7 Thrilling Anime Like 86 ― Eighty-Six

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86 Eighty Six is a Japanese science fiction light novel series written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii.

An anime TV adaptation premiered in April 2021.

The anime is about an ongoing war between two neighboring countries, the Giadian Empire and The Republic of San Magnolia. The Empire of Giad is a country with sophisticated technology. The Republic of San Magnolia has just started growing in terms of technology.

The Empire of Giad sends troupes of drones that are remotely controlled to wage war on The Republic. Although they initially lose, The Republic develops their own drones called Juggernauts to fight back. While on the surface the public believes the war is being fought between machines, in reality, the Juggernauts are being piloted by humans labeled as “86s”.

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Here are 7 anime similar to 86 ― Eighty-Six.


7. Aldnoah.Zero

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  • Genres: Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Mecha
  • Episodes: 12

Why it’s similar

Both are mecha, military-based anime with similar main characters. The main themes of these anime are discrimination and war. They are also both produced by the same studio (A-1 Pictures ) and the music is composed by Sawano.

Synopsis

A group of individuals on Earth decide to fight against more technologically advanced Mars to settle the war once and for all.


6. WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?

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  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 12

Why it’s similar

Both are sci-fi & military oriented anime with humans who are used as weapons. Apart from that, there is also a major character who is leading and taking care of the group.

Synopsis

Set 500 years after the extinction of the human race, the planet is now home to various other species. Together with the other surviving races, they live on the floating islands in the sky, living in fear of the Beasts below.

The last surviving member of the human race, Willem, works at a warehouse for secret weapons, which are a group of young Leprechauns who bear every resemblance to humans. Among them is Chtholly Nota Seniorious, who is more than willing to sacrifice herself if it means defeating the Beasts and ensuring peace.

Willem becomes something of a father to the young Leprechauns and works closely with Chtholly to support and protect them.


5. Psycho-Pass

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  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Police, Psychological
  • Episodes: 22

Why it’s similar

86 and Psycho-Pass have the same aura around them: the superior people handle the people rejected by the system, who are completely stripped of their human rights and often used as nothing more than mere weapons with no regard for their life.

Synopsis

Psycho-Pass is set in the 22nd century and the world has changed — Japan has implemented the Sibyl System that is capable of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass.

The police department takes in a new officer, Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with a heart in the right place. Shortly after she joins the world of Inspectors and Enforcers, Akane discovers that the Sibyl System is actually flawed. But can Akane truly do anything at all with that information under the all-seeing Sibyl system?


4. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

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  • Genres: Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Drama, Mecha, School
  • Episodes: 25

Why it’s similar

Both series are sci-fi mecha series that deal with racial discrimination, opression, and war.

Synopsis

Code Geass is set in an alternate timeline, where the world is divided into three superpowers: the Britannia, the Chinese Federation & European Union. The Britannia is trying to conquer as many countries as they can, including Japan. Japanese people are eventually stripped of all their rights and also lose freedom and even the name Japan is removed and replaced with Area 11 name instead.

Lelouch vi Britannia is an exiled Britannian prince who gets involved with a mysterious woman called C.C. and obtains from her power of Geass and decides to use it to obliterate the Holy Britannian Empire for good, sacrificing everything, even his humanity in the process.


3. Attack on Titan

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  • Genres: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Episodes: 25

Why it’s similar

They both have a large cast of characters and a military setting. They also deal with very dark and mature themes like racial discrimination, freedom, and war.

Synopsis

Eren Yaeger’s life turns upside down after the wall protecting his village from Titans, monstrous humanoid creatures, gets breached, bringing havoc on the whole village behind. He loses a close relative in a very gruesome way and witnesses firsthand the atrocious power of Titans.

After this traumatic experience, driven by anger, Eren decides to dedicate his life to the eradication of Titans by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that fights the Titans outside the protection of the remaining walls.


2. Darling in the FranXX 

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Action, Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi
  • Episodes: 24

Why it’s similar

Both are mecha anime made by A-1 with the mecha controllers who are isolated and discriminated by the very people they have to protect.

Synopsis

In a future world where humanity has been driven to endangerment by giant beasts, a strike force is assembled to destroy the monsters and save the world.

(Source: imdb)


1. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Space
  • Episodes: 25

Why it’s similar

Both of them feature a race that is exploited, opressed, and forced to fight for the sake of the superior race. There is also a huge similary in the mechas.

Synopsis

IronBlooded Orphans follows the exploits of a group of juvenile soldiers who establish their own security company after rebelling against the adults who betrayed them on a futuristic, terraformed Mars.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Hi, my name is Mia and I'm the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I love anime, games, and esports (I am also a bit weird). My passion for anime sparked when I was about 7 (Phantom Thief Jeanne, hello!) and has never stopped.

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