Deep Thoughts on Memory World
aka, “Why the anime version didn’t work for me.”
I think it was headlessknight’s excellent post that allowed me to understand my overall problem with this arc, as it stands in the anime. What’s the problem, you ask? This arc is ultimately absolutely pointless, except as a bare vehicle to allow the viewer to finally learn Atem’s name.
When someone watches the Memory World Arc, what the viewer expects is insight into what actually happened. It’s all right if things don’t match up exactly—since it’s a game based on the events—but we want to feel as though the character relationships, personalities, and events are based upon reality and reflect, at least partially, what Atem did and went through when he was alive.
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