The official website for the BLAME! anime film, based on the manga by Knights of Sidonia author Tsutomu Nihei, has released its first teaser trailer with English subtitles, and an announcement of the movie’s 2017 premiere. Hiroyuki Seshita, co-director of the Knights of Sidonia anime, is at the helm of the production featuring animation by POLYGON PICTURES.
Nihei himself is penning the script and handling character design, while also serving as “creative consultant” for the film, and appeared alongside Seshita at San Diego Comic-Con on his ‘Spotlight on Tsutomu Nihei’ panel over the weekend. There, on July 23rd, the above teaser was given its world premiere screening, and it was announced that the film will be a Netflix original. Netflix bounced off the announcement and revealed their own trailer for the cyber-horror yesterday (July 25th).
At Comic-Con, Nihei also showed fans comparison sketches of a key character who has undergone a drastic change between the manga and the film. He explained that he “didn’t have the skill to draw characters like this” when he released the manga from 1997 to 2003, and the differences are plain to see in the character’s original design, Nihei’s Comic-Con sketches and the trailer.
The two also had some hopeful comments to share on the Knights of Sidonia anime. When Nihei was asked if it would be getting a third season, he said “I’m also waiting for Sidonia 3! But I’m not the one who is making it or getting funding for it. So it’s up to this guy,” pointing at Seshita. The director said “I don’t have time to do it right now, but I’ll definitely get to it. So if you watch and support Knights of Sidonia and do the same for BLAME!, that will increase our chances of that coming true.”
The BLAME! movie’s official site has now updated to give the story the following summary:
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.