In this interview, Nihei talks about how his art and storytelling style has evolved over the years. He also described how he’s collaborating closely with the animators at Polygon Pictures to re-tell BLAME!, his first manga story, as an anime, with new art and additional story details that he couldn’t include in the original manga.
As a little extra that’s not in the ANN interview, here’s a video clip of Nihei drawing a scene from BLAME! (I think) after my interview with him. It’s pretty amazing that he just whipped this up with no pencil sketching at all.
You can buy the new bigger and better Master Edition of BLAME!, available now in print from Vertical Comics, and in digital format from ComiXology / Amazon Kindle, Nook and iBooks.
Also available in digital format is NOiSE, the prequel for BLAME!NOiSE was originally published in English by TOKYOPOP, but is now available again via Kodansha Advanced Media, after being out of print for several years.