Mental illness as a major theme in Mystic Messenger.
So many people say it’s just in Rika and Saeran, and maybe Saeyoung, but every single one of these characters struggle with something.
From self confidence issues to anxiety and depression to bipolar disorder to borderline personality disorder and dissociative personality disorder and even suicidal tendencies. I might even be missing some.
(Now, I’m not a therapist by any means and I’m not trying to push this onto anyone…it’s just my opinion.)
But, I think this is a good and positive thing.
Because it shows all the unhealthy coping mechanisms these characters had. Such as substance abuse and other mental distractions.
It shows the result of being stuck in a toxic relationships and the aftermath of that.
It shows familial issues and the effects of that.
It also shows major symptoms of these various disorders like withdrawing into oneself and cutting yourself off from your friends and family to even extreme symptoms like violent, out of character tendencies.
This brings a whole new element to the game I think really brings audiences in and helps them genuinely care for these various characters because, not only do we want to help them, we see ourselves in them.
And why do I think this is positive? Because it shows the negative side of mental illness that is very, very real.
And it shows these issues can be overcome.
From Zen pursing what he loves, to Yoosung making it through school and becoming a vet to Jaehee opening a coffee shop to Jumin opening up to others to Saeyoung letting others in to Jihyun learning to love himself to Saeran being reunited with his brother and learning to forgive. I even want to know more about Vanderwood and his past and see a happier ending for Rika.
All these are positive things that happen and help these characters grow past their anxieties and sadness.
Your job as MC is to show them love and compassion. To help them accept and get past their faults and struggles. To deal with their issues in a healthy way. To teach them to love others just as they love themselves because they are human beings worthy of it.
That is what Mystic Messenger is about in my opinion.
How patience and love can overcome even the darkest of times and the darkest of demons.
That if you reach out your hand…someone will be there to take it.
I think that’s why I prefer the good endings over every other ending. Because every good ending is a success story in overcoming each character’s darker times.
Cheritz made this game to show people how to love and take care of themselves and how to take care of others.
These characters were imperfect and flawed and very, very beautiful. And very much worthy of love.
Just like every MC out there in the real world.