86 is a mecha series with a complex take on several real-world topics, ranging from racism to military dominance. As a mecha military series, the conflict heavily influences the direction of the series, and you can expect some epic mecha battles and intense story happenings. Unfortunately, while it has a reasonable and decent plot, it suffers a bit from pacing and short mecha fights.
Synopsis: In a war between The Republic of San Magnolia and the Empire of Giad, The Republic has been at a disadvantage for many years due to their neighboring country’s army of unmanned drones known as the Legion. To fight against them, The Republic has developed its autonomous drones, called Juggernauts, which operate by Handler commands. While to the people of The Republic, it looks like the war is being fought between machines with no human casualties. In truth, these drones are piloted by humans branded as Eighty-Six. One girl, Major Vladilena Milizé, who knows the truth about Eighty-Six, is on a mission to stop this unfairness from happening to them.
86 has a pretty good premise with many potentials to deliver some amazing moments, and battle scenes are some things that you’d usually left looking forward to. For viewers who enjoy soldiery conflicts and mecha action, the series is bound to be a treat. So if you are looking for more anime with a similar theme, then look no further. Here are some anime similar to 86.
Anime Similar To 86
01. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
The Holy Empire of Britannia has established itself as a dominant military nation by quickly conquering Japan and renaming it Area 11. Lelouch Lamperouge is a student from Britannia with a grudge against the ruler of the empire. One day he finds himself in the middle of the crossfire between Area 11 rebel and the empire army.
Fortunately, he was saved by a mysterious girl, who later gave him the power of Geass. The Geass can allow its user to have total control of any human who looks into his eyes. Lelouch takes the vigilante’s identity known as Zero and starts a vigilante rebel group called The Black Knights to take revenge against Britannia and its ruler.
During a space mission to the moon, humans discovered an alien device known as Hypergate. This device allowed humanity to travel from Earth and Mars instantaneously. The early founder of the device started to colonize Mars, and the Vers Empire was founded. Soon a war breaks out between Earth and Mars for the possession of the Hypergate.
However, this war between the two led to the destruction of Hypergate. Thus, making peace between Earth and Mars for 15 years. But after 15 years, this ceasefire is shattered after an attempt to assassinate the Vers princess during a peace mission leads two worlds to go into war again.
03. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
It has been 300 years since the end of the great war known as the Calamity War, and the Earth has attained peace with a new government ruling it. However, while the government has been managing peace on Earth steadily, Mars, on the other hand, which is heavily dependent on Earth, is suffering from crippling poverty.
Seeing the state of people living on Mars. Kudelia Aina Bernstein, daughter of an upper-class family, decides to visit Earth and talk the matters with the one responsible. Seeing this as a sign of rebellion, the military organization Gjallarhorn targets her. Considering the threat, she hires a security company called Chryse Guard Security (CGS) that’d protect her and escort her to Earth.
04. Darling in the FranXX
In a post-apocalyptic future, the emergence of giant beasts known as klaxosaurs led to humankind’s endangerment. It all happened when human civilization’s progress accelerated by ground-breaking discoveries in mining technology, allowing extraction of exhaustive energy sources from magma for a low cost.
The magma extraction eventually led to the sudden appearance of the klaxosaurs, which pushed humanity to the brink of annihilation. To fight against klaxosaurs, scientists created giant mecha known as Franxx and children as parasites. Young boys and girls born as parasites pair up and pilot Franxx to fight the attacking klaxosaurs.
In the near future, due to air pollution reaching lethal levels of contamination, humanity has been brought on the verge of extinction. Those who have survived built a 3000m-high mobile fortress called Deca-Dence to shelter and protect themselves from unknown life forms called Gadoll.
Deca-Dence governs its residents in two categories: the warrior class known as Gears, who fight the Gadoll day-to-day, and the support class known as Tankers, who stay inside the fortress assisting with other duties. The story follows Natsume, a tanker and an orphan who dreams of becoming a Gear herself and fight the Gadoll.
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06. WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?
Willem Kmetsch, who, after defeating a mysterious monster, got frozen into ice. While he was in slumber, the sudden emergence of mysterious Beasts puts humanity on the verge of extinction. Five hundred years later, Willem wakes up from his slumber, only to find out that almost all human races have been eradicated, living him the sole survivor among them.
Other races who have survived have built homes up on floating islands in the sky, away from the reaches of those beasts. Willem now leads a very normal and dull life and does odd jobs for a living. One day, after accepting a job, he meets a group of young girls called the Leprechauns, whose only job is to fend off the beasts at the cost of their lives. After spending some time with them, Willem wonders whether it’s ok to sacrifice Leprechauns.