Review: Plastic Memories, Episode 2: Don’t want to cause trouble

Review:

After last episode’s tearful ending, the kind creators of Plastic Memories have decided to give us a bit of a break this episode. Oh don’t worry, there’s still plenty of serious stuff going on; it’s just intermingled with humor and amusing moments. The characters are still pretty trope-ish; Kazuki, the ill-tempered female boss, is shown to be a drinker (who is actually a lightweight), which seems to occur often enough in anime, and we are also introduced to Yasutaka, who takes the role of the slacker playboy. Again, despite the abundance of character tropes, the show manages to present a likeable story and cast that doesn’t seem to be overused. Perhaps it really is true that new doesn’t always mean better; sometimes using old tools the right way can produce something great.

Anyway, the episode begins with another failed retrieval on the part of Tsukasa and Isla, which earns Tsukasa a sharp reproach from Michiru, especially after he covers for Isla so that the whole situation appears to be his fault and not hers. This ultimately prompts Isla to make attempts at improving herself so that she can better assist Tsukasa. In response, Tsukasa promises to help Isla on the job until she can get back into the swing of things. In the midst of all this, other characters attempt to encourage Tsukasa and Isla, while also seeking to provide direction for Tsukasa. The ending of the episode presents what should be a shocking revelation—if it wasn’t alluded to fairly clearly near the start of the previous episode.

While this episode may not have had the same emotional impact that the debut had (unless the ending revelation really does catch you by surprise), it was still an enjoyable episode. It did a great job of being self-contained—it introduces a problem right off the bat, the characters work towards bettering themselves as a result, and the episode ends with a resolution to said problem—while also contributing some elements to carry the show past this one story. While the overall purpose of the story is yet to be seen, it is certainly easy to draw at least some conclusions and theories. Will the comedy win out? Will we be tricked into a tear jerker? Only time will tell, so onward we go!

A Christian Perspective:

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

This verse is illustrated in today’s episode, specifically when Tsukasa offers to take on Isla’s responsibilities during retrievals, at least until Isla gets herself back into the swing of things. He recognizes that she is having trouble performing her duties, and he also recognizes her earnest efforts to improve herself. While it may not be his job to actually perform the retrievals, he is willing to take on that responsibility for the sake of his partner.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h*ll”, 1 “d**n”, 1 “h*ck”, 1 “d**mit”, 1 “j**z”, 1 “cr*p”

Alcohol/Drug Use: Kazuki is drinking some kind of alcohol, and is drunk

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Eru’s top shows cleavage

Violence: Kazuki squeezes Tsukasa’s hand with a hard grip

Blood/Gore: Isla’s nose bleeds

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