Alice Sakaguchi once dreamt that she is another person living on the moon. The dream is so strange and so real that Alice can't stop thinking about it. She finds out that some of her classmates are having the same kind of dream. They soon discover that they had been seeing flashes of their past lives as a team of scientists on the moon. Alice and her friends then decide to find the other members and piece together what took place back then. Complications arise when they realize that everything that happened in their previous existence continue to haunt and affect their present lives.
Please Save My Earth is a very gentle yet tragic exploration of the power of destiny and personal struggle. While there is some outstanding action scenes towards the end of the 6 episode OAV, the series revolves around the development and destruction of the main characters. The plot itself is intermingled with a metaphysical look at the deceptive appearance of innocence and the desperate and destructive poison of love. While some may find the plot slow-moving, to others (more accustomed to shoujo anime) the story is very intense and involves very tragic and touching descriptions of personal dreams and even pride.
Throughout the series there is
an environmental sub-theme. I find myself wishing that the anime creators had included more of this element, as there was lots of content to support a more Arjuna-esc tale. However, the romantic revelations in PSME are enough to carry the series through to Excellence.
The music by Hajime Mizoguchi and Yoko Kanno is outstanding, though it may not appeal to all viewers. I think it was a perfect mix of sci-fi and primitive sounds. Akino Arai's Prologue: Time of Gold Flowing is a beautiful track and has a very tragic tone to it.
Please Save My Earth has the most hateable and lovable characters. If you cannot get wrapped up in this teenage romantic fantasy then perhaps a closer evaluation of your previous lives is necessary. This touching journey makes my top 10 anime without a doubt as the series took me on a journey of classical and unrivaled romantic fantasy.
About a year ago, I was shopping for books at a local secondhand store when I found what looked like a bargain: a bin of anime DVDs for 15$. When I took them home, I watched and most of them weren't too good - until I watched Please Save My Earth. It blew me away in a way that I haven't been since I first discovered subtitled anime. I cannot believe that something that good happened to be in a bargain bin.
Story: The basic premise of PSME is the tragedy of seven reincarnated researchers. Originally members of a scientifically
advanced civilization, they were tasked to observe the earth from a base on the moon. The specific focus of the plot is how the characters interact once the tragic events which lead to their deaths come to light. A very compelling plot follows, combining elements of classical tragedy and science fiction. I would note, however, the OVA doesn't end with a climax so much as with a somewhat vague outro. This is generally one of two things: a hasty way to wrap thing up, and a contribution to the atmosphere of the show. Personally, I don't see the story marred much by the lack of a "proper" ending.
Art: Detailed, but nothing really special, given the age it was drawn in. The only notable feature is that the visuals manage to be dark without being intense. Even when the scene is tragic, it has a mellow yet urgent feel to it.
Sound: The ending to this show, "Toki no Kioku", is, quite literally, my #1 song in all of anime. (Beating out Forever Young, Yuuzora no Kamihouki, and Love a Riddle) It's about 3 minutes long, and it could be a lullaby, dirge, or ballad, depending on your mood. It really encapsulates both the tragic and mellow components of the show. THe soundtrack itself is the same way, a mix of easy listening and orchestral which really puts the plot away.
Character: The seven scientists are well developed, and, the more you see, the deeper the bonds between them draw you in. Each character has complex emotions which play a clear role in their motives, and their visual designs fit their moods so well it's almost scary.
Enjoyment: This show made me cry, and it's one of two anime that has ever actually done that. It's sad enough to be believable, but not so sad that I can't relate. I watched it for the full three hours without even taking a bathroom break.
Overall: The presentation was artful, the sound fantastical, and it's short enough to fit into an afternoon. I'd recommend this to almost any anime fan.
Starting off with the simple, face value stuff: The art is standard to it's era. There's nothing separating this anime style from most of the others in the 90s. The sound was sub-standard. The voice mics seemed regular, but the some sound effects were missing in "lesser" scenes and some of the sounds effects were lackluster in more "epic" scenes.
The story is terribly boring. With a title like "Please Save My Earth" and knowing it was about people being reincarnated I originally thought there was a threat that killed the last people, and they were purposefully reincarnated to address the threat. It turns it that
it's a very unnecessarily tragic-weird slice of life anime. There's no threat outside of the self/ destructiveness of the main characters. And then, for all they went through emotionally they ended up not doing anything.
The characters are carbon copies of "the good, the bad, and the ugly" with past life retrospectives. Everyone does hardly anything and no one gets what they want, in the end. Really, everyone is worse off than when they started, but it's so inconsequentially because most of them didn't do anything. What's really boring is that there's 7 characters and they only went into the life of one of them. One of the characters that did something stop doing it and is suddenly redeemable characters for no connected reason. The other character that did something really didn't do much of anything until the very end, and it now regretting his new life for what he did in his previous one.
The character that got a lot of camera time at the start is very weak character that fades in and out until the end, and doesn't have much value. The person that character was before has more value than the present day character. However, because this person didn't engage with past life stuff as much as the others, she's the only one that has more screen time that's the least tragic. There are the 2 tragic gay guys, because one of the women came back as a man. The other 2 characters are cheerful and normal mooded teenagers, so they're not important.
It's an anime about people that choose to be traumatized by things they didn't do. They live on Earth as normal people (more or less) and they don't do much of anything that anyone cares about. I wouldn't suggest this anime to anyone.
Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte, or Please Save My Earth, has a very compelling plot with an average execution. Like many other series from the 1990's, the atmosphere is there, but the series is glued together by some very good scenes, followed by monotonous drama. Despite my criticism, I think Please Save My Earth is worth watching. It was a very important series to me when I was younger.
• The story is about a group of alien scientists observing Earth from a moon-base before being able to visit the planet. Tragically, a deadly disease kills all of them on the space station before any
of them are able to fulfill their dreams of venturing into the Earth, but because their desire was so strong, all of them are reincarnated into earthlings.
• The characters all have reoccurring dreams of being their past selves, and form an online meet-up to discuss the dreams and speculate. Eventually, things get messy as the group begins to get their current and past lives mixed up. Some characters who were women in their past lives are now homosexual men, others harbor unrequited feelings for certain members that carry on into their current lives, and the cycle repeats itself.
• A web of existential drama is woven. I won't say anything to spoil who’s who (the first few episodes of the OVA have a Detective Conan style revelation on a couple of charactersーwho hide who they are, from their past life), but Rin Kobayashi (this is a spoiler-free review, so I wouldn't reveal his ACTUAL identity) is the most powerful character in the OVA. The last episode is actually a heart-wrenching retelling of his childhood in his previous life.
• The ending song, Toki no Kioku, is absolutely stunning, and the visuals are beautifully brought to life by Production I.G. though you can obviously tell that this show was conceived 1993. I'm a passionate fan of the animeーbut, I haven't finished the manga and stopped after a few volumes, because I didn't care for the art style in the comic version. Because the animated version of the story was condensed into a short OVA, the anime leaves off on an unsatisfying cliffhanger. I hope thatーin the future, there will be a remake of that conveys the feeling of guilt and moral catharsis to create a similar opus of fragmented characters and forlorn love as was represented in the style of the OVA.
• If you're looking for a series that is a lethargic adventure revolving around identity and reincarnation, I think Please Save My Earth would be something worth looking into. I it a 8/10 and firm recommendation.