A three volume novel by Tow Ubukata (published by Viz Media's Haikasora label in English as a single omnibus volume). An OVA series was commissioned to be animated by Gonzo with character designs by Range Murata, this was later cancelled and instead it was released as a series of three films animated by GoHands, with a dub + subtitled release by Sentai Filmworks in America and Canada, Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand, and Kaze in the UK, Ireland and Europe.Rune Balot is a teen prostitute whose life is saved after an attempted murder by being cybernetically enhanced. Partnered with a cyborg mouse who can transform into any tool or weapon, she has to defend her life by putting away the man responsible using her new abilities to sense her entire environment and control any nearby electronics.
The Ace: Ashley Harvest is this for the Eggnog Blue casino. He's their last-resort dealer when dealing with problem gamers, and is almost super-humanly skilled at manipulating the deck.
Action Girl: Rune, when she begins to use ufcoque for combating the Bandersnatchers.
Adaptation Explanation Extrication: The film glosses over certain details, such as why Balot couldn't shoot Boiled on the ground, but could in the Humpty-Dumpty. Or the detail about Shell attempting to kill Balot because he knew she'd looked into her fake ID. Particularly, most of the details of Boiled's past and his history with ufcoque and Easter are merely hinted at and glossed over.
Amazing Freaking Grace: The ending theme of the first movie. Appears again as background music in the third movie.
Artificial Limbs: Medium replaces the hand that Balot blew off with a mechanical prosthetic.
Asexual: Doctor Easter left his wife because the hundreds of hours of ethics counseling his government research required of him rendered him impotent. He thinks it makes him saintly.
Avenging the Villain: Medium intends to do this for his fallen comrades by teaming up with Boiled and attacking the Paradise Research facility, unaware that Boiled set up his team to lose in the first place and only intends to use him as a distraction.
Bad Boss: OctoberCorp is quick to sell Shell down the river when it becomes clear he's legally screwed.
Blasting It out of Their Hands: Averted. Rune does this a few times, but it always causes severe damage to the gun-wielder's hand. And she usually kills them anyway.
Big Brother Instinct: The reaction Rune's brother had to finding out their father was raping her was... decisive.
Big Screwed-Up Family: Rune's father was an out of work laborer with a degenerative neurological disorder, who raped Rune several times. Her mother was a mentally unbalanced emotionally and physically abusive drug addict. And her brother was forced to resort to gunrunning for money, and nearly killed the father after learning about the aforementioned rape. Currently both parents are hospitalized, and her brother is serving a prison sentence.
Blood Knight: Boiled is no longer capable of experiencing anything even resembling emotional sensation unless he is in combat.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Rune's confrontation with the Bandersnatch Company is completely and brutally one-sided. This is reversed seconds later when Boiled enters the fray and has Rune on the ropes instantly.
Cutting the Knot: The reason Boiled killed all those people when he still worked with ufcoque and Easter. They had uncovered a case where acting, or not acting on their discovery would probably see them all in prison. So Boiled simply killed all involved and made the problem disappear.
Cyborg: Rune, Shell, Boiled and the Bandersnatch Company.
Dark Action Girl: Rune as standard, but particularly when she begins to enjoy killing the Bandersnatchers in horrible and painful ways. Also applies with regard to her disregarding ufcoque's initial pleas for her to stop abusing his powers.
Death Seeker: It becomes increasingly clear that more than anything, Dimsdale Boiled is tired and wants his miserable life to end.
Department of Child Disservices: Rune and many other children were the victims of gross negligence and sexual abuse from the volunteers at the orphanage she was taken to.
Boiled loses two limbs in his final battle with Balot. It barely slows him down.
Dimensional Traveler: ufcoque is some kind of multi-dimensional being. Though this only means he exists in several simultaneously, not that he can teleport or open wormholes like the trope usually refers to.
Flying Car: Anti-gravity hover cars, to be precise. Rich people show off by getting old-fashioned cars, to show they have the money to waste on gasoline.
Freudian Excuse: Shell's murderous impulses are rooted in having been raped by his mother for years. This leads to him targeting women who were also sexually abused by their parents and making them "clean" again by turning them into blue diamonds. Doctor Easter theorizes that his neurological disorder is also a factor since it has robbed him of the capacity to develop stress coping mechanisms.
The BandersnatchCompany has an excuse in the manga, and the novels to a lesser extent. They were a tight-knit company in a horrific war, and Welldone refused to force cyberization on them. Soon after, the horrors of war caught up with them and they all broke. Having fallen to despair, Welldone gave in, and they were converted into cyborg killing machines.
Groin Attack: Delivered to Welldone, courtesy of Balot. Later Medium suffers one. From a shark.
Guns Akimbo: Rune, sometimes. It makes sense, since she really is that good, and ufcoque can generate new magazines inside the guns to reload. If she ever needs a free hand, she can just toss a gun and have ufcoque generate a whole new one later.
Hand Cannon: Boiled's revolver. It's so ridiculously powerful that he is only capable of firing it due to his PGF ability.
Happy Ending: A surprising example given how grim the story is in tone, but at the end of the day all the villains are dead or facing justice, Rune Balot has friends and a future, and she's moving past her emotional trauma. Not to say they didn't have to work for it.
Instant Expert: Balot is a natural with her new skin, and its snarking function affords her instinctual mastery of any electronics she comes into contact with.
Interplay of Sex and Violence: The Bandersnatch Company, for one. Not to mention the ass kicking they receive from Balot in the last quarter of the first movie gets Balot reminiscing about all the abuse she's been through.
Karmic Death: The Bandersnatch Company is destroyed by the same type of young victim they've been preying on for years.
Lack of Empathy: Most of the antagonists, though especially Boiled due to experimental technology implanted into him by Paradise.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Justified with Shell. His faulty brain implant will cause irrevocable damage if the memories he has associated with stress aren't regularly removed. He's ritualized this whole process.
Mad Scientist: Easter is a heroic but still eccentric version of this.
Not So Different: During her massacre of the Bandersnatchers, Balot becomes intoxicated by the feeling of power it gives her, and reasons that this is what all the men who used her must have felt.
Obfuscating Stupidity: The Doctor and Rune look completely harmless (and ufcoque usually looks like part of Rune's wardrobe). They are not. They particularly take advantage of this to play a couple of fools (and wardrobe) to rob a casino blind. The casino is almost certain nobody can be that lucky, but can't prove it for sure.
Out of the Inferno: Thanks to ufcoque, Balot manages to survive the explosion set off by Rare unscathed.
Boiled reacts to being in the middle of a massive explosion set off by Balot with casual indifference.
Serial Killer: Shell has made a ritual of taking in young women, killing them when he finds out they've looked into the fake IDs he gives them, and turning their remains into blue diamonds. Balot was setup to be his next victim.
Shoot the Bullet: Balot can do this consistently, even to multiple rounds at once. Played with concerning Boiled's bullets though. They're just so huge that shooting them hardly alters their trajectory in any appreciable way.
Super Senses: Balot's new skin, on top of affording her incredible technopathic ability, gives her a spatial perception that affords her total awareness of her immediate surroundings in a 360 degree radius.
The Bandersnatch Company's cybernetic eyes, and mental network is another example of this.
Worf Had The Flu: Normally Balot is nigh unstoppable unless against monsters like Boiled. However, during her second fight against Medium in the manga she lacked ufcoque, and thus all his weaponry and battle-suit. While her personal powers were still available, she was nearly powerless to inflict harm on a military-grade cyborg like Medium and was forced to retreat.