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Japanese Blade Runner? You bet
on 21 April 2012
I first saw Mardock Scramble: The First Compression at Scotland Loves Animation 2011, along with it's sequel "The Second Combustion", on a big screen. I knew from the minute it started it was going to be something special, and it certainly was.
It's one of those anime movies that crosses conventional boundaries with its content and appeal, kinda like Redline (another fantastic movie worth your time) does. It's a gritty cyberpunk story (hence the several reviews you may have seen comparing it to good old Blade Runner), complete with dark story, troubled characters and some truly fantastic visuals. Mardock City looks utterly incredible in the opening shots and the action sequence at the end is impeccably animated.
It's worth recommending based on its own merit alone, but it's also the first part of a trilogy, the second part of which has seen cinemas in Japan already. As I said, I got the opportunity to watch the UK premiere, and it absolutely does not disappoint.
If you're a fan of high production value anime features, this should definitely not be missed, but even if you've a passing interest in anime or cyberpunk, give it a shot. It's well priced for a Bluray movie.