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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: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Duration: 1 hr. 5 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.611 (scored by 3,910 users)
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Ranked: #13612
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3992
Members: 11,033
Favorites: 166
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Shin Kazama, tricked and forced into flying for the remote country of Aslan, can only escape the hell of war by earning money for shooting down enemy planes or die trying. Through the course of the series, Shin must deal with the consequences of killing and friends dying around him as tries to keep his mind on freeing himself from this nightmare.

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

Edit Ending Theme

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

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Jun 3, 2019
EnigmaOlivia (All reviews)
How far to paradise? How long the journey to deliver my soul? How far back to my home?

Imagine that you have a moderate grasp of life. A wonderful partner, a positive perspective, plans for a promising future. However, one drunkard night changes everything. A man whom thought was a friend takes advantage of the drunk state by getting you to sign a lethal Air force contract. For the next three years you're forced to fight in the most dangerous Air force : Area 88. You can leave by serving the three years, pay 1.5 million by killing enemy jets, or desert facing prison.

This read more
Jul 6, 2009
whatuser990 (All reviews)
Simply put, the Area 88 OVA is a highly underrated anime series that does nearly everything right.

Story: I don't need to explain the concept too much since it's already on the page. It has two parts to it, an anti-war story and a long-distance romance story. The war story aspect revolves around Shin Kazama's life at Area 88 doing whatever mission he feels like doing. He never wanted to be a soldier, but he got tricked into it by Kanzaki and his whole personality has changed for the worse because of it. He went from a pacifist who just wanted a normal life being an read more
May 11, 2019
literaturenerd (All reviews)

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 read more
Jan 14, 2017
LIQfilms (All reviews)
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 read more


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