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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. His excitable mother physically and verbally abuses him, demanding that he return the "real" Ritsuka to her. For the past two years, his older brother Seimei had been his devoted friend and protector: the only one who accepted Ritsuka's "new" self and who could stop their mother from abusing Ritsuka.

In a talk the brothers had one day, Ritsuka learns Seimei's real name is Beloved, and although Seimei refuses to explain why he would say that, Ritsuka thinks the name fits. Soon after that conversation, Seimei was found dead under mysterious circumstances.

A while later a college student named Soubi appears before Ritsuka, claiming to have been Seimei's friend. He tells Ritsuka that Ritsuka's real name is Loveless, and that like his older brother he is a sacrifice. Ritsuka has inherited Seimei's fighter, Soubi himself. Ritsuka finds himself drawn into a bizarre secret world where teams of two—fighter and sacrifice—engage in combat with another team using the fighter's verbal spells that manifest in local space and, for every round lost, create increasingly painful bindings on that team's sacrifice.

As his involvement in this new life deepens, Ritsuka unearths many shocking facts about himself, Seimei and Soubi, plus the mysterious organization related to the combat, Septimal Moon. He resolves to discover the truths behind his brother's murder and his own unexplained amnesia.


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Kamibana Scanlations

Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.120-123 by Kamibana Scanlations 8 months ago
c.118-119 by Kamibana Scanlations about 1 year ago
c.117 by Kamibana Scanlations over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews
Loveless by Myrah

7 topics, 40 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (679 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.12 / 10.0
 38% (256 votes)
 19% (131 votes)
 15% (101 votes)
 10% (66 votes)
 8% (53 votes)
 3% (20 votes)
 2% (15 votes)
 1% (5 votes)
 1% (10 votes)
 3% (22 votes)

Last Updated
July 26th 2017, 12:57pm PST



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Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (12 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #413 increased(+175)
Monthly Pos #990 increased(+66)
3 Month Pos #1365 increased(+33)
6 Month Pos #1423 increased(+87)
Year Pos #1405 decreased(-34)

List Stats
On 2129 reading lists
On 707 wish lists
On 237 unfinished lists
On 400 custom lists

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Forum Posts
No release date for Volume 13 yet in Japan over 2 years ago
Loveless over 3 years ago
reference in v04ch17 intro-picture over 4 years ago
Loveless chapter over 6 years ago
Names Discussion, Moonless theories? over 6 years ago

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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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"MUST READ"manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sara_was_here24
March 14th, 2008, 7:51pm
one night my sister made me watch the first 7 episodes.When soubi said "I love you" to Risuka,I was like "..."I continued to watch it but wasn't satisfied with how it ended,so of course I read the manga.I just bought the 5th book yesterday,and I've already read it!I want to buy the next one so bad.But alas I do not have any money.What a sad twisted world where someone can't enjoy a good manga.At least thats what I told the store clerk when they said"there isn't enough money here"
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loveless has my love^^   
Rating: 9.1 / 10.0
by NightSwan
January 17th, 2008, 1:18pm
Wow, I never would have imagened that this manga could be so good..
I came across it a few times, but never started reading it.(what a mistake~.~)
No I can only regret for not reading it sooner^.^;;

Loveless is so uniqe, this strangly-touching world that was created for it, the beautiful art..
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worth reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asrai
January 5th, 2008, 10:31pm
saw the anime first and that was I decided to read the manga after 2 years..hehe.. the art is cute..I love it when they go into chibi mode and when they snuggle and nibble each other. They look like real cats. I keep on wondering what will happen to Soubi and Ritsuka. I hope something good will happen.

Go ahead and read it. Even without the yaoi flavor you'll sure to enjoy the cuteness and the story. hehe ^_^
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by carmen
December 12th, 2007, 2:46am
Well, I never expected to like this manga. I saw the anime first and I wasn't much of a fan. Imagine a 23 year old guy saying "I love you" to a 12 year old kid he was ordered to serve. And using those words to coerce and confuse that kid, who just lost his brother, who is abused at home. Yup, I totally thought Soubi had pedophilic tendencies.

So why did I finally read the manga? Because I was bored. But I am glad I did. The manga is much darker and more complex than the anime. There are some really twisted characters in there and the plot that didn't make too much sense in the anime, comes together in the manga. The art is also amazing.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by samanthaknd
November 24th, 2007, 8:01pm
QUOTE: didnt think it was good because it was shounen-ai but my friend told me to read it if your a gay kunt is not bad

Well I am straight and a girl and still enjoy this so tell your friend to eff off.
sick of idiots that put in stupid non productive comments.
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this is just my opinion, but you have to read it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tolly
September 28th, 2007, 11:12pm
At first I watched the anime and I thought it was interesting but there were things i didn't get so I decided to read the manga because of that.
The manga is actually better than the anime, you come to understand everything little by little and the weird things get sense...In the anime i didn't understand soubi at all.
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In love...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xbelovedx
September 22nd, 2007, 12:28pm
I figured I'd better add on to the praise that this series has. You don't have to be into shounen-ai to love this manga because it has a great storyline as well. Not only is the storyline interesting, but you never get tired of the AMAZING artwork and Ritsuka's cute ears. ^ ^. And yes, it is very mature with a dark story to tell. So it isn't some cute little bubbly manga with nonstop smiles. Definitely in the top 3 for me.
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