Area 88 (TV)

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Synonyms: Area 88 (2004)
Japanese: エリア88


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2004 to Mar 26, 2004
Premiered: Winter 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Asahi
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Group TAC
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.001 (scored by 52715,271 users)
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Ranked: #39972
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Popularity: #5264
Members: 13,933
Favorites: 62


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Deep in the sandy plains of the Middle Eastern kingdom of Asran, Japanese photojournalist Makoto Shinjou travels to the remote airbase Area 88 to document the activities of the mercenaries who destroy the country's enemies for a living. Among their ranks is Shin Kazama, a Japanese ace pilot who was tricked by his former best friend into signing a contract with the Asran's fighter squad. Because of this, he lost his career as an airline pilot and the chance to marry his fiancee Ryoko Tsugumo. Now, Shin has three choices in order to leave Area 88 and return to Japan: serve the mercenary group for three years, earn US$1.5 million, or desert the base, risking imminent death.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors


Imakake, Isamu
Katou, Hiroto
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Mission (Fuga)" by Angel

Ending Theme

1: "Dance in the Battlefield" by Keiko Terada (eps 1-8)
2: "Dance in the Battlefield (English Version)" by Keiko Terada (eps 9-12)

Mar 27, 2008
I have been fascinated by fighter planes and dog fighting since I was a kid, and in that respect Area 88 was a treat! Top Gun fans will absolutely love this.

The plot revolves around a mercenary group of pilots fighting a war in a remote desert kingdom. In the midst of it all is an ace pilot Kazama Shin who was tricked into joining the squadron by his best friend - who also had eyes on Kazama's fiance. The only way to leave the war is to serve out three years or pay a $1.5 million fine - deserters are shot down ...
Apr 17, 2010
First of all, let me point to one thing I find important. This show is underrated.
Being ranked #1600+, it really deserves better spot.
That's not saying this show is greatest show ever, but it is really good at what it does.

When show first started I was kinda confused with happenings. It's about area 88, a base for mercenary pilots fighting in some war. Which war it is is never told. Some might find that stupid, but the whole war is only second to true story, which is about a pilot Shin Kazama and photographer Shinjou.

Well, show is aired in 2004, means graphics could have been better. ...
May 9, 2018
I adore the original 80's OVA version of this series. To me it's one of the greatest Anime ever made. So to say I went into this version nervous would be an understatement. I mean could it live up to it's predecessor or would it pale in comparison?

Well after having marathoned the series well inside 24 hours I can honestly say this version at the very least captures the spirit of the original. The tone of the series is much the same but it's not without some issues. The main issue I had is this TV remake is missing a bunch of the high ...

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It’s time to ditch the text file.
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