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Area 88
Posted 3/31/08 , edited 3/31/08
Area 88



Genre

Action, Drama, Military, Romance


Demographic
Shōnen



Summary


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 dollars 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.



The Manga


The original Japanese manga of Area 88 was serialized in 23 volumes between 1979 and 1986 by Shogakukan. Each volume was black and white with a painted color cover and contained several short stories called "missions." In all, there were 172 such missions across the 23 volumes. Shonen Sunday later repackaged the 23 volumes into ten thick books under its Wide Volume product line.

Area 88, along with Mai, the Psychic Girl and The Legend of Kamui, was one of the first three manga to be translated to English and published in North America by Eclipse Comics and VIZ Media in May 1987.

It was published bi-weekly with each issue containing a single mission, of which the editors had planned to release all 172. The first 28 issues featured covers from the original manga plus some original artwork by Shintani, but as these resources were limited, the covers of issues #29-36 featured stills from the OVA film. With issue #37 in December 1988, VIZ Media took over the series, and in addition to featuring photographs of actual fighter jets on the cover, the publication went from bi-weekly to monthly and the price from $1.50 to $1.75. The series did not adjust well to the dramatic change, and with issue #42 in May 1989, it was canceled. It was later run as a feature in Viz's Animerica Magazine, but did not run to completion there, ending in January 1995.



The Links


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_88

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3149


Note:

I would like to ask if someone has already seen this anime and what is your say to this series... this anime is kinda old... probably aired in the late 1980s or something. what is your opinion to this one anyways? also, to those who recently seen this, can you tell me where to watch it?

anyways, kinda tired with naruto and bleach threads... this time, how about we talk about something new? the anime is kinda old but i think its not kinda bad if we talk something different for a change don't you guys agree?
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I'm sorry to say this, because it isn't exactly the most constructive comment for your thread, but what is Area 88?
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The_8th_Sin wrote:

I'm sorry to say this, because it isn't exactly the most constructive comment for your thread, but what is Area 88?


eres what it was


Area 88
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3149
Posted 3/31/08
Area 88 ... what is it like ?
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well now that you're describing it instead of just asking for where you can find it - it's okay. I myself have never heard of it.
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Area 88 ??
Posted 3/31/08
i saw are 88 .. it has a good story line..
and i love Shin....
2 bad he was trick 2 join there~
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havent watched it...

is it good?

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oh, i apologies... my bad

anyways, i think its not that bad though to make a thread about this anime, there's no rule that forbids creating this one. il let the mods decide upon this matter...
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its like area51.... minus the alien... plus the anime...hahaha
Posted 3/31/08
changed the first post... hope the mods would approve this one
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noname01123 wrote:

changed the first post... hope the mods would approve this one


The post you create in Manga section is ok already. Look what I wrote for you.
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Area 51 sounds more appropriate =]
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Posted 3/31/08
Area 11 sounds more nicer
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nvr heard of this...
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