Review: Plastic Memories, Episode 8: The Fireworks I’ve Never Seen

Review:

After dealing with a client who not only agrees to have a new OS installed in her Giftia but also reveals that she has done this before, Tsukasa begins to wonder if there is anyway to recover a Giftia’s memories after it has been retrieved or reformatted. The answer, of course, is a resounding “no”, and as if to hammer the point home Tsukasa and Isla are teamed up with a Giftia from another Terminal Service group who turns out to be a reformatted unit. It is revealed that this Giftia and Eru had been friends, and while Eru is initially excited to see her old friend again, that excitement quickly turns to disappointment once she realizes that none of the memories of this Giftia’s previous personality remain. Thankfully, the episode isn’t all doom-and-gloom, as Eru and Andie (the Giftia that was formerly Eru’s friend) begin to build a new relationship, culminating in a trip to a carnival which Tsukasa and Isla also attend. By the end of the episode, fans should be cheering, as we finally get something for which we’ve been waiting.

As usual, this episode manages to build on what is already established while still making it difficult to predict where the events will lead. While Tsukasa’s situation may be hopeless, he has shown that he is not willing to simply sit by and watch the situation turn out for the worst, so it is completely feasible that the plot may move in the direction of him trying to find a way to preserve Isla’s memory. On the other hand, the story may continue to move in the direction of an ultimate separation. The writers do a wonderful job of providing us with enough information to keep us guessing, but not enough to accurately predict the outcome of the events. Tsukasa’s hopeful and persistent personality is also a light in the dark undertone of the series, and is something that Christian viewers should admire. Despite the circumstances, he continues to move forward (just see the end of this episode) and seek a solution. His love for Isla is real, and it is evidenced again and again.

Plastic Memories also does a good job of maintaining its overall point and tension without feeling the need to beat the viewer over the head with it. We’re not allowed to forget the fact that Isla’s days are drawing to a close while she and Tsukasa are developing feelings for one another, yet we’re also not driven to the point of depression over the subject. This storyline, despite its sad beginnings, ends up with some and, frankly, humorous events, even while still exploring the more serious issues that have been raised. It is remarkable how the dramatic and comedic tones of the show blend together so well, instead of feeling awkward.

If there is one downside to this episode, it is Eru. Now, granted, she becomes a legitimate part of the plot as the episode progresses, and is shown to be more than just a perverse source of comedy, but her initial encounter with Andie involves Eru very enthusiastically groping Andie. It is also revealed that this was par for the course when Andie was Olivia (Andie’s personality before she was retrieved and recycled into Andie). There is also some confusion as to what, exactly, Eru and Andie’s relationship is supposed to be. For the most part it seems to be presented as friendship, but some moments could suggest something more. It is easy enough to ignore these types of things, but the girl-on-girl groping may be a turnoff for some viewers. Thankfully, it doesn’t last long, and is not a major part of the episode’s content.

Groping aside, “The Fireworks I’ve Never Seen” is another strong entry in Plastic Memories’ story that presents more questions for its viewers to ponder while also progressing the themes and plot elements previously established. How everything will ultimately resolve is undoubtedly a thought in every viewer’s mind, which simply means we need to keep coming back for the next several weeks.

A Christian Perspective:

2 Corinthians 6:2 – For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Hebrews 3:13 – But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

“Hey, Tsukasacchi. Right now’s all the time we have for making memories. Now… This very moment.” – Eru

What do the two verses of Scripture and Eru’s quote have in common? That’s right, they all speak to the importance of time. In her conversation with Tsukasa, Eru expresses the fact that we only have the present moment in which to make memories. The underlying idea, in this writer’s opinion, is that we aren’t guaranteed anything else. Anyone who has ever suffered the sudden loss of a loved one should be able to understand this aspect. Perhaps you had just finished spending time together, and then half an hour later they were gone. The point is, we need to make the most of the moments that we are alive, because we never know if they will be our last. I doubt most people ever expect their last day on Earth to actually be their last. Sure, the elderly and the terminally ill may have a better idea of how much time they have left, but even they can’t predict it exactly, and young, relatively healthy people like myself truly have no idea when our last day will be. As such, we must make the effort to make our moments count.

So, how does this tie into the two verses of Scripture? Well, it’s probably pretty obvious. The 2 Corinthians verse states that “now is the day of salvation”. Another translation states that “today is the day of salvation”. Much like Eru’s quote above, it carries the idea that we don’t know how much time we have left, and so putting off the decision to follow Christ until “tomorrow” or “later” is foolish, because we aren’t guaranteed either of those things. If we receive the call to follow Christ and decide to put it off, only to die moments after leaving church (or wherever the call was received) then it is too late. What we know as “now” is the only existence we are guaranteed, because we are currently living in “now”. The verse from Hebrews seems to also emphasis this verse, as it says to encourage each other daily, as long as it is called “Today”. It doesn’t say to encourage each other “tomorrow”, but “today”, which, to me, seems to emphasize the immediacy of the command. Again, we must encourage each other as we have the opportunity, because we may not get another.

All of this is to drive home the point that we should be aware of our own mortality and the value of our interactions. We may never get the chance to mend a broken relationship once we part ways with that person, so we should mend it right then and there. We may never get another chance to tell the person we’re speaking with about Christ, so we should do it right there (I say this as a hypocrite, because though I recognize it in this moment it certainly is not something I have regularly practiced). We may never get another chance to place our faith in Christ, so we should do so when the opportunity is presented. In all things, we should make the most of the opportunities given us.

Content Guide:

Spiritual Content: None

Language: 1 “cr*p”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Eru shows cleavage, and she also grabs another woman’s breasts

Violence: Andie knocks Eru to the ground

Blood/Gore: None

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One thought on “Review: Plastic Memories, Episode 8: The Fireworks I’ve Never Seen

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