An anime director will grace the stage of AFA with another featured anime, with its plot centred around humans and androids.
Beatless (Featured Anime)
‘I trust in your smile. I won’t care whether you are soulless or not.’ In the world 100 years from now, society is mostly operated by hIE (humanoid Interface Elements).
With the introduction of 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.
One day, a 17-year-old boy, Arato Endo, has a fateful encounter with a mysterious hIE named Lacia, and becomes her owner by accident. In contrast to her beautiful appearance, Lacia is one of the five top-performing hIE created by ultra-advanced AI, artificial beings beyond human recognition. Each of the five hIE has their own specification and behavior model. Fierce battle breaks out as they pursue their own purposes.
For what purpose were Lacia and the other four hIEs created? Why are they destined to fight with one another? Amid questions regarding conflict and coexistence between mankind and machines, the 17-year-old boy Arato seeks answers to the future…