Tomoya Mikami’s life changed one day when his girlfriend Ayaka was hit by a car and killed on her way to meet Tomoya. He blamed himself for her death and never was the same after the accident. He began acting callously towards Yue and his other friends. Furthermore, every time Tomoya gets involved with a new girl, he sees images of Ayaka in his dreams. He decides he needs to find a way to say goodbye to his lost love once and for all, while dealing with several side romances at the same time.
summary by Keitaro
Highs: Some touching moments in the first episode
Lows: Cheesy storylines; generic characters; poor animation
For the record, I have never been a fan of dating sims, and this anime is a prime example as to why. Memories Off is based on a video game by the same name, and sadly the mediocre game outdoes this anime in every category, from story to art.
The story is about as genuine as a daytime soap opera, and so are the character interactions. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, some obstacle threatens their relationship and they overcome it. The end. Luckily, we get to see this happen three times, as each episode stars Mikami and a completely different girl with a different personality. Now I will admit, this anime is not without one or two touching moments. Episode one was not terrible, and I especially liked the starring girl of that OVA, Yue, who was full of energy. Unfortunately, it just gets worse, and from there on out I just stopped caring about what would happen to the characters next. Episode 2 features a dull girl who nearly put me to sleep, and the show just hits rock bottom in part three, which has one of the corniest plots I have ever seen in an anime. Ever.
Then we get to the technical side of the coin, which sadly is not any better. For starters, the animation is just god-awful. Everything from the way the characters walk to the way they interact is poor. What’s more, the character designs are so bland and generic that they look like they could have been sucked right out of school-based anime. At least Memories Off has some catchy theme music. Without that I may not have had the strength to finish this one.
There are tons of romance anime out there, and this is one of the worst ones you could possibly watch. Kid’s sequel to this stinker is Memories Off II; I can only pray that they started over from scratch. This anime went wrong in just about every way and should be avoided even by romance fans.
Memories Off (and all sequels, not reviewed here) can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.