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 332043332,043 users)
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Ranked: #2682
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Popularity: #282
Members: 657,679
Favorites: 16,032

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Both are series where humanity believes to be protected by walls that prevents them to be killed by Robots/titans. Both have incredible animation. Both have OST by Hiroyuki Sawano aka god. 
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Mecha shows with themes of discrimination and the harshness of war 
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- 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  read more 
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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.  
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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  read more 
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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.  
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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 
report Recommended by LordCrane
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. 
report Recommended by gomiii
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.  
report Recommended by SL_Senjuhara
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.  
report Recommended by TheWhiteDemon
While one is not a mech anime, both are more serious war stories that deal with fighting a war that is perceived as cannot be won. 
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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  read more 
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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  read more 
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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.  
report Recommended by JiangHaoyi1979
Why: - 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 
report Recommended by Rogi5
Those that are discriminated against, so called not human, use mechas to fight against an enemy, so that the "human beings" can have a pleasent life without war. 
report Recommended by misterferrari
-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 
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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  read more 
report Recommended by Fortress_Maximus
As I watched 86 I got Angel Beats vibes. For both of them, unlike most action anime the goal was not to resolve the problem but to take us on an emotional journey with the characters.  
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Similarities - 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 Differences - 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 
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Similarities - 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 Differences - 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 
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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. 
report Recommended by mablu
Two great shows set in a future where rogues are in a fight against the government type powers, great pacing and just an enjoyable watch. 
report Recommended by Taragorn
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 
report Recommended by Raeyy
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  read more 
report Recommended by petrariii
* giant robots * military drama with a lot of deaths * edgy villains * cool CGI action * both are a good choice for the mecha fans to watch * both are based on light novels that are better than anime 
report Recommended by BLVK_KRTVLK
Best combination between thrilling, military fights and top-notch, inciting background music. 
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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) 
report Recommended by mattzero3
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  read more 
report Recommended by Keyzn
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. 
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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!) 
report Recommended by iamsoverylegal
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. 
report Recommended by Scizorrat
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. 
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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. 
report Recommended by Dayofdev
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  read more 
report Recommended by ArthdalLover
* 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 
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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. 
report Recommended by Alyzzar
- 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.  
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- Both anime themes revolves around the military - Both the mcs of each anime are young soldiers in the military  
report Recommended by caprisan
Both have main characters coming from very different backgrounds, both have mechs(kind of) both have war. 
report Recommended by Hexantry
Both animes tackle child soldiers stationed to defend a town/city, they feature a similar atmosphere of constant dread although less so in So Ra No Wo To, and both animes also feature legged tanks.  
report Recommended by KingofEmperors
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. 
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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.  
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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. 
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There is a similar theme about fighting against seemingly hopeless odds and despair in both animes. 
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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. 
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Both of these anime's involve a group of outcasts trying to find a meaning in life. 
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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),  read more 
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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.  
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
report Recommended by Ryuu_Mayo
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. 
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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  read more 
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