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Sidonia no Kishi  
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Description
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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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
シドニアの騎士
希德尼娅的骑士
อัศวินอวกาศ
銀河騎士傳
Cydonia no Kishi
Knights of Cydonia
Knights of Sidonia
Shidonia no Kishi
The Knight of Cydonia

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.36-39 by Illuminati-Manga (13d ago)
v.7 c.33-35 by Illuminati-Manga (425d ago)
v.7 c.31-32 by Illuminati-Manga (478d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (191 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.09 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 11th 2014, 10:26am PST

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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Vertical (8 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #127 decreased(-23)
Monthly Pos #167 increased(+503)
3 Month Pos #323 increased(+515)
6 Month Pos #543 increased(+274)

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On 1451 reading lists
On 675 wish lists
On 27 unfinished lists
On 175 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Other translators? 215 days, 10 hours, 44 minutes ago
Knights of Sidonia Gets Anime 343 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes ago
Strangely surprised 1369 days, 12 hours, 43 minutes ago

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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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Not sure why it's getting such terrible reviews   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by alphaGulp
March 25th, 2012, 6:36pm
I'm trying to avoid trans-humanist / NWO plot lines and fiction (stories that habituate you to thoughts about mixing man and machine, genetic engineering, constant war, an immortal ruling council, etc.), but I have to admit that I rather like this one.

Although it is definitively different from Blame!, that's not necessarily a bad thing - in fact, it feels more original to me than his other non-Blame! works. Furthermore, I find that the story is well crafted and that the pacing is quite good.

Furthermore, the main character is likable: he has empathy and good will for those around him, and he forms believable relationships with the various people around him. His antagonists within the ship are reasonable, and you even see the various relationships progress to some degree.

The various mysteries are also interesting and well presented and developed, such as the true nature of the Gauna and of the protagonist, and the centuries-old history of the spaceship is also artfully told...

All-in-all, if you like sci-fi and action, you'll probably like this. I'd also say it's better than Gundam, which has generally felt a bit overly dramatic to me and not worth they hype (FWIW).

Edit: the poster below is right about how some of characters look very much alike. The author must be aware of this, as he went ahead and made clones of one girl (only the 'sisters' can tell each other apart) bigrazz

... Last updated on March 25th, 2012, 6:59pm
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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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Incredible   
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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doesn't fit well   
Rating: N/A
by Hellsayer
April 9th, 2011, 9:49pm
the gritty Blame style doesn't suit this kind of manga, there is to many people and to many things happening without enough explanation imo. im not talking about super in detail explanation but i really don't understand how he goes from the dump to a student in only a few pages...
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too bad   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Famas
January 16th, 2011, 12:16am
It's plain bad. It's nothing like Nihei's older works that brought him popularity. Half of the time it's meaningless and boring mecha vs gauna battles (checked up to vol4). It's poorly drawn too - hard to believe it's the same man drawing. Still it has it's moments and it's Nihei. I keep reading it ain't I?

... Last updated on June 14th, 2011, 9:03pm
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