Area 88

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Synonyms: Area 88 OVA
Japanese: エリア88


Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 5, 1985 to Jun 15, 1986
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Pierrot
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 1 hr. 5 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.501 (scored by 63956,395 users)
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Ranked: #16972
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4802
Members: 17,846
Favorites: 232

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After being tricked into signing a document by someone he considered a friend, Shin Kazama is forced to become a fighter pilot in the foreign legion of mercenaries, who are fighting in a civil war for the nation of Aslan. Hellbent on earning enough money to break his contract and return to Japan, Shin has managed to become one of the most lethal pilots at the base known as Area 88. But having spent so much time in a place where one's life is always in jeopardy, will Shin remain the same man if and when he can return to the civilian world?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Area 88 was published by Central Park Media as three VHS tapes and laserdiscs in 1992. In 2000, the first two episodes were released on DVD. In 2006, ADV Films acquired the license and released a DVD version of the OVA edited into two long episodes. Discotek Media published a remaster of Area 88 on DVD on October 30, 2018.

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Opening Theme

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1: "How Far to Paradise" by Derek Jackson
2: "Sabaku no Illusion" by Shima Kitahara (eps 3)

Ending Theme

1: "「悲しみのDestiny」 (Kanashimi no Destiny)" by MIO
2: "So Long My Love" by Shima Kitahara (eps 3)

May 11, 2019

In the last couple years, Area 88 has seen an explosion of popularity here on MAL. This makes it a rather tricky title to review. It used to be criminally underrated, but now it's actually in danger of becoming overrated. While Area 88 is a strong OVA and does a number of things really well, it also has some aspects that really bug me.

The Psychological Effects of War:

Area 88 is entirely devoted to showing the horrible effects that war has on the human psyche. It's not just PTSD or even the dehumanizing effect of how soldiers learn to see their enemies. Once you go to ...
Sep 20, 2010
Area 88 is just another one of those series you'd think that it wouldn't be great because it's old and outdated. But fortunately, Area 88 flips you on the side of your head, making you regret that you ever doubted this series' capabilities. You know something? I noticed a common trend in most older Anime series- most of them are "substance over style." This is what Area 88 is all about folks. "Substance over style." Let's review.

STORY... The plot revolves around a man named Shin Kazama who ends up in an Air Force Mercenary Guild somehow (You have to watch, if you want to find ...
Jan 14, 2017
Here's a scenario for you:

You're a fit and young Japanese man who has managed to work through the ranks of a prestigious airline company known as Yamato Airlines, earning large amounts of respect from your peers and your boss. Not only that, you have a beautiful and caring girlfriend whom you will be marrying soon but who also happens to be the daughter of the company chairman ensuring your heritage into the company. Life is swell and dandy but while you're out for a night on the piss with your dickhead of a friend, the twat gets you so intoxicated with the Devli's nectar that ...

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