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Vertical Adds Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia Manga

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
1st sci-fi volume from Blame!/Biomega creator to ship in N. America next February

Online retailer Amazon lists the first US$12.95 volume of Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia manga for release on February 5, 2013 from North American publisher Vertical. Vertical has since confirmed its license.

The story takes place after humans flee Earth due to the devastating invasion of alien creatures called Gauna. Humans travel through space in giant ships while the Gauna continue to pursue them. As a new human culture develops, people fight the Gauna with Morito (Guardian) robotic mecha. A young man named Nagate Tanikaze trains as a Morito pilot aboard the spaceship Sidonia and defends its people from Gauna attacks.

Nihei launched the manga in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine in 2009. Kodansha will publish the eighth volume in Japan next month.

Nihei's other manga include Blame!, Biomega, and Abara. The creator launched a new Gundam manga series in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Gundam Ace magazine on February 25. Tokyopop published Blame! in North America, while Viz Media released the Biomega manga. Blame! also inspired an original net anime series, which Media Blasters released in North America.

[Via Conner, Kuriousity]

Update: More informaton added.

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