Outer space, the far future. A lone seed ship, the Sidonia, plies the void, ten centuries since the obliteration of the solar system. The massive, nearly indestructible, yet barely sentient alien life forms that destroyed humanity’s home world continue to pose an existential threat. Nagate Tanikaze has only known life in the vessel’s bowels deep below the sparkling strata where humans have achieved photosynthesis and new genders. Not long after he emerges from the Underground, however, the youth is bequeathed a treasured legacy by the spaceship’s coolheaded female captain.
Meticulously drawn, peppered with clipped humor, but also unusually attentive to plot and structure, Knights of Sidonia may be Tsutomu Nihei’s most accessible work to date even as it hits notes of tragic grandeur as a hopeless struggle for survival unfolds.
"One of Knights of Sidonia's chief strengths is that it doesn't bog down the intrigue of its world with too much unnecessary, bloated dialogue … Dig into the first volume and see if Nihei's gorgeously depicted wreck of a sci-fi future doesn't secure an immediately tight grip." —Otaku USA
"Tsutomu Nihei has been knocking on America's door for ages now. Tokyopop released his ten-volume epic Blame!, pronounced "blam" like a gunshot, and its prequel, Noise in the United States. In 2006, he earned a coveted spot in the amazingly awesome (and financially successful) Halo Graphic Novel, standing shoulder to shoulder with superstar artists like Moebius, Simon Bisley, and Geof Darrow, among others."—Comics Alliance
“To complement his expert art, Nihei gives his story some welcome strange touches, such as the spacesuits having a built-in catheter than automatically inserts itself into the wearer—and we see the panels of Nagate shuddering as he experiences this for the first time … The Sidonia residents face the wrath of a tentacled (of course) monster that would give H.P. Lovecraft a boner, and the stakes are very real. There’s also a talking bear, and no one blinks.” —BookGasm
By Tsutomu Nihei
Did you know Killy, the protagonist in Nihei's breakout science-fiction manga series BLAME!, makes a cameo appearance in his later masterwork, Knights of Sidonia? Or that APOSIMZ, Nihei's latest series (simulpubbing on comiXology and Kindle), is briefly mentioned as a name of a spaceship in Knights of Sidonia? Well, here's a good chance to dig deeper into […]
This would be a good time to good time to check out what's flying over at Vertical Comics, our sister manga company with a distinctively styled lineup of manga titles from the very fresh Flying Witch and Devils' Line to immaculately presented classics like BLAME! and Chi's Sweet Home. As the digital distributor of many of Vertical's titles, we here at Kodansha Comics thought we'd […]
January 9 UPDATE (3 p.m. Pacific): Only 2 days left, but we've attained our $100,000 goal—that means all those who made or make a donation of $17 or more for the entire bundle will also be receiving bonus content only available from Humble Bundle: APOSIMZ (the prologue chapter from Tsutomu Nihei's new manga series), an exclusive Nihei video, […]
click on the above image to go to comiXology's sale page We're making a host of Vertical Comics titles available for first time digitally: the list (below, with Chapter 1 previews at the links) includes Ryo Hanada's best-selling vampires-among-us epic Devils' Line, MAYBE's Civil War-monster-fantasy To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, and Riichi Ueshiba's drool-inducing romantic comedy Mysterious Girlfriend X. The […]
Update: ONLY TWO MORE DAYS for the first-ever Humble Manga Bundle! Kodansha Comics has teamed up with our good pals at Humble Bundle, the phenomenal pay-what-you-want digital book bundler, on the first volumes of 10 digital manga series. THIS SPECIAL BUNDLE ENDS WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME. While manga has appeared in previous Humble Bundle book bundles, this […]
Updated May 3. It's the 15th and final volume of Knights of Sidonia, science fiction mastermind Tsutomu Nihei's outer space epic that was adapted into a hit Netflix series. Both print (from Vertical) and digital (from Kodansha Comics) editions are available starting from April 26. To celebrate the occasion, we're also making all previous 14 digital volumes of the series […]
As we announced last December, we're thrilled now to be working with the wild bunch at Vertical Comics, releasing new Digital Editions from the Vertical catalog. Now we invite you to get into some of these mind-blowing series with a special sale on digital-edition Volume 1s starting from 99-cents. It's going on at every one of our digital retail […]
Look for a surge of darker-edged manga coming to digital bookstores early this month. At last, as announced last week, Digital Editions of the surreal alien-invasion classic (and now anime on Adult Swim) Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki and the apocalyptic schoolgirls-in-radioactive-Tokyo saga COPPELION by Tomonori Inoue go on sale today. Previously Parasyte was only available in print and COPPELION was only available as a simultaneous […]