The Vision of Escaflowne
Main characters: Van, Hitomi, Allen, Merle
Release date: April 2, 1996
Episode count: 26
Background: Escalfowne was originally an animated series consisting of 26 produced by Sunrise Studios. Kazuki Akane directed the series. The series ran from April 1996 to September 1996 on TV Tokyo. Two different mangas were adapted while the series was running on tv: a shonen and shojo version. Yumiko Tsukamoto, Hajime Yatate, and Shoji Kawamori novelized the series into six light novels. In 2000, an animated movie was adapted entitled Escaflowne.
Plot: The series follows a girl from Earth, Hitomi, who finds her way to Gaea. Here an Empire called Zaibach is attempting to take over. She aids Van and Allen in a fight to save the planet. She finds out she is the key to stopping the Zaibach. Zaibach are also trying to revive an ancient power of Atlantis. The true history of Atlantis is about to be revealed.
Why I chose this: Escaflowne is a good anime not only because of the story but also due to the nice love triangle. I am a sucker for romance. The characters develop nicely and some have a few surprises as well. Of course the soundtrack is fantastic on the ears as well.