6 Anime Like Plastic Memories [Updated Recommendations]

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Hello there, otakus! So here we are, after the release of the Ghost in the Shell live action movie. If that was heaven or hell for you, we can’t deny that the topic of artificial intelligence is hot. Advances in science and technology are pushing the boundaries every day, making us question what is natural and what is artificial.

The Japanese have always been fascinated by such matters, so anime like Plastic Memories are abound. The story of the love between Tsukasa and Isla does not seem so surreal by now, right? We have reviewed some anime like Plastic Memories in the past, but we can review a few more anime that bring the controversy about artificial intelligence and love to the table. So, grab your favorite circuit and let’s begin!

Similar Anime to Plastic Memories

1. Eve no Jikan

  • Episodes: 1 movie
  • Aired: Mar 6, 2010

This film was the final version of a few ONAs released in 2008. The story is essentially the same, with some extra scenes that help us understand the background of the characters better. The location probably is Japan, in the not so distant future. The protagonist, Rikuo Sakisaka, is a regular student who has a housework android under the name of Sammy. However, when his android starts to act strange, Rikuo follows her to Eve no Jikan, a coffee shop where robots and humans are treated equally…

Plastic Memories and Eve no Jikan play with the idea of humans and robots interacting in the same world throughout the daily life. Although both series make us wonder what it really means to be human, there is enough comedy to make the experience enjoyable. The main difference is that Plastic Memories is more immersed in the student life, while the main characters in Eve no Jikan are of a more varied nature.


2. Hal

  • Episodes: 1 movie
  • Aired: Jun 8, 2013

What do we do when we lose a loved one? Kurumi has lost her beloved boyfriend to an airplane crash. Falling into depression, she secludes herself from the world. That is why her grandfather conveys an important mission to his humanoid robot Q01. The robot will have to adopt Kurumi’s boyfriend appearance and live with her, but is Kurumi ready to accept an android as a companion, not to mention as a romantic partner?

We get it. Most androids in anime are women, and that can make us girls feel annoyed. Hal is the exception to the rule, starring a moving story about the birth of love between a human and an android. Both Plastic Memories and Hal are set in a familiar world where androids are common. The main difference between both stories is the happy tone of the first one, and the angsty-sweeter tone of the second one.


5. Hybrid Child

  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: Oct 29, 2014 to Jan 28, 2015

Let’s think about more consequences of meddling with artificial intelligence, shall we? What happens to the android that has been created? Becoming sentient is not an easy business! In Hybrid Child, we meet a special type of android who can be taught and improves their understanding of human nature according to the time and care they are given. These OVAs explore the story and relationship of different people and their Hybrid childs.

Plastic Memories also portrays a world that has grown used to androids. The consequences of the creation of sentient artificial intelligence are explored as well. The main difference in Hybrid child is the slower and mellower tone. There is something poetic in the shots we are offered, complete with colorful depictions of nature. Also, the story is shorter, leaving us wanting more.


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4. Dimension W

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 10, 2016 to Mar 27, 2016

In a future world where humanity has discovered an infinite source of energy, Kyouma Mabuchi becomes a Collector. This means he is in charge of finding illegal coils, devices that tap directly on the energy that powers the modern world. Together with his partner in crime, the android Mira Yurizaki, they solve crimes that involve those who are using science and technology only thinking about themselves. However, Kyouma is not very much into technology himself…

If what you like about Plastic Memories is the futuristic look and the action in the show, you will find the same characteristics in Dimension W. The main difference is that the relationship between Kyouma and Mira is not romantic, but more like that of buddies. We should say they are well developed characters 🙂 Also, the focus of the series goes more to the people who create the androids, including their reasons and conflicts.


5. Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume

  • Episodes: 5
  • Aired: Jul 7, 2016 to Aug 4, 2016

The anime we have talked about so far portray an optimistic future, but what about the opposite? In an Earth that has been damaged beyond repair, a perpetual acid rain falls. Space colonization has also failed, so humanity is on the decline. A guy who works as a Kuzuya (junker) enters into the ruins of an abandoned city, finding a broken android in a Planetarium. The android, called Yumemi Hoshino, treats him as a customer, eager to show him the best exhibition of his life.

What we find in this brief ONA, is a story that goes to the chore of human relationships. The catch is that it uses an android, in a similar fashion that Plastic Memories does. Some humans can be considered “broken” or “programmed” in some ways, thus, we have to behave with them in different ways. Although Planetarium also does not portray a romantic relationship, it really will make you smile, pretty much as Plastic Memories.


6. Clockwork Planet

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 7, 2017 to present

Do you like Cyberpunk? Because in that case, Clockwork Planet offers us balance between an optimistic and pessimistic future with technology. It turns out that the Earth dies (sniff), but is revived by a legendary engineer known as Y. From that point on, the world is known as Clockwork Planet. Y also created the first androids (called automatons), but their blueprints were lost. Years later, a fan of machines called Naoto Miura finds a broken automaton and repairs her. Thus, the automaton RyuZU revives and with that, Naoto’s adventures start.

If you liked the action in Plastic Memories, you might want to give Clockwork Planet a try. The atmosphere is more similar to a mecha anime combined with cyberpunk, but it definitely is fast paced. The relationship between Naoto and RyuZU is also romantic. All in all, it reminds us a bit of Rozen Maiden but combined with the highly technological world of Plastic Memories.


Final thoughts

We should not expect the anime about androids leaving our screens soon. It is so evident that technology came to stay! Especially if the stories revolve around the relationship we humans have with it. The relationship does not necessarily have to be about love, but we should really keep questioning how we treat our creations, don’t you think the same? Tell us, which other anime like Plastic Memories do you like? Don’t forget that we are open to all your comments and suggestions. See you soon!

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I’m South African, harbouring an obsession for anything remotely related to Japan, mostly anime, of course. I draw sometimes. Some people call me Naledi, it’s my real name, or something like that. People think I’m stoic because I don’t smile often (I do sometimes). I like languages. Hoshi-kun and Naledi are the same side of the same coin.

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Plastic Memories

In the distant future, the SAI Corporation has managed to fit robots with living souls, but there is a catch. Each robot begins to deteriorate at a high speed and may only last for 9 years. Upon decommissioning, the robots must be collected by a Spotter (human) and a Marksman (robot) where the target loses all memories. Plastic Memories follows the journey of newbies Tsukasa (human) and Isla (robot) as they wrestle with the questions of love and humanity.
Plastic Memories is not the first anime to tackle such serious and important issues as there have been many before it that have caused viewers to erupt with conflicting emotions and ask questions about their own lives. While these shows may be veiled in comedy, the underlying tone of the plot is much more serious.

Similar Anime to Plastic Memories

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1. Clannad

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  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: October 2007 – March 2008

On Tomoya’s first day of the new school year, he accidentally meets someone interesting, Nagisa Furukawa, who is repeating a grade due to illness. Nagisa’s goal has always been to join the drama club, but due to previous members graduating and lack of interest, it has been disbanded. Together, Nagisa and Tomoya reform the drama club and make new friends, while learning something about each other in the process.

On the outside Clannad appears to be a typical slice of life anime revolving around high school shenanigans, but at its core each character struggles through various struggles keeping them from moving forward. Tomoya often goes out of his way for Nagisa and this relationship is quite reminiscent of the one between Tsukasa and Isla from Plastic Memories, where one person is constantly trying to help the other overcome their shortcomings and romance eventually blossoms out of their strong bonds.

Both anime revolve around partners with a common goal, but eventually that goal shifts and changes until the only thing left is to make the other person happy.

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2. Chobits

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  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2002 – September 2002

While walking home from school one day, Hideki Motosuwa stumbles upon a beautiful female persocom, a robot personal computer, thrown away in a pile of trash. Always wanting a persocom, he immediately takes her home. Once booted, the persocom can only repeat one word over and over again, “Chi”. Hideki assumes there is an error, so he has her analyzed by several of his friends who conclude that she must be a “Chobits”, a robot able to make its own decisions and is capable of emotion.

Similar to Plastic Memories in that there are robots with emotions involved, Chobits explores the idea of love and how far one is willing to go for it. Hideki and Chi form a bond that is solid and unbreakable, but Hideki has to make major sacrifices for his relationship to continue. Sacrifice and compromise are at the heart of both of these shows and both of these traits are important factors for real life relationships to succeed.

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3. Angel Beats

Angel Beats!
  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: April 2010 – June 2010

Waking up in a strange place, Otonashi comes across a girl with high powered weapons aiming to kill a so called “Angel”. When Otonashi realizes they are referring to another high school aged girl, he immediately runs to warn her. In return, she kills him. Stunned that he’s still alive afterwards, he realizes that the place he has landed is somewhere in the afterlife, whether it be Heaven or Hell.

There are many similar traits between Otonashi and Tsukasa such as their need to help those around them and make their partners happy whereas both Nagisa and Angel tend to shoulder all of the burden in a failed attempt to not inconvenience others. Both couples struggle to understand each other, but ultimately just want what’s best for those around them. Heartwarming and sad, viewers will love this series for the same reasons they love Plastic Memories.

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4. Air (Air TV)

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2005 – March 2005

While traveling in search of “the girl in the sky”, Yukito survives by using what little magic is left in him to perform puppet shows for money. Upon setting up shop in a new town, he meets Misuzu who offers to feed him and eventually gives him a place to stay. During his stay, Yukito finds more and more evidence that the girl he is looking for could be in this town, but discovers that she is more than a blessing. She is a curse.

Misuzu and Isla may have completely opposite personalities, but both realize that they are living on borrowed time. With the limited time given to them, each woman wishes to understand and cope why they were chosen to be who they are. While Isla wishes to shut out the world as to not harm anybody, Misuzu welcomes everyone into her heart. While the basic plots are quite similar, Air can be seen as an alternate way Plastic Memories could have played out.

Air TV Trailer


5. Kowarekake no Oregel (Half-Broken Music Box)

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  • Episodes: 1 OVA
  • Aired: December 2009

While taking a shortcut through an old shrine, Keiichiro discovers an older model Parents or android in the form of a young girl. He brings her home with him and quickly realizes she has some minor defects such as memory loss, lack of cooking skills, and being tone deaf. In an attempt to see her master happy, the newly named Flower starts a journal and secretly beings vocal lessons, hoping to bring smiles back to Keiichiro.

Both Plastic Memories and Kowarekake no Oregel feature women androids that are on the verge of breaking down. While Isla knows the exact amount of time she has left Flower’s sudden malfunctions throw her master off guard. The fragility of life is explored in each of these anime as each girl comes to terms with how they wish to spend their remaining hours and each realizes just how special their time really is thanks to their human partners.

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6. Key the Metal Idol

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  • Episodes: 15
  • Aired: December 1994 – June 1997

After her grandfather’s death, the robot Key inherits his will where she learns she can become a human girl after she makes 30,000 friends. She soon finds that this is tougher than she previously imagined as there are others in the world who would use her friendship in their favor. Together with her bodyguard Tomoyo and her best friend Sakura, Key sets on a journey where she discovers who she is and what exactly her mysterious powers are.

Key the Metal Idol is a journey of self-discovery which asks the question, “What makes us human?” Interaction with other humans is critical and without that touch, empathy is lost. Isla from Plastic Memories wishes to erase these emotions and distance herself in order to remain a robot and avoid the loss of memories, but Key instead actively seeks relationships out. Both anime bring a range of emotion to viewers leaving them pondering their own existence.

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Plastic Memories makes viewers contemplate the human condition and whether or not they themselves can accept those not traditionally human as one of our own, but the anime above show that physical bodies are not the most important element. What is inside is what truly matters. When our bodies have withered away to nothing, our memories and emotions are what linger on.

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