There is a kingdom inside walls, outside of them there is certain death. The protagonists learn more about the world and what's out there. There are battles with unknown creatures (titans, legions) and a mystery surrounding their existence. There's also Sawano making the music in both anime, so he might give similar vibes.
-Both are about a fantasy world in which there is a looming threat that hunts the human race for no discernable reason
-Both feature discrimination heavily in their political systems, with both having those of higher status farther from danger deeper in civilization
-Both are distinctly based around the military of these societies, and feature fast paced action with highly mobile equipment to deal with the threat to the human race
Human society is isolated from the outside world due to an long ongoing war against an unknown enemy. Tensions rise up as the safety of the city is threatened and a small group of soldiers use especial machinery to fight in the enemy territory. Gripping military action thriller that discusses war, loyalty, freedom, racism and politics. Top tier animation quality, epic Hiroyuki Sawano's soundtrack and lots of German references.
Walls and war. Consistent conflict in such an unfair world. Such is the spark of retaliation, or at least, a hope for one. AOT and 86 are both war anime that touches on the topic of politics alongside some humane social issues that occur in said worlds.
With 86 being a story of Lena, trying to defile the Republic's dehumanisation of the 86, AOT being the same, but in a more indirect way with humans fighting for their freedom. It is a match against the oppressors who oppose the natural right of man to be respected as the individual with choice. Whether that be due to discrimination, or natural orders calling forward the hierarchy, the individual with emotion and reason will seek rebellion.
Both are pretty good military action anime, with high-quality audiovisuals accompanying too.
Both anime are set in an dystopian timeline and deconstructs the ideology that fuels an overly militaristic, racist and fascist society. They also both contain sountracks composed by hiryuki sawano as well
Well, if you like a series with a world-building that is generally presented through its characters' dialogues and rarely through its artistic values, then, by all means, check these two.
As for my opinion, I think both are similar because the concept for its premise that the two utilize are pretty much the same. Both are about fighting, more fighting, as well as fighting; basically, endless amounts of fighting. If you like that kind of stuff, then I highly recommend this series to you.
Group of humans believe they might be the last of humanity while fighting the mysterious Legion, an army of fully autonomous weapons. They must utilize their own Juggernaughts to fight this legion, all the while there are other issues like racism and dehumanization at play. Very angsty with quite a bit depressing story line and many sad deaths.
Both series are set in fantasy worlds and show main characters fighting inhuman enemies (whether it be titans or mechs) with sci-fi weapons. They also both deal with fairly mature topics such as freedom or oppression.
86 is similar to shingeki no kyojin in many ways
-killing titans in snk while in 86 ,the legions or robots
-a big supporting cast
-sawano hiroyuki's ost
-there's a wall like snk in 86 too but not seen too much
-both are enjoyable
Both series deal with survival in a post-apocalyptic world but instead of being eaten by Titans, you are being butchered by robots. Both series don't shy away from killing away their characters and both series share an amazing soundtrack made by none other than Sawano himself.
They're both gonna break your heart, and give you PTSD after watching them. Both of these shows are extremely good at exploring gory and deep topics that will tug at your heartstrings and make you grow attached to the characters just to watch them go through hell.
If you liked AOT I am 99% certain you're gonna like 86 too, these two shows are very similar yet very different from one another at the same time.
Both shows have:
1. Great worldbuilding.
2. Military aspect.
3. Great source material.
4. Has a tendency to kill off characters
5. Corrupt government
6. Music composed be Hiroyuki Sawano
7. 1 very OP character
Discrimination of a particular race, the matter of freedom, the similar military aspect and setting, and a complex world-building but in an obvious state, both stories are differently visionary in which the way's storytelling direction is leading towards, and characters got similar facets of saving humanity (e.g battle out for their lives to make their own sacrifice and become the survival of the fittest). AOT got titans, 86 got Legions but the groups are opposed to them as they're ones who are opposed to humanity. Plus both have the same soundtrack composer, Sawano Hiroyuki.
A show where a group of people live inside walls following an apocalyptic like event involving dangerous beings. Where the group inside the walls are derived from a certain bloodline and have no knowledge of the truth about the outside world. Heavy themes of racism and fascism are present. Sounds like I just described Attack on Titan, right? Well yes, but I also just described the entire premise of 86 as well.
While there are some vast differences between the series (particularly involving depth and backstory), 86 and AOT have many similarities in the structure in which they are built from and I would recommend 86 to anyone who is a big AOT fan such as myself.  read more
An action theme packed show with a military genre, these two great shows centers around multiple fractions of war. Both shows are presented in a dark setting with hidden truths, and sadly, there are discriminatory scenes directed towards our "main heroes." As they fight with their lives on the line for peace, the storytelling of AOT and 86 is simply wonderful.
If you watched Attack on Titan you know that there's no way of describing the plot without spoiling too much. Same goes for 86! It is a very emotional story about a group of people which fight against the horrifying enemy which took most of humanity with them! But it is not as it seems at first glance! (Plus Hiroyuki Sawano wrote the OST for both, so it really gets you in the Attack on Titan mood).
Similarities - post-apocalyptic setting
- death of characters
- good animation
- great music
differences - plot is relatively less interesting (emphasizing the word relatively again)
- mecha genre
- relatively more conversation based
- lesser episodes
Note - just watch it...thank me later
In my opinion, 86 is the heir to AoT legacy.
As a AoT fan, I know one of my favourite work of fiction, if not my favourite, is coming closer and closer to its ending, that's why I felt the urge to find a show which could grab my attention as Isayama masterpiece did.
86 touches the themes of war, racism, loss, death, trauma and much more as AoT does, but in its own way, with colorful characters and one of the best main characters of 2020-2021, Shinei Nouzen.
A-1 Pictures is known for some of the best anime of the last decade (Your lie in April, Anohana) and for some of the worst adaption (Seven deadly sins), so where does 86 stands? In my opinion, right at the top with the first two anime mentioned: 86 story is a gold mine and this beautiful adaptation turned it into a diamond mine, and believe me, the second season is even more outstanding than the first.
So please guys, give a shot at 86 because I am 100% sure it deserves far more attention than it got, and please A-1, keep up the good work, and you 86 will become the classic it deserves to be.  read more
In both series, the theme of life inside the walls is shown, isolation from the outside world, where a deadly threat awaits behind these walls. In the case of SNK, it's the titans, and in 86 it's a legion.
The fantasy world presented in both series is dystopian.
Both series have surprising twists and secrets waiting to be discovered.
An additional plus is that Hiroyuki Sawano is responsible for the music in both series.
There are differences, and the most visible is that in the case of SNK we are dealing with a technological regress, the world presented inside the walls is more like the previous centuries.
86, where the main species is mecha. The future is shown, and the technology is at a high level. read more
Eighty-Six is inspired by Code Geass.
The plot is quite similar except for some differences in the plot.
It's quite similar to how certain people are discriminated.
If you enjoyed Code Geass, Eighty-Six is as enjoyable as Code Geass. The animation is amazing and sound tracks are amazing.
Rebellion. In a world where the human hierarchy has been manhandled to actively oppress individuals of a certain background, so much so, that the common description for a said poor group of humans would be a number, it comes to no surprise that one will rise to seek a rebellion against a loathsome crime against humanity.
Code Geass does this via acts of terrorism against Britannia, conducted by the organisation known as "The Black Knights". 86 is a little more passive, a little more getting to know the environment and how the world sucks for the 86.
But both are good military-mecha anime, so expect flashy action if you want to head into that.
These anime talk about small militar groups in Countries fighting against big Empires, whose components are called by a number (Eighty-Six, Eleven), deprived of human rights and segregated.
In both cases one of the inhabitants of the Country that has origins from non-segregated families sympathises for the numbers and helps them fight giving orders from remote.
There is mecha, Code Geass’ one is drawn while 86’s one is in CGI, and in both cases it’s excellently animated.
- they're both mecha anime with lots of cool fights
- both anime feature war and solid world-building
- both involve a lot of political talks
- the main characters are all teenagers
- the main MC has a special power (though in Code Geass it is more important)
- both feature a large amount of racism, in Code Geass its Britanians towards 11s and in 86 it's the Albas towards the 86
Have you experienced a war drama involving corruption, politics, and mech battles? It looks like you have either of these. Regardless of their differences (for example, Code Geass' mechs are kind of humanoid-looking while 86's are insect-based), they heavily rely on horrible battles and conversations whether they're for preparation or arguing. Both protagonists, despite being distinct from each other both in theory and in practice, are portrayed in a stoic and grimdark behavior while being motivated by determination.
- Mecha series.
- Racism, genocide and war as a driving force for conflict.
- The male and female protagonists (Inaho and Asseylum/Shin and Lena) look similar and have similar personalities. Looks-wise, Inaho and Shin look almost the same while the main difference between Asseylum and Lena is that Asseylum has blonde hair and Lena has silver hair. Personality-wise, Inaho and Shin are the quiet, stoic and intelligent leaders while Asseylum and Lena are the caring upper-class girls who are so outraged at what their country has done that they try to do something about it.
- The male and female protagonists are in similar positions: a guy fighting for the underdogs who is somehow amazing at everything and a royal/noble girl who was born in the evil country they need to fight against to end discrimination.
- The male and female protagonists have obvious romantic subtext in both series.
- Music by Sawano Hiroyuki.
- If you like mecha series about freeing/defending oppressed/weaker populations with a dash of potential romance between the oppressed/weaker guy and the upper-class girl, you will most likely enjoy both Aldnoah.Zero and 86. read more
The female leads from both stories have very similar personalities. Both stand for justice and equality. They both have caring hearts. Also, both the male leads have very identical auras. They look similar. They both have good skills. And, they both have this unapproachable and quiet aura around them.
Both are mecha series with characters that are deemed lesser than by another race. A decent amount of psychological drama happens in both. Also, bonds are formed between both a male and female character who are on opposite ends of the societal spectrum.
-Both feature an interesting double narrative, where there are two groups of main characters apart from each other for the majority of the story
-Both are about the human race fighting against an impossible enemy, and both heavily feature racism and discrimination as driving forces behind conflict
-Both male leads are stoic and calculating, yet extremely talented on the battlefield, commanding the respect of their peers
-Both female leads have strong hearts but are chastised for their naiveté in expecting to be able to find easy solutions for the problems that plague their societies
Both of these anime got the same genre which is mecha.
Since these both is a mecha animes, both of these anime got a good fighting animation of their robot and it might interest you if you like fighting between robots.
One of the difference between them is Aldnoah.Zero main character is consist of two boys while on the other hand, 86 consist of a boy and girl (i didn't read the Light Novel yet but PROBABLY this can turn into a romance between these both).
If you watch one of these anime and then the other one, you can feel that both of these animes is kinda got the same feeling and it's probably because of it's animation and music they both had.
If you like mecha animes, both of these animes might be suitable for you. read more
The story has a very similar Sci-Fi thematic.
Both Inaho and Shin are very similar characters.
The soundtracks have a similar vibe and include songs by Hiroyuki Sawano.
Both of these animes are war conflict-driven mecha anime.
Honestly, both of these animes have amazing fight scenes that cause goosebumps by the amazing soundtrack. Finally, they are both animated by A-1 Pictures.
Two of A-1 Pictures' most recent Mechas also share interesting similarities.
- Both works portray a universe of war, set with futuristic combat involving mecha. In 86, the story starts at a certain point in the war between the Legion and the Republic of San Magnolia, while in Aldnoah.Zero, the narrative begins with the imminence of a new war between the empire of Vers and the United Earth.
- Both animes contain relevant political plots and dialogues. In Aldnoah.Zero, the focus is more on the issue of divergent groups and views around the diplomacy between Vers and United Earth, including betrayal, manipulation and ascension strategies. In 86, the political context is more centered on the structure that developed for the segregation of the Eighty-Six, on the inequality imposed by the system on society and, above all, on the conflict between the ideals of Vladilena and her superiors.
- In both plots, there is a "dual" structure with respect to points of view. 86, enhanced by its direction, intersperses and walks between the views of Vladilena and the Eighty-Six in each episode, overlapping the perspectives of events and the sensations of each side. Aldnoah.Zero, while not uniformly following this structure in each episode, presents two fronts of the war: Vers, from the point of view of Slaine Troyard; and United Earth, whose protagonist is Kaizuka Inaho.
- Both 86 and Aldnoah.Zero deal with pertinent social issues such as racism, genocide, segregation and prejudice. In this regard, 86 develops a heavier focus, constituting an entire society whose organization operates under a regime of segregation and is very reminiscent of the holocaust and the Japanese-American internment camps of the Second World War. It is a work that explores institutionalized prejudice and its resonance in society. By contrast, Aldnoah.Zero has "glimmers" of this exploration, addressing it more in Slaine Troyard's particular narrative and in the discrimination Vers imprints on Earthmen after so many years.
- Although the characters have completely different stories and developments, some characteristics between the protagonists are shared. Inaho and Shin, for example, are both (functionally) leaders of their platoons and have a more stoic personality and good strategic readability. Lena and Asseylum, on the other hand, share the same fondness for the opposite side and are characters who question the morals and political conduct of their nations.
- And finally, both animes have soundtracks composed by the famous and acclaimed Hiroyuki Sawano. read more
-Primarily a Mecha anime with pretty good fighting scenes and animation style
-Good sound-stage and BGMs, as well as the same artist singing the EDs
-One of the protagonists have supernatural abilities and lead others in their team
has similar setting, while in Aldnoah.Zero the two main characters are on a different side, here they are sort of on the same side but on different social/political status. Both shows have racism towards the other party and one party has absolute power in the conflict. Both shows have a high-ranked female character that is on the "stronger" side that wants to change the situation. Also both shows have that high-ranked female character communicates (and rarely meet) with somewhat emotion-less sometimes overpowered main character that are on the other side of the conflict. Overall, similar vibe since both shows has Sawano as the ost composer.
- Both Mecha Series
- Both have a male protagonist with red eyes and brown hair who's cold, lack emotion and are effortlessly good at what they do
- Both have a female deuteragonist who is of royal blood or in a position of reasonable power
- Both deal with themes of racism, genocide, war etc
- Both have Sawano doing the music
- Both are made by A-1 Pictures
Quiet and generally reserved male protagonists in Inaho/Shin
Initially Naïve yet strong-willed female protagonists in Seylum/Lena
Both have mechs.
Both have children being thrust into the frontlines of a war.
Both have an OST by Hiroyuki Sawano with some FIRE singles in aLIEz & The Answer
IMO 86 Part 1 and 2 are the stronger show, but Cour 1 of Aldnoah Zero really brought its A game for an Anime-Only.
Dystopian mecha series following a squadron of young soldiers fighting on behalf of a government led by suspicious aristocrats. They contain death and violence in a war against inhuman monsters. Both feature a female protagonist who provides insight into the government's politics and is looked at as outsiders in both appearance and personality. The main male protagonists are stoic and respected by all of the group members, especially the women. Either series has some hijinks expected of rom-com's but juxtaposed with the military setting.
- Both are Mecha anime made by A-1.
- Boy meets girl in the military at war theme.
- Large cast of characters.
- The mecha controllers are colourful and unique compared to the rest of the homogenous and monotonic society.
- The mecha controllers are isolated and discriminated from/by the very people they have to protect.
- The main girl is initially shunned by the rest of the cast, but the relationship gets better later.
... and a lot more but they would be spoilers. Overall, 86 is the better of the two imo.
The same dystopian plot where low class of people were seen as cannon fodders and made to fight other beings with advance tech. The difference were in one anime the fighters were compose of kids whom were tricked into fighting for a cause. while in the other one it was compose of ordinary people who happens to know how to operate advance mechs whom were condemned to fight until none of them survives.
>Utilizes mecha concepts
>Dark ambiance and gloomy vibes
>A particular group of people is treated as a weapon and not as a human being
>Dystopian and military setting
>Are focused more on character-driven aspects
>The amount of romance
>One has ntr while the other one does not
If you enjoyed watching 86 you should try watching Darling in the FranXX since it has similar plot of children being sent to control machines and go in a war to fight meanwhile the adults are somewhere else.
Here the genre is Post-apocalyptic where giant mecha robots attack humanity which ultimately challenges their existence. In DITF , there are Klaxosaurs same as in 86 , there are huge robotic beasts, Legions , both which rivals the humankind. To avenge this, the lead main casts use similar mecha robots to fight against them. Both series has a unique storyline and it's sadness in the air. But I can surely say that in terms of animation and the protagonist's personality, 86 leads the way. The main characters are really commendable as well as likeable.There is also romance but 86 has a very light romantic atmosphere around its characters.  read more
Robots, humans in danger and social inequality are some things in common. What differentiates the most is the darker footprint that the 86 passes and the absence of things that don't attribute anything to the story, and of course an "end" of respect right.
Well it's mecha and has a guy and a girl as main characters. It's military based, and trust me when I say, THIS ANIME HAS MIND BLOWING ANIMATIONS, SCENSE, CHARACTERS, AND STORY IF NOTHING LESS. You are gonna love it, and since the story is not completed yet, you gonna beg for some more. You don't trust me, go read the manga. It's status says everything. I mean seriously, bestseller, most liked, and great responses, what else do you want? And all of that is in motion now. So what the hell are you waiting for? Just get your asses the hell out of here and watch it. HAPPY WATCHING....! ; ) read more
While I do find half the concepts quite different (with 86's mecha designs being based on a bug (I think?) and DiTF's mecha designs being based on a ballerina), both have something in common. With their plots consisting young soldier who fight against weird monsters. Both having stoic MCs who have romantic relationships with female leads who wore uniforms that look different to their own teams. Both being animated by A-1 Pictures.
Both have a cast of soldiers who put their lives on the line for those who don't even consider them human. Then, enters someone who does treats them like decent human beings. Both series discuss multiple forms of discrimination and get deep into gritty frontline warfare.
In Iron-Blooded Orphans, CGS are a private military corporation that employs orphaned child soldiers (derogatorily referred to as "Human Debris"). The child soldiers successfully overthrow their own bosses to become Tekkadan, taking on a mission to protect a high-class politician's daughter, Kudelia Aina Bernstein. Despite being separated by class, Kudelia makes an effort to humanize and fraternize with those guarding her, teaching them how to read and write, as well. The world in Iron-Blood Orphans, Post Disaster, not only has classism, but a discrimination against those with cybernetic enhancements which many of those in Tekkadan, even the adults, have.
In 86, the Spearhead Squadron are one of many "Juggernaut" squadrons that serve the Republic of San Magnolia, who's majority ethnic group are the white-haired Albans. To the public, Juggernauts are autonomous drone weapons commanded by an Alban handler, and they proudly claim to always have zero deaths in battle, this is due to a racist loophole and the actuality is that the units are piloted by non-Albans called "Eighty-Sixers" (derogatorily referred to as "Pigs"), these are humans that can die on the battlefield but the racist government doesn't even consider them human, so they don't count the fatalities. Like CGS becoming Tekkadan, the Spearhead Squadron have a reputation for extreme difficulty working with their Alban handlers, forcing them to quit, sometimes driving them to suicide. But their newest assigned Handler, Vladilena Milizé, views the pilots as humans, despite their different ethnicities, she shows gratitude for their work, sorrow for their deaths...she counts their deaths because she recognises that they are human beings like she is. read more
-They both touch on the issue of discrimination.
-They both have soldiers who must fight even at a young age.
-Both protagonists are killing machines and do not have many feelings.
-They both have a girl who has good intentions but at first knows nothing about the harshness of the war.
-They both present action with mechas!
eighty six is simply a poor man's IBO. similar social message, and every element in the setting is identical to a t - ethnic and class discrimination, child soldiers, cold blooded ace and his team, idealistic girl from the elite who tries to level with them, technologies using merge of machines and human bodies etc
- Feature discrimination of a race
- Both have spider like mechas
- Both of them have as protagonists a group of "slaves"
- An important person from the dominant side takes a liking and tries to save the dominated group (Kudelia and Vladilena)
- Existence of family like bond between the discriminated group
• Some humans (who are not considered humans) isolated with their existence exploited by people with a comfortable life. A princess who is indignant with the treatment that this group receives for society to make it end and that everyone has human rights.
- This isolated group treats everyone within it as a family;
- And giant robots.
Bolth are mecha anime where the cast are initially seen as expendable soliders.
Bolth emphatise comradery between the cast and have certain characters giving their perspective thrugh the lens of having had a sheltered upbringing. Characters, animation and ost is great in bolth. IBO needs no context from other gundam anime making it a great geatway into the franchise.
The fighting style is very similar in that the characters all fight in mechs
The main similarity is the political aspect and the disparity between the 86s or the Marshans and the higher class.
the plots are similar as they both follow a ruling class person who feels sorry for the lower class
the male protagonists are very similar with the only difference being that shin is probably smarter
Story takes different ways but the main idea is the same. A group of abandoned children have to pilot mechas in order to survive. One group fights against robots and their gobernment and the another one fight against different armys or groups.
Politics. I won't expand too far because of spoilers, but the politics of the situation is everything about these two.
A question of who is right, who is wrong, why is this happening, all of it. Sure, it may be very surface level, however, it is something I'd agree is pretty good at what it does relative to its story, assuming you don't care too much.
While watching 86 I realized it is really similar to AOT, freedom hangs over the characters heads but it would be nearly impossible for them to achieve it just like it was for the characters in AOT. The writer also gave us really relatable characters and a really sweet but tragic story. Even if you didn't like AOT I think you should give this a try.
- Both deal with racism (with one race of people sending the other race to fight)
- Both have references to WW2
- Both have super loveable characters
Discrimination, Involvement of military, Terrors of war, Two sides of humanity, Good Cg and Soundtracks are some of the topics which I found to be similar in 86 and Snk: S4, Pt1
1. Discrimination –
Both of these anime heavily focus on the topic of discrimination people are discriminated on the basis of their hair color, eye color or whether they can turn into a giant humanoid man-eating creature. There are the oppressors and the oppressed, those who dominate and those who suffer, those who enjoy their rights as human beings and those who aren't even considered humans
2. Militant activities –
There is a major involvement of the military in the worlds of these anime, by and large every decision in every decision made by the republic of these worlds has been influenced by the military in someway or the another. There is a military-political domination in the worlds of these anime
3. Terrors of war –
These anime revolve around the theme of war and aren't afraid to show, how horrifying a war can be !!
4. Two sides of the same coin –
Both of these anime beautifully showcase the tow faces of humanity, as the story progresses we are shown the lives of ordinary people from two perspectives, the discriminators and the discriminated and how this misplaced sence of justice in their world affects their life
While the above were the points I found similar in the story of both of these anime, there are some similarities in their adaptation too –
5. Good cg –
Generally when we poke the question of cg during an anime conversation, most arguments are often like "cg in anime = bad cg". But surprisingly both of these anime have good cg, I literally mean that the cg in these anime looks good. It ain't as good as studio orange or ufotable but not half as bad to put you off the show
6. The soundtracks –
Last but not the least the soundtracks, both of these anime have top tier soundtracks composed by none other than the GOD(nZk) himself
86 is all about racism and politics, as is the final season of Attack on Titan. Both of these anime tackle the issue of racism. A subject that has been beaten to death in nearly every medium imaginable. Anti-racism shows, books, anime, manga, children's cartoons, and even hair follicle comics are a dime a dozen, but of all those pieces of fiction, I believe that these two are the best out there. In addition, the massive "things" used by the characters to fight are interesting new takes on mechs. Attack on Titan has their meat mechs, and 86 has their spider mechs. Both of these anime are a joy to watch! read more
The overall settings and plot of the series really remind me Code Geass OVA: Akito the Exiled:
* discriminated soldiers from another nation/race
* spider like mecha/drones
* kindly female commander
* indoctrinated "republic"
* nicknames of both units are related to Ghost/Death
Basically if you took 86 and placed it into the code geass universe, you would get the Boukoku no Akito movies.
Badass MC melee expert, ace mecha pilot whom is the commander of a group of sacrificial pawns consisting of people discarded away by their country. check
A kind FMC who utilizes her position in the military to try and ensure her group of pilots survive the extreme missions they are assigned. check.
(Spider) Mechas in fast pace, tactical action with a balance of close ranged combat, guns and strategy. check.
Very, very similar premise and setting
-Setting of war
-The pilots of the mechs are discriminated against
-Sympathetic female commander
-Mysterious Ace pilot who dominates the battlefield
-Similar mechs in the shape of spiders
Similar premise, themes, characters (Vladilena/Shin and Leila/Akito), spider mechas, CGI action scenes and dialogues. 86 is so similar to Code Geass Akito that it feels like a blatant copy or a parody.
Both main characters are very similar: Leila and Lena are commanders who cares about their armies, Akito and Shin are silent and telented militaries. Also, both are war themed with some racial questions.
Everything about these two series is the same: naive young girl from a high social class gets put in charge of commanding a military squad with multiple insubordinate soldiers, an edgy main character with barely a hint of a personality who is known for being ruthless and has a nickname related to death, the military force is made of people from a different country because they are seen as subhuman, and there's extensive use of ugly CGI spider mechas.
So many similarities, you can just watch and see what I mean, the main thing separating these shows is that 86 is objectively superior, in story telling, pacing, and character. Akito the Exiled is a lot more boring and uninteresting than 86 is, while having similar themes, 86 holds itself to the theming more than Akito does. Akito was a lot more boring.
They both make good use of adding somber music to really good visuals, giving you a happy feeling with a tinge of sadness underneath. Although their concepts and plots might almost have nothing to do with each other, once you watch 86, you'll understand in time. I padded this out to this extent just to abide the guidelines, but honestly I just wanted to say "similar vibes". 86 tackles the story in a very similar way that Violet Evergarden does, on an emotional level.
Something about strong female protagonists that gets to many. What is even better is that there exists two anime, quite similar, that share the same themes, issues, and development with respect to one another. Those anime are called Violet Evergarden and 86.
Sure, when you get into them, you see the difference, however, it struck me that the two are quite similar stories. From what is a very corrupted background in some shape or form, the two begin to understand what exactly the world of the past looked like for their entire lives. Violet takes this new stead in delivering letters which robbed her of her emotion to even understand what love is, whilst 86 is more of retaliation for the inhumane practices of the Republic. They come from a sad world, but in their hearts, they are good people, they wish to expel that to all around them.
One is a drama, the other is a war military-mecha anime with guns and robots. They look very nice too.
The plots of both animes as it might or might not seem have a similar tone in them. Both are set in the premise of a WAR-worn situation, each features a kind hearted GIGA CHAD Major(Shousaa™), both have the Racism and stuff but that's not the point I'm trying to make by this recommendation. The tru similarity. The REAL unifying point of the said two animes is their drama and character exploration.
Violet Evergarden, a war machine who was searching for the meaning of LOVE; Shinei Nouzen, a soldier without a purpose in his life... Their stories, the drama, the character development, everything are so much alike that I guarantee you my unknown friend whoever is giving this recommendation their precious time to read; you wouldn't be disappointed with the other if you liked one among these. Thank you.
~Aratrik Roy read more
-Both showcase a similar topic, wartime exploitation of the protagonists to further the goals of their respective leaders.
-Both shows emphasize the emotions of the characters and the impact of the past influencing them.
If you are a enjoy of 86 you enjoy Evangelion too. It's a classic anime with the same setting there you can see young individuals fighting with robots to save humanity. the do with while struggling to keep up with their personal life.
I suppose mecha with disheartening themes are quite popular. Anyway, as stated, Eva and 86 just happen to be that.
I suppose the only thing to go on about the two is the sense of feeling trapped, with nowhere to go or run to, but simply to face the world at hand. There are also family issues present in both, and trying to resolve those matters that have stuck around for as long as their lives (or at least most of it).
Overall, 86 and Eva do a good job at theming the issues with war, especially when young people are caught up in it. They are good mecha, well animated, praised by many, and generally deep enough to not only get mecha action but a ton of insight on characters (more true in Eva than 86, however).
Both are Sci-Fi oriented where war and military play a big role. They're also very Drama-heavy with a large cast of different characters. The biggest similarity is that in both, humans are used as a weapon. Both shows have a similar MC, leading and taking care of a group.
Both of these sci-fi tales place tragedy front and center. Dealing with hard-hitting topics like racism, during both people are treated as weapons and tools."
With its wide cast that you’ll fall in love with, who display their valor and honor through bloody battles, it is evident to see why fans are in tears by the end.
I am honestly not sure why this isn't highly recommended.
What is ridiculously similar between these two titles is the war aspect. There is no fun and games here. Welcome to serious business.
I suppose, the accuracy of 86 and Saga of Tanya aren't the most credible, however, it is undeniable that the two are accurate in some presentation of warfare and the damages it can bring. Segregation, cataclysm, torment, dehumanisation, all the rest of it. It is a true hell at times, and the two know all about it.
Another good thing about the two is how whilst hell is a constant, the playing field is somewhat realistic in that it isn't always as bad as it seems. Talking things out and coming up with new ideas are common around here. It is just the quiet side of warfare being exposed.
All in all, two good military anime I'd recommend for fans of that genre. As well as good audiovisual accompanying said anime. read more
Both are kind of similar, despite "86" lacking the "isekai" aspect. Following a trend of an alternate history where there is a powerful futuristic technology, using it to go to war with one another just for well... reasons. For reasons, I mean fictional nations being oppressed and desiring power that's why they go to war. Well, in this case, the two are essentially the two sides in one coin: "86" is about an oppressed nation while "Youjo Senki" revolves around a nation that desires power.
With that said, I am positive that someone would find the one as equally enjoyable as the other, for the two essentially follow the same idea. Feel free to check it if you're interested. read more
These two anime share a similar war-oriented plot with a focus on the commanding power behind them.
Youjo Senki primarily focuses on the desire for individual power and the driving force with a reason behind it, while 86 focuses on the relationships built through power held by a small group of people.
While this won't summarise both Anime thoroughly, even though they do not share the same core ideas and have very different plots laid out for them, both Anime share similarities that can make you grow to like both series and leave you hanging, yet satisfied waiting for the next release.
A leading amazonian, determined to put their foot forward in the hope of a change to the process. 86 and Vivy's Song follows two ladies in a calamity with them being one of the few having the power to change everything. She's one that sticks out from the crowd, no one particularly extremely important, but their character is brighter than the rest. I speak of the two protagonists Vivy and Lena.
In a world, far from ideal (or leading to that cataclysm), two individuals do whatever it is they can to correct the mishaps that shape the current world. Lena in 86, does this with her position in the military, trying to at least have her say in what she believes is right. Vivy is more proactive, literally fighting robots in an attempt to derail the calamity that beholds earth. I suppose another connection between the two is a helping hand from the enemy. As if the oppressed weren't oppressed enough, a saving grace from the opponent was required to save a damned world. 86 does this with Republic's Lena understanding that her side isn't all nice to the 86s. Vivy's Song does this with Vivy, an AI, fighting other AIs from their world-prophesied domination.
Two very good anime, many have paired the likes of. One is good sci-fi, the other a good military-mecha. Would still take both for shooty robot people and good audiovisual.
(mixed two different versions of the same rec) read more
1. Both series are considered to be speculative fiction of the Sci-Fi genre given the futuristic world they're set in have imagined advance technology.
2. Beautiful female leads of both series go through tribulations when they wanna set things right for the human race.
3. Top-notch animation quality of battle scenes
Tyranny is the affair, the lack of morale is evident, and in consequence, the weak are oppressed, made slaves of the devils who become the apex of the hierarchy. Akame ga Kill and 86 both follow individuals who have seen the evil the very thing they lived for is. Instead of succumbing to the demons of the castle, they rise against them in some shape or form.
Akame ga Kill is more active in this matter, literally having assassins kill those who abuse their power for a vile empire. 86 is a little more passive, although the point and the perspective are still put across, with the 86s being sent to their horrific missions adding up to a life that means null in the eyes of the Republic.
Both are good anime for what they aim to be. Good animation, music, and quite frankly very popular anime. Would recommend them if you like darker stories.
Terrific world-building, a considerable amount of lore, and well... a lot of character deaths. Although "Akame ga Kill" is about a group of assassins while "86" centers on an oppressed minority, I still consider these series similar since both fairly presents an idea where there is an outrageous government being chaotic neutral to chaotic evil towards its people (also presents racism, so yeah...). Loads of depressing scenes, passing and annihilation after demise then extinction; one can even call these two as "who would die next?" The Anime. Anyway, I recommend both to anyone who enjoys watching fantasy/sci-fi that presents ideas about the darker side of society. read more
- Both have a crappy government and people who are trying to fight against it (although akame ga kill ACTUALLY fights it whereas 86 doesnt actually fight it, <i havnt read the ln but they might later on in the story>)
- Both mcs are kinda idealistic and have to face the cruel reality of death and whatnot
- Cool fight scenes even though 86 is a mecha
- i cant really say this without spoilers but if you really dont care then >
> both shows have a bunch of main character death (although 86's "main characters" are kinda just supporting characters that you will get attached to)  read more
The same dystopian plot , where people whom were considered as nobodies in a higher society were made to do such dirty work of taking out the trash is part of their job description and being expendable is part of it.
The relationship between characters seen in the first episode of 86 strongly resembles the Inspector - Enforcer relationship of Psycho-Pass. In both cases we have people supported by the world's system that have control over people rejected by the system, who are ready to fight and die in order to protect their supervisors' lives.
I am surprised by the lack of people who recommended for fans of 86 to watch Psycho-Pass and vice versa, for there are a number of similarities that satisfy the tastes of those looking for an entertaining yet thought-provoking series to invest in.
Both shows present a dystopian reality where solutions stemming from compromises have been set to avoid the total destruction of society. People are categorized based on certain attributes, supporting the systemic discrimination demonstrated throughout the shows (For 86, socioeconomic standards, and Psycho-Pass, one’s “crime coefficiency”).
The plot and structure of the shows seem to parallel as well; both stories are set in motion when the extraordinary female lead of a higher position joins a pre-established team to take on missions given by the government.
Although the two inherently focus on different aspects of society (86 centers on the brutality of war whereas Psycho-Pass rests on law and order), both unite in criticizing the flaws of a controlling government that fails to care for the people, and fight against the consequences that are born from it.
Personally, the key that made these two shows so enjoyable was their success in presenting the perspectives of both sides. If a show is to address controversial topics, this open-mindedness is an essential component that has to weave into the story, which 86 and Psycho-Pass do unfailingly.
These are some comparable notes on the two shows, not delving into the factors of good character development, great soundtracks, and most importantly, excellent pacing. Ultimately, if either one of these shows satisfied your tastes, you surely cannot miss out on the other.
- Similar vibe with treatment the inconvenient people
- Politician themes and shenaningans are showed from the perspectives of two people from other side
- The hero's team are sent to the journey with the similiar chances of success like the 86
The obvious similarity between the two series would be the military setting (same age and everything) with some romance subplot. Apart from that, I can see where some would say that both shows are nothing similar.
However, I would like to say that both shows display the same emotion which is based on "bonds" between people who each have their own way of living but ended up in the same place doing the same thing. In addition, the idea that there is more to this world that just meets the eye is also present in both series. In addition, the romance that plays out in 86 is very similar to how the romance plays out in this anime as well. read more
- People from marginalised races fight in a hopeless war against seemingly invincible foes, inside mechas to protect the very seemingly utopian societies that discriminates against them because of their features, or the lack thereof.
- Feature female main characters from the "bad" side, at first discriminated/were discriminated against/by the their comrades, but finally came to an understanding. Has romance elements.
- Quite nice and similar plot twists as the stories progress, making viewers wonder whether the world is right because everybody thinks it is.
- People die when they are killed.
-Both feature a military setting, and flesh out both the country we come to know as well as the one we're fighting about through tidbits of information
-Both are about a strategist who attempts to keep the members of their squad alive, and oftentimes are unable to through the show's realistic depiction of the brutality of war
-Both see the protagonists able to command respect through both their talent and extreme earnesty
They are similar because the action takes place in a war setting.Also the MC is a cool one. They have the same vibe. The MC have a lot of friends,but is an intelligen ,cool,good fighter and rational one. Because the theme is similar,I think is a good recommendation. The side characters are well constructed and the animes are enjoyabe.
Both are about life on military front lines with themes of dehumanization and prolonged conflict.
In 86, the plot focuses on ground forces piloting spider tanks called Juggernauts. The titular 86 are forced to fight off autonomous drones to defend a nation that racially discriminates against them. There is a major theme of dehumanization expressed in their nation not recognizing them as humans even though they are, thus the Juggernauts are considered drones. As the story goes on, more is revealed about why the 86 have to continue fighting.
In The Sky Crawlers, the plot focuses on a private air force made up of pilots who can't age, this private air force are sent to fight in the sky while citizens live in the comfort of their own city. With fighting looking like it never stops, the protagonist unravels a deep mystery about the nature of him and his fellow pilots.
The daily lives on front line barracks of the Spearhead Squadron of 86 and the Kildren of The Sky Crawlers are fairly similar. read more
Both anime started with a huge cast of characters fighting for something as a group. Basically, the characters are part of some kind of military group (I know that Angel Beats is not military but they have guns and sharp weapons so I guess that counts). As the show goes on, characters slowly "disappear" from the show and they are even removed from the opening/ending credits. If you want shows that has the entire cast in the credits and slowly remove those who are no longer in the show, then these two are for you. :)
- Humanity is overwhelmed by advanced technology manipulated by an unknown faction
- Both MCs are considered powerful and legendary due to their background and presence in the show
- Both MCs work in a task force to carry out their operations
- 86 has phenomenally better art and pacing than ex-arm
- 86 squad are a highly trained crew of child soldiers VS ex-arm is a human implemented in ex-arm tech
- Both worlds feature an enemy invasion
- Both MCs are infamous in their world/game
- Both MCs are skilled/have overpowered gear & techniques
- Both MCs fight against a legion of beasts/bots
- Dendrogram is a virtual reality game VS 86 is a real-world apocalyptic dystopian
- Dendrogram is more surface level, mild violence VS 86 is intense graphic violence
Bolth are mecha anime where the cast are seen as mostly expendable soliders. Bolth emphatise comradery between the cast. Characters, animation and ost is great in bolth. Thunderbolt requires little context from other gundam anime making it a great geatway into the franchise.
Both belong to the Post Apocalyptic genre and feature the catastrophic incidents happening due to the invasion of non-human creatures i.e Mecha Robots (86) & Vampires (Owari no Seraph)
The protagonist suffers the most in both the animes also he got some intimite friends in need always ready to help in any consequences. I would recommend to give it a try for someone who has a liking in this particular genre
86 is similar to Shingeki no Kyojin in many ways.
- In 86, there is an '86th sector' where people who aren't considered true humans like the rest of the world, are forced to fight for their lives and treated like garbage. The 86th sector is similar to the scouts, except it wasn't by their own choice.
- Art styles are different, but both go for a realistic feel and has very high-quality animation as well as CGI.
- The music will feel very familiar, because it is another anime in which Hiroyuki Sawano composed many of the songs. The music in 86 may not be quite as good as AOT but I could see it getting there someday.
- The main male in 86, Shin, is VERY similar to Levi. Tragic backstory, OP, doesn't show many emotions but is a kind person at heart, etc. Of course there are many differences too, he isn't just an exact copy.
Shinen Nouzen is similar to Sakai Tokikaze from Plunderer,
-both of them have a duty to kill those closest to them.
-have the same position as the leader of those who are harmed by the government/tyranny
High Social Inequality
-Plunderer (Althea-Abyss), 86 (San Magnolia-86 District)
It's my first recommendation so sorry for any kind of mistake. I will try my best to not spoil story.
I watched parasite the maximum a long time ago and when I watched 86 i feel like both anime trying to show same thing like love, thing's that r wrong, how selfish a human can be. Borth story's focuses on a different world. In 86 it's focused on struggle of becoming free from dark side of society the brutal nature of war, racism and oppression. And in parasite the maximum it focused on dark side of human. You just became connected to character. 86 takes time for world building so don't drop it watch until the end u will like it.
Both are great fantasy anime with similar themes of war, politics, and betrayal. The main difference is that 86 takes place in a more realistic setting, while Nanatsu no Taizai has elements of magic and the supernatural.
They're both about teams of protaganists fighting evil monsters and creations to get to a similar goal. (sorry if im using this wrong this is the first reccomendation iv done. just tryna get the hang of it!)
Misunderstood and freakish main character, solid heroine supports, and mysterious and terrifying enemies, but above all, both these shows are blessed to have an original soundtrack inspired by the legendary Hiroyuki Sawano.
In my opinion, 86 is an anime that looks like a mecha or war series on the first glance, but it's emphasis is actually about righteousness, equality, anti-discrimination, and anti-war. With these key words in mind, the first jap anime comes into my mind is this one. With a skin of fighting, shisha no teikoku also an emphasized a lot on the philosophy side, which is quite similar to 86. Although the exact theme is a little different, the storytelling style is the same.
A seemingly-utopian society plagued by a darker, hidden truth. Both anime have a plot writing that is more show, not tell. You pick up on bits of the plot throughout the episode writings and learn more and more about the bigger picture. I think Engage Kiss suffers from slightly tropey characters whereas 86 does not, but they definitely deal with similar themes.
This anime shows the realities of war and has the same concept "no matter where you go there is no paradise, you can only try to protect the ones you love. It is much more impactful, and everything affects the main cast as well as the side character making it much more engaging. In Owari, no seraph everything impacts the side characters, not the main cast. The great thing about either six is the main cast does not have plot armor and doesn't recklessly charge into battle like Yu-chan. The stakes are always high, and the despair and realistic elements never cease to affect them in one way or another in a social or psychological aspect. read more
* giant robots
* sci-fi military about a squad who fight against aliens/drones
* same relationships between female mc and her squad (Sara/108th and Vladilena/86)
* similar contrast between action scenes and slice-of-life
* CGI mecha fights
Political motives, violent battles, and deep inter-personal relationships are the core of both series. Gundam 00 may well have been a direct inspiration for the story of 86, considering how many similar themes and story telling tools can be found in the two... yet both are unique in both plot and tone.
Furthermore, there is overlap in the types of characters that make up the main cast: The noble lady changed by war, the battle hardened combat-junkie, the joking friend, and of course; a lovable robot companion.
- Tackles the concept of humanity.
- Female MC with great character development.
- Interesting and diverse supporting cast (similarly, some also died).
- Fight for survival against non-humane creatures, where the lives of the group are in danger every single day.
- Great direction and cinematography.
- Amazing OST and animation.
When I was watching 86, the concept and how the narrative for the main casts was built really reminded me of Land of the Lustrous.
The first few episodes are really confusing; however, it displays the faults of humanity through different lenses. Unlike with Fumetsu no Anata e, 86 is told through 2 POVs–the inside and the outside. On the other hand, Fumetsu no Anata e showcases human habits and goals through each character that Fushi meets.
Without spoiling anything, the underlying theme of augmentations through advanced post-humanist technology that favors the human mind yet rejects the body mixed in with a tint of oracles and mysticism as well as the discriminatory mistreatment of people considered to be less equal than their oppressors is a strong motif which are well explored in their prevalence, going above and beyond semantics for both series.
Both take place during a super serious war, Senjou no Valkyria (Valkyria Chronicles) is anime WW2 and 86 is.... a war.
Both feature the more extreme topics of war, such as racism and racial supremecy.
Both titles feature drama, VC has one of the most tragic deaths of all anime war characters, and 86 has drama surrounding the anime Nazis and anime Jews working together.
Nouzen Shin is basically a carbon copy of Sagara Sousuke with arguably less personality and a different backstory.
Both shows are mecha-based and have interesting male/female lead codependent relationships.
I can't believe no one actually compared 86 to Muv Luv Alternative. Reasons why they are similar:
- Humanity is in the brink of extinction
- Humanity has created mechas to combat a threat to humanity.
- The BETA and Legion have very similar properties - some of them are mindless creatures, while others are smarter and act as commanders to their fellow creatures (in 86 they are known as Shepherds, in MLA they are known as the Superior).
- Some types of Legion and BETA are similar to each other: Lowe (86) is similar to Fort Class (MLA), Stachelschwein and Biene (86) are similar to Laser Class (MLA), Zentaur (86) is similar to Carrier Class (MLA)
Death Note and 86 aren't exactly similar, but they touch upon human behaviour in a negative fashion. Whilst this may be true for multiple anime, DN and 86 in particular follow those who understand the wrong in the world as absolute, and from there is how they diverge.
The numerous times referring back to "this is how the world works" is quite a cool callback, working well in the driving factor of the perspective of the MCs as to what is wrong with everything in their worlds.
One is a good mystery battle-of-the-mind anime, the other is a flashy mecha. Still good stuff.
both of course having this apocalyptic theme (end of the world). The MC's do everything they could to protect their allies and personally i think they both give a strong emotional sense of sacrifice if all hope seems lost they fight till the end in.
Both tackle military and political issues, taking inspiration from real-life events, showing how people are easily sacrificed, and showing military strategies in wars.
While Eighty Six focuses more on the side of showing how the characters are suffering, Ginga Eiyuu shows more of the political point of view and the ideals of various characters.
Both Lucis and Albi nations are protected by walls and both are fighting with foreign powerful nations. Both series are set in fictional worlds but have strong similarities with modern times Earth. Both series have some sort of xenophobia to outsiders.
Both involve soldiers fighting against machines to defend people living peacefully away from conflict.
Bleak world with a lot fighting and loss, but also hope.
Similar themes of life, death, finding purpose.
The unique relationship between the two MCs is a central part of the story.
I have always found 86 and Girls' Last Tour to be pretty much, more or less the same thing.
Both 86 and GLT follow characters situated in an unfortunate reality. Trying to make out with what they can, usually through wholesome moments. The only difference the two share is how they go around presenting such themes, with 86 taking an incredibly dark route full of fighting and death to the relaxing, but depressing mood GLT brings forward. Imo, 86 doesn't do too well in presenting these themes, which makes it more like GLT in that aspect of it being depressing rather than actually dark. But that is just me.
Anyways, both anime are near similar to each other, but it is just the drastic change in the presentation which makes it seem a lot more diverted than it actually is. read more