The machines are here in Plastic memories
I’m confident our future lies in technology and it’s a natural way of evolution for humans. Slowly we enhance our mortal bodies with technological advancements. We merge with machines and start to depart our bodies, discover the universe and science fiction dreams will become reality. It’s not the question will it happen, but rather when will it happen?
Plastic Memories takes place in the near future where robots have a far more sophisticated artificial intelligence than they do now. They function as companions to common men. The company that manufactures them also has the responsibility to retake them when the robots reach their expiration date. Each human is assigned a robot partner to fulfill this task.
This brings me to one of the more awkward aspects of Plastic Memories. In a world where technology is so advanced it can create robots with human intelligence, humanoid robots are still plagued by ‘aging’. It feels off beat and only there to make sure Plastic Memories is not infinite. I cannot make out another reason within this setting that would justify creating an inferior robot.
Or perhaps it’s a defense mechanism to counter possible attacks from robots, which is stupid as the series clearly shows that robots go haywire when they reach their time limit. Which is also kind of stupid, why wouldn’t the robot just shut down? What is the reasoning behind a robot that would turn into a murder machine? Where is the kill switch for this entity? Perhaps I’m going into too much detail and am I forgetting the true essence of Plastic Memories.
Inevitably with more technological advancement the line between humans and robots starts to fade, and so is the case with Isla and Tsukasa who form an intimate bond that flourishes into love. Their interactions become more and more intimate until even Isla can’t deny she will one day seize to exist. The interactions become more sincere over time. At first they feel sugarcoated, but later on fall into place, making it all the more credible.
I found this a very interesting character dynamic and it is more than just a human finding a sex bot. The rules of love in Plastic Memories have changed and are accepted since robots play such a vital role in the daily lives of humans. There is more that meets the eye and I wonder if the creators of Plastic Memories have thought this way as well.
Plastic Memories doesn’t really have an astounding look and feel, but I think this series is less dependent on visuals. The story is what matters. The colors are lively and highly saturated, nonetheless do characters not move as fluently as they would in a KyoAni animation.
Plastic Memories is a great addition to the science fiction genre. It presents a convincing story with sometimes a too sugar coated experience. Nonetheless does it present a very interesting theme in an approachable setting. Plastic Memories gets a 9 out of 10 for its outstanding performance.