Area 88 Volume 3: Tightrope At the Speed of Sound
First broadcast on Japanese television a little over a year ago, Area 88 is
based on the classic manga by Kaoru Shintani with a screenplay by Hiroshi Onogi
(RahXephon, Macross Zero). It tells the story of Shin Kazama, an ace pilot on
the verge of a comfortable life with a commercial airline. Tricked into joining
a motley crew of mercenary fighter pilots, Shin’s only way out is to complete
the three year term or pay $1.5 million to break the contract. Truly innovative
animation and heart-pounding suspense transport you to a world where every breath
could be your last. At Area 88, there’s no such thing as a normal day.
Synopsis: All supply transports to Area 88 have been cut off by the enemy.
With the base running low on fuel and ammunition, supply costs have soared.
The task of freeing the base from the enemy’s stranglehold falls to Shin
Kazama and a couple of unlikely pilots. Then, as if that weren’t enough,
a sniper holds the base hostage. The pilots are willing to fight, but they have
to locate the sniper first, so Makoto Shinjou decides to help out with his photographic
skills. The thanks he gets is the ride of his life in a cavorting fighter jet
on a dangerous roller-coaster ride through a narrow canyon. The well-protected
enemy base lies at the opening to the canyon, but who will make it and who will
An anamorphic release including episodes seven through nine, presented in both
English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include production
sketches, an interview with Isamu Imakake (Director) & Satoshi Yano (Sound
Director), an interview with Isamu Imakake (Director) & Shinichiro Tachi
(Director of Photography), aircraft specs, and character bios, plus clean opening
animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.
RUNNING TIME: APPROX. 75 MINS
RATING: TV PG
VIDEO FORMAT: DVD Region 1
AUDIO FORMAT: English 5.1, Japanese 2.0