This box set contains volumes one through eight of the Escaflowne anime series.
Volume 1: Dragons and Destiny
Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical high school problems. But when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn into a strange vortex with the swordsman Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea. Entangled in a struggle over life and death, Van must learn to master the suit of armour, Escaflowne. Chased by the Empire of Zaibach, Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne. Hitomi's heart, stirred by love and adventure, but at times ache with sorrow. But why was she sent to this world? Her journey has just begun...
Volume 2: Betrayal and Trust
Despite his heroic efforts, Van's been captured and is being held prisoner by the evil empire of Zaibach. Can Hitomi and the others rescue Van in time or will Hitomi be stranded forever on the strange and beautiful world of Gaea.
Volume 3: Angels and Demons
Hitomi has already seen more destruction and sadness than she thought possible. Now, a stray feather causes her to see into Van’s past with her special abilities. She learns what his life was like, but there is little time for pity, as the Dragon Slayers are after the Escaflowne. Allen is wounded in battle, and a Zaibach spy attacks Hitomi with the power to see into her mind. But the prophecy of death he sees – who is it for?
Volume 4: Past and Present
The struggle on Gaea continues and Hitomi begins to realize her importance in this war. Allen and company prove their loyalty and are cleared of any charges. Meanwhile, amidst all the fighting, Millerna makes a shocking discovery. Zaibach's forces march through Freid, destroying everything in its path. Folken is determined to retrieve the legendary Sword of Atlantis and make Hitomi's vision a reality. During the battle, Van and the Escaflowne suffer near-fatal injuries. Can they both be healed, or will the blood pact that binds Van to Escaflowne doom them both?
Volume 5: Paradise and Pain
Folken sends out Naria and Eriya after the Escaflowne as Van hovers between life and death. Meanwhile, Dryden has discovered what he thinks is the location to Atlantis. Hitomi finds that one of her ancestors has been to Gaea, and Allen confronts his past. Once they reach Atlantis, however, they find that they all have memories to fight and fears to overcome.
Volume 6: Fate and Fortune
Hitomi, Allen, and Van finally confront the Zaibach Emperor Dornkirk....
Later, it’s time for a wedding. Bride-to-be Millerna asks Hitomi for a tarot card reading, and she lies about what the cards hold for Millerna’s wedding. Has Hitomi’s disillusionment with Van given Folken the chance he needs to test the Fate Alteration engine?
Volume 7: Light and Shadow
Hitomi surrenders to the fortune-enhanced soldiers Naria and Eriya, but the enhancing process has some unpredictable side effects. After her escape, Hitomi and Van are summoned to the ruins of Fanelia by Folken, where they must face the menace of the dragons and shadows of the past that have haunted Van’s elder brother since the days of his dragon-slaying ceremony.
Volume 8: Forever and Ever
Wishing to get away from all of the fighting, Hitomi finds herself suddenly transported back to Earth on the very day that she had originally left. She has one chance to get back to Gaea, but it will mean endangering her friends again. Meanwhile on Gaea, the war continues unabated as the Doomsday Weapon is deployed. But this means little to Dornkirk, who seems to be on the verge of achieving his goal. The fate of Gaea lies in a white dragon and the heart of a girl from Mystic Moon!