Originally Posted by KiraRin
Whilst helping add new anime to the database, she-who-must-be-obeyed (sothis) pointed me in the direction of Malice@Doll. “It has tentacles and shit; your kind of thing!” was the foreboding cry. Still not convinced, I went into the show for the greater good, <-- I'm loving this opening paragraph but this bit doesn't sound quite right. I can't quite pinpoint it, but going into the show for the greater good just sounds odd. My personal suggestion would be something like: 'While still unconvinced, I sucked it up for the greater good and went into the show...' hoping for another hidden gem to share with people. As you will see after reading this review, a new love affair was sadly not to be.
Tagged as “horror” on most sites, there are actually very few hair-raising screams and a boat-load of x-rated moans of pleasure.<-- The seond half of this sentence doesn't seem quite right. I'd suggest "...hair-raising screams and, instead, a boat-load of x-rated moans of pleasure await. A story that held immense promise was spoiled by a fetishist's wet dream, filled to the brim with tentacles and bondage. Set in a futuristic world where humankind no longer exists, our robotic creations continue to survive long after our eradication, desperate for eventual evolution. The supposed heroine of the show, Malice, is a Doll – a beautiful android girl who is a glorified flesh-light<-- Not quite sure what you mean by this. Her numerous flashbacks to the good old days see some rather perverted moments of foot licking, ball gagging and erotic flesh cutting. It may sound like a hentai production, and the boundaries are certainly blurred, but the titillating action is mostly kept off screen with just some hand-sweater action to drive the viewer to distraction. Even the tentacle scenes are visually tame with a half-hearted limp worm disappearing up a girls' skirt.
A flimsy offer of potential came from the transformation of the surrounding characters into real-life beings. The thought of a man-made creatures being left to run around Earth, whilst considering their makers’ as God was fascinating. Unfortunately, this concept was nipped in the bud and thrown by the wayside as a half naked creature
was paraded onscreen, and a woman attempted to bring herself to orgasm on 'atop' might sound better here a giant insect. Yes, really.
Hoping that the tame sexual content in Malice@Doll would take a secondary role to the sci-fi storyline that oozes seductively with exciting promise, this was sadly not to be. I think you need to re-word this sentence. Either start with 'I was hoping that...' and add in a 'but' after promise, or leave the beginning as is and finish the sentence with "I was disapointed that this was sadly not to be." Actually, thinking about it, you used 'sadly not to be at the end of the opening paragraph, so it might be best to find another way to word it. Maybe, 'I was saddened that this was not the case' or something. Any semblance of
a plot is buried underneath the utterly perverted ecchi. The visuals take precedence as the creators spend too long showing off their abilities with the computer graphics and not enough time thinking about a narrative to carry the viewers interest throughout the 90-minute OVA. <-- I'd suggest changing 'to carry' to 'capable of carrying'
Despite sporting superb computer graphics
in the for its day, Malice@Doll now looks decidedly dated. The PS2-esque depiction of a forgotten city landscape is beautiful, if not a little self-contained. The animated robots look gorgeous and skilfully crafted but beg an unflattering comparison to more modern PS3 effects. Whilst Malice plays the part of a glorified Barbie doll, the aged graphics suit a her? matte complexion and soulless eyes. However, her transformation into a real, curvaceous woman makes her look Would suggest 'appear' to avoid repetition flat and special effects overly forced<-- Feels like it needs something here. Maybe 'special effects seem overly forced. The veins pulsating underneath her tongue are ugly and her lips in serious need of a collagen injection. Any action scenes are jerky, adding a comical twist to a damsel running away in despair and falling helplessly to the ground.
I’m actually considering banning dubbed shows from my household. YAY! Watching two of the three episodes of Malice@Doll with excellent Japanese seiyuu and subtitles, I waded into dodgy waters by switching to the English soundtrack for
the its finale. The once naive Heather transformed into an even more vapid bint, and the sexually husky Doris suddenly suffers from a transgendered problem. On the flip side of the coin, the soundtrack was beautiful. Ranging from orchestral vocals as a camera pans through a forgotten city, to an urban-techno closing track, my ears pricked up at the amazing musical accompaniment.
Ignoring the show's exorbitant amount of perversion
in this show, Malice is a surprisingly likable character. It will take a cold hearted viewer to not feel compassion for the poor girl who is thrust into an alien body and shunned by her previous peers. The development from robotic android to virgin female is not sudden, and the tentative steps in new skin are well thought out by the writers. If only the focus had remained on the narrative of the ex-sextoy and not her lesbian tonsil-hockey skills. Sadly, Malice is shadowed by the other Dolls discovering their own humanity and some fetishist's kinky scenes. <-- There's quite a lot of variations of 'to be' in this paragraph, leading to a few instances of passive voice. Might be worth having a look at.
The rest of the supporting cast could be boiled down to the remainder of the sex doll clique. <-- Sounds a bit awkward, and I'm not entirely sure what you mean. Of those, only Heather and Doris stand out. In one moment, the leader of the group, Doris, is empowered in traditional Japanese dress and authoritative role as she attempts to make a stand against Malice. Again, sounds a bit awkward. I don't think you get empowered IN, but empowered BY something. My suggestion for a re-work of this sentence would be: 'Initially, as Doris, the leader of the group, attempts to make a stand against Malice, her traditional Japanese dress and authoritative role empowers her.' Then maybe start the next sentence with 'However' to link them together. Her failure sees her transformed into a nymphomaniac who wants nothing but sexual pleasure, and it doesn’t matter where it comes from. Ha Ha Heather is a typical girly character; kitted out in a slutty maid outfit to please her patrons, she giggles and plays the part of the annoying airhead extremely well.
Disclaimer: “Tentacles and shit” are *not* my thing. Perhaps I would have lapped up the degrading ecchi a little more if I was heavily into BDSM... or had an android fetish... or liked my girls to have a six-foot-long monstrous arm Rofl. Sadly, I don’t. As it stands, the only memorable thing about this show will be the terrible dub and apparent ease in which a female can orgasm. All in all, Malice@Doll is not completely terrible, but it is seriously lacking in anything but twisted stimulation material.