Writer Asato Asato and illustrator Sarabi’s popular light novel series 86–EIGHTY-SIX is next in line for an anime adaptation, and Sword Art Online studio A-1 Pictures is on the job! The series is officially lined up for an April 2021 premiere, with the latest update revealing the main staff, lead cast, and the first trailer.
Toshimasa Ishii is directing the adaptation, with Toshiya Ono on series composition, Tetsuya Kawakami on character designs, Shirogumi on CG production, and Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto handling the music. The lead roles of Shin and Lena go to Shoya Chiba and Ikumi Hasegawa, respectively.
Check out the debut trailer:
— TVアニメ『86-エイティシックス-』【公式】 (@anime_eightysix) December 22, 2020
Yen Press publishes the series in English and describes it like so:
A War Without Casualties. 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…
Via Comic Natalie