The official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Asato Asato’s 86 EIGHTY-SIX light novel series announced that the anime’s second season will premiere in October. A teaser trailer was also revealed.
The anime’s first season premiered on April 10 and ended on June 20 with its 11th episode. A “Special Edition” recap episode titled The Red Poppy, Blooms In The Battlefield aired on June 27. The series was originally announced to have two cours in March.
The anime’s staff includes Toshimasa Ishī (storyboarder on Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia and Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld) as director, Toshiya Ōno (The Promised Neverland, Land of the Lustrous) as series composer, and Tetsuya Kawakami (Interviews With Monster Girls, The Asterisk War) as character designer.
Other staff members include Masanobu Nomura (BNA: Brand New Animal) and Yumi Horikoshi (Fafner the BEYOND Ep 6,7,8) as art directors, Nagisa Abe (Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare) as color designer, Masaharu Okazaki (Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare) as photography director, and Hiroyuki Yoshida (22/7) as CG director.
The cast includes Shōya Chiba as Shinei Nōzen, Ikumi Hasegawa as Vladilena Mirizaré, Seiichirō Yamashita as Raiden Shuga, Natsumi Fujiwara as Theoto Rikka, Saori Hayami as Anju Emma, Sayumi Suzushiro as Kurena Kukumila, Haruka Shiraishi as Kaie Tanya, Haruki Ishiya as Daiya Irma, Daiki Yamashita as Haruto Keats, Taishi Murata as Kujou Niko, Shinei Ueki as Rui Kino, Masamu Ono as Chise Ōsen, Katsumi Fukuhara as Tōma Sōbi, Taito Ban as Tōzan Sasha, Shizuka Ishigami as Rekka Rin, Yuka Nukui as Mikuri Kairō, Kazama Mayuko as Maina Yatomika, Riho Sugiyama as Henrietta Penrose, Satoshi Mikami as Jerome Karlstahl, and Taiten Kusonoki as Lev Aldrecht.
Crunchyroll streamed the first season as it aired and describes the story as:
Called “Juggernaut,” these are the unmanned combat drones developed by the Republic of San Magnolia in answer to the attacks by the autonomous unmanned drones of the neighboring Empire of Giad, the “Legion”. But they’re only unmanned in name. In reality, they are piloted by the Eighty-sixers—those considered to be less than human and treated as mere tools. Determined to achieve his own mysterious ends, Shin, the captain of Spearhead Squadron, which is comprised of Eighty-sixers, continues to fight a hopeless war on a battlefield where only death awaits him.
Source: 86 EIGHTY-SIX Twitter account