- Awesome Art: The animation for all three shorts is positively gorgeous. Bennett the Sage goes in-depth about just how complex some of the animation was, including that The Oner from "Cannon Fodder" required the use of artwork the size of a wall-mural to capture it.
- First Installment Wins: The first short, Magnetic Rose, is the most well-known.
- Fridge Horror: During Magnetic Rose, Heintz tries and fails to keep a music-box with a blonde dancer from falling off the table. Later, we watch as his blonde daughter falls off the roof as he tries to save her.
- Harsher in Hindsight: "Stink Bomb," after one delves into the story behind the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant disaster of 2011. The problem in "Stink Bomb" escalates because the Japanese higher-ups try to save face by obfuscating the truth, fudging data, and keeping secrets, which is exactly how the Fukushima situation was allowed to get to the point it reached; the power plant might have shut down safely had it not been for the decades' worth of bureaucratic bullshit and buck-passing that hid the plant's weaknesses (like outdated equipment) from the government and the public alike.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- The Rampant AI in Magnetic Rose, haunting Heintz with his most traumatic memory, and using a Lotus-Eater Machine on Miguel (and countless other corpses).
- After the staggered terrorist attacks of the early 21st century, and the possibility of "dirty bombs" laid in populated areas, a lot of people would view the fallout of "Stink Bomb" in this way.
- A protest group in Cannon Fodder is arguing against the use of hazardous materials in the gunpowder used to fire the shells. The father who works at one of the enormous guns is later reprimanded (for something that wasn't even his fault) and forced to stand within the firing chamber that is normally evacuated but for one operator, without his mask on. Given how pallid and haggard the art style makes everyone look, it adds more horror with the Forever War slowly killing its population from within (for no reason at all).
- Tearjerker: Magnetic Rose has more than a few moments that can bring tears. The worst may be finding out that, for cute little Emily, getting the spacesuit costume she always wanted... ended in her tragic death falling from the roof of her house, because she was eager to help her daddy and show off her new space-suit. No wonder Heintz spends so much time out on space missions. And just for good measure, he gets to watch his daughter fall to her death both from on the roof and, later, from the ground, where she literally passes through him, only able to interact with her hologram after she'd already hit the ground and "died" again. And, as Sage pointed out in his review of it, none of Heintz's coworkers knew about it.
YMMV / Memories