BLAME! The Movie [Anime Review]
Give credit to credit is due. Whoever in Netflix is doing their programming, they have some balls as I didn’t realize BLAME! was getting an anime. At the moment I was checking out Netflix, they have a good list of anime to watch there and their Castlevania adaptation was pretty wicked.
BLAME! is a 2017 anime sci-fi film directed by Hiroyuki Seshita and produced by Polygon Pictures. The manga was written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei and the anime is based on the first arc. BLAME! and Tsutomu Nihei has a cult following in Japan as his works are very distinct and take its’ influences from hard sci-fi.
The Man With No Name
In the distant future, an “infection” in the past caused the automated systems to spiral out of control, resulting in a multi-leveled city structure that replicates itself infinitely in all directions. Humanity lost access to the city’s controls and is hunted down to be purged by the defense system known as the Safeguard.
In a tiny corner of the city, a group known as the Electro-Fishers is facing eventual extinction. A girl named Zuru goes on a journey to find food only to inadvertently cause doom when an observation tower senses her and summons the Safeguard to eliminate them. Killy wanders in and saves them while on his quest to find a human who possesses the Net Terminal Gene, the only thing that can reverse the infection.
Do You Dream?
Nihei has a very distinct art style. Very heavy and very detailed with monstrous architecture, more like an architecture gothic painting. The story is simplistic and was animated in detail. The animation, special effects, and cinematography are where this anime really shines.
They did a good job translating the manga heaviness and griminess into the screen. I’m biased against 3D anime and didn’t think this would translate but after watching it, I was pleased it wasn’t ruined. The action is top notch. Every time the Safeguard came to attack or when Killy uses his BFG, I feel the hastiness to survive. As if this might be the last time they walk the face of the Earth.
I still prefer the manga but the anime does this justice.
This Is For!
They completely captured the feel of the manga and translated it well into the anime. They chose right in adapting BLAME! as a feature film as I don’t think this will work as a series.
Overall, BLAME! is a great adaptation of the manga. I give this anime 4/5 stars, thanks for reading my review.
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