86 Anime Gets New PV, Release Date, Key Visual

A new PV and key visual for the upcoming 86 anime was released. It was also announced that the anime will premiere in April 2021. 

The PV’s YouTube upload is region-locked, but it can be watched on the anime’s official Twitter page. 

86‘s staff includes Toshimasa Ishii (storyboarder on Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia and Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld) as director, Toshiya Ouno (The Promised Neverland, Land of the Lustrous) as series composer, and Tetsuya Kawakami (Interviews With Monster Girls, The Asterisk War) as character designer. 

Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Mobile Suit Gundam UC) and Kohta Yamamoto (Attack on Titan: The Final Season, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments) are composing the music for the anime. A-1 Pictures is in charge of animation production. 

Voicing the lead characters are Shouya Chiba (Project Scard: Scar on the Praeter, Dororo) as Shinei Nouzen and Ikumi Hasegawa (Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki, If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It To The Budokan, I Would Die) as Vladilena Mirizé. 

86 is based on a light novel series written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabi, with Ⅰ-Ⅳ responsible for the mechanical designs. Yen Press describes the story as:

The 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…

Source: 86 Twitter page, 86 official website

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years starting from his college days. Now, he primarily focuses on anime-related content, although he also writes about games, light novels, manga, and VTubers sometimes. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences.
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