So it’s been some time since my last update. Life got a bit busy for me with my first job and my sudden loss of imagination certianly didn’t help, but don’t think for a second that I’ll ever just give up anime. Hopefully after that long summer hiatus, it’ll be quite some time before I drop off the face of the blogsphere again. And what better way to get back into the swing of things than to talk about things I love.
Mardock Scramble is a violent, grotesque, and vulgar OVA series that caught my interest about one year ago with the release of its first installment. You could say that it was my introduction to the rather gritter side of Anime, but despite its bleak and depressing atmosphere a ray of light does shine and this light can be found in the relationship between our heroine and a shape shifting golden mouse.
It’s quite an odd relationship these two beings share. There’s no doubt that it’s love, but not in the sense most of us are familiar with. There are no romantic feelings involved and yet at times it wouldn’t be odd to call them lovers. It’s relationship that was built upon trust (which is something both of them are quite hesitant to give based upon the circumstances that surround their existence) and it was only after a rather heartrending ordeal that they were able to put that trust in one another.
It’s hard to talk about without giving away spoilers but it’s one of the most sincere relationships I think I’ve seen portrayed in anime. It’s all about acceptance and being able to be free from the fear of being judged, knowing that when you put your life in their hands they’ll do everything in their power to keep it safe. It’s love in its purest form and it is certainly something to behold.
And before I sign off for today, I would like to draw your attention to it’s gorgeous soundtrack. It has a very classical feel, but it knows when to kick it up a notch when the shit hits the fan. This is the track that greets you upon the opening of the second OVA and for a second your stunned into silence as your ears and eyes try to connect the two vastly different things your hearing and seeing while at the same time not feeling at all out of place. It makes this scene so much more powerful.
(While I love this entire track, my favorite part is from 0:22 to 0:37. This melody is also repeated using different instruments in my favorite scene that takes place later in the movie. It gets me every single time.)
So, if you have the time and your not put of by the nudity (the likes of which include prostitution and some other unsettling scenes) and a far share amount of violence, then check this movie out. Just be wary, Mardock Scramble knows how to pull off cliffhangers and with the third movie yet to be released in theaters it may be a while before we can see the conclusion of this oddly intriguing OVA series.