- Actors: Megumi Hayashibara
- Directors: Susumu Kudo
- Format: NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 3
- Studio: Sentai Filmworks
- Release Date: July 7 2015
- Run Time: 199 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00U0WY2J8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,140 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Mardock Scramble - The Trilogy (Blu-ray)
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Murdered by a sadistic slayer of women, Rune Balot finds herself reborn for one purpose: to bring her killer to justice. But even knowing the identity of her murderer, proving he's the one responsible for her death won't be easy, especially when the murderer himself has forgotten his crimes. With the help of Doctor Easter, the man who restored her to life, and Oeufcoque, an intelligent, self-aware universal item capable of assuming the form and function of anything from a gun to a mouse, to a lady's glove, Rune will have to find the proof to convict a vicious killer without dying a second time. In a world of black market body parts, high-stakes gambling, and lurid violence, justice will be written in blood as vengeance hit the streets in MARDOCK SCRAMBLE!
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A word of caution to viewers, this trilogy is extremely dark. If you're uncomfortable with sexual violence and themes, steer clear. The Theatrical version spares the audience some of the more graphic details, but clearly this series was meant to hit hard with the protagonist's painful dealings and past. The Director's Cut version of each feature adds more nudity and explicit depiction of sexual violence. This isn't like a re-edited film, scenes are fully reanimated with different character wardrobe (or lack thereof) etc.
All in all, I'd recommend this series very strongly to mature audiences looking for action and good characters. The story may get a little unfocused at times, but it does not ruin the overall experience.
I watched the series in Japanese with English subtitles. I listened to a bit of the English dub and was rather put off. The Japanese voice cast is obviously very talented, getting very emotionally involved in the story. I would be reluctant to replace their performance with an English dub.
One thing that may deter some viewers is the amount of time dedicated to casino games. I personally found the suspense extremely well done, aswell as interesting dialogue throughout, but I could understand if someone would prefer that time be spent on action or plot advancement. That being said in many places it is the dialogue that help makes this series the masterwork that it is. I also appreciated the series' quirks including drastic body modifications and a cybernetically enhanced gay dolphin. I have nothing but admiration for this series.
I knew what I was getting myself into from the start; and that they were probably going to take things a bit too far on the path of social degeneracy to allow the audience to feel wholly comfortable--kida like the Porno-Theatre date Scene in "Taxi Driver" that made me stop watching it midway through and swear-off ever finishing it (Taxi Driver)--but I was okay with that. Somehow, being in the animated medium made the many, many depraved plot-points more easy to stomach; such that I could actually acknowledge them, and appreciate the reason for their inclusion in the wider context, and continue to enjoy the overall story and environment they were developing; at least most of the time.
This trilogy is definitely not for the faint of heart.
As someone who has seen and enjoyed a great many similar movies and TV Shows--both within the medium of Anime, and outside of it in Live-Action series--I found myself thoroughly enjoying this trilogy, yet not enthralled enough to binge the entire thing. I must confess, that though I own all three films through this release, I have not yet found the time to watch the final entry in the trilogy; nor did I feel addicted enough to its content to warrant taking a day off work or calling in pretending to be sick at the last minute in order to watch as I would during say, the release of a full season of one of my favourite shows on Netflix.
This could well be due to my being spoiled for the series through a review convincing me that it was worth watching in the first place leaving me with less desire to finish, as I already knew how it would end; or because of the whole gambling arch that was set up at the end of movie two not hooking me sufficiently.
They seriously came hard out of left field with the whole Casino thing. While it was certainly entertaining in its own way, it wasn't what drew me to the show in the first place; namely dark, and starkly realistic stories portrayed in an almost ethereal manner, with a bundle of moral quandaries to navigate. The Poker I could do without.
Regardless, while it's certainly not for everyone, I believe it is still worth buying for those who can appreciate it; and I will finish the final instalment when I get a day off and a house to myself; which is a rarity.
If you liked: Elfen Lied, Sucker Punch, Lain, Kite, Gunslinger Girl, Ghost In The Shell, Ex-Machina, Higurashi, Phantom Requiem, Texhnolyze, Speed Grapher, RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne, ETC, then you will probably enjoy this trilogy. It touches on similar topics and is very forward about it; the R rating given to the theatrical release may have been a bit high in my opinion, but most would feel it to be well deserved.
To anyone else, I would recommend watching it at least once; preferably alone, in the dark, at night, in the sanctity of your own home.
This dark and twisted--as well as at times, unapologetically sadistic--Trilogy is something that certainly provides a unique outlook, and has enough to keep you thinking about all the moral queries it poses until long after it ends. If that part is over your head, then you still have enough action of one sort or other to keep things interesting.
Give it a shot.
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