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Mardock Scramble: The First Compression


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Japanese: マルドゥック・スクランブル 圧縮

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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2010
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: GoHands
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

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Score: 7.651 (scored by 16,477 users)
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Ranked: #11362
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Popularity: #1261
Members: 36,221
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Synopsis

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
Balot, Rune
Main
Hayashibara, Megumi
Japanese
Hayashibara, Megumi
Penteano, Oeufcoque
Penteano, Oeufcoque
Main
Yashima, Norito
Japanese
Yashima, Norito
Welldone the Pussyhand
Welldone the Pussyhand
Supporting
Tanaka, Masahiko
Japanese
Tanaka, Masahiko
Septinos, Shell
Septinos, Shell
Supporting
Nakai, Kazuya
Japanese
Nakai, Kazuya

Staff

Nakanishi, Go
Nakanishi, Go
Producer
Kudou, Susumu
Kudou, Susumu
Director
Foster, Steven
Foster, Steven
Script, ADR Director
Suzuki, Shingo
Suzuki, Shingo
Storyboard, Animation Director, Character Design, Key Animation

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

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MangoFox
Aug 17, 2012
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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DraconisMarch
Nov 3, 2011
Short and sweet:

Story - Very interesting, but suffered from pacing issues. It moved wayyy too fast and didn't explain what was going on--or why--very well. Then again, some people may like this kind of vagueness that puts the jobs of interpretation and filling in the gaps on the viewer. If they had tacked an extra 20-30 minutes onto it, they could've SLOWED THE HELL DOWN and taken their time.

Art - Incredible, clean, and beautiful, except I'm not a fan of the grain layering they used over the duration of the film. It was different, but not my taste. Watching it read more
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aikaflip
Aug 9, 2015
“I wish I was dead.”

These are the opening words of Mardock Scramble, spoken by 15-year old prostitute Rune Balot, that set the despondent and existential tone for the rest of the series.

The story is set in Mardock City, a futuristic world where the skyline is filled with skyscrapers, cars glide on fluorescent green roads, and everything sparkles like champagne. It’s a stunning place to look at, but it’s also a savage place where cruelty and crime are often left unpunished.

Homicide has become so rampant that the government has authorized a controversial procedure to resurrect victims so that they can testify against their assailants. Many concepts read more
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5camp
Nov 20, 2010
This install­ment of Mar­dock Scramble is the first in what’s planned to be a 3-part series. In it, a teen­age pros­ti­tute is killed by the man who took care of her, but she’s brought back to life by some magical sci­ence to try get revenge on her killers. She’s given a robotic body, lots of skin tight cloth­ing and a highly intel­li­gent golden mouse who can trans­form into whatever he wants, nor­mally a gun of some sort.

It’s hard to talk about Mar­dock Scramble without giv­ing out some plot set­ting spoil­ers. People might say that descrip­tions of the plot aren’t spoil­ers at all, but it does read more
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