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Blame!, Vol. 1 (Blame! #1)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  2,292 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
In a future world rife with decay and destruction, Killy is a man of few words who packs one very powerful gun. He wanders an endless labyrinth of cyberdungeons filled with concrete and steel, fighting off cyborgs and other bizarre silicate creatures. Everyone is searching for the Net Terminal Genes, but no one is quite certain what kind of power they contain. The answer m ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by TokyoPop (first published 1998)
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Caro M.
Nov 13, 2013 Caro M. rated it really liked it

This review goes for the whole series, there might be mild spoilers ahead.

You're not gonna like this cyberpunk manga if you're into:
- funny/humorous stories,
- well developed/likable characters and/or ones you can identify with,
- witty dialogues and/or dialogues in general,
- logical explanations and answers served to you on a golden plate,
- art that is pleasant to your eyes and full of diverse landscapes,
- any kind of action that is developed more than an average shooting computer game,
- optimis
This dark, gritty, alienating, violent cyberpunk manga is really good. The artist Nihei is really gifted to draw buildings and he creates an empty world left with never ending growing buildings, metallic structures, and deadly creatures out to get you. The structures and the Safeguards who were once protecting the population, are now out of control and kill everyone on sight, due to a virus the population was exposed to. Killy is set to find a person whose genes (Net Terminal Genes) are uncorrup ...more
I'm not much of a manga person but Blame! was very enjoyable, loved his style, the massive structures, the designs of the androids/creatures, etc. There's not much dialogue but it fits well with the atmosphere and style.

A journey through dark, cavernous superstructures, encounters with human dwellers, machines and murderous transhuman cyborgs.
Feb 02, 2010 Josh rated it liked it
This review stands for the entire series. In short, the art is beatifully complex and the story is immensely bleak but there is quite a bit to enjoy here. If you like dystopian stories then this might be one to check out. The main character is pretty much a blank slate and the "plot" is relegated to a videogame-like search for an item but the world-building is awe-inspiring and the art reinforces the tone Nihei works to create. I sometimes found the action a tad hard to follow due to the absurdl ...more
Oct 22, 2012 YuriAndrogynopov rated it it was amazing
Minimalism and architecture fused into a very very slow very very intriguing read. Another cyberpunk tale that delights in destroying your ability to geographically place things by waiting to give you a place, country, planet, galaxy or time period to place it in and orient yourself leaving you to stare at the vistas and wonder just whats going on.

Uses its setting to the fullest with all high technology being very interesting and fairly unique even the weapons involved which is a pretty good fee
Feather Mista
Oct 04, 2010 Feather Mista rated it liked it
Lo que Dark City fue a Matrix, Blame! lo es a Gantz.
Ricardo Santos
Dec 31, 2016 Ricardo Santos rated it really liked it
Primeira obra de destaque de Nihei, Blame! foi lançado no Japão há quase vinte anos. O próprio autor considera embaraçoso um trabalho de sua juventude ser publicado agora no Brasil. Mas ele não tem nada do que se envergonhar. Blame! é um mangá de visual impactante e ideias robustas. Inspira-se no cyberpunk para criar uma estética, ao mesmo tempo, fascinante e bizarra. Os personagens falam o mínimo. Humanos, ciborgues, seres geneticamente modificados. Há uma disputa de todos contra todos num luga ...more
Dec 20, 2016 Gabriel rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
For most of this first volume, sparse dialogue with little exposition let my gaze linger on the sprawling superstructure it's set in, which made for a striking introduction to the world and added to the feeling throughout of oppressive, quiet desolation. The heavily-inked action sequences were hard to follow at times, and I could see them working better as part of an open-world action/adventure game about a Laconic Guy With A Gun On A Quest To Collect All Of Some Important Thing. Still, the impl ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Blaine rated it it was amazing
Best manga I've read. No crappy Highschool angst, just visceral cyberpunk art and violence set against giant industrial architecture that doesn't end.

Looking for a mature, no-holds-barred, Sci-fi manga? This is your best pick!
Jorge Edgar
May 20, 2017 Jorge Edgar rated it really liked it
En un mundo futurista, al más puro estilo cyberpunk, con una ambientación obscura y lineal, Blame! tiene una historia impresionante, compleja y densa, desde el que parece ser el personaje principal, su misión, el pasado y el posible futuro que se desencadenará...
El autor logra concretar la visión de un mundo casi vacío, solitario pero a la vez fascinante.
Es una obra para adultos donde la crudeza de los episodios solo tiene sentido en la esperanza.
Las ideas de la tecnología desarrollada y los s
Maybe on Earth, maybe in the future.

I. (LOG. 1-7) | ☆☆☆☆☆ | 2017 feb.28 |
Сначала я нокаутировала себя быстрой пробежкой по LOG. 1 - и осталась хватать руками воздух, потому что ничего, ничегошеньки не разобрала в этом темном, мертвом нагромождении фигур, событий и фонов. Сетовать приходилось только на свою голову, которая на каком-то уровне не смогла проинтерпретировать происходящее и оттого осталась ни с чем. Я приступила к LOG. 2, морально приготовившись к своей полнейшей неспособности ухвати
Ed Blake
May 08, 2017 Ed Blake rated it really liked it
it's the last 20 minutes of THX1138 told over the span of I don't know how many books.
May 11, 2017 Engie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Ya que el dibujo es excelente y detallado, la trama pasa a segundo plano; de igual manera, debido a que no se ha entendido casi nada hasta el momento, pues cuatro estrellas en lugar de cinco.
May 05, 2017 Marion rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, manga
It's real pretty, but I have no idea what it's about or what is going on.
Desiree Sotomayor
Mar 17, 2017 Desiree Sotomayor rated it it was amazing
I passed a massive airport layover away with this book and holy freaking wow... this is probably one coolest experiences I've ever had reading something. The dialog is pretty sparse for the most part although what it lacks in words it makes up for tenfold with insane artwork. It is incredibly cinematic in illustration, almost like watching a film featuring H.R. Giger-esque cybercreatures wandering around a mega labyrinth. Incredible world building through art, excited to see Netflix's take on th ...more
Jan Argasiński
Mar 12, 2017 Jan Argasiński rated it really liked it
It's great! Something really fresh. Nihei's specyfic style is sometimes very hard to follow visually but I like it anyway.
Mar 11, 2017 kerrycat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, manga
I LOVE Nihei's artwork - it is so perfect for sci-fi horror. His background in architecture really shows in his fantastically disturbing landscapes. volume two volume two . . .
Adam Duclos
Feb 12, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it really liked it
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Methus District
Mar 04, 2017 Methus District rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-a-n-g-a
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Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
It'll appeal to some people, just not me.

Blame! is an oddity to me. Blame! is very slow and atmospheric, so much so that some chapters pass by with a few lines of dialogue. This would seem to be a manga that establishes itself as a cold wander through a bleak future world. What it doesn't mention is that when Blame! wants to be loud, Blame! is very loud. (Hence the exclamation mark, I presume) The main character, Killy, packs this thing called... Well, whatever, it goes BOOM! That's kind of the
Wilson Geiger
Feb 22, 2017 Wilson Geiger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confusing in parts, but also fantastic in its scope. Very little in the way of dialog, I had to decipher what was going on, and I'm still not positive that I really understood it all. But the backdrop intrigued me enough to buy Volume Two.
Kitty Holmes
Nov 06, 2016 Kitty Holmes rated it really liked it
Intenté leer Biomega, otra obra del mismo autor, y no pude porque no me enteraba de nada pero, tiempo después, y sabiendo ya qué esperar del señor Nihei, decidí probar con su manga más famoso y de paso hacer sobre él mi trabajo para la asignatura de "Teoría del cómic".

Como ya he dicho, Blame! es un manga muy particular, no apto para todos los públicos. Su argumento es bastante críptico e, incluso al final, no sabemos seguro ni la mitad de los misterios que se esconden tras ese mundo de gigantesc
Sep 15, 2014 ranne rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, manga-manhwa
I had no idea what the freak was going on. There's no backstory nor explanations provided. The author just throws you into the story without any sort of information to back you up. Like waking up in the middle of a war after sleeping peacefully in your bed. The speech is only about 10% of the whole volume so you have to try and make out what's going on by relying only on the visuals. It would've been tolerable if the art was good, but it's not. They all look the same only with different hairstyl ...more
Jul 03, 2007 gk rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to try something different
This is a ten-volume techo-futuristic manga. It reminds me a bit of video games, because it has a relatively simple quest structure, with the protagonist Killy going through several levels to try and find a human with net terminal genes who might be able to save his world, meeting and killing countless Silicon-entities and others who stand in his way. What sets it apart for me, though, is how intricate this world is (a mix of cyberpunk and VR and a decaying anarchism that I found utterly intrigu ...more
Jan 01, 2017 John rated it it was amazing
I will try and write something better when I got the chance. The reason I liked it so much is because it was, I think, the first work who could evoke the same apocalyptic atmosphere I got from (mainly) marvel comics when I was a cub; not only for I got lucky to take stories as such from the shelves like Hulk: Crossroads and Rom The Space Knight, here we had most comics in the "formatinho", or little format, meaning condensing the american comics format in a 13x21cm (very similar to an A5 sheet o ...more
Mar 31, 2008 Pascal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
by Tsutomu Nihei

A stunning science fiction serie, made by on of the most famos japanese Manga Painter.
His Background is that he is a architect and he shows his amazing fantasies in builds.
"The very Impressive Artbook (BLAME! and so on) showes some of his famous arcitect drawings".

The story starts in the prequel named "NOISE" where a police officer hunts a clan of crazy scientists.
They plan to evoke the chaos inside the materia it self, what means that they want to unite materia with flesh.

the p
Mar 26, 2008 Sianeka rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
If you like Ergo Proxy and Battle Angel Alita, Blame! may be a good series for you to investigate.

This first volume of Blame! presents a bleak and grim vision of the future. The world, as seen through manga-ka Tsutomu Nihei's detailed graphics, is dark, metallic and moody. The world is full of violence - hardly two pages can go by without someone/something getting injured or destroyed. This is mostly an atmospheric piece, the story pushed to the background so much as to be nearly non-existent. T
Jul 23, 2012 Scott rated it liked it
There's not much dialogue in this dystopian world of endless corridors and spires into space. I've read it takes a couple reads to truly understand what is going on, but I don't find it interesting enough to do so. Although, I may check out the next volume. The landscapes are pretty fascinating in their bleak agoraphobic-inducing spaciousness. The basic plot is that a boy named Killy is looking for his macguffin, a "terminal net gene." Whatever. He also has a gun that literally blows walls apart ...more
Dec 29, 2016 Svarnyp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, art, favorites

Blame! is simply breathtaking. If you get a big screen and the PDF version of the manga, you get to see wonderous cyberpunk scenery in each issue. The story is full with exploration, action and secrets. If you like cyberpunk and manga, I would say a must.

Skvělá manga z postapokalyptického světa, kdy se postupně odkrývají roztodivná společenství a způsoby, jak se vyrovnávají se životem v megastruktuře. Do toho tichý hrdina postupně odhaluje svět jak sobě tak čtenáři. Jinak je základní lin
Mar 17, 2011 Joao rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-over
Blame! fait partie de ces Ovnis qui nous laissent un filet de "WTF" collé sur la bave. Ou un truc du genre. Ça fait aussi partie de ces mangas où la moyenne de texte est de 1 bulle par double-page. Mais attention, ce n'est pas pour autant que Blame! n'a rien à nous dire.

Lâché dans un cyber donjon, Kilik a pour mission d'arriver "à la surface". Quelle surface? Qu'y a-t-il au pied de ce donjon qui semble sans limites? Et quelle est cette "Terre" dont on parle dans ces livres poussiéreux perdus da
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See also 弐瓶 勉.

Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉 Nihei Tsutomu, born 1971) is a Japanese manga artist. His cyberpunk-influenced artwork has gained a strong cult following. He has a relatively large community of fans in Germany where his manga Blame!, NOiSE and Biomega were published by Ehapa. Blame! was also published in France and Spain by Glénat, in the US by Tokyopop and in Italy by Panini Comics.

At first he
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