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: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #32552
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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.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors


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


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Ending Theme

"Kanashii Toki wa Itsumo" by Hiroyuki Matsuda


May 18, 2023
The Cockpit is an OVA series that consists of three different stories that are all interconnected by an anti-war theme. Because of this, the narratives of each episode are rather weak, as there is little time to fully develop characters. However, the series does its best but could have done better with an extended runtime. The art and animation throughout the series are top-notch and pay great attention to detail. While the OVA is not historically accurate, it ultimately succeeds in portraying the extreme ideologies at the end of the Second World War, as well as their human cost. Overall, The Cockpit has its shortcomings ...
Nov 11, 2023
Mixed Feelings
The Cockpit is a rare beast of an anime. It's about WW2, doesn't cover it exclusively from the Japanese perspective, and consists of three self-contained vignettes. It's a strange mix of topic, genre, and format, resulting in an OVA which is conceptually strong, but still falls short in some ways which are too glaring to ignore. Beginning with the story, it is right off the bat the strongest part of the show. They are poignant tales of morality, honor, and military tragedy that manage to lay bare the conflict of these things within the human heart in artful and arresting fashion. Though, the show starts ...
Jul 3, 2019
The Cockpit is an early 90s Madhouse OVA and it's based off of a Matsumoto Leiji manga. I'll be honest, I have never read or watched one of his works before. And I'm sure a bunch of people will say this is the wrong one to start with, but fuck it, we're going live. 


The OVA is basically made up of three different stories, each one about soldiers during World War II. I'll probably go into the problems and high points for each episode individually before discussing the generals.

The first is about a Deutsche pilot who gets disgraced and then is offered a chance at redemption, ...

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