A hentai brainteaser!
If Serial Experiments Lain (see Otaku Fridge for reference) and Parasite Eve (see Disc13
for further information) would combine into a mutated 3D CG
hentai feature, Malice@Doll would be the result. My prayers
for a remotely intelligent H anime had been answered, but
this title is so much more than what I had originally bargained
for. I actually had a splitting headache trying to figure
out what its philosophical tale is all aboutits point
and the message it wants to impart to the viewers.
As usual, my psycho self zeroes in on the moral dilemma.
Malice is a machine that has the personality of a normal human,
except she doesn't feel any pain or any of the emotions that
sometimes cause a regular person to breakdown in despair or
laugh out loud in glee. She only recognizes the need for survival,
and the lack of means on which she could be maintained. When
she turns human, she sees herself exempt from the problems
that have afflicted the rest of the robotic community. They
need oil, but it seems that a drought has stricken the land.
She, on the other hand, now sports a beautiful body that didn't
need lubrication. She could feel what she can only experience
in dreams. Unfortunately, all the other dolls fear this new
Malice. She has become an abomination because she is no longer
Malice begins to suffer an unbearable ache in her chest,
a sign that she is hurting from all the rejection she has
been receiving from her former colleagues. This doesn't last
long, however, because she figures out a way to make everybody
like her and she proceeds to turn the entire community into
a living, breathing horde of fleshmany of them are so
ghastly misshapen that I was sorely reminded of the mutated
mitochondria of Parasite Eve. Nonetheless, for Malice, everything
seems fine. Or is it?
In exchange for the wonderful warmth of human flesh and the
lack of need for oil, Malice didn't count on physical pain
the ability to be touched by death. As a doll, she could withstand
every humiliation, physical abuse, and eccentricities of her
clients. She was resilient, having been created out of tough
artificial material. But as a human being, her fragile body
can only take so much. Thoroughly bewildered, Malice looks
for the source of this nightmare, only to discover that there
are more puzzles left for her to solve. Confronting them could
either clear her mind or devour her completely.
Malice@Doll doesn't seem like a cheap production, and has
in fact been in development since the late 1990s and released
in 2001, meaning a lot of brains have been fried in order
to come up with this presentation. It has interesting characters
from Dorice@Doll the stunning leader, Heather@Doll the maid
fantasy, Elza@Doll the lonely and most abused whore, Ammanda@Doll
the albino, Misty@Doll the exotic beauty, and Joe@Adminstrator
the manager of the entire city who has always held a special
fixation for Malice. The music is disturbing, which is perfectly
suited Malice@Doll's overall atmosphere. Fly Away,
the theme song, is sung in English by Ryoko Kashima. Intertwining
these elements provide just the right touch of cuteness in
an otherwise grim Alice in Wonderland story.