86 (EIGHTY-SIX), one of the most anticipated sci-fi anime in Spring 2021, aired its first episode last Saturday. The anime is based on Asato Asato’s light novel series with the same name. A key animator and an animation of the anime series posted on illustrations of Lena, the lead female character, to celebrate the premiere.
The Eighty Six is produced at A-1 Pictures under chief direction of Toshimasa Ishii (ERASED). Toshiya Ono (The Promised Neverland writes the series composition while Tetsuya Kawakami (Robot Girls Z) is in charge of the original character design
The light novel series is written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii. The first volume was serialized on ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko in 2017. Yen Press published the English novel in March 2019. The publication describes the first volume as:
The Republic of San Magnolia has long been under attack from the neighboring Giadian Empire’s army of unmanned drones known as the Legion. After years of painstaking research, the Republic finally developed autonomous drones of their own, turning the one-sided struggle into a war without casualties-or at least, that’s what the government claims.– Yen Press
The English version of the manga is also available on Yen Press with Volume 2 being released last March 2021.
The trailer for the anime was announced last December 2020. You can watch it here: