Have you ever wondered what seeing disturbing sexual scenes in an anime looks like? Neither have I, but somebody out there did and that’s why we have Mnemosyne (which is Latin for memory apparently). The show follows the story of an immortal detective call Rin Asogi along with her friend Mimi and other characters that come and leave the show. This show isn’t what the first sentence I wrote made it seem, in fact there’s a lot going on and I know for a fact that I NEEDED to watch this show to get the taste of the Asterisk War out of my mouth.
I don’t really know how to talk about the story of this show to be honest, because it’s so faintly presented that it’s kind of hard to know what’s going on. As I said before, the story follows Rin, Mimi and everybody else and it seems that Rin is being hunted by Apos (the main antagonist) because she’s special (I’m trying not to say too much here). That is pretty much the plot in a nutshell, the anime takes place over six episodes which are all pretty much self-contained, so for the most part it seems like the episodes and the plot are on two different planes if that makes sense. This show is littered with what the fuck moments, so much so that I wonder if the true intention behind the show is to make people feel weird and uncomfortable. The intent of the show can’t be that, it’s just the way that it’s presented; if anything, I feel like the show does try to tackle the subject of the value of life because there are a couple of lines that make me feel that this is the case. I can’t say that I liked it but I can’t say that I disliked it. There were a lot of times where I watched the show and thought ‘whoa!’, to say that I expected this show to be dark is true but I really underestimated it. From the first scene of the first episode, that should have been the sign that shit was about to go down but instead it took me to the point where I saw what I’m pretty sure is BDSM before I realised that if the dark web was a TV channel, this would be prime time television. Moving away from the sexual nature of the show because truth be told, I couldn’t even begin to explain anywhere near half of it, the story takes place over 65 years as most episodes are set years apart. This works for me because it feels like I can watch a time skip without truly missing any important information and that helps to make the pacing of the show more enjoyable.
All of the characters are linked in one way or another, mostly due to Rin’s immortality. In fact there was an explanation for it however, it’s better to watch the show rather than have it spoiled (honestly, I don’t remember so I couldn’t spoil it, even if I wanted to). The characters themselves don’t really seem to have strong personalities or maybe, it’s just that I couldn’t connect with them but one thing that a few of the main characters shared was having an innocent look only to truly be deadly when push came to shove. I did say that I never connected with the characters however the Maeno family (the others that I was referring to in the first paragraph) had something about them that made them endearing. The character who drew my attention most was Apos because he weirded me the fuck out. There wasn’t anything about Apos that didn’t disturb me, from him appearing like a teen, to having a tendency to eat fruit in a way that looked completely disgusting (the fruit is actually important but once again, it’s better to watch the show). I count that as a win for the show but outside of that, there was so little revealed about all of the characters that it was hard to truly care for them.
I have to ask what went through the minds of the people that were involved in the making of this show because this seems like the kind of stuff that you conjure up after years of dark thoughts on torturing people have brewed and evolved in your head. If I wanted to torture somebody, I really wouldn’t have to look further than this show for inspiration; it’s not a problem for a series to want to be gory but it’s like they decided to take advantage of Rin’s immortality in order to present us with something that might be on page 485 of some particular websites. If you see how clear the animation is with the torture scenes then you’ll understand what I mean.
I really just want to say that I’m happy that I’ve come across this anime at this point in my life. If I had stumbled upon this, in my formative years then I really don’t know what this would have done to me. Dare I say it, I might have been… An emo (which could have never worked because I don’t stop smiling when I speak). In all seriousness, I just know that I wouldn’t have been ready for that kind of journey, even seasoned anime viewers could watch this and see a what the fuck around every corner whilst giving the surprised reaction (my brother saw Apos naked and said “fuck this.”) I was truly overwhelmed watching this and I’m going to have to take some more time to digest what I watched… No more anime for a while.
- I said I needed to watch this to get the taste of the asterisk war out of my mouth but it’s like washing the taste of marmite out of your mouth with wine.
- I watched a guy go downtown and then he got killed. HUH?
- Mimi said something about humans wanting to prove that they’re alive and that touched me because I’ve felt like that since 18.
- I liked how most episodes started the same way, probably the one part of the show that made me feel safe.
- Rin tried to kill someone in episode two and I couldn’t take it seriously because her boobs were being groped throughout the whole thing.
- I’m not a dog person but there’s a scene in this show where a dog gets sprayed with bullets that makes me think ‘that’s real fucked up man!’