Ranked #1060
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

Alternative Titles

Japanese: マルドゥック・スクランブル 圧縮


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2010
Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.671 (scored by 14120 users)
Ranked: #10602
Popularity: #1217
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Rune Balot is a down-and-out teen prostitute in Mardock City. One day, she's picked up by an ambitious casino manager named Shell who gives her everything she could want. Renewed by a false innocence, a false past, and now the false life Shell has given her, Balot feels grateful. However, she can't help but be curious about why he's done so much for her, so she does some research about his past on a computer. This turns out to be a mistake which will change her life greatly. When Shell finds out what she's done, he attempts to burn her to death by blowing up her car.

Due to the high crime rate in Mardock, a new law called "Scramble 09" has given police carte blanche to take extreme and otherwise illegal measures to revive crime witnesses. With this in mind, they allow a professor to bring Balot back from the brink of death by reassembling her entire body with reinforced synthetic fiber. When she finally wakes up, her confused mental state eventually turns toward revenge as Shell is revealed as her killer.

(Source: Nippon Cinema)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Balot, Rune
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Hayashibara, Megumi
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Yashima, Norito
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Welldone the Pussyhand
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Tanaka, Masahiko
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Septinos, Shell
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Nakai, Kazuya
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Nakanishi, Go
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Kudou, Susumu
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Foster, Steven
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Script, ADR Director
Suzuki, Shingo
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Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation, Character Design

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Aug 17, 2012 2:40 PM
If there’s one thing that can be said about anime, it’s that it can get quite controversial at times. From the Ecchi genre, to the Horror genre, to the Psychological genre, anime is often presented with scenes of intense language, violence, gore, nudity, sex, and highly questionable themes. Mardock Scramble is one such anime.

The story follows a young Rune Balot, who as a child was raped by her father. Enraged, her brother then proceeds to shoot the father. As her family falls to pieces, Rune grows up as an underage prostitute, and where she is ultimately caught and put in jail. Enter Shell, the read more
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Sep 13, 2014 10:14 AM
As my username might give away, I love cyberpunk, and I always have. Ever since those first few ambient skyline shots from the original Ghost in the Shell, I've been hooked. For me, anime is as much about the characters as the setting itself. Cyberpunk anime always seem to offer backdrops oozing with emotion, from lonely and derelict alleys to streets bustling with life.

Mardock Scramble is by no means perfect, and I loved it just the same. While it does have a few flaws, I hope this review can highlight the strong moments for which I hold it so fondly.


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Mar 4, 2014 5:09 AM
This review is spoiler-free and based on all three parts which combine to form the complete story of Mardock Scramble. I decided to insert review on first part, because that's what people look at first. Too late to regret wasted time by the end of the third or even second installment.

STORY 3/10
Story of Mardock Scramble is a mess to put it lightly. I do enjoy my anime raw and leaving a lot for viewer interpretion. I'm fascinated by works like Ergo Proxy, Haibane Renmei and Serial Experiments Lain. That line is hard to walk: doing it just a bit wrong leads to horrible train read more
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Feb 10, 2013 5:41 AM
Review up to the second movie. Will edit as I watch more.

This trilogy of movies had a rough time while getting green light for production. It was originally planed to be animated by studio GONZO, but after its almost bankruptcy the project was handed over to a new studio on the block, called Go Hands. This studio and the director haven’t made any good anime so far (their roster is full of crappy ecchis) but the final poject can’t possibly be any worse than that piece of shit that is GONZO. So I like this change.

So what is this show about? It is based on read more
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Both series contain action, sci-fi, and drama as well as some violence and strange mood throughout some scenes.

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Opening Theme

"Amazing Grace for Balot (アメイジング・グレイス for Balot)" by Minako Honda

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