The film has a wild and interesting plot. In the interview accompanying the dvd, screenwriter Chiaki J. Konaka says that he was inspired by the Claymation shorts of Jan Svankmajer. Konaka lists a profusion of sources everything from Alice in Wonderland (1865) to Blade Runner (1982) and vampire movies. If anything, the film tends to play out like a perverse Cyberpunk take on Pinocchio (1940), or maybe a version of The Stepford Wives (1975) conducted in reverse and with H.R. Giger thrown into the mix.
One quite liked Konakas play of ideas. The film has a dreamily slow pace at the outset, it could be something that plays as a standard Cyberpunk anime but then it slowly opens out into something astonishing. It is a film where one genuinely has no idea where it is going at all. The various organically transformed robots are grotesque creations the film has a queasy foreboding as one waits to see each new creature it brings out. There is also a perverse undertow to the film we see flashbacks to Malices use as an S&M sub and vignettes of the various non-humanoid creatures engaging in sexual and fetishistic activity, even rape of one another.
Eventually, one realises that Malice@doll is another variant on hentai cinema see films like Wicked City (1987) and The Legend of the Overfiend (1989), which regularly feature a high degree of bizarre demonic and tentacular creatures forcibly having their way with human women although this is hentai that has been updated to the era of CGI animation and given a science-fiction rationale. (The creatures initial probing of Malices nether regions with a tentacle is amusingly logically justified as the means whereby it transforms her).
As much anime does, the film ends on a transcendental apotheosis that is quite beautiful even if perhaps it is one where the film leaves explanations for what is going on, and for that matter the agency behind the initial transformation, unexplained. Nevertheless, the result is a peculiarly dreamy fairytale that is both haunting and imaginatively grotesque.
Film online in several parts beginning here:-