Mardock Scramble 1-3

Title: Mardock Scramble review for volumes 1, 2, and 3

Author: Tow Ubukata illustrator Yoshitoki Oima

Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Status: Available now 

*full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by Volume 1:“I’d rather be dead.” Rune Balot was a lost girl with nothing to live for, when a man named Shell took her in and cared for her… until he tried to murder her. Standing at the precipice of death, Rune is saved by Dr. Easter, a private investigator, who uses an experimental procedure known as “Mardock Scramble 09.” The procedure grants Balot extraordinary abilities and now Rune must decide whether to use her new powers to help Dr. Easter bring Shell to justice, or if she has the will to keep living a life that’s been broken so badly. 

Volume 2: Rune Balot is a prostitute who is nearly murdered by Ciel, an enigmatic casino manager, who suffers from a disease that forces him to remove and store his memories. A victim for most of her life, Rune faces a choice. While on the brink of death, she is given the opportunity to live. It is not a simple choice for a victim, but Rune takes it. A professor brings Rune back to life as a cyborg with the ability to control electronics and partners her up with a self-aware universal tool named Oeufcocque. Together they begin to unravel the mystery behind Ciel and Rune sheds the role of the victim, but must struggle between seeking justice and vengeance.


Oefcoque’s former partner, Boiled, comes after Rune and Oefcoque. A human manifestation of death and violence, nothing seems to be able to stop the relentless Boiled. Rune’s only chance for survival is to commit with conviction to a partnership with Oefcoque. Together, will they be able to overcome the cold fury of Boiled? And what is the story behind his failed partnership with Oefcoque?

Volume 3: VICTIMIZED OR VICTORIOUS? After Rune Balot was nearly murdered, an enigmatic casino manager gave her a new purpose in life – vengeance! Rebuilt as a cyborg with the ability to control electronics, she starts a crusade to cleanse her haunted past. But when the relentless Boiled wanders into her life, ruining and shredding all she cherishes, Rune’s mental state and very well-being are threatened.

My Review: This manga series peaked my interest by the illustrations and the plot concept. However, it’s very slow paced and I’ve completely lost interest in finishing the series.  The third volume is where things begun to finally picked up the pace and Rune had some major character development… or so I thought. She ends up becoming completely crazy by the middle/end of the 3rd volume and her back story was so moving I thought (because in the beginning of the third volume she was a bamf) that she finally was coming out of her shell to find her purpose! I was wrong; because of this I became disinterested in the rest of the series and my investment of Rune, the Doc and boiled has completely faded… also these themes and fusion to weapons reminds me of Trigun, which executed their ideas, pacing and character development 100x better 

Rating: 3/7

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