Plateau’s Definitive Ranking of the Amnesia Boys by Fashion sense, from Most to Least Reasonable
Okay like, besides reminding me of days middle-school me spent shopping in Hot Topic, Toma wears mostly normal clothes. The biggest fault is that yellow thing tied around his waist (when I first saw it, I thought it was like a dramatic sweatshirt, but it doesn’t look like that? It just looks like a jagged piece of cloth?) but that’s hardly enough to sink someone in this lineup
Ukyo has a different ref picture because I couldn’t find his matching one with 2 seconds of googling. Anyway, Ukyo does have quite a Look. Also, it took me 3 years to realize he was wearing a funky skirt and not a really long asymmetrical coat, and tbh the skirt and pants is a bit much, but overall there’s not a lot of extra stuff going on and it’s a balanced design. Definitely weirdo clothes, but like, I could see this being real people weirdo clothes.
Like Ukyo, Ikki has a relatively crisp look about his outfit, but the fastenings on his coat are a bit ostentatious. However, the reason he loses solidly to Ukyo is because of that single godforsaken thigh-high boot.
Okay look, at first I was gonna put Shin as a close forth behind Ikki because of the impracticality of two thigh-high boots knocks down the practicality factor, even if his ridiculous punk-rock look is super coordinated. But I’d forgotten about that, that fucking loose hanging belt. Like what the hell is that? Isn’t that super inconvenient? Are you wearing it as some challenge of spirit? Seeing how long you can go with that thing bouncing against your thigh before you lose it? Anyway, no contest, this is some bottom-tier reasonability shit.
How viable is muscle memory that it trumps amnesia? Say, Jason Bourne who doesn't remember a thing, but still knows assassin-fu? Thanks for your advice!
Bourne isn’t running on muscle memory. He suffers from a variant of retrograde amnesia which affects his ability to remember who he is, but doesn’t affect his skills. From what I’ve read on the subject, it’s entirely possible for an amnesiac to retain basic knowledge, in isolation from specific memories. Which is to say, this can happen.
There are details about exactly how Bourne’s amnesia manifests itself that may be unrealistic. An individual can retain general knowledge, and skills, but that doesn’t mean they’re not impaired, and when you’re talking about something like tradecraft, being in full possession of your faculties is a little important.
For whatever it’s worth, the only time I’ve ever interacted with an amnesiac, they were suffering from anterograde amnesia. This is the inability to form new memories after a triggering event. (You can see this one demonstrated in Memento, if you’re wanting a point of reference.) So, I can’t really speak to how accurate Ludlum’s work was when it comes to that element.
In a 1986 interview, Ludlum claimed that he came up with the idea
for the Bourne trilogy after suffering retrograde amnesia and losing
about 12 hours. The old advice is, “write what you know,” and apparently Ludlum did, in this case.
I know I’ve recommended it before, but if you’re thinking about writing spy fiction, The Bourne Identity is a book you really should read. The 2002 adaptation is also good, but it uses the same premise to tell a very different story.
Normally, I would strongly caution writers against using
amnesia in their stories, unless they have something fairly creative
they want to do with it. This has more to do with amnesia plotlines
being run into the ground, and becoming horribly cliche over the years. Memento uses it as a jumping off point for an interesting narrative format. Bourne uses it to play around with the spy as a character archetype. Bourne also uses it to play up the traditional mystery of a character who doesn’t know who they are, or who they can trust. That’s one of the approaches you probably want to avoid.
Because amnesia works so well for establishing a blank slate, and giving the audience a point of view character who is exactly as unfamiliar with the world as they are, it’s become cliche. I fully believe there are methods to use amnesia as a useful narrative tool for your work, but a lot of the more obvious approaches have already been done to death.