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Escaflowne (Dragon Mode)

Escaflowne (Dragon Mode)

Drag Energist

"Escaflowne" Ispano White Guymelef

Technical Data

Equipment Type: Guymelef
Government: Fanelia
Manufacturer: Ispano Clan
Accommodation: pilot only
Dimensions: height 8.2 costa; length (Dragon Mode) 13.5 costa
Mass: 7.5 peizo
Energists: 2 green, 1 red, 1 drag energist (in red energist, after Fanelian royal coronation rite)
Design Features: 2-mode transformation
- Armament -
  • 1 x Sword, with retracting/extending blade (mounted upon top rear torso; stored inside the neck of the Dragon Mode)

  • Description and History

    Of all the ancient Guymelefs, none invoke as much awe as the Guymelefs built by the Ispano people with Atlantean techniques. This "Ispano White" Guymelef is all the more unique in that it took the Ispano 150 years to manufacture, and it can transform into dragon mode for flying. However, operating the Escaflowne requires a blood pact with the pilot and all the consequences that entails. Van Fanel earns the right to pilot the Escaflowne when he extracts a Drag-Energist crystal as part of his pre-coronation ritual.

    Note: According to Shoji Kawamori it was Yasuhiro Imagawa (initially chosen as the series director) who coined the name "Escaflowne" prior to his departure from the project. Kawamori thinks the name may be related to the word "escalation". Despite being partly inspired by the Arthurian legends, the word "Escaflowne" does not appear in any of the tales. The closest possible Arthurian anagram for "Escaflowne" would be Escavalon, a place visited by the Knight Perceval in Perceval, le Conte du Graal (Perceval, The Story of the Grail) by Chretien de Troyes.

    Production Notes

    Debut: The Vision of Escaflowne, Episode 1
    Pilot(s): Van Fanel
    Other appearances: Vision of Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea
    Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane

    Line Art

  • Escaflowne rear views
  • Escaflowne profile schematics
  • Escaflowne in decorative disguise
  • head unit details
  • interior/exterior cockpit details
  • various mechanical details
  • dragon mode line art
  • dragon mode cockpit details

  • Information Courtesy of the Egan Loo:
    Images From Sunrise Art Book Series V: The Vision of Escaflowne (Movic 1996)
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist.