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
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.
What I Liked: Just as beautifully animated as the first. The set design for Paradise and Eggnog Blue. Great soundtrack. The character designs. The costume designs for the casino portion. Bell Wing. What I Didn't: The middle third felt slow. The effects in the poker and the roulette scenes seemed over-the-top and dated. The constant egg references are starting to get stale. The abrupt ending. Final Verdict: Noticeably more relaxed and less heavy than the first movie, this aesthetically pleasing sequel positions itself as less a Cyberpunk action flick and more a science-fiction drama. Which is great for character development, not so much for short attention spans and those distracted by dated "sciency" SFX.
The first was great and this one slightly improves on the orginal with the continuing story of Rune Balton, as the film begins exactly where the first one left off and this film focuses on Rune re-covering from her wonds in a place called Paradice, then it switches to a rather intresting game of gamberling in the second half. The first one had alot of action and was very fast, while it is the same length as the first one, there is hardly action in it and Rune Balton's revenge starts to become less violent as it was in the first one, but I find it more interesting... More in video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-o5-t0ePbE BBFC rating - 15 for strong bloody violence, sex references and nudity
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