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Area 88 - Target 01 - Treacherous Skies

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It seemed that the sky was the limit for ace pilot Shin Kazama. His career with a wealthy commercial airliner was on the horizon, and he was ready to settle down to a comfortable life with his true love. Little did he know that he would soon be tricked into joining a motley crew of mercenary fighter pilots in the deadly skies of Area 88. Now the only way to get home is to complete the three year term or pay $1.5 million to break the contract.

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The broadcast series Area 88 (2004) is the second adaptation of Kaoru Shintani's manga about the adventures of an airborne mercenary corps; a three-part OVA appeared in 1985. Photojournalist Makoto Shinjou comes to the center of the civil war ravaging the country of Aslan, to investigate fighter pilot Shin Kazama. Area 88 is a tough assignment: the pilots must serve three years or earn $1.5 million in bonuses for destroying enemy targets--minus the cost of fuel, housing, meals, etc. Director Isamu Imakake provides plenty of Top Gun-style action: high speed climbs, vertiginous dives, hairpin turns, and mid-air explosions. But Kazama is so taciturn and stoic, he's not terribly interesting; Shinjou's endless prying annoys the other members of the crew. The extras include specs of the planes, character biographies and an interview with Imakake and screenwriter Hiroshi Ohnogi. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 12 and older: violence, tobacco use, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PLMB2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2008
Format: DVD
It has been over a decade since I have watched the original three OAV's (originally released by US Manga Corps in the early 90's; based on clips compiled from the original television series) of the anime "AREA 88".

The story of "AREA 88" revolves around Shin Kazama. A pilot with a great future with Yamato Air Lines. He's engaged to marry with his boss's daughter, Ryoko.

Everything looks good for Shin until his friend Satoru Kanzaki gets him drunk and signs his life away to enlist with the Aslam Foreign Legion (AFL).

Now Shin Kazama is a pilot that is on daily missions to kill other pilots and destroy enemy headquarters to live.

Shin is now living a life where the only way to get out of the AFL is to get enough kills to buy your way out (US $1.5 million), survive until your term is up or escape (which usually leads to death).

Over 15 years later, a new television series featuring the adventures of Shin Kazama is now available on DVD courtesy of ADV Films.

The first volume features three episodes with a new storyline slightly different from the manga and original anime series.

With more characters introduced in the new anime series, one is Makoto Shinjou. A photographer who is on a mission to take a photo of the face of a dead Shin Kazama. A mission that was given to him none other than by Shin's nemesis Kanzaki.

Of course, Shinjou doesn't know the history between Shin and Kanazaki but nevertheless, the storyline now incorporates this character to show how the toll of war and destruction are affecting the pilots and those who live at the Aslam Foreign Legion headquarters.
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A Kid's Review on December 17, 2005
Format: DVD
Shin Kazama was a commercial airline pilot until his so-called 'best friend' tricked him into joining a fighter squad called Area 88. Makoto Shinjou is a photographer exploring Area 88 and finding out more about this fighter squad. This DVD contains the first three episodes: Sky Blue, Boris, and Shin and Makoto. You can see the series on The Anime Network if you've got it, like I do, but if you don't and you like the Area 88 OAV but don't have the TV series, you can buy it for $20-30 dollars. This anime is a thrill seeking drama and the story starts developing.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Should be okay for 12 years and up for general warfare violence, disturbing images in the second episode, alcohol use, language, a politically correct tone, and some very brief nudity in the first opening sequence.
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Area 88 is about a young man who is a pilot and has his life stolen
so that he thinks all he can do is be a mercenary pilot
fighting a way in American aircraft against Soviet manufactured
aircraft. As this way pre-raytrace animations all the cells are drawn by hand in the animations.
I don't think the attitudes in the movie are really very healthy for young people.
It has a very black negative feel to it as a theme of death and betrayal.
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"Area 88" is a four part anime series, totaling about three hours, that was one of the first wave of OAV. This anime is dealing with the middleast and theirs lots of wars and fighting and combat in it. This series started in 1985
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