The Cockpit

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Synonyms: The Cockpit: Kamikaze Stories, Seisouken Kiryuu, Slipstream, Onsoku Raigekitai, Sonic Boom Squadron, Tetsu no Ryuukihei, Knight of the Iron Dragon
Japanese: ザ・コクピット


Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 22, 1993 to Jan 21, 1994
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Urban Vision
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.201 (scored by 48204,820 users)
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Ranked: #29752
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Popularity: #5195
Members: 11,988
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1. Slipstream
About a Luftwaffe pilot who must choose between his duty to his country: to guard a bomber loaded with Germany's final hope of victory... the world's first atomic bomb... or his duty to the world: to let it fall in flames to enemy Spitfires and be a footnote in history. Of course, things are complicated by the plane's other cargo... the woman he loves.

2. Sonic Boom Squadron
Near the end of the war, Japan has implemented a new weapon -- a human-piloted rocket-propelled flying bomb. Aboard a bomber carrying one of these, young Ensign Nogami awaits his chance to die as a "cherry blossom", a suicide pilot. In a few hours, he will die. The date of his death is set: August 6, 1945.

3. Knight of the Iron Dragon
Two soldiers attempt to reach an air base in order to fulfill a promise despite the fact that it might have been rendered moot in the reality of war.

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Kawajiri, Yoshiaki
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Screenplay, Animation Director
Takahashi, Ryousuke
Imanishi, Takashi
Director, Episode Director
Kramer, Steve


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"Kanashii Toki wa Itsumo" by Hiroyuki Matsuda

Sep 11, 2018
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Time to review another obscure OVA! This time we're looking at The Cockpit. This 1993 OVA had EVERYTHING going for it, but still somehow managed to wind up terrible. It was written by Leiji Matsumoto, who also did the character designs. The director was Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who directed such classics as Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D. This was also made by Madhouse on an impressive budget. The plot is WW2 from the eyes of Axis fighter pilots.

So I went into this expecting something like Das Boot. Many of the Axis soldiers will be humanized and realistic, while also being staunchly anti-war and pointing read more
Mar 1, 2013
romansiii (All reviews)
The Cockpit Review
There are no spoilers in this review
I just completed the three part OVA The Cockpit. An anime about three different theoretically possible World War 2 scenarios.

The story for each episode is independent from each other and is focused on the characters feelings of war and what they do to hold their own sense of honor during one of the most bloody wars in History.
It's interesting to watch these as an Australian as the story focuses on Axis Power soldiers. One German fighter pilot, one Japanese Ohka pilot and two Japanese infantry soldiers. It's interesting to see a perspective read more
Dec 8, 2015
CreationZilla (All reviews)
Ok, this is a three part OVA series so I am going to give each individual episode a rating and mini-review.

Score: 9
This episode could be the only one you watch and you are not missing anything. This is my personal favorite out of the three. It makes me wish that this episode alone evolved into it's own short 6 episode anime, with more backstory. You get a Nazi viewpoint of WWII and you end up caring for the main two Nazi's. The ending is very satisfying but a little emotional.
It is a great aviation short!

#2-Sonic Boom Squadron:
Score: 7
This episode is alright, it has an read more
Jan 20, 2013
ggultra2764 (All reviews)
The Cockpit is a collection of three animated short stories focused on World War II adapted from source material written by acclaimed creator of Captain Harlock, Leiji Matsumoto. Each of the stories explore how different soldiers cope with an aspect of war with Slipstream featuring a German pilot's hesitance to do an escort mission involving a nuclear warhead, Sonic Boom Squadron's focus on a Japanese kamikaze pilot and Knight of the Iron Dragon focus on a pair of soldiers trying to make it to an air base unaware of its current occupancy by American forces.

All three shorts carry a sense of tragedy and inevitability with read more

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