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86 -Eighty Six- (86―エイティシックス―, 86 ―Eiti Shikkusu-) is a Japanese light novel created by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii, with I-IV in charge of mechanical design. It has been published by ASCII Media Works under the Dengeki Bunko label since February 10, 2017. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures has been announced to air in 2020.[1]

Synopsis Edit

A War Without Casualties

The Republic of San Magnolia has long been under attack from the neighboring Giadian Empire's army of unmanned drones known as the Legion. After years of painstaking research, the Republic finally developed autonomous drones of their own, turning the one-sided struggle into a war without casualties-or at least, that's what the government claims.

In truth, there is no such thing as a bloodless war. Beyond the fortified walls protecting the eighty-five Republic territories lies the "nonexistent" Eighty-Sixth Sector. The young men and women of this forsaken land are branded the Eighty-Six and, stripped of their humanity, pilot the "unmanned" weapons into battle...

Release Edit

As of October 10, 2018, five volumes has been released under label Dengeki Bunko.

Reception Edit

Ever since its release, the series has achieved wide critical acclaim. It also won the 23rd Dengeki Novel Grand Prize. The novel peaked in 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! guidebook at the second position for bunkobon category while ranks #1 in the new work sub-category and the illustrator Shirabi in #8 for his work (co-credited with The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!).[2] In 2019 edition, the series reappeared at #5 and Shirabi at #1 for the respective same sub-categories.

At the time of manga's serialization announcement, the light novel had sold 250,000 copies in print.[3]

References Edit

  1. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-22/86-sci-fi-battle-anime-reveals-cast-staff-2020-premiere/.157809
  2. Kono Light Novel Sugoi! 2018
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named manga
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