The release of the next volume of the light novel series 86 – Eighty Six will be delayed for several months due to the health of writer Asato Asato.
Kodoani.com – The next volume of the light novel series 86 – Eighty Six has been delayed to February.
The delay was announced on the official Twitter account of Dengeki Bunko, the publisher distributing the series in Japan. According to the publisher, writer Asato Asato is currently experiencing “bad health” and will need more time to complete the sequel to her popular sci-fi story. The next episode will miss its original December release date and will instead come out next February. The delay for the light novel comes just days after the producers of the anime adaptation of 86 announced that the next volume of the series will also be delayed due to unspecified production issues. A commentary episode will now air on November 13, while the episode was originally scheduled to premiere on November 20.
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86 – Eighty Six is set in the Republic of San Magnolia, a seemingly utopian society that has been forced into war with the Giad Empire. The Republic tells its citizens that they are fighting the Empire through the use of Juggernauts, which are automated mechanical units remotely controlled by a Handler. In fact, the Juggernauts were actually manually driven into battle by members of the 86, an ethnic minority in San Magnolia that had been subjugated by the country’s nationalist leaders. The story tells the story of Vladilena Milizé, a young army officer assigned to command a special team of 86 soldiers.
The series, which was first published in 2017, has been awarded the Dengeki Novel Prize, a prestigious literary award in Japan usually awarded to the works of promising new writers. A manga adaptation, also written by Asato and featuring art by illustrator Motoki Yoshihara, began serialization in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine in 2018. The manga was also very successful and born. released two spin-off series also penned by Asato. The series was praised for its in-depth character development and handling of real-world issues, such as racism and nationalism. Both the light novel and manga are published in English by Yen Press.
An anime adaptation of Asato’s work will premiere in 2021. The anime is produced by A-1 Pictures, the company that previously created the anime adaptations of Sword Art Online and Fairy Tail, and is directed by Toshimasa. Ishii, who served as episode director of Granblue Fantasy and as assistant director of Mirai for Mamoru Hosoda, was nominated for an Academy Award. The anime’s first season is split into two parts, with the first half set to air early this year.