Region 1 DVD Cover of the first film released by Sentai Filmworks
|Written by||Tow Ubukata|
|Illustrated by||Katsuya Terada|
|English publisher||Viz Media|
|Magazine||Hayakawa's SF Magazine|
|Original run||May 2003 – July 2003|
|Written by||Tow Ubukata|
|Illustrated by||Yoshitoki Oima|
|English publisher||Kodansha Comics USA|
|Magazine||Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine|
|Original run||October 9, 2009 – May 9, 2012|
|Anime film series|
|Directed by||Susumu Kudo|
|Produced by||Haruka Soya
|Written by||Tow Ubukata|
|Released||November 6, 2010 – September 29, 2012|
|Runtime||65 minutes (each)|
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 Balot 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.
Taking place in a futuristic city called Kamina City, Rune Balot is a prostitute 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.
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.
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, while the last one was released on May 21, 2013.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||March 17, 2010||ISBN 978-4-06-384278-4||August 23, 2011||ISBN 978-1935429531 |
|2||August 17, 2010||ISBN 978-4-06-384353-8||October 18, 2011||ISBN 978-1935429548 |
|3||October 15, 2010||ISBN 978-4-06-384389-7||December 6, 2011||ISBN 978-1935429555 |
|4||January 7, 2011||ISBN 978-4-06-384408-5||February 21, 2012||ISBN 978-1612620664 |
|5||June 9, 2011||ISBN 978-4-06-384499-3||June 19, 2012||ISBN 978-1612621197 |
|6||December 9, 2011||ISBN 978-4-06-384574-7||October 30, 2012||ISBN 978-1612622385 |
|7||June 9, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384698-0||May 21, 2013||ISBN 978-1612622989 |
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). However, the project was cancelled in 2006.
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.
- The first film, The First Compression, was released in Japanese theaters on November 6, 2010. It was also aired on Anime Festival Asia 2010.
- The second film, The Second Combustion, was released in to Japanese theaters on September 3, 2011.
- The third film, The Third Exhaust, was released in Japanese theaters on September 29, 2012.
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.
|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|
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. However, on May 31, Hayakawa editor Yoshihiro Shiozawa confirmed that the rights of the film are not sold yet and have been in negotiations.
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- Mardock Scramble (novel) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Mardock Scramble (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (film) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (film) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (film) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia