7 Billion Needles

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Always sporting her headphones to try to close out the world around her, Hikaru is clearly a reclusive teen aged girl.  And within her body resides another life-form known as Ciel, a hunter in search of an intergalactic murderer intent on wiping out humanity. In 7 Billion Needles, two lives share one heart as they race to protect each other and what they most cherish.

Modern day Japan is the stage for a new form of hard science-fiction, as author Nobuaki Tadano ...

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Overview

Always sporting her headphones to try to close out the world around her, Hikaru is clearly a reclusive teen aged girl.  And within her body resides another life-form known as Ciel, a hunter in search of an intergalactic murderer intent on wiping out humanity. In 7 Billion Needles, two lives share one heart as they race to protect each other and what they most cherish.

Modern day Japan is the stage for a new form of hard science-fiction, as author Nobuaki Tadano revisits one of the  genre's Grand Masters, Hal Clement, in his debut work 7 Billion Needles.  Loosely inspired by Clement's golden age title Needle, 7 Billion Needles follows the life of a teenage girl whose quiet boring days are dramatically changed when her body is possessed by an alien life form caught up in an intergalactic manhunt. 

On a clear calm night, while on a class trip to the beach, Hikaru Takabe decides to go for a walk to escape the shackles of school and peer pressure.  While observing the stars above a calm dark sea in an instant she is disintegrated when  struck by a meteor.

Flash forward one page, and Hikaru awakes, from what seems like a horrible daydream of sorts, sitting amongst classmates in school without a scratch on her.  The meteor dream seemed so real she cannot believe she's alive, but given her relative aloof nature, she soon shrugs off the events and moves on with life.  However, one thing she cannot shake off is the strange buzzing she hears coming from her new pair of headphones...

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"[7 Billion Needles] is a suspenseful, intense book.  What I enjoyed best is how skillfully Nobuaki Tadano develops Hikaru’s character...It’s impossible to not care about anything, and by the end of this introductory volume, it’s impossible to not care for Hikaru." --MangaManiacCafe
 
"Tadano made this science fiction story -- with its monster-movie overtones, and a jolting dose of ultraviolence -- mostly quiet and subdued, with a heroine who falls into none of the usual manga stereotypes. Hal Clement might have had a hard time seeing his story in this, but I think he would have appreciated those quiet moments, and the communications between Horizon and Hikaru."--Antick Musings
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934287873
  • Publisher: Vertical, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 718,504
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nobuaki Tadano made his comics debut with the short story A Headphone Wearing Girl for Media Factory's monthly sci-fi and fantasy comic anthology Comic Flapper.  The short's success earned him the honor of winning Media Factory's Comic Flapper New Artist Award.

7 Billion Needles is Tadano's first feature length series and his first title translated into English.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

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    Peculiar and unique.

    Two universal forces - one creative and one destructive - find themselves inhabiting Earth as they traverse the Cosmos, forever locked in battle against one another. A high school girl's body becomes the host for the creative force, at first. Then, both forces.

    I don't want to spoil the story, so I'll stop there. This manga racks high in my list of "fresh, peculiar, and well-written" stories.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Amazing read!

    Each volume is pretty short I guess but that may only be because I was so sucked into the story I couldn't stop reading it. The story is pretty intense right from the start with each volume giving me surprise after surprise. I can recomend this to scifi horror fans. The art is truly amazing with each volume starting off with a couple of lovely color pages.

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