Summary

Cibo has uploaded herself into Sanakan’s body, and she struggles to suppress Sanakan’s consciousness and the Safeguard commands. Cibo and Kyrii continue their hunt for the Net Terminal Gene inside of Toha Heavy Industries, which appears to be a safe space where neither the Administration nor the Safeguards can interfere. Mensab is one of the few AIs who succeeded in protecting her human charges from the deadly attacks of the Silicon Life. Mensab attempts a forwarding that shunts Kyrii into an unstable space within Toha, where time and space warp at random, and he encounters a familiar face…

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Seinen

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Kodansha

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V1 BLAME!

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Tsutomu Nihei's (Knights of Sidonia) breakthrough science-fiction masterpiece is now finally back in print. 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. Along the way, he encounters a highly- skilled scientist whose body has deteriorated from a lengthy imprisonment who promises to help Kyrii find the Net Terminal Gene, once she settles a score for herself … “The amazing thing about BLAME! is that it’s such a good read even though it has almost no story or characters. It’s all about the art and the experience of being there, of not knowing what will happen next, of the contrast between landscapes of endless sameness and bloody eruptions of chaos and gore.” —Jason Thompson, Manga Encyclopedia

V2 BLAME!

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The Administration contacts Kyrii and Cibo, encouraging them to keep searching for the Net Terminal Gene which will stop the City from its intractable, chaotic growth. The Admin also warns them of the autonomous Safeguards, vicious entities that attempt to kill off any humans who access the Netsphere without the required Net Terminal Gene. Kyrii is attacked, and a group of humans who have settled on the outskirts of Toha Heavy Industries comes to his aid. Kyrii awakens with a newfound ability to read his surroundings, which allows him mere seconds to fend off an attacker lurking among the humans settlement. In the ensuing battle, Cibo makes a heavy sacrifice, but not before learning a startling truth about her traveling companion…

V3 BLAME!

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Cibo has uploaded herself into Sanakan’s body, and she struggles to suppress Sanakan’s consciousness and the Safeguard commands. Cibo and Kyrii continue their hunt for the Net Terminal Gene inside of Toha Heavy Industries, which appears to be a safe space where neither the Administration nor the Safeguards can interfere. Mensab is one of the few AIs who succeeded in protecting her human charges from the deadly attacks of the Silicon Life. Mensab attempts a forwarding that shunts Kyrii into an unstable space within Toha, where time and space warp at random, and he encounters a familiar face…

V4 BLAME!

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Sanakan attempts to destroy the Central A.I., as Mensab and her guardian knight, Seu, fight for the lives of the human residents they promised to protect. After the Central A.I. recklessly attempts to forward the whole of TOHA Heavy Industries, Kyrii and Cibo are left with a precious genetic sample from a very old human being. Wanting to test the genetic sample for signs of the Net Terminal Gene, Kyrii and Cibo make their way through an unofficial megastructure…

V5 BLAME!

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Davine Lu is attempting to access the Netsphere within an unofficial stratum of the megastructure, where temporary access can be granted even without a Net Terminal Gene. After a fierce battle, Pcell steals Cibo’s precious capsule of human genetic information and forwards it to Davine Lu. After reuniting with Kyrii, Cibo and the provisional Safeguards try to retrieve the capsule before it’s too late. As Davine Lu attempts to connect to the Netsphere, the Administration slows down his connection speed to allow Cibo to give virtual chase and for Dhomochevsky to battle the Silicon Life in base reality. As a final act, Davine Lu steals high-level data and uses Cibo’s body to create an unstoppable Level 9 Safeguard…

V6 BLAME!

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In this final installment, Kyrii, still searching for the Net Terminal Gene, traces the steps of Cibo, reincarnated as a Level 9 Safeguard, and Sanakan, now a representative of the Administration. As Sanakan guides Cibo to a safe place where her sphere can develop in peace, Cibo is captured by the Silicon Life. Sanakan contacts Kyrii requesting his help in rescuing Cibo, because in her current form she may hold the key to saving the city. Sanakan risks everything in the battle against the Silicon Life. Kyrii arrives at a critical moment, and continues his endless journey while carrying the embodiment of hope for a different future beyond the outer limits of the city…

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