A special illustration by Shirabi, the artist of the original light novels, was shared on the official Twitter account for the animated adaptation of Asato’s written light novels, 86: Eighty-Six, to commemorate the airing of the ninth episode of the Serie.
The series has been on air in Japan since April 10 and has not yet revealed its number of episodes, although it is confirmed that it will be broadcast in two separate arcs. For his 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 struggle of these two begins!