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A War Without Casualties.
The Republic of San Magnolia has long been under attack from the neighbouring 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…

Shinn is the leader of a squadron of eighty-sixers. Lena is a “handler” who commands the detachment from the remote rear with the help of special communication technology.

The farewell story of the severe and sad struggle of these two begins!

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86 ―エイティシックス―
Eighty Six
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Username4838
Username4838 rated it
January 18, 2018
Status: v1
First of all, 86 is actually a verb, meaning 'to discard'. And the male protagonist is literally 86'ed like all of the eighty sixers. That concept of 86 is put into thorough use in this cruel novel, like the title suggests. And that's the selling point. Nothing else needs to be told, just read it.

This barely feels like a LN, which is a good thing. No fan service confirmed.
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elRouge
elRouge rated it
September 18, 2017
Status: v1 reboot-activate
The premise is interesting "the dead aren't in the battlefield... but they died there". you can say that is pretty plain, but there is where the story has it own perk (or unique?) the author is pretty good in writing this (how he/she brought the story).

If you say if there is something that look like this, then i'll answer "code geass boukoku no akito". Since it's pretty much the same I think (except the mecha/robot) pretty sure the background is european.

This novel is by no mean light, and have so... more>> much potential (many action and posibbly a mix of politics)

The MC is of course badass
Spoiler

he can hear the voice of "ghost" and "black sheep"

Its still a mystery how he get it thou

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I hoped the TL seriously continuing to translate this

Revision:after I read reboot-activate

Spoiler

the potential suddenly leaped sky high with shinn becoming a federation soldier, a surviving country at far east from republic

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fireutsie
fireutsie rated it
March 2, 2018
Status: v2 prologue
This novel really did a good job on showcasing a variety of emotions; cruelty, hopelessness, despair, foolishness and optimism. It's a grim and dark novel, not grim and dark like those edgy novels, but one that paints those themes in a slightly more realistic manner. People die, sudden and without warning. No shitty monologues in the middle of battle, hours of chanting magic while the opponent does nothing, nobody shouting his skill while executing it. It feels like a real battle without all that bullshit.

The worldbuilding is decent as of... more>> volume one, but. The real thing is that these characters grow on you. And that makes reading this novel rather painful as you reach the end of volume 1. Character development was not that elaborated and a lot of the characters weren't even explored fully. But I guess that volume 1 was only a prologue to the real story. So it can't be helped.

Imo this novel as of volume 1 could stand alone as a oneshot. Because it's written that well. It's so good and I can't wait for the other volumes to be translated. <<less
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Arawn.Lucifer
g.phyllo rated it
June 14, 2018
Status: v2
Loving it so far, especially how the first volume end. About 3/4 into the first volume, I ask myself what would a good ending to this novel would be like (not just in term of the main characters, but as well as how to handle the swines), without ruining the realistic brutal war theme and logical to the story, and I just couldn't see how it could happen. But the author did it, and it was great and very satisfying.

A little disappointed with the second volume, not because that's it... more>> bad, but it's not the direct continuation from V1's epilogue, which I really like to read. However, it's an in-depth story of all the stuff that happen during the epilogue itself, mostly from Shinn's perspective. It was good, but I just want more of Bloody Regina! <<less
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Troublesomeone
Troublesomeone rated it
September 12, 2019
Status: v2
Powerful and breathtakingly raw.

The concepts that 86 explores cannot be called original. In one form or another, they can be found in various other light-novels, mangas and anime. The execution, however, is incredible. And when it comes down to it, that's what really matters.

These characters, they make you smile while your heart reaches out to them, because you want them to be able to laugh together, for just a moment longer. Death, grief, desperation, fear - or fearlessness, ruthless cruelty, hope - or hopelessness. They were forged on the battlefield,... more>> and they will die on it. They do not fight for honour, nor the right to protect their loved ones, they fight simply because that is who they are. And the way it is depicted is awe-inspiringly beautiful.

No, this story is not for everyone. It is confronting. There is extreme racism - though these races are made-up - and it knows it. It's what propels it forward, and just as much as it is depicted, the writing condemns it. There is extreme violence, there is character death and there are uncountable instances of violations of human rights. It is dark, and grim. But I do not feel that it is used for the shock-factor, it is merely what 86 sets out to do.

The cast feels alive. Some characters are not fully explored, but that could be viewed as a good thing; to have done so would have ruined the pace. The main female characters are actually likeable. They've been given real brains. There are a few that look, at first glance, to be archetypical, but that is quickly over-ridden. They are consistent, and they constantly grow. The same goes for the male characters. The main one is frequently described as apathetic and distant. This could have too easily been - but was not - portrayed as robotically emotionless, a common enough stereotype that we don't need more of. Yet in truth, he could be described as the most dynamic in the whole cast. Strong, flawed, lovable; they are the glue for this story. The group dynamics are natural.

As a standalone, volume one would hold up by itself. You don't need to continue with the sequels, but for anyone who loved it, that would most likely be unthinkable. Volume two, and probably the soon-to-be officially translated three, are not quite so powerful. Or magnificent. For many, they could be described as a let-down. But they are necessary, and still very much enjoyable - they feel more like a prologue than the first novel, as they take place between the end of the first and the epilogue. Patience will be required for 86 to emerge as a series. The beginning was such a remarkable bang that a bit of distance is required for it to once more gain that momentum.

Highly recommended to anyone who likes things grim and dark with powerful characterisation. <<less
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kkgoh
kkgoh rated it
December 5, 2018
Status: v1c11
Code Geass + Valkyrie Chronicles + Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans type novel.
Thinly veiled American-bashing genre, but decent read otherwise.

SUMMARY
Angsty teenagers set in a war between countries, ideological factions, etc, while trying to survive and work their way through social discrimination. While Code Gaess was about colonization, 86 is a reflection of the WWII US internment of all Japanese-Americans in concentration camps, with the additional step of military conscription. Author tries to be cute/topical by adding in a layer of "drones" (humans "controlling" other humans remotely), but it's otherwise... more>> irrelevant.

CHARACTERS
Somewhat believable ML & FL, both from different social stratas. ML is effectively a minority military slave forced to fight on the front lines to regain his citizenship, while the FL is from a privileged noble class directing the war effort from the rear.

ISSUES
(1) Blatant America-bashing?
Internment and conscription is somewhat believable, it's happened in US history.
But just like Code Geass, it takes it a step too far by pulling in other atrocities and nonsensically linking it all together.
It's now internment + conscription + racism against ALL races (except those with white skin and silver hair), all while being the 1st democracy in the world and espousing democratic values. So that implies that majority of the democracy's citizens are hypocrites.
I get that Japan has a recent revival of old grievances against the US (some of which are legit), but this is absurd.

It's amazing that the novel actually won an award in Japan.

(2) Weird military doctrine
I'm not certain the author has military experience or researched enough military history before writing this novel.
Military technology, geography, strategic capabilities have always had an impact on doctrine, and adoption is fairly quick when any of these change.
Yet 9 years after the Republic (the ML and FL's home country) was invaded, when they are fighting against extinction (not loss of their country since it's a take-no-prisoners situation against robots), they still act as if all lives are completely expendable.
The spider tanks are really "Tachikomas" from Ghost in the Shell, but despite advanced weaponry they still fight close combat style. The "handlers"/"drone pilots" act like they are playing video games, even though the "drones" are real humans. Even if it's sacrificing conscripted minorities, it makes absolutely no sense that the country hasn't reformed their war plans or government.
Worse, the govt is actively deceiving the populace that they are winning the war. And the populace actually believes it! How delusional can people be when they are eating scraps?
How hard can it be to form an alliance with all the other affected countries? The Empire is basically like Germany in WWII. It's said the Empire shut down communications by sending out jamming signals. But they can walk over to neighboring countries right?

(3) Terrible prose and sentence/narrative structure
A whole bunch of nonsensical sesquipedalian military terms are used. It's like the author found a military dictionary and threw in whatever he could.
The sentences don't make sense, the conversations between military personal jumps about and don't make sense. The pacing, flow of emotions and character interactions are incredibly awkward.
Spoiler

Example:

"If used over a long time, who knows the effect it will have... one or two Eighty Sixers dead won't matter, but what will happen if something bad happens to you?"
Lena instinctively gave a displeased look. She knew Arnett was simply worried about her, but she could not help herself.
"Don't do that... that's sleazy of you."
Arnett finally waved her hand impatiently.
"Okay okay. You're a curious one."
An awkward silence soon filled both sides of the glass wall.
Suddenly, Arnett gave a smile, as though to purge the silence.
"Speaking of curiosity, Lena, want some Chiffon cake? Something new I made from eggs."

What??? What's sleazy? Why wave your hand impatiently? Why the awkward silence? What does curiosity have to do with cake? Lost in translation... WTF.

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The leaps of logic are so bad you have to read a paragraph multiple times.
It could just be a bad translation, but I doubt it.

(4) Massive info dump, convoluted plot and exposition
Borrows too many useless tropes.
Besides Code Geass + Valkyrie Chronicles + Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans, we also have hints of The Matrix (robots/AI taking over), a collective "internet" consciousness (Ghost in the Shell/Star Trek Borg).
And that's just Chapter 1!! <<less
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Littledragonlady
Littledragonlady rated it
January 10, 2018
Status: --
This story is so beautifully written, the angst is real, the feeling of desperation so perfectly conveyed that halfway thru the first volume I was so close to dropping this story due to the sadness contained. @ElRouge review changed my decision. I look forward to the chance when our ML and MC can meet face to face.
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BitterCoffee79
BitterCoffee79 rated it
December 26, 2017
Status: v2 prologue
There's not much to say about this story without spoiling and I feel that the synopsis does a good job at capturing the attention. While the story may feel confusing at time, with all the strange names, the way it's written is simply beautiful, as of now i'd suggest every reader bored with the same recicled stories to give this a shot, it's worth every star i've given.
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Ubiquitin
Ubiquitin rated it
April 27, 2019
Status: v2
This novel is similar to Code Geass: Akito the Exiled where the characters are part of an army and being commanded by the idiotic Top Brass who discriminate them because they are originally from their country (Not sure if they are in different country, cannot recall). So if you want some dramatic and mecha genre at the same time, this is the right novel for you. Some of you may agree or disagree with my review or opinion, nevertheless, I respect them.

Each characters have their own behavior which certainly correspond... more>> not only to the story but also to the past experiences they encountered. I love the MC since he is a smart and cool headed leader yet at the same time kind. I love the story, the construction and flow of the plot. The distribution of characters as well as their respective emotions and behavior. Some light/web novels as I've observed, the reactions or the actions doesn't seem to be appropriate or logical based from a certain event or something. But in this novel, they are realistic. The author is certainly using semi-realistic and logical reasons for each and every portion of his story.

Spoilers:

Technically, being discriminated while being forced to fight for those who discriminate you would certainly lead to rebellion. However, they didn't. They struggled along with comrades who would support each other yet who may lose anytime due to the danger they face. They are in a war and they are the vanguard. So losing comrade or a friend is not a strange feeling to them, thus behind their jolly character (some of e'm), is a deep scar in their hearts.

And those foolish top brass who only command and order them didn't have the intelligence and the guts in the first place. They lost the kindness of humanity and only been thinking about themselves. Most of the citizen is like that, and they are certainly foolish enough to believe the lies that their government spout without an ounce of doubt. And there, the citizen is like their government who also discriminate blinded by the "Classiness". They regard those people outside their wall/country without class, thus the root of the discrimination. However, not all citizen is like that. There are some people who retained the kindness of humanity I mentioned earlier. The commander or the "handler" is one of these people.

This is all I could think of.

For those who read, thank you. I hope you find this review helpful. <<less
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