ARC of Blame! Volume 1 (Blame! Master’s Edition # 1) by Tsutomu Nihei

I was provided a free copy of this novel from for a honest review.

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I am flummoxed. I very much wanted to like this book. I feel like it would increase my “cool” factor exponentially if I did, but alas I was confused and slightly perturbed.  As a reader I don’t have a whole lot of experience with Manga as a genre. I have dabbled in it, but never went swimming. That being said, I have quite a bit of experience in reading the cyber punk genre which is one of my favorites. Manga absolutely excels in it. “Ghost in the Shell,” and “Akira” are bonafide classics and rightly so.  But “Blame!” just didn’t do it for me. I can appreciate the quality of the artwork and the simplicity of the dialog: the dialog is minimalistic and it relies on the stark visuals to convey meaning and tone. But, I think it reached to far into starkness and loses any sort of context for the story. I got lost repeatedly and the characters ended up meaning nothing to me. Any die hard manga fan should check out this novel but the average reader trying to branch out would be well served to check out “Akira” or “Ghost in the shell”.

Eh maybe I am just not cool enough.



    1. Beth Tabler

      Thanks! More to come. I’m reading one of my favorite authors right now, which is pretty exciting for me. It is an honor to get the opportunity to read stuff early.

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