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Genre: Dating game anime
Length: OAV series, 3 episodes, 30 minutes each
Distributor: Currently Unlicensed In North America
Content Rating: 10 (Minor fanservice, obscenely boring dialogue)
Related Series: Memories Off, Memories Off 3.5
Also Recommended: Anything else. I'm serious! Come back, To Heart. All is forgiven.
Notes: Note: Based on PS2 dating game.

Memories Off 2nd


Inami Ken and Shiakawa Hotaru are a couple. But one day, he meets and lends an umbrella to a girl named Tobise Tomoe, which leads to loads of angsting and cheesy stupidity.


Five minutes. That's all the time I'm willing to impart this review, because this damn anime has taken enough time from my life already. Thankfully, there's not much to be said about it. I assume you might have to see the first Memories off to get the whole gist of exactly what's going on, but I'm not putting myself through that.

One of the first things I noticed about this show is that the art is downright ugly. Character designs are bland and boring, and the show itself is remarkably colorless. For a dating anime, that's paramount to it shooting itself in the foot. And it really didn't need to do that, because I would be willing to shoot it as many times as it wanted, WHEREVER it wanted. The music score is... well, I mentioned that it's based on a dating game, right? Draw conclusions accordingly.

The plot -- if you're feeling obscenely generous -- is your typical dating game anime plop... I mean "plot". Since the characters are so marvellously shallow, there's not much to go on. The "insane ponytails girl" wants to play the piano. The "rival girl" wants to be an actor and the "generic dating game anime lead".... works in a restaurant inbetween school. Yeah, whatever. I'm sure you're all very surprised over the fact that the main guy starts having doubts at who he wants to be with, which leads to the aforementioned angst. And THAT'S IT! That's the entire show. One and a half hour with nothing more.... oh, save for a pool scene and a festival scene thrown in for the heck of it. And it's not like we haven't seen THAT before, right? At the end, when "bland dating game anime guy" finally made his choice, I was beyond not caring.

When looking back at the synchro session (our very own home-MST3King sessions -- hey, you don't think we watched this show because we thought it would be good, right?), we knew it was going to be bad. We just weren't prepared for how bad it really was. Anyway, looking back at it, we realized that 50% of the session was practically me and Enoch inventing novel ways of killing each other to escape the pain. Seriously. This show is an offense to the senses. Hell, it's an offense to bad dating games on the Playstation, and, dammit... I spent more than 5 minutes on this review after all. I dunno... I guess I felt I had to give you a little more for reading this review than I got for watching this anime. And even if that means nothing more than me getting an E- mail telling me that "my review sucks", I would still have met with success.

To think about the existance of this anime is to know true pain. Because it's easy to offend someone with loads of unnecessary fanservice, incest, violence, rape and things like that. This anime had nothing of the sort, and STILL managed to make me want to put my swords to use..... on myself.Stig Høgset

Recommended Audience: One cleavage and a bit of swimsuit was all this show managed to muster. There was no violence, no bad language and nothing else of objectionable nature in this big, bland hole of nothingness.

Version(s) Viewed: digital source
Review Status: Full (3/3)
Memories Off 2nd © 2001 Kids Station
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