Greetings everyone! Welcome to our next review, in which we are doing the anime Plastic Memories. We hope you enjoy what we have to say. As always, a warning in advance that there may be minor SPOILERS in the review.
Now, without further ado, let us begin the review.
Summary: In a future not too far away, androids that look exactly like humans begin to spread across the world. The android production company SA Corp. produced Giftia, a new kind of android that has the most amount of emotion and human-like qualities out of any other model ever seen. However, due to problems in technology, the androids have a service life, and once they pass that, it gets pretty bad. For this reason, SA Corp. creates a terminal service in order to retrieve Giftia that have gone past their service life. A new employee at the terminal service named Tsukasa Mizugaki forms a team with the Giftia Isla to retrieve the other androids. -Anime News Network
The plot of Plastic Memories can be best described as straight forward. It makes sure you are constantly reminded of the conflict, even from the first few minutes of the show. This leaves the plot feeling incredibly predictable. It does offer an interesting look at interactions between human and android, as the plot primary focuses on Tsukasa’s and Isla’s blooming relationship. The ending really redeems the plot, as they do not add any unnecessary or speedy conflict that would destroy the pace of the show. However, the spacing between significant plot points is often lengthy, causing the show to drag at times.
There is plenty of variety when it comes to the cast of Plastic Memories. However, the main character appears rather bland throughout the show, being very generic and only showing any true development within the last few episodes. The more interesting characters are more often than not the supporting cast, who include people with manipulative tendencies and a tsundere (a character who hides their true feelings behind violence). Several of these characters are given backstories even, but there is relatively little time to develop them beyond this, so some still feel generic. There is a plus side though, in that the side characters are developed more than some anime.
The animation for this show is pretty solid, utilizing surprising detail in characters’ expressions to further the realistic feelings in the moment. To cite an example, the characters faces are often contorted when crying, making them even ugly, but showing the true pain they are feeling.
The soundtrack for this show is not anything impressive. They set mood well enough, but are easily forgotten. The opening and ending do present numerous themes and moods for the episodes extremely well. Both also serve as motivators for sympathizing with the initially emotionless Isla.
The show offers some solid themes, and magnifies them by maintaining the tension throughout the show very well. For a drama, it keeps this tension through the redundant reminders of the theme of the inevitability of death. This theme plays along with the pains relationships often brings, both in romantic and familial ways, the show presents in numerous examples and times. Another aspect of this world the anime explores is the ethics of androids and human interactions. The show is also careful to avoid many of the cliche romance themes, like love conquers all, and helps it stand apart from other similar series.
Final Score: 8.6/10
Final Grade: B
Plastic Memories was an enjoyable anime. Right off the bat if you don’t like sad anime you are probably not going to like this anime all that much. In fact every episode of the anime is sad. But if you can get through it, it is worth it. I liked all of the characters, but a lot of them did end up fitting generic anime character personalities. Even though that is the case I found myself liking most of the characters. The plot was also really predictable at times, mostly because they pretty much spelled it all out ahead of time. But overall it was a great anime. Out of 10 I would give it an 8. I would recommend this to people who are into sci-fi and romance and don’t mind the feels. – B-Ro
Plastic Memories was an anime that I honestly wasn’t all that into at first. Right from the get-go, you’re presented with this admittedly interesting concept, but they basically announce that this show’s will be almost constantly sad. I almost didn’t want to continue because I knew that they were going to go for the feels the whole time, and I wasn’t invested in the characters enough to feel that it was worth it. Then the second half happened. This anime’s second half saved the show for me. Maybe it’s because the plot got better and more focused, maybe it’s because they stopped trying to force emotions into the show and just let them naturally flow more. But I’d say the main reason was the character development in the second half, specifically Isla’s. Once I learned more about her, and saw her develop, I quickly fell in love with her character. Here’s where I need to give a lot of credit to the excellent Op and Ed. Both of the songs are amazing, but the music with the animation presents Isla in a much different manner than the first half of the show did. The Op and Ed made me want to learn more about Isla, and once she was able to really develop and more about her was revealed, the show became awesome for me. The other characters all clicked as well, and I loved all of their quirks (especially Tsukasa). Now I was able to relate to the heavy emotions, and man do they hit hard… That ending is indescribably beautiful. The way they executed it was jaw dropping, and the tears were plentiful. It took me from “this show’s pretty good” to “I need to rewatch this!!”. The ending alone made the whole show worth it, and I’m glad I was able to emotionally invest myself before that. Yeah you can kind of predict what happens, but the key here (just like with April) is in the execution. The rest of the soundtrack has a lot of strong tracks that heighten the moods, but there were some tracks I didn’t like as much. Like the show as a whole, it wasn’t perfect, but had a lot of tremendously high points. I also instantly fell in love with the art style. It’s hard to describe, but it gives off a really cool and clean vibe. I also give the show props for having an android plot that wasn’t overly bogged down with the “but how human are they?” Cliché. I was asking myself that a lot while watching, but I’m glad the show focused on its own themes rather than going down that road like countless others. So all in all, I’m glad I stuck with this show. It really grew on me, and by the end had me in tears. It’s quite sad, but comedy and happy moments do mix in well, making for a really interesting emotional mix. I highly recommend that you stick with this one, and allow the characters to win you over as well. One more piece of advice though: pay attention to the Op as the series goes on.
Final Comments: Setting itself apart from the typical drama with unique themes, Plastic Memories can still feel difficult to get through with predictable plot and generic characters.
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