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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
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.111 (scored by 3,600 users)
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Ranked: #31452
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Popularity: #3810
Members: 9,112
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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.

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Katou, Hiroto
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Auten, Christine

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

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Mar 27, 2008
amaity (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 17, 2010
nina4life (All reviews)
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. read more
Jul 14, 2009
Koolag1 (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 15, 2013
MFGreth (All reviews)
The TV version of Area 88, in short, doesn't hold a candle to the 80's OVA. That being said, if you enjoy fast paced action, serious drama, stories about the psychological effect of warfare, and modern visuals, thus anime will suit you well. Some fairly realistic fighter planes are always a nice alternative to mechs, which we've become accustomed to being, generally, the centerpieces of this type of tale in the anime medium.

The TV version is a little more light-hearted than the OVA adaptation, and maybe easier to get into for that, but it suffers for the same reason. It's also not paced nearly as read more


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