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The first two films in the Mardock Scramble trilogy, Mardock Scramble: The First Compression and Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion, will be shown back-to-back at the Scotland Loves Anime festival, which will run in Glasgow and Edinburgh this October.
The films are the first two parts of a trilogy based on the science-fiction suspense novel by Tow Ubukata (Le Chevalier D'Eon). In the story, a teenage prostitute named Rune Balot is murdered in an explosion, then resurrected as an advanced cyborg. Balot takes on the worst of Mardock City's criminals as she looks for vengeance. Megumi Hayashibara voices Rune Balot, in a project directed by Susumu Kudo at the new studio GoHands.
The Scotland Loves Anime festival will run from October 7 to 9 at Glasgow, and October 14 to 16 at Edinburgh. The full festival line-up is due to be announced in the next week, including other UK and EU premieres.
Kaze UK announced at the weekend that it had acquired the Mardock Scramble trilogy. The opening film, Mardock Scramble: The First Compression, had its world premiere at New York Comic Con on October 8 of last year. The second film, Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion, will open in Japan on September 3.