Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

Synopsis: Taking place in a futuristic city called Kamina City, Rune Ballot is a young prostitute who was taken in by the notorious gambler Shell Septinous. One night, Shell abandons Rune and attempts to murder her in an explosion. However, she is rescued and transformed into a cyborg by Dr. Easter. An Artificial intelligence in the form of a Mouse accompanies her to adapt to her new life. Rune is trained to use the advanced technology fitted on her to defend herself against Shell's attempts to have her killed to stop her from testifying against him.
Director(s): Susumu Kudo
Production: Anime Network
  3 nominations.
66 min

I'll survive!

You have an affinity for clubs.

You won in poker with them.


I'll hit.

Player busts.

What should I have done?

The first order of business

is to learn that.

I'm doing nothing but losing.

It's according to plan.

Don't worry.

You'll win.

I'll back you up.

I'll display the basic strategy.

Ten-value cards are the most

common type in this game.

When the Dealer's upcard is a 5,

his probability of busting is 43% .

Sit tight, and wait for your opponent

to self-destruct.


Double down.

That man is amazing.

He isn't winning.

He's being allowed to win.

- It's dealer manipulation.

- Manipulation?

Right. Watch closely.

All the players are going to

start leaving one at a time.

Starting with that man.

He's winning hands, but look at

how much money he's losing.

That's what manipulation is.

Throw off all

the players' decisions...

...and make them take actions

they'd never take otherwise.

I didn't play very well, did I?

To go with the flow,

one has to pay the price.

His losing was inevitable.

He was manipulated into losing his entire

bankroll for the sake of momentary victories.

I didn't see it at all.

If you're aware of what's going on,

you can avoid the manipulation.

Mine and the Doctor's , as well.

I want to believe in you two.

Is that a bad thing?

When all is said and done,

I'm a tool.

I can only prove my usefulness

by having you use me.

You're giving me more things I can do

by myself even when you aren't around.

I want to use you.

I'll never betray you again.

I found myself a fine partner.

Even money.

When you have 2 1, it's a tie and there's

no payout if the dealer also gets 2 1.

It's the sixth of this game's basic strategic

options, and is meant to prevent that.

But the payout is a measly 1 to 1.

It's the option to throw away

your hard-earned victory.

It's not something that you

should choose right now.

I'll begin a running count.


That's amazing!

Have a wonderful evening, everyone.

This dealer is making some kind

of pattern with the cards.

You think he's manipulating

the card order?

I can sense it.

He's doing something.

All right. I'll read the cards with

calculations and the scent of our opponents.

You read them with your senses.

This is the true count. I'll log every card

and spot the right time to go all in.

Until then, we'll manipulate

the dealer.

Give him a taste of your mystique.

Cross your legs.

Look to the side so your cards

are to the left of your field of view.

When people think of something

they like, they turn to the left.

When they're nervous about something,

they look down and to the right.

Once you know the patterns,

you can read someone's mind.

He was reading me

like that?

That's right.

And we'll use that against him.

Look, they're like birds!

Gosh, it's so sharp

and pointy!

It seems really soft

for some reason.

Still, hit me.

So I'll stay.

Hit me for sure.

Wow, you're one of those people

with a gift for talking to the cards.

I'm the middle of an important deal!

What's the big idea, calling me away?

You called him?

Ashley? Chief?

Special Consultant?

Which of this high rollers making lots

of money has your panties in a twist?

This flashy guy with the girl.

According to the floor report,

they're uncle and niece.

He's trying to insert 1 0 cards into

the portion not used in the game.

How many?

3 2.

So, he's set aside the 1 0-value cards

from two decks.

The nerve of this guy...

Hang on.

He hasn't put them all in.



Deal with these two, Ashley!

Wipe out their luck your way!

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Tow Ubukata

Tow Ubukata (冲方 丁, Ubukata Tō, born February 14, 1977 in Gifu Prefecture) is a Japanese novelist and anime screenwriter. His major works include Mardock Scramble, Le Chevalier D'Eon and Heroic Age. He also did series composition for the Fafner in the Azure series, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, and Psycho-Pass 2. more…

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