Sci-Fi, Drama, Mecha/Robot

Airing Date:
Spring 2021

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The story takes place in the Republic of San Magnolia, a nation under siege by the neighboring Giadian Empire. The empire has been carrying out its invasion using an unmanned autonomous battle drone army called the Legion. In retaliation, San Magnolia eventually creates their own drone army known as the Juggernaut. Although these drones are believed to be unmanned, in truth they are piloted by the Eighty-Six, a group of people who have been stripped of their humanity and are cast into battle as dispensable soldiers. The Eighty-Six is composed of a squadron called Spearhead and led by their field commander, Shin. On the battlefield devoid of hope where only death awaits, Shin continues to fight for a certain purpose.

Lena, an elite Republican soldier, is assigned as the new commanding officer, also known as a “handler,” to oversee the Spearhead Squadron. Lena despises the social caste system of the Republic that looks down on the Eighty-Sixers as “subhuman pigs,” and treats them as human beings. With Shin leading the young Eighty-Sixers on the battlefield and the talented and promising elite Lena offering tactical support from the rear, they stand on the front lines constantly on the brink of life and death.

Despite living in a class based-society where a pureblood such as Lena should have never crossed paths with someone of mixed race like Shin, the two of them break down social constructs and continue to fight for a brighter future.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Shin (Shinei Nouzen): Shouya Chiba

He is the field commander of the Spearhead Squadron, the First Defense Squad of the First Ward on the Eastern Front of the Republic of San Magnolia. His codename is "Undertaker". He has the ability to hear the thoughts of others, but after being strangled by his brother and brought to the brink of death, he develops the ability to hear the voices of the dead, which enables him to locate the Legion at any time.
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Rena (Mirize Vladilena): Ikumi Hasegawa

She received the rank of Major at the tender age of 16. After sending out Shin and the others, she takes command of 86's elite squadron Spearhead and earns the nickname Bloody Regina for her demanding orders and highly competent leadership.
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Raiden Shuga: Seiichiro Yamashita

Raiden serves as both the vice-commander of the Spearhead Squadron and leader of the second battalion in the battle to protect the Eastern Ward. An Eisen, he is known by the alias “Werewolf.” Raiden has the most experience fighting side-by-side with Shin, the squadron’s commander, and has seen enough of his extraordinary abilities to inspire unwavering confidence in their leader. Although he has a foul mouth, Raiden acts as a supportive big brother for the group.
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Rikka Seoto: Natsumi Fujiwara

This vertically challenged boy is actually a member of Spearhead and in command of the third battalion. With jade green eyes that match his Jade heritage and golden locks, Rikka is known as the “Flying Fox.” Fond of sketching in his spare time, he is the one who designed Spearhead’s insignia.
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Kaie Taniya: Haruka Shiraishi

Kaie is a young Orienta with striking black eyes and hair who fights as a member of Spearhead on the Eastern Battlefront. “Kirschblute” takes her role as the leader of the fourth battalion extremely seriously but can still appreciate a good joke.
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Daiya Iruma: Haruki Ishiya

Fighting for Spearhead in the Eastern Ward and in command of the fifth battalion, Daiya is an up-beat Sapphire with blonde hair and blue eyes. Given the alias “Black Dog,” he is actually a caring person who has looked after stray cats in the past. For some reason, he constantly finds himself on the short end of the stick both on the battlefield and off it.
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Anju Emma: Saori Hayami

Belonging to Spearhead’s fifth battalion, Anju carries both Adularian and Celenian blood. She joined the squad along with Daiya and has earned the alias “Snow Witch.” The most refined of the female members, she enjoys passing the time by knitting lace. However, she is as ferocious as any of the men once on the battlefield.
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Kurena Kukumira: Sayo Suzushiro

In command of Spearhead’s sixth battalion, Kurena sports Agate hair and Topaz eyes. Her exploits have earned her the alias “Gunslinger.” An excellent sniper, she assists Shin and the other front-line combatants with pinpoint accuracy.
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Haruto Kieth: Taiki Yamashita

Haruto is a Ruby who fights under Shin’s command as a member of the Spreadhead Squadron’s first battalion. Fond of dirty jokes, Haruto provides comedic relief for the rest of the squad. Nicknamed “Falke”.
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Henrietta Penrose: Riho Sugiyama

Henrietta is an expert on the Republic of San Magnolia tech and uses their perception tuning (Paleid) to serve as the squad’s communications officer. Rena is a close friend of hers, and the two can talk about anything. Henrietta also happens to enjoy baking sweets.
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Jerome Karlstahl: Tetsu Mikami

One of the commanders of the Republic of San Magnolia’s armed forces, he has attained the rank of Commodore. He is one of the few to survive the Region Invasion, an onslaught that left the military in shambles nine years ago. Rena’s late father was a close friend of his as well. He is the handler who appointed Rena to the elite Spearhead Squadron after she became the youngest ever to be promoted to lieutenant.

Theme Songs
  • Opening Song: "3:29" by Hitorie
  • Ending Song: "Avid" by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki
"86" (Light novel)
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Main Staff
  • Original Creator: Asato Asato
  • Director: Toshimasa Ishii
  • Series Composition: Toshiya Ono
  • Character Design: Tetsuya Kawakami
  • Original Illustrator: Shirabi
  • Music: Hiroyuki Sawano / KOHTA YAMAMOTO

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