"I'll keep my word. I'll bring you back safe. Whether it's to the Mystic Moon or to Allen, I'll bring you back safe!" -Van Fanel to Hitomi Kanzaki

Van Slanzar de Fanel
Age 15 (anime)

17 (movie)

Birthday April 12
Father Goau Fanel
Mother Varie Fanel
Siblings Folken Fanel
Issues None
Love Interest Hitomi Kanzaki
Affiliations Draconian
Kingdom Fanelia
Height 165 cm (5'4)
Weight 51 kg (112 lbs)
First Appearance Fateful Confession
Voice Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)
Kirby Morrow (Bandai Dub)
Aaron Dismuke (Funimation Dub)

Van Fanel (バァン・ファーネル) is the deuteragonist of The Vision of Escaflowne and Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea. He is the son of the reigning King of Fanelia and Varie, a woman of the legendary Draconian race, the direct descendants of the Atlanteans. He has an older brother named Folken Fanel, who disappeared after setting off for the Dragon ritual; a quest where the prince must take a dragon crystal back to Fanelia to prove he is worthy to become king.

Because of his brother's disappearance, it now falls on Van to complete the ritual and become King of Fanelia. But as he is just about to defeat the dragon, he is taken to a strange world they know as the Mystic Moon, where he meets a girl with a strange power named Hitomi Kanzaki. He discovers that he must work together with Hitomi to not only save his beloved Fanelia, but the whole of Gaea as well.


Van doesn't trust people he doesn't know, and is known to make rash and unwise decisions. He is very protective of the people he cares about. Van is mostly a loner, and he doesn't have very many people he can trust. He is often brash, impulsive, moody, arrogant, wildly brave, often risking his life by crashing forward and is very stubborn and sometimes can't control his temper, but in the end he has a good heart and would stop at nothing to protect this friends.

Appearance Edit

Van Fanel has brown eyes and short black hair that covers his left eye. He wears a loose red tank top/shirt and has tan pants that cut off just below the knee. He wears black boots and has his sword and sheath almost always on him. His hands are covered by large brown gloves.

Early LifeEdit

 Before the series Van was a carefree child, shown when he spread his wings after Merle dared him. He was close to his mother. After his father's death, Folken and his mother's disappearance, Balgus became a surrogate father to him as well as his teacher, mentor & trainer in swordsmanship.

In-Depth InformationEdit

Van Fanel is the young half-Draconian King of Fanelia who suddenly appears on Earth one day, fighting a Dragon. His life narrowly saved by Hitomi, a schoolgirl caught up in the battle, Van returns to his kingdom only to learn he must cope with drastic changes in his life after Fanelia is destroyed by Zaibach. He pilots Escaflowne, a Guymelef made by the mysterious Ispano tribe which can transform into a flying dragon. He earns his right to pilot Escaflowne through a blood pact which connects his body and soul to Escaflowne. Due to the blood pact and Hitomi's influence, Van becomes injured when the Escaflowne is damaged, and these wounds will not close until Escaflowne is repaired. Consequently, if Escaflowne is destroyed, Van will die.

His destiny and Hitomi's are linked, and he is initially dependent on Hitomi's clairvoyant abilities, which save his life more than once. He also holds a grudge against Folken for leaving his native Kingdom of Fanelia for Zaibach and Dornkirk for his grand ambitions. Due to being half-Draconian, Van is able to manifest a pair of feathered wings which enable him to fly.

Videos Edit

Escaflowne movie – Van kills some of the Black Dragon Clan soldiers Japanese

Escaflowne movie – Van kills some of the Black Dragon Clan soldiers Japanese


  • Van is right-handed.
  • Van's name is similar to his mother's name, they both start with "Va-".
  • During the anime's development, Van was initially named Dai Ginga.
  • Yuuki experimented with some initial designs in which Van had one red right eye and one left green eye instead of two red eyes.

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