86 fans are sad to hear that artists Motoki Yoshihara and Hiroya Yamazaki are too ill to continue working on their 86 projects. Square Enix Magazine, the editorial board of KADOKAWA Dengeki Bunko Co., Ltd., and Asato Asato, the original creator, talked to the artists and decided to discontinue the 86 manga.
Yamazaki’s condition is chronic and he will never be at 100% again. No further details are known about their condition, but we wish them the best.
Will manga 86 end forever?
According to Square Enix Magazine, the ’86 manga will remain incomplete with its three volumes. Yen Press translated them for English readers to enjoy.
Since this is the official adaptation, fans can still enjoy the anime and light novels that spawned the series. Yoshihara has also worked on U-31: All You Need Is Football, Cyber Blue: Lost Number Children, Cross Battlers: Cyber Blue The Last Stand, and Battle Mexia.
The manga 86: Run Through the Battlefield adapted the beginning of the second story arc that began in Volume 2 of the light novels. Unfortunately, it’s Yamazaki’s only work with a book only available in Japanese.
What about the rest of the 86 universe?
86: Fragmental Neoteny is an ongoing two-volume prequel manga. 86: Operation High School is a comedy spin-off about our favorite characters going to school.
Suzume Somemiya is the artist, and Operation High School is available entirely in two volumes and in Japanese only. There is also an official Deformed 86 manga set in the gap between the first and second seasons of the anime and an official comic book anthology.
The light novels span 11 volumes in Japan, with the release date of 86 volume 12 set for November 10, 2022. English readers are not far behind, the 11th is coming on November 22nd, 2022.
Many consider 86 to be the best spring 2021 anime, and 86 season 2 was well-received in fall 2021. It’s not known if we’ll get an 86 Season 3, but we’d all love to see it.
How do you feel about the magazine canceling the ’86 manga? Please leave a comment and send some good wishes to Yoshihara and Yamazaki.
You can read the official statement from Square Enix Magazine here.