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Blame! (2017)

TV-14 | | Animation, Action, Drama | 20 May 2017 (USA)
In the distant technological future, civilization has reached its ultimate Net-based form. An "infection" in the past caused the automated systems to spiral out of order, resulting in a ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Sora Amamiya ...
Zuru (voice)
Ayaka Asai ...
Villager (voice)
Male Villager A (voice)
Shige / Shiro / Male Electro-Fisher D / Male Villager G (voice)
Atsuji (voice)
Bob Buchholz ...
Male Electro-Fisher A / Male Villager F (voice)
Kira Buckland ...
Sanakan (voice)
Fuku (voice)
Christine Marie Cabanos ...
Zuru (voice)
Douglas Cavum ...
Yaichi / Male Electro-Fisher E / Male Villager H (voice)
Shôta Chônan ...
Gen (voice)
Tadanori Date ...
Villager (voice)
Junya Enoki ...
Villager (voice)
Daigo Fujimaki ...
Villager (voice)
Akane Fujita ...
Villager (voice)


In the distant technological future, civilization has reached its ultimate Net-based form. An "infection" in the past caused the automated systems to spiral out of order, resulting in a multi-leveled city structure that replicates itself infinitely in all directions. Now humanity has lost access to the city's controls, and is hunted down and purged by the defense system known as the Safeguard. In a tiny corner of the city, a little enclave known as the Electro-Fishers is facing eventual extinction, trapped between the threat of the Safeguard and dwindling food supplies. A girl named Zuru goes on a journey to find food for her village, only to inadvertently cause doom when an observation tower senses her and summons a Safeguard pack to eliminate the threat. With her companions dead and all escape routes blocked, the only thing that can save her now is the sudden arrival of Kiri the Wanderer, on his quest for the Net Terminal Genes, the key to restoring order to the world.

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Tsutomu Nihei, the creator of Blame!, also created Knights of Sidonia. There is an Easter egg in season 2 episode 8 of Knights of Sidonia, wherein the main characters watch a parody of Blame!. See more »

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This is "Blame!" minus the "!"
25 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Oh boy. As a long-time fan of Nihei's manga, I have been dying to see the Netflix anime adaption. It is not a bad movie, but it might be disappointing for fans of the original work.

To start positively, the animation is great, the character and world designs are spot-on, and the action is awesome. This movie LOOKS the way it should, which is really its strongest point. Past that, though, it just doesn't capture the insanity of the manga, and resorts to endless clichés that are just unnecessary in a Blame! movie.

The opening sequence was great and immediately drew me in After that, we get to sit through an HOUR of exposition and walking. Literally, an hour. The manga would have maybe ten words in an entire chapter and still keep your attention, as it told its story through actions, events, and interactions rather than extended dialogue. This is honestly the biggest sin the movie committed, having its characters standing around telling each other stuff that should already be common sense to them.

I guess the pacing is its weakest point, because once the action kicks back in, its great, and the final fight is worth watching for. However, don't feel bad fast- forwarding through the tedious parts, because they really do go on forever about nothing. If they had broken up the conversations a bit more with some action or even a chance of scenery, it would have benefited greatly. Instead, it makes getting to the good parts a chore, which is a shame.

If you've never heard of Blame! you should enjoy this movie, but if you're a fan of the originals don't get too excited. This is an "accessible" version that removes all the mystery, intrigue, and viciousness of the manga and replaces it with classroom lecturing, locker-room shower talk, and clichés aplenty. The result is a pretty but watered-down version of one of my favorite stories, but the fact that it's Blame! is enough to keep it from being bad. The manga is honestly Nihei's best work to date and it deserves way more recognition, and hopefully an improved sequel.

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