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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

Chain of Memories, Warning Tediousness Ahead

…you will be manipulated into obsessing over Kingdom Hearts just like everyone else! (I know, I know. Another one bites the dust. But you can watch the gameboy advanced game as a movie and it only takes three hours! Three hours, might I add, of not having to write exposition.)

As diversions go, Chain of Memories was pretty entertaining. XD but you sort of have to care about the issues, or it just becomes tedious. Since I happen to care about memory I lot, I liked it. The story is divided between Sora and Riku: Sora is looking for Riku, but the further into Castle Oblivion he goes the more he forgets what he’s looking for; meanwhile, Riku must struggle with his inner darkness.

I described the plot to my mother as a “movie” and she immediately asked whether I really meant to say “anime”. ^^; it is an anime-ish plot. But structured progressive memory loss (and with it, loss or corruption of purpose) isn’t a phenomenon confined to anime. Did anyone else see Neverending Story II? The main character in that movie is sucked into the Neverland world because he’s trying to escape from his fear of the high-dive (LAME). He is given a quest and also, an object that allows him to wish for things — spray cans, swords, whatever he thinks will be useful — but in return, he loses one memory every time he makes a wish. Eventually he forgets why he’s even on this quest in the first place, and then the evil woman who gave him the object…but anyway, Sora’s story is like that. He’s tricked into entering the castle and lied to to keep him there, and as he progresses his real memories are replaced with fake ones that draw him deeper into the castle, until he’s forgotten nearly everything except for the fake memories. It is really arresting because you know what’s going on, but Sora doesn’t.

Overall I feel that the game is a lot of pretentious nonsense, but it’s topical (memory is a hot topic in intellectual history circles right now), and it certainly TRIES to be more than what you’d expect from a title like this.

Fic rec:
Imaginary Friends by [info]rabbitprint. Axel and Roxas pre-Chain of Memories. Gen. I dunno, sometimes you just want to read something where the characters are together, but not in that way.