News Satoshi Hase, redjuice's Beatless Novel to Be Serialized in English Online
posted on 2013-12-10 12:50 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
supercell member redjuice (character designer, Guilty Crown) provided the original illustrations for the novel, but Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, HAL) and animator Satoshi Kadowaki (chief animation director for Guilty Crown and Attack on Titan) will provide "animation versions" of the illustrations for the English version.
The novel is being serialized in Kadokawa's Newtype magazine. The sci-fi story takes place 100 years in the future, in a society mostly run by humanoid robots called hIE. Tokyo Otaku Mode describes the story:
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...
Tokyo Otaku Mode is also hosting a character page for the novel in English.
The novel has also inspired two manga series from Kadokawa: the two-volume BEATLESS - dystopia manga by Kagura Uguisu, and the one-volume Beatless four-panel manga by kila.
Thanks to Daniel Huddleston for the tip.
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