Area 88 (TV)

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Alternative title:
エリア88 (Japanese)
Genres: action, drama, romance
Themes: military
Objectionable content: Significant
Copyright notice: © Kaoru Shintani/MF•88 COMMITTEE
Plot Summary: Deep in the sandy plains of the Middle Eastern kingdom of Asran, Japanese photojournalist Makoto Shinjou travels to the remote airbase Area 88 to document the activities of the mercenaries who destroy the country's enemies for a living. Among their ranks is Shin Kazama, a Japanese ace pilot who was tricked by his former best friend into signing a contract with the Asran's fighter squad. Because of this, he lost his career as an airline pilot and the chance to marry his fiancee Ryoko Tsugumo. Now, Shin has three choices in order to leave Area 88 and return to Japan: serve the mercenary group for three years, earn US$1.5 million, or desert the base, risking imminent death.
User Ratings: 420 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 17 votes (sub:11, dub:5, edit.dub:1)
 Excellent: 45 votes (sub:26, dub:16, edit.dub:1, others:2
2 Spanish subtitled
 Very good: 94 votes (sub:51, dub:38, ?:1, others:4
4 Spanish subtitled
 Good: 131 votes (sub:78, dub:51, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Decent: 70 votes (sub:45, dub:21, edit.dub:2, others:2
2 Spanish subtitled
 So-so: 33 votes (sub:22, dub:10, others:1
1 greek subtitled
 Not really good: 16 votes (sub:10, dub:6)
 Weak: 9 votes (sub:7, dub:1, raw:1)
 Bad: 3 votes (sub:2, dub:1)
 Awful: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 1058 users, rank: #1126 (of 7607)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.971 (Good), std. dev.: 1.5914, rank: #3096 (of 7632)
Weighted mean: 6.887 (Good), rank: #3182 (of 7632) (seen all: 7.17 / seen some: 5.73 / won't finish: 4.46)
Bayesian estimate: 6.906 (Good), rank: #2874 (of 5766)
Running time: 26 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 12
Episode titles: We have 12
Vintage: 2004-01-08 to 2004-03-25
Release dates: We have 4
Opening Theme:
"Mission (Fuga)" by angels
Ending Theme:
#1: "Dance in the Battlefield" by Keiko Terada (eps 1-8)
#2: "Dance in the Battlefield (English Version)" by Keiko Terada (eps 9-12)
Trivia: We have 3
Area 88 DVD 1 (Aug 19, 2005)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Area 88 - Complete Collection (Thinpak) (DVD) 2007-01-16
    Area 88 - Complete Collection (DVD) 2008-12-30
    Area 88 - A Lonely Crossing of Paths (DVD 2) 2005-09-13 (from $23.98)
    Area 88 - Wings of the Wind (DVD 4) 2006-01-17
    Area 88 - Treacherous Skies (DVD 1) 2005-07-19
    Area 88 - Treacherous Skies + Artbox (DVD 1) 2005-07-19 (from $31.98)
    Area 88 - Tightrope at the Speed of Sound (DVD 3) 2005-11-15 (from $23.98)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Chief Director: Isamu Imakake
Episode Director:
Genta Honda (OP)
Isamu Imakake (ED)
Original creator: Kaoru Shintani
Character Design: Hiroshi Koujina
Art Director: Akira Suzuki
Chief Animation Director:
Ayako Kurata
Hiroshi Koujina
Animation Director: Kenji Hattori
Mechanical design: Michiaki Sato

2D Composite:
Chiharu Horita (View Works)
Chikura Matsukura (View Works)
Hitoshi Tamura (Shinkuukan)
Mayuko Haseda (View Works)
Ryouichi Oota (View Works)
Takumi Miyata (Shinkuukan)
Tetsuji Sakamaki (Shinkuukan)
Yoshihiro Sekiya (Shinkuukan)
Yukako Umeuchi (View Works)
Yuujirou Yamane (View Works)
3D Composite:
Chiori Satou (Production I.G)
Daiki Matsukura (View Works)
Eiji Mizutani (Production I.G)
Hiromitsu Saitou (View Works)
Hiroshi Souma (Production I.G)
Hisashi Akimoto (View Works)
Miki Yoshida (Production I.G)
Satoshi Shimura (Production I.G)
Shinya Odani (View Works)
Tomokazu Yoshioka (IKIF+)
Yoshitaka Nagaoka (IKIF+)
3D Modeling Cooperation:
Hironori Yoshida
Manabu Suzuki
3D Production: Yosuke Kagami (View Works)
Ayako Kurahashi (OP)
Hiroshi Koujina (OP; ED)
Shō Misora (ED)
Color Coordination:
Mimi Motegi (OP; ED)
Yukiko Toida
Digital Advancement: Kawai Ueno
Finish Check: Hironori Nochi
Format Editing: Masami Suzuki
In-Between Check: Yoshitomo Miura
Production Cooperation: Ryousuke Takahashi
Recording: Soushi Shiihara
Recording Adjustment: Satoshi Yano
Sound Effects: Sho Urahata
Sound Production:
Mikako Kurahashi
Yasuaki Sumi
Theme Song Composition: Vincent De Moor (OP)
Theme Song Performance:
Angels (OP)
Keiko Terada (ED)
Shinichiro Miki as Makoto Shinjou
Takehito Koyasu as Shin Kazama

Chikao Ohtsuka as McCoy
Hikaru Midorikawa as Satoru Kanzaki
Hiroki Takahashi as Saki Vashtar
Masaya Takatsuka as Greg Gates
Ryou Hirohashi as Kim Aba
Sanae Kobayashi as Kitri Parveneh
Satsuki Yukino as Ryoko Tsugumo
Shigenori Sōya as Gustav Tanherm
Tomokazu Seki as Micky Simon

Hidenari Ugaki as Zenzo Tsugimo (eps 6, 11)
Hirofumi Tanaka as Campbell (ep 5)
Hisao Egawa as Captain Shibukawa (ep 6)
Kazunari Kojima as Ground Crewman (ep 8)
Kazunari Tanaka as Larry
Keiichi Sonobe as McWell Representative (ep 11)
Kenji Nomura as Hans (ep 10)
Kimiko Saitō as Alicia (eps 2, 8-9)
Koichi Sakaguchi as Enemy Controller (ep 2)
Kouji Haramaki as Roundell
Nobuyuki Hiyama as Patrick Reed (ep 10)
Osamu Ryuutani as Controller (eps 5-6)
Ryouhei Nakao as Steve (ep 2)
Takahiro Fujimoto as Hoover (ep 5)
Wakana Yamazaki as Taeko Yasuda (ep 6)
Yousuke Akimoto as Boris (ep 2)
Yuuji Kishi as Pilot
Japanese companies
English staff
English cast
ADR Director: Scott McClennen
Translation: David Hewitt
Executive producer:
John Ledford
Mark Williams
Producer: Scott McClennen

Head of Translations: Javier Lopez
International Coordination: Toru Iwakami
Military Consultant: Kevin Divers
Mixing: Matt Wittmeyer
Packaging & DVD Graphics: Russell Etchen
Post-Production Manager: Shelly Thomas
Production Assistant:
Maki Nagano
Paul Mericle
Sara Muir
Production manager: Joey Goubeaud
Recording engineer: Jacob A. Gragard
Senior Translator: Sarah Alys Lindholm
Sound Design: Matt Wittmeyer
Chris Patton as Shin Kazama
John Gremillion as Makoto Shinjou

Andy McAvin as McCoy
George Manley as Gustav Tanherm
Hilary Haag as Ryoko Tsugumo
Illich Guardiola as Saki Vashtar
Jason Douglas as Satoru Kanzaki
John Swasey as Mickey Simon
Nancy Novotny as Kitri Parveneh
Rob Mungle as Greg Gates
Serena Varghese as Kim Aba

Eric Chase as Enemy Commander (ep 2)
Jim McClellan as Larry
Jon Talia as Pilot (ep 1)
Lee Stringer as Pilot (ep 1)
Luci Christian as Alicia (ep 2)
Mandar Sane as Pilot (ep 2)
Marty Fleck as Roundell
Mike Kleinhenz as
Boris (ep 2)
Radio Operator (ep 12)
Mike MacRae as Curly
Quentin Haag as Pilot (ep 1)
Stuart Halpryn as Pilot (ep 1)

English companies
Animax Asia (Asia)
The Anime Network
ADV Films (UK)
Madman Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
DVD Authoring & Encoding: M.O.F.C.
Licensed by: ADV Films
Recording Studio: ADV Studios
Korean staff
Korean cast
Han Choi as Makoto Shinjou
Won-Hyeong Choi as Shin Kazama

Hyeon-Seo An as Kim Aba
Ji-Yeong Kim as Kitri Parveneh
Lee Byeongsik as McCoy
Lee Sangbeom as Micky Simon
Seung-Pyo Hong as Saki Vashtar
Won-Chan Lee as Greg Gates
Yong-Jun Kim as Gustav Tanherm

Park Yeonghwa as Roundell
Won-Chan Lee as Boris
Korean companies
Broadcaster: Animax Korea
French staff
French cast
Executive producer: Carlo Levy

Dubbing Production: Laurence Fontanarosa
Production Assistant: Stephanie Leempoels
Voice Direction: Philippe Roullier
Philippe Roullier as Shinjo

Antoine Tome as Kanzaki
Eric Chevallier as Greg
Jessie Lambotte as Ryoko
Olivia Dutron as Kitori
Taric Mehani as Kim Aba
Thierry Kazazian as Shaki
Vincent Violette as Mickey
Yann Pichon as McCoy

Cyrille Monge as
Eric Chevallier as Gorille
Eric Peter as Roundel
Mathieu Rivolier as Gashav
French companies
ADR Production: Studio Chinkel
Ciné Cinema Famiz (from 19 February 2006)
Gong (from September 2009)
Distributor: Dybex
Dubbing Studio: Chinkel

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