About

Introduction

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...

From the minds of well-known sci-fi novelist Satoshi Hase and popular illustrator redjuice comes this collaborative sci-fi work. This highly praised work currently serialized in the popular anime news magazine Newtype will now be serialized for the first time in English exclusively on Tokyo Otaku Mode. (Serialization is planned to run until March 2014.)

Profiles

Author

Satoshi Hase

First place winner of the 6th Sneaker Taishō Award for his work Senryaku Kyoten 32098 Rakuen. His work Enkan Shōjo (Kadokawa Shoten) is also published under the same label. He has also been nominated for the 30th Japan SF Taishō Award and 41st Seiun Award for Anata no Tame no Monogatari (Hayakawa Publishing), as well as nominated in the Best Japanese Short Story of the Year category for the 42nd Seiun Award for allo, toi, toi.

Illustration

redjuice

Redjuice rose to fame in 2011 as the original character designer on the TV anime Guilty Crown. Currently, he actively creates illustrations and character designs for TV anime and games. As a member of the creative group supercell, he is an up-and-coming creator who has also worked on illustrations for various CD jackets. In addition, he is active on TOM as a Special Creator (http://otakumode.com/redjuicegraphics).

Translation

Edwin Hawkes

Edwin HawkesEdwin Hawkes is a British translator born in Kyoto, he attended Kyoto International School before reading Modern History and Politics at the University of Oxford, followed by an MA in Japanese Cultural Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. As a literary translator he specializes in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Translated novels include MARDOCK SCRAMBLE by Tow Ubukata GENOCIDAL ORGAN by Project Itoh, and DENDERA by Yuya Sato.

Illustration(Animation Ver.)

WIT STUDIO Inc.

Wit StudioAnimation production company. It has worked on a broad range of projects, from slice of life to action. Its work includes the theatrical animation Hal and the TV series Attack on Titan. Currently, the company is developing the TV series Hōzuki no Reitetsu.

Satoshi Kadowaki

Animator. Satoshi is widely active and has worked as the chief animation director on Guilty Crown and Attack on Titan. He has an established reputation for his character portrayals using delicate lines and unique aesthetics.