By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Advance tickets went on sale Saturday Japan time for the computer graphics animated film Blame! (pronounced Blam!). Based on the short story by Tsutomu Nihei (and later serialized from 1997 to 2003), this film has been animated by Polygon Pictures whose work has been seen in the television series Knights of Sidonia (シドニアの騎士), Transformers Prime, Tron: Uprising, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Yuki Moriyama from the supernatural horror anime series, Aijn (亜人), is the character designer. Cast members are Takahiro Sakurai as Killy and Aya Suzaki as Cibo. Director is Hiroyuki Seshita.
Tickets are retailing at 1500 yen (tax included). It appears you not only get a cool ticket in return but you also get a mini poster and original large format sticker (quantities are limited for both items).
The movie premieres May 20, 2017 as a Netflix original and will be in the theaters for approximately 2 weeks. You can view a list of the theaters in Japan that will be screening Blame! at http://blame.jp/theater/
Killy is a man of few words. As he journeys through a huge future dystopian maze, he uses his powerful weapon to dispatch cyborgs and other threats. He seeks the Net Terminal Genes, a genetic marker believed to be extinct that gives humans access to the Netsphere, a computerized control center for The City. Killy wants to use Netsphere to stop the destruction of the last pockets of humanity. But the murderous horde known as Safeguard is out to find him and to stay alive Killy makes alliances where he can among the leftover human tribes of The City. One of those alliances is Cibo, the head scientist of the Bio-Electric Corporation, who agrees to help Killy find the genes. One of those alliances is Cibo, the head scientist at Bio-Electric Corporation who joins Killy in his search for the genes.
In 1995 Nihei’s original short story of Blame (without the exclamation mark) won the ‘Special Jury Award’ in the Four Seasons Award manga contest held by Kodansha’s Monthly Evening. Blame! would be printed in North America by Tokyopop from 2005 to 2007. The Tokyopop distribution was nominated for a Harvey Award in 2006 for ‘Best American Edition of Foreign Material’. The manga is currently licensed under Vertical.
Below is a discussion of the film with voice actors Takahiro Sakurai, Aya Suzaki, and director Hiroyuki Seshita.
Source(s): Tsutomu Nihei’s Twitter.