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7 Billion Needles, Vol. 1 (7 Billion Needles #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  642 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Always sporting her headphones to try to close out the world around her, Hikaru is clearly a reclusive teen aged girl.  And within her body resides another life-form known as Ciel, a hunter in search of an intergalactic murderer intent on wiping out humanity. In 7 Billion Needles, two lives share one heart as they race to protect each other and what they most cherish.

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Paperback, 184 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Vertical (first published January 1st 2010)
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Athena Shardbearer
Jul 01, 2013 Athena Shardbearer rated it really liked it
Shelves: anime-manga, do-want
DINOSAURS?!?!?!?! I need more....
Mike
Mar 14, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
7 Billion Needles was an interesting read for me in several ways. I'm not familiar with the classic novel that inspired this manga, and it was recommended to me by a friend who knows my tastes very well. So I did no "research" at all and started reading knowing absolutely nothing about it.

This is a character driven, imaginative, suspenseful science fiction story. I really liked watching this first volume unfold without having any preconceptions or framework. As I'd recommend trying it the same
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Anonomanga
Dec 27, 2011 Anonomanga rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: if you enjoyed blood+, give it a try?
Shelves: reviewed
So, I was disappointed by this manga to say the least. The premise makes it seem wicked cool, something creative anyone could get into right? Meh..

I'm not sure what I exactly expected from 7 Billion Needles but I know it was more.
I don't think I've ever read a manga book with such a boring, unfullfilling, ineffectual protagonist before. It was as if she grunted through the book, not even knowing why she was there in a comic, and left everything to be desired in a main character. All while exhibi
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Jan
May 31, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
This is a manga inspired from a sci-fi story called 'Needle' by Hal Clement. I've never read it myself but I am enjoying Nobuaki Tadano's interesting interpretation. The basic plot revolves around schoolgirl Hikaru Takabe inadvertently becoming a host to some benevolent alien entity called Horizon that's hunting some malevolent parasite of destruction, Maelstrom. Apparently this has been quite a cat and mouse chase throughout the galaxy and because Maelstrom can also take a host, it's like hunti ...more
Rose Haertl
Apr 15, 2015 Rose Haertl rated it it was amazing
Hikaru is a young girl who has recently just transferred to a new school. Always wearing her headphones and tuning everyone out, she has troubles trying to make new friends. However, one day, on a school field trip a strange incident happens where she finds out there is a alien living inside her! He tells Hikaru that his name is Ciel, and that he is on a hunt for a mass murderer that is putting her world in grave danger. Unable to tell anyone what happened in fear of people thinking that she is ...more
Sean O'Hara
Jul 07, 2011 Sean O'Hara rated it liked it
Decent enough story, good art -- I especially like that when a character popped up who looked like the protagonist, that wasn't merely bad art but a major plot point.. The only problem is, the main character is introverted and there's no internal dialogue, so she comes off as a cypher.
Mario
May 26, 2013 Mario rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews.

7 Billion Needles is a four volume science fiction manga series written and drawn by Nabuaki Tadano. This is his manga debut and it is based on the science fiction story “Needle” by Hal Clement. It’s an impressive debut for Tadano and his art was well utilized in the design of the covers for the four volumes. That’s initially what caught my eye and sparked my interest in this short (by manga standards) story. They did exactly
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Elizabeth Sullivan
May 08, 2017 Elizabeth Sullivan rated it really liked it
Maelstrom is a creature that causes it's host to go on a mass killing spree. If the host dies, it simply finds another. Can Hikaru and the entity calling itself Horizon (for her benefit) find and kill it before it destroys the world?
I don't know, because it's only the first book.That said, if it sounds even somewhat interesting, I'd suggest checking it out. Also she communicates with Horizon in public by writing things down, which is an idea I like a lot. Oh, and Maelstrom is a creepy monster d
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John Wiswell
Sep 02, 2013 John Wiswell rated it really liked it
Submitted for your approval: teenager Hikaru Takabe is possessed by an alien cop that's never seen life made of flesh before, here on earth pursuing an extraterrestrial serial killer that will devour all life on earth if Hikaru doesn't help. If it sounds like YA empowerment, it rapidly turns as we see that killer possess another teenager and begin warping his body into a reptilian nightmare, and eventually shred an entire gymnasium of students. For its cutesy elements, like the alien cop begging ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Tadano's manga announces that it is a homage to Hal Clement's Needle, a novel published in the early 1950's. The change is tone is obvious from the titles. Note Clement's title is "Needle," singular. I guess for today's manga market you need to up the ante by 6,999,999,999 extra needles.

Clement's novel was possibly the first to concern an alien living in a symbiotic relationship with an earthling. He's a "good alien" chasing a "bad alien," a motif that has been worked so often in the past sixty
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Sakura
Dec 30, 2010 Sakura rated it liked it
Don't let the lack of an interesting cover design fool you, this first volume is actually pretty good and leads you to want some more by the time you're done reading it. It's a good sci-fi mystery, but it's more than just that. It also focuses on the main character and her lack of communication/social skills with those around her, and how she has to try and overcome those fears in order to save the planet. I can definitely see the main character growing throughout this short series. I can't wait ...more
Ashkin Ayub
This is a character driven, imaginative, suspenseful sci-fi manga. The characters are quite engaging and the premise intriguing. There are moments of the grotesque and gruesome, but with purpose and impact to the story. The only problem is, the main character is kind of introvert and there's no internal dialogue (which is not mandatory though), so she comes off as a cypher. I think that ultimately the series was about friendship. It seems so simple and almost cheesy after all that, but when it a ...more
quinnster
Jan 29, 2014 quinnster rated it it was amazing
This review is for all four volumes of 7 Billion Needles.

This was on the border of being really interesting and making absolutely no sense to me. Everything was good until volume three when the subspecies and the Moderator were the focal point and things got very science-fictiony. It was intense.

I think that ultimately the series was about friendship. It seems so simple and almost cheesy after all that, but when it all came down to it there seemed to be the overriding theme of loneliness. Once H
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Kate
Jan 12, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
this little manga caught my eye because i liked the cover art. it seemed more mature to me, and i liked the blurb on the back about a teenage girl fighting to save the world from aliens. but they didn't have the first volume so i had to order it. then i forgot to pick it up for a month and the store called me. but i'm so happy i finally went to get it. i thought the main character was really believable as a teenager dealing with a lot of intense issues (and those were from before the aliens came ...more
Natalie
Aug 20, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
7 Billion Needles was a quick and enjoyable read - like watching a half-hour episode of a sci-fi tv show. Or even an anime. Actually, I think this could work very well as an anime ...

The initial storyline is intriguing and I appreciated the odd moments of humour throughout as it makes the plot seem more realistic. I could relate easily with Hikaru, who has my habit of drowning out the world with her headphones. I'm looking forward to finding out more about her past and why she is so reluctant to
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Sarah
Oct 11, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I'd never heard of the original golden age sci-fi story from which this was adapted, Needle by Hal Clement, but this was a really interesting sci-fi manga story in its own right. Hikaru is a great character, isolated and lonely as she grieves the mysterious loss of her father and lost in her own world of headphones. She certainly doesn't expect to die and then be brought back to life sharing her body with a plasma-based space alien in a symbiotic relationship where they both need the other to su ...more
Nicole
Apr 22, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
Whoaaa. This is a really creepy premise and an awesome start to this short series. Lots of violence, although it's less jarring in black and white for some reason...and it's very stylized, even beautiful in parts.

I really love the idea of a social outcast/wallflower suddenly having to interact with people so that she can help the benign alien that's taken over her body. I was pretty shy and withdrawn in high school just like Hikaru. The cacaphony of social interaction around her is really in sta
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Charliesabers
May 15, 2013 Charliesabers rated it really liked it
A short, but sweet sci-fi epic which follows Hikaru Takabe, a closed-off teenager, who is constantly on her headphones and pretty much is isolated from the whole world. One day a terrible accident befalls her she dies, only to be awake the next day. She feels different and suddenly realized she is not alone anymore. Horizon, an intergalactic force of order now resides within her and she is forced into a conflict of cosmic proportion again Maesltrom, a force of chaos. During the story she must no ...more
Damon
Feb 03, 2011 Damon rated it liked it
Pretty good stuff here - kind of an unusual combination of a bloody sci-fi story illustrated in an almost shojo style. The plot is maybe a bit unoriginal, but this presentation was novel enough to make up for some of that.

My only real complaint would be that, like a lot of manga is for me, it was kind of hard to tell what was going on during heavier action sequences. I'm not sure if it's because my brain still isn't fully adjusted to right-left reading of the panels on the pages, or if it's jus
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Matthew
Dec 18, 2010 Matthew rated it really liked it
On the surface this is your typical big-ball-of-alien-energy crashes into earth, turning a poor, unsuspecting girl into a super-powered teen. And while there's nothing really surprising in this first volume, there are hints that deeper themes related to death, social responsibility, and more will be explored quite thoroughly as the series continues. This one has the potential, at least for me, for being as strong as Pluto or 20th Century Boys. But only the later volumes will tell us that for sur ...more
Alex G
Jan 27, 2015 Alex G rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, manga, sci-fi, japan
totally cool! action scenes are pretty good. lots of blood.

the pacing is pretty fast.

my suspension of disbelief is stretched a little; for example, to think that the evil being was responsible for the extinction(view spoiler). the alien's actions seem inconsistent;(view spoiler)

good twist
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Joey Parisik
Oct 23, 2014 Joey Parisik rated it really liked it
i can officially say that this was the okayest graphic novel i have yet read. i really have no opinion on this one. manga isn't really my thing i always have a hard time remembering the names. this was a creepy novel none the less. i cant really say who i would recommend this to because like i said, i'm no a manga person. the art in it is really cool even though my copy only had one page with color, but i like the black and white after that, it seems a lot less crowded without color and i really ...more
Bergs
Feb 07, 2012 Bergs rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, magic, supernatural
It was really interesting. The first time I had actually looked up the book, I had not been interested. Now that I have read it, I love it. This is because it is the first science fiction manga I have read that didn't involve special powers bor with,robots, or the undead. The idea of having the aliens as plasma bodies that cannot survive on Earth is a brilliant idea and I am soo glad that I read it. I look forward to finding and reading the next four.
Rebecca
Apr 13, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This is a great book for an anime fan. The cover gives you the impression of a horror story but once inside it’s more sci-fi. It’s a good book with a great story, I can’t really tell you too much about the story without ruining it. It’s one of those that finishes just as it gets going, but in a good way. It leaves you hanging so you grab the next one to see what happened.

Would definitely recommend this book, 6/10
Sammi Vantine
When I picked up this novel, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. The main character is, after all, rather annoying. However, I thought the art was very well done. The plot has some irritating gaps (the death of the main characters' parents is not explained) but I still enjoyed the book. I look forward to reading the next three!
Stephanie
Dec 28, 2011 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Picked this out because of the cover art and the synopsis. Holy cow was this absolutely terrible. It does the whole "I'm explaining everything that's happening right now" inner/outer manga dialogue. The story is just awful, a very overdone alien invasion plot. The character development happens out of no where. Just terrible.
Andrew
Sep 25, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Loved the premise of this manga. A girl who hates people is forced by the alien intelligence that has taken residence in her mind to socialize at school to find another, murderous, alien hiding in the body of one of her school mates. Maybe a little too fast paced, but an enjoyable scifi/horror story.
Chris Andersen
Feb 03, 2012 Chris Andersen rated it really liked it
The art here was really solid, just the right blend of polish and sketchiness. Story-wise, I felt it struck the balance of introducing everything that's going on with propelling the story forward, which can be tough for a first volume. It also did a good job of blending high school angst and Cronenberg-esque body horror (which, now that I think about it, is sort of a natural combination).
Monique
May 09, 2013 Monique rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it! Bit of a slow star but what a fantastic finish. I love stories with super powers, aliens using humans as hosts, epic show downs and gory violence! This! This is manga that I love! Hell yah! Bring on he second volume. I want to know what Hikaru and Horizon have to do now that one threat has been eliminated. X-D
Zachary Rawlins
Oct 11, 2011 Zachary Rawlins rated it really liked it
I liked the original story, Needles, and I love the cover art, so I bought this on a whim. Great art, compelling story, very easy to relate to the main character. Suffers from none of the flaws so common to manga. Can be grim, and sometimes quite gory, so it's probably not appropriate for younger readers, but for the adult reader of graphic novels, this is an excellent weekend read.
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