The Vision of Escaflowne” (天空のエスカフローネ, The Vision of Escaflowne) is a Japanese TV animation produced by Sunrise.
Hitomi Kanzaki, a first-year high school student who loves fortune-telling, is suddenly transported from Earth to the other world of Gaia. In this world, which holds the moon and the earth in the sky, people’s “feelings” become the power to change the world. There, she becomes embroiled in the battles that surround the whole of Gaia with the young king, Baan, whose country (Farnellia) has been destroyed, the humanoid machine “Escaflowne” that he rides, and the shadowy knight Allen and his men.
Dance of Curse
September 3, 2016 All-night screening of the TV anime “Escaflowne in the Sky”
〇 Maaya Sakamoto as Hitomi Kanzaki, a 15-year-old high school student at the time
Nowadays there are many voice actors who are high school students, but back then it was very rare. It was also unusual for me to be asked to audition, but I was late on the day of the audition because of a long day at school.The fact that we were last in the order may have made an impression on the director.”
It was a tough and harsh place anyway, with phrases like, “Your play is a 70, give it a 0 or a 100.”
Escaflowne in the Sky” = “a scary place to work. It was like that.
‘I felt like I was dragging a 16-year-old girl down with me when I was being repeatedly ruined on the side, and I felt so self-loathing.’
When I saw the character list, I thought ‘a swordsman with long hair’ (laughs). (Laughs.) At the time, I didn’t have many opportunities to be exposed to such roles, so I was happy just to be able to audition.
At the time, robots were something only boys would watch, but I wanted girls to watch them too. So I thought it would be a good idea to put in a robot plus a romantic element.
The final episode of the finished work is about the ending where Hitomi and Baan are separated from each other.
Maaya Sakamoto: “I was a child, so I thought that love stories were about two people getting together at the end, right? I was a child, so I thought that in a love story, two people would get together at the end. How could they say, “Even if I become a grandmother, I won’t forget you? I wondered. But now that I’m an adult, I understand.
Hitomi is now realizing that she will live in the real world while keeping the memories of Alice in Wonderland in her heart,” she said.
During the talk, she was so overcome with emotion that her eyes were welling up. Everyone in the audience listened intently to every word she uttered, her voice trembling, and it was clear how important this work was to Sakamoto.
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Respondent Yoko Kanno
１）What do you usually call them?
With the nuance of a stranger, Mｓ. Sakamoto.
２）When did you meet for the first time, and what was your impression?
Ms. Sakamoto was in his first year of high school. My teacher from the theater company took me to the school, and I decided to meet him first and see his personality before deciding whether or not I would ask him to sing.
In the course of chatting with him, I inadvertently asked him if his rebellious period was over yet. When I inadvertently asked her, she stared at me with a look that said, “How dare you ask such a rude question? Looking into her eyes, I felt that this girl had a self of her own and could not lie to herself.
３)What are your impressions now compared to that?
I haven’t changed at all, it’s all in my face haha
４)How would you compare Aya Sakamoto to something?
Warabimochi – whipped and thin, it makes you want to sprinkle sweet powder on it. Muddy vegetable with roots. Can be replanted. Not warped by chemical fertilizers.
Monkey, he makes a lot of noise with his whole belly out, and yet he tries to hide in a corner when strangers come around. He is rather fussy about coins.
If it’s a guitar chord, it’s D major, bright but a little nostalgic, shaded.