Area 88 TV Series DVD 1 (Hyb): Treacherous Skies + Artbox
Mike Givens - Sep 8 2005 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rating: Pretty good!
Lots of action, lots of fighter planes.
Area 88 starts off with action and keeps it coming. The slipcase jacket contains more "story development" than do the first few episodes, so you don't have to sit through a lot of dialogue that merely explains what events led up to the opening scene. I'm certain that by the end of the series you will know the complete plot, however, because the details that are revealed have been carefully woven into the fabric of the adventure without slowing it down. If you (think) you know a lot about airplanes, you will have to ignore the lack of technical expertise and simply enjoy the show, but the planes themselves are rendered very well and the action shots are realistic and clear. No cinema noir here to cover up a lack of detail. While Area 88 isn't going to be nominated for best anime of the year, it is certainly worth the money, and since the size of the box indicates it will only be 4 DVD's long, you shouldn't hesitate to invest in this new series if you are an airplane buff and an anime lover.