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「知らない花火」 (Shiranai Hanabi)
“The Fireworks I’ve Never Seen”

Sorry for the lateness of this post. I’m currently living in interesting times, so to speak. Thankfully, it should be temporary inconvenience.

It’s seems neither of the shows I’m blogging have time for the OPs this week, though in Plastic Memories‘ case it’s merging the ED with the main episode and slotting the OP where it used to be, creating the effect that there’s actually two episodes of anime rolled into one; one regular one and another that’s only a minute long. Jokes aside, there actually are two halves to this week’s Plastic Memories, more or less, though they are related to each other.

Every time I reformat my PC it becomes something entirely different, too

The first ‘half’ is more world building, something that will continue to be necessary so long as there are new perspectives that can be shed on the society of Plastic Memories. In particular, this week introduces one Andie (the artist formerly known as Olivia), who is a multi-purposed character. She’s not of Terminal Services One, and we already know that the other departments do things rather differently, so this is an opportunity to see exactly how. Turns out, it’s nothing complicated; apparently they just run people down and browbeat them into signing forms they probably haven’t read. Surely that counts as contract under duress in whatever jurisdiction they operate under. Even if not, it does seem a lot harder than it really has to be. At some point they’ll start employing bounty hunters and before we know it we’d be on the highway to dystopian future.

Andie’s other purpose is to serve as an example of a ‘reset’ Giftia, and while her story with Eru is not exactly heartbreaking, it does give cause for introspection. I had thought Tsukasa was rather quick to accept Isla’s short lifespan, and it turns out that he hasn’t really fully accepted it at all, still looking for a ‘cure’ in his abundance of free time. Alternatively, if we assume that Plastic Memories is contemplating mortality, as usual, what Giftia go through is some weird sort of reincarnation. Some owners are evidently more zen about it than others (and the Giftia seem to be universally accepting of their lot, for whatever reasons), but the common theme is that memory is where personality is sourced (memories being important in a series called Plastic Memories? Who would have thought?). Even in the same body, Andie and Olivia are two different people. I wonder how the old lady in the opener treats her reset Giftia. A fresh start, or a rerun? A child, or a doll?

‘No! Our star-crossed love cannot be!’

On our protagonists’ part, the major event is certainly Tsukasa suddenly professing his love. In a regular rom-com where one of the parties isn’t terminal they’ve have dallied about for another 3 episodes at least before we got anywhere close to a confession. And it’s a confession by fireworks too! How cliché! Then again, this stuff is cliché because it works. Romance under the stars! Pretty lights! Somehow managing to find complete solitude through contrived circumstances! You can’t get better atmosphere than this.

And for a moment, it really did seem like it worked, because overall it was a fairly effective scene and the ED playing in the background made it seem like a done deal. I would have happily shut off the episode when the OP started playing and left it at that. Alas, gentle readers, I am committed to thoroughness for your sakes. It all seemed to go so well, and then Tsukasa gets completely shot down with no shred of dignity remaining.

Are you trying to duck, Plastic Memories? You had a good thing going there with the confession scene. It was a fine rendition of an old classic. Can’t you wait until next episode before undermining it? Is this cowardice? Backpedaling most craven, sir? Stick to your guns, Plastic Memories! Commit! Argh!

992 hours ~ looking ahead

In all likelihood Isla’s rejection of Tsukasa, to the bemusement of the audience, has something to do with awareness of her own lifespan. After all, they’ve just dealt with a woman who fell in love with her Giftia earlier in the episode, and that ended rather badly.

(It makes one wonder again, though: what exactly is SAI marketing Giftia as? Seems to be ‘emotional crutch’.)

Alternatively, it could all be some stupid fake out for some stupid reason, just to keep the episode hanging over the week. In which case, I will not be pleased, Plastic Memories. I may have to frown at you quite sternly. Neither of us want that.

May 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm
17 comments »
  • May 25, 2015 at 7:08 pmIncognito

    Fridge logic question:

    If this episode shows that there are Giftias that function as “artificial boyfriends” for lonely women, does this mean that there are Giftias that function as “artificial girlfriends”…or perhaps…”pleasure companions” (nudge nudge) for lonely men?

    (Technology perversion potential… Yikes.)

    • May 25, 2015 at 8:26 pmDorian

      Yup. There would need to be that Incognito. This world seems to depend on Giftias a lot, so yes. That thought likely is true. But also for women too.

      BTW, Passerby, I’m calling it now. Tsukasa only went with the cliched confession because he’s going to croak before she does. He’s also looking for a cure for her, because if she can find one that is impossible, it would give him hope that one could be found for him.

      • May 26, 2015 at 12:45 amPasserby

        If so, it’s going to get ugly. No offence to the bard and Romeo and Juliet, but I’m not really a big fan of the double suicide.

    • May 25, 2015 at 8:31 pminfo600

      There was (probably) an example back at ep.1, where Isla trashed a waste collection spot in a failed jump to chase a guy with a giftia girlfriend…

      (funny how my memories trigger for that answer…)

  • May 25, 2015 at 8:33 pminfo600

    Oh Isla, why did you have to reject Tsukasa when you were puffing up whenever he is with some other girls outside of the unit:

    http://randomc.net/image/Plastic%20Memories/Plastic%20Memories%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2009.jpg

    • May 27, 2015 at 2:24 amYato

      Her “rejection” was surely for a good reason – not because she doesnt like him. Tsukasa and Isla not ending up together somehow is unthinkable.

  • May 25, 2015 at 8:53 pmRick Anime

    In all likelihood Isla’s rejection of Tsukasa, to the bemusement of the audience, has something to do with awareness of her own lifespan. After all, they’ve just dealt with a woman who fell in love with her Giftia earlier in the episode, and that ended rather badly.

    I wonder if Tsukasa and Isla may try and make a break for it just like that couple…

    • May 26, 2015 at 12:48 amPasserby

      Considering how many Giftia pairings they’ve dealt with by now, and the fact that running has never worked out well ever, I don’t think it’d be in character for them to flee. Maybe at most elope for a bit. I, for one, am not keen on seeing Isla go axe-crazy.

      • May 26, 2015 at 2:35 amMincemaker

        Or go yandere?

    • May 26, 2015 at 4:17 pmKarmafan

      I have a very bad feeling this series is gonna have a heart breaking ending. Its like a runaway train flying down the tracks.

  • May 25, 2015 at 9:08 pmThe Last Idiot

    In this episode we are presented with another 2 possible endings. One would be tsukasa become a programmer or as someone who develops a way to backup or restore memories (in which sai would surely sponsor because it would save them huge bucks from making new giftias) or two, accept the fate and keep on restarting his relationship with isla (or whatever her name is once new OS is installed.)

    • May 26, 2015 at 12:50 amPasserby

      Likely a mixture of both, in the same way the lost love inspires various tragic heroes to become cancer researchers etc etc.

    • May 26, 2015 at 12:42 pmTechim

      I can think of a mixed ending like Passerby mentioned, I’ve seen one that’s been beautifully done.
      Have any of you followed the Doraemon series when you were younger?
      Doraemon series have never had an official ending, so there were many fan-made endings,
      this one being the best of them all. http://tinyurl.com/q4nxo2f

      A Plastic Memories version could be where a much older, reputable Giftia researcher Tsukasa (who got married to Michiru, the tsundere colleague) revives Isla with her memories intact.

      On the topic of Doraemon though……
      I’d like to see the Doraemon: Stand By Me movie getting covered by RandomC
      It really tugged at my heart when I watched it.

      • May 26, 2015 at 8:28 pmPasserby

        I didn’t follow Doraemon so much as it was something that came on TV and I sometimes watched it. I remember the franchise being fairly ubiquitous; it was impossible not to know about it.

        That said, I have yet to watch the movie, and blogging movies is in general a lot of work we need to put it on top of our weekly commitments, and I am not aware of any plans to cover it. It’s a shame, but I’m afraid it must go unblogged here for now.

        Thank you for sharing the comic though. I’ll be sure to read it.

  • May 26, 2015 at 2:15 amc2710

    http://randomc.net/image/Plastic%20Memories/Plastic%20Memories%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2038.jpg

    I don’t know what’s worse… Getting shot down by a droid or Homo sapiens?

  • May 26, 2015 at 5:06 amRick Anime

    I was just thinking this show has started out as sort of a tear-jerker but has become ‘happier’ (at least too me) as it has progressed. I feel like I am on an emotional journey with this show :)

    • May 26, 2015 at 10:52 amWorldwideDepp

      Me too. But, what will you answer when the Anime reach his end. Is She a “Machine” or an “Human being”?

      He action, her behavior, her emotions, her feelings for others, even her comrades. It is impossible for me to say she is a cold Machine. No her surroundings give her a Soul. she is a Human entity