According to the Republic of San Magnolia, their ongoing war against the Giadian Empire has no casualties—however, that is mere propaganda. While the silver-haired Alba of the Republic’s eighty-five sectors live safely behind protective walls, those of different appearances are interned in a secret eighty-sixth faction. Known within the military as the Eighty-Six, they are forced to fight against the Empire’s autonomous Legion under the command of the Republican “Handlers.”
Vladilena Milizé is assigned to the Spearhead squadron to replace their previous Handler. Shunned by her peers for being a fellow Eighty-Six supporter, she continues to fight against their inhumane discrimination. Shinei Nouzen is the captain of the Spearhead squadron. Infamous for being the sole survivor of every squadron he’s been in, he insists on shouldering the names and wishes of his fallen comrades. When the fates of these young souls from two different worlds collide, will it ignite the spark that lights their path to salvation, or will they burn themselves in the flames of despair?
- English: Eighty Six
- Japanese: 86―エイティシックス―
- Synonyms: Eighty Six
- Type: TV Series
- Episodes: 11
- Status: Finished Airing
- Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
- Quality: 1080p
- Audio: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
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About 86 (Eighty Six) Anime
86 -Eighty Six- (Japanese: 86-エイティシックス-, Hepburn: Eiti Shikkusu) is a Japanese science fiction light novel series written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii. It began publication by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint in February 2017. The series is licensed in North America by Yen Press.
A manga adaptation illustrated by Motoki Yoshihara has been serialized in Square Enix’s seinen manga magazine Young Gangan since 2018, with two spin-off manga series, titled 86: Operation High School by Suzume Somemiya and 86: Fragmental Neoteny, being serialized in Media Factory’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive since June 27, 2020 and April 26, 2021 respectively. An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures premiered in April 2021.
The Republic of San Magnolia has been at war with the Empire of Giad for nine years. Though it initially suffered devastating losses to the Empire’s autonomous mechanized Legions, 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, all of whom are “86”—the designation given to the Colorata minority of San Magnolia. The 86 originally had equal rights, but were persecuted and scapegoated by the dominant Alba race and the Alba-supremacist Republic government to the point where Colorata were both officially designated and popularly considered subhuman. The 86 were not permitted to have personal names and were immured in internment camps in the 86th District (their namesake); all the while being forced to fight in the Republic’s war with the Empire to receive better treatment.
Major Vladilena “Lena” Milizé, an Alba noble and military officer in the San Magnolian military, is an outspoken activist against the grave mistreatment of the nation’s Colorata minority, and the willful deception of the Republic government to the general public. She is assigned as the Handler of the Spearhead Squadron of the Eastern Front: an elite unit composed entirely of 86 veterans who have earned names. Led by their squad leader, Shinei “The Undertaker” Nouzen, the Spearhead Squadron is infamous among military officials. Its notoriety stems from the state in which its commanding officers are left: Handlers presiding over the squad have descended into insanity and some have gone as far as committing suicide. Lena, an avowed 86 sympathizer, gets to know the Spearhead Squadron in her time as head of the contingent. At same time, Lena and Shinei learn a dark secret: the Republic and the war with the Empire are not what they seem.
Shinei Nouzen (シンエイ・ノウゼン, Shin’ei Nouzen)
The leader of the 86 “Spearhead” squadron who has fought in and survived countless battles despite only being 16 years old. Nicknamed “Undertaker” for his habit of keeping a box full of makeshift dogtags crafted out of a small piece of each dead comrade’s Juggernaut, which he plans to bury when the war is over. Shin is known for his ruthlessness against both enemies and allies. It’s rumored that previous Handlers who have dealt with him have gone insane and left the unit, retired, or even committed suicide for unknown reasons.
Vladilena “Lena” Milizé (ヴラディレーナ・ミリーゼ, Vuradirēna Milīze)
An officer in the San Magnolian military who got promoted to Major at just 16 years old, thanks to a mixture of her skills and family connections. Lena has a habit of treating her 86 subordinates like people, unlike her other Handlers who treat the 86 members as disposable objects. Lena is the newly-assigned Handler to the Republic’s “Spearhead” squadron.
Raiden Shuga (ライデン・シュガ, Raiden Shuga)
The Executive Officer and vice-captain of the Spearhead Squadron, callsign “Wehrwolf.” A friend of Shin before they joined the same squad.
Theoto Rikka (セオト・リッカ, Seoto Rikka)
Known by his nickname Theo, or his callsign of “Laughing Fox” taken after a former Alba commander who sacrificed himself to save Theo’s unit. Theo is often blunt and sarcastic when dealing with others, especially the Handler Lena after seeing a close friend and comrade die. Theo keeps a sketchbook that he draws in on his spare time, and designed several of the squadron’s personal marks on their Juggernauts.
Anju Emma (アンジュ・エマ, Anju Ema)
Callsign “Snow Witch” who was beaten and abused even among other 86 members for being a mixed race child. Anju grew her hair out to hide the scars on her back.
Kurena Kukumila (クレナ・ククミラ, Kurena Kukumira)
Callsign “Gunslinger,” her parents were murdered by Alba soldiers in the past and her sister was conscripted into another 86 unit, never to be seen again. As a result, she has hatred against all Albas, especially Lena who she has major dislike not only due to Lena’s race but also the latter’s close relationship with Shin who Kurena has feelings for.
Kaie Taniya (カイエ・タニヤ, Kaie Taniya)
Callsign “Kirschblute,” Kaie is one of the oldest active members of the Spearhead squadron, who enjoys teasing her fellow teammates. She was killed in battle after her Juggernaut was trapped in soft terrain and then destroyed by enemy fire.
Daiya Irma (ダイヤ・イルマ, Daiya Iruma)
Callsign “Black Dog,” a friend of Anju who alternates between showing compassion and awkwardness.
Kujo Niko (クジョー・ニコ, Kujō Niko)
One of the Spearhead Squadron members who is mercy-killed by Shinei after an early battle leaves him crippled and bleeding out.