A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?
These could almost be set in the same universe. A world of amazing technology, but where human life seems to hold little value.
Both Mardock Scramble and GitS paint a bleak view of our future, were transhumanism and technological advances do very little to alleviate the suffering for those at the bottom levels of society. Both movies feature a female main character who are 'rebuilt' using technology, and the stories revolve around police officers working a case.
Both are incredibly visually appealing movies that deftly creates a compelling future, and even though they were created 15 years apart they still have a similar feel as far as aesthetics are concerned. Fans of either would do well to check out the other.
They both exist in a dark future where technological modification flurishes. Both focus on the struggles of modified female leads trying to define their humanity and the value of life in society.
This feels almost like a combination of the gritty complex beauraucratic, violent, philosophic world of GiTS or more so Gits:SAC and the more soul searching symbolic/personal journey world of Ergo Proxy.
The technology, especially the technology of one of the main characters is in some significant respects very advanced compared to Gits, but the nature of it in the society is similar.
Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, to learn the extent of her own deadly abilities and to discover that which makes her truly human: love.
One day, the lonely woodworker Gepetto fetches a log and carves it into the shape of a boy; he names it Pinocchio and promises to treat it as his own son. Gepetto's wish soon comes true when a fairy turns Pinocchio into a boy - albeit still in his wooden form - and gives a cricket the power to speak in order to keep track of the newly-created child. Pinocchio wants badly to become a real boy by whatever means necessary, often becoming selfish in the process and leaving his fairy benefactor to punish him by turning parts of his body into trees. In addition, the townsfolk take advantage of Pinocchio's naivety at near every turn, selling him as a talking tree, kidnapping and forcing him to perform as a circus freak, and tricking him into giving up his money - amongst other things. Can Pinocchio survive these harsh lessons and become a real boy?
As a young girl, Sawa is orphaned when both her parents are brutally murdered and is taken in by a police detective named Akai, who trains her to be a professional killer. He turns Sawa and Oburi, a young boy, into his puppets and makes them kill to fulfill his own sense of justice against child molesters and other harassing members of society.
Well, if Kite and Battle Angel Alita had a child, the results would be Mardock Scramble.
In essence, both animes revolve around female protagonists, with backgrounds of tragedy and constant sexual abuse/rape, who eventually becomes gun wielding anti-heroes, in a sense.
Beware, both animes are rated mature for a reason, and are quite hard to sit through without feeling a sense of moral disgust. Expect to see gruesome rape scenes (Mardock is toned down though), many mature references to sexual abuse, and finally, gory action scenes.