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Knights of Sidonia, volume 1 Paperback – February 5, 2013
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"Tsutomu Nihei has been knocking on America's door for ages now. Tokyopop released his ten-volume epic "Blame!," pronounced "blam" like a gunshot, and its prequel, "Noise" in the United States. In 2006, he earned a coveted spot in the amazingly awesome (and financially successful) "Halo Graphic Novel," standing shoulder to shoulder with superstar artists like Moebius, Simon Bisley, and Geof Darrow, among others. " - Comics Alliance
"One of Knights of Sidonia's chief strengths is that it doesn't bog down the intrigue of its world with too much unnecessary, bloated dialogue...It's definitely a solid pick-up for Vertical; there's not really anything else in their catalog like it. Dig into the first volume and see if Nihei's gorgeously depicted wreck of a sci-fi future doesn't secure an immediately tight grip." - Otaku USA
"Knights of Sidonia is off to a solid start with its first volume...All in all it’s a promising and entertaining offering and one that’s left me chomping at the bit for the next volume." - Comic Book Resources
About the Author
Tsutomu Nihei is an internationally known Japanese comic artist and draftsman. Born in 1971, Nihei made his debut in the comics world as the winner of the 1995 Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Award for short stories. He then briefly worked as an assistant to veteran comicker Tsutomu Takahashi before making his break-through hit BLAME! (published by Tokyopop).
The BLAME! franchise was so well received worldwide, that it inspired an animated mini-series and eventually drew the attention of Marvel Comics in the US. Nihei would later go on to draw Wolverine (X-Men) and HALO comics for Marvel to great fanfare. An architectural student, Nihei's early work were mainly wordless, relying on visuals and backgrounds to tell their stories. Now, his works are deeply rooted in hard science-fiction, as was seen in the multiple NY Times Bestselling books HALO: The Graphic Novel (published by Marvel Comics) and BIOmega (published by Viz Media).
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There are problems in these first volumes. There are odd tonal shifts in which Nihei is trying to be funny. Usually these scenes involve awkward interactions from women trying to win the main characters affections. Usually they revolve around the main character accidentally walking in on women naked in the shower, or their bedrooms. I am not exaggerating, this gag happens more times than I can count over the course of the series. It's as if Nihei can't think of anything funnier than this. Still these scenes mostly don't detract from the interesting plot development of the first half of the series.
Around volume 10 the quality of the series takes a huge nosedive. The art appears rushed, the details that made the previous volumes is missing, space and darkness is rendered in a light gray that takes away from the gothic feel of Sidonia and the scary loneliness of space. The plot takes a back seat to the love triangle (pentagon really) that never really makes sense. Every female character in the series is into the main character for reasons that make little sense, as he appears an oblivious, vacuous chap whose only redeeming quality is that he is a very good Guarde pilot. Because the technology has developed over the course of the series, the mechs are so powerful there is very little tension. For example, when the series begins, it is very rare for a single pilot to ever take on one of the alien antagonists. By the end, the humans are fairly easily killing thousands at a time. The description of time is ambiguous in the series, but it seems that these developments take only a few years at most.
Trust me on this, the ending is awful.
I write this as a warning to those thinking about making the investment in reading this manga. If you were to buy it on amazon it would cost over $150. There is no way you should pay that for this series.
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I think maybe this is a slow starting series. It must be, given how much people like this series. Because this volume was slow and did not pull me in.Read more