With the Japanese release having gotten some sweet figures with it, the international rollout for the Blame! feature on home video is beginning. Manga Entertainment UK has confirmed their pickup for it while stating that they’ll be bringing it out in the UK and Ireland and working with Dybex to bring it out in France and Benelux. The UK and Ireland releases will be happening on May 28th, 2018 while the French and Benelux editions will come later.
While the film has gotten its Netflix debut previously, it’s also already scheduled for at least one European release that we know of with the February 23rd, 2018 German debut through Universum on separate DVD and Blu-ray editions that Snorlax has noted.
Hiroyuki Seshita directed the film at Polygon Pictures while original creator Tsutomu Nihei is on board to work on the character designs and the script itself as a creative consultant.
The Japanese cast includes Takahiro Sakurai as Killy, Kana Hanazawa as Cibo, Sora Amamiya as Zuru, Kazuhiro Yamaji as Pop, Mamoru Miyano as Sutezo, Aya Suzaki as Tae, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Fusata, Yuki Kaji as Atsuji and Aki Toyosaki as The Authority.
The original manga ran between 1998 and 2003 for a total of ten volumes, which TOKYOPOP released. There were a few short incarnations after that which have not been picked up, and a six episode ONA from 2003 that Media Blasters licensed and released previously.
Plot concept: 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 Killy the Wanderer, on his quest for the Net Terminal Genes, the key to restoring order to the world.