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
Duration: 1 hr. 5 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.501 (scored by 60256,025 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #16592
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4680
Members: 16,639
Favorites: 222

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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.

(Source: ANN)


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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.

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