Movie: Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

I was initially very excited about the Mardock Scramble OVA announced in 2006. After all, Range Murata was doing the character designs, which I had become rather fond of after watching Last Exile. I never read the novel, so I pictured it to be a futuristic show, maybe steampunk, with cutesy moe designs and high school-aged kids saving the day. It was cancelled, however, and this movie surfaced four years later. Grotesque monsters with body part fetishes? Blood and gore? Sex? What a pleasant surprise I was in for. ^_^

If you’re a big fan of Ghost in the Shell, then this film would be right up your alley. In this dark, technologically advanced society, a young girl by the name of Rune Balot is a broken-down prostitute, shaped by her horrific experience with incestual rape. She gets killed by a man named Shell and is brought back to life as a cyborg by Dr. Easter for the sole purpose of testifying against her killer. At first, she is confused and appears to be disinterested in her mission, and it takes some training to get her in tip top shape. Once she encounters her enemies, however, she swiftly turns into one mean killing machine driven by revenge.

What saves this from being completely dark and depressing is her companion, a cute little golden mouse that is polite enough not to follow her to the girl’s restroom. He is an artificial intelligence named Oeufcoque, but for simplicity sake, let’s just call him Mousey. More like a mentor than anything, Mousey serves to keep Rune’s actions in-check and give her comfort. The fascinating thing about him is that he can change shape into anything—a necklace, suit of armor, or even a gun. So as you can see, he’s really quite useful. *sigh* I want a Mousey…

While gross and shocking at times, this is still worthwhile to check out for the action and aesthetic appeal (I’ll just let the screenshots speak for themselves!). Particularly if you’re craving for an adult-themed scifi-horror, this will keep you at the edge of your seat. Now to let Alex continue the review into the second film, where he will discuss the amazing psychology in this trilogy.

Mimi’s Score: 8/10 Meeps

Alex’s Score: 8/10 Meeps

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