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70 Oku no Hari (Manga)

70 Oku no Hari

Alternative Titles

English: 7 Billion Needles
Synonyms: Hikikomori Headphone Girl, Needle
Japanese: 70億の針

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 24
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 5, 2008 to Feb 5, 2010
Genres: Sci-Fi, Seinen
Authors: Tadano, Nobuaki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Flapper

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Score: 7.291 (scored by 710 users)
Ranked: #63862
Popularity: #2650
Members: 1,587
Favorites: 27
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Synopsis

Hikaru Takabe may not be the most social of teens. Always sporting her headphones, she gives off an aloof aura that rubs her classmates the wrong way. But her not being part of the crowd takes on a different dimension when she becomes involved in an intergalactic game of cat and mouse.

Inspired by Needle, the Golden Age hard sci-fi classic by the late Hal Clement, Nobuaki Tadano's debut work brings a unique take on alien invasion up to date and into the maelstrom that is the Japanese high school girl.

(Source: Vertical)

Characters

Horizon
Main
Maelstrom
Main
Azuma, Shunsuke
Main
 Hikaru
Takabe, Hikaru
Main



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User Recommendations

Those familiar with Parasyte would view 7 Billion Needles as something of a rip-off, should they read it. An eccentric alien entity comes from outer space, merges with the lead and slowly-but-surely comes to be friends with its host, as they battle together against other alien enemies. If you're experienced, you've read it all before.

The first two volumes aren't bad - the characterisation being solid enough - but the last two turn it into a nonsensical mess that would most likely leave you with a desire to have re-read Parasyte instead.

In terms of the 'merging' itself, 7BN has more in-common with Birdy than Parasyte since in both the leads die and need to rely on their new companions to survive. However, since Birdy has a human form all of her own, the relationship development isn't really very similar to what 7BN has to offer.
Both are science fiction stories that contain loner main characters that are forced to help save the world. Perfect for people who dig angsty protagonists.

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