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Japanese: NOiSE
English: NOiSE
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: 2000 to 2001
Genres: Action Action, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Nihei, Tsutomu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.241 (scored by 86818,681 users)
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Ranked: #47942
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #833
Members: 17,640
Favorites: 122

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Volume 1


The Bible has its Genesis.
The Matrix has The Second Renaissance.

Through the eyes of police force member Susono Musubi, this one-volume prequel gives readers a glimpse of the world before the Netsphere went haywire. Witness the events that threw the technologically advanced society into chaos: the cancerous growth of the Megastructure, the birth of the parasitic lifeforms called Silicon Creatures, and the development of the ruthless killing machines known as the Safeguards.

Also included in the compilation is Tsutomu Nihei's debut work BLAME which served as the prototype of the acclaimed 10-volume series, BLAME!.


NOiSE was published digitally in English by Kodansha Comics USA on June 28, 2016. It was published in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint on July 8, 2003 and in Spanish by Ediciones Glénat on November 2003. It was also published in English by the now defunct Tokyopop in December, 2007.

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Aug 18, 2009
silentsennin (All reviews)
This manga was quite interesting. The story is very dark in that dystopian future with a secret to hide sort of way, and even though this type of narrative seems to be not all that different from the pack, the subtle touches to the story are done extraordinarily well. However, I would like to note that the single most important aspect of this manga is the art, since without it, the story could not be conveyed as well as it is here. The art is done in a sort of drab boring shade of black, with a melancholic and heavy greyness permeating throughout the work read more
Aug 28, 2020
B2Reviews (All reviews)
What to say about "Noise"...without sounding like the cult trying to recruit a new member... Fascinating.

Noise properly introduced me to Tsutomu Nihei, even though I had heard of Blame! before reading it. I've re-read it on several occasions, which even surprises me. I'm not a horror guy, but it goes well with sci-fi. Like bourbon and a cigar perfect fit.

Nihei's style is the imagined result of Clive Barker and H.R. Giger being drinking buddies, without the fetishy sexual undertones. There's an alien, shadowy, unnatural feel to the world he creates, something so far beyond dystopian that I'm not read more
Aug 5, 2016
Goukeban (All reviews)
Question: how do you classify a work as being “the bottom of the barrel”? For most people it’s quite simple, their most hated work is also the one they hold as the worst they’ve seen. I, in the other hand, try to separate what I feel about a work from any critical judgment of it. That is not for buying any illusion of objectivity, it’s simply because I feel like it would be dishonest from my part to do it. That is why I’m at the same time put off and fascinated by a work like NOiSE, one of the few that I got to read more
May 26, 2017
A_Squirrel (All reviews)
Noise is not a stand-alone work. It's the prequel to Blame and hints at the background for that manga (i.e. how that world came to be). It's <150 pages over six chapters, with two additional chapters separate from the main storyline. If you've read the author's other works, then you know what to expect.

The art isn't perfect. It's busy, sometimes unclear, and faces can be off. It's very different from the clean approach taken in most manga, but it works. This is a dirty, dark world (literally...I don't think the sun made an appearance), and the art matches. Two areas stand out in a good read more

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