(Weekly Crunch) Episode 002 – Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

Title: Plastic Memories
Japanese Title: プラスティック・メモリーズ
Requested By: Megabilliam
Genre: Sci-Fi

Synopsis:

This story takes place in a future not too far away when 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, they… Well, it gets pretty bad. For this sake, 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 but…

Honestly, it’s not surprising that a series like this is going to end up focusing more on the team behind the retrievals rather than the people they’re taking them from.

Already, we have seeds of an unnecessary one-sided romance between Michiru and Tsukasa. There’s officially a time limit on our main character (conveniently when the series finale airs?) while everyone tells Tsukasa, yet another potentially bland male lead, to get along with Isla even though they never really showed any reasons they would besides the fact that Isla needs to get used to the field again and Tsukasa has yet to have a handle on dealing with owners of failing Giftias. To be fair, Isla seemed to be doing extra training because she knows her time is almost up – after all, it’s pretty easy to tell especially since everyone around the office kept mentioning that Isla had been doing it for a long time.

Then we’re shown how Tsukasa even got the job (thus the reason why he needed the Terminal Service explained to him): Tsukasa failed his entrance exam because of appendicitis and his father’s friend gave him the job with the promise of firing him out if he is a “poor fit”. Tsukasa gave himself the task of making the so-called manual more concise since it’s so vague.

We’re also introduced to some characters. A veteran spotter named Yasutaka Hanoda as well as the Terminal Service engineers, Mikijiro Tesuguro and his Gifita, Eru.

In other words, it’s setting up things just as predicted.

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It’s pretty obvious that Tsukasa and Isla are going to have a possible romantic bond. This episode didn’t have a lot of actual character development as it was setting up for the main conflict of the show. The characters are pretty stereotypical but the key would get the audience attached to Isla. We already know that she does silly and cute things in order to get the job done and we already know she has a time limit.

Make us get attached to her. Make us care about her. Make us want her to live longer.

For the next few episodes, I’m not expecting anything groundbreaking. More than likely, though, there’s going to be more set-up episodes as well as a possible look at what ways the androids start deteriorating.

Honestly, they look too good to be at the end of their service. They’re still cognitive and they’re way too aware at the moment of their “deaths”. That’s a little unsettling, even if they are androids.

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