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Japanese: LOVELESS
English: Loveless
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Nov 17, 2001 to ?
Genres: Boys Love Boys Love, Fantasy Fantasy, Mystery Mystery
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Comic ZERO-SUM
Authors: Kouga, Yun (Story & Art)


Score: 7.631 (scored by 1120911,209 users)
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Ranked: #20202
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #608
Members: 27,694
Favorites: 1,578


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Volume 1


Aoyagi Ritsuka is one troubled 6th grader. Two years ago, he mysteriously lost his memory and developed an alternate personality. His mother constantly berates (and occasionally beats) him, asking what happened to the "real" Ritsuka, and his only defender and friend, his older brother Seimei, was recently killed.

Suddenly, Seimei's apparent "friend," Soubi, appears. Soubi tells him that Ritsuka's true name is "Loveless," and that Soubi was assigned by Seimei to take care of Ritsuka and protect him. Ritsuka soon gets sucked into a bizzare underground society where teams of people, a "Fighter Unit," and a "Sacrifice," battle using elaborate and beautifully-phrased spells.

He seeks both acceptance of himself, and the answer to the mystery of who killed his brother and why.

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Loveless was published in English by Tokyopop for 8 volumes from February 7, 2006 to September 1, 2008 until becoming defunct; VIZ Media later gained rights to the series and began publishing since September 11, 2012. The series has also been published digitally by Kodansha USA since April 28, 2020. It has also published in Polish by Studio JG since July 11, 2014.

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Apr 30, 2016
Preliminary (Unknown/? eps)
Loveless is not a shounen-ai. It is not BL. It is not yaoi.

I mean this in the aspect of the genre, where thousands of manga that resemble each other and are very typical and romantic exist. This is why I mean Loveless isn't a shounen-ai. You could argue that there is romance, but I would say that there isn't if we're going by the relationship of the two main characters. A relationship of a twelve year old and a twenty year old. Their relationship is not easy, it is complicated and developing. The only reason this is considered shounen-ai is because they are both ...
May 3, 2015
Preliminary (117/? eps)
I put off reading Loveless for ages due to its 'ongoing' status but just a couple days ago had nothing to read and shrugged myself into reading it.
It wasn't long before I'd really been captured by the story. It started off with Aoyagi Ritsuka being just the most adorable, smart and overall great character he was. The thing that really interested me to start with was his desperation to create memories with people and not be forgotten due to whatever happened two years ago.
He was just the first of many good elements though.
The story was really interesting and unique, the idea of having sacrifices ...
Apr 29, 2012
Preliminary (Unknown/? eps)
Story - 10
Art - 9
Character - 7
Enjoyment - 7
Overall - 4

I know, I know, you probably ask me why overall is 4? At first, I loved this manga, I also loved anime. Loved the idea "how to tell if you're still a virgin", something quite new, and was absolutely necessary in this manga. Because of that and some awkward situations, a few times I got goosebumps. At first I got the feeling, that this manga will satisfy me, that something like "boom" is coming up. But then, at around 40-45 chapters, I just couldn't understand what is going on anymore. At one point there's a ...

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New Loveless Volume?
oyukii - May 17, 2018
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What chapter are we on???
Justin_B - Jan 9, 2019
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Jan 9, 2019 9:34 PM
Is Kouga on hiatus?
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Poll: Loveless Chapter 1 Discussion
accela - May 13, 2008
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Shinonome in love
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Feb 19, 2017 10:05 AM

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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