Netflix has added the anime feature film “Blame!” as an original title that will premiere in 2017, Anime News Network reported. The film is an adaptation of Japanese magna artist Tsutomu Nihei’s 10-volume 1998 cyberpunk story for Kodansha Comics.
“Blame!” is set in a distant dystopian future where a loner named Killy is on a quest to save civilization with the help an incredibly powerful weapon called the Gravitational Beam Emitter. Tokyo Pop describes the story this way:
Killy is a man of few words. He wanders, seemingly endlessly, through a lonely, gargantuan labyrinth of concrete and steel, fighting off cyborgs and other futuristic nightmares, searching only for something called Net Terminal Genes. And he has a very powerful gun, which he uses without hesitation whenever anything resembling danger rears its ugly head. Who is this quiet, violent, determined man and what are these Genes he seeks? The small communities he finds tucked into the crevices of this towering, dystopic ruin hardly give him leads on his treasure, driving him to find larger enclaves of civilization where people can reveal more about the world he lives in and the quarry he seeks. If Killy is going to find the treasure he seeks, he will need more help and information than the inhabitants of these beleaguered outposts can offer. He needs to find a larger cluster of civilization, but he’ll have to survive the trip to get there, first…
Nihei and the director of “Blame!” Hiroyuki Seshita participated in the “Spotlight on Tsutomu Nihei” panel at Comic Con in San Diego over the weekend. Nihei also received Comic-Con International’s Inkpot award, given to “individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services.”
Check out the trailer for the film below.