Mardock Scramble: REVIEW
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
the main antagonist of this anime, gets her out, gives her shelter, offers her his love and support… and then proceeds to blow her up.
Severely injured and on the verge of death, she is then rescued by Dr.Easter, who effectively turns her into a sexy Japanese version of Robocop. She is then given the ability to hack electronics, kick-ass, and take names. To bring the crimes of Shell to light, she partners up with Oeufcoque, a highly intelligent electronic mouse that can transform, doubling as; her wardrobe, voice collar, gun, knife, shield, radar, emotional support, and love interest. Effectively putting batman’s utility belt to shame.
A ‘balot’, or ‘balut’, is an underdeveloped duck embryo. It is a representation of the fragility of Rune’s character as well as her torqued innocence. While Oeufcoque (French for eggshell), serves to protect Rune, both physically and mentally.
(P.S. I wonder what the director’s obsession with eggs is all about though. Dr. Easter, Boiled, Scrambled, Balot, Oeufcoque, Shell, and Humpty Dumpty. Now all they need is a character named Sunny Side Up)
If you haven’t figured it out by now, yes this anime is rated R-18+, with themes of rape, incest, prostitution, murder, and impending bestiality. To put into perspective how fucked up this anime gets. One of the villains is a giant tit sack. . . No really. While his boss, Mr. Pussyhands, gives quite a new meaning to the term “pussyslap”, and takes the act of “masturbation” to a whole new level.
One of the things I can say about this anime is that it is very dark, and takes itself very seriously. You get a feel for Balot’s fear & mistrust of strangers, her loneliness & desperation, and her pain & anguish. As you begin to comprehend the tormented soul of Rune Balot, you start to get an understanding of what this anime is trying to convey.
This dark and gritty concept, the question of morals, and the beautiful use of symbolism make this an anime I would definitely recommend checking out. The animation is a mix of 3D CG, brilliant slow motion, and fast-paced action. While the anime takes very serious tones and displays them in a very serious manner. Which is a nice break from all the mindless violence, gore, sex, and nudity often found in other anime.
I hope you enjoyed this review, and as always, thank you for reading.
Original Article Source: Mardock Scramble: The First Compression – MyAnimeList.net