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86 Series Eighty-Six Exceeds 1.8 Million Copies in Circulation

The 86 Eighty-Six series, which includes light novel, manga and spin-offs, has exceeded 1.8 million copies in circulation, according to an announcement by the official Dengeki Bunko Twitter account. The light novel's 12th volume is set to be released on February 10th, which will come with a special edition that includes an official Nendoroid of Bloody Reina.

86 Eighty-Six is a light novel series written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii, serialized under the Dengeki Bunko imprint since February 2017. Despite its popularity, Square Enix JP announced in July 2022 that both the direct manga adaptation, illustrated by Motoki Yoshihara, and the spin-off manga series, illustrated by Hakuya Yamasaki, were cancelled due to health issues of the respective artists.

86 Eighty-Six also has two additional manga spin-off series: "86: Operation High School" illustrated by Suzume Somemiya, with a total of two volumes, and "86: Fragmental Neoteny" illustrated by Shinjo Takuya, which ended last year with its 3rd volume. Both of these manga spin-offs were serialized in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive.

Yen Press publishes 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…

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