Tsutomu Nihei 弐瓶 勉 (born 1971) Japanese Artist.
Tsutomu Nihei studied architecture at school. After graduated he decided to change a little bit direction and became magaka. So, I choose to show two parts of his work : scenic and portrait/illustration. Both are very important to assimilate his universe. Tsutomu Nihei speaks about structures and roads, big constructions and big destructions. He likes to bring the infinitely tiny in the infinitely large. He likes perspectives.
I first discovered him in high school, by reading his manga BLAME! And if I was a fan of his main character Killy, I surely was stunned by the landscape, the work on the frame and backgrounds. BLAME ! is special, because you don’t have much to read in one book, but you have much to look…
Otomo and Him have a lot in common, the war left its mark on both of us. They are seeing Japan with all its background, went through terrible ordeals, surrounded by questioning about how the earth is gonna react. Maybe that’s why they are facing the apocalypse on their respective works.
About BLAME !
Blame! is a ten-volume 1998 cyberpunk manga. Killy, a silent loner possessing an incredibly powerful weapon known as a Gravitational Beam Emitter, wanders a vast technological world known as « The City ». He is searching for Net Terminal Genes, a (possibly) extinct genetic marker that allows humans to access the « Netsphere », a sort of computerized control network for The City. The City is an endless vertical space of artificially-constructed walls, stairways and caverns, separated into massive « floors » by nearly-impenetrable barriers known as « Megastructure ». The City is inhabited by scattered human and transhuman tribes as well as hostile cyborgs. The Net Terminal Genes appear to be the key to halting the unhindered, chaotic expansion of the Megastructure, as well as a way of stopping the murderous horde known as the Safeguard from destroying all humanity.