Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea
Hitomi Kanzaki is just an ordinary high school student in present day Tokyo. However, she begins to feel a sense of incongruity in her meaningless daily life and loses the will to live. However, though she writes a will and resigns from the track team following an injury, she did not have the courage to commit suicide. She is easily irritated and even treats her concerned friend coldly. She just wants to disappear. Suddenly, a mysterious black-cloaked man appears and transports her to another world.
She is plunged into a world called Gaea, where a colossus called Escaflowne is seen as a god, and where it was prophesized that she would appear to save their world. She meets Van, whose country was destroyed when he was a child, Allen, who leads a group named Abaharaki, and Folken, who is attempting to destroy the world. They all wish to use Escaflowne to achieve their own goals and battle each other to gain posession of both Escaflowne and the legendary Wind Goddess, Hitomi.
Escaflowne (エスカフローネ Esukafurōne?) is an anime film produced by Sunrise and animated by Studio BONES. Directed by Kazuki Akane, the film is a re-telling of the twenty-six episode anime television series The Vision of Escaflowne. While the plot of the film has some similar elements to the original television series, the characters differ in varying degrees from the television counterparts, with many completely redesigned and bearing little resemblance to their original counterparts. The world of Gaea has a more Asian design than the heavily European influenced television series.
The film is licensed for Region 1 release by Bandai Entertainment, which gave the film a theatrical release on January 25, 2002. A CD soundtrack and two drama CDs have also been released in Japan by Victor Entertainment in relation to the series.