We hadn’t done an anime in a long time, and it was apparently for good reason. It took us forever to watch this!
Escaflowne is an odd mish-match of shojo and shonen elements with genres like fantasy, mechas, and romance all thrown into one big bowl and mixed around to varying degrees of success. The story follows a typical Japanese high school girl named Hitomi Kanzaki. Hitomi is fond giving tarot card readings and running track. One day a mysterious boy with a sword shows up, and she’s suddenly transported to the fantasy world of Gaia. There her tarot card readings becoming very accurate and she’s thrust into an epic war.
We remembered this show being better, for some reason. It’s not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainty didn’t hold up to scrutiny ten years after our original viewing.