More cast members and a new key visual was also revealed for the sci-fi TV anime adaptation
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During the stage at KADOKAWA Light Novel Expo 2020 for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of the 86--EIGHTY-SIX light novel series, which is written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabi, the second trailer for anime was released, alongside a new key visual, additional cast members, opening and ending theme artists, and the April 10 broadcast date for the series.
The opening theme song "3-pun 29-byou (3 minutes and 29 seconds)" will be sung by hitorie, with the ending theme produced by Hiroyuki Sawano's band SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki singing "Avid".
Joining the previously announced lead characters in the Spearhead Squadron are Seiichiro Yamashita as Raiden, Natsumi Fujiwara as Theoto, Saori Hayami as Anju, Sayumi Suzushiro as Kurena. The rest of the characters announced are as follows (note, the romanization is not confirmed at this stage):
- Haruka Shiraishi voicing Kaie Tanya
- Haruki Ishiya voicing Daiya Irma
- Daiki Yamashita voicing Haruto Keats
- Taishi Murata voicing Cujo Nico
- Shinei Ueki voicing Rui Kino
- Masamu Ono voicing Chise Aasen
- Katsumi Fukuhara voicing Thoma Sauvy
- Taito Ban voicing Tozan Sasha
- Shizuka Ishigami voicing Wreaker Rin
- Yuka Nukui voicing Mikuri Kairou
- Mayuko Kazama voicing Myna Yatomika
- Riho Sugiyama voicing Henrietta Penrose
- Satoshi Mikami voicing Jerome Karlstahl
- Taiten Kusunoki voicing Lev Aldrecht
All the character art for all the characters was also released, which can be seen on the official website.
The original light novel series is publishing in Japan by ASCII Media Works' Denegeki Bunko imprint, with nine volumes currently released. An English language version of the 86--EIGHTY-SIX light novel series is published by Yen Press, with the 7th volume scheduled to be released on March 30. Yen Press describes the series as such:
A War Without Casualties. 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...
Toshimasa Ishii will be directing the series at A-1 Pictures. 86--EIGHTY-SIX is scheduled to start broadcasting on April 10 in Japan on TOKYO MX and affiliated station at 24:00 (effectively 12 AM on April 11).
Sources: 86--EIGHTY-SIX on Twitter, KADOKAWA Light Novel Expo 2020 Livestream
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.