“In a future version of Earth, there is a city grown so chaotically massive that its inhabitants no longer recall what “land” is. Within this megastructure the silent, stoic Kyrii is on a mission to find the Net Terminal Gene—a genetic mutation that once allowed humans to access the cybernetic NetSphere. Armed with a powerful Graviton Beam Emitter, Kyrii fends off waves of attacks from fellow humans, cyborgs and silicon-based lifeforms.”
So reads the premise of Blame!, a ten-volume cyberpunk manga by Tsutomu Nihei which began in 1998 from Kodansha, and is currently being released in new English editions by Vertical. Bleeding Cool contributor Adi Tantimedh just stopped by with a link to this trailer for the anime adaptation coming from Netflix, and also tells me, “Nihei has a very David Cronenberg take on hardcore cyberpunk and posthuman science fiction. He’s also an avid videogame player, and his manga, like Biomega shows an understanding of games. Blame! is largely plotless, and entirely about atmosphere, themes, ideas and huge, explosive action set-pieces.”
I’m sold. Blame! hits Netflix on May 20.
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