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Sidonia no Kishi  
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Outer space, the far future.

A lone seed ship, the Sidonia, plies the void, ten centuries since the obliteration of the solar system. The massive, nearly indestructible, yet barely sentient alien life forms that destroyed humanityís home world continue to pose an existential threat.

Nagate Tanikaze has only known life in the vesselís bowels deep below the sparkling strata where humans have achieved photosynthesis and new genders. Not long after he emerges from the Underground, however, the youth is bequeathed a treasured legacy by the spaceshipís coolheaded female captain.


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Associated Names
Knights of Sidonia

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.71 by Habanero Scans (25d ago)
v.13 c.60-64 (v2) by Habanero Scans (43d ago)
c.70 by Habanero Scans (59d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 26

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (261 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.21 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 20th 2015, 11:51am PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (13 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #416 increased(+96)
Monthly Pos #500 decreased(-100)
3 Month Pos #348 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #343 decreased(-52)

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On 874 wish lists
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Other translators? 551 days, 14 hours, 43 minutes ago
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Not Blame!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by melquiades
November 5th, 2014, 11:04pm
This is not Blame!!
Deal with it Nihei fans xD
I'm liking it a lot even though I am a Nihei fan =D

(My rating is obviously biased... it is subjective anyway wink )
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
June 24th, 2014, 11:43am
I grew up with hard science fiction. From it I learned how huge space is, and how instantly it will kill unprotected creatures. I also learned the kind of immense energies need to get a craft into space, let alone accelerate it enough to travel between stars. This manga tries to situate traditional hand-to-hand combat in the middle of that indifferent immensity. Further, it puts a monstrous living being out there in the airless void and has the "knights" fight it. This is the equivalent of ancient stories of knights fighting dragons. Its absurdity is unbelievable. I can just manage to see how it could work for an audience brought up on heroic tales of samurai sword play, but it doesn't work for me -- not even for a moment.
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Race for Survival!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Opec
November 15th, 2013, 7:05pm
I would describe this manga as a Cross between "Battlestar Galactica" (Humans vs Clones) and "Gundam" (Jesus Err Yamato) but with the added touch of "A Clockwork Orange" (MindFcuk Category)

Nihei has build a unique world much like his previous mangas, the characters are complex with the governing system who is torned between having to maintain the dynasty as well as fight for what is best for the community, we have the Genderless beings who have been given the freedom to chose at will making a complex journey of nature's wired epithets into a beautiful and enduring saga.

The story might be hard to follow, with panels jumping at odd moments and when you least expect it but once you are able to decipher the Cryptic language through which Nihei conveys his lores then you are sure to be spell-bounded.

It may not be for the mainstream audience but the authors ambitious effort to dwell into complexity and hardship that the human race has to ensue in order to survive in a world alien to them and at the same time maintain the decorum (society, law and order etc) that bought the civilization as to where it stands now is HIGHLY COMMENDABLE!
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Tsutomu Nihei I am disappoint   
Rating: N/A
by sanakan
September 29th, 2013, 1:24am
This just makes me miss Blame! There are cool little easter eggs hidden throughout the story from Nihei's earlier works like the graviton beam emitter and Toha Heavy Industries. The gauna in this story also seem to be similar to the gauna in Abara. It's definitely worth checking out if you're a big fan of Tsutomu Nihei but other than that it's a pretty bland SoL/robot battle manga as seen through a slightly more moe Nihei filter.

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I didn't like how the asexual character turns in to a girl later in the series. I was really looking forward to Nihei's explanation of how its genitals worked.
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bland taste   
Rating: N/A
by kronpas
July 17th, 2013, 8:56am
compared to previous work of the same mangaka that is. His works had a very unique feeling to them which is lost in this series. I dont say its bad, but certainly cant like it as much as his previous series.
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To be fair, rating is subjective anyway.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lolnameless
May 24th, 2013, 9:36am
Sidonia is nothing like BLAME!. Say, it is inherently anime-adaptable, I think it is quite obvious.

Still, he did it the right way. Being adaptable by anime or mainstream audience doesn't mean it is bad, i enjoy it as an entertainment, it serves more excitement, fun, nudity, romance and hermaphrodite. Needless to say, the visual arts, settings, plot and such. Everything together is still supreme, it is a 10/10.

However, if you are a fan of Nihei already, then the plot on Sidonia can't amaze you as much. It shares pretty much the same kind of disaster as BLAME!, Abara or Biomega, and the gaunas and apocalypse stuff are shown on Abara and Biomega already.

I would say Sidonia has two problems. Firstly, unlike the others, Sidonia waters down the content, everything is explicit now and it doesn't require the readers to dive in, it can interest most readers but fails to interest his fans. Secondly, I've read up to volume 9 now, so it is already as much as BLAME!, Sidonia spends more panels on the characters' mentality than what will actually happen next, while his previous works are complete opposite and proceed quickly.

In all, Sidonia shares similarities on plot but it is in different genre or categories. I am sure some people do hate it and you aren't wrong. My point is just that his name summons the wrong type of readers(probably the impatient type) to read his new manga and get raged.

... Last updated on May 27th, 2013, 3:47am
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Nihei Tsutomu's MASTERPIECE!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
February 17th, 2013, 4:08am
I love all of Nihei Tsutomu's work, his mangas are not elaborate on the plot sense but deals with Subtleness of events and psychological barriers

SnK is no exception to that, like all his work this manga also spends considerable amount of time for readers to decipher the message and the Characters are surprisingly lovable for an atmosphere that scripts a dark Sadistic Tone

Great manga, plzz fans don't try to compare it with Blame! or any of his other masterpieces, judge this as a standalone and you shall be rewarded
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Started off good and then got pretty bad   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by alphaGulp
March 25th, 2012, 6:36pm
I kind of liked it at first, even though it was so different from his past works, but later on it just got too tiresome with all the endless romance between genetically engineered freaks. Maybe it was just hard to get interested in the kiddie romances and 'cute' daily life scenes in the middle of a war.

I dunno, but whatever I liked about it is gone now and I can't be bothered to read the rest.

... Last updated on May 12th, 2014, 8:51am
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Not that bad.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by momimomi
December 28th, 2011, 10:32am
It starts like shounen on steroids. Kids, school, harem, become stronger, etc... Why "on steroids", why is it published in seinen magazine? Death of important characters, gore, nudity, romance with hermaphrodite (this is the best part! biggrin ). Unfortunately as story progresses you lose all this. Death is somewhere far away, no gore, no nudity, romance not moving at all.

Talking about plot. In three words - it is bad. 12 years after Blame, Nihei still can't plan the whole story. It feels like his idea of how should the story continue changes every 2nd volume. There are many plot holes. Complete lack of military knowledge. Kunato vs Tanikaze incident is plain stupid. Military tribunal? Flight Recorders? Not in Nihei's army. Moreover, the story started to drag in later volumes. Battle -> Benisuzume kills a bunch of not-drawn characters -> Benisuzume vs Tanikaze fight -> Draw -> Power-up -> Battle again.

Art is less sketchy then in Blame, which means even better backgrounds. But Nihei can't draw different humans. Not a problem for Blame with just 2 humans. A big problem for manga with dozens of humans. Everyone look identical and i'm not talking about clones. Only two things help with distinguishing characters: haircut and unit number.

All in all i'll continue reading it, because this is one of rare distant future sci-fi mangas.

P.S. Review after ch 30 (vol 6).

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After 43 chapters the story actually gets back on track. It feels more like the first volumes. Art has improved (faces variety increased). There're occasional nudity, old-Nihei-style sceneries and creatures. A certain episode in recent chapters was such an epic trolling that it made me to reconsider my rating.

... Last updated on November 22nd, 2012, 2:55am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Khalim
October 19th, 2011, 10:37am
To see such an atmospheric masterpiece in this day and age makes me happy to be alive. While BLAME! and older Nihei works already achieved a perfect atmosphere, Sidonia no Kishi adds a more elaborate plot and likable characters to it, coupled with thrilling action and enriched dialogues. It is nipponic sci-fi at its best, something i never thought i'd see again with this level of depth after watching Evangelion more than ten years ago.

People who liked BLAME! more than other Nihei works should not complain, as that was a reflexive story that tugged at the subconscious, like a hazy dream, while Sidonia no Kishi deals concretely and maturely with inner flaws humanity is forced to fight along an epic struggle against a truly fearsome enemy. Nihei has always moved towards deeper meanings in his works, but to truly get a grip of the readers a clearer characterization was necessary and i think SnK achieves that, while still preserving the depth and immersion of Nihei's style. It was the direction all his other works moved towards and i don't believe he will go back to the mute atmospheres of BLAME! so dedicatedly ever again.
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