Like the movie version of Escaflowne, this original video animation is a darker and somewhat more violent retelling of the anime series in which it was inspired. While the three main characters are the same of the original series, the story and the setting are completely different. Also some of the secondary characters from the original series have here a completely different personality (For example, there are characters that while in the series were good, here play the role of villains or antagonists) On the good side, the animation was quite better in comparison with the television show. The designs were more polished, and the atmosphere had a darker treatment (In many ways, the story of this video animation is even darker than the second season of the series, without any kind of comedy relief. The main plot is more dramatic and intense, involving more violence and death) On the bad side, this retelling lacks of the good characterization of the manga and the TV show, focusing more in the action than in the development of the plot. Everything happens way too fast, and not in a satisfying way. While it was still entertaining to watch, it was also disappointing at the same time. I guess that the fans of the original "Rayearth" will appreciate it more. Personally, I think that this could have been way better.