An original anime from Netflix, This is Blame! (ブラム!) This Japanese CGI anime science fiction action film directed by Hiroyuki Seshita, written by Tsutomu Nihei, based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei, and produced by Polygon Pictures. In the distant technological future, civilization has reached its ultimate Net-based form. An "infection" in the past caused the automated systems to spiral out of order, resulting in a multi-leveled city structure that replicates itself infinitely in all directions. Now humanity has lost access to the city's controls, and is hunted down and purged by the defense system known as the Safeguard. In a tiny corner of the city, a little enclave known as the Electro-Fishers is facing eventual extinction, trapped between the threat of the Safeguard and dwindling food supplies. A girl named Zuru goes on a journey to find food for her village, only to inadvertently cause doom when an observation tower senses her and summons a Safeguard pack to eliminate the threat. With her companions dead and all escape routes blocked, the only thing that can save her now is the sudden arrival of Kiri the Wanderer, on his quest for the Net Terminal Genes, the key to restoring order to the world.
Adapting from a bestselling Japanese manga, Blame! could have easily scraped by as a supplement to the canon, and left quite a gamut of questions unanswered for audiences, as well as nothing on the surface to give audiences a sense of direction or purpose like the anime series. There could have been quite a strong line dividing those who love and hate Nihei's unique and convoluted cyberpunk journey. However, thanks to its aggressively unique 2D/3D animation style, thanks to Polygon Pictures, rendering of its source material and its effectively minimalist storytelling approach, it works on almost every level as a standalone film. Which was no easy task.