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86--EIGHTY-SIX (light novel)
A War Without CasualtiesThe Republic of San Magnolia has long been under attack from the neighboring Giadian Empire's army of unmanned drones known as the Legion. After years of painstaking research, the Republic finally developed autonomous drones of their own, turning the one-sided struggle into a war without casualties-or at least, that's what the government claims. In truth, there is no such thing as a bloodless war. Beyond the fortified walls protecting the eighty-five Republic territories lies the "nonexistent" Eighty-Sixth Sector. The young men and women of this forsaken land are branded the Eighty-Six and, stripped of their humanity, pilot the "unmanned" weapons into battle...
Sep 16, 2019
21 of ? chapters read
Overall Rating: 10
161 people found this review helpfulPreliminary
86 has everything like to read, for example: Mecha, Action, Romance The story deals with very interesting subjects, such as: racism, authoritarianism, fascism, discrimination and reference to what happened in the Second World War.
The 86-District / are any other minority considered inferior by the Republic were systematically grouped, exploited to exhaustion and then summarily executed or forcibly sent to the battlefield to fight “The unmanned‘ Legion ’army of the Empire. Eighty Six, It was the last outpost that the Republic (the humans) stayed in when the “Legion” swept the continent - Only pigs that look like humans remained in the non-human area (area eighty-six) behind the eighty-five legislated areas . “Colorata”, this is the derogatory term used for people who are not citizens of the Republic (Albas), they lived as citizens of the Republic, but are considered inferior to humans by their own countries, they live outside the shelters, outside the Grand Mur and are always on the front lines.
Nine years ago. Year 358 of the Republic calendar, Year 2139 of the Anno Astrum. The northern country of the continent, the Gead Empire, which borders the eastern part of the Republic, declared war. The first wave of completely unmanned combat drones started the invasion. Faced with the overwhelming force of the military superpower Geade, the Orthodox Army of the Republic collapsed in just half a month. At that time, the military brought together all its men, and started with the tactic of demoralizing and delaying the enemy army, in the meantime the government of the Republic made two decisions. The first: Evacuate all citizens of the Republic to the eighty-five legislated areas. The other was to initiate presidential order 6609, the special wartime security law. This law meant that all Coloratas (Jews) (those who were not Albas = Nazis) residing in the Republic were considered as enemies allied to the Empire. So they lost their citizenship, and then they were sent to concentration camps outside the eighty-five areas where they are always monitored, that is, only those who live in area 86. Eighty-six. -That was certainly a betrayal of the legislation and the very meaning of the five-color flag that the Republic is so proud of. Any and all Colorata born in the Empire, except the Albas, began to be treated like animals and to be arrested, this was a very blatant form of discrimination and prejudice. Naturally, the Coloratas protested. However, the government silenced them using force. There were also some Albas who protested. However, most Albas supported this idea. They said that the Coloratas were not satisfied with the resources, land or positions they had. The rumors that the Coloratas were spies were much easier to accept than the sad reality that the country was left behind in terms of military technology. And with enemy forces increasingly leaving the Republic with no way out, humans needed scapegoats to discount their anger and resentment. And so then, racial supremacy instantly gained recognition and justification. The noble and humane first modern Republic in the world, ended up recognizing only the Albas as human, while all the Coloratas of the old-fashioned and inhuman Empire were considered inferior, were considered foolish and barbaric animals that only had the appearance similar to that of humans, but that failed to evolve to the human stage. All the Coloratas were sent to concentration camps and were forced to serve in the army, they who built the walls of the fortress. All the assets and properties of the Coloratas were confiscated and appropriated by the government of the Republic, meanwhile citizens praised the human government for letting them not go into the army, nor having to work or pay additional taxes even in times of war.
Discrimination against the Coloratas and the Eighty Sixers (considered inferior) began to occur among the Albas two years after it started. The soldiers were all composed of Eighty Sixers members, and all of those soldiers who were active were sent to the battlefields inside drones. -The Eighty Sixers joined the army because they and their families would receive Republican citizenship. Due to the great racism in all eighty-five areas, in the past nine years, since the beginning of the war it has never been revealed where they lived. However, probably many of them have returned to their old homes, where they spend all their days. -The Geade Empire, being a military and technological power, abused this philosophy and developed advanced technologies, and with that, created devastating weapons and incredible drones. They developed an artificial intelligence superior to any created in their time, an intelligence that would never be tired, irritated or terrified, since there was no human piloting them. No matter how many were destroyed, the factories were fully automated and located in hard-to-reach places on the land, the factories spit machines over and over, forming a large swarm of drones.
In the case of Jews / lower races in Germany, the first moment of this whole extermination process was through hate speech. The rhetoric against them was strengthened in the post-First World War when Germany was embarrassed and made them the scapegoats for German defeat. All sorts of conspiracy theory came to be distilled against the Jews, and when the Nazis came to power, the speech became action.
So the Jews were expelled from public service, then their stores were boycotted and attacked.
Persecution in the streets increased considerably, and cases of physical violence began to happen. Afterwards they were forbidden to marry non-Jews, citizenship requests for foreign Jews were denied, and German Jews were stripped of their citizenship.
Jews were deprived of their freedom and all rights as citizens. When the war started, the Nazis intensified the theft of their property and began to group it in ghettos.
The acts of the Republicans are very similar to those of authoritarian governments and today we can see that there are still those types of governments / countries in which they still have the same racist thinking and we see that humanity has not evolved at all, and that there are still people who idolize such ideas. 86 is a criticism of how governments like that are a mere idiocy of the human being and who suffers is the population of good who is at the mercy and without freedom to express themselves, not only the population but other races.
86 is undoubtedly one of the best or if not the best thing I have read during these years, and I always wanted to do something like that [write about].
Volume 1 is super well written with wonderful plots and not counting the main characters Shin / Lena, but it still ends up sinning even if it is a little in the secondary characters (although they are charismatic), I know they had a little development up to the volume current [V6]. But I still think that they were little explored until that time of the championship or it could be that in the next volumes [7,8 and 9] they may have an extra highlight.
"No country will mind giving human rights to pigs. Therefore: As long as language, skin color and ancestors are considered different, they will be treated only as pigs that look like humans; to repress and kill them with certainty will not be treated as a violation of human rights in itself."
Sep 15, 2019
8 of ? chapters read
Overall Rating: 10
136 people found this review helpfulPreliminary
86 is my ideal story. It has everything that you could want. Action, drama, mystery, thrills, romance(budding at this point, but it's obvious, it's Japan), etc. What I love particularly about the story is how damn real it feels. It does not feel like you're reading a future anime or a light novel, but that you're reading a genuine war memoir.
The story is heavily influenced by World War 2 and it shows, the author even mentions it in the afterword. It relies heavily on the themes of racism, discrimination and ethnic cleansing, things that I feel would make a future anime adaption pretty controversial. However, this is a very realistic topic that we have had in our history very recently and must never forget.
The protagonist Shin is very reminiscent of some of the classic Mecha MC's, but he still is extremely well written with a solid backstory, good character motivation, character growth and a very realistic way of dealing with things.
Lena, the future love interest is also extremely well written and is sympathetic to the plight of Shin and the rest of the 86's(basically Jews), over the course of volume 1, we see their relationship grow from more of a commander/subordinate to genuine friendship and concern. Can't wait to get deeper in the story.
The side characters are also very well written and make you feel attached to them from the very beginning. Everyone is unique and offers diversity in terms of personality, characterisation and dialogue. No one is just a cardboard cutout like in many other LN's.
Pacing is great, story is original and well written and this first volume at least, has enough action to keep you satisfied and well entertained. Got volumes 2-6 and now off to binge them in Japanese.
TL;DR Check out this series, it's worth it. read more