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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 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...

About 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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emmejo, December 12, 2013 (view all comments by emmejo)
Well, I was rather disappointed with this book. It wasn't engaging me, emotionally or logically. I found Hikaru rather annoying and one-dimensional and the plot was an old chestnut I've seen done better many times. I kept mentally comparing it to Parasyte, a manga with a similar plot and art style, but one I liked much more. This book didn't really give me any reason to like Hikaru or care what happened to her, she is entirely personality-less for most of the book, and the alien is given a similarly vague treatment. I also would have liked to see Hikaru learn to cope with sharing her brain, instead of the rote-feeling freak-out and refusal to believe suddenly swapped for doing what this voice in her head tells her to.

I think this book is riding too hard on the plot, figuring it will carry the reader past the bland characters, jerky pacing and wandering writing. That might work if the plot was tight and could hold up to being the only focus, but it can't.
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Tadano, Nobuaki
Manga - Science Fiction
Graphic Novels-Manga-Science Fiction
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