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Memories (1995)
"Memorîzu" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  23 December 1995 (Japan)
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"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Shigeru Chiba ...
Aoshima (voice)
Hisao Egawa ...
Swiveler (voice)
Kayoko Fujii ...
Sakiko (voice)
Nobuaki Fukuda ...
Chief Shell Handler (voice)
Ami Hasegawa ...
Emily (voice)
Isamu Hayashi ...
Boy (voice)
Yu Hayashi ...
The Boy (segment: Cannon Fodder) (voice)
Michio Hazama ...
Nirasaki (voice)
Masato Hirano ...
Mr. A (voice)
Hideyuki Hori ...
Nobuo Tanaka (voice)
Shôzô Iizuka ...
Ivanov (voice)
Hiroaki Ishikawa ...
Announcement in Station 1 (voice)
Takkô Ishimori ...
Doctor (voice)
Tomoko Ishimura ...
Robot (voice)
Tsutomu Isobe ...
Heinz (voice)


"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by one woman's memories. In "Stink Bomb," a young lab assistant accidentally transforms himself into a human biological weapon set on a direct course for Tôkyô. The final episode, "Cannon Fodder," depicts a day in the life of a city whose entire purpose is the firing of cannons at an unseen enemy. Written by Brian Rawnsley <>

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A Masterpiece!
18 September 1999 | by (St.Gallen, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

It's a masterpiece.

On 23 December 1995, Otomo Katsuhiro, the creator of Akira, released Memories to Japan's general viewing public. A collection of three stories, this movie brings not only variety, but enjoyment to each. "Magnetic Rose" is the first and longest of the three, followed by "Stink Bomb" and "Cannon Fodder".

The animation of each episode differs, depending on how one views it. While all three episodes are very well done, the style of "Cannon Fodder" is vastly different from "Magnetic Rose" and "Stink Bomb". "Cannon Fodder" uses more computer effects than the other two, integrating them into the perspective of the scenes (like the Sharon Apple concert in Macross Plus), rather than just using them for a computer display. All three episodes are very fluid, never once skipping a few cels per second for the sake of the budget.

Magnetic Rose: "Magnetic Rose" is set in space in the year 2092. Four men -- Heintz, Miguel, Ivanov, and Aoshima -- pilot the mighty spacecraft Corona to new heights in interstellar garbage collecting. Actually, they are one of many ships that collect garbage left over from the expansion of humankind into space. When the crew of the Corona run across a distress call, they discover a huge scrapyard of debris floating about a huge, central piece. Heintz and Miguel go to investigate, discovering living area set aside for an early twenty-first century opera diva who went into space after the death of her husband, Carlo. While there, the pair encounter strangely real and seductive illusions which make one wonder what exactly is going on.

"Magnetic Rose" - the first part of Memories, an artistic masterpiece by Katsuhiro Otomo - is one of the best animes we've ever seen. Despite its length, it's only about 50 minutes, its depth and content is amazing. A fantastic story, excellent graphix and some scary touch. We really love "Magnetic Rose's" message, and the ending is tough. You've gotta see it. 6 out of 5 stars. Hehe.

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