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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.


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

Ep. 1
Japanese Release February 10, 2017
Pages 344
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-892666-9
Vol. 1
English Release March 19, 2019
Pages 253
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-530312-9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ep. 9
Japanese Release February 10, 2021
Pages 392
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-913309-7
Valkyrie Has Landed
Vol. 9
English Release February 22, 2022
Pages 280
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-533999-9

Ep. 10
Japanese Release June 10, 2021
Pages 376
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-913880-1
Fragmental Neoteny
Vol. 10
English Release May 17, 2022
Pages 280
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-1-97-534334-7

Ep. 11
Japanese Release February 10, 2022
Pages 360
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-4-04-914147-8
Dies Passionis
Vol. 11
English Release TBA
Pages TBA


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]


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)
2019 Top 10 Light Novels 2019
(Bunkobon category)
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