Mardock Scramble

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Mardock Scramble
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Region 1 DVD Cover of the first film released by Sentai Filmworks
マルドゥック・スクランブル
(Marudukku Sukuranburu)
Genre Action, Cyberpunk
Serial novel
Written by Tow Ubukata
Illustrated by Katsuya Terada
Published by Hayakawa
English publisher Viz Media
Magazine Hayakawa's SF Magazine
Original run May 2003July 2003
Volumes 3
Manga
Written by Tow Ubukata
Illustrated by Yoshitoki Oima
Published by Kodansha
English publisher Kodansha Comics USA
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original run March 17, 2010May 9, 2012
Volumes 7 (List of volumes)
Anime film
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
Directed by Susumu Kudo
Written by Tow Ubukata
Music by Conisch
Studio GoHands
Licensed by
Released November 11, 2010
Runtime 65 minutes
Anime film
Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion
Directed by Susumu Kudo
Written by Tow Ubukata
Music by Conisch
Studio GoHands
Licensed by
Released September 3, 2011
Runtime 61 minutes
Anime film
Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust
Directed by Susumu Kudo
Written by Tow Ubukata
Music by Conisch
Studio GoHands
Licensed by
Released September 29, 2012
Runtime 66 minutes
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Mardock Scramble (マルドゥック・スクランブル Marudukku Sukuranburu?) is the name for a series of novels by Tow Ubukata, which were later adapted into a manga series and a trilogy anime film series. The story is about a girl named Rune Ballot who was taken in by a man named Shell who later tried to kill her and left her for dead. She is saved and turned into a cyborg. It is up to her to stop Shell and his evil gang.

The first novel was published in Japan in May 2003, with the final novel published on July 2003. The novels were later adapted into a manga series and an anime film trilogy.

Viz Media licensed the novels and published all three in one volume. Kodansha Comics USA published the manga series in English, and Sentai Filmworks released anime films on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Plot[edit]

Taking place in a futuristic city called Kamina City, Rune Ballot is a young sex worker who was taken in by the notorious gambler Shell Septinous. One night, Shell abandons Rune and attempts to murder her in an explosion. However, she is rescued and transformed into a cyborg by Dr. Easter. An Artificial intelligence in the form of a Mouse accompanies her to adapt to her new life. Rune is trained to use the advanced technology fitted on her to defend herself against Shell's attempts to have her killed to stop her from testifying against him.

Media[edit]

Novel[edit]

The story was written by Tow Ubukata, and illustrated by Katsuya Terada was serialized in Hayakawa's SF Magazine. The first novel was published in May 2003, and the final novel was published on July 2003. Viz Media licensed the novels in English and published all three in one volume on January 18, 2011.[1]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Yoshitoki Oima was published in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine between October 9, 2009 and May 9, 2012, compiled in seven volumes. The first volume was released in Japan on March 17, 2010, and the last on June 9, 2012. Kodansha Comics USA published the manga in English, the first volume was released on August 23, 2011,[2][3] while the last one was released on May 21, 2013.[4]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 March 17, 2010[5] ISBN 978-4-06-384278-4 August 23, 2011[3] ISBN 978-1935429531[3]
2 August 17, 2010[6] ISBN 978-4-06-384353-8 October 18, 2011[7] ISBN 978-1935429548 [7]
3 October 15, 2010[8] ISBN 978-4-06-384389-7 December 6, 2011[9] ISBN 978-1935429555[9]
4 January 7, 2011[10] ISBN 978-4-06-384408-5 February 21, 2012[11] ISBN 978-1612620664[11]
5 June 9, 2011[12] ISBN 978-4-06-384499-3 June 19, 2012[13] ISBN 978-1612621197 [13]
6 December 9, 2011[14] ISBN 978-4-06-384574-7 October 30, 2012[15] ISBN 978-1612622385 [15]
7 June 9, 2012[16] ISBN 978-4-06-384698-0 May 21, 2013[4] ISBN 978-1612622989 [4]

Anime OVAs[edit]

An OVA anime series was announced by Gonzo in 2005 which would have been directed by Yasufumi Soejima and produced by Geneon, screenplay written by Ubukata himself and character designs by Range Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6, Last Exile).[17] However, the project was cancelled in 2006.[18]

Anime films[edit]

On January 18, 2010, a website opened up that announced that an anime adaptation would take place. Later, it was confirmed that the Mardock Scramble anime would be turned into a film trilogy. The film trilogy was animated at GoHands studio and produced by Aniplex, directed by Susumu Kudo and the screenplay was written by Ubukata himself. The soundtrack was composed by Conisch.

  1. The first film, The First Compression was released in Japanese theaters on November 6, 2010.[19] It was also aired in Anime Festival Asia 2010.
  2. The second film, The Second Combustion was released in to Japanese theaters on September 3, 2011.[20]
  3. The third film, The Third Exhaust was released in Japanese theaters on September 29, 2012.[21]

Sentai Filmworks has licensed the three films and released The First Compression on DVD on September 27, 2011 followed by a Blu-ray Disc release on March 13, 2012. On the DVD the nudity from the theatrical release has been censored out, the Blu-ray contains both editions of the movie.[22]

Character Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English)
Rune Balot Megumi Hayashibara Hilary Haag
Œufcoque Penteano Norito Yashima Andy McAvin
Dr. Easter Hiroki Tōchi David Matranga
Shell Septinos Kazuya Nakai Kalob Martinez (Movies 1-2)
Leraldo Anzaldua (Movie 3)
Dimsdale Boiled Tsutomu Isobe David Wald
Welldone the Pussyhand Masahiko Tanaka Christopher Ayres
Medium the Fingernail Norio Wakamoto Justin Doran
Rare the Hair Mika Kanai Luci Christian
Mincemeat the Wink Kenta Miyake Andrew Love
Tweedledee Yumiko Kobayashi Corey Hartzog
Tweedledum Daisuke Namikawa Mark X. Laskowski
Professor Faceman Kinryū Arimoto Carl Masterson
Bell Wing Toshiko Fujita Susan Koozin
Ashley Harvest Takaya Hashi Brett Weaver (Movie 2)
Andrew Love (Movie 3)
Cleanwill John October Masayuki Komuro John Swasey
Marlowe John Fever Daisuke Ono Adam Gibbs

Live-action film[edit]

On May 30, 2012, Dentsu and Hayakawa Publishing licensed the rights to produce a live-action film adaptation of Mardock Scramble. Michael Davis is scheduled to produce and direct the film.[23] However, on May 31, Hayakawa editor Yoshihiro Shiozawa confirmed that the rights of the film are not sold yet and have been in negotiations.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tow Ubukata's Mardock Scramble Listed by Viz Distributor". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kodansha USA Adds Phoenix Wright, Monster Hunter, Deltora Quest". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mardock Scramble Vol.1 Date". RandomHouse.com. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Mardock Scramble Vol. 7". RandomHouse.com. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "マルドゥック・スクランブル(1)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 November 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  6. ^ "マルドゥック・スクランブル(2)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 November 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  7. ^ a b "Mardock Scramble Vol. 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "マルドゥック・スクランブル(3)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 November 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  9. ^ a b "Mardock Scramble Vol. 3". Amazon.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "マルドゥック・スクランブル(4)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 November 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  11. ^ a b "Mardock Scramble Vol. 4". Amazon.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "マルドゥック・スクランブル(5)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 November 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  13. ^ a b "Mardock Scramble Vol. 5". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ "マルドゥック・スクランブル(6)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved May 29, 2012.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  15. ^ a b "Mardock Scramble Vol. 6". Amazon.com. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "マルドゥック・スクランブル(7)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved May 29, 2012.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  17. ^ "Gonzo to Adapt Lauded Sci-Fi Novel". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Mardock ScrambleCanceled". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Mardock Scramble The First Compression's Ad Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "2nd Mardock Scramble Anime Film Slated for September 3rd". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  22. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Mardock Scramble Anime Films". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  23. ^ Sneider, Jeff (30 May 2012). "Japanese sci-fi lures Hollywood". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "Editor: Mardock Scramble, Sands of Time Film Rights Not Yet Sold". Anime News Network. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 

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