Genre: romance, drama, sci-fi
Related Words: memories, android, work
Eighteen-year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki has failed his college entrance exams, but after pulling some strings, he manages to land a job at the Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation. SAI Corp is responsible for the creation of “Giftias”—highly advanced androids which are almost indiscernible from normal humans. However, unlike humans, Giftias have a maximum lifespan of 81,920 hours, or around nine years and four months. Terminal Service One, the station Tsukasa was assigned to, is responsible for collecting Giftias that have met their expiration date, before they lose their memories and become hostile.
Promptly after joining Terminal Service One, Tsukasa is partnered with a beautiful Giftia named Isla. She is a Terminal Service veteran and considered the best in Giftia retrievals, contrary to her petite figure and placid nature. Time is fleeting though, and Tsukasa must come to terms with his feelings for Isla before her time is up. No matter how much someone desires it, nothing lasts forever.
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Review (No Spoilers)
Plastic Memories is one of those shows where you know that the ending’s gonna be sad, but yet you watch it anyways because you want to know what happens before that sad ending happens. But along the way, you get too attached to characters, so then you just feel depressed when you finish the show.
One of the first things the show tells you is that a Giftia’s life span is only about 9 years and 4 months. So immediately, you know that Isla, who is a Giftia, is gonna die, but you can’t do anything about it, so you just watch.
There wasn’t really any plot to this show, but it more focused around the relationship between Tsukasa and Isla, as well as the character development of Isla herself. The idea of the Giftias, however, was very interesting to witness as it was a main component to this anime. In the future, a big company created these Giftias that look and act exactly like humans do. But their lifespan is just under a decade due to the fact that their inner softwares decay. They have ordinary lives, just as humans do, and go about regular business. They have jobs, homes, and even sometimes spouses and children.
It’s fascinating to see that this could be a possible future to our world, but even more so that we would create androids to live like normal people. The anime acknowledges the controversy in this as well, pointing out the fact that some people looked at these Giftias as actual people and others considered them as just plain machines. Throughout the anime, it explores the possibilities of the roles these Giftias could take and it’s really interesting to see this as a side topic to the main plot.
Plot 8/10 – The plot was very simple, following some dramatic scenes, but mostly just surrounding the every day events of Tsukasa and Isla. Many of the episodes were very sweet and sad, seeing the retrieval of these androids, but it was great seeing how society had advanced and how the androids had their place in life.
Characters 9/10 – Many of the characters were one dimensional, but by the end of the show, we have seen them develop and transform into something much more. Especially in Isla’s case, we see her transition from a quiet, withdrawn person, to someone who is more cheerful and outgoing. Her personality was my favourite, but we also saw some of the other characters change as the story progressed as well. An example of this was Tsukasa, the new employee who was hired at the company. Without spoiling anything, we saw him gradually change throughout the series as information was revealed to him.
Art 10/10 – The art was stunning and vibrant. They used a lot of bright colours and images that reflected the mood and tone of the piece. It was enjoyable to watch and I loved all the expressions and emotions of the characters that were shown.
Overall 4.5/5 – Though not a lot happened, it was great following around the main characters as they found themselves and each other. It was a sweet romance, though sad, and I loved every part of the show. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance.