Within a week of its release in the Japanese market, the second Blu-ray / DVD package of the animated adaptation of 86: Eighty-Six accumulated 1,820 copies sold. The package was put on sale on August 25 in Japan.
The compilation package was released on August 25 in Japan and includes the third through fifth episodes of this adaptation. The Blu-ray version is priced at 8,800 yen (about $84) and amassed 1,582 copies sold, while the DVD version is priced at 7,700 yen (about $74) and amassed 238 copies sold. Among the benefits are a new original novel written by Asato Asato, a special booklet with previously unreleased production material, and a Drama CD with an additional story.
The first part aired during the Spring-2021 season (April-June) and featured eleven episodes. A second part (named in Japan as the second season) is scheduled for next October. For its part, Asato Asato began publishing the light novels in April 2017 through Kadokawa’s Dengeki Bunko publishing house. Shirabi (Musaigen no Phantom World) and artist I-IV (Aldnoah.Zero, Re: Creators) have been in charge of the illustrations.
- Toshimasa Ishii (Uchuu Kyoudai, Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Occultic; Nine) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures Studios, with Shirogumi Studios in charge of CG animation.
- Toshiya Ono (Yakusoku no Neverland, Houseki no Kuni, Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujoo Oo-hen) is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
- Tetsuya Kawakami (Demi-chan wa Kataritai, Robot Girls Z, Gakusen Toshi Asterisk) is in charge of character design.
- Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto are in charge of composing the soundtrack.
Synopsis for 86: Eighty-Six
The Republic of Saint Magnolia. This country has long been under siege by its neighbor, the Giadian Empire, which created a series of unmanned drones called the Legion. After years of painstaking research, the Republic finally developed its own autonomous drones, turning the one-sided fight into a casualtyless war – or at least, that’s what the government claims.
In truth, there is no bloodless war. Beyond the walls that protect the eighty-five territories of the Republic is the “nonexistent” “Eighty-Six Sector”. The young men and women of this forsaken land are branded “The Eighty-Six” and, stripped of their humanity, lead the “unmanned” weapons into battle … Shinn directs the actions of a detachment of Eighty-Six youths in the battlefield. Lena is a “manipulator” who commands the detachment from the remote rear with the help of special communication. The farewell story of the severe and sad fight of these two begins!