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Area 88: Complete Collection

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Japanese ace Shin Kazuma was staring at a cozy future at Yamato Airlines, where he was dating the president’s daughter. Instead, he’s tricked into signing on as a mercenary and now must serve a three year hitch or raises $1.5 million to buy his way out.

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Product Details

  • Directors: Area 88 TV
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7UER2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By ONENEO VINE VOICE on March 29, 2009
Format: DVD
Area 88 for those who have yet to experience it in any of its many incarnations is a recent remake of a three-episode 1985 series of the same name, which was itself based on an earlier manga series. Like many, you're probably wondering what about the premise warrants so much attention. The answer, in its simplest form, is that it presents a clean, tightly focused tale about a pilot betrayed over a woman and the results of this life-changing twist of fate.

Yes there's enough of a story here to keep the plot moving smoothly along but at its core, Area 88 is an action show that borrows some from some of the more memorable moments in big budget films such as Top Gun and Behind Enemy Lines.

As a bit of a fighter aircraft buff myself, I was quite enthralled with the accurate aircraft specs/ renditions featured in the program but make no mistake, fighter plane knowledge isn't a requisite for enjoying the viewing experience.

The story is technically told through the eyes of a photographer who arrives to the mercenary Middle Eastern air base on a bit of an ulterior motive mission again involving the betrayal mentioned above. I'll refrain from diving too deeply into the plot as most of the fun in the series is following along as the story-layers are unraveled like a proverbial onion.

If you've read along this far in the review, hopefully the reason for revisiting this franchise as often as has been done is becoming clearer. The core of the show involves aerial combat scenes and a near constant dose of sheer dog fighting goodness. While advances in animation technology/ computer generated imaging benefit the industry as a whole, there is certainly ample opportunity to show off just how far things have come in Area 88.
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This series marks the second animated adaptation of Kouru Shintani's fighter pilot manga epic, Area 88.

Shin Kazama, an orphan, was on track to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a commercial pilot. As the story starts, he is serving a three-year contract as a mercenary fighter pilot at Area 88, an air base in the middle of the desert. How he wound up there is revealed over the course of the series.

Each dangerous mission brings him closer to the $1.5 million required to terminate the contract and buy his freedom, but also changes his soul. The series does a very good job of covering that ground. It excels at (you could say wallows in) the angst-y, emotional drama that made Area 88 a favorite of mine back when the manga was being released in the U.S. The over the top melodrama could be too much for some (check out the poems used as previews for the next episode), but I loved it.

The animation is nicely done and I liked the story selection. The planes and air battles are all CG rendered and they look good, but I think they lose some of the character that the earlier, hand animated series had.

The characters are mostly true to their presentations in the manga and earlier series. As a plus to viewers watching the series in English, ADV used the same voice actors in the earlier series as they did in this one. If you watch both, the characters maintain their voices.

They've taken a minor character from the manga, Shinjo `Rocky' Makoto (a photographer) and used him as the focus of this series. I can see why they did, as it helps introduce viewers to the base and characters. But it also makes Shin sort of a supporting actor in his own story.
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This is a slice of life anime. No special powers or demons in this. Just a bunch of air fighter pilots trying to survive. The main character ( spoiler alert ) is tricked into signing a three year contract to fight in a war. This is how he keeps going no matter what to get back to the girl of his dreams. Excellent animation and a killer opening track. If you like Top Gun type shows this is the anime for you.
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A great anime to see with a powerful meaning to it in a way.Here a guy has a great life meets the girl of his dreams.He ha a promiseing career with good friends.then takes a turn for da worst.really good seris well worth buying
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I had wanted to check out a military themed animated show that employed fighter jets, and I had checked Area 88 out on a recommendation.

The military fighter jets were kick azz, let me state that right away. The air combat was well done. The characters? A bit stiff. The storyline? Can't go wrong with the lost love plot, but it's nothing viewers haven't seen before.

Area 88 isn't something I'm interested in watching again -- a bit boring all around, and not something that would entice me to watch again. I also wouldn't pay the $40 price for the set; the pricing should be more towards $30.

The DVD's are an okay anime offering, with a classic storyline and modern military fighters. Again, the characters are a bit stiff, so be warned.
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If you like your anime gripping but easy to comprehend, enjoy characters
with purpose and definition and have a taste for technically accurate (if
slightly over-the-top) aerial combat, Area 88 is the show for you.

It might be a bit brief and get a tad maudlin in places, but it will keep
you entertained from beginning to end, with all questions answered and all
plot threads neatly wrapped up.
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