Posted by psgels on 2 September 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews




And here’s another widely anticipated movie: the first of the Mardock Scramble trilogy. Finally, Gohands could get in a project that actually showed off their talent, rather than making the umpth bad harem clone. The promo art for this series looked absolutely gorgeous, it had the writer of Fafner and Chevalier behind it. There was a ton of promise behind this. So, how did it go?

Well, that was screwed up. Mardock Scramble is science fiction. It’s based around all kinds of interesting ideas, some of which do not care how sick in the head they can get. There’s a ton of nudity as well, but despite all this it has an style that works really well. Its story is dark and well acted, it takes itself seriously and ends up as a great science fiction character study.

There are multiple characters, but within the first hour of this trilogy the focus went mostly to just two of them, and they got a good dose of airtime dedicated to their backgrounds. They’re both pretty interesting for a one-hour movie. Nothing stellar, but the bond that develops between them is quite engaging to watch.

Beyond that, this movie just oozes with style. The animation and art are both utterly gorgeous, especially the use of colours makes this a visual feast. The action is really well directed and amazing to watch as well, especially during the second half of the movie. It’s one of the strengths of the movie, but also one of its major weaknesses: it’s so busy with this style that at times it forces things along, just for the sake of this. This leads to sometimes rather jumpy editing and character development that may be a bit too sudden.

The meat of the story obviously isn’t in this first movie yet, and whether I’m gonna recommend it is going to depend entirely on the direction that the other two movies take it in. It’s very much a continuous story, so this movie doesn’t really just stand alone (especially when considering its cliff-hanger). It set up all of the building blocks. Now it’s up to the other two movies to use it.

Storytelling: 8/10 – A bit jumpy, but nicely paced, good dialogue.
Characters: 8/10 – The development is a bit forced, but good background and the bond between the two main characters is interesting.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Gorgeous; great style, excellent use of colors.
Setting: 8/10 – Lots of neat ideas, though some are just pointlessly gory and are a bit out of place.

Suggestions:
Kara no Kyoukai- The Garden of Sinners – Overlooking View
King of Thorn
Rebuild of Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance

5 Responses

  1. dango says:

    A lot of interesting sci fi concepts here, does have a lot of dark elements.. another brillant animated film,definitely going to see how this turns out.

  2. Samejima says:

    That was great fun, when are the other two gonna come out?

  3. sheratan says:

    I especially like the chemistry between the main heroine and Oeufcoque too.

  4. DangerMouse says:

    Yeah, really liked it, it was a great start.

  5. M0rg0th says:

    I liked the movie for the way it reminded me more of cyberpunk than the typical sci-fi but that movie alone really isn’t recommendable. It always felt like they started walking but stopped short of going anywhere with it. There was nothing conclusive about this movie even as it did have some progression and some character-development.
    But I really look forward to see the other two ones ^^ .

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  • k-off
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:48 AM)
    @Aidan Well, you’re definitely one of the smart backers then. Because so many people are so blinded by the promised final product that they’d keep preordering, backing shady kickstarters, etc.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:48 AM)
    As far as VNs go I have put down money on a number of VN kickstarter but I can’t say I have found anything new that I would consider recommendable. I mean a improved version of Muv Luv is coming out and while I would recommend Alternative I don’t think you would have the patience for Extra and Unlimited. Even Alternative might not be your thing.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:45 AM)
    No, people do care about the quality. But there are a large number of individuals who don’t read the fine print. I have taken to only putting money down on something I can trust after being burned by a project which had a good idea but the wrong people in charge of it.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan People care about the product itself, but not about anything else related to it, like the quality or the uncertain development cycle. If they did, they wouldn’t put their money down. They’re initially so blinded by nostalgia that they don’t care either way about the rocky development cycle.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:41 AM)
    @K-off, I haven’t touched a VN in a while myself. If you don’t count DanganRonpa.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:38 AM)
    @K-off, That’s not it. When people put their money into something they really do give a crap. To some Kickstarter is like a game and they like interacting with other backers and see the number go up. Others truly want the product. The problem I say is that most the hype burns out by the time the product actually releases.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:36 AM)
    @Aidan But on the topic of VNs what are some newer ones that you recommend? I haven’t touched a VN since my first experience left a bad taste in my mouth.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:30 AM)
    @Aidan That’s the problem, as I’ve said, too much of Kickstarter is about churning out giant mounds of decent but undifferentiated products to be bought for pennies by people who don’t give a crap either way.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:28 AM)
    On matter of Kickstarter I feel like Square is pulling an Inafune with FF15 with all these animes and movies before the games even out. They are trying to milk something that hasn’t even been established as good yet.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 03:27 AM)
    Kickstarter is somewhat to blame for the uprising of just doing what was done before as nostalgia is the easiest method to net cash there. Otherwise it’s not so much a lack of creativity but rather putting out a safe cash grab with an established fanbase instead of a new IP.

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