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Japanese: BLAME!
English: Blame!
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 66
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 25, 1997 to Jul 25, 2003
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Nihei, Tsutomu (Story & Art)


Score: 8.301 (scored by 4353643,536 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3122
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #72
Members: 152,443
Favorites: 8,556


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Chapters: /66
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In an enormous steel labyrinth riddled with horrifying creatures, humanity is forced to isolate itself in small enclaves while living in constant fear of its annihilation. In this dystopia, only a strange young man known as Killy is brave enough to traverse its unforgiving territories.

Possessing superhuman strength and a rare Graviton Beam Emitter, Killy fights off bloodthirsty beasts and other fiendish forces in his desperate search for a human with the Net Terminal Gene—genetic information that holds the potential to restore the corrupt world.

The dark world of Blame! follows Killy as he meets new people, sheds more blood, and draws closer to finding the Net Terminal Gene. Through these exploits, the true nature of the world is slowly pieced together.

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In 2015, Blame! received a 6-volume shinsouban reprint.

The series was published in English by Tokyopop from August 9, 2005 to November 6, 2007; this release was nominated for a Harvey Award in the Best American Edition of Foreign Material category. Vertical Inc. re-released the series in English following the Japanese shinsouban reprint from September 13, 2016 to December 12, 2017. The manga was also published in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint from March 16, 2000 to November 18, 2004 and was re-released in a 2-in-1 omnibus edition from October 22, 2011 to July 22, 2012; in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica since April 14, 2016; in Brazilian Portuguese by Editora JBC from December 9, 2016 to June 19, 2018; and in Russian by XL Media since May 24, 2017.

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“Maybe on Earth. Maybe in the Future”

As expected of most cyberpunk titles, Blame! is a dark futuristic story laced with enough action to keep you at the edge of your seat. Unlike other works in the same genre, however, Blame! avoids most of the philosophical/existential questions usually associated with cyberpunk. Also not present are the verbose in-battle rants/soliloquies that some would find unnecessary. Instead, the author demonstrates that actions do speak louder than words sometimes.

Literary Style:
One of Blame!'s unique features is its lack of narration: only a few details are tossed in and it's up to the reader how to connect the dots (the ...
Oct 5, 2021
Mixed Feelings
tl;dr: A terrible plot with badly developed characters set in a pretty interesting world.

Blame is a manga set in a really interesting world. It’s essentially post-apocalyptic cyberpunk, wherein there’s what seems to be a city that goes on endlessly in every direction, including up and down, that’s managed by some sort of AI in the background in what is called the netsphere. However, humanity lost control of that AI, so it’s essentially running things on its own based on the parameters that it was given. As a result, the city has functioning systems, but only barely. Within this city there are four main factions essentially. ...
Oct 16, 2018
I wanted to like Blame!, but Blame! wouldn't let me.

The first 2 volumes are unreadable. The paneling is so poor that it takes a lot of time to decipher what is supposed to be shown. There's no flow; no sense of position or direction, so it's hard to tell where Killy is in relation to his environment, or where the safeguards are in relation to him. The style would look nice if you were able to tell what you were looking at. This improves in volume 3, where you can mostly decipher what's on the page, but it still has the issue of being ...

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