I watched Kara no Kyoukai all at once (9.5 fucking hours) a couple of nights ago, and I didn’t really want to post about it. There are only two ways that I know how to talk about this series: I can either say little to nothing of meaning, or say a whole lot of things that only have meaning to me. I intended to do the former because I had a good enough reason to do so: Haagen-Dazs. 2 years ago, everyone and their grandma bought strawberry Haagen-Dazs after the famous scene from the first movie where Shiki eats it with one arm. I, too, wanted Haagen-Dazs, but I never managed to buy it. Then, a couple of weeks ago I was at the grocery store with my mum and I got her to buy me a tiny thing of the ice-cream. I left it in the freezer – if my new computer had the head-mounted camera that my last one did, I might have eaten it then and taken a picture, but no matter what I wanted eating it to be an event, and I had to be in the right mood. After marathoning the films, I had already fully planned a post entitled “I Finally Got My God Damn Haagen-Dazs! (Oh, And I Finished Kara no Kyoukai)”, which would compensate for me saying little about the series by telling the story above. Sadly, I have a different story to tell – someone ate my fucking Haagen-Dazs. I spent five minutes pulling everything out of both of our freezers looking for it, but it was gone. Fucking bastards. So I still haven’t gotten my god damn Haagen-Dazs. But enough about that.
[Marked spoilers for the first hour or so of Xenogears, but the post isn’t about the game]
Immersion is an elusive thing that every writer hopes to accomplish, I would think. When you are immersed in a work, you become connected to it, and you allow it to effect you emotionally. You take in the world that you are witnessing, and, on some level, allow it to become ‘real’, whether you are a participant in it, or a bystander to the events that take place. In any medium, immersion is how a work truly connects to the viewer/reader and becomes a part of them – an actual experience in their life that they will carry with them. But in some ways, it’s up to the consumer how immersed they will get.