The Vision of Escaflowne (partially lost Fox Kids dub of anime; 2000-2001)
In August 2000, Fox Kids began broadcasting the anime series, The Vision of Escaflowne, in the United States. Produced by Haim Saban (Known for their brutal re-editing of shows for television), these dubbed episodes were heavily edited to remove footage, given new "flashback" sequences to remind the audience of the events that just occurred. And to heavily downplay the role of Hitomi in the series; the first episode of the edit skipped airing on Fox Kids in favor of, "The Girl From the Mystic Moon." and the series soundtrack that was produced by Yoko Kanno was partially replaced with more techno themes; as well as a new intro being produced by Zur replacing, "Yakusoku wa Iranai." Due to "low ratings," this edited version of the series was cancelled only after nine episodes premiered. Fox explained that they edited to meet their own target audience, to comply with broadcast standards, and to fit the allowed timeslot.
YTV, a Canadian television channel, later acquired Fox's dubbed version of Escaflowne for broadcast. Following Fox's planned broadcast schedule, they premiered the series on September 11th, 2000, with the second episode. YTV aired all of the episodes Fox Kids dubbed, concluding with the series true first episode in February 2001. Bandai began releasing the dubbed version to VHS in 2000. Only after four initial volumes of the series had been released, Bandai discontinued the releases in February 2001. This dub contains the exact same actors as the Ocean Dub, but with this version of the script being edited to be more suited towards a younger demographic.
In the end, the 26 episodes of the original version were crammed into 23 episodes of the Saban version. This lead to the episodes, "Memories of a Feather", "The Gravity of Destiny", and "False Vows" being omitted from the Saban version and edited into other episodes.
Most of the episodes of the edit have surfaced on YouTube and can be viewed below.
|02||The Girl From The Mystic Moon||Found|
|03||The Gallant Swordsman||Found|
|04||The Diabolical Adonis||Found|
|05||Seal Of The Brothers (1 | 2 | 3)||Found|
|06||City Of Intrigue||Found|
|08||The Day The Angel Flew||Found|
|09||The Blue-Eyed Prince||Found|
|10||Prophecy Of Doom (1 | 2) | 3)||Found|
|11||The Secret Door||Found|
|15||The Guided Ones||Found|
|16||The Edge Of The World||Partially Lost|
|17||Operation Golden Rule Of Love||Found|
|18||Reaction Of Fortune||Found|
|19||The Black Winged Angel||Found|
|22||Zone Of Absolute Fortune||Partially Found|
- The Wikipedia page on The Vision Of Escaflowne. Retrieved 15 Jul '19
- Complete airing list with useful information about the series. Retrieved 15 Jul '19