Review: Plastic Memories, Episode 4: I Just Don’t Know How To Smile

Review:

This week’s episode brings us back into the swing of Graftia retrievals after last week’s detour into buddy bonding territory. Tsukasa and Isla are required to take on the retrieval of a Graftia who has become her owner’s caretaker since the death of the owner’s parents. While the expectation is that this job will be difficult, the reality of the situation is that the boy (Souta) is quite ready to be rid of his Graftia… for all the wrong reasons. He is convinced that everything she has ever told him was a lie, since she said she would never leave him, but now she is. This sets Tsukasa and Isla on a quest to convince Souta to believe in his memories.

While the focus of the episode is largely on the Souta/Marcia (Souta’s graftia) issue, there are moments that shed light into other character relationships; or, rather, that open the door for those issues to be exposed. For example, we find out a little about Michiru’s upbringing as it relates to the current situation, and we also see the dissolution of Isla’s former work partnership. We are also introduced to the concept of a criminal entity early on in the episode (something for a potential antagonist role, no doubt) along with some internal problems that are hanging over Terminal Service 1.

With all of that said, the episode is still pretty straightforward: Tsukasa and Isla encounter a problem, formulate a plan to tackle said problem, and find unexpected help along the way. At the end, everyone is happy… except, this is where things deviate, because after the problem seems to be wrapped up, we are introduced with a potential problem, and what’s worse is that it is a cliffhanger. What makes this episode so good isn’t just the fact that it has the right balance of comedy, emotional content, and backstory, but also the fact that it sets the stage for future content—whether an episode’s worth or a season’s—and then integrates that content in a way that fits into the story without completely overriding everything else right away.

Plastic Memories may be taking its time to really get rolling, but something tells me that when it takes off, it’s going to hit hard. This remains one of my top shows for this season, and I highly recommend that you check it out, especially with the plot elements that were introduced in this episode.

A Christian Perspective:

John 8:44 – You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Unlike most of my perspectives, which apply the Scriptures directly to something that happened in the show, this one actually contrasts what happened in the episode. You see, Marcia was clearly telling Souta the truth about his parents, yet Souta refused to believe her because Marcia herself is being taken away since her lifespan is about to end. This speaks to the necessity of discernment, as Souta was allowing his emotions to cloud his judgment, and could not see the truth in front of his face (there is also something to be said about lying and the way the episode ends, but I don’t want to spoil that).

Contrarily, many people will also believe lies because those lies are what they want to hear. Regardless of whether we are believing lies or refusing to believe the truth, we need to practice discernment so that we accept the truth (no matter how hurtful) and refuse the lies (no matter how tempting) so that we can lead wise lives.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “g**z”, 1 “cr*p”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Isla is hugged by a woman, and her face goes right into the woman’s chest—the woman’s top also shows cleavage in this scene

Violence: Michiru throws Tsukasa into a wall

Blood/Gore: None

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