All You Need Is Kill
|All You Need Is Kill|
|オール ユー ニード イズ キル
(Ōru Yū Nīdo Izu Kiru)
|Genre||Military science fiction|
|Written by||Hiroshi Sakurazaka|
|Illustrated by||Yoshitoshi ABe|
|Imprint||Super Dash Bunko|
|Written by||Ryōsuke Takeuchi|
|Illustrated by||Takeshi Obata|
|Magazine||Weekly Young Jump|
|Original run||January 9, 2014 – May 29, 2014|
All You Need Is Kill (オール・ユー・ニード・イズ・キル Ōru Yū Nīdo Izu Kiru?) is a Japanese military science fiction light novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka with illustrations by Yoshitoshi ABe. The novel was Sakurazaka's breakthrough science-fiction novel, earning wide praise from fellow novelists including Yasutaka Tsutsui and Chōhei Kanbayashi and was entered in contention for the Seiun Awards, Japan's counterpart to the Nebula Award. The book was published in Japanese by Shueisha under their Super Dash Bunko imprint in December 2004, and was later released in English by Viz Media under their Haikasoru imprint.
A manga adaptation, written by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine between January and May 2014 and was also published by Viz Media in its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. A graphic novel adaptation was released in North America in May 2014. A film adaptation from director Doug Liman starring Tom Cruise, titled Edge of Tomorrow, was released on May 30, 2014. The English-language movie tie-in edition of the novel also uses this title.
The story is told from the perspective of Keiji Kiriya, a new recruit in the United Defense Force which fights against the mysterious 'Mimics' which have laid siege to Earth. Keiji is killed on his first sortie, but through some inexplicable phenomenon wakes up having returned to the day before the battle. This continues and he finds himself caught in a time loop as his death and resurrection repeats time and time again. Keiji's skill as a soldier grows as he passes through each time loop in a desperate attempt to change his fate.
- Keiji Kiriya (キリヤ・ケイジ Kiriya Keiji?)
- A new recruit in the United Defense Force. He finds himself caught in a time loop where he wakes up one day in the past after having been killed on the battlefield. Through the training and battles he experiences in these loops he comes into his own as a soldier.
- In the Edge of Tomorrow film, his counterpart is an American named William Cage, played by Tom Cruise.
- Rita Vrataski (リタ・ヴラタスキ Rita Vuratasuki?)
- A U.S. special forces soldier. Highly decorated and peerless in battle, she is seen as a hero by the entire world and known as the "Full Metal Bitch" to other soldiers. Her name is a false identity she used to join the UDF at a young age after her parents were killed by Mimics. Like Keiji, she has also been through a loop of her own, from which she gained her experience and reputation, and comes to assist Keiji after learning of his loops.
- In Edge of Tomorrow, she is played by Emily Blunt.
- Shasta Raylle (シャスタ・レイル Shasuta Reiru?)
- Rita's mechanic, a bespectacled Native American woman who collects Gashapon. She is a developer of a large battleaxe used by Rita, and later by Keiji.
- Bartolome Ferrell (バルトロメ・フェレウ Barutorome Fereu?)
- Keiji's platoon sergeant. An overly fitness-conscious man of Brazilian and Japanese descent who takes care of his subordinates.
- In Edge of Tomorrow, he is played by Bill Paxton.
- Rachel Kisaragi (レイチェル・キサラギ Reicheru Kisaragi?)
- A well-endowed canteen lady, known to have good rapport among the soldiers for her good cooking and looks.
The original novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and illustrated by Yoshitoshi ABe, was first published by Shueisha under its Super Dash Bunko imprint in December 2004. Haikasoru released an English-language translation trade paperback of the novel as "All You Need Is Kill". Viz Media re-released the novel in North America under the title Edge of Tomorrow on April 29, 2014.
Manga and graphic novel
A manga adaptation of All You Need Is Kill with illustrations by Takeshi Obata, storyboards by Ryōsuke Takeuchi, and character designs by Yoshitoshi ABe began serialization in Japanese in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump and English in Weekly Shonen Jump in January 2014.
Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American science fiction film based on the novel. The film, directed by Doug Liman and produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, stars Tom Cruise as William Cage (the film's counterpart to Keiji Kiriya) and Emily Blunt as Rita Vrataski. The film was released in theaters on May 30, 2014 in the United Kingdom, June 6, 2014 in North America, and July 4, 2014 in Japan.
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- Melrose, Kevin (April 15, 2014). "Viz Media to roll out ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ movie tie-ins". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- Anime News Network