I believe in that smile, even if you don’t have a soul. In 2105 A.D. Japan, the humanoid android hiE has become a part of people’s life and handles the things human can and can’t do. Arato Endou, unlike his friends Kenko and Ryou who hate hiE, have sympathy for hiE which are supposed to be just objects. One night, Arato suddenly gets assaulted by mysterious falling cherry blossoms that make hiE and machines run havoc. Will the cornered Arato be saved by the mysterious hiE Lacia…
Bramantyo Wibisono – KAORI Newsline
This anime project had been promised for about 6 years, and in this anime project was promised, and in January 2018, this anime has finally been launched. This anime has been long-awaited by Redjuice fans, because he is the illustrator of the source novel. Redjuice was also the illustrator and designer of the famous anime Guilty Crown.
The first episode of BEATLESS anime begins with a meeting between the main character Arato and Lacia, a humanoid who has no ‘soul’. However, I will not comment much about the story to avoid spoilers. But to be sure, this is not another Guilty Crown, even if they share the same character designer .
The more important thing to note in this anime is the animation. Many fans had expressed disappointment when it was announced that the adaptation will not be handled by Production I.G., which worked on Guilty Crown. However, in the first episode Diomedea has answered fans’ doubts.
The five humanoid designs of Redjuice are adapted well into moving pictures by Diomedea. The characters look so expressive and subtle, even though Lacia appear poker-faced because that’s her character trait. And although BEATLESS features some mecha elements, some of the robots that appear in this anime are depicted with 2D drawings instead of 3DCG.
Additionally, let me discuss a bit about the voice casts. Unexpectedly, Nao Touyama, has done well to play the character of Lacia who lacks expressions. That is also a plus point to follow the BEATLESS anime.
Facts and Figures
|Alternate title||BEATLESS; ビートレス|
|Source Material||Light novel BEATLESS written by Satoshi Hase and illustrated by Redjuice|
|Casts||Hiromi Igarashi as Snowdrop|
Misako Tomioka as Kouka
Nao Tōyama as Lacia
Shino Shimoji as Saturnus
Sora Amamiya as Methode
|Director||Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam 00)|
|Series Composition||Go Zappa (Blend S)|
Tatsuya Takahashi (Eromanga-sensei)
|Original Character Design||Redjuice (Guilty Crown, Genocidal Organ)|
|Character Design||Hiroko Yaguchi (Aikatsu! series)|
|Music||Narasaki (Deadman Wonderland)|
|Opening Theme||“Error” by GARNiDELiA|
|Ending Song||“PRIMALove” by ClariS|
|Broadcast Date||January 12 2018 (16.55 GMT, 23.55 WIT) / January 13 2018 (01.55 JST)|
Screenshots and Trailer
The Indonesian Anime Times