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Area 88

Alternative Titles

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: 7.641 (scored by 2,670 users)
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Ranked: #11942
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3618
Members: 7,302
Favorites: 101
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Kazama, Shin
Kazama, Shin
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Simon, Micky
Simon, Micky
Tomiyama, Kei
Tomiyama, Kei
Mutsugi, Goh
Mutsugi, Goh
Kayumi, Iemasa
Kayumi, Iemasa


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

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

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
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
Sep 20, 2010
Darklonestrife (All reviews)
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 read more
Sep 10, 2014
PoppingPills (All reviews)
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!

Since I've already made read more


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