The film starts by following a mysterious hooded figure, as it moves around city walls surrounded by brightly lit advertisements and giant pills rolling down slides.
As the figure progresses, the animation shows people scrolling through images on tablet devices, individuals fighting, and dogs and cats confronting each other in alleyways.
The surrounding city occasionally resembles New York, but according to Merc the environment is meant to represent “a metaphorical crossroads” rather than a specific place.
“It’s about the culture of war and violence, and in that regard it can be any place that is struggling with this,” he said. “We’ve been saying it reflects modern society in a hyper-real, borderline dystopic way.”
The hooded individual is chased by drone cameras floating overhead and policemen in gas masks, while the action is overseen by a sinister-looking politician.
The main character reaches what appears to be a weapons factory and reveals herself as a girl with bright pink hair. She uncovers a giant missile, which she fills with pink liquid from a test tube.
“I really wanted to have a powerful female protagonist,” Merc told Dezeen. “I wanted someone who was a bit of a ninja, and there would be a bit of mystery surrounding them, their journey being something you realise as the story unfolded.”
“We did a lot of character design to explore and understand what makes this character special,” he added. “We explored a lot of form, and it was important not to over-sexualise the character.”