For many people, myself included, Fox Kids’ version of Escaflowne
was their introduction to the series. This version, produced for
American TV, is largely disliked due to the many edits made. The
cut version however holds a special place in my heart, and because
of this I wished to create a small space for information about it
so there could be at least one place where it is appreciated for
introducing so many people to this beautiful series, and giving
them a chance to experience it at least in some way.
Escaflowne was licensed in 1998 by Bandai Entertainment (then
Anime Village) for American home release. They produced 8 subbed
VHS which were sold separately as well as in a boxset. Plans to
release the series on DVD followed in 1999, for release in early
2000, that would include an English dub. During this time Escaflowne
was being ‘shopped around to TV stations’ in the hopes
of an American broadcast. Fox eventually bought the rights, beating
out other broadcasters, and announced that they would start to air
Escaflowne as part of their Saturday morning lineup in 2000. Due
to the upcoming broadcast, Bandai Entertainment decided to delay
their home release, pushing it back to October rather than the June
release it previously had in order to build up the audience.
When it was revealed that Fox would be showing Escaflowne many
people started to worry about what they would do to it. In response
DVDfile conducted an interview with Jerry Chu, a Bandai Entertainment
Producer, in the hopes of alleviating some of the fear fans had.
The interview stated that Escaflowne would see minimal changes when
it aired on Fox. Even so, using the dub created for the home release,
Fox edited Escaflowne to comply with American broadcast standerds.
They also asked for some replacement lines, which they were granted,
but they were unable to produce a new dub themselves.
Although Fox wished to change the background music, both Bandai
Entertainment and Sunrise refused to allow them. However new pieces
were produced by Inon Zur
to fill the stretches of silence and the original score was moved
around too. In addition to this, a new opening
was also created by Zur in place of Yakusoku wa Iranai.
In contrast the ending was omitted entirely.
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Fox however stopped showing Escaflowne after only 9 episodes.
Although many people say Fox canceled Escaflowne due to poor ratings,
no official source has ever confirmed this.
ratings for Escaflowne were considered acceptable for the timeslot,
though not quite what Fox had been hoping they'd be. Still the show
was put on indefinite ‘hold’ and never reappeared [x]
Despite this, YTV in Canada and Fox Kids/Jetix in the UK both showed
the Fox Kids' version in it’s entirety, ending the series with ‘Fateful
Only four volumes of the Fox Kids version of Escaflowne were
released. Like with the uncut version a promotion
for Hitomi’s tarot cards was included, what became of this once
they canceled the release I do not know. Despite the series being taken off air at episode 10 in America the VHS tapes include up to episode 14.
All titles and synopsis' are copied directly from YTV's website, and all errors are attributed to them.
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