What an auspicious start to the episode.
— I like how Knights of Sidonia was supposed to be about humanity being hunted to the brink of extinction by a mysterious alien threat, but lately, it’s been all harem antics. Likewise, Plastic Memories was supposed to be about androids and how they cope with their emergent yet short-lived humanity, but we’re going to go on a dey-to.
— Again, at what point does Isla feel like an android? Sure, these androids are human-like. Sure, these androids have thoughts and feelings just like us. But they can’t be all human. What would be the point, then?
— So despite all this technology, they can’t afford a dryer?
“B-but some garments will shrink if you use a dryer!”
So we can create super human-like androids, but we can’t solve the problem of clothes shrinking? And besides, you can certainly throw boxers into a dryer…
— And yes, our hero is to embarrassed to let Isla handle his dainty, little boxers. This dude wants to ask a girl out, but he’s literally turning red because she’s touching his polka-dotted boxers. Get real.
— Later, Tsukasa seeks advice from the guys. One of them suggests that if our hero’s honest, Isla’s sure to understand his feelings. What does that even mean? So what if I understand your feelings? Nothing necessarily has to follow from that. But this is really the sort of advice that anime loves to espouse when it comes to the matters of the heart. If you work hard and if you’re honest, then you’re just entitled to her affections!
— Meanwhile, Isla’s still trying to prove her worth, so she’s trying too hard to find things to do for Tsukasa. As a result, she just keeps screwing up. For instance, she accidentally threw away some important papers on his desk in an attempt to tidy his workspace up…
…then she gets lost trying to drive them home. Again, why would an android get lost unless she’s truly faulty? It’s one thing to give an android humanity. It’s another thing to make her incapable of finding her way home. Again, how does she even remotely resemble an android? How is she any different from any anime shoujo? Oh, I guess this one is forced to obey the anime hero, which is just fantastic.
— Yep, more powerful character development. I sure am glad we ducked out on addressing the deeper implications surrounding human-like androids in order to have scenes like this one.
— Of course, Isla says yes. Kazuki then puts the fear in Tsukasa, reminding him that he has to work hard. As a result, he’s about as dumb as his
anime slave girl android, and decides to overwork himself. Hey, he’s just getting himself ready to become a breadwinning salaryman.
— You’re not eating right, huh?! As an anime haremette, I’m legally required to make you bentos! Just say the word! Are you eating right, just okay, or not at all?! Which one? Which one? Which one?
— Aaaaaaaaand now it’s Isla’s turn to get some dating advice from the girls. What a super high-concept sci-fi show. It’s a perfect complement to Knights of Sidonia as well!
— Yeah, go to the aquarium! Anime bitches love aquariums!
— In the end, the
anime slave girl android decides to go to an amusement park, because she has happy memories of spending time there with Kazuki. Oh, I guess some memories are worth keeping after all.
— On the day of the dey-to, Tsukasa stares slack-jawed at Isla’s outfit. I think it looks hilariously childish, but then again, he’s pretty much dating a
child anime slave girl android.
— When they get to the amusement park, Isla parks her ass on her favorite bench. As it turns out, when she used to come here with Kazuki, they would literally just sit there. She never rode any of the rides or anything.
— The bench turns into a psychiatrist’s couch as Tsukasa not-so-subtly probes the
child anime slave girl android’s feelings and memories. She reveals that watching happy people simply makes her feel warm on the inside. A breakthrough, people! What a breakthrough!
— We then get a montage of the two of them doing generic amusement park things. I definitely watch this show for the dey-to montages.
— In the end, however, a foolish and overworked Tsukasa finally passes out and faceplants into the
child anime slave girl android’s boobs. Top notch character driven anime.
— When he finally comes to, Isla confesses her dokidoki feelings:
— Tsukasa wakes up the next morning to find that he’s all better now. Unfortunately, Isla stayed up overnight so…
This is pretty much the only time in the entire episode that the character feels even remotely android-like. Beautiful.