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BLAME! is a very dark and abstract set of 6 shorts which are based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei. The "story" (if it can be called that) revolves around a man named Killy: a human living amongst clones and androids. His task, it seems, is to collect things known as "net-genes", and to help find the remaining humans that may or may not exist.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Blame! Special DVD Special 2003 TBD Bonus episode.
Blame! Prologue OVA 2007 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Blame Gakuen! And So On 2008 TBD
Name Role
Akio WATANABE Character Design
Nobuaki NAGANO Character Design
Shintaro INOKAWA Director
Tsutomu NIHEI Original Manga Creator

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Title Author Score Date
BLAME! lokieternal 10/10 Oct 21, 2013
BLAME! NicoNicoDesu 4.5/10 Jul 25, 2012
BLAME! Don9aldo 7/10 Feb 12, 2012
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Abstract Anime EatStatic 10 Aug 11, 2013
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Hyunnie's Watched List yenlin 1715 May 12, 2013
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Pale Cocoon

Pale Cocoon
  • OVA (1 ep x 23 min)
  • 2006

In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...

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So, both are dark, stylish scifi dramas set in broken-down manmade dystopias. Had they done more of the story, BLAME would have been more of a dark, edgy action series, but the tiny fragment they did made it more of a slow, intellectual piece. And that meshes pretty well with Pale Cocoon.


If you liked the dark setting and abstract story of Blame, and now you're searching for something a bit lighter but along the same lines, then Pale Cocoon is the movie for you.


Both BLAME! and Pale Cocoon take place in a distant future in which our world is no longer recognizable. Both heavily use imagery in lieu of dialogue, to great effect.


Both BLAME! and Pale Cocoon take place in a futuristic and technologically advanced period sometime in the future of human kind. Their almost experimental art styles (BLAME! is on the much more extreme end) don't allow the viewer to make assumptions to who, what, and where. The story of BLAME! may leave some viewers scratching their heads, but Pale Cocoon will make you want to talk to non-fans of anime about it. Either way, if you watch one, you'll appreciate the other.


After watchicng Pale Cocoon i have been shocked.... Sometimes author may cut your soul in pieces in 22 minutes. It is really impressive and stylish.

Same feeligs with Blame!, their worlds are same in many ways. But Blame! is dirty-bloody action while Pale cocoon is flegmatic scene.

I do not know, is it my love of post-apocalyptic or something else, but these two anime are very different from others. They are not just a peer minutes of watching. Great unbeliveable world hiding in them.


Liked the whole Scifi setting in BLAME!? Then you'll love Pale Cocoon. In a nutshell: Pale Cocoon is what BLAME! was, while making sense. You'll get the same feeling of loneliness with very few people appearing in the "home away from home" construction, and the almost desperate search for something is also there, but you will have an idea about what's going on.

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In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?

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Texhnolyze and Blame are really deep into darkness! The two use cyberpunk elements to help this dark ambience. The amazing animation of both is similar in a certain way: they have mature drawings, dark colors and the same feeling. They are also far from typical anime! If you liked one, you'd certainly like the other.


Texhnolyze and Blame are both rather experimental anime which are far from the usual stereotypes. They are also similar in their content: each is violent, painted in dark and mature graphics, has a complex background and story and a-not-so-straightforward plot with cyberpunk elements.


Texhnolyze and Blame! are similarly dark, cyberpunk stories about violent futuristic worlds. Both employ a fairly roundabout method of storytelling which relies upon the viewer to connect & understand events.


Blame and Texholyze are strangely interconnected.

It's easy to imagine Texhnolyze as a prequel for Blame (several thousands years before) and Killy as cyborg Ichise

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Cat Soup

Cat Soup
  • OVA (1 ep x 33 min)
  • 2001

Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.

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Weird? Upsidedown? Freaky? Dark? Abstract? Do I need to say more? If you are looking for something that will screw around then this is what you want. Cat Soup is another really weird anime and I'm sure you gonna like it if you enjoyed watching BLAME.
If you like abstraction, you'll love BLAME! and Cat Soup. Both will only take up about half an hour of your time, and will leaving you saying "wtf?" upon it's completion. Cat Soup definitely has a bit more of a "storyline" that you can understand, but both are very dark, and strange. Cat soup is probably a bit more fun as well... and humorous, while BLAME! is definitely just dark abstraction. You'll love both of these series, I think.

The similarities between these two: abstractness and complete and utter mindfuck. While both shows will leave you with a fried brain for a couple of hours, they are shows you want to rewatch just to figure out whats going on.


  • OVA (1 ep x 10 min)
  • 2002

Legend tells of a lone swordsman who lives in the Demon's Castle, the ruins near the Black Forest. This mysterious stranger only accepts rare books for his services, books from the ancient past. Comedy tells the story of a young girl who desperately wishes for her family and village to be saved from the coming English soldiers' wrath, and is willing to trade a precious book in exchange for the deed. With only her legs beneath her, she runs towards the Black Forest, hoping to get there in time...

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Somehow, the main male non-talking black-haired characters in these two anime really look alike. Not everything is clear in both anime, even at the end, and both give a lot to think about. Only "Comedy" is more medieval and all abnormalities look like magic, while "Blame!" takes place in the distant future and everything that is unclear can be explained by modern technology. Anyway, these two anime are pieces of art.


These anime are both excellent to watch late at night when your house is silent. Both are very abstract, and have you guessing what will be next. I simply loved the animation, and could find many similarities. There was very little music in both, and both also had a question mark ending.

Two words: Simply Amazing.


These short, lesser-known anime contain a male character and a female character with a very interesting dynamic between them. Both are surreal and rather confusing, and leave you wanting more. The art is fantastic and the sound quite good. The plot is nearly nonexistent in both (more so in "BLAME!"). Both anime are thought-provoking and interesting.

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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Ergo Proxy and Blame! are dark and unusual sci-fi titles. Both take place in a post apocalyptic scenario set in the future. A brooding atmosphere serves as the backdrop for the interaction between humans and thinking machines, exploring the thin line between them. Borderline supernatural creatures appear in both as well as living beings employed as powering devices. It should be taken into account, however, that Ergo Proxy is mostly a narrative driven anime that occasionally dips into speculations of a more philosophical kind while Blame! has hardly any plot to speak of and is one of the strangest experiences that any medium has to offer.


It may be a little unfair to combine the two, but on the surface, both have a similar Cyber-punk element to them. Blame being a small collection of confusing short stories, and Ergo being a full series. Perhaps it's the artwork in both of the series that really catches my eye. Excellent uses of colors and camera angles. I'm not sure, but if you liked either of them, perhaps take the time out to check out the other :]


As soon as I got my eyes on BLAME! I instantly thought about ergo proxy, they're very similar in style and altough I'm just starting with Tsutomu NIHEI works, I can easily recommend it to Ergo Proxy fans and vice-versa. Kick-Ass Cyberpunk!

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