Biomega Vol. 1 – You'll Never Need To Read Another Action Manga After This

I love Tsutomu Nihei for obvious reasons: his art, which mixes stylized designs and disgustingly intricate detail, is fucking amazing. Nihei is intersted in drawing exactly two things – awe-inspiring cyberpunk worlds and badass humanoid creatures in sleek trench-coat and leather variants. Oh, and explosions of blood. These things are exactly what you get from Nihei’s long-running debut manga BLAME!, a masterpiece of sci-fi action with very little dialog and something getting blown up on almost every page that doesn’t feature a massive illustration of some crazy-looking structure. BLAME! is one of my favorite manga for these very reasons, though I admit that it has some little issues; the most prominent of which is how, gorgeous as Nihei’s art is, it is sometimes troublesome telling  just what the hell is going on in his complex panels. The other issue is simply that BLAME! has almost no plot whatsoever, though I’m totally fine with that if it means every single page can kick so much ass.

Biomega takes BLAME!’s always-turned-up-to-ten style and pace and edges it right over the line to eleven. Once again, there is very little dialog or plot in Biomega, but at the very least, the little plot that’s there is comprehensible. By the end of the first volume, you have a full grasp of what’s going on, which I don’t necessarily demand from a story this badass, but at least it’s nice. The biggest thing that Biomega improved on BLAME! (and I apologize if the later volumes of BLAME! are also like this; I haven’t finished the series myself) is that the art, beautiful as ever, is no longer confusing. The panels are much more clean and crisp and without  the unnecessary overload of detail that BLAME! sometimes featured.

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What's Cool About Light Novels Is They Remind Me What Stuff I Love

“Possibility, or what we refer to as Imagination, is 99% imitation. The real deal is only 1%”
-Kouhei Kadono, as translated by Andrew Cunningham, Boogiepop  Returns VS Imaginator Part 1

A little while back, 2-D Teleidoscope read Zaregoto book 1 and brought up the interesting fact that as he read it, he imagined the world and characters as an anime. Light novels feature illustrations in definitive anime/manga style and often feature characters and situations that seem to be torn right out of those mediums, so it’s only natural that we would visualize them that way – however, when I thought back on the images in my head from reading Zaregoto, I noticed something odd. The characters looked like anime, and the situations played out in an anime-like way, but the world itself looked nothing like anything I’ve seen in anime.

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