Area 88

(2004)
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Area 88 is a Japanese manga series by Kaoru Shintani serialized between 1979 and 1986. The story is about a young pilot named Shin Kazama and his experiences at Area 88, a mercenary air force base secluded in the desert of a war torn country. Shin goes from head of his class at a world renowned aviation school dating the beautiful daughter of an airline president to a mercenary fighter pilot bound to Area 88 by a three-year contract that he was duped into signing by a jealous and competitive childhood friend. Determined to earn $1.5 million to buy his way out of the obligation and return home, killing becomes second nature to Shin as he quickly rises to the top rank at Area 88. Overwrought with shame and self-loathing for what he has become, Shin begins to question whether he is still fighting for survival, or like his fellow mercenaries, for the sheer excitement and camaraderie of battle.

Area 88 was among the first three manga to be translated into English and published in North America. It has been adapted into a theatrical film, two anime series, the first an OVA originally published in 1985 and the latest, a 12-episode anime television series, which premiered across Japan on the anime television network Animax in 2005, and a video game, released in North America as U.N. Squadron. It is also a brand of model aircraft in Japan. While it appeals to aviation fans for its realistic depictions of aircraft and aerial combat it has also been critically acclaimed for its strong character development and Shintani's poignant storytelling, combining action, tragedy, romance, and comedy. In 1985, the manga received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen.

  1. Isamu Imagake

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  1. Shin-ichiro Miki

    Shin-ichiro Miki

    Makoto Shinjou

  2. Tomokazu Seki

    Tomokazu Seki

    Micky Simon

  3. Takehito Koyasu

    Takehito Koyasu

    Shin Kazama

  4. Hikaru Midorikawa

    Hikaru Midorikawa

    Satoru Kanzaki

  5. Sanae Kobayashi

    Sanae Kobayashi

    Kitri Parveneh

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Season 1

2004 | 12 Episodes

Season 1 of Area 88 premiered on January 8, 2004.

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 25m

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