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86ーEighty-Sixー (86ーエイティシックスー, Eiti Shikkusu?), stylized as 86--EIGHTY-SIX or 86: EIGHTY-SIX and synonymously known as simply 86, is a Japanese science-fiction light novel series written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii, featuring mechanical designs by I-IV. It has been serialized under ASCII Media Work's Dengeki Bunko imprint since February 10, 2017. Yen Press licensed the light novels in English and published the first volume on March 26, 2019 under their Yen On imprint.

Plot

The Republic of San Magnolia has been at war with the Giadian Empire for nine years. Though it initially suffered devastating losses to the Empire's autonomous mechanized Legion, The Republic has since developed its own autonomous units, called Juggernauts, which are directed remotely by a Handler. While on the surface the public believes the war is being fought between machines, in reality, the Juggernauts are being piloted by humans and all of them are the Eighty-Six, the designation given to the racial minority Colorata of The Republic who originally had equal rights as the dominant Alba race but were persecuted and scapegoated by the racist-led Alba government to the point the Colorata were considered not human, not allowed to have names and forced to live in internment camps in the Eighty-Sixth Sector while being forced to fight in the Republic's war with the Empire to restore their family's civic rights.

Vladilena "Lena" Milizé is an Alba noble of Major rank in the Republic's Military who is assigned as a Handler of the elite Spearhead Squadron comprised of seasoned Processors who have earned names. Led by their field commander and squad leader, Shinei "Undertaker" Nouzen, the Spearhead Squadron are infamous due to many Handlers who have commanded the squad having their psyche broken down and some even committed suicide. As Lena gets to know Shinei and the rest of the Spearhead squadron, she becomes sympathetic to his people's plight and tries to help them. At same time, Lena and Shinei learn a dark secret: the Republic and the war with the Empire is not what it seems on the surface.

Volume List

エイティシックス
Ep. 1
Japanese Release February 10, 2017
Pages 344
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-892666-9
Eighty-Six
Vol. 1
English Release March 19, 2019
Pages 253
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-530312-9

ラン・スルー・ザ・バトルフロント〈上〉
Ep. 2
Japanese Release July 7, 2017
Pages 280
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-893232-5
Run Through the Battlefront (Start)
Vol. 2
English Release July 16, 2019
Pages 189
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-530314-3

ラン・スルー・ザ・バトルフロント〈下〉
Ep. 3
Japanese Release December 9, 2017
Pages 360
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-893397-1
Run Through the Battlefront (Finish)
Vol. 3
English Release November 19, 2019
Pages 235
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-9753-0311-2

アンダー・プレッシャ
Ep. 4
Japanese Release May 10, 2018
Pages 344
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-893830-3
Under Pressure
Vol. 4
English Release March 31, 2020
Pages 231
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-530316-7

死よ、驕るなかれ
Ep. 5
Japanese Release October 10, 2018
Pages 392
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-912092-9
Death, Be Not Proud
Vol. 5
English Release August 18, 2020
Pages 265
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-539925-2

明けねばこそ夜は永く
Ep. 6
Japanese Release April 10, 2019
Pages 392
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-912461-3
Darkest Before the Dawn
Vol. 6
English Release November 17, 2020
Pages 224
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-531451-4

ミスト
Ep. 7
Japanese Release September 10, 2019
Pages 312
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-912798-0
Mist
Vol. 7
English Release March 30, 2021
Pages 208
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-531451-4

ガンスモーク・オン・ザ・ウォーター
Ep. 8
Japanese Release May 9, 2020
Pages 360
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-913185-7
Gun Smoke on the Water
Vol. 8
English Release August 17, 2021
Pages 224
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-532076-8

ヴァルキリィ・ハズ・ランデッド
Ep. 9
Japanese Release February 10, 2021
Pages 392
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-913309-7
Valkyrie Has Landed
Vol. 9
English Release
Pages
ISBN-13

フラグメンタル・ネオテニー
Ep. 10
Japanese Release June 10, 2021
Pages
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-913880-1
Fragmental Neoteny
Vol. 10
English Release
Pages
ISBN-13

    ディエス・パシオニス
    Ep. 11
    Japanese Release December, 2021
    Pages
    ISBN-13
    Dies Passionis
    Vol. 11
    English Release
    Pages
    ISBN-13


    Adaptations

    Manga

    • Adaptation of the first story arc illustrated by Motoki Yoshihara has been serialized in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine since October 10, 2018.
    • A second manga adaptation of the second story arc, titled 86: Run Through the Battlefront, illustrated by Hiroya Yamazaki has been serialized in Square Enix's Manga Up! digital magazine since January 24, 2021.

    Anime

    Adaptation produced by Aniplex and animated by A-1 Pictures. Toshimasa Ishii directed the anime and Toshiya Ono wrote the script. The anime premiered on April 11, 2021 on Tokyo MX and various other stations.

    Reception

    In November of 2018, it was reported that the first five volumes alone of the novel had sold over 500,000 copies.[1]. In March 2021, approximately a month before the TV-anime's premiere, Dengeki Bunko announced via Twitter that the series had cumulatively sold over 1,000,000 copies.[2]

    Achievements

    Dengeki Novel Prize
    Year Bracket Position
    2016 Rookie Awards 1st
    Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!
    Year Ranking Division Position/Winner
    2018 Top 10 Light Novels
    (Bunkobon category)
    2nd
    2019 Top 10 Light Novels 2019
    (Bunkobon category)
    5th
    Top 10 Female Characters 2nd
    Vladilena Milizé
    Top 10 Male Characters 5th
    Shinei Nouzen
    2020 Top 10 Female Characters 10th
    Vladilena Milizé
    Top 10 Male Characters 9th
    Shinei Nouzen

    Promotional Material

    External Links

    See Also

    • 86 at MyAnimeList
    • 86 at AniList
    • 86 at Anime News Network

    References

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