Memories is a set of three anime episodes adapted from three of Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo's manga short stories. Katsuhiro Otomo produced the film, but each of the episodes was directed, scripted, and had music composed by a different team, giving each episode a different style. It was released in Japan on December 23, 1995.

The three episodes are:

''Magnetic Rose'', directed by Koji Morimoto from a screenplay by Creator/SatoshiKon, with music by Music/YokoKanno. It's set in space, where a presumably abandoned space station gives out a distress signal. Two men from a spaceship go to investigate, and find much more than they bargained for.

''Stink Bomb'', directed by Tensai Okamura from a screenplay by Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo, with music by Jun Miyake. A BlackComedy featuring a worker from a bioresearch facility, a weapon of mass destruction, and a lot of chaos.

''Cannon Fodder'', written and directed by Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo, with music by Hiroyuki Nagashima. Uses a unique animation style to give the illusion of being filmed in [[TheOner one long take]]. The story centers on the residents of a city of cannons that is forever at war.

Has a SpiritualSuccessor in ''Anime/ShortPeace'', also produced by Otomo.
!!''Anime/{{Memories}}'' contains examples of:

* AdultFear: In ''Magnetic Rose'', [[spoiler: Heinz remembers giving his daughter a space-suit, promising to take her up with him next time. In her eagerness to show it off, she climbs onto the roof after him while he's repairing a weathervane, and winds up losing her footing. He barely misses saving her]].
** And because of [[spoiler: the LotusEaterMachine, he has to watch this happen ''twice'' - once mirroring his own memory, and the second time while standing on the ground, still helpless to save his daughter]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: The computer in ''Magnetic Rose'' [[spoiler:carries out Eva's escapist fantasy long after Eva is dead, destroying other spaceships to assimilate them into itself.]]
* AmericaSavesTheDay: In ''Stink Bomb''. [[spoiler:Or so they try to.]]
* ArtShift: used in the last Sequence of "Cannon Fodder"
* DaddysGirl: Emily from ''Magnetic Rose''.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: Heinz]] in ''Magnetic Rose''.
* {{Determinator}}: Nobuo was given one task, and one task alone: deliver the documents and experimental drug to his superiors [[TheTokyoFireball in Tokyo]]. [[spoiler:Nothing, not even carpet bombing, heavily armed barricades, collapsing tunnels, [[{{Eagleland}} Americans]] in [[PoweredArmor huge spacesuits]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or his own grandmother's pleas]], will deter him from this mission]]. Naturally, this make it a twisted subversion of the trope's usual heroic overtones.
* DistressCall: Starts off ''Magnetic Rose''. Turns out that [[spoiler:Eva's ghost continues to call men to their death... but it's because [[AIIsACrapshoot the computer thinks it's her!]] ]]
* DownerEnding: Arguably, ''Magnetic Rose'' and ''Stink Bomb''.
* {{Dystopia}}: The city/state featured in ''Cannon Fodder'' is not a nice place to live.
* {{Eagleland}}: "Stink Bomb" has the evil variation[[note]](More Type 1 than Type 2, though)[[/note]], with the African-American officer who commissioned the bioweapon Nobuo ate, and who plans to capture the unwitting stinkbomb despite the risk to Japan.
* {{Expy}}: Aside from [[https://youtu.be/mN9Dipgqdtw singing her rendition]] of "[[Theatre/MadameButterfly Un bel di vedremo]]", [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/pe6RgKoSYlM/hqdefault.jpg Eva]] bears a striking resemblance to famous opera star [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/52/0f/bb/520fbb37a59a68e574c62f12a36b8ebf.jpg Maria]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Callas Callas]], right down to being referred to as "[[ThePrimaDonna a Tigress]]" by the press.
* FertileFeet: A side effect of the chemical in ''Stink Bomb'' is that every plant Nobuo comes near bursts into bloom regardless of the season [[spoiler:even as every animal drops dead.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A wealth of it in "Magnetic Rose" regarding TheReveal that [[spoiler: Heinz's daughter is DeadAllAlong - namely, the porcelain doll falling and breaking to the instances where he has visions of his daughter falling prior to the reveal itself]].
-->'''WebVideo/BennettTheSage''': The ''genius'' of this scene is that everything important to it has been well laid-out beforehand... Nothing [[AssPull came out of nowhere]], everything was established using in-universe logic that is completely sound. It did everything to build up to this one climactic point, and it succeeded ''astoundingly''.
* ForeverWar: The basis of ''Cannon Fodder''. The population is devoted to maintaining the eternal war machine of their city, receiving daily propaganda to boost their patriotic fervor. Why are they fighting? No one knows. Turns out, [[spoiler:there is no enemy. Every shot fired lands in the desert landscape beyond the city]].
* HeroTrackingFailure: ''Stink Bomb''. Justified in that [[spoiler:the chemical agent damages electronics (such as aiming devices,) even at long distance, the same way it kills animals]]... but it doesn't explain why ''bombs'' keep missing him too.
* {{Hologram}}
* IdiotBall: Just about everyone involved in ''Stink Bomb'' is a devoted ballcarrier. Nobuo takes the cake, but his superiors and the army come a close second.
* LadykillerInLove: ''Magnetic Rose'' [[spoiler: has Miguel fall for Eva due to her being a LotusEaterMachine]].
* LeitMotif: ''Magnetic Rose'' has [[https://youtu.be/mN9Dipgqdtw "Un Bel Di" from "Madame Butterfly"]] as a recurring theme. [[spoiler: This also doubles as {{foreshadowing}}, as Carlo had left Eva just as Pinkerton had left Butterfly]].
* LetsSplitUpGang: Smart move, Heinz.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler: The ship in ''Magnetic Rose'' is haunted by the former owner, Eva, who tricks rescuers by bringing their fondest dream to life... or tricking them into living ''hers''.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Happens a few times in ''Stink Bomb'' when the entire military is trying to kill a single guy on a moped. HilarityEnsues.
* MagicalRealism: ''Magnetic Rose'' has shades of this [[spoiler:at least until TheReveal. But even then, it could be questionable...]]
* MoreDakka: The ''entire city'' in ''Cannon Fodder'' is dedicated to heavy artillery, with nary a building lacking a giant cannon on its roof.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: Nobuo. Hee hee.
* MindScrew: And how!
* MuggedForDisguise: [[spoiler:Somehow, Nobuo manages to get himself into one of the NASA spacesuits when nobody's looking and makes it all the way to the executive he was delivering his MacGuffin to. And he still doesn't realize what's going on.]]
* TheOner: ''Cannon Fodder'' is animated to give the illusion of this.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: the premise of [[spoiler: ''Magnetic Rose'']]
* PoisonousPerson: Nobuo.
* PoweredArmor: The NASA experimental spacesuits from "Stink Bomb" that the {{Eagleland}}ers use to try to capture Nobuo.
* PowerIncontinence: Again, Nobuo. He never even realizes he has become highly toxic.
* PsychoElectro: What [[spoiler:Nobuo]] ultimately (and unwittingly) becomes.
* SteamPunk: ''Cannon Fodder''.
* SuperpowerMeltdown: The more agitated or distraught Nobuo gets, the higher concentration of lethal biochemicals he exudes.
* SuperpoweredRobotMeterMaids: The little cherub statues in Magnetic Rose remind their mistress of her schedule...and also fly and shoot EyeBeams.
* TooDumbToLive: While one could argue Nobuo is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation delusional from suffering a nervous breakdown]], it's kind of ridiculous he doesn't put together that ''he'' is the reason everyone keeps dropping dead, especially when it happens multiple times ''right in front of him''. Also, the Head Researcher: kept dangerous biochemicals unsecured in his personal office, didn't inform people of the danger, turned ''off'' the bio-contamination warning system. Yeah, you deserve to die.
* TyphoidMary: In ''Stink Bomb''.
* WalkingWasteland: Again, Nobuo from ''Stink Bomb''. Made all the more ironic considering he's ''also'' a case of FertileFeet.
* WhamLine: From ''Magnetic Rose''.
-->'''Eva''': I've made my Carlo eternal.\\
'''Heinz''': You what?\\
'''Eva''': In my memories, [[spoiler: he will never change his mind.]]
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: [[spoiler: Eva, an opera singer]] in ''Magnetic Rose''.
* WhyAmITicking: A variant occurs in ''Stink Bomb''.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Eva from ''Magnetic Rose'' [[spoiler: (or better said, the AI that took her BrokenBird personality)]]
* {{Yandere}}: Turns out that [[spoiler: Eva wasn't willing to let Carlos leave her. Or any of the [[ReplacementGoldfish replacements she finds, for that matter]]]].