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Killy is a man of few words. He wanders, seemingly endlessly, through a lonely, gargantuan labyrinth of concrete and steel, fighting off cyborgs and other futuristic nightmares, searching only for something called Net Terminal Genes. And he has a very powerful gun, which he uses without hesitation whenever anything resembling danger rears its ugly head.
Who is this quiet, violent, determined man and what are these Genes he seeks? The small communities he finds tucked into the crevices of this towering, dystopic ruin hardly give him leads on his treasure, driving him to find larger enclaves of civilization where people can reveal more about the world he lives in and the quarry he seeks.


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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1 by Habanero Scans about 1 year ago
v.3 c.12-18 by Gantz Team International over 8 years ago
v.2 c.8-11 by Gantz Team International over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)
6 Volumes (Shinsoban)

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BLAME! by gjoerulv
Blame! by G. Zeus

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (800 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.33 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 12th 2017, 4:57pm PST



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Original Publisher
Kodansha (1997, 2015)

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (6 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #508 increased(+98)
Monthly Pos #843 increased(+164)
3 Month Pos #1179 increased(+221)
6 Month Pos #1140 decreased(-50)
Year Pos #1194 decreased(-222)

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On 781 reading lists
On 1275 wish lists
On 1813 completed lists
On 82 unfinished lists
On 349 custom lists

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Blame! Gets Novel and New Manga Adapting of the Anime Film about 1 year ago
Blame! Gets Theatrical Anime Adaptation over 2 years ago
Image's origin? over 3 years ago
Volumes 4 and 6 over 6 years ago
BLAME! over 8 years ago

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Have some imagination   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by melquiades
February 24th, 2014, 3:36am
Just a few pointers:
- Overleveled scans can be a very bad experience to read, so, buy the volumes, they are translated to many many languages.
- If the only thing you usually read is something neatly draw, you have get accustomed to the art (more than a minute to read a page would be needed xD)
- Don't expect to know everything in just a chapter, nor a volume. This is supposed to be read slowly.
- Don't expect to know every detail at the end of the manga (like the origin of every character).
- Have some imagination.
- If the latter is missing, reading many books usually helps xd.

Many people complains that they didn't really know what the story was about, some even dare to say it has no story at all -_-' It happens simply because pacing can be so slow, small pieces of data comes bit by bit and you have to arrange them by yourself to know what was really going on. Once you straighten all of those pieces in your mind, this is a really simple, straightforward story.

Personally I always hated all those shonen mangas that explained everything to you in a panel like you were some kind of dork, they didn't care of making the story interesting, they didn't left anything to the imagination, didn't put any effort to create art and just used panels to prostrate words. Blame! was the best it could have happened to me on my early days reading manga, it set a standard that i consider it to be the one in which every other manga should be measured to, in terms of letting the art do some of the storytelling, i think manga must be all about that, otherwise there would only be light novels around.
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Maybe the only cyberpunk worth reading manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sogeking74
February 5th, 2010, 1:39pm
Blame! is not a manga that everyone will love. Even if your friend is "nosebleeding" about it, the same effect will not take place in your case for sure.
As for myself I've read first volume at least 7 times. When I read it for the first time I think that I stopped at chapter 4. At that time I thought like "What the hell is this about??" and dropped.
Then after some time I tried again and read the whole first volume. And this time my thought was "What the hell is this about, really??" and dropped.
Then maybe one year later I decided to try reading it for the last time. And this time I read really slowly, looking at every page clearly and thoughtfully, tried to make some predictions in my mind and tried to connect past events. This time after 1 volume my thought was "Well... I didn't understand it that well, but god! it's interesting!". The second volume had effect bigger than anything else (I think first two volumes are the most interesting). And so I read it fully to the end. And after that my thoughts about it all were "God, I hardly understand anything, but it was just awesome!". While reading it my head constantly ached, because it was so complicated and very hard to comprehend. But I did get fun while reading it.
And just now I wrapped up reading whole manga from the ground up. And now my thoughts are "Wow... I've understood all this thing!" And my interest for this manga increased quite well. All this NetSphere system with it's rights and creatures is just too interesting! This world just absorbs me. I also have read NOiSE, NGE, Blame2, just to peek something new about this world. This manga is really something, when you love cyberpunk, dark future or if you are interesting in programming or something of that kind.
And I really think that I will read it for once more in the future, just because It's Blame! and it has so many mysteries and inscrutability. And one more thing that I also like in this manga is that you can't read it just without any thoughts, it really requires reflection.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lolnameless
May 16th, 2013, 9:41pm
The lack of natural object in this manga is what makes BLAME! a good read.To really describe how cool this style is, words can approximate but you want to read BLAME!

Apart from visual arts, the world of BLAME! is so depressing and chaotic. It also shows how small and how low humans are. Like most reviewers, we have read it for the first time a few years ago and the flashback of this chaotic world remains in our memories. Pick it up again and love it, then write a review.

The plot is *not* ambiguous. Nihei is always like this, he left all the hints or details just about necessary, readers have to read it slowly and thoroughly to understand what is going on, it is intentional. The biggest challenge is on the cryptic or technical words, I don't like it either but it is arguably part of theme though

... Last updated on April 19th, 2014, 9:23am
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Rating: N/A
by tek9cb
June 15th, 2010, 2:14pm
When I first began to read Blame!, it was mostly on a whim. It looked interesting. A few people here say they found the first bit boring. I got sucked in on the first page, by both the art and what little plot there was to be seen. I've read through the whole series twice now, and I am still fascinated by everything about it. From the dark environs to the sparse dialogue, everything seems intentional and purposeful, yielding some new hint about the plot that I might have missed. The entire world just sucked me in, and I honeslty think I lived, breathed, and dreamt Blame! style for several days after each read through. It just feels different from some lame, conventional plot where the author is obviously just making it up as he/she goes along; it felt intentional.
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Odd but good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Aeylis
March 24th, 2011, 7:48pm
The art is always good and, by the ninth volume, incredibly moving.
It is difficult to tell what is going on-- and when-- for a number of reasons.

The main one is that you have to think while reading it. You have to actively ponder what is going on.

Blame! creates a very, very unique atmosphere that can be hard to get used to (though I loved it)
It doesn't have a sense of time other than "endless." All we know is that a long time passed between certain points.

Characters tend to stick in your memory, and the story is filled with a bunch of symbolism

Definitely a series I'll have to reread

... Last updated on March 26th, 2011, 12:57pm
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Cyber and biopunk   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by You Say
October 13th, 2012, 12:12pm
First and still the best Nihei's manga. Blame! depicts a seemingly endless journey of Killy. But who is this Killy and what is the purpose of his travel? Does the author knows?

A border between cyberpunk and biopunk isn't clear. And right from the beginning some explanation may come in handy, Blame is cyber/biopunk in its pure form or it's close to that form. Before reading Blame! try to forget the modern (and wrong) "feel" of cyber/biopunk presented by various creators mostly of American nationality (you definitely know what exactly I am talking about). Cyberpunk is supposed to be confusing, ambiguous, somewhat inconclusive, with morally questionable protagonist. Nihei got every single damn thing right.

What's more expect great almost soundless atmosphere accompanied by excellent drawings. If possible I would like to take a little trip to the Megastructure.

And please, let Oshii Mamoru direct some movie adaptation of Blame!. Nihei plus Oshii would be the best possible combination. Come on, we're waiting for something like that to happen for years now!

... Last updated on October 15th, 2012, 4:20am
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A thinking manga   
Rating: N/A
by AltairJr
September 12th, 2008, 11:05am
If you are of the kind that requires every point to be handed to you on a dialogue encrusted platter, this isn't for you.

A pleasant manga with a steady pace that when one gets used to it doesn't rush to where it's going at all. While most manga I read usually wraps things up nicely with a pretty little bow at the end, this one will leave me thinking on it's themes for many days to come.

Rating: 9 / 10

... Last updated on September 12th, 2008, 11:06am
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Rating: N/A
by metamike
August 11th, 2008, 11:23pm
How exactly are people calling this a "must read" manga if...well...there isn't anything to read? I'm serious, about 2 sentences max per chapter, sometimes no text at all per chapter. Sure, I said "whoa" a few times, and got a pretty wallpaper from one of the scenes, but...that's pretty much all this manga amounts to.

Sorry, I personally hated this. Still, I won't rate it lower than a 6.
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Not sure what to think of this manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by achyif
January 30th, 2013, 8:07pm
I love it, I'm annoyed by it, I can't stop reading, I get bored of it.
Blame is a cyberpunk manga that relies heavily on its visuals and detailed environments and not on dialogue, text, or facial expressions. The places and creatures are very beautiful but it's frustrating to not know what's going on.
Either way, I think blame is worth the time to check out.
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The plot is very ambiguous and often I don't know what just happened. Time has no meaning as the characters live for centuries and can exist beyond flesh or metal as data. They're also killed off at a rather high frequency (though whether they really die all the time can be questioned.
Though, I think the plotholes are on purpose. Killa's mission propels him to continue on his journey and not stay behind to see the fallout. Therefore, he and the reader never know what has happened, will happen, or why.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by AMetroid
August 22nd, 2011, 10:06pm
The whole Manga is hard to relate too because all the characters are alien in the true sense of the word. No character is acting with any sort of human perspective that the reader could relate too. Also not a lot of expiation is given so it wasn't until vol 4 that there was any sense of real plot. But due the alien nature of all of the characters is was more of looking at the pretty pictures and seeing what happened next then proving any real story or characters.

In short: it's an interesting art piece.

Don't go reading it expecting anything in the way of plot or characters.
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