Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion

Alt title: Mardock Scramble The Second Combustion

Movie (1 ep)
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Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion

Rescued from a deadly assault on their headquarters, Rune Balot finds temporary shelter in “Paradise” - a high-tech laboratory where the Scramble 09 protocol originated. While the severely injured Oeufcoque regenerates in a healing vat, Rune struggles with her equally injured psyche. As the search for Shell’s hidden memories continues, Rune struggles to bring the man that murdered her to justice in the second combustible volume of Mardock Scramble!

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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Well if nothing else, at least these short OVAs break up the 50 episodes of Golgo and 100 of Kenshin I'm working on. Story - 5/10 While Rune and Ouefcoque heal their wounds in a place known as paradise, we are given a more in-depth look at the Scramble program and those who created it. While interesting, this drags on for an extended period of time and upon it's ending it seems it was only there for the excuse to add more nudity and violence. The second half was equally pointless, as Rune and Dr. Easter go to Shell's casino in the hopes of winning four million dollars, as his memories have been stored on 4 one million dollar chips. While there is a point to their gambling, the time spent on it, and the somewhat pointless side story of Bell Wing, took away from what could have been an interesting direction. That storyline is about the body guard of Shell Septinos, Dimsdale Boiled. They touch on his past and how he was Oeufcoque's first companion, but most of what we learn is in a few short scenes, often devoid of conversation. Animation - 8/10 While the animation was pretty much the same as the previous chapter, I think the addition of "Paradise" just gave that extra umph to show how great the background animators on this series are. They were able to really convey this beautiful wonderland based on the idea of the garden of Eden. The scenes at the casino also added a new layer to the animation, really bringing to the forefront their use of those neon color highlights. Again the character animation was average, but they tried their best to make Rune's outfits and Dimsdale Boiled's body as intricate and captivating as they could. Though that says nothing for the plain faces and expressions they still have on pretty much every character. Sound - 3/10 There wasn't any noticeable change from part one. The music and voices were all just there, moving the story along but adding nothing to it. Characters - 3/10 While I’d be amiss to say there was character growth, there was at least a little bit of back story given for Ouefcoque and Boiled. What they touched on made Boiled a very interesting character, but it was so little in the time given that I'm not sure they can do much in the final installment.  The few added characters, Tweedledee and Bell Wing, were there to make a very small point, but were given so much more time than what was needed for the story. Overall - 5/10 While they took a solid step forward, I felt like eighty percent of the episode was filler to stretch a two part series into three. The extended time at Paradise and the Casino added nothing that couldn't have been done in five minutes worth of scenes.  While I look forward to the finale I'm fearful the interesting things they could be focused on will be ignored for some long winded scene that adds nothing to the story or that is purely as an excuse to have nudity.

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