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'86' Sci-Fi War Franchise Gets 1st Spinoff Novel Next Spring

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
SOW pens novel centering on Federal Republic of Giad

The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko label revealed on Saturday that Asato Asato's 86 light novel series is getting its first spinoff novel. The novel will serialize on Dengeki Bunko's Novecomi app starting in spring 2022.

The novel will take place in the Federal Republic of Giad, and will feature new characters, weapons, and battlefields. SOW (The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress) is writing the novel, and Kuroganeya is the illustrator. Asato is credited with the original work, Shirabi is credited with the original illustrations, and I-IV is credited with the mechanical design.

Yen Press is publishing the main 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.

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 10th volume shipped on June 10, and the 11th volume will ship in February 2022. Motoki Yoshihara launched a manga adaptation in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine in 2018. Yen Press is also releasing the manga in English.

Suzume Somemiya's 86: Operation High School spinoff manga launched in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine in June 2020, and the series ended in August. The manga has two volumes. cotori is drawing a four-panel manga spinoff that launched in July on the anime's Twitter account and website.

The television anime premiered on April 10, and is airing for two cours (quarters of the year). The second cours premiered on October 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and it is also streaming an English dub.

Source: Dengeki Bunko's Twitter account

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