So I know fans don’t like Yoosung all too much because of his V rants and his Rika obsession, so after finishing his Normal, Good, and After Ending, (also one of his bad ends) I felt like I wanted to give my thoughts about him and his route. I’ll say first that I was disappointed a bit by it, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
Yoosung is the shota of the game, he’s 21, in college, lost in life and the most adorable sad bean ever. He’s my first route, and I’m glad it was too. I’m a big fan of character development, and you can find it in his route in spades.
I’m not about to explain how the game works, but let’s just say that just like in real life, Yoosung isn’t how he seems.
When we first meet him, Yoosung sounds like a cute, cheerful boy that has never had anything bad happen to him. He’s just so sweet, caring and supportive, but once you drop down into his route, Yoosung is really a depressed shut-in, game addict, stuck in the past, and without clear goals for himself, or what to do. As someone that IS a depressed shut-in, tho not addicted to anything, without future goals or what to do with my life, I’ve vibed a lot with him.
Yoosung is stuck in the past by Rika’s death, by the fact he had no closure about her death or even the parties. He adored her, and she did such a big impact in his life that he went to college to be a veterinary because of her. When a sudden death happens, and there’s no way to grieve, it’s very common to both rage towards the person you feel has blame, which in Yoosung’s case is V, and to also feel unable to properly grieve. He didn’t have a body or anything, just statements that she died, but not in what way or why.
Yoosung isn’t a child, he isn’t a kid, and tho he might appear and try to mask his hurt and pain, they’re there. He never stops being sweet or caring either, and tho he’s stuck in a rut he’s hanging in there as best as he knows. Sometimes all we can do is grab our hobbies with both our hands, teeth and feet, in order to float because there’s nothing else buoying you up.
So his route was him coming to terms with Rika’s death, that V didn’t have blame, with the fact he has to move on. So he grieves, he grows, he changes, he matures. Yoosung becomes a strong little man, who protects the MC, even if it harms him and his future. He starts relying on others, because he wouldn’t and couldn’t open up and say he needed help, and asks for help when he knows he can do it all alone.
His party speech showed how much he’d matured since the beginning of the game, and that even going through pain, sadness and hurt, he still wanted to be there to support her. So no, Yoosung is not a child neither is he childish, he’s a young man lost in the ocean holding onto a decrepit raft who’s searching for a light. When he finds that light, he does the necessary things to reach and protect it. Can’t ask much else from a man.
As for what disappointed me, had nothing to do with him per se. I just felt the ending for the Good ending felt like a let down after all the building up and days spent going through it. I felt there wasn’t really a resolution to it, and so got really disappointed. Thankfully, Phya told me to do his After ending, because I wanted resolution, and I’m glad I in fact did it.
The After ending happens way after the Good ending. Yoosung is an adult, a megane, has a cute pet, and is clearly smitten with his boo ~<3 It was really sweet and made me so content to finally see the end of his journey.
I was thinking that since it’d disappointed me, I wouldn’t continue playing MM, but I got suckered right back in. So now I must do more!