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Blame!   
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Description

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
Blame! พลิกวินาทีล่า
İftira!
Блам!
Блейм!
ブラム!

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1 by Habanero Scans over 6 years ago
v.3 c.12-18 by Gantz Team International over 13 years ago
v.2 c.8-11 by Gantz Team International over 13 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)
6 Volumes (Complete, Shinsōban in 2015)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
Blame! by G. Zeus
BLAME! by gjoerulv

Forum
6 topics, 22 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (968 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.24 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 8th 2022, 7:03am


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Year
1997

Original Publisher
Kodansha (1997, 2015)

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Azuki (digital)
INKR Comics
Kodansha USA (6 Master Edition Volumes - Complete; Digital)
TokyoPop (Expired / 10 Volumes - Complete)
Vertical (6 Master Edition Volumes - Complete; Print)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #789 increased(+28)
Monthly Pos #1553 increased(+17)
3 Month Pos #2416 increased(+34)
6 Month Pos #2767 decreased(-36)
Year Pos #2976 decreased(-154)

List Stats
On 919 reading lists
On 1480 wish lists
On 2192 completed lists
On 92 unfinished lists
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Great but unsatisfying...  
by Joese
July 9th, 2022, 1:39pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
It's an action packed sci-fi story. Off voice or external explanations don't exist in this series. The author tries to convey most of the necessary elements along the way, but it ends up being a bit more chaotic than necessary. Unless you've read any of the other series the author did there are way too many concepts that aren't explained properly, so I can't really recommend the series to anyone.

All in all if it weren't for the last fights, I'd say it's a solid 9.
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I mean he is very strong and I understand that many scenes wouldn't have as much impact if they were changed, but there is no way in hell he would've won against the High-Level Exterminator in close quarters or against the army of silicon creatures at the end (there was no need to clash directly)
. This along how thrashed looks of the MC in the last chapter (a stick leg in a sc-ifi setting ?) made me feel the story was a bit unfulfilling, end ending itself is good.
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One of the Greatest Manga of All Time  
by Sandwhale765
May 3rd, 2022, 3:18am
Rating: N/A
Blame's wordlessly captures an atmosphere unlike anything else ever produced. Long slow, quiet walks through megalithic and surreal architecture, intercut with bursts of frenetic and impactful violence.

It's science fiction story serves merely as the vessel to convey the very human experience of struggling for the spark of hope in the face of the overwhelming forces of nature and human conflict.

If you found it confusing and difficult to follow the first time through, my advice to you would be to come back and reread it in a few years. Skimming over the panels will leave you lost as to what is happening, but careful attention will reward you with one of the most unique experiences ever put to the page.

One of the all time greatest manga ever created alongside Berserk, Nausicaä, and Freesia.
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A true masterpiece  
by MillenialConnoisseur
July 31st, 2021, 12:53pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I'm seeing a lot of zoomers leaving bad reviews for this work from the last few years. This isn't Naruto or Attack on Titan where the focus is hamfisted lore and plot being explained through monologue chapter to chapter. The reader is meant to interpret each chapter and make their own conclusion. It sucks what is happening to the anime and manga community as it gets more mainstream exposure, a lot of people spouting ignorant opinions on works like this which they could never hope to appreciate in the first place. It's like complaining that a Shakespearean play is lame because it's not like Avengers Endgame.
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Pioneer  
by taran
April 13th, 2021, 4:50pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Fantastic artwork and scenery.
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Unique but mediocre  
by Shellshock
July 23rd, 2020, 10:57am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
Blame is the story about Killy a man who is on a mission to find net terminal thing. Throughout his mission he will meet other people like him, Humans, Administrators and Silicon. All that are trying to kill him all that are trying to stop him. This is a story of a man on a mission to do something thats only kind of explained. There really isn't anything else about this series. Its actually surprisngly straightforward. They don't explain why he needs this but his mission is pretty clear. Find a human with a net terminal gene. The series doesn't have a lot of dialogue but the author is able to compensate this by making random stuff happen to confuse us further.

Now to say that i dislike blame would be an overstatement. Blame by no means is bad. It has some of the most detailed spreads I've seen in quite some a while. The art here is sometimes so breath taking its like you are reading a different manga altogether. However this is not without its issues. The characters faces are most bland I've seen in comparison. Loads of creatures and other sci fi stuff has an incredibly detailed unique design but you are stuck with an clean face MC with fish eyes. Its a bit disappointing considering the large amount of unique designs. This is however a relatively minor issue when you consider the series as a whole however the art definitely has some issues for certain panels. The art is fantastic and detailed for most of the time but there are certain panels where it seems like the author forgot to draw entirely? its just half finished sketches and it really pulls you out from the series. The difference in detail is astonishing. At one point it looks like something Yusuke Murata (One punch man) would draw other (but rarely) times it looks like someone's 5 year old drew it with crayon. Maybe that was the idea because these bad panels are almost always followed by these breathtaking single page panels or spreads. So maybe it was on purpose.

I really enjoyed the action of this series. In fact i was surprised by the large amount of action in the first place. I thought their would be more calmness and melancholy but then this series goes Boom. There is a surprising amount explosions and destruction. However there is also a considerable lack of hype. Almost every character has fantastic design but there is no real buildup. Things just happen and it feels somewhat uninspired. Like we know everything is trying to kill the MC but it feels like the author doesn't actually wanna draw the fight scenes. It would've been better if the author implied that these things happen. Don't get me wrong though some of the fight scenes are absolutely insane. the 2nd half of Omnibus 1 is by far the most entertaining part of the series. Sadly the series never reaches those levels though there are some insane moments near the end of the series. Especially with the character designs.

If it feels like im taking too much of what i saw rather than what it is thats supposed to be how the author potrayed the manga. The series is told through art rather than dialogue. In fact a lot of series character designs, setting, story, personality is told through art. However i believe this is double edged sword, as the art maybe have exemplified the designs but the author was incapable of expressing story and characters through his art. Not to say it was weak but underwhelming.

TLDR: Overall the series was basically that. Underwhelming. Some great scenes however far too in between. but it was able to carry itself through its art but art alone isn't enough to make a series good. You require actual substance not purely style to carry yourself forward. With an addition to my high expectations of this series thats considered a cult classic i just wasn't incredibly impressed like most of its audience was. 6/10

... Last updated on March 5th, 2022, 9:43am
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Blame!  
by Anonymous
June 28th, 2020, 7:01am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
Story: 6/10
Art: 10/10
Characters: 6/10
Quality Polish Edition: 10/10
Enjoyment: 6/10
Overall: 7.6/10
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Had my fair share of weird  
by Serendipity_
April 25th, 2020, 9:56am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
I have read a fair share of weird and chaotic manga. Blame! definitely belongs to both categories and I can't decide if it's for good or worse. Although the following phrase makes me cringe (mainly because of its definite overuse in many reviews), I do have to say that liking this manga is highly dependent on taste and past reading experience.

Read a lot of Seinen before taking on Blame!? Then you are going to be pretty familiar with its ambience. Are you a Shounen reader that wanted something beyond the cliché? Then you are probably going to be confused and hate Blame!'s incomprehensibility, consistent plot holes and of lack of aim with the story.

On one hand, I liked Blame!'s unpredictability because not knowing how a story could end was new for me. On the other hand, it also made me bored and at times frustrated. Not a big fan of repetitive fights that doesn't progress the story.

To conclude my ramblings, Blame! is memorable, it's unpredictable and it has an abundance of originality, but it's also lacking in too many areas for me to call it a masterpiece.

... Last updated on April 25th, 2020, 9:57am
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Man Kinda Weird  
by toprak
November 25th, 2019, 7:41pm
Rating: 3.0  / 10.0
I didn't get it any any anything, story telling was disastrous plot as well, only good point is art.
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Impeccable Atmosphere and a Brutal Romp  
by DoujinHunter
September 20th, 2015, 8:38pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
This manga focuses on and succeeds in giving itself the feel of a wired world of meat and cybernetics living in the wake of a much greater past. It's massive and hostile architecture dominates scenes and creates a sense of scale that makes the City seem truly unending.

The main characters are actually rather good for the genre. They are not supremely emotional, but they convey what they need to and have their own wants, desires, and feelings which are brought to bear with their actions. Though there is some explanation given, most of the setting and the past is shown through action as opposed to monologue, which enhances the mystery of the world.

... Last updated on September 20th, 2015, 8:40pm
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Have some imagination  
by melquiades
February 24th, 2014, 2:36am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
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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