Memories (1995) IMDb

Categorization

Collection of three short films based on manga by Ōtomo Katsuhiro. Three different directors, doing all three segments in very different styles.

Japanese production animation movie

Segment 1:

“Magnetic Rose” (1995) IMDb

Categorization

Philosophical SF, fantastical thriller.

Subject

2092: A team of scavengers pick up a distress call coming from a space station left abandoned during the expansion of humankind. The station is huge, but full of crumbling forgeries of valuables. Does the woman who had it built still exist somewhere among the debris?

Commentary

Written by Kon Satoshi. Flaws include me kara biimu.

Japanese production animation movie

Segment 3:

Cannon Fodder (1996)

Categorization

Dystopia.

Subject

A day in the life of a family living in a city full of cannon. The star of the show is the enormous “17”, used to fire out into the mist-shrouded surrounding desert, allegedly at the enemy's moving city. The father helps load the beast. The mother feigns enthusiasm as it goes off. The young son dreams of one day becoming the man who actually presses the button to fire.

Commentary

Blunt, thematically unoriginal, drawn in an unrealistic and unrefined style, but a very enjoyable piece of grotesquerie. Much helped by its music. The film may be read, rather liberally, as a Warhammer 40,000-style fantasy version of life in WW2 Kure; cf. In This Corner of the World (2016). It also reminds me of Resan till Melonia (1989).

Japanese production animation movie

Segment 2:

Stink Bomb (1996)

Categorization

Dark comedy with loads of light action in the vein of Roujin Z (1991).

Subject

A man full of medication takes one more pill: a pill secretly developed for the military. An unforeseen reaction of the many drugs to one another, and an unwise reaction to the news, put the man on a motorcycle heading for Tokyo, a cloud of gas swiftly accumulating behind him. All around the man, humans and other animals drop dead, whilst trees and flowers bloom in winter.

Commentary

Not credible, but there are genuinely funny moments.