A new AI no Idenshi (The Genes of AI) trailer has been released. A dramatic series where a doctor performs complex surgery on man and machine alike is one for sci-fi fans to watch. Likewise, Ghost in the Shell fans might find some elements to enjoy. The legendary anime studio Madhouse will premiere the series on July 8th, 2023. Until then, we have a trailer to enjoy.
Madhouse has also maintained a promotional home page in addition to an official Twitter page. Fans and potential viewers may want to keep those two sites bookmarked. The staff keeps both updated with series updates and behind the scenes information. Bonuses, such as trailers and the key visual, can also be found there.
Life Finds a Way
AI no Idenshi shares similar themes with the Ghost in the Shell series. The concept of what makes someone a living being is explored in especially complex ways. For example, things we may consider to be simple are presented in a way that really makes one think. Additionally, the series takes place in the future, where robots, referred to as Humanoids, work and live alongside humans. They are accepted despite their overall low population. There are rules and laws regarding their existence, but nothing that would approach discrimination.
Dr. Hikaru Sudo (voiced by Takeo Otsuka) is the point of view character. He is a physician that goes above and beyond for his patients. Certain procedures are illegal, so he uses a pseudonym when making house calls.
Hikaru uses the name Moggadeet while assisting patients who broke the law. Afterwards, he leaves his nurse Risa Higuchi (voiced by Yume Miyamoto) in charge of things while he’s out. The series is episodic, so to give newcomers a sense of what to expect, his first patient is a Humanoid who created a backup of herself.
A married Humanoid couple made a backup of the wife after she fell down the stairs and hit her head. But, making copies of a Humanoid’s personality is illegal, with harsh penalties attached. Despite this, they made a copy. Then the wife was hit with the “Sloth” virus that slowly attacked her systems during one such backup session. Hikaru suggested using the backup to fix the wife completely.
This brought a complex topic into focus. We perform backups and restores to computers all the time. However, the wife worried that she would lose her “current” self. Hikaru himself posed this as an issue to their adopted human daughter, who only wants her mother to get better.
AI no Idenshi Origins
Kyuri Yamada wrote and illustrated AI no Idenshi between November 5th, 2015 and August 24th, 2017. Akita Shoten published the series in eight volumes. Additionally, there are two sequel series that fans can read. AI no Idenshi: Red Queen was published from October 12th, 2017 to June 12th, 2019 in five volumes. Lastly, AI no Idenshi: Blue Age began on July 10th, 2020. There are currently five volumes available.
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Are you looking forward to the AI no Idenshi anime adaptation? What would you do in the Humanoid couple’s situation? Would you ever date and marry a Humanoid? Let us know in the comments below.