86 Anime Episode 1 Release Date and Time, COUNTDOWN, News and Everything You Need to Know

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86, the exciting new sci-fi project of Studio A-1 Pictures, hasn't even started airing yet but it's already one of the most anticipated anime of the Spring 2021 season. Based on a light novel series written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabi, and its manga adaptation, 86 promises to be an intriguing story about otherness and the struggle for freedom and justice.

In a premise that might remind you of anime classics like Code Geass, we're introduced to the Republic of San Magnolia, which is at - a supposedly bloodless - war with the neighboring Giadian Empire, fought entirely by unmanned machines.

But you don't need to have watched mecha anime to know there's no such thing as a war with no casualties and oppression. The Republic's 85 known territories are defended sufficiently but there's a secret sector, the titular 86th. The 86th territory's youths are forced to fight in the supposedly unmanned drones - which means they are treated as less than human, with their lives always at stake.

When Lena, a noble military officer, becomes a Handler of a unit comprised of "86" warriors lead by Shinei, she gets to know them and understands their struggles. Together with Shinei, Lena uncovers the sinister nature of the Republic and its war with the Empire.

Already excited? Below you will find a handy guide about the release date and airing time of 86 in different timezones. Save the date and watch 86 Episode 1 as it comes; it will likely be among the most discussed this Spring Season.

86 Anime Episode 1Release Date

86 Episode 1 is going to be released on the 10th or 11th of April, depending on your timezone. There has been no official announcement regarding where the show will be simulcast but we will update this space once this information becomes available.

86AnimeEpisode 1Release Time

86 is expected to air at midnight - Japanese time - on the 11th of April. Should these times remain correct, 86 Episode 1 will air in different time zones as follows:

Pacific Time: 8:00 AM (April 10)
Central Time: 10:00 AM (April 10)
Eastern Time: 11:00 AM (April 10)
British Time: 4:00 PM (April 10)

86 AnimeEpisode 1Where to Watch

Unfortunately, it has yet to be announced where fans outside of Japan will be able to watch 86. Judging from previous experience we would suppose that, as a work produced by Aniplex, 86 is more likely to find a home in Funimation. We will update you once the best places to watch the show become official.

86 Anime Episode 1COUNTDOWN

Whether or not you have already read the 86, light novel or manga, the premise looks intriguing - though not very cheerful. We won't have to wait long. 86 will hit our screens in 9 days.

Watch out for the premiere of 86 on the 10th of April.

Other great anime you can watch during the Spring 2021 season - that have already premiered - include My Hero Academia Season 5 and Fruits Basket Season 3.

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