Area 88

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Area 88 (エリア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.
In 1985, the manga received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen. 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.

 

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OVA:
Opening Theme
#1: “How Far to Paradise” by Derek Jackson
#2: “Sabaku no Illusion” by Shima Kitahara (ep 3)
Ending Theme
#1: “Kanashimi no Destiny” by MIO
#2: “So Long My Love” by Shima Kitahara (ep 3)

TV Series:
Opening Theme
Mission (Fuga)” by Angels [Single, OP & ED]

Ending Theme
#01: “Dance in the Battlefield” by Keiko Terada
#02: “Dance in the Battlefield (English Version)” by Keiko Terada

Area 88 Original Soundtrack (OVA):
Area 88 Acts I & II
Area 88 Acts III
Area 88 Original Album
Area 88 Character Image Album

Area 88 Original Soundtrack (TV Series):
Sound File 01 / Sound File 02
Area 88 Mission Cyber Trance OST

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