Trivia / Area 88

  • Adaptation Distillation: Bowman in the OVA. The negative, cowardly, and callous aspects of his personality (as seen in the very first manga story) are not addressed.
  • Bad Export for You: The American version of the arcade Area 88 games is one-to-one...except for the removal of the special "rescue the passenger jet from bombs" mission.
    • The TV series originally aired with a soundtrack of remixes of notable trance artists' music; however, the ADV Films release had all of the music (except for the opening and ending themes) replaced.
  • No Export for You: U.N. Squadron wasn't the only video game based on the Area 88 manga. In 1995, Family Soft released Area 88: Etranger 1995 in Japan, but not in the U.S.
  • Playing Against Type: The late Kaneto Shiozawa was famous for his Creepy Monotone and for voicing characters who are stoic or sinister bishonens. In contrast, his performance as Shin is noticably emotional and Hot-Blooded.