86 -Eighty-Six- is an anime series in the mecha and military science fiction genre with many romantic elements. The anime, which first met with the audience in 2021, was adapted from Asato Asato’s famous light novel of the same name. Toshimasa Ishii sits in the director’s chair, and the anime was adapted by A-1 Pictures, which we know from beloved animes such as Black Butler and Kaguya-sama: Love is War. The anime deals with the struggle of the Republic of San Magnolia and the Giadian Empire against each other in the framework of science fiction. Originally broadcast on many local channels such as Tokyo MX, BS11, GYT, GTV, ytv, CTV between April 11, 2021, and June 20, 2021, the anime also appeared for the last time for the first season on June 27 with its special episode. It is also licensed by Crunchyroll and gained viewers worldwide thanks to this. Now, fans of the anime are looking forward to a second season.
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What is the plotline of the anime?
After years of domination on the battlefield by the drones of the Giadian Empire, the Republic of San Magnolia, through patient and meticulous research, has finally succeeded in developing its own autonomous drones. The republican government claims the war is no longer one-sided but a bloodless struggle between technologically advanced societies and armies of drones and machines.
On the other hand, the government’s propaganda aims to cover up the dark reality of the autonomous units. In the Republic of San Magnolia, the racist government of Alba long persecuted the Colorata minority. They are referred to as the 86s and are rumored to be forced to pilot unmanned drones in a terrible war against the Giadian Empire. When Major Vladilena “Lena” Mirizé leads an elite unit of 86 veterans, she learns of their oppression and sympathizes with them.
Faced with years of propaganda-defying truth, Lena’s frustration about the greatness of the Republic is swift, and her life changes dramatically. Unfortunately, being an Alban means it will be difficult for Lena to find the support of the Colorata minority. Even if she manages to win the oppressed hearts, how will Lena stop the persecution of the racist Alba government?
Will there be a second season of 86 (Eighty-Six)?
The anime’s first part concluded on June 20, 2021. But this is not the end. Although the anime’s second season has not been announced, we would like to share with the fans that the first season has not been completed yet. A teaser of the second part of the anime has been released recently. The second part of the anime will meet the audience in October 2021. For anime lovers who have to wait for years for the new seasons commonly, we can say that this period is quite short.
The light novel, original of the series, is written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii. The series, which ASCII Media Works has published since February 10, 2017, has reached ten volumes today and has not made a final yet. A short part of the light novel was only adapted for the anime’s first season, and there is plenty of stock material for the new seasons.
Disc sales of the anime will be announced at the end of July, and we will add this to our article. Since disc sales are financial data, they give good clues about the possibility of the next seasons. Popularity is the most important thing for an anime. When we look at the Twitter account of the anime, we see that 57k people follow. We can say that it is not bad for a new anime. In a simple comparison, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is followed by 47k people, and its new season has been released recently. Eighty-six ranks 603rd in Myanimelist’s popularity rankings, and we are sure this ranking will increase in the coming months.
The anime is currently not licensed by a major exclusive distributor (like Netflix, Amazon) and has no side products (Smartphone game, live-action movie). It shows that disc sales are important. For the anime to have more seasons, it needs to be successful in disc sales.
Spoiler: Is Shin really dead?
We warn readers because the answer to this question is a big spoiler. You will already get the answer to this question in the new chapters to be published, but the decision is yours, of course.
We know you are all very upset. We know that there are those among you who say it shouldn’t end like this. You’re pretty confused about the finale, but this spoiler will answer some questions. Shin is not dying. All five of them survive. To create excitement in the final scene, the studio made an appearance that Shin had no head. This headless thing is completely tricky. Rei comes in Legion form and saves everyone. However, it is still a question mark how it will be adapted in the anime. Let’s wait and see.