This originally appeared on the askamnesiamemories tumblr.
Overall, each guy delights and frustrates me at the same time. I’ve spent a lot of time going over each route since starting this blog. Each time I pick up on a tibit for one of them that I squirrel it away in my brain because I want to understand the good and the bad of each character. And they all have good and bad in them. I’m not going to debate who is the worst, because in my opinion they can all suck at some points. That being said, I love learning about a character’s flaws. Rather than recoiling and not wanting to play the game anymore, I hunt for more info so I can draw my own conclusions as to understand why did he did that. Onto each guy:
Shin: I started [the ask blog] with great hesitation about role-playing this guy. I hadn’t really “chilled” with him like I did with Toma, Ikki, and Kent. Shin is actually one of the guys, alongside Toma, that requires a lot of patience and understanding. Shin is great at many things, he’s smart, he stays calm when times get rough, and he has a great work ethic, especially for someone so young. I think once I realized the trait that is not said directly about Shin in the game, that he is shy and not used to dealing with people really clicked with me. He is me when I was his age, angry, hurt because of the years of hell he faced due to his father’s jail sentence, unsociable, and not able to really smoothly go through social situations, but he’s still gonna blast through and come out on top. He’s my bro now, and he is really funny in other routes, especially when you hang out with Shin and Toma in Joker World.
Ikki: I started the game with Ikki, and I initially wasn’t too impressed with him. I was expecting romance, and it felt so weird with the fan club! I’m not one for polyamory, which is what the route felt like at first, but polyamory is suppose to have all the parties consent, and the fan girl thing was weird. I can see this is a man that has low self-esteem and is afraid to face his demons. Who among us hasn’t felt that way at some point? Those of us of drinking age have probably drank to forget at some point (i like vodka and gin pure from the bottle to the glass). Though he certainly dragged his feet with doing the right thing, he did it, eventually. But Ikki is very helpful here on the blog when the other characters get embarrassed and I think that reflects his desire to help others in game, especially in Diamond World. It’s frustrating to see him drag his feet on the fangirl thing, but he does have a caring nature and I hope he can work through his guilt about hurting the fangirls’ feelings to reach his happy ending.
Kent: Good old reliable Kent. Kent’s route was nice and very calming, with many cute moments from him and all the characters really. It was just a sweet route. I think it was a little disappointing to my odd self because I like to ruminate over characters, and Kent was so straightforward that I don’t have much to ruminate over. If anyone has any thoughts about this, please let me know, I’d love to here them. But what I like best about Kent is his dry sense of humor, and I’ve tried to expand on that on here.
Toma: I’ve said a lot about Toma. My brain feels depleted talking about him at the moment, so I’ll say that he is complex, the game needed a few more hints about his backstory, and actually he is the reason this blog exists. I was so curious about why he is the way he is, and now here we are. I don’t believe the game would have been as fun without Toma because I love horror and unexpected twists. Amnesia is not about perfect guys and flawless endings, it’s about going through hell and fighting for the person you love.
Ukyo: I’m working on my theories about Ukyo. He is the guy I’ve spent the least time with. He makes me laugh, first and foremost. Before the whole game started, he really had a gentle personality and was probably burning toast and being homeless. I got to replay he good ending with a friend and it helped bring a lot of stuff about him to light. I’m working on my understanding of him and hope to write more about him soon.