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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  658 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Vertical Comics (first published April 23rd 2015)
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I just read the new Cardcaptor Sakura book and this manga could not have been a harder contrast to that if it tried. Cardcaptor is a shoujo manga intended for young girls and Blame! is a seinen manga intended for older guys. It contains not a single dash of cuteness or romance or magic; instead it is a grim post-apocalyptic, like J.G. Ballard's HIGH RISE, as populated by genetically mutated cyborgs that are something like The Matrix as done
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, sci-fi
I was 10 years old the first time I read a comic book that had no words in it. It was a G.I. Joe comic, issue 21, called, 'Silent Interlude.' I remember being blown away that I could follow along on this Snake Eyes story even though it had no words in it. The artwork literally told the story and It singlehandedly changed the way in which I looked at comic books.

Now, 30 years later, enters Blame! While Blame! does have text and dialogue within its story, it is very light and pages can go by witho
Crystal Starr Light
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Not a huge consumer of manga, but my coworker found this one, so I gave it a go. Although I found a lot of the action hugely confusing, overall it had a great sense of place and surrounding - desolate, endless, huge vast caverns and canyons of conduits and metal. Silence. Decay. Mystery.

So while the action failed for me, I found that the emotions this drudged up in me were more than enough to bump up the star rating.
Chihoe Ho
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Japanese manga does cyberpunk so well. "Akira" and "Ghost in the Shell" are classics, and "Blame!" is worthy to rank among them. This master edition collects the story in an oversized format. It follows the mysterious Kyrii, who armed with a powerful handgun searches for an elusive mutant gene in a futuristic world unlike any other.

I love how simplistic the story is told. Dialogue is minimal which really gives a sense of how isolating a journey that Kyrii is on. The plot unfolds slowly but you p
Now that one was interesting.

Kyrii is one of seemingly very few remaining humans that live in a city that’s grown vertically, to an enormous extend.




He’s trying to make his way up, in search of the Net Terminal Gene, a genetic mutation that allows humans to connect to some sort of network. Frankly, it isn’t all that clear.


Tsutomu Nihei is using an interesting approach, where he’s telling the story mainly through the artwork. Kyrii encounters several different factions (a lot of them not human) an
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story which is really told via art more so than dialogue. A sci fi world with some cool action scenes and villains. I sometimes find stories that are predominantly art suffer from the overall world buidling. This does a little and at times you kinda want more about why he's searching for the terminal net gene. Interesting imagination as some of the creatures have some messed up designs. Definitely a more mature style manga.
Nate D
I wouldn't expect to be so entirely drawn in by something so seemingly emptily action driven, yet the short bursts of violent confrontation here punctuate pages of lonely exploration of an indeterminate built environment (a mechanized empty "city" so large and ambiguous as to be functionally endless) and create an eerie, memorable rhythm of post-human isolation and devastation. A lot of this, then, ends up serving as a kind of wordless architectural surrealism, from which the vague outlines of a ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was pretty awesome. I haven't read much manga in years, but I wanted to see how the Oasis handled it. Answer: pretty well!

I'll be continuing with this series. It's like Akira stacked vertical. Good shit.
Sean O'Hara
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like everything Nihei writes, this is bizarre, and dense, and incomprehensible, and utterly freaking cool.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heinous and unabashed mistranslation of the proper title Blam! (the sound of a gun firing and a gun being the most talkative amongst all the books characters.)

All that said, this is very clearly a first work. When a book is largely non verbal the effective use of showing through panels is essential and there are a lot of moments where one is lost amongst action. Like going to a rave and having the strobe lights flashing just in time to see the awkward in between moments of every action. I had
Derek Royal
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not the biggest fan of visual narrative -- comics as well as television -- that is heavily based on fight scenes, but this first volume of Blame! is intriguing. It sets a visual context in ways that the setting, The City, becomes the main character.
Normally I don't really do reviews on Goodreads. But, oh boy. This manga is phenomenal!

Wow... Just, unbelievable. One may argue that there isn't really a lot of dialog between the characters and a lack of a more complex plot (if you are into that), but the basic concept of exploration and a main goal (the Net Terminal Genes) in this horrid, desolate and macabre - but oddly beautiful - tech-world play out brilliantly. Actually, the reason why I personally fell for this manga is how it masters the
Ije the Devourer of Books
I have no idea what I just read but the artwork is excellent. Kyrii is a young man on a quest. He is looking for the Net Terminal Gene. I have no idea why he is looking for this gene or what he will do with this once he finds it but his search leads him through a world made of various levels (strata) encountering alien creatures, robotic monsters and other weird beings. Despite all the encounters and battles he is quite dogged in his determination to find this Gene.

The artwork is brilliant and
Adam Spanos
'Blame! Vol. 1' by Tsutomu Nihei is a massive 408 page story of a man trapped in a huge city, and this is only volume 1!

In a book that has more visual than narrative, we meet a man named Kyrii that is travelling through a strange environment. We eventually learn that he is living in a huge city that seems to have grown out of machines. No one knows what land is. Kyrii has a gun called a Graviton Beam Emitter that can take out the threats to him. He is looking for the Net Terminal Gene, though I
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First page I had a very bad impression on the book yes this book is very different than the other books I've read. so dark and vague yet you can look for the hidden details by Mr Niehei in every drawing. almost no text here but the graphics talks. there is a spectacular art in this book just imagining the talk the moves the sounds makes this book very special I will 100% recommend it.
Craig Tyler
There's an English language version of this on Amazon but I couldn't find it here on Goodreads. The book has an interesting style in that there is no narration and not a whole lot of dialogue. Somewhat extreme version of show don't tell. I kind of like a bit more context myself. The artwork was pretty intriguing, some of it on grand scale.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
A manga that I first set my eyes on at the tender age of 11 years in an early 2000s otaku magazine, but, despite my fascination for it, never got around to actually read. Back then, I had first discovered my taste for dark, richly detailed art styles, and the covers of the original volumes were exactly that. They made up my own early art goals, even though I had not even taken a look inside the manga so far! So here are my thoughts after reading it for the very first time, 15 years later:

(+) You
Jordan Ricks
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blame! (Pronounced blam, like the sound of a gun) is the first manga I’ve ever read... I wasn’t ever into comic books as a kid—and quite honestly always thought manga was especially weird—so I had never expected to pick up one at my age. I found the anime based off of this book on Netflix a few weeks ago, while looking for media like William Gibson’s Neuromancer. I’m not into anime either, but I instantly loved Blame!. (I had just finished a reread of Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy and am a huge fan of ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Blame! feels full of potential with its oppressive, dark atmosphere and cyber-punk aesthetic. The monster designs are fantastic, the architecture impressive, and his skill at coming up with future-tech, creative. Its too bad his humans are so bland, in both design and personality, and his plot so vague that its hard to connected to this visually interesting world.

Its easy to see this is a very early project by Nihei. The first three chapters are so rough its often difficult to tell what exactly
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars ~

1/1 for plot
0/1 for characters and character development
1/1 for art
1/1 for pace
1/1 for world-building

Back in the early 2000's when I was still in college, I saw Tokyopop's Blame! volume 1 at a bookstore. I got it because the gritty cyberpunk art reminded me of my fave manga, the original Battle Angel Alita series (volumes 1-10).

But alas, my poor butt could only afford Blame! volumes 1 and 2 before they went out of print and started going for $40+ per volume online. Argh!

I've read all
Sean DeLauder
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chris Schwarzkopf
Recommended to Sean by: Netflix
Very little in the way of exposition is provided in 400 pages of manga here, with a few hints dropped here and there amidst sprawling landscapes and abrupt episodes of extreme violence. When this happens, and it happens more often than I like in manga, I get the feeling the writer/illustrator is exploring graphics rather than story, the former of which is an enjoyable space-filler and the latter they haven't yet figured out. At present, there are potentially limitless factions on a gigantic city ...more
Kate (Looking Glass Reads)
Recently, I’ve had Blame! recommended to me a few times so when I had the opportunity to read the first volume of the Master Edition, I jumped on it. Blame! Vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei is a manga set in a post apocalyptic world which follows a lone man on his search for the Net Terminal Gene.

Blame! follows Kyrii, a man who lives deep within a city so large it has encompassed everything. There is nothing but metal, level after level, with no ground to speak of. Kyrii is searching for the Net Terminal
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As great as its reputation!
When it comes to dark, violent cyberpunk comics with great artstyle then blame! is the one. I never heared of it before i saw the anime movie on netflix. The movie was not the best anime i had seen but it was fine. What i liked the most about it was the art, so i had done some research on the net and it didnt take long to figure out what the manga behind the movie was about and how good its reputation was. As i love this kind of setting i felt ashamed not to know abou
Robert Hudder
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the guy that brought Knights of Sidonia comes this beast. A huge city that reminds me of some early sci fiction that contained earth arks and the such... The beast itself is the city and how it operates. While this first volume is light on exposition, the action and art convey a lot of story as the protagonist climbs up levels and across large spaces battling automata that were once used functionally and seem to have forgotten their purpose. There are constant builders who destroy as they w ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, Nihei is Nihei. I've read Knights of Sidonia, so I kind of knew what I got into. Blame! is a dark and suffocating manga in which nothing really happens. It's very similar to Sidonia and it's not about the plot either, but more about the atmosphere. Nihei is a master at creating these horrific feelings that are hard to pinpoint. The story is set in the future and there are hardly any humans around, and the city is so big that no one knows where the surface even is anymore. Kyrii travels try ...more
Wayne McCoy
'Blame! Vol. 1' by Tsutomu Nihei is a massive 408 page story of a man trapped in a huge city, and this is only volume 1!

In a book that has more visual than narrative, we meet a man named Kyrii that is travelling through a strange environment. We eventually learn that he is living in a huge city that seems to have grown out of machines. No one knows what land is. Kyrii has a gun called a Graviton Beam Emitter that can take out the threats to him. He is looking for the Net Terminal Gene, though I
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This has quickly become an obsession for me. The original 10 comics were published long ago. The first three omnibus editions (out of six) are out now, the next three due by end of year 2017. I am having an extremely difficult time not ordering the original 10, even though I have 1-3 omnibus and already ordered 4-6. It's that good. It's all the best of manga without the kid stuff. No crazy eyes, no blushing, no embarrassed boys going through puberty, no outraged schoolgirls or vampires. This wor ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I got to read this thanks to Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Blame is a beautiful, violent manga that has very little dialogue but keeps your attention with its gritty art-style and action that keeps pulling you forward. Did I mention it’s violent? Not for everyone, I enjoyed it and had an idea of what I was getting into after having seen the anime recently. Kyrii is on the hunt for a gene that allows a person to interact with the technology that runs amok in this sc
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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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