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Plastic Memories – 07

「上手なデートの誘い方」 (Jōzuna Dēto no Sasoi-kata)
“How to Ask Her Out”

Episode 07 was perhaps the tamest episode of Plastic Memories to date. No wrenching tearjerkers, no Dominators. Instead, it’s all rom-com, all the time. And much more rom than com, for sure; though Plastic Memories still threw out the oddball comedy that it enjoys now and then, the emphasis was more on Isla and Tsukasa continuing to build their relationship, shifting the mood of the show towards slice-of-life. To that end, the episode starts off with laundry. Fascinating.

I suppose now that most of the important mechanics of the Plastic Memories world has been introduced—in particular, the important point about what happens to Giftia who go over their best-before date—and so we’re allowed to pull away from the workings of Terminal Services One (it’s not like they do any work anyway) and turn to softer, personal issues. That is, fluff, but fluff is not to be derided. Too often do sci-fi stories spend too much time obsessed with its mechanics and explaining technology. Even in the future, though, people are people, and its their struggles that make the story relevant to the common anime viewer. That said, Plastic Memories is set in a very near future, in which cars can still get lost and roller-coasters are still stuck on rails, so there’s not much need for extensive exposition. Even the Giftia are so close to human that one doesn’t need to turn one’s mind to their robotness very much (do they need to breathe, though? I still don’t know).

So almost all of the episode can be devoted to letting Isla and Tsukasa have a quiet moment. The time spent in setting up just one date emphasises how important this one event is. Last week, with Tsukasa finding out about Isla’s remaining life and still be accepting of it was a big turning point in their relationship (notice Isla smiling in the OP from that episode) and this episode is his opportunity to capitalise. And it goes well—almost too well. One would usually expect more obstacles in our protagonist’s romantic life, or at least more hijinks. There was a hiccup near the end, but the sickness was fairly telegraphed so it certainly wasn’t much of a speed bump, and indeed allows for another bonding moment between the two. No, it was too smooth, especially for a story with so many airs of tragedy as Plastic Memories. What sufferings are being reserved for our main couple?

1160 hours ~ looking ahead

This episode, was as a whole, much like Isla herself: comfortably quiet. As I may have mentioned before, Isla acts very much like an elderly. Not only is she near the end of her days, she has the same fears of obsolescence and hates to be a burden, has the same old memories that both drive and pains her, and likes to just sit around and take it easy. That would probably be my hobby of choice too, in my dotage. Alternatively I’d sit around and yell at kids to get off my lawn.

Tsukasa being revealed as a sickly kid is actually rather interesting, since I have mulled over the juicy possibility of Isla outliving Tsukasa, and have read some discussion in the comments to that effect. I wonder if that detail will come into play later (good money on ‘yes’), or whether it’s a red herring. On the subjects of plans for the future, I wonder why the tsundere is still being teased, considering how One True Pairing Isla and Tsukasa are, no matter how short lived that may be. I am reminded of Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (I typed out the entire name! Give me a reward!), and while I doubt there will be the same complex love polygons in Plastic Memories, I think there may be some similar dynamics. As is the way of original series, though, we can only wait and see if that is true.

May 18, 2015 at 8:35 am
15 comments »
  • May 18, 2015 at 9:09 amThe Last Idiot

    This episode has tons of cute isla scenes… Cant believe someone who has a cuteness power of over 9000 would “possibly” die/expire within a month.
    http://randomc.net/image/Plastic%20Memories/Plastic%20Memories%20-%2007%20-%20Large%2008.jpg

    • May 18, 2015 at 9:13 amThe Last Idiot

      Not enough isla screen caps by the way. :)

  • May 18, 2015 at 10:21 amSnooSnoo

    Isla’s smile when Tsukasa complimented her outfit x3

  • May 18, 2015 at 3:47 pmRick Anime

    Hm, blog poses an interesting thought about the possibility of Isla outliving the main character. This episode was very charming I enjoyed their date. Still guessing where this show is going to go with the short Isla lifespan and now, the sickly main character

    • May 19, 2015 at 11:59 amKiritsugu

      I’m starting to believe that this is going to end up in a “together forever in death” note…

  • May 18, 2015 at 9:24 pmSpeds

    I am dropping this after five. I find the two main characters boring and it feels like a chore to keep watching them.

    • May 18, 2015 at 11:20 pmPetit Orenji

      I’ve dropped it too! :D

    • May 19, 2015 at 8:41 amricz

      Surprisingly I did too
      Same reason.. I actually don’t feel anything w/ all the character now

      Sadly the story looks really good but the characters killed it

    • May 19, 2015 at 10:51 amWorldwideDepp

      Did it turn to much in “Slice of Life”?. Well, the Girl is still a Giftia after all

  • May 19, 2015 at 5:26 pmVoyager

    To anyone that dropped the show, that’s ok, Anime is meant for entertainment and there’s no point sticking with a show if you don’t enjoy it.

    I, for one, still find this show interesting.

    I thought it was going to be similar to Mahoromatic, with a bit more drama and a hopefully less uncomprehensible ending, but now I’m starting to think there’s potential for something different, maybe even unusual.

    As Passerby and others already noticed, Tsukasa’s sickness is definitely not casual, it didn’t trigger any comedy, it didn’t interrupt any “turning point” event like a romantic kiss or the likes, it didn’t even interrupt the romantic mood, instead leading to more bonding scenes. Something is going to happen later.

    The whole date was “strangely normal”. I thought Tsukasa wouldn’t be able to ask Isla out until later, but he managed it quickly. Then I was expecting the whole gang to follow them in disguise and eventually ruin their best moment, as it always happens in romcoms. It didn’t happen, no one showed up, despite their worries about their relationship just few episodes ago.

    In the ending part, there was Michiru about to enter the scene, so I was like “uh, so they’re getting closer but will be interrupted now, after all”, but no, she reconsidered (forcing me to notice that Michiru preparing the tsundere speach was actually a hint to that), letting our main couple keep each other’s hand, and strenghten their bond.

    This episode may look as the tamest so far, yet something wasn’t “right”. I’m anticipating a plot twist in the next episode or two. I may very well be wrong and reading too much into this episode, we’ll know soon enough.

    • May 19, 2015 at 6:11 pminfo600

      Then I was expecting the whole gang to follow them in disguise and eventually ruin their best moment, as it always happens in romcoms. It didn’t happen, no one showed up, despite their worries about their relationship just few episodes ago.

      As if they’re free ALL the time. >.> (And this is the only reason I can keep going, it’s not total off-kilter comedy where everyone has their own work sked that they can blow off whenever they want)

    • May 19, 2015 at 8:29 pmKarmafan

      I have a feeling this series is gonna end very badly (sad).

    • May 20, 2015 at 1:30 pmManiko

      Maybe he is … a robot too?

  • May 21, 2015 at 2:23 aminfo600

    On one hand, I like Isla’s dedication to Tsukasa (carried over from last week):
    http://randomc.net/image/Plastic%20Memories/Plastic%20Memories%20-%2007%20-%20Large%2003.jpg

    OTOH, she clearly still don’t have any modesty regarding herself when there’s a guy living with her:
    http://randomc.net/image/Plastic%20Memories/Plastic%20Memories%20-%2007%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, Michiru just have to continue to spill her imagination out into the open…
    http://randomc.net/image/Plastic%20Memories/Plastic%20Memories%20-%2007%20-%20Large%2031.jpg

  • May 22, 2015 at 7:39 pmfomite

    Seems like a promising show thus far.