Duke Freid has returned to Godashim to find that his country is the next target of Zaibach. Faced with the inevitable, he asks Alan Shezar join with him. These two and Escaflowne must face the Four Demon Armies of Zaibach - some 55,000 men and 10,000 Guymelefs (war robots) - an overwhelming force. All of this to fulfill Folken's plans to gain control of the treasure of Freid - the power of Atlantis.
Hitomi is in crisis. Because of her peering into the grim future, she is plagued by memories of her horrid visions and refuses to help Van. The Prince without a country becomes determined to do for himself what Hitomi has taught him, with unexpected and nearly disastrous effects.
Who is the mysterious ruler of Zaibach, who complains that a dragon is keeping him from seeing the future in his Destiny Prognostication Engine. Now we find that he is an old man, once come from earth, but his agenda - is it really the conquest of all Gaea?
This is the turning point in the series. There can be no question at the end of this DVD that this is more than just another struggle between the forces of good and evil. The care that is taken to fill out each character and make fabulous kingdoms come alive makes this a drama that is far more believable than its fantasy setting.
Each episode offers something new, a piece of history, a new character like Dryden the trader, the strange Ispano people who made Escaflowne. This is one of those cases where anime shows its ability be the equal of film in drama and quality.