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70-oku no Hari

70-oku no Hari

Alternative Titles

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


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


Score: 7.181 (scored by 989 users)
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Ranked: #67362
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Popularity: #2710
Members: 2,403
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Volumes: /4
Chapters: /24


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 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)

Included one-shot:
Volume 4: Hikikomori Headphone Girl (pilot)


70 Oku no Hari was inspired by the 1950 science-fiction novel Needle by Hal Clement.

The series was published in English as 7 Billion Needles by Vertical Inc. from September 28, 2010 to April 26, 2011, in Polish as 7 miliardów igieł by Japonica Polonica Fantastica in 2013 as part of Mega Manga series and in Spain as 7 mil millones de agujas by Milky Way Ediciones in 2016.


Takabe, Hikaru
Takabe, Hikaru
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Azuma, Shunsuke

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