First volume cover of the original Italian release of Biomega in 2007
|Written by||Tsutomu Nihei|
|Original run||2004 – 2009|
Biomega contains references to Blame!, Nihei's previous work. This is a standalone storyline and does not have direct connections to his other works such as Blame!, NSE and NOiSE (though, throughout Blame!, TOA Heavy Industries is mentioned several times).
Set in the future, the plot follows Zoichi Kanoe and his AI companion Fuyu Kanoe, whose luminous form is integrated into the system of his motorcycle. They are agents sent by TOA Heavy Industries to retrieve humans with the ability to resist and transmute the N5S infection, which is spreading across the world, turning humans into "Drones"; disfigured, zombie-like beings.
The art in Biomega is similar to Blame!, with its complicated concrete sprawl and extremely vast, empty spaces. In this manga, there is emphasis on the swiftness of the attacks made by Zoichi, such as the gun being holstered just before the enemies fall to the ground. Speed is crucial in this manga, unlike in Blame!, and the plot develops quickly.
Organizations and characters
TOA Heavy Industries
TOA Heavy Industries (東亜重工 Tō-A Jūkō?, "East-Asia Industries") is the main rival to the DRF. They are the creators of synthetic humans and have made it their priority to collect those who have adapted to the N5S virus before the DRF does. On February 26, 3000 A.D. TOA Heavy Industries' headquarters self-destructs, leaving the synthetic humans on their own.
Zoichi Kanoe (庚 造一 Kanoe Zōichi?) is the main character of the manga. He is a synthetic human created by TOA Heavy Industries, and is on a mission to find humans that have adapted to the N5S virus. He meets Eon Green in a Maximum Security Containment Facility, in south district 17 of 9JO, where he had been dispatched. He fails to rescue Eon when she is taken by the Public Health Department. He then starts to track her down. His weapon is a rapid-fire pistol and he rides a HDC-08B-3 TOA Industries Motorcycle. He is also equipped with a linear accelerator rifle type 4000-XL, and an axe for close combat.
Fuyu Kanoe (カノエ·フユ Kanoe Fuyu?) is the holographic AI personality of the large black motorcycle ridden by Zoichi. She assists Zoichi with situational analysis as well as advising him on strategies. Like other artificial intelligence systems in the manga, she is pre-programmed with emotions.
Nishu Mizunoe (壬 二銖 Mizunoe Nishu?) is a female synthetic human who makes contact with Kozlov Leifnovich Grebnev while she's on a mission to find Loew Grigorievic Grebnev, one of the original founders of the Data Recovery Foundation. She has similar weapons and vehicle as Zoichi.
Shin Mizunoe (ミズノエ·シン Mizunoe Shin?) is the male AI belonging to Nishu.
Go Hinoto (丁 五宇 Hinoto Gou?) was killed before the beginning of the story by Higuide, as depicted in the "Interlink" chapter. He discovered the new, less virulent pseudo-N5S virus and sent his AI, Tyra Hinoto, into orbit with this information just before his death.
Tyra Hinoto (ヒノト·タイラ Hinoto Taira?) is the female AI that belonged to the now-deceased TOA Heavy Industries' synthetic human Go Hinoto. She was sent into orbit by Go, and later fell down to Earth and was saved from DRF forces by Kozlov Leifnovic Grebnev.
Data Recovery Foundation
The Data Recovery Foundation (技術文化遺産復興財団 Gijutsu-Bunka-Isan-Fukkō-Zaidan?, "Technology-Culture-Inheritance-Restoration-Foundation"), also known as the DRF. Founded in 2272 under the name "Microvolt Corporation" and houses the main antagonists of the manga. They are trying to find all existing humans who have adapted to the N5S virus to use them to create their own immortals. They believe that all humans should be infected with the N5S virus, believing that it will remake some of them into the "new human race" and kill off the rest. They call this process "the baptism". After the destruction of TOA Heavy Industries' headquarters, they proclaim themselves the new world government.
Nyaldee (ニアルディ Niarudi?) is the overlord (or, "matriarch") of the DRF and also the second oldest person in the world. Her weapon takes the form of many long white worms. It is a close range weapon and can affect people both mentally and physically, making her exceedingly dangerous. She can read the minds of everyone she touches, and can learn the history of any object she touches as well.
Guard of the Left (左断吏官 Rikan Sadan?) is a skilled and renowned warrior of the DRF HQ and most likely serving directly under Nyaldee. He wears thick and intimidating jet black armor that may or may not be integrated into his body. He has demonstrated the ability to use tremendous speed. His weapon similar to a Safeguard Sword as seen in Blame! and NOiSE.
Guard of the Right (右断吏官 Rikan Udan?) is another skilled warrior and Sadan Rikan's sibling, he also wears the jet black armor and most likely shares the same speed ability. He is far more protective of Nyaldee, serving almost as her direct body guard. He also uses a weapon resembling a Safeguard Sword.
Public Health Department
The Public Health Department (公衆衛生局 Koushuueisei Kyoku?), also known as the Public Health Service, is an ally of the DRF, and is a subsidiary of the DRF. Their headquarters is a monadnock. The Public Health Department later turns against the DRF due to Nyaldee's outrageous intentions, but is quickly overrun by DRF forces.
Kardal Spindal (カーダル·スピンダル Kadaru Supindaru?) is a young woman that works for the Public Health Department. She can cover herself in a semi-organic body suit that can be used for both offense and defense, and also possesses some form of telekinesis. She is first seen taking Eon Green with her from the MSCF. Zoichi later meets her in her human form and spends some time with her without knowing who she is. She appears to have some moral qualms regarding orders given her, but never questions her superiors.
Higuide (ヒグイデ Higuide?) is an extremely powerful patrol officer working under General Narein. He is highly proficient in the use of bladed weapons and combat techniques, as demonstrated when he is chosen by General Narein to execute a spy in a duel, and has even succeeded in killing TOA Heavy Industries' agent Go Hinoto. He has also shown impressive agility, dodging a fully charged Gravitational Round Emission, and destroying multiple "War-Engines" (large battle mecha with enormous destructive capability) in a single battle.
General Narein (ナレイン将軍 Narein Shōgun?) is the head of the Public Health Department, originally recruited by Nyaldee. Fearing Nyaldee and her powers as well as his own mortality, he changed himself repeatedly, hoping to immunize himself against her mind-reading. His true form is a huge, possibly mutated creature with several tentacles. He was the one who ordered the destruction of TOA Heavy Industries.
Dr. Wildenstein (ウィルデンシュタイン博士 Uirudenshutain Hakase?) is a brilliant scientist working for the Public Health Department who serves under General Narein. Although he steals the Gravitation Emission Weapon Data from Dr. Mamuro Kurokawa of TOA Heavy Industries, he is proficient in other fields, as he manages to modify the N5S virus for the Public Health Department's use. He also learns how to create synthetic humans, and when combining the data, he learns how to use the N5S virus for battle purposes among skilled soldiers or even how to reverse its effects.
The immortals are humans who have adapted to the N5S virus on a genetic level (has 24 pairs of chromosomes after infection), integrating it into their cell structure and giving them inhuman abilities; advanced regeneration and longevity. Called accommodators in US version.
Ion Green (イオン·グリーン Ion Gurin?), born Vief Chiena, is a 17-years-old seemingly immortal girl who has adapted herself to the N5S virus. She is parentless and lives with Kozlov Leifnovich Grebnev in her grandfather's house in south district 17 of 9JO. She has a super-regenerative healing factor. She is taken into custody by the Public Health Department, after which she rarely appears in the manga. She carries some sort of spore in her that can turn all Drones back to normal humans.
Reload (リルオード Riruodo?) is another female immortal. She was found on earth about 700 years before the beginning of the story, then being already 300 years old. It was discovered that she had a 24th chromosome, and from time to time her body would secrete small amounts of an unknown substance, similar to plastic. She is the woman found on Mars in the beginning of the story, and afterwards she is never seen aside from flash-backs.
Kozlov Leifnovich Grebnev (コズロフ·レーフヴィチ·グレブネフ Kozurofu Refuvichi Gurebunefu?) is a scientist who transferred himself into the body of a bear to avoid the N5S virus. As a bear he can walk upright, talk and even wield weapons like a human would. He lived with Eon Green and tried to protect her when a patrol officer from the Public Health Department came to get her. He befriends both Zoichi and Nishu after an unfriendly start with both. He saves the AI, Tyra Hinoto, from falling into the hands of the DRF.
- Biomega #01 (2007/1/19) ISBN 978-4-08-877210-3
- Biomega #02 (2007/1/19) ISBN 978-4-08-877211-0
- Biomega #03 (2007/8/17) ISBN 978-4-08-877317-9
- Biomega #04 (2008/2/19) ISBN 978-4-08-877405-3
- Biomega #05 (2008/9/19) ISBN 978-4-08-877517-3
- Biomega #06 (2009/3/19) ISBN 978-4-08-877622-4