I don’t think anyone can blame Viz for wanting to make a big splash in New York.
Earlier today, Viz Media announced that they acquired the home video rights to Blame!. The film will hit Blu-Ray and DVD in North America. Though both versions will include an art gallery, the Blu-Ray release will also include a “Making of” documentary helmed by director Hiroyuki Seshita.
Blame! opened in Japanese theaters on May 20. The feature will stream across the globe on Netflix as a “Netflix Original” feature.
Blame! will adapt Tsutomu Nihei’s manga of the same name. Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia) was tapped to helm the project at Polygon Pictures, with Nihei serving as a Creative Consultant. Yuki Moriyama (Ajin, Knights of Sidonia) is providing character designs for the film, while Sadayuki Murai (Kino’s Journey, Perfect Blue) writes the script.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Cibo: Kana Hanazawa
- Killy: Takahiro Sakurai
- Administration Authority: Aki Toyosaki
- Tae: Aya Suzaki
- Pop: Kazuhiro Yamaji
- Sutezo: Mamoru Miyano
- Fusata: Nobunaga Shimazaki
- Zuru: Sora Amamiya
- Atsuji: Yuuki Kaji
In July, Netflix announced that they acquired the the domestic rights to Blame!, which they will distribute as a Netflix Original.
The Blame! manga first hit the pages of Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine in 1998. The series ran in the publication through 2003, spanning 10 collected volumes. Tokyopop first licensed the title for publication in North America, though Vertical currently holds the rights. Vertical describes the title as:
In a future version of Earth, there is a city grown so chaotically massive that its inhabitants no longer recall what “land” is. Within this megastructure the silent, stoic Kyrii is on a mission to find the Net Terminal Gene—a genetic mutation that once allowed humans to access the cybernetic NetSphere. Armed with a powerful Graviton Beam Emitter, Kyrii fends off waves of attacks from fellow humans, cyborgs and silicon-based lifeforms. Along the way, he encounters a highly-skilled scientist whose body has deteriorated from a lengthy imprisonment who promises to help Kyrii find the Net Terminal Gene, once she settles a score for herself…
A 45-second teaser trailer was released for Blame! in July 2016. You can check this out below:
In February, Netflix started streaming a subtitled trailer:
Source: Viz Media (Industry Panel)