A young pilot named Shin Kazama is tricked into signing a three year contract by a jealous and competitive childhood friend, landing him in Area 88, a mercenary air force base secluded in the desert of a war torn country. Determined to earn $1.5 million dollars to buy his way out and return home, killing becomes second nature to Shin as he quickly rises in rank amongst the other pilots of Area 88. Filled 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 of battle. The music to this series is fantastic and upbeat, while the story is painful and depressing. A perfect combination for another “Rise of a prodigy that kicks everyone’s ass,” sort of show.