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

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  2,073 Ratings  ·  56 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.
Sep 05, 2015 Caro M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, 2015-reads

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
Feb 22, 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
I'm not much of a manga person but Blame! was very enjoyable, loved his style, the massive structures, the designs for 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.
Jan 11, 2013 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
Adam Duclos
Feb 19, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it really liked it
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Sep 25, 2014 anne 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
Feather Mista
Jan 22, 2014 Feather Mista rated it liked it
Lo que Dark City fue a Matrix, Blame! lo es a Gantz.
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
Jan 05, 2015 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 26, 2015 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
A dark, cryptic, and unsettling cybersplat of a read. A lone human wanders through a machine-created post-apocalyptic post-industrial hellscape on a search for something called "net terminal genes." The dialogue is sparse, the violence is frequent and shocking, and the backgrounds convey a palpable sense of menacing scale. I am looking forward to reading more, provided I can track it down. (The series, published in America by the now defunct Tokyopop, is VERY out of print.)
José Oroño
Jan 30, 2016 José Oroño rated it it was amazing
This manga has it all: An unique (not to mention deliberately messy) artstyle, alienating atmosphere, amazing world-building and heaps of violence all over the place. The perfect depiction of a brutal, relentless world where everything that breathes is nothing but a gaunt and miserable creature waiting for its own, inevitable demise. Or some abomination.

As expected of Nihei, the storytelling is quite minimal, but you don't read this kinda stuff for the story, do you?
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
Claudia Bercaru
Aug 24, 2016 Claudia Bercaru marked it as to-read
A long forgotten masterpiece I used to read many years ago and of course I left it unfinished and completely forgot about it afterwards, until I saw a picture last week. Feels good to remember awesome things. Wish I had a better memory. Goodreads will be my saviour from now on to help me remember books.
Oct 08, 2015 Tom rated it liked it
less a novel or even a story but more a mood or ambiance of images and juxtapositions that you either get or don't. Beautiful artwork, strange creatures, sometimes makes no sense but it doesn't matter. it carries you somewhere you've never been
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
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
Seandainya seri ini punya lebih banyak penjelasan, manga ini layak mendapatkan empat, bahkan lima bintang. Manga ini punya potensi untuk jadi sangat luar biasa, tapi .. yah, mungkin kesempatan itu bukan direalisasikan oleh manga ini.
Nov 17, 2014 Nura rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
susahnya bedain antara manusia sama cyborg. gambarnya kadang-kadang ngebingungin. apa gw yg lama mencerna, ya? tapi struktur "kota"-nya bagus. penasaran sama makanannya killy. dia makan apaan sih?
Abdulaziz Fagih
Apr 02, 2015 Abdulaziz Fagih rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
No story, a lot of strange things happening without explanation don’t waste your time on this manga.

لايوجد قصه وأشياء كثير غريبة تحصل دون إعطاء أي تفسيرات هذه القصه مضيعة للوقت
Jun 16, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it
I have very little idea what's going on after reading this volume, the art is cool and it's interesting enough to try another volume to see if I can figure out what's going on.
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
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!
Apr 16, 2015 Hmpf rated it really liked it
I've read this series several times in its entirety and still don't know what it's about. (Is it about anything?)
But oh, the art! It's straight from my dreams/nightmares.
Jul 17, 2016 Davide rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This whole collection is probably the best peace of sci-fi ever written (or better, drawn).
Jul 19, 2015 Harrison rated it really liked it
amazing art, totally tripped out and super dark
combined rating for all volumes
Jun 08, 2014 Bonnasama rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
I picked this up at a little store in a mall that sells used video games, movies and manga. It was alright I guess. to me, I just couldn't get into it.
Geta Rasciuc
Mar 18, 2014 Geta Rasciuc rated it it was ok
Shelves: povesti-cu-zmei
i really missed words. :D I guess I'm not yet a manga type of person! But who knows, maybe someday...
Baal Of
Feb 07, 2013 Baal Of rated it really liked it
This is a weird, atmospheric manga with very little dialog. The main character has a stupid name, Killy, and speaks very little. He wanders a bleak, dystopian world that seems to be a huge construct with no identity, no world, and no specific time. The artwork is beautiful, and perfect for creating a disorienting setting. It can be difficult to figure out what is actually happening, especially in the action scenes, but I find the weirdness of it all to be compelling.
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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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