86 Eighty Six

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Synonyms: Eighty Six
Japanese: 86―エイティシックス―
English: 86 Eighty Six
German: 86 Eighty-Six
Spanish: 86 Eighty-Six
French: 86 Eighty-Six
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Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2021 to Jun 20, 2021
Premiered: Spring 2021
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.271 (scored by 331873331,873 users)
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Ranked: #2682
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Popularity: #282
Members: 657,363
Favorites: 16,018

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Preliminary Spoiler
Jun 19, 2021
The word masterpiece gets thrown around so much these days, it’s nearly lost its meaning. The literal meaning being the defining work of an individual’s career. I’m here to tell you now, Eighty-Six:86 is a masterpiece in the truest sense of the word and is one of the best stories in the modern history of the medium. 86 depicts the brutal nature of war, racism and oppression in such a way that you can’t help but to be absorbed into the story, characters and fall in love with the series.

From the time it was announced that my favourite LN series would be getting an anime ...
Jun 19, 2021
The number 86 doesn't sound very special at first glance, until you realize the dark story behind it. Plagued by an ongoing war for 9 years, you can imagine how both Republic of San Magnolia and Empire of Giad's lives have been shattered. War itself lays the foundation of this show and with it, characters comes to understand what it means to live, survive, and fight. Yet, the story of 86 runs far deeper than just a frontline war. Behind the closed doors of their society has unimaginable secrets.

Advertised as a military science fiction, I first want to mention that above all else, the anime ...
May 1, 2021
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
People often say that the mecha genre is dying nowadays. There is no place for the giant robot stuff in the era of the light novel fantasies and battle shounens, and it’s difficult to disagree with it. After the ridiculous success of FranXX three years ago, this genre fell down into the void again, and suddenly I realized that literally nothing new was released in the past two years. Yeah, some movie sequels of already established franchises, some cheap and weird trash like Listeners or Revisions, and another rehashing of the same ideas for the tenth (eleventh? twelfth?) time by Trigger. Wake me up if ...
Jun 19, 2021
Life, land, legacy: all reduced to a number.

Discrimination, privilege, pride and unlikely bonds form the basis of Eighty-Six. The story revolves around the French-coded nation of San Magnolia, a state which, cornered in its war effort, turns on its own minority citizens in a dehumanizing way similar to WWII era Germany. In the first three episodes especially, no punches are pulled to show the extent of the dehumanization of those minorities now branded as “86”, and the depravity of those stationed above letting it happen. It’s a deeply unsettling premise showcasing how easy it is for humans to justify cruelty once backed in a ...
Jun 19, 2021
Oh, 86. What can I tell about it? An anime that, judging by its first two episodes, was sure to be a solid 4 out of 10, and that now makes part of my top 20 anime and a good candidate for anime of the year (at least until the release of WEP finale). How did an anime that started with such a negative impression become my undisputed best of the season?
First of all, I want to talk about two names: Jin Akategawa and Ishii Toshimasa. Jin Akategawa, as you may know, is one of the greatest sound directors of the industry; on the other ...
Nov 4, 2021
The first season of 86 is a scathing critique of ethnic nationalism and its connotations, those being that it lends itself to the mistreatment and othering of groups of people that do not fall under the main (or dominant) ethnicity of the state. It shows the incredible ease at which people not only accept racism against another group, but also are willing to neglect doing the right thing (even when such a thing is readily obvious for huge segments of society) for the sake of wider conformity. This multilayered approach to how racism, discrimination and war is portrayed - complimented by excellent writing, phenomenal direction ...
Jun 19, 2021
Mixed Feelings
A1 Pictures has returned, and has returned with an ambitious investment: adapting a Light Novel very renowned by its readers, 86. In the beginning, it was imaginable to see a very good arsenal in the staff and in the show's advertising. No wonder that the name of the show itself caused interest by many. However, we need to keep our feet on the ground. This ambition makes 86 leave an anime that still needs to really show its objective to a level that suffocates and embodies a quality... that doesn't exist yet.

Looking at the construction of the episodes, the show brings an innovation in its ...
Nov 3, 2021
At first glance, 86 appears to be your standard war drama that tackles the concept of a government using propaganda in an effort to suppress the voices of a marginalized group. While it does succeed in handling that topic very well, what elevates this series as a whole is the fact that this may be A-1 Pictures best work yet. Not only is it an outstanding adaptation, but it is perhaps the best adaptation of a source material that I’ve ever seen. With an already great light novel series to base itself on, A-1 Pictures could’ve just adapted it normally and it still would’ve been ...
May 1, 2021
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
I tried REALLY hard to like this show. I really did. But when I found the answers that I was looking for, they just added to my frustrations.

After watching the second episode, something felt very off to me. There were giant red flags waving around, indicating the typical "A-1 light novel adaptation" style in the days of yore. But jumping to the conclusion of blaming A-1 for this atrocity - even that felt off to me too. So I browsed the forums and stumbled upon a podcast that dubbed this series as "a modern anime masterpiece." I thought I would give it a shot because ...
Jun 19, 2021
Please note while care has been taken to minimize story related spoilers there may still be spoilers within character analysis. You have been warned.

Based on a popular light novel of the same name 86 is a military sci-fi, mecha and drama based anime that gives us the unique opportunity to see what will happen if one day the central government of one’s homeland was to experience a shared sense of madness that planted in their minds a belief that while one that was totally irrational and downright inhumane was one that they all willingly not only subscribed too but also spread it to every ...
Jun 19, 2021
Every season, one can find countless anime adaptations of light novels or manga applauded by its dedicated fanbase as being deep, provoking, emotional, amazing, etc. Some live up to or even surpass that hype. Others are an honest adaptation, but an adaptation is all they are. Then, there are those that, quite frankly, are just straight up overrated.

And 86 is in my eyes overrated.

Before I have Milizé simps knocking at my door calling for my head, I just want to make it clear: overrated doesn’t equate to being bad. I don’t think 86 is a bad anime; it’s okay and pretty watchable. But is ...
Jun 19, 2021
One of the best adaptations that I've seen!

Finally arrived the time to comment on the anime and the experience that the adaptation of 86 gave me. When I finished reading volume 1 of the novel I was wondering if the "story" could go beyond that, in this case an anime adaptation ..

When they announced the anime I was very euphoric and extremely happy with the announcement, but after some doubts in my mind and if it would be something as incredible as Light Novel.

As everyone knows, adaptations on the same level or even better than the original material is a very rare case of whether ...
May 1, 2021
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
86 is everything that a mech anime should be and more. Its roster and quality is absolutely stacked, with Hiroyuki sawano with the music, A1 pictures for the animation, a light novel that is a best seller, a director who worked on Anohana, and a producer who worked on Keijo. Everything it tries it does so well, and in just 4episodes I am convinced that this will be a masterpiece. Its been a while since a military and politically based mecha tale has come out, and this one had brought a fresh new outlook on the genre. So, what can you expect?

The first thing ...
May 1, 2021
Preliminary (3/11 eps)
86 is actually a slang meaning banned/shunned or removed goods where in the 86 who were shunned by the "republic" a racist country/government that judges superiority by the race (not limited to hair colors) forces the 86 to fight for the republic in the 86th district and for them to defend their fellow 86.

And now the scoring

Story 9
In just 2 episodes its clearly shown that racism has a pretty big role here and the ignorance of each individuals. And i also like how both shin and lena POV are shown

Art 10
Mesmerized, beautiful animations as always A1

Jun 19, 2021
Mixed Feelings
(TLDR Review at the bottom, as usual, thanks for reading)

86 is literally Girls' Last Tour meets military anime, all directed by Dhar Mann.

As much as I'd like to say that this is not some sort of figure of speech, as well as being a 100% factual statement. It may get my review removed, which would render my efforts futile...

Anyways, in seriousness, my earlier statement actually holds some water, maybe not to that extreme length, but that is what this review is for, explaining why. 86 was ultimately a major disappointment in my eyes, being incredibly ambitious in telling what it must, but missed out on ...
May 1, 2021
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
"We've Destroyed Machines Beyond Counting. Perhaps Someone Sees That As A Sin."

I don't think that humankind is worthy of trust when we can't let go of war, draw borders between neighboring countries, seek to become richer than others, find joy in defeating others at sports, and choose someone of the opposite gender based on their appearance.

I felt that just looking at the world in general, there are so many types of people, and some hide who they truly are. And I feel that every person has some kind of warped identity inside them that they decide if they want to show or not.

I've always ...
May 1, 2021
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
Ever feel like that there is more to a show then meets the eye? Something that you can clearly see happening, and you're just eagerly waiting to find out what is going to happen next? That's basically 86 in a nutshell. Because it's turning out to be one of the best shows of the season, with how it keeps us at the edge of our seats with each and every episode, with it's story, and it's characters. Let me explain.

Do you ever feel like that the ones above don't care for you? Or some do, but those some, are very little, and a lot, just ...
May 6, 2021
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
To be honest, I was biased to "mecha" series. After this anime started, I saw the cover and I really loved it even if it is not that flashy. I am not a person that judges the anime by just its cover but I really wanted to watch this serie. I don't know, maybe something attracted me. I have watched all the episodes that came out and I can say that:

"This serie is more than robots, mechanical items".

The subject covered in the background, musics... they all so good and definitely worth watching. I really loved it!

I heard that it adapted from light novel. I ...
May 1, 2021
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
Best anime of the season so far for me 4 episodes in

Going in as an anime only it has not disappointed, 4 episodes in and I have been able to unravel the general plot/story about the show

Not going into spoilers ill rate the show

Story = 9 (Show not tell, recommended re watching episodes to pick up on things if you feel lost the first time round, its managed to get me hooked enough to buy the first 2 volumes of the LN)

Art = 10 (Great animation in the first 4 episodes same goes with the CGI hopefully it doesn't slack off later on, Also the ...
May 13, 2021
Preliminary (5/11 eps)
So I gave it the tried and true; watch four episodes before rating. However since some in the anime group I'm in like this anime, I joined them for episode five which is where my patience dropped for this anime.

The themes of exploring racism, first / third world countries, proxy conflicts and acceptance of fate. These are interesting topics, but the way the anime tries to present this to me I consider bad. This is because while the initial backdrop of the entire show is interesting, the characters are not. I've watched many, many anime and this series attempt at this is the worse ...