English: 7 Billion Needles
Synonyms: Hikikomori Headphone Girl, Needle
Published: Mar 5, 2008 to Feb 5, 2010
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SynopsisHikaru 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.
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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 series feature an unwitting student merging with an alien being to save the planet.
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