Plastic Memories, Anime tv series (2015)

For those of you that have been wondering if my love for anime has maybe disappeared, let me put your minds at ease: it has not. I admit it has been quite a while since I have last published a post for an animeseries, which is exactly the reason why I am doing one now. And don’t you just love it that it’s for a series that I just picked by pure chance and turned out to be something really quite special? I’m still in the middle of Ergo Proxy, and while I am so far truly enjoying it, it paints a picture of a very bleak future. The entire atmosphere it breathes is quite depressive and that is why I was looking for something to counter that and put me in a bit of a brighter mood. Looking through the Crunchyroll line up, I stumbled upon Plastic Memories. I found the premise for it quite promising, and I thought it would be a pretty bright and upbeat show. In parts it truly was just that, but I certainly did not expect that the final episode would bring me close to tears.

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This is a bit how I feel when I haven’t yet had my coffee in the morning.

Plastic Memories takes place in the future where humans live alongside androids that are all but indistinquishable from humans. The most advanced models, the so-called Giftias, have the most humanlike abilities, and have emotions and memory. Unfortunately all this comes at a price. A Giftia has a maximum lifespan. If it exceeds that limit, it results in a change in personality and memoryloss. In fact the best way to describe is that they turn into a very agressieve zombielike being. But there is an organisation that helps to retrieve the Giftias that are getting close to their expiration dates from their owners. The so called Terminal Service carries out that work in teams of two, a human called a Spotter and a Giftia that acts as the Marksman. A young man called Tsukasa has just started working at one of the offices of the Terminal Service. He is introduced to his beautiful partner Isla and together the pair start their job. Tsukasa is quickly developing feelings for Isla though and soon their relationship begins to become very complicated. Even more so as it seems Isla’s time is starting to run out……

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Don’t you just hate it that you have to prove to everyone who you are?

This is one of those animeseries that seems to have nearly every range of emotions contained within it. You will laugh, you will feel excitement, and you will cry. When the series first starts, it looks like the show will develop into a light hearted romantic comedy. There is nothing wrong with that, but a series like that is usually not really my cup of tea. For some reason I decided to stick with it though, and I am very glad that I did. This is an incredibly heartwarming series. As the series progresses there are an increasing amount of very beautiful moments between owners of Giftias that have a hard time letting go of their almost humanlike androids. A young boy for instance, has developed a very strong relationship with a Giftia that has been acting as a kind of mother figure, as his real mum died. There are several moments like these throughout the show, but at the heart of it all is the relationship between Tsukasa and Isla.

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I guess they both don’t like the food and drink on offer. I wonder why?

Tsukasa is a character that has his heart in the right place. At the start of the series he is very inexperienced and tries to do his job as best he can. Even though he certainly makes mistakes, his natural charisma helps him to get through these mistakes and get better. Isla has a lot of experience, but when it comes to human emotions she has a hard time coping with those. At first she feels awkward when Tsukasa seems to be developing feelings for her, even calling it an error. But as is usually the case, true love can’t really be denied, and the bond between the two turns into something truly beautiful. The rest of the characters are made up of their coworkers, and even though some of their roles are minor, they really become an integral part of the story as well. Both in providing comic relief, but also in adding to the many layers this series has. I especially liked the redhead Michiru that even though she denies this has fallen for Tsukasa. She really is a great character that provides some of the best comedy the series has on offer.

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Well, I told you the backgrounds were very beautiful.

The animation style of this anime is rather good, especially when it comes to the backgrounds. The future city this is taking place in, looks amazing and utterly believable. Another strong point and something of a rarity these days, is that the final episode brings the series to a close in a highly emotional and breathtaking way. I do advise you to keep a box of tissues nearby though. Are there any negatives to this one? Well I am hardpressed to find them. There is a very small moment of fanservice in a later episode that I found to be a little out of place. But that scene goes by so fast that you hardly even know it’s there. I highly recommend this series. It’s message throughout is very clear and so true: live live to the fullest and spend as much time as you can with the people you love. Before you know it, time is up. This series plays with that message in an incredible way. This anime shows how precious memories really are, and that you should cherish them as much as you can. Especially the good ones.

I give Plastic Memories a 9 out 10 score.

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54 thoughts on “Plastic Memories, Anime tv series (2015)”

    1. Well, it certainly is a good one to save. It has a lot of things going for it, and I am sometimes a sucker for feel good series, snd this certainly is one of them. Hope you will enjoy it when the time comes πŸ˜€

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  1. Glad you enjoyed this one. I ended up walking away mid-season from this as none of the characters really clicked with me. I could see what they were going for and it was pretty well done, but I wasn’t getting enough of an emotional connection to make it affective so I moved on.

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    1. I can understand. Sometimes for some reason you don’t get a feel for characters. I have to admit that the second part of the series was better than the first,as the real development of the relationship between Isla and Tsukasa happened in that half. But honestly I did like the series pretty much from the start 😊 But you are right, if something doesn’t work for you, it’s always best to move on πŸ˜€

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  2. I’m glad to see this one was enjoyed. It actually lost in the first round of my Crunchyroll of the Dice tournament this year, though it was eliminated by one of the to fit finished and the battle was close. I really liked the premise overall.

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    1. It is a really great and heartwarming tale, that is definitely worth checking out. You are right in that it does have a bit of a Westworld vibe to it. Hope you enjoy it of you get a chance to see it πŸ˜€

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    1. True enough πŸ˜€ I can see how some people might also not enjoy this series. I guess this one of those anime series that just doesn’t seem to have a middleground. You either love it, or hate it. I hope you will get a chance to see it. Would love to hear your thoughts for it πŸ˜€

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  3. I am looking forward to what you think of Ergo Proxy. I enjoyed it the first time I watched it, enough to buy it on dvd. But when I tried to watch it again, I got about half way through and couldn’t take it anymore.

    There was a 5year hiatus between viewings though, so I’m not sure if I changed or if it really was the show. Those type of things can be tough to tell.

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    1. Well I can see how you could not take it anymore. The dark and depressing mood on offer here is at times getting to me as well. Especially since I am currently having a lot of these moments in real life. Still, that said, so far I am enjoying it. I am about halfway through the series. I will try my best to finish it ASAP and a review out for it as soon as I can πŸ˜€

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  4. The phrase “Plastic Memories” reminded me of a Doctor Who episode that was very much the opposite in theme. Doctor Who used alien tech to save a young woman’s life, but the tech kept on repairing the body so she stopped aging. However, the human mind can only hold so many memories, so she had to keep a journal to remember her past. The Doctor met her at later times in history and her journal had grown into a library just about herself, but she generally only remembered about twenty or thirty years back. Sometimes she would reread journals. On the other hand, it only takes 10,000 hours to become good at anything so she became very good at lots of things, her body being better able to remember how to fight or play a musical instrument than her consciousness was able to keep track of her identity.

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  5. This series when it aired got unexpectedly popular but my seasonal watching hadn’t started then. It’s def something I know I would do and clearly there is more good to be said about it than bad. Nice review and finally got around to commenting on one of your posts for a change. Indeed heard to keep up with loads of people’s blog πŸ˜…

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    1. Lol, that last one is so true. It is getting harder each day. I try to read as much as I can as well, but with amount of blogs I follow sometimes you just miss a post. So no worries: perfectly understandable. As for this anime, it really was a bit of a surprise watch for me as well. I chose it by pure chance because of the great premise, but did not think this would turn into such a beautiful series. Hope you will be able to see it someday : thank you for your comment πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha, that is so awesome to read πŸ˜€ Glad you are adding some anime to your to watch list. Netflix certainly has a great line up of anime. I haven’t seen Seven Deadly Sins yet myself, but I have been hearing some good things about it, so I think you will enjoy it. Have fun watching it πŸ˜€

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  6. Regarding the post PLASTIC MEMORIES, ANIME TV SERIES (2015), I really don’t care for anime. Yes, I suppose it’s a form of art, it may even be an art all by it self. But when a person eyeballs take up a large percentage of their head, or their mouth expands to the size of a street car that is where I draw the line.

    Most of the cartoons made today have some form of anime in them. Maybe it easier to draw a person with exaggerated features. Maybe I’m old school but I like people to look like people, and not have a feature that’s way out proportion. Plus I have a personal bugaboo about anime people with purple spiky hair. Hair that looks like it contains a quarter jar of Hair gel (Dragonball Z come to mind). Cartoons like that (Take a look at Voltron on Netflix…does everyone have to have a pointy nose) make me wonder how far from reality are we going to get before somebody says “I’m not going to watch this ridiculous BS…give me back Bugs Bunny or Johnny Quest.

    A fan of Bugs Bunny, the Tasmanian Devil, and Foghorn Leghorn, Top Cat and Merrie Melodies.

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    1. That’s truly no problemπŸ˜€ But to say anime is always like this is not really the truth. Just like normal animation, anime takes on many different forms and shapes. Yes there are anime series that are over the top and have exactly the features you mention. But there are also movies and series that have completely different art and are utterly amazing. Grave of the Fireflies for instance is a war movie about two children having to survive during world war 2 and the aftermath the nuclear bomb. It is both a heartbreaking but also very powerful film, that has been regarded as one of the best warfilms ever made. And there are loads of other examples like that. Sure, I agree that some anime is pretty stereotype and has certain things that are an acquired taste. But there are also loads of animes that have a very normal style without the exagerated eyes and mouths. Just like real films there is something in anime for everyone πŸ˜€

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    1. It really is a fun watch. It’s always very interesting to me when I pick a series totally at random, and it manages to be so totally entertaining. I hope you wil; enjoy it too, if you get around to seeing it. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it πŸ˜€

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  7. It is always intrguing and enjoyable to read about new found anime series you are watching. I haven’t been watching a series for quite some time now due to ill health and when it comes to anime i usually prefer an animated movie but I have watched a few episodes of an anime series called Castlevania (based on a video game), which I am really enjoying.

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    1. Castlevania is seriously awesome πŸ˜€ I did a review for that one a while back. It’s only a shame that is has so little episodes, but it is a great series. Luckily next year it is said to continue πŸ˜€ Glad you are enjoying it.
      As for this series it was a very pleasant discovery, and one I highly enjoyed. I hope you might get around to watch this one some day, as it really is a great and often very moving series 😊

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      1. Yes it’s unfortunate when series like Castlevania are so short hence why I am trying to watch one episode a day heh which is a mighty teaser for myself though I still have not finished watching Attack on Titan. I fell ill halfway at that time. I will see if I can retrace that post of yours. It sounds delightful and as for Plastic Memories, I have made a note and we shall see how that fairs. I think that’s the beauty of anime. It can move you in many splendours and personally something imaginative and moving to escape into. This post was very enjoyable to read as always.

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      2. This series of Castlevania has been acting a bit as a kind of prequel. It’s still a lot of fun, but I honestly can’t wait for the real show to begin next year. I’m only thinking it can get better 😊 Attack on Titan is amazing too, and I hope you will continue to enjoy it. That series is pretty much in a league of it’s own. Plastic Memories was a surprising delight, and you are so right about anime. It’s a terrific medium, with original ideas that you can’t find anywhere else. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I know how hard an effort this now is for you, and I am amazed and humbled that you even manage this. Thank you so much 😊

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    1. Well it is both heartbreaking and funny too, so you will also get some laughs and not only sadness out of this one. I agree, the backgrounds for the city were seriously amazing. I hope you are going to enjoy this one when you eventually see it πŸ˜€

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  8. Ergo Proxy paints a bleak future for humanity? Sounds a bit like watching the news πŸ™‚

    This series sounds cool. Who can resist android waifus? If you wish to experience another series that will bring you close to tears I would recommend Clannad, Planetarian or Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.

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    1. Oh man. Ergo Proxy is in a League of it’s own when it comes to portraying depressive scenes. Still, it is a real good show I have to admit that πŸ˜€
      As for this one: it real was a quite unexpectedly terrific series. Always nice to stumble upon something that is this much fun by pure accident: despite bringing on some tears as well. Thanks for these recommendations. I will first buy some extra boxes of tissues and then maybe give these ones a go πŸ˜€ Thanks as always for your comment πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha, no problem: I have a pretty big attention span issue as well at times lol. This is certainly a great series. It was both funny and sad at the same time. Two series I highly recommend though are Another (which is a horror series about a cursed class. It contains a creepy atmosphere and shocking and often bloody kills), and Erased which is a supernatural time travel serial killer story. Lastnamed is a truly terrifying, but also beautiful series πŸ˜€ Hope you will enjoy watching these series 😊

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    1. Those are both totally cool series. Trigun is a favorite of mine as well. I love how that series starts off rather funny, but then goes into dark territory about midway. Love twists like those. Haha…Sailor Moon probably won’t really be my cup of tea, but it is a series that is still on my too watch list, just to discover what all the fuss is about πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha, I’m guessing your list is becoming almost as big as mine now πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Thank you for the kind words, really appreciate it a lot πŸ˜€
      As for this series, it truly is a wonderful and truly heartwarming tale. I hope that when you get around to seeing it, you will enjoy it as much as I did πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words, appreciate it. I know what you mean…I had a feeling this series would end bitter sweet, and it did, but it was still an amazing experience. Really did not expect to like this series so much πŸ˜€

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  9. I added this to my “watch list” a while back, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m pleased to hear I have another strong title to look forward to. In some ways I wonder if it’s similar to Haibane Renmei. Both series feature characters who are like humans, but are not human, and throughout the story there’s an understanding that their time “here” is short.
    I can definitely relate to your feelings of wanting more variety, particularly when dealing with a series like Ergo Proxy. This is one reason I like to create lineups, 2-4 anime that I watch together, one episode each.

    I too am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Ergo Proxy. It’s a dense series, full of numerous literary references. I look forward to reading your thoughts on the series.

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    1. Hmm, I can’t really make a comparison, because I haven’t seen Haibane Renmei. But I think you will enjoy Plastic Memories. I liked the fact that the series started off as a bit of a comedy but ended up becoming something completely different 😊
      Yeah Ergo Proxy is really cool, has a lot of layers as well, but at times it really depressed me as well. I’ve no watched over half of the series so I expect to do my review for it in a little over a week. Hope the review will be worth the wait. Thanks for your kind comment πŸ˜€

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