Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

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Synonyms: Mardock Scramble: Asshuku
Japanese: マルドゥック・スクランブル 圧縮
English: Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
Spanish: Mardock Scramble: The First Compresion
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2010
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: GoHands
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 1 hr. 9 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.421 (scored by 2854928,549 users)
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Ranked: #21472
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Popularity: #2533
Members: 73,452
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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)

Characters & Voice Actors


Kudou, Susumu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Foster, Steven
Script, ADR Director


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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 ...
Nov 3, 2011
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Jul 8, 2012
Clarity is important to a movie's effectiveness. While it is true that clarity is always important in storytelling, a movie does well to keep that in mind even more, as there is much less time than usual to tell a story. With that in mind, as an introduction to a trilogy, Mardock Scramble: The First Compression does a wishy-washy job.

The main issue with The First Compression's execution is its confusing way of expressing itself. The first section of the movie consists of a vague and confusing sequence of related events. Many intense and provocative things are shown during this, but their relevance and, at a ...

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