still one of those people who think anime is for children than you
should definitely watch Mardock Scramble: The First Compression.
This anime is definitely not for children and if you enjoyed Ghost in
the Machine, you will ultimately enjoy this R18+ film by the creator of
Le Chevalier D'eon.
revolves around the Cyborg Balot, a young girl who is brutally raped and
murdered. Although Balot's life ended quite unjustly and as the film
progresses, we soon learn that she was abused as a child.
the viewer is taken on a history lesson of her past, thanks to the AI
construct known as Oeufcoque.
is "resurrected" as a cyborg, certain parts of previous life still haunt
her and when she achieves sentience again, she does not want to live and
even tries to take her own life. It seems that Balot is just as messed
up as she was when she was human and fortunately she has some help.
tries to assist Balot in break her cycle of abuse but regrettably this
proves more difficult for our heroine who eventually takes matters into
her own hand. But first, there is this strange Bizarro scene in a court
room that really puts an interesting and once again disturbing twist
into the story.
spoiling the story, it is quiet a brutally self-discovery for Balot and
the film is quite violent, especially the nefarious villain so expect
sex and violence in a very over the top manner. However the star of
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression is Balot, a truly devastated
character who was given the chance to live again but whether she
embraces her new life remains to be seen. The ending will also leave you
spinning for more.
decent video and audio, Mardock Scramble: The First Compression is
unfortunately missing any substantial extras which is a shame.
Nonetheless, it's a brilliant story that is perfectly scripted and well
animated. The English voice acting is first class that only adds to the
realism of this recommended tale of woe, misery and redemption.