Plastic Little, released in 1994, is the second directorial work of Kinji Yoshimoto. Legend of Lemnear, released half a decade earlier in all its fanservice and self-indulgence highlighted the typical problems that plagued anime in the 80s. Plastic Little, though a slight improvement, does little to redeem Yoshimoto’s name.
The story revolves around Tita Mu Koshigaya, young captain of the Cha-Cha Maru, whose profession is capturing exotic creatures in the “sea of clouds” of the planet Ietta. By chance, she saves Elysse Aldomordish, a young woman of her own age, from a rogue faction of Ietta’s own military forces, led by the armored commander Guizel, who already killed Elysse’s scientist father. As the military conducts a vicious chase for Elysse, it becomes apparent that she holds the key to a secret that could determine the fate of the entire planet’s independence.
The problem with Plastic Little is not the existence of holes in the plot, but rather, plots in the hole. The entire premise is borderline ridiculous; it tries to be funny, but comes off as cheesy, especially when they incorporate the “corporate conspiracy” plot element. When it tries to be serious, the characters aren’t believable in the slightest, creating a cheese factor that rivals the original Star Trek TV series from the 1960s.
What kills Plastic Little in the end is the blatant and pointless fanservice that adds nothing to the story. At least most modern moe shows try to play the trope for its comedic value. Even in Yoshimoto’s previous movie Legend of Lemnear, the fanservice is at least lampshaded (albiet poorly) under the guise of clothes ripping due to combat. Plastic Little spends too much time on nonsensical elements. In a 1-hour movie, few directors can strike the perfect balance between characters and story. Most neglect one in favor of the other. Plastic Little tries to accomplish both and fails miserably.
Final Thoughts: 3/10
Plastic Little has been described as a classic by some, mediocre by others, and an abomination by most. After watching through it, I would tend to agree. Plastic Little is a classic abomination of mediocrity.