The official website of the anime film adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s Blame! manga has announced that the upcoming movie will be launching worldwide on Netflix on May 20th. In addition, a brand new visual and trailer was also revealed.
The movie will be released in theatres across Japan on Saturday, May 20th. Blame! will also be available to stream on Netflix worldwide on the same day.
The first official trailer for the movie was released, which previews scenes and introduces the premise and characters:
Here is the first teaser video of the anime:
The main cast of the anime was also revealed and includes:
- Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku Kururugi from Code Geass) will voice Killy
- Kana Hanazawa (Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats!) as Cibo
- Sora Amamiya (Miia from Monster Musume) voicing as Zuru
- Kazuhiro Yamaji (Jouji Saiga from Psycho-Pass) is going to voice Pop
- Mamoru Miyano (Rintarou Okabe from Steins;Gate) as Sutezou
- Aya Suzaki (Tamako Kitashirakawa from Tamako Market) will be voicing as Tae
- Nobunaga Shimazaki (Haruka Nanase from Free!) will voice Fusata
- Yuki Kaji (Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan) as Atsuji
The production staff from Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) anime will produce the anime film:
- Director: Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin, Knights of Sidonia Co-Director)
- Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai (Knights of Sidonia, Mushishi Live Action)
- Original Script and Original Character Designer: Tsutomu Nihei
- Anime Character Designer: Yuki Moriyama (Knights of Sidonia, Aijn)
- Animation Studio: Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia, Aijn)
The main theme song of the movie will be the song Calling you performed by angela.
The film will feature a brand new story penned by Nihei. Here is the film’s synopsis:
In the distant technological future, civilization has reached its ultimate Net-based form. An “infection” in the past caused the automated systems to spiral out of order, resulting in a multi-leveled city structure that replicates itself infinitely in all directions. Now humanity has lost access to the city’s controls, and is hunted down and purged by the defense system known as the Safeguard.
In a tiny corner of the city, a little enclave known as the Electro-Fishers is facing eventual extinction, trapped between the threat of the Safeguard and dwindling food supplies. A girl named Zuru goes on a journey to find food for her village, only to inadvertently cause doom when an observation tower senses her and summons a Safeguard pack to eliminate the threat.
With her companions dead and all escape routes blocked, the only thing that can save her now is the sudden arrival of Killy the Wanderer, on his quest for the Net Terminal Genes, the key to restoring order to the world.
The series’ most recent anime adaptation was broadcasted in Spring 2015, Blame! Tanmatsu Ikou Toshi (Blame! The Ancient Terminal City), which ran during an episode of the second season of the Knights of Sidonia anime.
Blame! is a Sci-Fi action manga written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei, his first manga before his hit series Knights of Sidonia. Blame! ran from 1997 till 2003 in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine for a total of 10 volumes. The series received an anime adaptation in the form of 6 web specials in 2003 from Group TAC (Igano Kabamaru, Tantei Gakuen Q).
Here us the series synopsis from MAL:
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.
The upcoming Blame! anime film will be out in theatres across Japan theatres and worldwide on Netflix on May 20th. Further information will be revealed at a later date.
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