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    Hitomi Kanzaki
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Kelly Sheridan (Ocean Group), Caitlin Glass (Funimation) (English), Ilaria Latini (Italian), Julia Meynen (German), Pilar Morales (Catalan, series and Spain, movie), and Alma Wilhelme (Latin America)

The heroine and focus character of the series. Hitomi was just a normal high school student with a schoolgirl crush on her track team sempai Amano when a string of events leaves her stranded on Gaea. To add to her problems, her latent psychic abilities (manifesting before only as hunches and surprisingly accurate Tarot readings) begin to explode in power, frequently barraging her with disturbing images of what is to come.

  • Action Survivor: Being on the track team sure comes in handy when you have to do things like, say, leaping six meters across a gaping chasm to save Van.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the movie, she suffers from depression bordering on suicidal feelings.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: To Van in Episode 1 (seen), and later in Episode 19 (not shown, but implied).
  • Boyish Short Hair: Probably to indicate her athleticism.
  • But Now I Must Go: Hitomi goes back to Earth at the end of the series.
  • The Chosen One: In the movie.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: What's actually behind the accuracy of her fortune-telling. Her talisman is an Atlantean artifact that can change fate, realizing the dreams of its user. However, her anxiety always makes her imagine bad fates. Yes, whenever she predicted a disaster, she actually made it happen.
  • Death Is Cheap: Hitomi actually dies twice in the series for several minutes.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: Hitomi chooses to go back to Earth while Van stays behind on Gaea to help his world heal from the war it just endured.
  • Generic Cuteness: Has rather plain looks, which once or twice trouble her.
  • Hair Antennae: Symbolizes her sunny disposition (and is not present in The Movie version where she is an Emo Teen, except in a childhood flashback)
  • Identical Granddaughter: She and her grandmother Yuri (when the latter was younger, that is) look exactly alike. Appearance-wise, the young Yuri was basically a long-haired Hitomi. The name Yuri is from the manga but is applied to the anime as well.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Van, since he is a half Draconian.
  • Joshikousei: She wears her very cute uniform like, 70% of the time.
  • Love Epiphany: After she is briefly sent back to Earth, Hitomi finally realizes that the one she really loves is Van.
  • Loving a Shadow: Hitomi's crush on Allen is based on the fact that he looks, acts, and even sounds like her beloved Amano-sempai.
  • Magic Skirt: The animators were explicitly instructed to keep away from giving her any Panty Shots.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Her pendant, given to her by her late grandmother.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Varie explains that Hitomi's anxiety amplifies the worst possible outcomes of her tarot readings.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: A completely normal schoolgirl who ends up Trapped in Another World.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Subverted, as it's hinted that she joined her school's track team because she had a huge crush on the team captain Susumu Amano rather than her love of sports. Her running skills do come handy later in the story, though.
  • Physical God: By the end of the series, Hitomi is practically this. She is able to not just predict, but directly alter the future on a whim. Because of this, she cannot stay in Gaea and returns to Earth.
  • Plucky Girl: Starts as a Girl Next Door, then must develop a stronger will as time passes. Eventually, she becomes a textbook example of this trope.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Her ability to see into the future, via Tarot Cards, often has this effect on her afterwards. It's eventually revealed that both the duration and the severity of her fainting spells is determined by her emotional state. Meaning, the greater her anxiety, the greater its toll on her following her vision; not to mention the part about her anxiety making those visions come true!
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Hitomi's visions are not set in stone — it's her anxiety over them that makes them come true.

    Van Slanzar de Fanel
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki and Yoshiko Kamei [child] (Japanese), Kirby Morrow (Ocean Group), Aaron Dismuke (Funimation) (English), Fabrizio Manfredi (Italian), Bjorn Schalla (German, Series), Robin Kahnmeyer (German, Movie), Angel de Garcia (Spain, Movie) and Jesús Barrero [child] and José Gilberto Vilchis [teenager] (Latin America)

The Hero, pilot of the Escaflowne and newly crowned king of the country of Fanelia. Van has the misfortune of having his kingdom burned to the ground on the day of his coronation, and is now forced on the run from the Zaibach Empire.


    Allen Schezar
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Brian Drummond (Ocean Group), Sonny Strait (Funimation) (English), Peter Fletchner (German), and Óscar Flores (Latin America)

A member of the Knight Caeli that happens to bear an uncanny resamblance to Hitomi's crush, Amano. Allen is the sole, impeccable gentleman among a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that guard one of Asturia's outposts. Despite his near perfect outward appearance and demeanor, he's hiding quite a number of abandonment issues just below the surface.

And yes, the Goliath's hero unit in StarCraft is named after him.

  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His reason for leaving his post as a Knight Caeli and accompanying Van and Hitomi.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: He seems rather chauvinistic at times to Princess Millerna and Hitomi, though this is somewhat explained through his traumatic backstory in which his mother died of a broken heart and his sister disappeared.

Voiced by: Ikue Otani (Japanese), Jocelyne Loewen (Ocean Group), Alexis Tipton (Funimation) (English), Christin Marquitan (German), and both Claudia Mota and Mayra Arellano (Latin America)

Van's closest, and clingiest friend. She has quite the love-hate relationship with Hitomi, thanks to Van's feelings for her.

  • Cat Girl: She has cat ears and a tail.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She's a friend of Van's since early childhood, and makes no secret of the fact she's got a crush on him. Unfortunately for her, Van only views her as family.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: The main reason she's so hostile towards Hitomi, in the beginning, is because she's afraid she'll try and steal Van from her. Which she sort of does, but unintentionally.
  • Genki Girl: Though not incapable of being serious.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When Merle manages to (literally) slap Hitomi and (not-so-literally) Van out of a dark vision, which saves their lives.
  • Going Commando: Merle doesn't wear underwear, a fact that is shown quite often.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Van.
  • If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him: Merle begins taking this approach after it becomes obvious that Van is in love with Hitomi. Her anger at Hitomi in the second half of the series isn't because Van likes her more, but because Hitomi's Love Triangle indecisiveness is hurting him.

    Princess Millerna Sara Aston
Voiced by: Mayumi Iizuka (TV series), Aki Takeda (Film) (Japanese), Venus Terzo (Ocean Group), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Funimation) (English), Antje von der Ahe (German) and Martha Ceceña (Latin America)

The youngest princess of Asturia who happens to be quite smitten with Allen, but betrothed to Dryden Fassa. Millerna is not quite comfortable being royalty, particularly since it she was forced to abandon her medical studies because of it.

    Dryden Fassa
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Michael Dobson (Ocean Group), Eric Vale (Funimation) (English), Stefan Gossler (German), and Jorge Ornelas (Latin America)

Millerna's fiance. A brilliant and successful merchant with a frank, laid-back demeanor and a massive generosity streak.

  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: The repair bill for Escaflowne? 50 million, which one of the crew calculates is equivalent to two thousand years worth of their salaries. Dryden casually offers his entire fleet, causing his assistant to choke and sputter that the fleet is worth at least ten times that.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: To a very mild degree, with Millerna.
  • Bishōnen: Normally a borderline case, due to facial hair and overall unkempt appearance. But on his wedding day (clean-shaven, no glasses, Nice Hat, etc.) he's a classic example.
  • Brutal Honesty: Dude never sugarcoats his words.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene is in his airship. He bought a mermaid and is transporting back to her home.
  • Guile Hero: Very kind-hearted and rich, but also very cynical and manipulative when needed. See how he completely owned Allen with words alone and how he dealt with the creators of Escaflowne and got them to fix it, thus saving Van's life.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Dryden gives Millerna back the wedding ring after their disastrous wedding, claiming that he's not worthy of her quite yet.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is quite aware of how awesome he is, and is quick to point it out.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Abrasive, hedonistic, kinda selfish. Also generous, kindhearted, and quick-thinking.
  • Mad Dictator's Handsome Son: Dryden's father makes an appearance before him in Episodes 6 and 7, where he pays to have Hitomi kidnapped. Dryden thankfully doesn't take after him in any way.
  • Merchant Prince: His father's connection to the king means he's betrothed to Millerna and thus will be Asturia's future king.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Played with. He and Millerna are a mild version of Belligerent Sexual Tension. They grow fond of each other as the series advances. At the end, Dryden decides he cares for Millerna, and might be in love with her, but after their disastrous wedding, he feels he still has to work hard to become truly worthy of marrying a girl like her.
  • Perma-Stubble: For the most part until the botched wedding episode where he, surprisingly, looked quite dashing. Seriously, who would've thought?
  • Rich Idiot With No Day Job: Dryden seems at first to be one of these. But is quite smarter than he looks.
  • Round Hippie Shades: In a medieval-like environment, to go along with his laid back yet hedonistic personality.
  • The Team Benefactor: An Intrepid Merchant, with zero fighting skills, who manages to join Hitomi and Van's little gang by providing funding (read: an ungodly sum of money) for the eponymous mech's mid-season repairs.

Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese), Don Brown (Ocean Group), Chris Guerrero (Funimation) (English), Thomas Kastner (German) and Jorge Fink (Latin America)

One of the "three master swordsmen of Gaea" and Van's retainer/surrogate father. Balgus dies while covering Van's escape from Fanelia, but he nonetheless shows himself to be a major influence on both Van and Allen in the past.


    Emperor Dornkirk
Voiced by: Masato Yamanouchi (Japanese), Richard Newman (Ocean Group), Jeremy Schwartz (Funimation) (English), Horst Lampe (German), and Federico Romano (Latin America)

Emperor of the Zaibach empire. Through Atlantean technology and a Magitek device known as Destiny Prognostication Engine, Dornkirk seeks to create a future for Gaea free of war — Even if it means burning down a city-state every now and then.

    Dilandau Albatou
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese), Andrew Francis (Ocean Group), Joel McDonald (Funimation) (English), Laura Lenghi (Italian), Claudia Urbschat-mingues (German), Albert Trifol Segarra (Spain, Movie), and Víctor Ugarte and Rebeca Gómez [as Selena] (Latin America)

A complete and absolute psycho, Dilandau is the man put in charge of capturing Van and Escaflowne. He is happy to oblige to this order — provided he gets to blow up a lot of shit along the way.

  • Char Clone: An Ax-Crazy variant. He acts as The Rival to Van and even Allen to an extent, pilots custom red Guymelefs, and turns out to be Allen's little sister Selena. Basically, imagine if it was Sayla Mass who went nuts.
  • Cosmic Retcon: This is basically what Fate Alteration does: it turns you into a totally different person, physically and mentally.
  • Easy Sex Change: Although it's implied that there was a long, drawn-out process of some kind to transform Selena into Dilandau, at the end, Dilandau easily transforms back into Selena, and stays that way.
  • Freak Out: The Break the Haughty process somehow manages to make Dilandau even more fucked up. He spends several episodes freaking out in epic and continuous ways.
  • Gender Bender: He's actually a girl named Selena Schezar that was mutated by Zaibach's fate alteration machines.
  • A Glass of Chianti: He has a taste for red wine.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: His henchmen quickly learn that it doesn't take much to wind up on the receiving end of a beatdown from him.
  • Hates Being Alone: The sole idea of being alone makes him more crazy than he already is.
  • Karma Houdini: In The Movie.
  • Laughing Mad: When killing and destroying, he has an Evil Laugh that would make The Joker himself proud.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He is Allen's sister Selena Schezar.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Dilandau" is a pretty clear nod to Durandal, the legendary sword tainted with a curse of insanity to prevent it from being wielded by the wrong hands.
  • Mid Series Upgrade: Well, more like end-of-series upgrade, but. He upgrades to a Guymelef called the Oreades four episodes from the end of the series. It appears to be a souped-up, stylized Alseides with dual flamethrowers/even more liquid metal claws (his only remaining soldier Jajuka also receives one, albeit in rank-and-file blue). In an aversion to this trope, however, the Oreades doesn't appear to do him much good, due to his increasingly-unstable nature, at least against main characters. Van pretty much takes it apart during the final battle with Escaflowne.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Dilandau has a considerable freak out over the cheek scar Van gave him.
    "It stings... it stings... it stings..."
    "Cheek... cheek... cheek..."
    "My face. He cut my beautiful face!"
  • Moral Myopia: Only Dilandau's allowed to fuck with Dilandau's Dragonslayers, understand?
  • No Pronunciation Guide: How do you pronounce his last name?
  • The Ophelia: Becomes a male version post Freak Out. Then again, he is actually female...
  • The Power of Friendship: The only thing keeping him sane. Yes, that is his sane mode. He might beat the shit outta the Dragonslayers, but if one of them is wronged by somebody else, the attacker will DIE. Just as a certain Master of Disguise.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: And they even seem to glow when he's feeling especially Ax-Crazy.
  • Scars Are Forever: Maybe they wouldn't be if he'd stop scratching at it.
  • Self-Harm: Has a tendency to pick at the cut on his face and reopen it, despite being warned that this will slow the healing. The Mook who first points this out to him promptly gets backhanded.
  • Sissy Villain: But there's a very good reason for that.
  • Slasher Smile: His other default expression.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Does this whenever he's at his home base, usually while brooding.
  • The Sociopath: Seems like a straight example at first, but after the loss of the Dragonslayers he's shown repeating their names to himself sadly, and then we find out who he really is and how he got that way...
  • Sociopathic Soldier: To an ungodly degree.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Dilandau is what you get when you kidnap innocent little girls, like Selena Schezar, and put them through Fate Alteration experiments.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his horrendous treatment of the Dragon Slayers, they're devoted enough to him that their spirits show up to try and stop Van from killing him even after they all die.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Dilandau used to be a genuinely sweet little girl by the name of Selena Schezar.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When all the Dragonslayers are killed.
  • Vocal Evolution: The movie was dubbed after the TV series, not surprisingly. But if you watch both the series and the movie in English, you'll notice it within seconds of movie Dilandau's appearance.
  • White Hair, Black Heart

    Folken Lacour de Fanel
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese), Paul Dobson (Ocean Group), Vic Mignogna (Funimation) (English), Sergio de Stefano (Italian), Bernd Vollbrecht (German), and Víctor Ugarte [child] and Jorge Santos [adult] (Latin America)

Van's long-missing brother. After his disappearence ten years ago, Van finds his brother — only to find that he's serving as The Dragon in Emperor Dornkirk's plans.

    Naria & Eriya
Naria — Voiced by: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Saffron Henderson (Ocean Group), Michelle Rojas (Funimation) (English) and Ruth Toscano (Latin America)
Eriya — Voiced by: Narumi Hidaka (Japanese), Saffron Henderson (Ocean Group), Felecia Angelle (Funimation) (English) and Rebeca Gómez (Latin America)

Eighteen-year-old leopard girls who serve as soldiers under Folken's command. Naria (the older of the twins) is the silver one and Eriya is of course the gold one. Folken rescued them from a mob of humans when they were eight-years-old so it is only natural that they have an attachment to him.

  • Demoted to Extra: In the movie, they're dancers.
  • I Owe You My Life: As seen above, Folken rescued them in their Darkest Hour.
  • Rapid Aging: The fatal side effects of the amplified fortune (luck) intensifier causes them to age gradually and ultimately kill them.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: They're alive in The Movie. Unlike the anime, they have no affiliation to Zaibach or Folken. Instead, they're dancers.
  • The Jinx: Their amplified luck causes destruction and turmoil around everything and everyone near them. And to themselves.
  • Undying Loyalty: They're in love with Folken and would give their lives for him.
  • Together in Death: When Hitomi is about to say goodbye to Van and return home, the spirits of the girls and Folken are present, finally free from their burdens.

Voiced by: Kouji Tsujitani (Japanese), Scott McNeil (Ocean Group), and Chuck Huber (Funimation) (English)

A soldier in the Zaibach troops. He's an anthropomorphic canine of sorts, having the looks of a dog (more specifically, an Afghan hound).

  • Animal Stereotypes: He has the face and head of a dog, is also loyal and devoted as a well-trained one.
  • Beast Man: Body of a man, head of a dog.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: We see him first during Dilandau/Selena's brief stunt as The Ophelia. Later, he reappears with a vengeance.
  • Gentle Giant: A man who is as huge as he's kind.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shields Dilandau in the middle of the final battle, and dies begging him to become Selena again. His death triggers Dilandau's last Villainous Breakdown... and switches him back to Selena, the gentle girl he used to be.
  • Morality Pet: His relation to Dilandau from back when he was Selena is the only thing that humanizes that psycho.
  • My Greatest Failure: Jajuka feels horrendously guilty because he was powerless to save Selena from the horrid treatment that turned her into Dilandau. He becomes Dilandau's follower in hopes that he'll be able to fix his error someday.
  • Parental Substitute: He took care of little Selena Schezar in her early Zaibach days, and was a sort of Big Brother Mentor to her.

    Gaou and Varie Fanel 
Voiced by (Goau): Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese), Michael Dobson (Ocean Group), Taliesin Jaffe (Funimation) (English), César Soto (Latin America)
Voiced by (Varie): Yoshiko Sakakibara (Japanese), Lisa Ann Beley (Ocean Group), Tia Ballard (Funimation) (English), Olga Hnidey (Latin America)

The dead parents of Folken and Van, and the Ruling Couple of Fanelia.

  • Good Parents: Both of them loved their boys, specially Varie.
  • Love at First Sight: On a full moon night, a young Goau saw a just as young Varie stepping into a lake and extending her wings; he fell in love with her right there, and she liked him back as well.
  • Uptown Girl: Goau was a Warrior Prince, Varie was a non-Fanelian woman and more exactly, a member of the Winged Humanoid race that's despised in the planet.
  • Together in Death: When Hitomi is about to say goodbye to Van and return home, she sees the souls of Varie and Goau (among others), hugging happily.


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