Blame! Ver.0.11: Salvaged disc by Cibo. This 6 part short series is based on the Blame! manga by Tsutomu Nihei. It’s a very strange way of introducing the series, showing sometimes slightly distorted, other times almost damaged data visuals, acting like the footage is from a recovered disc in the series. The DVD menu lends itself to this, with parts of the menu going to “damaged data”.
The series takes place over 3000 years since the history of humanity has been lost. Earth, the Moon, and probably even Jupiter has been swallowed up in a massive city called the Megastructure. This city is connected via The Netsphere. Inside the city exists several different evolutions of humanity, as well as deadly cyborgs called Silicon Creatures, and the dangerous Safeguard. The city is always expanding, out of control. In this ONA, an engineer named Cibo helps out a human named Killy to find people with Net Terminal Genes, an artificial genetic marker bred into some humans that allow access to the Netsphere, in hopes to halt the expansion of the Megacity and put an end to the attacks by the Safeguard. This ONA doesn’t resolve anything, but gives a taste of what to expect from the manga.
The animation is hit and miss. Being an early 2000’s net aniamtion, the video quality and resolution is father low. Some scenes and environments do look rather nice. The music is quite good. The voice acting is only in Japanese, and everyone who speaks is a cyborg or Silicon Creature, with cool distorted voices. The ‘story” is a bit hard to follow.
I can’t give this a score, since it’s not an actual series, and mainly just a promo peice. If you do see this somewhere for the cheap, give it a try. If you’re a fan of any of Nihei’s manga, this is a must-have.
The DVD I bought also came with a sheet with terms and character information, and a Silicon t-shirt. Sadly, the shirt didn’t survive one wash in the machine, and fell apart. If you get the shirt bundle, don’t wash the shirt in a machine. or don’t wear it at all. Ironically, the shirt bundle is half the price of the DVD by itself.