Like 50 Shades, we have a rich, controlling main character who isn’t good with emotions and falls in love with someone of a much lower social status
707, the prankster of the group, is the prime example of How A Men Should Act according to society. His work is secretive and risky; upon realizing falling for the main character might put her in danger, his reaction is “we can’t stay together, it’s too dangerous”.He doesn’t ask for your opinion. He doesn’t leave have a choice. He’s doing what he thinks it’s best, because he’s Dangerous Man living a Dangerous Life and he has to protect you. The only way to get his good ending is to force him to confront his emotions and admit that yes, he kinda fancies you, and it would be sensible to discuss the situation together.
The secret story you unlock after his ending sees him reconcile with his estranged brother – and he does so by mimicking the same approach you used with him. He is patience, gentle words, and unrelenting stubbornness.In the end, they manage to talk.The circle is complete. A girl teaches a boy how to communicate, and the boy later uses this skill to connect with another boy. This is Mystic Messenger: a game that has nothing mystical going on, but that threats the power of communication as a special kind of magic. A power of feminine origin, but that ought to be taught and shared.
But while in 50 Shades, Ana heroically bears with her lover’s sadistic tendencies to save him with the Power of Love, in Mystic Messenger you get the good ending by calling out Jumin on his bullshit
Why is everybody relying on you, though? The RFA had another female member before your arrival, after all: Jumin’s secretary, Jaehee.
Although Jaehee is a woman, nobody considers her to be one. Her, role, appearance and demeanor is overtly masculine, rigid and serious. She’s a girl in a men’s world, forced to hide her true self to survive her daily job in a big corporation.It was her boss’ idea to have her hair cut short, to appear less attractive and more “professional”. An imposition that could stem from Jumin’s disliking for women in general – but anonymous hookup Birmingham also, possibly, an attempt to protect her from the unwanted attentions of lascivious businessmen (including his own father).
To become part of the group, Jaehee’s femininity has to be erased. Her route is all about finding a place in the word where she can truly express herself: a storyline culminating in her decision to quit her job and let her hair grow back.
The only character that seems to escape his gender role is Jumin, trust fund kid extraordinaire. Coincidentally, he’s also the one whose masculinity gets constantly questioned.Jumin is a young boy completely disinterested in women: he had some traumatic experiences in the past, and is hinted to be on the asexual spectrum. Over the course of the game, the other boys of the cast jokingly call him gay- but also a robot, an alien, a sexless being, and “neither male nor female”.
Jumin is a figure that often moves the plot forward, possessing both the resources and the willingness to actpared to his arch-enemy Zen, who is prone to lecturing the rest of the cast but never acts, Jumin is focused on Getting Shit Done.He’s the only boy who takes direct action to help another male character, taking action when Yoosung’s addiction to games becomes too problematic. How does he help him, though? By calling Yoosung’s mother.Because Jumin may not be a typical cishet male, but in the end, he’s still a boy.
The route focusing on Jumin it’s, of all things, a orizes the toxic gender roles Mystic Messenger is trying to condemn.