86, LN Recommendation of the Week!

Article at a glance:

  • The LN offers a fast-paced, twist-filled storyline tackling politics and racism, akin to Attack on Titan but with a unique narrative.
  • The protagonists Vladilena Milize and Shin exhibit compelling character development, supported by a strong ensemble cast.
  • The LN’s art, particularly its depiction of technology and character designs, is uniquely recognizable and visually appealing.

Well, I don’t when Season 3 of this masterpiece is coming so meanwhile, we can rely on the LN instead. And I assure you, the LN is just as good, if not better in some cases as it is from the first-person PoV of different characters. I picked up 86 randomly when the first season of the anime dropped. And when I saw that it had music from Hiroyuki Sawano, I knew it was going to be good. Because much like Hanz Zimmer, Sawano only does music for awesome projects.

Even putting the production aside, there was just something special about this anime’s setting and the way the plot progressed. And I cannot emphasize just how much the plot in the LN has progressed after the point the anime left off. So welcome to another edition of our recommendation series today we are talking about 86, the LN.

Check out the LN on Amazon here!

Introduction

86 is written by Asato Asato (yes, that is their actual pen name) and illustrated by Shirabi. The LN comes under ASCII Media work and is sterilized under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. The English release, like most LNs, comes under Yen Press. As for the anime, it currently has 2 seasons of 11 and 12 episodes respectively. As far as I remember, a 3rd season hasn’t been confirmed yet. Both of the seasons are made by A1 Pictures and feature music from the legendary Hiroyuki Sawano.

Plot

I will purposefully be very vague here. Because the plot of this LN is very fast-paced and full of curve balls. So if I even mention something past a certain point, it will be a spoiler. But basically, the setting is quite similar to Attack on Titan. It is believed that humanity outside of the walls of San Magnolia kingdom is extinct as the machines mass-produced by the Giad Empire went rogue. San Magnolia tells its people that the machines are being held back by “drones” and that there are no human casualties in fighting them so far.

As you may imagine, this is not true. The “drones” in charge of protecting San Magnolia are piloted by humans, the residents of the Eighty-Sixth district or, Eighty-Six. The people in charge of handling them, do not view them as humans hence the reason for their treatment. The plot tackles politics and racism really well. Similar themes to Attack on Titan for sure but it is a very different story. The pacing and twists always keep you on the edge of your seat and just the build-up for certain key moments in the story is great.

characters

One of our two protagonists is Vladilena Milize. A handler and someone who was born and brought up inside the walls as a member of a high-ranking family. She has a very idealistic view of the world at the beginning and she’s naive. The world forces her to change, and she does but she never abandons her ideals. On the complete opposite end, we have Shin our other protagonist. Someone who has a completely nihilistic view of the world at some point but he is reeled in by Lena. Both of them play off of each other’s developments incredibly well.

Combine these two with a cast of awesome side characters like Raiden, Theo, Anju, etc. and you’ve got a fantastic cast.

Art

Not much to say here but this LN definitely has a great sense of style. I can’t quite put my finger on it but the technology depicted in this LN has its own identity. You’d instantly recognize that this is from 86. The character designs are really good too. The art is just great in general.

Summing Up

Here’s why you should check out 86:

  • Amazing and fast-paced plot
  • Great character development
  • Full of twists and turns
  • Great world-building

That is all for now! Check out this week’s anime recommendation here and I will take my leave here. See ya!

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