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''Blame!'' is a 10-volume {{cyberpunk}} {{Seinen}} {{Manga}} and a short six episode Web-{{Anime}} series created by Creator/TsutomuNihei.

The story follows Killy, a silent loner possessing an incredibly powerful gun known as a "Graviton Beam Emitter", as he wanders an immeasurably vast [[CyberPunk technological world]] known as "The City". The City is inhabited by scattered human and transhuman tribes, as well as hostile cyborgs known as ''[[ArtificialHuman Silicon Creatures]]''.

Killy's primary goal is to recover the [[MacGuffin Net Terminal Genes]], an extremely rare genetic marker that allows humans to access the "''[[{{Cyberspace}} Netsphere]]''", and gain control of The City's network. Doing so would allow him to halt the unhindered, chaotic expansion of The City, as well as stop the murderous horde known as ''The Safeguard'' from destroying what remains of humanity... or more correctly all humans who lack Net Terminal Genes (which is essentially all humans).

This story has a short spin off manga of three chapters, featuring all the characters of ''Blame!'' in...[[HighSchoolAU high school?]] That's right ''Blame! Academy'' -- Adventure-student Killy in the Cyber school quest! Creator/TsutomuNihei is obviously even more insane than we gave him credit for.

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''Blame!'' 『ブラム!』 is a 10-volume {{cyberpunk}} {{Seinen}} {{Manga}} and a short six episode Web-{{Anime}} series created by Creator/TsutomuNihei.

The story follows Killy, a silent loner possessing an incredibly powerful gun known as a "Graviton [[WaveMotionGun Graviton Beam Emitter", Emitter]], as he wanders an immeasurably vast [[CyberPunk technological world]] known as "The City". The City is inhabited by scattered human and transhuman tribes, as well as hostile cyborgs known as ''[[ArtificialHuman [[ArtificialHuman Silicon Creatures]]''.

Creatures]].

Killy's primary goal is to recover the [[MacGuffin Net Terminal Genes]], an extremely rare genetic marker that allows humans to access the "''[[{{Cyberspace}} Netsphere]]''", [[{{Cyberspace}} Net Sphere]], and gain control of The City's network. Doing so would allow him to halt the unhindered, chaotic expansion of The City, as well as stop the murderous horde known as ''The Safeguard'' [[RobotWar The Safeguard]] from destroying what remains of humanity... or more correctly all humans who lack Net Terminal Genes (which is essentially all humans).

This story has a prequel, ''[=NOiSE=]'', and a followup anthology called ''Blame Academy! And So On'' containing two short spin off manga of three chapters, featuring all the characters of ''Blame!'' in...[[HighSchoolAU high school?]] That's right ''Blame! Academy'' -- Adventure-student Killy in the Cyber school quest! Creator/TsutomuNihei is obviously even more insane than we gave him credit for.
sequel chapters: ''Net Sphere Engineer'' and ''Blame!



!!''Blame!'' contains the following tropes:

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!!''Blame!'' contains provides examples of the following tropes:
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17th Jul '16 8:22:32 PM Nuke-Captain
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* NoBrows: most characters other than Killy and Cibo.
27th Jun '16 10:04:32 PM MechWarrior
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* AffectionateParody: ''Blame! Academy'' - A non-canon spin-off series by the same author, which involves putting his characters into stereotypical Japanese school-life comedy situations. The effect is very amusing given the [[{{Dystopia}} original]] [[WorldHalfEmpty series']] [[GreyAndGreyMorality tone]].

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* AffectionateParody: ''Blame! Academy'' - A non-canon spin-off series by the same author, which involves putting his characters into stereotypical Japanese school-life comedy situations. The effect is very amusing given the [[{{Dystopia}} original]] [[WorldHalfEmpty [[CrapsackWorld series']] [[GreyAndGreyMorality tone]].



* BadassNormal: Seu, so very much. In a world where baseline humans are armed with {{BFG}}s or hyper-sophisticated hacking equipment, and ''still'' die by the dozens, Seu stands alone, as an almost-baseline human who fights off dozens of cyborgs, including the genuinely BadAss [[DreadlockWarrior Ivy]] and [[DarkActionGirl Maeve]] while armed with nothing more than a perfectly normal {{BFS}}.

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* BadassNormal: Seu, so very much. In a world where baseline humans are armed with {{BFG}}s or hyper-sophisticated hacking equipment, and ''still'' die by the dozens, Seu stands alone, as an almost-baseline human who fights off dozens of cyborgs, including the genuinely BadAss {{Badass}} [[DreadlockWarrior Ivy]] and [[DarkActionGirl Maeve]] while armed with nothing more than a perfectly normal {{BFS}}.



* CrapsackWorld



* FantasticRacism: It's not obvious under all the fighting for survival, but when Killy kills a cyborg, who didn't hurt anybody even provided information(!) and wanted to be left alone, justifying it with only "he was silicon life" becomes obvious that he would murder them even on principle.

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* FantasticRacism: It's not obvious under all the fighting for survival, but when Killy kills a cyborg, cyborg who didn't hurt anybody who even provided information(!) and wanted to be left alone, justifying that he justifies it with only "he was silicon life" becomes obvious makes it clear that he would murder them even on principle.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: Since everyone is technically human they do what humans do best, fight so that their faction can prosper at the expense of others. Who do you side with? The freedom loving but [[AnarchyIsChaos utterly insane]] Silicon Life who want to maintain the chaotic decay of the City, and are willing to exterminate humans who have the net terminal gene to prevent the Authority from regaining control? The KnightTemplar Safeguard who will kill anyone to keep the City from decaying further than it already has, even though it is evidently [[HopelessWar hopeless]]? The inept bureaucrats of Authority who want to reverse the decay of the Megastructure and employ sometimes heroic, sometimes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo ruthless]] protagonist on a quest that has gone on for millenia without tangible results? Or the more human factions that struggle to get by in this crapsack dyson sphere?

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Since everyone is technically human they do what humans do best, fight so that their faction can prosper at the expense of others. Who do you side with? The freedom loving but [[AnarchyIsChaos utterly insane]] Silicon Life who want to maintain the chaotic decay of the City, and are willing to exterminate humans who have the net terminal gene to prevent the Authority from regaining control? The KnightTemplar Safeguard who will kill anyone to keep the City from decaying further than it already has, even though it is evidently [[HopelessWar hopeless]]? The inept bureaucrats of Authority who want to reverse the decay of the Megastructure and employ sometimes heroic, sometimes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo ruthless]] protagonist on a quest that has gone on for millenia millennia without tangible results? Or the more human factions that struggle to get by in this crapsack dyson Dyson sphere?



* GunsAkimbo: A Killy does this once, and [[spoiler:in addition to her GBE, Sana-Kan's battle form has a hand that fires darts which transform organic life into Exterminator units.]]

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* GunsAkimbo: A Killy does this once, and [[spoiler:in addition to her GBE, Sana-Kan's battle form has a hand that fires darts which transform organic life into Exterminator units.]]



* HealingFactor: Killy has the most resilient one. Various high level Safeguard and Silicons also have the ability to reform their bodies much more quickly, but no one sticks around like [[MadeOfDiamond Killy]] does.

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* HealingFactor: Killy has the most resilient one. Various high level Safeguard and Silicons also have the ability to reform their bodies much more quickly, but no one sticks around like [[MadeOfDiamond [[NighInvulnerability Killy]] does.



* IAmWho?: [[spoiler:Killy is related to the Safeguard. It is also theorized (and {{Lampshaded}} by the [[WordOfGod author]]) that he is also a kind of ''Internet Ghost'' that appears whenever humanity is in danger... And judging by the sequel, not only humanity. Everyone is [[TranshumanTreachery human]] in Blame! anyway.]]

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* IAmWho?: IAmWho: [[spoiler:Killy is related to the Safeguard. It is also theorized (and {{Lampshaded}} [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the [[WordOfGod author]]) that he is also a kind of ''Internet Ghost'' that appears whenever humanity is in danger... And judging by the sequel, not only humanity. Everyone is [[TranshumanTreachery human]] in Blame! anyway.]]



* TheJuggernaut: Killy, Sana-Kan. But especially [[MadeOfDiamond Killy]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In chapter 4, Killy finds a factory were baby cyborgs are born. After eating all their food the nursebot becomes angry with him. His response? Blow things up. In the next chapter he taunts a pair of Silicon Creatures about killing their kids. Keep in mind that the Silicon Creatures as a whole are on a campaign to wipe out all of humanity, except for the one who is apparently nothing more than a dedicated amateur [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior astromoner]]. Killy shoots him just to be safe.

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* TheJuggernaut: Killy, Sana-Kan. But especially [[MadeOfDiamond [[NighInvulnerability Killy]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In chapter 4, Killy finds a factory were baby cyborgs are born. After eating all their food the nursebot becomes angry with him. His response? Blow things up. In the next chapter he taunts a pair of Silicon Creatures about killing their kids. Keep in mind that the Silicon Creatures as a whole are on a campaign to wipe out all of humanity, except for the one who is apparently nothing more than a dedicated amateur [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior astromoner]].astronomer]]. Killy shoots him just to be safe.



* MegaCorp: Toha Heavy Industries. A subversion, as despite being a monolithic and once mighty organisation, they lack any real power outside of their jurisdiction.

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* MegaCorp: Toha Heavy Industries. A subversion, as despite being a monolithic and once mighty organisation, organization, they lack any real power outside of their jurisdiction.



* [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]]: Cibo fills this role at times, if only to give the story a semblance of coherency. This is justified though as she was a scientist, and so most of the time she is trying to sort things out.

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* [[MrExposition Ms Ms. Exposition]]: Cibo fills this role at times, if only to give the story a semblance of coherency. This is justified though as she was a scientist, and so most of the time she is trying to sort things out.



* PowerGivesYouWings: Slight subversion. Most wings seen in ''Blame!'' are black, but they do coincide with the character having a notable upgrade. Considering that most power upgrades coincide with being able to change your body shape, it's fairly reasonable that you would want to have wings in a superstructure with huge chaisms of hundreds (or thousands) of kilometers.

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* PowerGivesYouWings: Slight subversion. Most wings seen in ''Blame!'' are black, but they do coincide with the character having a notable upgrade. Considering that most power upgrades coincide with being able to change your body shape, it's fairly reasonable that you would want to have wings in a superstructure with huge chaisms chasms of hundreds (or thousands) of kilometers.



* {{Transhuman}}: In It's entirety, we do not see a single purely biological human. Everyone is heavily modified, be they cyborgs, human-descended androids, or gene-modded superhumans. The closest to "pure" human we get is Seu, and he's an eight-foot giant with enough enhancements to fight in hand-to-hand combat with advanced Silicon Life warriors, who has been reconstructed and had his personality restored from backup countless times. Most "normal" humans were exterminated by either the Silicon Creatures or the Safeguard, given the events of ''[=NOiSE=]'', ''Blame!'''s prequel.

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* {{Transhuman}}: In It's it's entirety, we do not see a single purely biological human. Everyone is heavily modified, be they cyborgs, human-descended androids, or gene-modded superhumans. The closest to "pure" human we get is Seu, and he's an eight-foot giant with enough enhancements to fight in hand-to-hand combat with advanced Silicon Life warriors, who has been reconstructed and had his personality restored from backup countless times. Most "normal" humans were exterminated by either the Silicon Creatures or the Safeguard, given the events of ''[=NOiSE=]'', ''Blame!'''s prequel.



* WorldHalfEmpty
5th May '16 10:01:54 AM MegaMarioMan
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* GiantMook: Some giant Safeguard units and Silicon Life, proving that size [[LevelFiveOnix doesn't matter when you have a GBE.]]

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* GiantMook: Some giant Safeguard units and Silicon Life, proving that size [[LevelFiveOnix [[FakeUltimateMook doesn't matter when you have a GBE.]]
23rd Apr '16 7:30:17 PM Nuke-Captain
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** GEB's have a range mesured in dozens of Kilometers, no mater what is in their way. Killy's GBE is stated to have a range of 70 kilometers.

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** GEB's [=GBE=]s have a range mesured measured in dozens of Kilometers, no mater matter what is in their way. Killy's GBE is stated to have a range of 70 kilometers.kilometers.
* {{BFS}}: Ivy's weapon is this even without the additional sections concealed inside that can fold out like a switchblade to make it longer.



* FantasticRacism: It's not obvious under all the fighting for survival, but when Killy kills a cyborg, who didn't hurt anybody even provided information(!) and wanted to be left alone, justifying it with only "he was silicon life" becomes obvious that he would murder them even on principle.



* FantasticRacism: It's not obvious under all the fighting for survival, but when Killy kills a cyborg, who didn't hurt anybody even provided information(!) and wanted to be left alone, justifying it with only "he was silicon life" becomes obvious that he would murder them even on principle.

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* FantasticRacism: It's not obvious under all the fighting for survival, but when Killy kills a cyborg, who didn't hurt anybody even provided information(!) and wanted to be left alone, justifying it with only "he was silicon life" becomes obvious that he would murder them even on principle.FishEyes: Maeve has these.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: In chapter 4, Killy finds a factory were baby cyborgs are born. After eating all their food the nursebot becomes angry with him. His response? Blow things up. In the next chapter he taunts a pair of Silicon Life about killing their kids. Keep in mind that the Silicon Creatures as a whole are on a campaign to wipe out all of humanity, except for the one Silicon Life member who is apparently nothing more than a dedicated amateur [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior astromoner]]. Killy shoots him just to be safe.
** [[spoiler: He appears to have mellowed out somewhat in Blame! 2 - he is now shown to protect Silicon Life from the Safeguard, presumably because they are no longer the destabilising threat they used to be.]]

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: In chapter 4, Killy finds a factory were baby cyborgs are born. After eating all their food the nursebot becomes angry with him. His response? Blow things up. In the next chapter he taunts a pair of Silicon Life Creatures about killing their kids. Keep in mind that the Silicon Creatures as a whole are on a campaign to wipe out all of humanity, except for the one Silicon Life member who is apparently nothing more than a dedicated amateur [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior astromoner]]. Killy shoots him just to be safe.
** [[spoiler: He appears to have mellowed out somewhat in Blame! 2 - he is now shown to protect Silicon Life from the Safeguard, presumably because they are no longer the destabilising destabilizing threat they used to be.]]



* LayeredMetropolis: In the form of a DysonSphere.



* UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot

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* UnnecessarilyCreepyRobotUnnecessarilyCreepyRobot: ''Every'' robot and Silicon Creature.
28th Feb '16 2:13:50 PM nombretomado
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* LargeAndInCharge: In the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} grim darkness of the far future]] every president of every remaining corporation is literally [[ThirdRockFromTheSun The Big Giant Head]]. [[BoomHeadshot Many headshots ensue.]]

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* LargeAndInCharge: In the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} grim darkness of the far future]] every president of every remaining corporation is literally [[ThirdRockFromTheSun [[Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun The Big Giant Head]]. [[BoomHeadshot Many headshots ensue.]]
27th Feb '16 8:31:51 PM ForminaSage
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* CameBackWrong: Seu is repeatedly healed by a MattorReplicator, but each time his mind degrades more and more.

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* CameBackWrong: Seu is repeatedly healed by a MattorReplicator, MatterReplicator, but each time his mind degrades more and more.



* GoodScarsEvilScars: Averted. Killy could easily pass as a bad guy in any other series, if one were to judge on looks alone.
** Actually the character design tends to purposely lean towards pale, sickly and generally depressing.

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Averted. Killy could easily pass as a bad guy in any other series, if one were to judge on looks alone.
** Actually the
alone. The character design as a whole tends to purposely lean towards pale, sickly and generally depressing.



* OrderVersusChaos: In Noise, the main character is a cop investigating a cult who worship the power of chaos who are kidnapping children to use for human sacrifices in their bizarre MagiTek rituals. When they kill her, she is resurrected by the Safeguard, protectors of order, but they turn out to be a pack of fascists who plan on disenfranchising or killing everybody who can't afford network implants and brainwashing the ones who do. Then in Blame!, we see the aftermath of this; the cult succeeded in throwing the world into chaos, but since they're so poorly organized their descendants, the Silicon Creatures, don't amount to much more than a bunch of roving cyber-barbarians. The Safeguard doesn't fare much better, as their directives become so corrupted that they essentially believe that everything that's not them must be exterminated with[[AbusivePrecursors extreme prejudice]].

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* OrderVersusChaos: In Noise, the main character is a cop investigating a cult who worship the power of chaos who are kidnapping children to use for human sacrifices in their bizarre MagiTek rituals. When they kill her, she is resurrected by the Safeguard, protectors of order, but they turn out to be a pack of fascists who plan on disenfranchising or killing everybody who can't afford network implants and brainwashing the ones who do. Then in Blame!, we see the aftermath of this; the cult succeeded in throwing the world into chaos, but since they're so poorly organized their descendants, the Silicon Creatures, don't amount to much more than a bunch of roving cyber-barbarians. The Safeguard doesn't fare much better, as their directives become so corrupted that they essentially believe that everything that's not them must be exterminated with[[AbusivePrecursors with [[AbusivePrecursors extreme prejudice]].
19th Jan '16 10:48:01 PM aye_amber
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* WorldOfChaos: some of the architecture is just bizzare or large; some of it clearly has more going on. Toha Heavy Industries also has one of these ''inside'' it.

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* WorldOfChaos: some Some of the architecture is just bizzare or large; some of it clearly has more going on. Toha Heavy Industries also has one of these ''inside'' it.
5th Jan '16 2:09:36 PM Willbyr
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* NotQuiteDead: Happens quite often. It is [[MindScrew arguable]] that no one really dies in the world of ''{{Blame}}!'', thanks to the [[spoiler:{{Cyberspace}} backups]].

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* NotQuiteDead: Happens quite often. It is [[MindScrew arguable]] that no one really dies in the world of ''{{Blame}}!'', ''Blame!'', thanks to the [[spoiler:{{Cyberspace}} backups]].



* {{Transhuman}}: In It's entirety, we do not see a single purely biological human. Everyone is heavily modified, be they cyborgs, human-descended androids, or gene-modded superhumans. The closest to "pure" human we get is Seu, and he's an eight-foot giant with enough enhancements to fight in hand-to-hand combat with advanced Silicon Life warriors, who has been reconstructed and had his personality restored from backup countless times. Most "normal" humans were exterminated by either the Silicon Creatures or the Safeguard, given the events of ''[=NOiSE=]'','' {{Blame}}!'s'' prequel.

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* {{Transhuman}}: In It's entirety, we do not see a single purely biological human. Everyone is heavily modified, be they cyborgs, human-descended androids, or gene-modded superhumans. The closest to "pure" human we get is Seu, and he's an eight-foot giant with enough enhancements to fight in hand-to-hand combat with advanced Silicon Life warriors, who has been reconstructed and had his personality restored from backup countless times. Most "normal" humans were exterminated by either the Silicon Creatures or the Safeguard, given the events of ''[=NOiSE=]'','' {{Blame}}!'s'' ''[=NOiSE=]'', ''Blame!'''s prequel.
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* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: This may be Cibo's motivation when she double registers using Seu's Net-Terminal Genes, and Sana-kan's motivation for advising Cibo against trusting the [[TheGovernment The Authority]] after Cibo fuses with the Level 9 and transcribes the Genes into herself, and then going on to be her bodyguard. This makes sense once you realize that, in the prequel (NOiSE), The Authority and the Safeguard were planning to disefranchise all humans without Net-Terminal Genes and install a fascist government of some sort. This would also explain The Authority's "new plan" that involved a 1st Level Exterminator trying to eat the Sphere.]]

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* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: This may be Cibo's motivation when she double registers using Seu's Net-Terminal Genes, and Sana-kan's motivation for advising Cibo against trusting the [[TheGovernment The Authority]] after Cibo fuses with the Level 9 and transcribes the Genes into herself, and then going on to be her bodyguard. This makes sense once you realize that, in the prequel (NOiSE), ([=NOiSE=]), The Authority and the Safeguard were planning to disefranchise all humans without Net-Terminal Genes and install a fascist government of some sort. This would also explain The Authority's "new plan" that involved a 1st Level Exterminator trying to eat the Sphere.]]
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