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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 humanity's home world continue to pose an existential threat.

Nagate Tanikaze has only known life in the vessel's 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 spaceship's coolheaded female captain.

Note: Won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 2015. Won the Seiun Award for Best Comic in 2016.


Related Series

Associated Names
Knights of Sidonia
Rycerze sidonii ( Polish )

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.Omake by Habanero Scans over 2 years ago
v.15 c.78 (end) by Habanero Scans over 3 years ago
v.15 c.77 by Habanero Scans over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 42

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (424 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 11th 2018, 9:03pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (15 Volumes - Complete; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #491 increased(+88)
Monthly Pos #889 increased(+114)
3 Month Pos #1578 decreased(-16)
6 Month Pos #1758 increased(+132)
Year Pos #1438 increased(+101)

List Stats
On 2095 reading lists
On 1040 wish lists
On 722 completed lists
On 74 unfinished lists
On 339 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Knights of Sidonia Manga Ends on September 25 over 3 years ago
Knights of Sidonia Heads Toward Conclusion over 3 years ago
Other translators? over 5 years ago
Knights of Sidonia Gets Anime over 5 years ago
Strangely surprised over 8 years ago

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Blame going mainstream   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by deathcoy
March 25th, 2017, 8:16pm
Nihei Tsutomu cures my itch for a biomechanical setting with dark nuances and grim undertones, minimal dialog and sketchy outlook like his previous works Blame and Noise. Sidonia no Kishi is quite different, i guess he is trying to appeal to the mainstream market which is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact i think he managed it well. Sidonia no Kishi still retains his earlier style but with a dash of whatever the current trends are, has a little bit of humor, more light hearted, of course a harem of sorts with the typical shounen MC types and etc etc. Its not really that bad. Truth be told i quite enjoyed it. Readers new to Nihei's genre will have an easier time sinking in while fans of Nihei's works, i suggest to approach the manga with an open mind.
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Well worth the confusion   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by sinxer
September 30th, 2015, 7:22pm
Agree with it being a little confusing in some parts mostly the start, the author throws you right into it fast and hard but once you get used to it everything makes sense(they are in a time of constant war and battles so things are hectic). Could not stop reading this kinda feel like there could be more to it like a sequel though I haven't looked into it but I'm happy either way.
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Kinda hard to figure out what's going on at first, but wow it's good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bobIV123
September 10th, 2015, 11:33pm
I'm 4 volumes in and I just now have a pretty decent general idea of what's going on. The early chapters seem like they kinda jump around a lot, and early on A.) everyone looks the same and B.) you aren't super sure who's important to the plot. Now that the bad is out of the way: holy crap, this is a good one. I'm not even into Gundam type stuff, but this is really cool. It kinda reminds me of early in Gantz and Shingeki no Kyojin; a distinct art style and a story that doesn't pull all its punches. I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance.

... Last updated on September 11th, 2015, 2:14am
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Not Blame!!   
Rating: 8.0 / 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 )

edit: well... a very "Niheish" ending, many things unexplored, many questions unanswered, this time i think it was even worst, but because he tried to patch some (just some) things up in a single chapter. Very unfortunate, otherwise a very nice read.

... Last updated on September 29th, 2015, 9:35am
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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.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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