The film is an adaptation of mangaka Tsutomu Nihei’s 10-volume 1998 cyberpunk story for Kodansha Comics. The stage is set for “Blame!”; a distant dystopian future where a loner named Killy, with the help an incredible weapon known as the Gravitational Beam Emitter, is on a quest to save civilization from extinction. This ronin-esque warrior wanders an endless labyrinth in search of other enclaves of human civilization as well as a way to rescue humanity.
The film’s official site describes the all-new story:
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 control, 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 being 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.
Film director Hiroyuki Seshita, also known for the series Ajin and co-director on Knights of Sidonia, will be directing the film at Polygon Pictures and continuing their partnership for another incredible. With such an explosive duo as Seshita and Nihei, as well as some changes from the manga lurking in the adaptation, I’m eager to see this film being released this year.