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Area 88


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Area 88 OVA
Japanese: エリア88

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.651 (scored by 2,464 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #11542
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3553
Members: 6,622
Favorites: 83
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Episodes: /3

Synopsis

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.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kazama, Shin
Kazama, Shin
Main
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Japanese
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Simon, Micky
Simon, Micky
Main
Tomiyama, Kei
Japanese
Tomiyama, Kei
Mutsugi, Goh
Mutsugi, Goh
Supporting
Van Com, Nguyen
Van Com, Nguyen
Supporting
Otsuka, Chikao
Japanese
Otsuka, Chikao

Staff

Nunokawa, Yuuji
Nunokawa, Yuuji
Producer
Toriumi, Hisayuki
Toriumi, Hisayuki
Director
Shiba, Shigeharu
Shiba, Shigeharu
Sound Director
Bickham, Clint
Bickham, Clint
Script


Edit Opening Theme

#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)




More reviewsReviews

whatuser990
Jul 6, 2009
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
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PoppingPills
Sep 10, 2014
Hey! Hey, you! Over here! Let me ask you something. Do you like watching jet fighters dogfight Top Gun style? You do? Great, I got just the thing for you!

Area 88 is a war drama filled with sweet, sweet dogfighting. It's actually quite the anti-war story and focuses on the dehumanization of the soldiers fighting in wars. If this is not up your alley don't worry! If you like dogfighting movies, for example Top Gun(just that Area 88 is an anti-war story and Top Gun is... well Top Gun) you're in for a treat! This got plenty of kick ass dogfighting!

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Kenji_The_Engi
Jan 23, 2015
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
― Plato

Story: 8/10

The story of Area 88 revolves around a young pilot named Shin Kazama whose life was going great, he had friends, a girlfriend, and was supposed to get a job at the prestigious Yamato Air Lines but Shin’s life takes a nose dive when one day to celebrate his achievements Shin’s buddy, Satoru invited Shin to go with him to a bar. Once Shin got drunk Satoru tricked him into signing a contract and selling him away to fight as a pilot for the distant country of Aslan, which is in the middle of read more
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Luquillo
Apr 3, 2015
Shin Kazama, a very promising young pilot with a bright future is on his way towards working for Yamato Airlines. Things are indeed looking up for the young man, as he's also dating the company owner's daughter Ryoko. His childhood friend Kanzaki, a very competitive man who will do anything to be at the top tricks him into getting drunk and signing a contract to fly and fight for the Foreign Legion. Shin must now do battle for a country he not only doesn't care about, but keep himself alive as well as maintain his grip on sanity. -summary

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