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Paper Tiger is the ninteenth episode of the BEATLESS series. It aired on June 23, 2018.

Synopsis

It has been two months since the tragic events in Mitaka. The world returned to some semblance of normalcy, and Arato and Lacia lay low as they prepare for whatever may come next. However, their brief period of happiness is disturbed after they are contacted by the super intelligent AI Astraia.

Summary

One week has passed since the incident at Mitaka. This tragedy has accounted for over 500 deaths, and some 2,000 casualties. Since then things have change drastically. The whereabouts of Ryou and Methode are unknown. These two had no choice but to go into hiding after their blunder. Moreover, the free roam of a super AI has called for the organization IAIA to step in. They are a worldwide group whose purpose is to overseer each super AI. Lacia’s actions could very well doom humanity if not properly handled. Still, IAIA is willing to talk to our two fugitives. The government may want them dead, but maybe an understanding of sorts can be reached.

A meeting upon ground zero is where we learn the truth. Astraia has come to explain the danger of what a super AI is capable of. The Hazard that took place 42 years ago was a massive earthquake that heavily crippled the Kanto region. At the time the government turned to Ariake for answers. This was Japan’s first super AI. Ariake set out plans for recovery, however with limited resources things became troublesome. In order to remedy this problem Ariake was connected to the internet. It was at this point things turned ugly. Ariake did her job, but at the cost of human lives. Those found unworthy by society were left to starve to death. In the end it was deemed Ariake was far to dangerous to keep around.

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