Manga: Knights Of Sidonia
That white is gonna stain.
The latest, ongoing manga by Tsutomu Nihei
, creator of Blame!
. Set on the gigantic Generation Ship
Sidonia, the last remnants of humanity are engaged in a seemingly Hopeless War
against the monstrous Gauna.
An anime adaptation
has been announced and is set to premiere at an unspecified date. It is being produced by Polygon Pictures, the 3DCG studio behind Transformers Prime
and Star Wars: The Clone Wars
, as its 30th anniversary work. Watch the first trailer here
. And here
is the first PV
Not to be confused with Knights of Cydonia
This Manga contains the following tropes:
- The Ace: Tanikaze is the Sidonia's first ace in living memory, the only one who has survived long enough to get that title. As was his "grandfather"
- Alas, Poor Villain: Kunato really didn't deserve getting bodyjacked by Ochiai
- The Guana Humanoid placenta. It's outright stated that it remembers the human it is based on, including it's attraction to Tanikaze
- All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Shiranui has them.
- Apocalypse How: The Earth was cut in half, and humanity's desperate flight to the stars is almost Class 3. Sidonia may be the last refuge of Humanity, because contact with the other ships has been gone for almost 800 years.
- Sidonia itself lost more than 90% of it's population in the relatively recent past. The vast majority of the ship's current population are descended from artificial genetic templates or are clones of the survivors. Including the protagonist
- A God Am I: Professor Ochiai.
- BFG: The magnetic linear accelerator rifles that fire the Gauna-piercing bullets.
- Big Eater: Tanikaze, on account of being unable to photosynthesize like most of the "humans" on Sidonia.
- Slightly subverted. He doesn't really eat any more than we do. At one point, he turns down a truly massive fish because "I don't eat that much." It's just the genetically engineered humans who make up the rest of the crew who eat very little.
- Black Box: The Kabizashi blades are the only thing that can kill the Gauna, but no one knows how they work or how to make new ones. At first.
- Body Horror: The fate of those who are captured by the Guana. Hoshijiro finds this out first hand, and the Guana use a corrupted parody of her form as a placenta for a Guardian Shaped Guana
- Char Clone: The Red Sphingidae.
- Clones Are People Too: The Honoka sisters. Each of them has their own name (Honoka En, Honoka Hou, etc), and seem to be treated as individuals.
- This is also an important part of Tanikaze's backstory. He was originally grown in a vat as a replacement body for the aging war hero Hiroki Saito, but Saito wanted to die a natural death and believed that his clone should be allowed to live his own life and so he absconded with the baby clone and raised him in seclusion as his own.
- Creator Provincialism: Many countries built their own ships but the Japanese ship, Sidonia, is the only one we see as the rest have either been eaten by Gaunas or gone off in different directions and are too far to communicate with.
- Earth That Was: The earth was lost to the Gauna a long time ago.
- In what may or may not have been the events of Nihei's earlier manga Abara.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Guana are massive, fetus like creatures with the ability to assimilate humans and technology with their Combat Tentacles. Some Guana creations resemble things that are assimilated, including a Guardian And it's pilot.
- Endangered Species: the Sidonia's inhabitants are probably the last humans.
- Everything's Worse with Bears: Lala, a human in the body of a bear, is Tanikaze's dorm mother for quite a while.
- Played for Laughs: She's actually very caring towards Tanikaze except when she's in a bad mood.
- For Massive Damage: The only weak point on the Guana is their core, or "True Body", which when sufficiently damaged cause them to explode. Most engagements boil down to the Guardians desperately trying to chip through the Guana's nigh invulnerable regenerating armor to reach the weakpoint.
- Generation Ship: The eponymous ship. There were others, but contact with them has been lost.
- Grand Theft Me: Professor Ochiai to Kunato.
- Healing Factor: Tanikaze has one as a result of being an immortal enhanced clone.
- The Guana have a rather ridiculous one, making fights with them a race against the clock to get to the weakpoint before they regenerate.
- Hermaphrodite: Shinatose Izana. Unlike Real Life intersexed humans, s/he can have children with a man or woman thanks to being genetically engineered.
- Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite: Heartbreakingly averted. Izana loves Tanikaze deeply but he only likes women.
- Which leads to Izana eventually transforming into a female.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Guana, at first
- Humongous Mecha: The Guardians are Sidonia's first line of defense against the Gauna.
- Immortality: The captain and other members of the crew deemed essential to Sidonia's mission are kept alive indefinitely with biotechnology but because of limited resources the rest of the population is allowed to age and die at a normal rate. The truth about the Immortal Ship Committee is kept from them to keep them from getting jealous.
- Inertial Dampening: The Sidonia doesn't appear to have it. When they have to make sudden evasive maneuvers, massive internal damage results and people die, even though they used an Emergency Broadcast to warn people.
- Jerk Ass: Kunato. And just when he seems to be getting better his body gets hijacked by Professor Ochiai, who is not only more arrogant by at least a factor of ten, but a maniac with a god-complex.
- Man in White: Most of the Guardian pilots have white flight suits. Considering their survival rate...
- Mask Power: The captain wears a mask to prevent people from noticing that she doesn't age.
- Mirror Match: The Guardians versus Benisuzume A replica of a Guardian eaten by the Guana
- Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: A solid 4, at least for the humans.
- Organic Technology: The Chimerae, biomechs grown from Gauna and human cells by Ochiai as a replacement for the Guardians.
- Phlebotinum du Jour: The Guardians are powered by Higgs Bosons.
- Real Robot: The Guardians count as this. Their spindly frames can't even stand up in gravity (with the exception of the Type 19).
- Rocket Punch: The Guardians can launch their hands off on a towline and grapple onto things with them. Tanikaze manages to weaponize this to defeat the Red Sphingida after it destroys his gun by taking a Gauna-piercing bullet between his fingers and launching it through her body at point blank range.
- Scenery Porn: It's a Tsutomu Nihei manga. It's his trademark. In fact, chapters often start with travel-guide style images titled "Sidonia's 100 Sights" that show off the scenery.
- Spiritual Successor: The series had an early prototype in the form of an obscure one-shot manga called Winged Armor Suzumega, or The Armored Insects Sphingidae.
- Starfish Alien: The Gauna are a weird sort of fetus-like creature with a central "main body".
- Stealth Sequel: To Abara, possibly.
- Super Prototype: Due to being The Ace, Tanikaze gets first run of the Type 18 and (eventually) Type 19 Guardians.
- Transhuman Treachery: The monstrous-looking, heavily modified cyborg Professor Ochiai nearly destroyed Sidonia due to his attempts to create a Gauna/human hybrid. On the other hand, this being a Tsutomu Nihei manga, almost every member of the cast are genetically and/or cybernetically modified in some way themselves.
- The Uriah Gambit: The captain wants Tanikaze dead for reasons not immediately explained and to this end orders him to fly in every single mission against the Gaunas in the hope that they'll eventually kill him. This backfires as not only Nagate always survives but he eventually becomes Sidonia's greatest hero.
- Used Future: The residential area of Sidonia is filled with dilapidated buildings and massive amounts of old piping. Much of the clothing the characters wear is patched up.
- White Shirt of Death: The pilot uniforms are all white, as are the Guardians themselves. Considering the attrition rate versus the Guana...
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Hiroki Saito was offered a chance at immortality but didn't take it too well.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Yuhata has green hair and Honoka sisters have pink.