Along with Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon? I’ve been watching Plastic Memories as the first two shows I’ve ever simulcast. This week it was episode 8 of the latter, and dear god, the feels train is only getting faster and faster.
After last weeks episode we saw Tsukasa and Isla go on a date at the amusement park. Along with the revelation that Isla’s retrieval date is in a months time, episode 8 is Tsukasa trying to find some hope that after that, Isla’s memories might be restored.
After going on an assignment where an older lady asks Tsukasa for her Giftia’s body to be renewed with a new OS, Tsukasa starts asking the team if it’s possible for a Gifita’s memories to be restored. The resounding answer? No. Michiru is most absolute as she alludes to feeling the same in regards to her own father before he was retrieved. Another opportunity for Tsukasa to find out some information arises when one of Eru’s old friends (also a Giftia), arrives from Section 3 for a job, but with a new OS, meaning she doesn’t recognise Eru.
The message seems to be the same from her as it was from everyone else, her friends memories aren’t coming back, even if, they get on well (which they do). Eru goes on to ask Tsukasa if he’ll accompany them to the carnival. He agrees, with Isla coming along as well.
Up until this point the show has very much humanised all of the Giftia’s and it’s definitely been a good thing. Having half of the characters act like robots would have killed the show from the start and made it very difficult to subscribe to any kind of love story between Isla and Tsukasa. For the first time, in episode 8 we see that starting to change. Eru’s friend is very much seem to be robotic or lacking in some kind of sensitivity to the quite desperate situation.
Everyone around Tsukasa, probably with reason, is much more comfortable about the prospect of retrieval of their friends and the loss of their memories. At the carnival, Isla gets separated from the group, forcing Tsukasa to run away from the others in search, only for Eru to say behind him ‘Hang in their, kid.’ It’s just little things like that which are really making the show that something extra special.
The end of the episode sees Isla asking if she upsets Tsukasa, before Tsuakasa goes onto to confess his love for her. In what shouldn’t be seen as a surprising move, Isla tells him she can’t do it as episode ends.
At episode 8 I’m happy to say that this is working out as a fantastic romance anime. I feel for both of the characters and appreciate the dilemmas of both. It’s difficult to say what will happen come episode 13, but I think to do the show justice Isla should be retrieved. Saying that, who knows, starting now Tsukasa has given himself 5 episodes to find a work around, so I would say a satisfying alternative isn’t out of the question either.
Plastic Memories simulcasts on Crunchy Roll every Saturday at 19:30 BST. Follow the link here.