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Blame by Tsutomu Nihei - Manga Series & Anime Film


Tsutomu Nihei's (Knights of Sidonia) breakthrough science-fiction masterpiece, Blame!, is now finally back in print.

In a future version of Earth, there is a city grown so chaotically massive that its inhabitants no longer recall what "land" is. Within this megastructure the silent, stoic Kyrii is on a mission to find the Net Terminal Gene--a genetic mutation that once allowed humans to access the cybernetic NetSphere. Armed with a powerful Graviton Beam Emitter, Kyrii fends off waves of attacks from fellow humans, cyborgs and silicon-based lifeforms. Along the way, he encounters a highly-skilled scientist whose body has deteriorated from a lengthy imprisonment who promises to help Kyrii find the Net Terminal Gene, once she settles a score for herself ...

"The amazing thing about BLAME! is that it's such a good read even though it has almost no story or characters. It's all about the art and the experience of being there, of not knowing what will happen next, of the contrast between landscapes of endless sameness and bloody eruptions of chaos and gore." --Jason Thompson, Manga Encyclopedia

"Whether it be the great pacing and layouts to the frenetic action that occupies the panels in these scenes, every one of them always packs a punch. These are all emphasized by some great designs across the board." - The Turnaround Blog

If you are searching for a great new Manga/Anime series, I highly recommend Blame! by Tsutomu Nihei. The highly popular 10-volume manga series premiered in 1998 and caused quite a storm. After reading the first 4 volumes which are part of a recent reissue by Kodansha comics, I'm hooked on this strange, post holocaust science fiction series.

In addition, Netflicks just released an Anime version of Blame! and it is amazing. Directed by Hiroyuki Seshita the film wisely focuses on one narrative strand rather than trying to adapt the entire manga series which has a massive canvas with many separate plot lines. The animated film is wonderfully put together and is just as strange as the original manga.

I recommend watching the Anime first then move on to the Manga which deepens and expands the experience. Writer Nihei has created a strange and violent world where the setting is as important as the action and plot.

Blame! Anime Trailer

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