Review of Plastic Memories

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What a coincidence. Last time I reviewed a movie featuring lifeguards who have plastic mammaries. Today I find myself writing about an anime called Plastic Memories. In the near future SAI Corp has developed androids that are indistinguishable from humans. These automatons, dubbed Giftias, are employed by companies and also purchased by civilians who desire companionship. Like an Xbox 360, these machines don’t last long before breaking down. Nine years is the life expectancy of a Giftia. After that the bot’s memory degrades, turning them into superhuman zombies. To prevent the hazard of artificial humanoids running amok, the Terminal Services department are hired to repossess Giftias whose warranty is on the cusp of elapsing.

OVERVIEW

Tsukasa Mizugaki’s college dreams were shattered when appendicitis prevented him from sitting his exams. Luckily for him, Tsukasa’s dad managed to procure a job at Terminal Services for his under qualified son. On his first day Tsukasa is paired up with a Giftia named Isla. Normally in these two man teams the Giftia does all the work and the human merely supervises. Despite her experience however Isla is a bit of a klutz, so it falls upon Tsukasa to do much of the heavy lifting during assignments. Tsukasa soon learns that his profession isn’t for the faint of heart. Giftia owners are usually resistant to losing custody of their mechanical chums… and who can blame them? Imagine buying a puppy, bonding with it and nine years later the pet shop demands that you return said pooch.

Isla’s co-workers are a colourful bunch. The section manager can’t stay within budget and has a strained relationship with his daughter. As a result veteran Kazuki Kuwanomi runs the operation. She reminds me of Evangelion’s Misato. Depending on the situation Kazuki can be a stern or compassionate mentor, and like Misato she is a bit of a drunkard when off the clock. Michiru Kinushima is the teenage rookie who is assigned to show Tsukasa the ropes. She berates Tsukasa when things go awry, but deep down cares for his wellbeing. Her partner Zack loves to expose Michiru’s tsundere tendencies. Yasutaka Hanada on the other hand is a flirt who often ditches work to go on dates. The only time he gets stuff done is when his teammate Sherry literally drags him into the office.

VERDICT

My rating for Plastic Memories is a four out of five. Whether viewers will enjoy or loathe the series will depend on their sense of humour. Some people will feel that the quirky jokes don’t mesh with Plastic Memories’ more dramatic moments. For me however it worked. It’s a bit like Clannad. Make me laugh along with the cast and I will get attached to the characters, which in turn makes the instances when tragedy strikes all the more impactful. Besides, without a little levity the show would be downright depressing. As an example episode one features an elderly lady who doesn’t want to be separated from her Giftia, which she treats like a granddaughter. Without the occasional gag, story lines like that one would leave me longing for amnesia to erase those heart wrenching plastic memories.

Don’t expect the comedy to shield you completely from feels though. After a few successful missions, romance begins to blossom between Tsukasa and Isla. Given that Isla’s existence is finite, you don’t have to be a soothsayer to predict how said love story pans out. First Planetarian and now Plastic Memories. Android waifus have a knack for making audiences weep. The narrative will make you value the importance of making every day count. It also taught me that distancing yourself from others, to avoid pain, is futile. Like they say, it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved. Rest in peace cherished Xbox 360. Our time was cut short by the dreaded red ring of death, but I will forever remember the fun times we had ogling Cortana’s cleavage.

21 thoughts on “Review of Plastic Memories

  1. Man: this was a really great review! I especially liked the sentence about distancing yourself from others to avoid pain. That is so true! It would not be very easy if it worked that way, but in the end it really doesn’t. Well you already know my thoughts on this anime: but I’m glad you enjoyed it as well. As you said: it was good to have a little bit of humor in it: and that really worked for me as well, despite me not being a huge fan of comedy. Great post !😀

    • Given how things play out it’s a shame that Isla didn’t open up to Tsukasa earlier. So many days of potential happiness lost. Thank you for reviewing the anime by the way. Your post is one of the reasons why I finally checked out the show.

      • You are welcome: and that really puts a smile on my face: knowing that a review of mine actuallu encouraged someone to watch the series. Well your post for Tanks und Panzer encouraged me to watch that one 😀
        As for Isla…yeah that is so true. It happens too often in real life as well unfortunately. People being afraid to say how they feel because of a feel for potential loss. Really sad at times 😢

  2. This show hasn’t been picked up for a UK release yet. :/ But I agree it was a pleasant little outing and one I am sure would probably appreciate more if I binged watched it as opposed to viewing on a weekly basis with a dozen or so other shows watched in between! >.<

    • I had the luxury of watching the entire series in a couple of days, which helps. Once they stop doing retrievals and focus more on romance the pace slows down a lot, so watching those episodes week to week isn’t ideal. I think Anime Limited have the UK rights for Plastic Memories, but I can’t find a release date on Amazon.

  3. While I loved the first half of this show, the second quickly lost me. I have many friends that enjoy this series, and seeing as you did too, perhaps I should put more heart into a rewatch sometime. At least we got the entire cast of Eva in the weirdest what-if comedy romance ever!

    • I can understand were you are coming from because the pace slows down a lot around the midway point. Maybe the show would have worked better with eleven episodes of retrieval missions and a two part romantic finale.

    • Plastic Memories is one of those shows that both tickles your funny bone and exercises your tear ducts, which is why it reminds me a bit of Clannad. I wouldn’t say that the show is dark, although there was a story were a Giftia gets kidnapped and eventually loses her mind because the nine year deadline elapses. That tale was a tad disturbing.

  4. A nine year life expectancy for your robot friend, sounds so sad 😦
    This anime reminds me a little of the T.V series Humans. But its probably because in both, a guy falls in love with his robot buddy and someone wants to break his robot buddy 🙂

    Great review 🙂 I can so relate to the lose of your Xbox 360. My Xbox 360 also went red and never worked again.

  5. Am not fan of chobits, so it’s pretty much safe to say am not a fan of this anime. Watched the first two epi and there after dropped it.

    • That’s probably for the best. Based on your taste I don’t think the later episodes would have changed your opinion of the series. I haven’t watched Chobits. Maybe I should, as I liked Plastic Memories and Planetarian. Seems like I have a soft spot for cute androids!

  6. Haven’t gotten around to this one yet, so only skimmed this one for your thoughts. I think it sounds pretty good from what you’ve said and will have to check it out 🙂 Also, your opening line was 10/10!

  7. “What a coincidence. Last time I reviewed a movie featuring lifeguards who have plastic mammaries. ” — That’s funny. I don’t watch anime(the last time i watched anime was in the beginning of this year ) but i love reading your anime posts. Great post as always!!

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