10 volumes by Tsutomu Nihei (author)
Monthly Afternoon (Kodansha)
I would like introduce “BLAME!”.
The original “BLAME” was awarded with Jiro Tanigawa Prize in Afternoon Shiki Award, and now it’s evolved into the10 volume series. The story sets in an ultimate internet world.
If you are a sci-fi fan, I’m sure you’ll love this.
Even not an Sci-fi fan, please experience this author’s unique view and description.
The cool thing about him is the vast universe that he depicts in the works. The unique buildings and the world are beyond expectation.
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.
A city is an endless vertical space of artificially-constructed walls, stairways and caverns, separated into massive “floors” by nearly-impenetrable barriers known as “Megastructure”. The City is inhabited by scattered human and transhuman tribes as well as hostile cyborgs known as Silicon Creatures. The Net Terminal Genes appear to be the key to halting the unhindered, chaotic expansion of the Megastructure, as well as a way of stopping the murderous horde known as the Safeguard from destroying all humanity.
I fell fetish for huge buildings and machines after reading this comic series.
The description in the dimension is so breathtaking.
You’ll get excited just to look at the main character and the heroin venture in the iron maze.
It’s not a comic book to be compared but it is something you dig deeper and deeper.(Quote:Manga review)
If you describe this in a word, “confusing”.
The reason is that it has less explanation and conversations. And the characters are emotionless ,which makes it difficult to understand what they’re feeling.
Lately, most comic books explain the setting and concept too much through conversation and description, but this one doesn’t.
What I mean is that the author is trying to explain everything except for the basics by the drawing. In this sense this may not be for a popular market. But as I said, the balance between the humans and the buildings is really well designed and the whole view of the universe is at another level.
Tokyopop has published the English ver..