find yourself compairing the one with the other. The main hero in both series carry the same attitude. As well there is a certain level of honor that is kept between the hero and main villian. In both series you have yourself a perfect blend of suspense, action and a touch of romance.


I would recommend one to the other because they both have mecha battles, and both stories revolved around a war. Furthermore each of these series has points where you are forced to see from other perspectives.

Also, both series have numerous Romantic scenes, and they both have plots to instigate some relationship or break some other relationship or create some conflict, etc... they are plenty of twists in each of them as well, though i will add, that these anime's were, in my opionion, geared for different audiences, I would still recommend one for someone who enjoyed the other