Memories is a collection of 3 short stories
from the acclaimed director of Akira. Although he does not take up the
commanders chair this time, he supervises 3 up and coming anime directors, and
superbly so I might add.
You could almost be forgiven for believing
you were watching episodes of the twilight zone, if not for the fact that the
stories are animated. It's all slightly bizarre, and at times a little dark,
but its a joy to watch.
First up of the 3 is Magnetic Rose, which
is about a deep space wreckage crew who are investigating a distress call from
a ship graveyard. When they get there they'll have to try and decide what is
and isn't real if they are to return alive.
Next up is Stink Bomb. A story about a
young man working in a medical research lab, who takes a pill which he thinks
is cough medicine, but it has a side effect with his body causing it to
produce what appears to be a nerve gas, strong enough to kill even everything,
except somehow him.
Lastly is Cannon Fodder, a day in the life
of a family, that lives in a city which is totally dedicated to firing
cannons, and I do mean totally. The children at school learn about
trajectories and how environment affects your shot, whilst the parents either
make shells, or load the shells up to be fired.
All three are superbly done, and you will
struggle to get the images out of your head for some time after you finished
watching it. The first and third are highly involving, and the second is just
plain fun to watch. I won't go into any more detail than to just say if you're
a fan of anime, you must see this collection. If you're not yet a fan however,
this is as good a place to start as any.
It's fantastic to see such beautiful
reproduction of animated material. Sometimes you are left with a shadow of the
original material, that just looks plain dull, but not so with this disc. All
the colours look just how they're intended, and some of the images just
radiate detail. Really superb stuff.
You get a rather impressive 5.1 channel
mix on this disc. Not only is everything lovely and clear (although I can only
assume the voices are as there are four languages, none of them English), but
you are surrounded with effects, music and general atmospheric noise. That and
your subwoofer will also get something of a workout during some of the action
sequences, although not all that frequently.
There isn't much in the way of extras, you
only get a 'making of' and a couple of trailers for other anime's. The making
of doesn't really go into how it was made as much as it goes into why and who
made it. It's fairly decent, and is sure to impress many viewers, but it'd be
nice to have had a little more.
Memories of Memories