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12-year-old Aoyagi Ritsuka is a troubled child. He has no memories of his life until the age of ten - causing his excitable and verbally-abusive mother to constantly berate him, demanding that he leave and return the 'real' Ritsuka to her. For the past two years, his older brother Seimei had been his devoted friend and protector - the only person who accepted Ritsuka's 'new' self. Recently, however, Seimei was found dead under mysterious circumstances.

Soon afterward, a man named Soubi appears before Ritsuka, claiming to be Seimei's 'friend'. He informs Ritsuka that his name is "Loveless", and that he is a 'sacrifice' - while Soubi is his 'fighter'. Since their first meeting, Ritsuka finds himself drawn into a bizarre secret world where teams of two; the 'fighter' and 'sacrifice', combat each other using mystical verbal spells.

As his involvement in this new life deepens, Ritsuka unearths many shocking and disturbing facts about himself, Seimei and Soubi; thus, he resolves to discover the truth behind his brother's murder and his own inexplicable amnesia.


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Latest Release(s)
c.117 by Kamibana Scanlations (496d ago)
v.11 c.Special Booklet by Kamibana Scanlations (540d ago)
c.116 by Kamibana Scanlations (605d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (On hiatus)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 9

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Loveless by Myrah

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (658 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.22 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 30th 2015, 10:24pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Zero-Sum (Ichijinsha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (Volumes 1-8 as Omnibuses & Volumes 9-12 as Single - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #548 increased(+170)
Monthly Pos #907 increased(+17)
3 Month Pos #932 increased(+39)
6 Month Pos #928 decreased(-5)

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Best manga I've read so far...   
Rating: N/A
by CrimsonShiori
July 10th, 2009, 8:58am
I've read a lot of manga and I mean a LOT, and I've never been so hooked to a single one like I am with Loveless.
It's a little upsetting to see people criticizing Ritsuka's character when there is so much to praise. His actions towards his mother's are very realistic and striking. Yes it may make you angry, but by him accepting his punishment only adds new conflicts and feelings to the story.
Like someone commented below he is only 12 meaning that him being naive is normal. The way he defends his mother is typical abused child behavior. Though he is naive and in denial that what his mother is doing is not his fault and wrong of her he is very mature for his age, and I like how it's mentioned in the manga.
Though it can be confusing in the end you will or should understand it...It just takes an open mind to take in the story's creative and unique type of style not commonly seen in other manga's.
I also love the character's wide range of personalities. It only makes the story more enjoyable.
Much better than the anime without a doubt. The anime is very good as well, but harder to comprehend. The manga gives more details and answers to questions that the anime leaves hanging.
Lastly the art is absolutely gorgeous. I actually tend to copy it when I draw my own characters! ^-^

... Last updated on July 10th, 2009, 9:03am
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One of my FAVORITES of all Times...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Myrah
July 1st, 2009, 3:38pm
...And I'm pretty hard to please. I find this manga delightfully complex and riveting. Gorgeous art, amazing characters, probably Yun Kouga's masterpiece if she actually finishes it.
I've heard a lot of people complaining about Ritsuka as a protagonist because he is naive or because he defends his mother's abuse. Okay. 1. HE'S TWELVE. Pretty mature for twelve, but still a kid that's getting used to how the world works. Of course he's going to be a little naive- it wouldn't be realistic if he wasn't. 2. As a child who's been abused, I found Ritsuka's reaction to his mother both realistic and relatable. Abused kids often defend their attackers because they don't really understand what is being done to them, or because they find it justified. And Ritsuka really loves his mom, of course he's going to defend her.
ANYWAYS, this manga is pretty dark, not for the kiddies. Regardless, one of my top threes.
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For kids   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Misochan
May 19th, 2009, 4:17am
I heard so many raving reviews about this manga so I decided to give it a try. Took me ~2 hours to read up to volume 9 and I can finally conclude that: I absolutely hate it. Ritsuko, the main character is unbelievably naive and stupid. He allows himself to be abuse and refuses to face reality. He defense his mother all the time refusing to admit that she has mental disorder. By doing that, he not only continues getting abuse but his mother continues to get worst. I supposed it is a defense mechanism to blindly believe that his mom and brother loves him even though his mother abuses him and his brother is evil. The only character in the entire manga that I actually like is Soubi. Other characters were either whatever or really annoying. The most annoying on has to be Ritsuko's classmate. Typical, big boobs, no brain, and always smiling. I don't understand how this manga can fall under Josei when it's so naive like one of those stupid smutty Shoujo. I'll problably read the very last chapter once it is publish just to see the ending and what happens to Ritsuko's brother but thats it. Other than that, this is going into my hate list.

... Last updated on May 19th, 2009, 4:18am
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Cute, girly, dark, with a dash of pedophilia   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by Tyranasaurus
March 28th, 2009, 6:55pm
It's a little confusing at parts. I love the characters and the plot is different in a weird way. I love the unique fighting style, too. But like I said, it can be a little confusing. It changes a lot from being super sweet to super depressing and dark. I own all the volumes that are out so far in America and I love it. Truthfully, when you read this manga, you won't be reading it for the plot, but probably more for the characters. Overall, a very girly read. If that makes sense.
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by waftingwish
February 4th, 2009, 6:06pm
At first this didn't appeal to me. Also this is my first time reading shounen-ai. The only reason I kept reading this past the first volume was because I just wanted to figure out what was going on. It was a bit confusing for me to read at first, but now that I finally have a grasp on the story it's actually quite interesting (I'm up to vol.9 now).
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Love Loveless!!   
Rating: N/A
by Lifelessgal
December 1st, 2008, 6:39pm
Loveless is an amazing anime and series. I watched the anime before the manga and understood it just fine. I'm trying to convince my sister to watch the anime. I was hesitate to try this a first, with the gay guys and all, but when I did it was away from it a bit and I love/loved it.
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Good Story   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by DiamondGoddess
November 17th, 2008, 9:24pm
The art is lovely and the all the characters are drawn beautifully. Also the female in the story doesn't happen to piss me off, which is really good for me. As for the story it gets a little confusing at times. But overall its a great read, so I recommend it.

... Last updated on January 12th, 2009, 9:05pm
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'10' is the lonliest number...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rabid behemoth
July 4th, 2008, 1:58am
Reading this manga made me wish there was a higher rating than just 10 that we could give. Honestly, it's over 9000. And that wasn't just an excuse to make a dumb joke. I really mean it.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FranticDant
June 22nd, 2008, 9:36pm
Loveless is a hard manga to approach but if you can get into it, it pays for itself. Along side the beautiful art, this manga has an incredible story. Completely original for its time and it WILL keep your attention. Dissapointment in this manga is in the eye of the beholder. It is a bit sad and will continuously lapse back into meloncholy- but to every bitter side is a sweet side. It's darkness is made up in cuteness. It's a charming dark manga that will leave you on a cliffside. (If only TokyoPop would hurry up and release new chapters.)
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loveless rocks   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by much_too_troublesome
April 27th, 2008, 7:58pm
I have to say that the manga is better, the ending to the anime left me with more questions then answers. But it was still really good, just to short for my likeing. The art in both the anime and manga are beautiful
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