Total # of Volumes: 1
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Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Toshimitsu Shimizu
Director: Yuji Moriyama & Osamu Mikasa & Jun Ichi Sakata & Tohru Yoshida
Character Designer: Yuji Moriyama
Music: Yusuke Honma
Animation Director: Yuji Moriyama
Animation Studio: Studio Fantasia
Toshimitsu Shimizu, Tokuma Shoten, JVC
American Producers: ADV Films
Title: DVD Collection
Running Time: 175
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 7
1: Episode 1
2: Episode 2
3: Episode 3
4: Episode 4
5: Episode 5
6: Episode 6
7: Episode 7
Private Isurugi arrives at the 801 Tactical Training Squadron, nicknamed "the Airbats", to begin his new duties as aircraft maintenance officer. Mysteriously, the unit is housed in what appears to be a storage shed on the far side of the base. As he investigates, Isurugi is attacked by a bat and pratfalls his way through room after room that are occupied by women in various states of undress. What has he stumbled upon? After being clobbered by the women for his "perverted peeping", it is revealed to the hapless private that he has arrived at Japan's one and only all-female acrobatic flying unit. Soon Isurugi settles in and begins to get to know his new comrades.
Between the sniping between the two female lead pilots, the tomboy Mitaka" and the shy Haneda and all the blushing they do over Isurugi , there is a thin tension plot involving a flying test that will determine if the unit will be renewed or disbanded. The feuding over Isurugi carries over into the test and results in one plane becoming damaged and it is up to the inventiveness of Isurugi to talk the two pilots down safely. In the end, the day is won, the unit saved and Isurugi is stuck unable to decide which girl he really wants.
Once again the 801 T.T.S. faces disbandment if they don't pass the latest flying exams, but Isurugi, Mitaka and Haneda have a much more pressing problem on their hands. Tomorrow is Isurugi's birthday and only one girl will get to take him out for dinner. Sparks fly both in the sky and on ground as Mitaka and Haneda squabble. Eventually, this leads to Haneda winning the right to the dinner. But on the big day, Mitaka has caught a bad cold and feels obliged to Isurugi remain home to tend to her.
While poor Haneda waits unaware at the coffee shop, Isurugi is dabbing Mitaka's forehand and carrying her to the bathroom. It is then, while an sound of an overhead plane drowns out her voice, that Mitaka first admits that she is attracted to Isurugi. But as soon as she reveals to intimate secret, she puts on an act of bravado, declaring the whole illness and confession as "a joke". Haneda returns shortly thereafter and berates Mitaka for ruining Isurugi's birthday. During the scolding, though, Isurugi collapses with a high fever and everyone realizes that Mitaka was truly ill. The episode ends with Mitaka stating that she cannot partner with Haneda any more, thus putting the big flying test in jeopardy, as the two women stand watch over the ill Isurugi.
P.S. to all Otaku: Look for cameo appearances of other Studio Fantasia characters as statuettes in Isurugi's room.
The big test is bearing down on the Airbats but there is still much friction between Mitaka and Haneda. Adding to their troubles, the meddling unit commander, who wants to see the 801st gone, has come up with what he thinks is a foolproof plan. He arranges to have Mitaka promoted to a combat unit and thus ruins any chance of the airbats to pass the precision flying test. Mitaka contemplates her choice while playing a fighter jet video game at the local arcade, she ends up a hero after saving the daughter of an old man during traffic accident just outside. Mitaka returns to the base bruised and bleeding and enters Isurugi's bedroom. She whispers her good-byes and gives him a kiss, which wakes him. Isurugi not only knows of the promotion already, but also knows that it is a ploy which forces Mitaka to accept it (If she declined the offer, she would never again be considered for combat duty). During this, Haneda enters and accuses them of sneaking around people's backs. Mitaka leaves without explaining to anyone why she is going and Haneda gives Isurugi and blow to the kisser.
The next morning it is revealed to the rest of the team that Mitaka is gone and that hapless Yohko is going to have to take her place. She tries her best but is is soon apparent that, without Mitaka, the team is doomed. At her new base, Mitaka is haunted by the visions of her old friends everywhere she looks. But just then, the old man from the arcade comes walking the down the hall. It ends up that he is Air General Tsukamoto, commander for the entire division, and he is very grateful for Mitaka's brave actions.
The big day of the test dawns and the mean spirited unit commander arrives to view the demise of the airbats. The test begins but to everyone's amazement, the team performs flawlessly. So it dawns on the group that it is Mitaka and not Yohko, piloting the jet. The unit commander angrily demands a reason why Mitaka is flying with the 801st and not her new unit and it is then that General Tsukamoto appears. Everything ends with the 801st being converted from a training unit to a combat unit and with the General further muddling the awkward relationship between Mitaka, Haneda and Isurugi by giving his "stamp of approval of Mitaka's boyfriend, Isurugi" much to Haneda's chagrin.
The team, having been promoted to a combat unit (at the end of 801 T.T.S. Airbats #1), decides to celebrate by taking a vacation together. So it's off to the mountains with them. But, it ends up that Sakura has gambled away their savings and they end up in an old hotel that has fallen on hard times.
With the snow falling heavily outside, Mitaka and the gang find themselves bored out of their wits. This sends them investigating around the compound. What they discovered is a hidden hanger with a World War Two era Kamikaze fighter still in inside. When asked, the old woman who runs the place tells the gang a ghost story about the plane. According to her, the hotel was used as retreat during war and one day, the pilot of that plane mysteriously disappeared. Now, whenever a pilot, especially attractive female pilots, visits the inn, they are haunted by the ghost of that lost airman.
Everyone scoffs at the story but later, when the ghost makes his appearance - conveniently while the ladies are soaking in the outdoor hot spring - they all become believers. Meanwhile, while the rest of crew is running around trying to solve the "Scooby Doo" mystery, Isurugi spends his time repairing the old fighter. Everything wraps up when it is revealed that the old woman is actually none other than the missing pilot and a pervert to boot. The old creep tries to make his escape in the newly restored plane but crashes into the spring.
The American Acrobatic team, the Thunderbirds, has arrived and is scheduled to fly with the Airbats in a big show. But things get off to a rocky start after an incident between the very buxom leader of the Thunderbirds, Lt. Yaeger, and Mitaka. Tension between the two teams continues to build until it reaches a boil during the welcoming dinner. A scuffle ensues and Lt. Yaeger injures her arm.
The next day, Yaeger and Mitaka take to the air and to face off again. Although Yaeger has the superior plane, Mitaka manages to out fly her. But the stresses of the high-G maneuvers are too much for Yaeger's hurt arm and she is forced to withdraw from the show. The Japanese Air Command is not pleased when it learns that the Thunderbirds will have to return to America without performing due to Yaeger's withdrawaland they order Commander Kengamine to provide a substitute pilot and make sure that show goes off without a hitch.
But who will be the replacement? Mitaka and Haneda already have assignments and Yohko is not skilled enough. The decision is made for Commander Kengamine to return to the pilot's seat and, after much intensive training, he is finally ready. In the end, the show is flawless and both The Thunderbirds and the Airbats part ways with newfound respect for each other. Unfortunately, another result of the happy ending is Kengamine's constant bragging about how great he was.
A new ramen restaurant is opening downtown, and they are having a ramen eating contest to celebrate. The intrepid 801st Airbats are willing to rise to the challenge, though each for their own personal reason. Soon, thanks to Sakura's manipulation, the contest becomes a strategic battle waged throughout the Japanese military. Bets are placed left and right, and all of the contestants are being monitored using the most advance military equipment available.
Meanwhile, the 801st continues to train (and feud) for the big event. Sakura isn't above a little behind the scenes action and does her best to rig the contest. The opening day arrives, and it is treated as if it where a major military war game. Streets are shut down; cameras setup and satellites are rerouted to send the images to bases throughout Japan. The competition begins, with each contestant expected to eat 5 enormous bowls of ramen, and right off the bat, Isurugi bails out to pay respects to the porcelain throne. Next to fall is Konishi, the squadron commander, thanks to the interference of both Sakura and Kengamine. Mitaka and Haneda succumb soon there after, leaving Kengamine and Yohko in the race. But while Kengamine fantasizes about the promotion he'll earn as the winner, Yohko wins the contest. Scenes of shock follow, as no one, except Sakura, had bet on Yohko to win.
One quiet morning, while the others are off on a 10k run, Sakura is cleaning up around the base. She dusting in Konishi's office when she accidentally discovers a ring box. Upon opening it, she smiles and we are taken into a flashback to a time when a young Sakura had just joined the Air Self Defense Force and Konishi was a pilot at the same base as her training squadron.
Konishi had a crush on Sakura back then but there were two things between her and him; his shyness and a handsome pilot called Takehashi. The threesome did everything together, from breakfast to a day at the beach. They learn that Sakura has been nominated for FT (fighter training). Takehashi encourages her, saying "now we'll will be able to fly together." But on the big day, he is duped by three jealous female pilots who don't want Sakura and Takehashi together. Sakura continues to scan the crowd at her test flight for Takehashi but he is nowhere to be seen. Konishi finally gathers up the courage to ask Sakura to marry and dashes over to the cockpit. Sakura turns, without looking first, and blurts out Takehashi's name while Konishi stands there with the ring box in his hands. After an awkward moment, Konishi gives her the ring saying it is from Takehashi, who was too shy to give it to her in person.
The flashback ends; revealing to the viewer that Konishi had written "please marry me" inside the box. Sakura smiles and the episode ends.