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At times disjointed but trackable, Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust , the last in the Mardock trilogy, is visually dark and well animated but it suffers from a lack of flow narratively as well as substantive character development. Who are these guys? What the heck is Œufcoque (Avcock) anyway? Yeah, it says its an inter-dimensional A.I. being of some sort but its never explained very well. A mouse that transforms into guns and clothing; got it. Err....not really.  After three plus hours of watching it would be nice to know. This is a law and order/scifi/vengeance kind of story (think criminal minds meets ghost in the shell) but allusions to and not so well explained flash backs of some of the main players pasts aren't enough to fill in meaning to their violent dance. One of the antagonists (A hired bounty hunter/fixer type) wants to have the inter-dimensional AI being back in his life and if he can't have him nobody can. They were once partners and he is bitter. That's what it boils down to. And his name is 'Boiled' too; LOL. The gratuitous sexual violence in MS3rd Exhaust (and the entire trilogy for that matter) only ads to the gritty feel of the anime but does little to enhance the plot. It serves depravity and shock value for its sake and not that of the plot. Its cartoon rape/murder basically. The most developed character here is Rune Balot, the protagonist. She is a tragic 15 year old prostitute who seeks resolution to her murder and this is the story of that effort. Those who accompany her are Dr. Easter, who resurrects her from being dead and makes a new body for her also serves as a technician and private eye, along with Œufcoque the mouse. They work in a government agency that seeks justice in an odd and bizarre legal system. Together they help Balot achieve her quest and attain resolution. If disjointed plots with bloody fight scenes and sexual violence in a dystopian scifi universe is an appealing genre to some viewers, then the Mardock Scramble series is just that. 

6/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall
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