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Escaflowne Vol 4: Past And Present

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Content rating: 8
Posted 2003-09-03 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-10-01 04:52:00

Some thoughts on this, the fourth disc in the series, containing episodes twelve to fourteen.

  • Hitomi is tormented by her visions: the image of the Zaibach spy's death comes to her over and over. She finds that her gifts come with a stiff payment. I agree. Being able to see the future would certainly not be all fun and games. Imagine seeing a car accident in which your brother is killed. So far, Hitomi has been able to prevent death from claiming Van -- but can she keep it up?
  • She is also greatly upset when Van and the others turn to her for help in the struggle against the Zaibach Empire. "I'm not a tool!" she shouts, "I'm just an ordinary girl." Again, her emotions ring true. But this time, I think I'd sit her down and tell her, "Yes, you are. You didn't ask for this. But look at Van, and Allen, and -- more to the point -- Prince Chid. They didn't ask for any of this either, yet they go out and risk their lives to protect the ones they love." At the level this little group is playing, everyone is a tool. Not very nice, but that's the way it is.
  • Being a member of the ruling family must be really tough (if you take your responsibilities seriously). The Duke of Freid's strategy involved sacrificing hundreds or thousands of his people to protect a valuable treasure ... yet within days, he decides to give up the treasure to Zaibach. Ooops. I'll bet he wishes he could have seen this inevitable outcome sooner.
  • More Star Wars parallels: the Ispano clan (the makers of Escaflowne) are satisfyingly like Jawas, even down to the size of their transport. Excellent.
  • The connection between Van and Escaflowne reminds me of the relationship between Leto II and the sandtrout in Children of Dune. Will Leto's fate be Van's, too? I hope not.
  • When the chips are down, Dilandau is a coward. Somehow, I'm not surprised.
  • Kanno's score fits the action in the big battle perfectly. Crank the volume as the Duke makes his stand.

Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, JVC 27-inch TV, stereo speakers

Content: 8 Video: 7 Sound: 9 Packaging: 6 Menu: 6

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Other reviews of this disc:
Escaflowne Vol 4: Past And Present by CmdrTaco (Rating: 7.80)
There's that term "Epic" that you hear thrown around from time to time. To me what that means is that the story is bigger then itself. Its like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Where there is a believable mythology... a whole world...(continues)
Content: 9 Video: 8 Sound: 8 Packaging: 7 Menu: 7

Escaflowne Vol 4: Past And Present by rgmoore (Rating: 8.20)

For a lot of shows, the halfway mark seems to be something of a make-or-break point. They can either remain satisfied with being fun and entertaining or take a step up and turn into something a bit more. Disk 4 of Escaflowne takes on...(continues)

Content: 9 Video: 8 Sound: 8 Packaging: 8 Menu: 8

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