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2.347 out of 5 from 1,499 votes
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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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favourite cynicalzero 13 Apr 21, 2014
Abstract Anime EatStatic 10 Aug 11, 2013
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Watch Log of 2010 March, Part 1 Innocency 2 Mar 2, 10
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Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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Both Lain and Blame are really dark and psychedelic! The two use cyberpunk elements to help with the dark ambience. If you had a headache in one, it will probably be the same in the other because both are very confusing. They are far from typical anime! If you liked one, you'd certainly like the other.


Lain and Blame! are kindred spirits of the extremely trippy kind: machines blending with humanity, dialogues that throw the viewer off, a supra-reality of a cybernetic nature, intense imagery with distorted scenes and deliberate usages of static serve to create a very bizarre environment that takes the meaning of surreal to a whole different level. With this said, Lain is more consistent and offers enough to work on in terms of hermeneutics while Blame! is almost narrative free and extremely confusing.


Both anime are abstract and confusing to the point of nonsensical. The artwork is unique and beautiful, and the characters emotionless but likable. They both revolve around science fiction, futuristic topics.

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  • OVA (1 ep x 17 min)
  • 2006

A young woman awakens in a desolate town with no inhabitants. She’s unable to read signposts or remember anything about who she is or what she’s doing there. All she can do is recognize the symbols that appear on her hands, identifying her as Agarta, devourer of dragons. Alone and in an unfamiliar place, Agarta must remember the reason she is there and defeat the evils within.

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Enjoy sci-fi shorts that don't make a whole lot of sense (though their incomprehensible head-games are most agreeable entertainment) and look really cool? Then you'll likely enjoy either one of these - though BLAME! is by far the denser mind-screw of the two, and G-9's action is admittedly lackluster by comparison. Still, they're weird and cool looking.


As valondar said, both of these anime are realy weird and look very cool, but what I found more in common is the feeling after watching where you find yourself scratching your head and asking "wtf was that just now?"



Witness the true beginning of the Matrix: how men created the machines and how those machines stood up against their masters, and the effects of the great war that waged between them, which in the end led to the fall of mankind. Watch the ship Osiris and its efforts to warn the remaining humans of the imminent attack; follow a champion who happens to break free from the Matrix; explore the exploitation of a glitch in the overall system; observe the story of the Kid and how he was found by Neo; travel with an investigator who tracks the well-known hacker Trinity; and learn the secrets of the Matrix in other wondrous ways.

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Par the obvious sci-fi connection, both are beautifully detailed animations and snippets of stories that form parts of a larger tale (Animatrix to the Matrix trilogy and Blame! to the manga series of the same name).

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  • Movie (1 ep x 101 min)
  • 2004

In a dystopic city of the future, there has been a rash of killings at the hands of prototype robots. These anomalies from the company Locus Solus are making headlines, and have caught the attention of the cyborg Batou and the crew of the Section 9 special forces. Yet beneath the random violence, a sinister plot is unfolding -- a situation so dangerous that it threatens not only Batou, but innocent humans and cyborgs alike. Can the team of Section 9 unravel the mystery of these murders before they suffer the same fate as the victims?

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If you enjoyed BLAME! but were looking for, well, ANY plot to accompany the cyberpunk imagery, look no farther than Innocence. Compared to BLAME! its downright elementary to figure out whats going on. Both films deal with a convergence between the real world and the virtual/cyber world, with BLAME! being set in what could almost be the far far future seen in Innocence. BLAME!'s ambitious visuals are matched and surpassed by Innocence, however they are set more on a level of realism than BLAME!'s surrealism. I can't say that I really enjoed BLAME!, but I do like cyberpunk and Innocence and the rest of the Ghost in the Shell universe is at the top of the cyberpunk genre in anime.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows Public Peace Section 9, a government organization that plays behind the scenes to stop the worst of these criminals. Join Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team as they take you through an incredibly vivid world filled with plots of such depth and intrigue as is seldom seen.

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Both deal with the implications of the convergence of man and machine. GITS is in the not too distant future, and so is much milder cyberpunk. BLAME! is (perhaps) in the far far distant future, and you could say it's like looking at the issue from the other side - from a time when the cyberworld is more real than the real world. Or maybe not, that's just how I look at it. Ofcourse, if you're interested in BLAME! more for the abstract style than for the cyberpunk elements, then don't bother with GITS:SAC.