Science-Fiction Manga by Nihei: pay what you want on Humble Bundle until January 11

Jan 09, 2017
Science-Fiction Manga by Nihei: pay what you want on Humble Bundle until January 11

January 9 UPDATE (3 p.m. Pacific): Only 2 days left, but we've attained our $100,000 goal—that means all those who made or make a donation of $17 or more for the entire bundle will also be receiving bonus content only available from Humble Bundle: APOSIMZ (the prologue chapter from Tsutomu Nihei's new manga series), an exclusive Nihei video, and the Science Fiction Manga by Nihei: Collected Works digital art book!

Kodansha Comics presents the Science Fiction Manga by Nihei book bundle in partnership with our good pals at Humble Bundle. Now we are offering $185 worth of digital manga, including legendary manga-ka Tsutomu Nihei’s early mind-benders BLAME! and NOiSE up to his masterpiece, Knights of Sidonia. The cost of the bundle? You can pay what you want! 

Name your price. Together, the books in this bundle usually cost as much as $185. At Humble Bundle, though, you choose the price!

Read ’em anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

Support charity. Choose where the money goes—between Kodansha Comics, three charities (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Worldreader, and Mental Health Foundation), and, if you'd like, a fourth charity of your choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what Humble Bundle does, you can leave a Humble Tip too.

This special bundle ends WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

PAY WHAT YOU WANT! Here’s what you’ll get with each tier:

FREE with newsletter sign up
Unlock NOiSE, a prequel to BLAME!  

Pay $1 or more
Unlock all of the above + BLAME! volume 1 + a 1-month subscription to Crunchyroll

Pay $8 or more
Unlock all of the above + BLAME! volume 2 + the never-before-published-in-English BLAME! Academy and So On, a spinoff of BLAME!

Pay $17 or more
Unlock all of the above + the Knights of Sidonia Complete Set (volumes 1-15)


BONUS GOALS = EXCLUSIVE NEW CONTENT Help us reach our bonus goals and unlock never-before-seen new work from Nihei!

A prologue chapter from Nihei’s next manga series. Unlock at $50K.

Tsutomu Nihei Creator Profile video
Unlock at $75K.

Science Fiction Manga by Nihei: Collected Works
Art booklet. Unlock at $100K.


Born in 1971 in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, Tsutomu Nihei has been drawing comics professionally since the mid 1990s. In 1995 he was awarded the Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize in that year's Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Awards for his submission, Blame. After working as an assistant to veteran comic artist Tsutomu Takahashi, Nihei went on to launch his debut series BLAME! in Afternoon Magazine in 1998. Following the success of BLAME! he next penned BioMega (published in English by Viz Media) and Wolverine SNIKT (Marvel). In 2009 Nihei returned to Afternoon to launch his most recent series, Knights of Sidonia. In 2015 he won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General Comics category for his work on Knights of Sidonia. Nihei has revealed that he is currently working on a new series, to be called APOSIMZ


Media: Click here for the official press release.


Watch the video of Nihei drawing Tsumugi from Knights of Sidonia.
This video was taken during the reception of Nihei's original design toy exhibit at BAIT store during SDCC 2016


So whaddya think of the BLAME! T-shirt Nihei was wearing in the video?

Actually, it’s a special T-shirt Nihei himself designed for his clothing brand, Toha Heavy Industries—and now we’re offering you the chance to win it!



1. To join the contest, log in to your Twitter account and retweet @KodanshaUSA's original post about the contest.

2. After January 11, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME, we'll randomly select 10 winners from the list of people who RT'ed.

3. We'll contact the 10 winners individually via Direct Message and ask for T-shirt size and shipping address.

4. Contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents ONLY.