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'86' Sci-Fi Anime Reveals 3rd Extended Trailer, Broadcast in 2 Split Halves

posted on by Egan Loo
A-1 Pictures animates Asato Asato's war story for April 10 premiere

The AnimeJapan special stage event for the television anime of Asato Asato's 86 light novel series debuted the third extended trailer for the anime on Saturday. The event also announced that the anime will air for two cours (quarters of the year). However, the two cours will be split, and not air one after another.

Yen Press is publishing the light novel series in English, and it describes the story:

The San Magnolia Republic has long been under attack by unmanned weapons from the neighboring Empire. Against this onslaught, the Republic has also deployed similar weapons, narrowly avoiding great loss of life and impending disaster-or at least that's how it seemed.

The truth is that it has never been possible to have no casualties. Young men and women drawn from the Republic's supposedly non-existent 86th district are organized into the "86 unit" and then ordered to pilot the "unmanned weapons" before heading to battle.

The anime stars: (character name romanizations are not official)

Toshimasa Ishii (episode director for Space Brothers, ERASED, Occultic;Nine) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures. Toshiya Ono (The Promised Neverland, Land of the Lustrous, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga) is in charge of the series scripts, and Tetsuya Kawakami (Interviews with Monster Girls, Robot Girls Z, The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water) is designing the characters. Shirogumi is producing the CG, and Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto are contributing the music.

Hitorie will perform the opening theme song "3-bun 29-byō" (3 Minutes 29 Seconds), and SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki will perform the ending theme song "Avid."

The anime will premiere on April 10 and will air on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, BS11, Yomiuri TV, and CTV. The show will stream in Japan on ABEMA. A special will air before the anime on March 27 at 24:00 (effectively, March 28 at midnight). The official web radio program will premiere on April 10 at 24:00 (effectively, April 11 at midnight.)

Asato launched the novel series under Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint in April 2017. Shirabi (The Ryuo's Work Is Never Done!, Myriad Colors Phantom World) is drawing the illustrations, and the artist I-IV (Aldnoah.Zero, Re:CREATORS) is in charge of mechanical design. The light novel series has a manga adaptation by Motoki Yoshihara in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine. Yen Press is also releasing the manga in English. The light novel series is also inspiring a Gakuen 86 (Academy 86) manga by Suzume Somemiya in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine.

Sources: 86 anime's AnimeJapan special stage event

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