Friday, July 21, 2017

Now on Netflix: Blame! (2017)

Blame! (2017) - Directed by Hiroyuki Seshita; Written by Sadayuki Murai; Starring Sora Amamiya, Ayaka Asai, Tony Azzolino.

By Kenny Howell

Netflix's first foray into anime is visually impressive and inventive, but maybe a bit generic on the story end.

Blame! (not sure why the exclamation point, or the word blame really) is about a world run out of control. The machine based society, which has built a vast city, continues to replicate itself at an alarming rate because of an infection that has taken over the system.

The system, known as the Safeguard, wants to keep the citizens from taking control back, so they are constantly under attack by creepy little things that hunt them down. While out on a mission to find food for her people, a girl named Zuru is attacked by these things, and is saved by a super silent and stoic man appropriately named Killy. He is looking for the net terminal gene, the thing that will stop the expansion and restore power to the people.


There is only so much you can do with dystopian worlds, especially these days, and there has been so many anime films that have done it so well over the years. Blame! can't really live up to that, it plays it safe for the most part, but like most anime films there is some very interesting visual things going on that at least keep it interesting. The characters seem a bit stock, and I just wish the whole time that Killy would just say something.

But if you just have a hankering for some anime, Blame! does have some things going for it. It's just not going to get anywhere near the pantheon of this genre.

Blame! is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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