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: 7.481 (scored by 72167,216 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #19412
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4985
Members: 19,664
Favorites: 238

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors

Gates, Greg

Kamiyama, Takuzou

Mutsugi, Goh

Nakamura, Shuusei


Genda, Tesshou

Van Com, Nguyen

Otsuka, Chikao

Disco Punk




Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
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)


Mar 27, 2024
Area 88 stands out as a top-tier OVA series, featuring distinctive hand-drawn animation and character designs that evoke the essence of the 1980s. The series' visuals reflect the artistic style of the era, adding to its nostalgic appeal. Each character is portrayed in a compelling manner, with unique appearances and personalities that contribute to the series' allure. Alongside captivating characters, thrilling action sequences, and a compelling storyline, Area 88 is elevated by a remarkable soundtrack that intensifies the viewing experience, particularly during its adrenaline-fueled aerial combat scenes. Moreover, it explores various subplots, further developing characters and providing insight into their motivations and decisions. Area 88 ...
Oct 12, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Area 88 is a 3 part OVA that adapts the manga Area 88, written by Kaoru Shintani that was published between 1979 and 1986. The OVA released between Feb 5 1985 and Jun 15 1986, and produced by Studio Pierrot. It was directed by Hisayuki Toriumi (Tekkaman)

Area 88 follows Shin Kazama, a pilot working for Yamato Airlines. Shin gets tricked by his best friend into signing a contract that ties him to the foreign legion of a remote country called Aslan, where he gets stationed at Area 88. The foreign legion are almost like hired mercenaries. Aslan has been split into two sides and a ...
Dec 8, 2022
Area 88 is a manga that ran from '79 to '86. So, this is even older than I am. In 1985 it got a three episode OVA from Pierrot. That's right. The studio behind Ayashi no Ceres, Hikaru no Go & The Choujo. But not everything they've done is mediocre at best. They also did Yu Yu Hakusho and a few other good anime. But most of the anime I've reviewed from them don't inspire confidence.


The basic story is that a Japanese commercial pilot named Kazama Shin is tricked into signing up for a mercenary force in war torn Aslan, not the lion. In ...

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