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Memories is a set of three anime episodes adapted from three of Katsuhiro Otomo'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 Satoshi Kon, with music by Yoko Kanno. 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 Katsuhiro Otomo, with music by Jun Miyake. A Black Comedy featuring a worker from a bioresearch facility, a weapon of mass destruction, and a lot of chaos.


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

Has a Spiritual Successor in Short Peace, also produced by Otomo.

Memories contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: In Magnetic Rose, 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 the Lotus-Eater Machine, 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.
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  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The computer in Magnetic Rose carries out Eva's escapist fantasy long after Eva is dead, destroying other spaceships to assimilate them into itself.
  • America Saves the Day: In Stink Bomb. Or so they try to.
  • Art Shift: Used in the last sequence of "Cannon Fodder"
  • Creepy Changing Painting: In Magnetic Rose, Miguel gets irrationally jealous when he sees a photo of Carlo kissing Eva during their search. As he and Heintz leave the room, the picture has swapped out Carlo for Miguel.
  • Daddy's Girl: Emily from Magnetic Rose.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Heinz in Magnetic Rose.
  • Determinator: Nobuo was given one task, and one task alone: deliver the documents and experimental drug to his superiors in Tokyo. Nothing, not even carpet bombing, heavily armed barricades, collapsing tunnels, Americans in huge spacesuits, 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.
  • Distress Call: Starts off Magnetic Rose. Turns out that Eva's ghost continues to call men to their death... but it's because the computer thinks it's her!
  • Downer Ending: 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 variationnote , with the African-American officer who commissioned the bioweapon Nobuo ate, and who plans to capture the unwitting stinkbomb despite the risk to Japan.
  • Fertile Feet: A side effect of the chemical in Stink Bomb is that every plant Nobuo comes near bursts into bloom regardless of the season even as every animal drops dead.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • A wealth of it in "Magnetic Rose" regarding The Reveal that Heinz's daughter is Dead All Along - namely, the porcelain doll falling and breaking to the instances where he has visions of his daughter falling prior to the reveal itself.
    Bennett the Sage: The genius of this scene is that everything important to it has been well laid-out beforehand... Nothing 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.
  • Forever War: 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, there is no enemy. Every shot fired lands in the desert landscape beyond the city.
  • Hero-Tracking Failure: Stink Bomb. Justified in that 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.