The second season of the highly dystopian anime series “86” (also known as “Eight-Six”) has just started premiering. After the hype from the first 11 episodes, it’s time to go back into the world of mechs and government oppression. Although the series isn’t technically post-apocalyptic, the dystopian war involving mechs has enough survival elements that we are covering the anime series here on Post Apocalyptic Media.
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The Series Is Only Officially Available on Crunchyroll
While some anime series like Attack on Titan can be watched on multiple streaming services in the United States, including Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Hulu, the same isn’t true for 86. 86 (also referred to as Eighty-Six) can only be watched on Crunchyroll’s streaming service.
You can watch all of season one (Episodes 1-11) for free on Crunchyroll, even without a Crunchyroll account of any kind. However, the latest episode of Eighty-Six can’t be watched for free on Crunchyroll for the first week that it’s released.
If you sign up for a subscription for $9.99 a month, then you can see the new episodes immediately as they release. Crunchyroll’s episodes are typically available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, LATAM, Middle East, and Russia. If you have a free account, you’ll need to wait about a week.
Note that Episodes 12 and 13 (all the episodes in season 2) are only available with English subtitles, as of the time this article was published. The English dubs will release at a later date. You can expect the next episode (Episode 14) to release on Saturday, October 16.
The Anime Is Based on the Light Novels
The series is based on the light novels. So if you’re wanting to get ahead of the anime, you can pick up the light novels and check them out. You can purchase Volume 1 here to get you started. It’s available on Kindle and paperback. There are eight novels total by Asato Asato.
The description reads:
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…