I recently finished reading a manga by the name of “Blame!” created by author Tsutomu Nihei. Other popular works of this author include Knights of Sidonia, and Biomega
I found it to be very good. I left it feeling very joyful and satisfied yet with a bit of conflicting feelings. The ending although very subtle wasn’t as conclusive as it could have been. And there are many events that were left unexplained and outright unanswered leaving me to go “What the Hell?”
If someone were to ask me of this manga makes my recommendation list? My answer would be: Absolutely!
Even though it wasn’t perfect, it is still worth reading. After Berserk, this would be my second recommendation for people to read. The experience it left me with overall was, Satisfaction. The world, the concepts, art design, the creature, etc. were all great. The weakest part of this manga would be it’s character development and to a lesser degree the overall story. There is very little amount of dialogue in this story.
In terms of it’s main character Kirii, he hardly get any character development even throughout the entire series only rarely showing any type of emotion. Such as when fires his gun he might rarely smile. Overall he remains a blank slate and rarely talks. The other main character Cibo does most of the talking and is the one that show the most emotion and character development throughout the story.
In terms of the overall story it manly suffers from being inconclusive on a few areas, thus leading to 2 type of questions. What the Hell, and what the Heck type of questions.
For the what the Hell type of questions, those are questions that I feel like needed to be answered but were not addressed at all. For example you never find out the real reason/motives behind any of the factions / groups in the story. The what the Heck questions aren’t so much as necessary, but things I would have liked to know and if answered would have add a far greater level of depth into the world.
The strongest aspects of this manga are its environment, concepts, and most strikingly its atmosphere. For me I personally felt like its atmosphere invoked the same type of feeling to that of the first time watching the “Matrix” movie.
The art design of this manga i found it to be very unique an interesting. As for the quality of of art, I found it to be consistently very good throughout the entirety of the manga, especially that of the the environment and creature design. The weakest part of the art would be the human characters, who almost always look bland and have very little details about them. See image bellow for the typical looking human vs a “creature”
If you would like more spoiler free information about Blame! and about a new movie releaed for it on Netflix I would recommend watching this YouTube video
If anyone here has read this manga I would love to discuss with you more in depth my thoughts about the story in another thread.