Blood and boobs and gore and ass feature prominently in the new paranormal mystery anime Mnemosyne. It’s a 6 episode series of 45 minutes each, airing the first Sunday of the month on AT-X until summer.
For AT-X’s 10 year anniversary they’ve chosen something unusually violent, and steering the ship is director Ueda Shigeru, who’s been randomly overseeing episodes of shows ranging from Honey and Clover II to Binchou-tan and even Gundam 00. The script’s done by Oonogi Hiroshi, who’s been heavily involved in writing Noein and Aquarion, and he’s also penning Mnemosyne‘s upcoming novelization.
The full title of the show is actually Mnemosyne – The Daughters of Mnemosyne, and with Mnemosyne as Greek mythology’s personification of memory, who also happened to give birth to the nine Muses, perhaps we’ll eventually see a massive influx of hot ladies. The first episode introduces us to Asougi Rin, a bespectacled green-haired beauty seemingly in her mid-20’s, who runs a firm called Asougi Consulting, where she solves people’s problems with the assistance of the lolicious Mimi. Yet appearances lie, and these ladies are in fact much older than their perky breasts would have you believe, possibly owing to immortality, as evidenced by Rin’s meeting with the pavement after a thirty foot fall, following a forced adieu to dear limbs from a couple of shotgun blasts. It’s the year 1990, with laptops using phoneline modems and everything, and Rin’s attempting to find a lost cat when she suddenly runs into a young man in trouble with yakuza gorillas. Disposing of them quickly, she takes the poor fellow home, and after boozing up and hearing him out, she decides to investigate the reason for his anxiety of nothing seeming real. It eventually takes them to a mysterious research facility, where they’re welcomed by piercing artist Yamanobe Sayara.
As always, AT-X video quality is garbage, and Mnemosyne will likely look much more attractive when it’s released on DVD this spring. For now all we can do is appreciate all the precious shades of crimson through greasy glass, but the high quality animation makes it bearable. And the nipples. Negishi Takayuki‘s music instantly brings you back to the nostalgic anime of the late 80’s and early 90’s, and the other half of sound is pure class, as none other than silk voice goddess Noto Mamiko (Kotomi in Clannad) voices Rin, and who else could play alcoholic little girls other than Kugimiya Rie (Louise in Zero no Tsukaima)? In addition we have Oohara Sayaka (Alicia in ARIA) as an assassin, and Tanaka Rie (Lacus in Gundam Seed) reprising her crazed Suigintou performance as the head of research.
This series is unlikely to appeal to anyone who fears blood, but all the fans of gruesome deaths and naked women should squeal with joy, because there’s no end of it here. Luckily it’s not the only component, since the plot could turn out quite interesting. For now there are mostly questions of what the floating bubbles and the burning tree could be, and why the girls can’t die, but also the strange man who rose out of a pool of blood, thus giving plenty to plot with in the remaining five episodes. Taking a guess, this anime will be very episodic in nature, with new missions every time, and details of an underlying mystery being resolved as we go on. Parallels can certainly be drawn with Darker Than Black, but Mnemosyne has gone one step farther with violence and sex. The biggest drawback is the slow release schedule, as it’ll take a whole month before we see Rin’s next adventure.