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Blame! DVD Review

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“Blame!” starts strong but falters in the end.

Based on the manga series of the name, “Blame!” is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime film in which humanity has become virtually extinct after a virus effects technology and robots. The virus caused the tech to malfunction and turn on the humans (and by turn I mean murder). Many years later, one surviving human group known as the Electrofishers still exists. However, they aren’t exactly living in peace as they have to search for food and supplies and avoid a murderous computer defense system known as Safeguard (which can unleash killer robots). While searching for supplies, the Electrofishers encounter a mysterious human known as Killy who knows a lot more than they do. He’s on the hunt for the net terminal gene which could ultimately save humankind. To make a long story short, the Electrofishers and Killy embark on a journey that leads them to a robotic scientist corpse named Cibo (who may or may not have some answers), killer robots, and a peculiar woman named Sanakan who may not be what she appears to be.

For the first half of “Blame!,” I was on board with this sci-fi anime film. I was drawn in by how director Hiroyuki Seshita and writer Tsutomu Nihei set the scene, established the grim world, and created intense action. On top of that, the animation by Polygon Pictures is positively stunning. I was particularly impressed by the environments, weapons, and Electrofisher gear. Unfortunately, the intrigue doesn’t last.

Ultimately, the script lets “Blame!” down. Not only does the story become bogged down by terminology, talky exposition, convoluted plotting, familiarity (expect a lot of “Terminator” and “Matrix” concepts) and a lack of characterization, but the story also feels incomplete. Granted, the plot may be continued in a sequel (or more), but the story that is initially proposed is never completed. There’s no conclusion here, just more answers and more mysteries. It’s frustrating to say the least. It would have been nice to see more of a complete story, more characterization for Killy (the film’s best character) and a final act that wasn’t comprised of explosions, gunfire, fights and technobabble.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9. How does it look? As mentioned above, the animation is deeply impressive so it should be no surprise that the video quality is top notch. Note: This title is also available on Blu-ray.

Audio Tracks: Japanese, English, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo. How do they sound? The English dub is solid, but I’d suggest sticking with the original language Japanese track (especially in 5.1).

Extras: * 4 Japanese “Blame” trailers * Trailers for “Zetman” and “Berserk: The Golden Age” Arc 1, 2 and 3 * “Behind The Scenes: The Making of Blame!”- A half-hour featurette that contains interviews, film clips, storyboards, discussions about the project and a whole lot more.

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April 17, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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