English Title: Beatless
Japanese Title: BEATLESS ビートレス
Author: Satoshi Hase
Translator: Edwin Hawkes
Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Drama
Original Run: 2011 – 2012
English Run: 2014
English Publisher: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Volumes Published in English: 1 (Discontinued)
Note: Only part of the story has been translated. It appears the project was dropped.
Average Price Per Volume: Online — free
Synopsis: One-hundred years into the future. A world in which society is mostly operated by humanoid robots called hIE. With the introduction of an ultra-advanced AI that surpasses human intelligence, beings that mankind is yet to fully comprehend made from materials far too advanced for human technology begin coming into being. Lacia, an hIE equipped with a black coffin-shaped device, is one of these. In boy-meets-girl fashion, 17-year-old Arato Endo has a fateful encounter with the artificial Lacia. For what purpose were these artificial beings created? Amid questions regarding the coexistence of these artificial beings and humans, a 17-year-old boy makes a decision…
Volume 1 – Beatless
Note: “Beatless” was previously serialized in 14 issues of Newtype from July 2011. It was penned by fantasy writer Satoshi Hase, who has been nominated for the Nihon SF Taisho Award and the Seiun Award, in collaboration with illustrator redjuice, who served as character designer for the animated TV series “Guilty Crown.” (Source)
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