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Beatless novel.jpg
Cover of the novel
GenreScience fiction[1]
Serial novel
Written bySatoshi Hase
Illustrated byRedjuice
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
J-Novel Club
Tokyo Otaku Mode
Original runJune 10, 2011July 10, 2012
Beatless: Dystopia
Written byKagura Uguisu
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Ace
Original runSeptember 22, 2012February 21, 2013
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Written byKila
Published byKadokawa Shoten
ImprintKadokawa Comics Ace Extra
Original runJune 10, 2011July 10, 2012
Ptolemy's Singularity
Written byGun Snark
Illustrated byMitsuru Ohsaki
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineFamitsu Comic Clear
Original runApril 11, 2014January 15, 2018
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed bySeiji Mizushima
Produced by
  • Satoshi Tanaka
  • Hiroshi Kamei
  • Junichirō Tamura
  • Gōta Aijima
  • Daishi Asai
  • Hiroyuki Sekikawa (#1–13, 21)
Written by
Music by
  • Narasaki
  • Kz
Licensed byAmazon Video (streaming)
Original networkMBS, TBS, BS-TBS (Animeism B2), BSN, AT-X
Original run January 13, 2018 September 28, 2018
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
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Beatless is a Japanese science fiction serial novel written by Satoshi Hase and illustrated by Redjuice. The series has inspired three spin-off manga series and a 24-episode anime television series by Diomedéa, which aired from January to September 2018 in the Animeism programming block on MBS.


In 2105, with the large scale advancement of technology, hIE's (Humanoid Interface Elements) are human-like-robots invented in the year 2057.

hIEs are used as public and personal servants for society. One person, a high school student named Arato Endo, treats hIEs like humans and sees them as equals, and though he wished to buy one, his financial situation hinders him from doing so. In the middle of the night, while returning home from a grocery store run, he is violently attacked by a hIE, seconds from death ,Lacia, an abnormal hIE equipped with a weaponized coffin, comes to his aid, and saves his life. In the chaos that follows, a hacked electric car threatens to run them over, and Lacia makes a deal with Arato, to assume ownership of her in exchange for her and saving his life. The deal requires him to take full responsibility for her actions, to which he reluctantly agrees.

Lacia warns the entranced Arato she, like all hIE's doesn't have a soul.

After owning Lacia, and bringing her home, Lacia enjoys her new, peaceful lifestyle, while Arato is dragged into a series of major events; from being hired by a company that hosts an online fashion modeling audition, to being dragged into the fighting between other escaped hIE's from Memeframe.



Arato Endo (遠藤 アラト, Endō Arato)
Voiced by: Takuto Yoshinaga[2]
Arato is the main protagonist of Beatless and a high school student, who shows sympathy to hIE's, treating them as humans. He was nearly killed by a hijacked hIE, and an electric car while on his way back home from the grocery store and was saved by Lacia, who's deal he later accepted in exchange for her becoming his property.
Lacia (レイシア, Reishia)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[2]
Lacia is an android/hIE equipped with a bullet-stopping device, she is the main female protagonist of the series. As the Type-005 Lacia-class, she is one of 5 specialized hIEs who escaped the clutches of the Memeframe corporation. She becomes Arato's property after saving his life from a hIE, and an electric car.
Kouka (紅霞, Kōka)
Voiced by: Misako Tomioka[2]
She is the main antagonist of the Beatless series, and a supporting character of the anime adaptation. She is Type-001 of the Lacia series, and she is among the 5 Lacia-type class hIE's who escaped the Tokyo Research Facility of Memeframe. She is also known as the Crimson Fog.
Snowdrop (スノウドロップ, Sunōdoroppu)
Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi[2]
The Lacia-series Type-002 hIE and one of the 5 specialized hIE's who escaped the facility, she specializes in creating mini-drones, in the form of flower petals that hack technology. She is one of the secondary antagonists in the series.
Saturnus (サトゥルヌス, Saturunusu) / Mariage (マリアジェ, Mariaje)
Voiced by: Shino Shimoji[2]
Saturnus, a.k.a Mariage, is the Type-003 Lacia-series hIE, and among the 5 hIE's to escape from the Memeframe corporation. She is one of the female protagonists. She was owned by Erica Burrows after Saturnus destroyed many hIE's, which proved Burrows worthy of her power.
Methode (メトーデ, Metōde)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya[2]
Methode is the main antagonist of the series. As a finished model of the Type 004-Lacia series, her personality is manipulative, and ruthless. Her owner is Ryo Kaidai, and she was previously owned by the late Ginga Waterai, and recently Shiori Kaidai.
Ryo Kaidai (海内 遼, Kaidai Ryō)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa[2]
Ryou Kaidai is Arato's classmate, who follows the "Lacia-class hIE Escape Incident" with keen interest. He is the eldest son of the founder of Memeframe. He has a younger sister named Shiori Kaidai, and he currently owns the Type-004 Lacia-series, Methode.
Kengo Suguri (村主 ケンゴ, Suguri Kengo)
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita[2]
A classmate of Arato's. He works for the terrorist organization 'Antibody Network', after making first contact with the Lacia-class hIE, Kouka. Because of his gentle soul, he is easily swayed and conflicted on whether he should finish tasks with brutality.
Yuka Endo (遠藤 ユカ, Endō Yuka)
Voiced by: Saki Ono[2]
Yuka is Arato's little sister, and one of the female protagonists of the series. She grows to be fond of Lacia, of whom Arato brought her into his home after his near-death experience.
Shiori Kaidai (海内 紫織, Kaidai Shiori)
Voiced by: Uki Satake[2]
Ryou's younger sister.
Olga Suguri (村主 オーリガ, Suguri Ōriga)
Voiced by: Yuuki Wakai[2]
Kengo's younger sister.
Erica Burrows (エリカ・バロウズ, Erika Barōzu)
Voiced by: Emiri Sumaya[2]
Higgins (ヒギンズ, Higinzu)
Voiced by: Miyu Irino[2]
Eliza (イライザ, Iraiza)
Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki[2]
Astraia (アストライア, Asutoraia)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki[2]
Kirino (キリノ, Kirino)
Voiced by: Madoka Shiga[2]



Satoshi Hase serialized the novel, with illustrations by Supercell member Redjuice, in Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine in from 2011 to 2012.[1][3] The novel was compiled and published in book form on October 10, 2012 (ISBN 978-4-04-110290-9).[4] In 2013, Tokyo Otaku Mode began hosting an English translation of the novel, with animated versions of Redjuice's illustrations done by Wit Studio and animator Satoshi Kadowaki.[3] During their panel at Anime Expo 2019, J-Novel Club announced a partnership with Tokyo Otaku Mode to release the novel in North America.[5]

The novel has inspired three separate manga series. Kagura Uguisu published the two-volume manga series Beatless: Dystopia in Kadokawa's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Ace between 2012 and 2013.[1][3] A single-volume four-panel spin-off manga, titled Beatless, was published by Kila.[3] Ptolemy's Singularity (天動のシンギュラリティ), a spin-off manga series written by Gun Snark and illustrated by Mitsuru Ohsaki, was launched on Kadokawa's Famitsu Comic Clear website on April 11, 2014, with a preview chapter having been published on March 14.[1][6] It has been compiled into seven volumes to date.[7]

Beatless: Dystopia
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 September 22, 2012[8]978-4-04-120399-6
2 February 21, 2013[9]978-4-04-120605-8
Ptolemy's Singularity
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 October 14, 2014[10]978-4-04-729989-4
2 February 14, 2015[11]978-4-04-730224-2
3 February 15, 2016[12]978-4-04-730964-7
4 February 15, 2016[13]978-4-04-730965-4
5 January 15, 2018[14]978-4-04-734999-5
6 February 15, 2018[15]978-4-04-735000-7
7 April 13, 2018[16]978-4-04-735101-1


A 24-episode anime television series adaptation aired from January 13[1][17][18] to September 28, 2018.[19][20] Episodes 21-24 are also referred to as Beatless: Final Stage. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima at Diomedéa and written by Tatsuya Takahashi and Gō Zappa, with character designs by Hiroko Yaguchi.[1] The first opening theme is "Error" by Garnidelia and the first ending theme is "Primalove" by ClariS.[21] The second opening theme is "Truth." by TrySail,[22][23] and the second ending theme is "Shapeless" by Tokyo Performance Doll.[24] The series is streaming exclusively on Amazon Video worldwide.[25]

No. Title[b] Original air date
1"Contract"January 13, 2018 (2018-01-13)
2"Analog Hack"January 20, 2018 (2018-01-20)
3"You'll be Mine"January 27, 2018 (2018-01-27)
4"Automatic World"February 3, 2018 (2018-02-03)
5"Tools for Outsourcers"February 10, 2018 (2018-02-10)
5.5"Intermission_01"February 17, 2018 (2018-02-17)
6"Higgins Village"February 24, 2018 (2018-02-24)
7"Boy meets Pornography"March 3, 2018 (2018-03-03)
8"Awakening of Sleeping Beauty"March 10, 2018 (2018-03-10)
9"My Whereabouts"March 17, 2018 (2018-03-17)
9.5"Intermission_02"March 24, 2018 (2018-03-24)
10"Dwellings and Surroundings"March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)
11"Dystopia Game"April 7, 2018 (2018-04-07)
12"Slumber of Human"April 14, 2018 (2018-04-14)
13"The Prayer Within"April 28, 2018 (2018-04-28)
14"An Answer to Survive"May 5, 2018 (2018-05-05)
14.5"Intermission_03"May 12, 2018 (2018-05-12)
15"Edge Line"May 19, 2018 (2018-05-19)
16"Plus One"May 26, 2018 (2018-05-26)
16.5"Intermission_04"June 2, 2018 (2018-06-02)
17"A Reason of Our Own"June 9, 2018 (2018-06-09)
18"Protocol of Love"June 16, 2018 (2018-06-16)
19"Paper Tiger"June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23)
20"Our Error World"June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30)
21"Higgin's Silo"September 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)[20]
22"Pygmalion"September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27)[20]
23"Beatless"September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)[20]
24"Boy Meets Girl"September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)[20]


  1. ^ Credited as Story Supervisor (ストーリー監修, Sutōrī Kanshū).
  2. ^ All episode titles taken from Amazon Video.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "TV Anime "BEATLESS" Announces More Voice Cast, Latest Key Visual Featuring Main Couple". Crunchyroll. December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Satoshi Hase, redjuice's Beatless Novel to Be Serialized in English Online". Anime News Network. December 10, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  4. ^ BEATLESS. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 6, 2019). "J-Novel Club Announces Licenses of 7 New Light Novels, 3 New Manga (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  6. ^ 長谷敏司のSF小説「BEATLESS」のスピンアウトWEBマンガ [Satoshi Hase's SF Novel "Beatless" Inspires Web-manga Spinoff]. Natalie (in Japanese). March 14, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  7. ^ 天動のシンギュラリティ [Ptolemy's Singularity]. Famitsu Comic Clear (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  8. ^ BEATLESS‐dystopia (1). Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  9. ^ BEATLESS‐dystopia (2). Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  10. ^ 天動のシンギュラリティ(1) [Ptolemy's Singularity (1)]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  11. ^ 天動のシンギュラリティ(2) [Ptolemy's Singularity (2)]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  12. ^ 天動のシンギュラリティ(3) [Ptolemy's Singularity (3)]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  13. ^ 天動のシンギュラリティ(4) [Ptolemy's Singularity (4)]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "天動のシンギュラリティ 5". Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "天動のシンギュラリティ 6". Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  16. ^ "天動のシンギュラリティ 7". Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  17. ^ Goods|TVアニメ「BEATLESS ビートレス」公式サイト (in Japanese). Diomedéa. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "Beatless Anime Premieres on Animeism Block on January 12". Anime News Network. November 24, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "Beatless Anime Pauses Next Week, Returns With 'Final' 4 Episodes in September". Anime News Network. June 20, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  20. ^ a b c d e "Beatless Final Stage Episodes Slated for September 25, 27, 28". Anime News Network. September 12, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  21. ^ "GARNiDELiA, ClariS Perform Theme Songs for Beatless Anime". Anime News Network. November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  22. ^ 2クール目オープニング主題歌を担当するアーティストが決定! (in Japanese). Diomedéa. March 24, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  23. ^ "TrySail Performs Beatless Anime's 2nd Opening Theme Song". Anime News Network. March 25, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  24. ^ 2クール目エンディング主題歌を担当するアーティストが決定! (in Japanese). Diomedéa. March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  25. ^ "Beatless Anime's Ad Previews GARNiDELiA's Opening Theme Song". Anime News Network. December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.

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