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Hitomi Hoshino, a 16-year-old high schooler with an interest in mysticism, experiences strange dreams at night. A mysterious temple, a tremendous jewel, a shadowy prince - the images trouble her, and a strange incantation keeps echoing in her mind. During a simple fortune-telling one day Hitomi feels a magical pull, and in a shocking moment the dream incantation drags her Hitomi Hoshino, a 16-year-old high schooler with an interest in mysticism, experiences strange dreams at night. A mysterious temple, a tremendous jewel, a shadowy prince - the images trouble her, and a strange incantation keeps echoing in her mind. During a simple fortune-telling one day Hitomi feels a magical pull, and in a shocking moment the dream incantation drags her from her body. She wakes up in a strange world where the Earth hangs in the sky and a headstrong prince asks her to power his god. Where is she? Why has she been transported? And will she really be able to wake the deity Escaflowne?


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Hitomi Hoshino, a 16-year-old high schooler with an interest in mysticism, experiences strange dreams at night. A mysterious temple, a tremendous jewel, a shadowy prince - the images trouble her, and a strange incantation keeps echoing in her mind. During a simple fortune-telling one day Hitomi feels a magical pull, and in a shocking moment the dream incantation drags her Hitomi Hoshino, a 16-year-old high schooler with an interest in mysticism, experiences strange dreams at night. A mysterious temple, a tremendous jewel, a shadowy prince - the images trouble her, and a strange incantation keeps echoing in her mind. During a simple fortune-telling one day Hitomi feels a magical pull, and in a shocking moment the dream incantation drags her from her body. She wakes up in a strange world where the Earth hangs in the sky and a headstrong prince asks her to power his god. Where is she? Why has she been transported? And will she really be able to wake the deity Escaflowne?

30 review for The Vision of Escaflowne, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    I am somewhat certain that this series - or perhaps the anime it is based on - is famous. Well, probably, at least, since I recognize the name and I'm not exactly the most knowledgeable of manga readers. If it is, I have a simple question. Why? The basic plot is mundane, made distinct only by the sheer stupidity of it. Ordinary girl is magically summoned to a planet where war is waged with giant robots. Fuck. I should have stayed away the moment I spotted the mecha on the cover. Once there she meets t I am somewhat certain that this series - or perhaps the anime it is based on - is famous. Well, probably, at least, since I recognize the name and I'm not exactly the most knowledgeable of manga readers. If it is, I have a simple question. Why? The basic plot is mundane, made distinct only by the sheer stupidity of it. Ordinary girl is magically summoned to a planet where war is waged with giant robots. Fuck. I should have stayed away the moment I spotted the mecha on the cover. Once there she meets the Goooooood Peeeeeeeplz, who are promptly attacked so the author doesn't have to worry about developing their country at all. The asshole who is their prince forces Girl (who is enough of a non-character I have zero problem not calling her by her name) to power his giant robot, which he has almost no fucking idea how to fly but somehow thinks will defeat the enemy ALL BY ITSELF. Apparently Girl is necessary to power the robot. Of course, the enemy's robots don't need people like her, which begs the question of why a country would keep a SINGLE mecha which required special handlers instead of building MORE mechas that don't to fight the invaders that they've known were coming for years. I'm probably supposed to rationalize that by saying "well, Escaflowne is so powerful they didn't need to build others" but the fact that no one can ACCESS its power kind of puts the kibosh on that. Oh god, and then there's the art. If you can call it that. Imagine little finger quotes around that word. Go look at the cover for a moment. The interior of the book is worse. All the characters have the most ridiculous costume designs - I don't care enough to find a picture, so I'll just tell you that Girl is always wearing skirts short beyond all logic, and that everyone else has enormous poofy shoulders and what I can only assume are codpieces. Except for the queen, who just has a bizarre dress and some funky cone-things attached to her hair. In summation: an uninteresting and uninspired plot line, art that hurts the eyes, and characters who aren't really characterized at all. I considered reading the rest for the sake of lowering my average rating, but I can't. I just can't. There is some small similarity between this and Fushigi Yugi, in the 'ordinary schoolgirl brought to different world to save it' part, but FY is definitely more fun - and the art is miles better. Coming from someone who wasn't too wild about FY, that should tell you how disgusted I was with The Vision of Escaflowne.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tomoe Hotaru

    blog | goodreads So take this with a grain of salt because my opinion is greeeaaatly tainted by the movie (which I had just recently watched), and so this is more a review of the animated film than the manga. I read the (Indonesian) translated manga years ago, and was not into the artistic style at all , so I never continued the series. I watched the movie because I was curious about the plot. BAD IDEA. The movie is utter and complete SHIT. Okay, so I watched the dubbed version, and the original blog | goodreads So take this with a grain of salt because my opinion is greeeaaatly tainted by the movie (which I had just recently watched), and so this is more a review of the animated film than the manga. I read the (Indonesian) translated manga years ago, and was not into the artistic style at all , so I never continued the series. I watched the movie because I was curious about the plot. BAD IDEA. The movie is utter and complete SHIT. Okay, so I watched the dubbed version, and the original might be better, but it irrationally enraged me. Let's start with the main character, Hitomi Kanzaki. I totally get she's supposed to have depression (which was what initially attracted me to the manga in the first place), so it makes sense if she comes across as listless, despairing, not-so-proactive, etc. But damn if she didn't annoy the hell out of me. Not because of the above traits, but because she's basically the most useless character in the history of comic book characters -- ever . Her entire purpose breaks down to providing the male lead, Van Fanel, with a "will to live" of his own. Her whole arc revolved around him. I expected her to develop by the end of the manga/movie. Not "cured" of her depression -- but at least finding a way to cope, finding a new purpose that is independent of men. Nope. The cheesy ending was cringeworthy, and unhealthy. A romance between two people with deep depression and using each other to prop up their lives? That's where destructive relationships come from. One needs to work on one's self before they jump into a relationship trying to "heal" one another. And final thing. This is specifically for the movie (not the manga). The (English) voice actress for Hitomi? Fuck you. Great job making her sound like a whiny, breathless teen. If that was the character arc the producers were going for, then it was an EXCELLENT job. Practically every. single. line of dialogue she had, was either her CALLING HIS NAME, or saying something AND TACKING HIS NAME ONTO THE DIALOGUE. Van? Is that you, Vaaan? Where did you go, VAAAWWWN? The way she says his name. VAAWWNN. Her freaking drawled out words and over-enunciation. Like she's constantly having an orgasm. Like I said. It irrationally ENRAGES me. I want to punch a duck. "

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Reading this was NOT a good idea... The Vision of Escaflowne is one of my favorite animes. Yes, it’s a little barfy at times (all the love triangles ugh), and it would have been better if they had been able to make all 39 episodes instead of ending the series at episode 26, but it’s a really neat tale about a girl growing up and facing her demons. I guess. This story is a completely different story and both main characters are just dumb. There’s no reason for me to like Van or Hitomi, and honestl Reading this was NOT a good idea... The Vision of Escaflowne is one of my favorite animes. Yes, it’s a little barfy at times (all the love triangles ugh), and it would have been better if they had been able to make all 39 episodes instead of ending the series at episode 26, but it’s a really neat tale about a girl growing up and facing her demons. I guess. This story is a completely different story and both main characters are just dumb. There’s no reason for me to like Van or Hitomi, and honestly, I don’t care about their story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chrissi-chan

    "The Vision of absolute, disastrous, terrible, dire and hideous rubbish" is more like it ¬__¬ This is.. an appalling manga. The artwork is horrible in every sense of the word - messy, with far too many lines, completely impossible to dicern at times (gundams + rocks in this artstyle = no comprehension of where anything is ¬__¬) - the character designs are vulgar and the characters themselves aren't much better. Hitomi should die, Allen Schezar should die, Dilandau should die, in fact, the only c "The Vision of absolute, disastrous, terrible, dire and hideous rubbish" is more like it ¬__¬ This is.. an appalling manga. The artwork is horrible in every sense of the word - messy, with far too many lines, completely impossible to dicern at times (gundams + rocks in this artstyle = no comprehension of where anything is ¬__¬) - the character designs are vulgar and the characters themselves aren't much better. Hitomi should die, Allen Schezar should die, Dilandau should die, in fact, the only character with an ounce of 'character' about him is the prince, who's only redeeming feature is his mild wit and lack of stature. And who knows what the actual story is ^__^;; In short, this was one of the worst birthday presents I ever received xD thank goodness my friends also thought to buy me Saiyuki v.1 because otherwise I might have given up on manga forever ^__^

  5. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    Oh God, where to start? If you enjoyed the anime series or the movie, STAY AWAY! In fact, just stay away in general. Compared to the beauty of art, story, and characters of the anime and movie, this manga is full of fail. Vaan's been reduced to an ass that has an obsession with his height (or lack there of). Hitomi's been transformed to a mousy girl who's only purpose is to get naked, go blond and busty, and power a robot. In fact, except for the robot, nothing about this Vision of Escaflowne resem Oh God, where to start? If you enjoyed the anime series or the movie, STAY AWAY! In fact, just stay away in general. Compared to the beauty of art, story, and characters of the anime and movie, this manga is full of fail. Vaan's been reduced to an ass that has an obsession with his height (or lack there of). Hitomi's been transformed to a mousy girl who's only purpose is to get naked, go blond and busty, and power a robot. In fact, except for the robot, nothing about this Vision of Escaflowne resembles the anime or movie. The manga version should be avoided at all cost. Watch the anime or the movie.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Fletcher-spear

    Not really like the anime. Not only are the character designs off putting, but there's none of that lovely Yoko Kanno music. Not really like the anime. Not only are the character designs off putting, but there's none of that lovely Yoko Kanno music.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    I really can't understand the hate for this - I really liked it, although I am unfamiliar with the anime which I hear is a completely different entity - Unusually, the anime came first and this manga is based on the concept to expand the themes and universe but explore different ways it could have gone - a very bold move and clearly upsetting a lot of fans judging by all the 1 star reviews! So we have a 16 year old high school girl transported to a historical world with various warring kingdoms - I really can't understand the hate for this - I really liked it, although I am unfamiliar with the anime which I hear is a completely different entity - Unusually, the anime came first and this manga is based on the concept to expand the themes and universe but explore different ways it could have gone - a very bold move and clearly upsetting a lot of fans judging by all the 1 star reviews! So we have a 16 year old high school girl transported to a historical world with various warring kingdoms - where she is to be an energist of one kingdom - to power their mech god Escaflowne. So far its like Fushigi Yugi meets Evangelion - both series I really like and the fusion here, mixed with some well developed characters is quite cool. The artwork is very 80's in look and reminds me of Kazushi Hagiwara's style on Bastard!! Personally I'm a big fan of this BESM, big hair and shoulder-pad look, but it feels much older than it is and I can see why people don't like it - it's unsophisticated compared to a lot of other manga at this time. Still the retro look and plot works for me and on the strength of this i will definitely seek out more volumes and the anime.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Guzman

    Hitomi a highschool girl gets transported to the land of Fanelia in the middle of a war which is fought by giant armored knight mecha. I have not seen the anime so this was not bad for me. Story wise it was okay and it has thevsame old formula of a girl/boy being whisked away to a strange world and the only other thing was that the character of Prince Van was very annoying. The art work is pretty cool though and I did enjoy the mecha knight designs. I picked up the entire manga series so I will Hitomi a highschool girl gets transported to the land of Fanelia in the middle of a war which is fought by giant armored knight mecha. I have not seen the anime so this was not bad for me. Story wise it was okay and it has thevsame old formula of a girl/boy being whisked away to a strange world and the only other thing was that the character of Prince Van was very annoying. The art work is pretty cool though and I did enjoy the mecha knight designs. I picked up the entire manga series so I will see if it gets any better.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    On a planet far away, where giant robots fight the wars between ambitious rival factions, an Earth teen holds the secret to the greatest power source ever known. This is high fantasy with a definate sci-fi feel... and giant killer robots!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Well this isn't like the tv show at all, very 90s shounen. Meh. Well this isn't like the tv show at all, very 90s shounen. Meh.

  11. 5 out of 5

    intrepideddie

    I was looking forward to a good mecha manga when I got this book, and I was sorely, sorely disappointed. There's mecha in it and they do look cool, but the book as a whole was awful. The artwork was average (at best) and the story could have been pretty good, but the Prince Van character made me want to gouge out my eyes. I understand that his character is supposed to be a whiny, hot-headed, self-centered punk, but they take it waaaaay too far. Almost every single page is filled with his juvenile I was looking forward to a good mecha manga when I got this book, and I was sorely, sorely disappointed. There's mecha in it and they do look cool, but the book as a whole was awful. The artwork was average (at best) and the story could have been pretty good, but the Prince Van character made me want to gouge out my eyes. I understand that his character is supposed to be a whiny, hot-headed, self-centered punk, but they take it waaaaay too far. Almost every single page is filled with his juvenile diatribes. It was so distracting that it seemed as if more pages were dedicated to his whining rather than telling the story. Maybe it gets better with subsequent books, but I don't think I can bring myself to pick up another one to find out. One last bit of info: the book is targeted at teens and contains a bit of foul language and hints at nudity and sexual situations. Though I can't imagine that even teens would want to read this stuff.

  12. 5 out of 5

    inaword

    Maybe I would have liked this more if I had never seen the anime this manga was based on. But I've been a fan of the anime for years and if the rest of the manga series is like this first volume than it does not even come close to how good the anime is. The art is definitely not the best, the characters are barely recognizable (both in design and personality), and the story is very confusing and hard to follow. I don't think this manga is supposed to be a direct adaptation of the anime series (it Maybe I would have liked this more if I had never seen the anime this manga was based on. But I've been a fan of the anime for years and if the rest of the manga series is like this first volume than it does not even come close to how good the anime is. The art is definitely not the best, the characters are barely recognizable (both in design and personality), and the story is very confusing and hard to follow. I don't think this manga is supposed to be a direct adaptation of the anime series (it really can't be since the story is so different), so the different story is probably to be expected, but the new story is very similar to the original story and the original story is so much better. In short, you probably won't like this if you're a fan of the original anime series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Misa Niranon

    Off topic from this series but I'm currently just letting my autoplay on Youtube just go through JackSepticeye videos until I've seen an old one. Wow. We're starting to get back there. We're now in 2015 and Sean doesn't have green hair. HAHAHA. Whoa. Baby. Okay, I read the before thing in the manga and it read that this version was going to be a lot different from another version as well as the anime. I kind of remember the anime just a bit but I didn't get too far in it. The characters are sort Off topic from this series but I'm currently just letting my autoplay on Youtube just go through JackSepticeye videos until I've seen an old one. Wow. We're starting to get back there. We're now in 2015 and Sean doesn't have green hair. HAHAHA. Whoa. Baby. Okay, I read the before thing in the manga and it read that this version was going to be a lot different from another version as well as the anime. I kind of remember the anime just a bit but I didn't get too far in it. The characters are sort of familiar but I'm not sure. I'll eventually get to the anime. For now, the story seems pretty interesting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got this manga because I really like the anime (I LOVED it when I was in college). I think I will stick with the anime. This is the shonen version as evidenced by the fact that Hitomi wears a frilly bathing suit, except for the few times she is naked. The story is a little different than the anime and there is a publishers note (warning perhaps?) about that at the beginning of the volume. The artwork was okay, although there were a couple of times I had to look closely to distinguish the objec I got this manga because I really like the anime (I LOVED it when I was in college). I think I will stick with the anime. This is the shonen version as evidenced by the fact that Hitomi wears a frilly bathing suit, except for the few times she is naked. The story is a little different than the anime and there is a publishers note (warning perhaps?) about that at the beginning of the volume. The artwork was okay, although there were a couple of times I had to look closely to distinguish the objects.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I think the only good thing I can say about this was that it's different. Unfortunately, it's too different from the show for my liking; even though that was the intention. I didn't like how Van was portrayed, Allen was pretty much the same, and Hitomi was too whiny and I didn't like the artwork for her. I'm still unsure whether I'll pick up the second one, the storyline intrigued me enough that I would look past the character flaws. I think the only good thing I can say about this was that it's different. Unfortunately, it's too different from the show for my liking; even though that was the intention. I didn't like how Van was portrayed, Allen was pretty much the same, and Hitomi was too whiny and I didn't like the artwork for her. I'm still unsure whether I'll pick up the second one, the storyline intrigued me enough that I would look past the character flaws.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fernando Morales

    The anime is just so much better than the books. It kinda funny cause it's one of those situation are reversed where they took a POC manga, and made a successful anime out of it. Infact I can read this books and be like...wait...wait...how did you get that from THIS? ----- I been watching the anime again after a few years I had to come back and give this a one star review. This is such crap...if good reads had a negative star I would have given it to this. The anime is just so much better than the books. It kinda funny cause it's one of those situation are reversed where they took a POC manga, and made a successful anime out of it. Infact I can read this books and be like...wait...wait...how did you get that from THIS? ----- I been watching the anime again after a few years I had to come back and give this a one star review. This is such crap...if good reads had a negative star I would have given it to this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ísabel

    I really liked the anime, but the manga looks too cluttered - perhaps I just can't stand the fight scenes, particularly when I can't follow what's going on exactly, who fights who etc. The overall mood of the anime (or of the movie) did not transfer to this take of the Escaflowne story, which I had hoped for. I really liked the anime, but the manga looks too cluttered - perhaps I just can't stand the fight scenes, particularly when I can't follow what's going on exactly, who fights who etc. The overall mood of the anime (or of the movie) did not transfer to this take of the Escaflowne story, which I had hoped for.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Another sad example why anime to manga adaptations are in general a poor idea. Very rarely will you find a case of an anime being turned into a manga with success. Sadly this is an illustration of another failed attempt. While it may find a better reception among those who never have seen the original content of the anime, I still in good conscience can not recommend it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This has some of the great characters we love: Hitomi, Alan, Van and some new characters we never met in the tv series. The art is full of action and keeps you turning the pages. We get the magic of Escaflowne and the threat of war from Zaibach. I enjoyed it. (Tokyo Pop rated this OT: older teen 16+)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    I can't say I'm all that fond of any of the characters thus far, but I love mysticism and medieval settings and wars and the like so I'm excited to see where this goes. The characters have time to grow. I have not seen the anime yet, and reading through the other reviews on here, I think I'll hold off on that until I've finished the manga series. I can't say I'm all that fond of any of the characters thus far, but I love mysticism and medieval settings and wars and the like so I'm excited to see where this goes. The characters have time to grow. I have not seen the anime yet, and reading through the other reviews on here, I think I'll hold off on that until I've finished the manga series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan Ridl

    I chose to read this because I love the anime series. However, this manga bears absolutely no resemblance to the anime what-so-ever. The story is rushed and not fully explained. I couldn't bring myself to read past book 2. Just... don't. I chose to read this because I love the anime series. However, this manga bears absolutely no resemblance to the anime what-so-ever. The story is rushed and not fully explained. I couldn't bring myself to read past book 2. Just... don't.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Magenta Cooly

    Well, it's hard to say what I thought about this book. I couldn't help but picture the anime series, which I really loved. It was okay, I guess, I mean...I would read it again, just not any time soon. Well, it's hard to say what I thought about this book. I couldn't help but picture the anime series, which I really loved. It was okay, I guess, I mean...I would read it again, just not any time soon.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I picked this up with a fairly open mind and I wasn't disappointed. I only regret not picking it up sooner considering it near enough ticks all my boxes! I look forward to reading the next volume... I picked this up with a fairly open mind and I wasn't disappointed. I only regret not picking it up sooner considering it near enough ticks all my boxes! I look forward to reading the next volume...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    I am quite torn about reviewing this one because I love the anime and while the manga isn't as good, I can't just give it a lower rating. It's Escaflowne! I just can't. This is one of the few instances in which I'd recommend not reading the manga but watching the anime instead. I am quite torn about reviewing this one because I love the anime and while the manga isn't as good, I can't just give it a lower rating. It's Escaflowne! I just can't. This is one of the few instances in which I'd recommend not reading the manga but watching the anime instead.

  25. 5 out of 5

    -FROZEN-

    Not good. Nothing like the anime.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melumebelle

    WOOOOOOT.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zeara

    A very interesting story that quickly caught my attention. A little hard to follow at times I found ,but overall worth reading.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pepper

    i love escaflowne. i wish i can rewatch the anime ><

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pam Bendicion

    the climax is not really good. -_-

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Escaflowne is my favorite anime series. I wanted to love this manga adaptation. The English translation is poor in my opinion. One of the reasons I had a difficult time enjoying it, actually.

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