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Malice@Doll (Motonaga Keitaro 2000)


[Malice Doll]

Genre: Computer Generated Sci-Fi Horror

review in one breath

"Let me give you a kiss.
It's the only thing I can do."

Much more akin to the Computer Generated (CG) graphics of Final Fantasy than to a traditional "anime", Malice@Doll tells a dark and surreal tale which conjures up the darkest moments of Stanley Kubrick's vision in A.I.. Although not quite as lavishly realistic as Final Fantasy, which strove to depict such things as the independent movement of hair follicles, the graphics in Malice@Doll are nevertheless meticulously done and its environments are convincingly dismal and nuanced.

Taking place exclusively within a vast subterranean world populated by robots and robotic "dolls" of various sorts, Malice@Doll explores the potentially chaotic ramifications of a robot possessing a human body and human emotions. While Final Fantasy and A.I. explored a similar theme, both these films envisioned worlds in which robotic entities lived side by side with humans and wherein the transition from "robotic" to "human" consisted mainly in a clash of "cultures" governed by the degree to which humans could accept the notion of robotic equals. Vastly different from those worlds is that of Malice@Doll. Here, within their subterranean world, there are no signs of the "Gods" who had designed this world and its inhabitants, though the robots recognize that their world was created primarily to please and entertain the creators. Although humans once visited the robotic realm in droves for the variety of pleasures it offered, they now appear to be utterly extinct. This has left the robots to govern and maintain themselves eternally. For certain types of robots, such as those whose function it is to repair or protect other robots, the extinction of the humans causes little inconvenience, for they continue to fulfill their intended function despite their absence. For other robots, such as the Dolls, whose sole purpose was to sexually pleasure the humans, their unexplained absence makes the Doll's intended job impossible, and so they find themselves relegated further and further down the scale of priority of survival when it comes to their requests for being repaired or supplied with oil.

In the opening scenes, we are introduced to Malice Doll, one of the robotic pleasure dolls. She has recently incurred a strange defect, one of the symptoms of which is the sense of dreaming, and therefore must visit the Repairer in the Upper Level of the subterrain. While on her journey to the Repairer, Malice catches a glimpse of a ghostly young girl and follows her into an otherwise undiscovered portion of the Upper Level. Therein Malice is violently confronted with a grotesque, tentacled interface, after which she wakes to find herself completely different, almost human. In her new (supple, shapely, and spandexed) human form, Malice is unidentifiable and thus ostracized by her previous robotic friends. But she soon discovers that she is able to spread her transformation to others through a simple kiss. Those transformed suddenly see as she sees and feel as she feels. They express the new, exciting sensations of warmth and happiness. As Malice gradually "changes" the robots and dolls one by one, and they in turn transform others, the transformations begin to spread like a virus through the subterranean world. It soon becomes apparent that despite Malice's good intentions, her transformations have brought about the most grotesque and nightmarish consequences.

Malice@Doll is certainly no animated children's tale. The world it creates is astonishingly dismal, and the delirious ecstasy among otherwise grotesque transformations are the stuff nightmares are made of. Malice@Doll also has its fair share of sexuality, ranging from tentacle hentai, to scenes of what "Gods" prefer to do to dehumanized sex objects, to the nearly continuous appearance of very well-endowed Pleasure Dolls bouncing around in tight, glistening, skimpy spandex. (yowza!) And of course I shall not forget what happens when the pleasure Dolls, who have been simply "going through the motions" for eons, finally realize what the Pleasure in "Pleasure Doll" stands for. Giddy up!

An interesting and well-crafted sci-fi horror, Malice@Doll mixes amazingly rendered CG eye-candy with existential philosophy. The extras on the DVD are also notable and include an enlightening discussion by anime expert Jonathan Clements (Encyclopedia Anime) on the historical overview of Japanese anime and CG techniques. The DVD also includes interview with Director Keitaro Motonaga, original CG trailers and related of art work.

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An impressive CG film of convincing apocalyptic visions and science-fiction horror. Plenty of robotic malaise in this subterranean world. and THEN they suddenly inherit human/organic bodies and emotions, which can only mean fountains of spilled red blood, sensations of pain (and pleasure!) and mortality. The latter is often inflicted through large metallic limbs slicing through one's torso. These Pleasure Dolls are hot Hot HOT (!!!) and will undoubtedly appear on little (and big) boys' Christmas wish-lists following the release of this DVD. Watch in horror as sexy pleasure Dolls, deprived of human companionship, turn on themselves with wet kisses and fondling! Learn who hides behind the curtain of the enormous, tentacled orgasmatron! Unlock the secret which will have your robotic love doll literally moaning with pleasure! All this and much more in Malice@Doll!

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