86: Expected Release Date & Updates! Read Fast!

Asato Asato and Shirabii are the authors and illustrators of the Japanese science fiction light book series 86 -Eighty Six. In February 2017, ASCII Media Works published it under their Dengeki Bunko banner. Yen Press has licenced the series in North America.

Two spin-off manga series, 86: Operation High School by Suzume Somemiya and 86: Fragmental Neoteny by Media Factory, have been serialised in Square Enix’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive from June 27, 2020 and April 26, 2021, respectively, with an illustration by Motoki Yoshihara. A-1 Pictures’ anime television series launched in the United States in April of that year.


For nine years, the Republic of San Magnolia and the Empire of Giad have been at war. The Republic has created its own autonomous units, termed Juggernauts, which are remotely controlled by a Handler after first suffering severe casualties against the Empire’s autonomous mechanised Legions. All “86” (San Magnolia’s Colorata minority) Juggernauts are flown by people, despite the public’s belief that they are being fought between robots and humans.

Prior to being formally recognised as subhuman, the Colorata people were treated as second-class citizens by the majority Alba race and the Alba-supremacist Republic government. Not being allowed to have personal identities and imprisoned in 86th District internment camps, the 86 were obliged to participate in the Republic’s conflict with Imperial forces in order to obtain better care and treatment.

San Magnolia military officer and Alba aristocrat, Major Vladilena “Lena” Milizé, is an ardent advocate for the Colorata minority and the Republic’s purposeful deception of the general population. The Spearhead Squadron of the Eastern Front, an elite force made up of 86 veterans who have earned their stripes, assigns her as its Handler. One of the most well-known military units is the Spearhead Squadron, which is led by Shinei “The Undertaker” Nouzen.

The squad’s infamy originates from the mental health of its commanding officers, who have gone as far as committing suicide or going insane while in charge of the squad. Spearhead Squadron comes to know Lena throughout her stint as commander of 86’s contingent. It is also revealed that the Republic and the battle with the Empire are not what they appear to be. Lena and Shinei learn this at the same moment.


86: Novels Of A Lighter Tone

Asato Asato penned the storey, Shirabii drew the illustrations, and I-IV designed the mechanical elements. ASCII Media Works has released 10 volumes since February 2017 under its Dengeki Bunko banner. Yen Press, the North American publisher of the light novel series, has the North American rights to the series and has so far published eight volumes. [18] Roman Lempert translated the English version.

86: Anime

On March 15th, 2020, Kadokawa’s “Kimirano” light novel website celebrated its first anniversary by announcing an anime television series adaptation via livestream.

Production and direction are handled by Toshimasa Ishii of A-1 Pictures, with screenplays written by Toshiya No, character designs by Tetsuya Kawakami, and music by Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto. Shirogumi is in charge of creating the CG. The show was supposed to premiere in 2020, however it has been postponed indefinitely.The first part of the series will broadcast from April 11 to June 20, 2021, on Tokyo MX and other stations.

In 2021, Tokyo MX aired an event to mark the beginning of the series, with the main cast, producer Nobuhiro Nakayama, and composer Hiroyuki Sawano. On October 3rd, 2021, the second part of the show will air.  Crunchyroll licenced the series outside of Asia for an English simulcast and simuldub.  Muse Communication licenced the series in Southeast Asia and is airing it on iQIYI and Bilibili.

The first opening theme is “3-bun 29-byō” (lit. 3 minutes 29 seconds) by Hitorie, while the first ending tune is “Avid” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki and the second theme is “Hands Up to the Sky” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Laco.While “Alchemila” by Regal Lily serves as the third ending theme, “Kyokaisen” (lit. Boundary Line) serves as the second opening theme.


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86: Reception

Dengeki Novel Prize’s 23rd Annual Grand Prize went to the light novel. Takarajimasha’s yearly guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! placed the light novel second in 2018 in the bunkobon category.  In 2019, it came in fifth place.

According to Comic Book Resources’ Joe Ballard: “86-Eighty-Six is anything but your normal light book series. It portrays conflict, drama, the supernatural, and the shockingly discriminating beliefs of a nation’s general populace with a movingly honest representation.”

UK Anime News complimented volume 1 of the light novel, calling it thought-provoking, emotive and exceedingly difficult to put down.” According to The Fandom Post, the first volume “wasn’t really original,” but it was pleased by how the “bloodless war” premise was subverted and how the narrative and characters were developed were “pretty strong.”

Last Thoughts-

The program was named one of the best in 2021 by IGN.

In addition to many Anime News Network writers, Steve Jones also ranked the anime’s first season as one of his most anticipated series for autumn 2021. While the first episode was criticised by The Fandom Post for being “stiff” and “full of technobabble,” by episode two the show had gained its feet.

Season one of the program was lauded for its high production values, strong animation and soundtrack, and exquisite conveying of the show’s topics by the review site.

Additionally, Anime News Network’s reviewer, Callum May, praised the series’ direction, storyboarding, and animation, calling the first few episodes “quite gripping”.

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