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Title: Blame!.
Genre: Action/Sci-Fi.
Format: 10 Volumes.
Mangaka: Tsutomu Nihei.

Synopsis: In a possible future on Earth, Killy is looking for the Net Terminal Genes. With his gun he will blast his away to get them, no matter what or whom opposes him, be it mega structures, safeguards, authorities, guardians, cyborgs, clones or silicon life. But the number of humans is low and lowers with every day that passes. But not only does Killy want to find Net Terminal Genes, he is also looking for himself.

The Highlights
Action: Graphic and shocking images of kids beating the crap out of adults.
Characters: Interesting and screwed up.
Story: It is there… somewhere.

Prepare for the ride of your life! Or rather the ride for your next five hours since that is how long it will take you to read this ten volumed manga. The pace it is absurdly fast because there is almost no dialog, just action and more action and even more action. Tsutomu Nihei gives us a lesson on how to make amazing fights with the most wicked designs I have ever seen in a manga. H.R. Giger (designer of the famous Alien monsters) would be proud by Tsutomu Nihei’s work.

Blame! suffers from a lack of explanations. With the amount of dialog most things remain unexplained and uncovered. The reason why Killy is looking for the Net Terminal Genes is vastly unexplored and the origins of Killy himself are as well forgotten, most of the characters act with out a reason. I also felt lost most of the time since it is pretty confusing and easy to loose your self in the vast and huge and extremely detailed environments that are displayed in this manga.

The action is overwhelming, fast and intense. It takes you from one place to another, from one new foe to the next one with out consideration of your health. The problem some action scenes have is that you can’t understand them all, and you end up re-watching them a few times to fully comprehend what is really going on.

Blame! is great at what it is, a pure action manga. True it needs to answer some questions that could make things a whole lot better, but on its core is great. A manga worthy of reading, unless you don’t like action manga. But if you enjoyed Battle Angel Alita for its action scenes, then get a hold of Blame! or if you are a fan of Tsutomu Nihei (Noise) or Tsutomu Takahashi (Alive, Blue Heaven) then be on the look out for this one. I will surely be looking for more Tsutomu Nihei works.

The Rating: 8

Reviewed by: Dtortot

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