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 the weirdly connected universe of this generation's representative science-fiction manga artist.
And if you're new to worlds of Nihei—maybe having recently encountered the BLAME! or Knights of Sidonia anime on Netflix—here's a great way to get in.
This week only, we're showcasing all the works of Tsutomu Nihei, with every digital volume up to 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through June 12.
Works of Tsutomu Nihei digital sale — all volumes and chapters up to 50% off through June 12
Knights of Sidonia volumes 1-15
NOiSE — short-story collection set in the universe of BLAME!
BLAME! volumes 1-3
BLAME! Academy and So On —a standalone volume spinoff of BLAME!
APOSIMZ chapters 1-5 — Nihei's latest work currently simulpubbing on comiXology and Kindle
The stories behind the Netflix anime. The Knights of Sidonia manga, with print editions available from Vertical Comics, was adapted into a groundbreaking full-CG anime by Polygon Pictures, which became one of the first Netflix Original anime series. And little did we know that this would lead to the return of Nihei's classic BLAME! as a 100+ minute theatrical feature, which debuted May 20 on Netflix. Here's the trailer:
Watch this video of Tsutomu Nihei talking about BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia becoming CG anime:
Watch this interview shot during Tsutomu Nihei's rare appearance at San Diego Comic Con 2016, previously only seen as exclusive content from last year's Tsutomu Nihei Humble Bundle offering:
About Tsutomu Nihei
Born in 1971 in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, Tsutomu Nihei has been drawing comics professionally since the mid 1990s. In 1995 he was awarded the Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize in that year's Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Awards for his submission, Blame. After working as an assistant to veteran comic artist Tsutomu Takahashi, Nihei went on to launch his debut series BLAME! in Afternoon Magazine in 1998. Following the success of BLAME! he next penned BioMega (published in English by Viz Media) and Wolverine SNIKT (Marvel). In 2009 Nihei returned to Afternoon to launch his most recent series, Knights of Sidonia. In 2015 he won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General Comics category for his work on Knights of Sidonia. Nihei has revealed that he is currently working on a new series, to be called APOSIMZ.
Also, Creator Spotlight Sale for Akiko Higashimura is happening this week (6/6-6/12)!
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