Episode 1: Magnetic Rose A group of space junkers embark on a rescue mission at an abandoned space station broadcasting an SOS in the form of an opera song. Two of the men enter the space station only to discover it is a hologramic paradise haunted by the image of an old opera singer by the name of Eva. Magnetic Rose acts as a science fiction ghost story combined with breathtaking visuals and superb opera music. The backstory on the main character is carefully flushed out as the holograms begin to reflect his actual life. The animation is smooth, the dialogue perfect and the story moves at a slow, but very progressive pace. Another interesting part about this piece is that the physics Image 1 of 3. Click to enlarge
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Episode 2: Stink Bomb A young man who works at a lab has a nasty cold. One of his co-workers suggests he tries the new cold-medicine on the bosses desk. He takes one and has a light nap. When he awakes, all of his co-workers are out cold. He is then contacted by his superiors that he must grab the pills on the bosses desk and bring them to Tokyo at once. However, as he makes his way to Tokyo, everything around him dies. It soon becomes clear that the pill he swallowed is somehow causing everything around him to die. The government must now take every step to kill this man to ensure the safety of Japan. However, that is easier said than done. Stink Bomb was made right after Image 2 of 3. Click to enlarge
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Episode 3: Cannon Fodder Katsuhiro Otomo's episode in this film is a very original departure from the norm of anime. In this piece, we are introduced to war-crazy society in which everyone in this city has devoted their lives to defeating an unknown enemy. There are cannons mounted on every building, almost everything is powered by steam and pro-war posters are posted all over. It doesn't seem too different from what life was like in the 1930's. The films follows around a Image 3 of 3. Click to enlarge
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Overall, Memories is a must have for any anime collection. It may not have the elements of anime you are use to, but it serves well as a creative collection of animation. In terms of being far-thinking, original and imaginative, Memories is by far one of the best animated films out there.
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