An anime series, written by the same screenwriter who did
Slayers; alternates between comedy and drama, with lots of
action. Maze is half-fantasy, half-mecha, sort of like Vision
of Escaflowne. There are Orc-like things and lizards steeds
and faries and such, plus magicians who, um, do magic,
with something called "folm", or "Phantom Light". Folm is the raw
power source for magic, sorta like the fantasy equivalent of The
Force, but you can also use folm to fling around great big laser
beams and fire balls. (Whheee!) Folm also powers the mecha of
the series, which are called demi-armor. Demi-armor is a
slightly-organic looking version of the standard anime mecha, but
there is a noticble lack of swords being used by the mecha.
Demi-armor is also different from most mecha in that it can be
magically summoned from some other-space, so you don't have to lug
it around with you.
Like in Escaflowne, a young woman from Earth is transported to
this world of magic, a world known as "Mega Burst Space". Unlike
Escaflowne, the heroine, Maze (pronounced the same as the English
word maze), starts off in Mega Burst Space, and has amnesia,
only remembering that her name is Maze. She finds that part of
her house made the trip with her and, falling out of the sky,
crushed an Orc-like creature called a demi-human. This saved
the princess of Bartolon, Mill Baruna. Mill is really grateful to
Maze, and likes her lots and lots! ;-)
Mill was on the run because the cult Jaina took over her kingdom
and killed her parents. Maze takes it upon herself to defend
Mill, and discovers that, in this world, she is an Illuminator,
who has the power to manipulate "folm". This power enables her to
pilot the mecha (demi-armor) Dilguard, which is a family heirloom
of Mill's, and which only Mill can summon.
After her first fight, Maze discovers that she turns into a man
when the sun sets. Since she's non-violent, and he loves
fighting, he fights a lot better than her. He's also a real
lecher, and makes the moves on Mill whenever he can.
They soon pick up some companions, Solude Suforuza and Aster
Torege, who are demi-hunters; they're so good at fighting that
they can take on demi-armor users without any demi-armor of their
own. Soon afterwards they pick up the fairy Randy, and then Saris
Rapier, a female knight, and Dolnard Wol, a prime minister.