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Japanese Title: ビートレス
In 2105 A.D. Japan, the humanoid android hiE handles everything that humans won’t or couldn’t do. Endou Arato, unlike his friends Kenko and Ryou who hate hiE, do not hate hiE and they do not treat her like an object. 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 called Lacia..?
In the near future, the world is much like futurists today predict it to be: cashiers are replaced by machines, cars are remotely controlled, everything is paid for electronically, and humanoid robots that resemble humans in any possible way are part of everyday life. There are called hIEs and are considered tools who do all the tedious jobs people don’t want to do anymore (or those people are not willing to pay other people to do anymore.)
Taking cues from Asimov’s robotic laws, Ghost in the Shell, and about every other science fiction story that tries to explore the relationship between artificial intelligence and sentient awareness, Beatless mixes up those themes with the necessary anime tropes that seem to find their way in every title: the main protagonist is a schoolboy who finds himself in a peculiar situation. Sadly, the first episode’s plot is a mess of bad writing and even worse direction. How bad you ask? How about having some ice-cream after a strange robot saves you from certain death? Why not? After all, Lecia can cook.
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