The 2017 anime film adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s sci-fi action manga BLAME! will be a Netflix Original film. Announced by Kodansha Comics, a trailer for the film has also been streamed (see below).
Nihei discussed the film over the weekend’s Comic Con International in San Diego where he was presented with the Comic-Con International Inkpot award. He stated that he drew several new sketches for the film’s development and added that there will be changes from the manga which will be noticed by those who have read it; largely due to the fact that he didn’t have the skill to draw characters like this when the manga ran (1997-2003).
Produced by Polygon Pictures, the film will be directed by Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin director, Knights of Sidonia co-director)
The film is described as follows:
“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.”