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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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Escaflowne: The Movie Movie 2000 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
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
Vision of Escaflowne VivisQueen 8.5/10 Aug 27, 2007

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Escaflowne Anigav 9/10 Aug 23, 2013
Vision of Escaflowne Anigav 9/10 Aug 23, 2013
Escaflowne FullmetalCowboy24 9.7/10 Mar 22, 2013
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teikinn stalled Escaflowne at 26 of 26 episodes

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...

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Lookin for more excellent mech battles? The great Gundams present a host of mobile suit battles in deep outerspace. If you liked the action in Escaflowne, you may like Gundam Seed also!

While on the surface these two anime may seem very different, under the surface are elements that connect the two together. In many ways both are about the horrors of war, and look at war through the eyes of inexperienced youths (Hitomi and Van in Escaflowne and Kira and co. in SEED). There is also a focus on relationships in both, although I would say that Escaflowne places a greater emphasis on that, and that SEED is focused more on action. To further complicate relationships, both feature a main character struggling with a loved one being on the enemy side. Not to mention that both anime involve mecha battles, but the style indicates the background of the anime (fantasy in Escaflowne, space in SEED). While fans of one may not like the other given the setting and slightly reversed emphasis, giving it a try may produce good results.


Gundam SEED is diffrent from Escaflowne in many ways but simmilar in so many more. They both are mecha but do not just focus on combat and action. They both go deep into charaterization and have charaters that you get attached to. Gundam SEED is focused on science fiction instead Escaflowne which seemed to have much more fantasy. Over all if you enjoyed Escaflowne definitly check out Gundam SEED and vice versa.


Escaflowne and Gundam Seed are similar because they both contain plenty of mecha action without sacrificing character development. Gundam Seed  does have some romance but not as much as Escaflowne. I think that if you enjoy action but still want a good story then you should give this one a try.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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Escaflowne and Evangelion feature some pretty messed up characters that can't tell up from down. You'll find yourself constantly asking what's wrong with a few of the characters, but otherwise the action in both keeps the stories rolling.


Do you like crazy people in non traditional mecha? Both of these anime have got that. Actually though, the storylines are somewhat similar in their epic level of scale, emotional connections between characters, and battles for destiny.


Each of these series had very odd characters that were twisted and both incorporated mecha battles into a concept of Armageddon in order to restore everything to a better more perfect design.

Both are fairly slow paced, dramatic, and deep storylines that may cause the viewer to analyze metaphysical concepts of the world


Did someone say plot twists? Look no further than these two animes. Both of these animes have an interesting take on mechas and a rather mind-bending plot. With a heavy dose of emotional issues, the characters are also pretty similar in both animes. 

Scrapped Princess

Scrapped Princess

The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of a newborn child, and so she lived. Fifteen years later, her adopted brother and sister have sworn to protect her, and together they travel from town to town, searching for a life she can't have.

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Maybe a bit an unexpected recommendation, but the first series I thought of when thinikng about Escaflowne was without doubt Scrapped princess. Probably due the latter episodes, where dragons appear, similar like excaflowne. The setting of both series is in a fantasy world. If you like "mecha" and fantasy, go for Escaflowne. If you like comedy and fantsay, dont hestitate to check out Scrapped Princess

Both Scrapped Princess and Escaflowne succeed in one thing: You don't want to stop once you've started. These are both filled with mystique and great character interaction and development. The story is intense and there are always things happening and there really aren't any filler episodes. Nice and interresting anime set in a pre-modern era with a lot of feelings in it.


Scrapped Princess is an adventurous story with typical goods and evils. Just like Escaflowne, the character development is excellent. 


Escaflowne and Scrapped Princess share a similar feeling. Both combine several elements like comedy, adventure, action and even a bit of romance. But the parts that make these two really worthy for a recommendation are the characters and the story telling. When entering the characters and living with them throughout the story you get the same feelings (hope, pain, ...).

El-Hazard: The Magnificent World

El-Hazard: The Magnificent World

Ever been mistaken for a member of the opposite sex? For Makoto, this embarassing situation becomes reality when he and two classmates are inadvertently transported to a magical world full of castles, royalty, and giant armored bugs. There, he is mistaken for Fatora, a missing princess, and quickly becomes entangled in a seven day quest to find her, all the while fending off female advances and trying to clear his name!

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Escaflowne and El-Hazard are anime in which the barriers of a dimension are crossed and the characters are thrown into an unknown world. If you were a fan of one, you would enjoy the other.

If you did like Escaflowne then you should see El Hazard. both series got this travel to another world team. both series conatins magic but Escaflowne got this armor suits thing and lovely wings spredding while El Hazard don't. In Escaflowne there is a girl that has the main character while in El Hazard it is a boy. In Escaflowne it alot more love (a cut little love storie) than there is in El Hazard. they fight more in Escaflowne too then they are doing in El Hazard.
BOth series are aout characters warped into a fantasy world and in both series they are trying to find a way back. THough the main difference between the teo series is that in El Hazard you got more the feeling that you are in a fantasy world, because of talking bug and is more comedy oriented. Escaflowne contains alot more character development, "mecha", though has graphics you'll-need-to-get-used too.

Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth

MKR is a Clamp anime about three girls who are taken from Tokyo during a school field trip, and transported into a fantasy world. Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuzaaki, and Fuu Hououji must fight a slew of enemies, overcome trials and tribulations, and face their inner demons to save Cephiro, a wonderfully detailed world, from a dastardly evil and powerful Priest, Zagato.

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Another "out of this world" adventure, complete with giant robots and a fantasy setting. Similar, but different enough to stand on its own.

Magical Knights Rayearth and The Vision of Escaflowne both have characters that pulled from the "real" world to a fantasy one. That's a very common theme though, the interesting thing about both series is instead of just being pure fantasy realms, they involve fantasy mecha and other technology like airships. Rayearth is more comedic until the end when it turns quite dark, while Escaflowne is more dark all the way through. That said, if you like fantasy style mecha, both are good choices.


Both anime have seemingly normal school girls transported to a parallel universe to aid in the insuing chaos with a particular planet. They feature mecha, action, adventure, and comedy (though the latter may apply more to MKR than Escaflowne).

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