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Area 88  
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Description
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.

Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 1985.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
エリア88

Groups Scanlating
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Latest Release(s)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Reprint, Complete)
13 Volumes (Scholar, Bunkoban, Complete)
13 Volumes (Media Factory, Bunkoban, Complete)
13 Volumes (Media Factory, Reprint, Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (14 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.11 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 30th 2015, 4:39am PST


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Year
1979

Original Publisher
Media Factory (1999; 2003)
Scholar (1994)
Shogakukan (1979; 1985; 1992)

Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Big Comic (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (6 Volumes - Dropped)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1267 increased(+143)
Monthly Pos #2511 increased(+339)
3 Month Pos #4022 increased(+482)
6 Month Pos #5327 increased(+891)

List Stats
On 23 reading lists
On 75 wish lists
On 10 completed lists
On 3 unfinished lists
On 30 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Who would I have to pay to get this scanlated???? 644 days, 5 hours, 24 minutes ago

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Good war/survival drama   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Cheesyhoboe
January 28th, 2009, 11:40am
It has many cliches of your typical "lone mercenary" story, but it does them well. Despite being focused around fighter pilots, this manga isn't about the action as much and is more of a drama focusing around the psychological aspects of war. Definitely give this one a read.
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