The official Dengeki Bunko Twitter account announced on Wednesday that the 86 Eighty-Six series exceeded 1.8 million copies in circulation. This number includes the light novel, manga, and spin-offs. Volume 12 of the light novel will release on February 10 with a special edition that comes with the official Nendoroid of Bloody Reina.
86 Eighty-Six is a light novel series written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii. The series began serialization in February 2017 under the Dengeki Bunko imprint. Square Enix JP released a statement back in July 2022 announcing that both the direct manga adaptation titled 86 Eighty-Six (illustrated by Motoki Yoshihara) and the spin-off manga series 86: Run Through The Battlefront (illustrated by Hakuya Yamasaki) were canceled due to each respective artist’s health.
86 Eighty-Six also received two additional manga spin-off series titled 86: Operation High School (illustrated by Suzume Somemiya), which released a total of two volumes, and 86: Fragmental Neoteny (illustrated by Shinjo Takuya), which came to an end last year with Volume 3. Both manga titles were serialized in Media Factory’s Monthly Comic Alive.
Yen Presspublishes the light novel series in English and describes the plot of Volume 1 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…