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, Animax, Studio Live
Licensors: None found, add some
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


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Ranked: #42252
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Popularity: #5470
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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)

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 ...
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 ...
Jul 14, 2009
Mixed Feelings
I did kind of expect a little more from Area 88 in the story department but the aircraft detail is quite remarkable. In one episode were Shin narrowly misses hitting a 747 with his F-104 suggest that weight turbulence don't have any effect, also it does leave the question if a collision could be avoid in that way.

The story has likable characters but has un-clarified story lines like why a mercenary air base exists and why they only ever seem to go up against Russian mig's. The Area 88 airbase acts more like a conventional airbase with regards to operation but mercenaries are ...

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