Anonymous said: How badly did they misinterpret Mink? Like, how did they portray him vs how he's really suppose to be portrayed or whatever? I was really looking forward to the patch finally being finished so I could see more of Mink. That dude was one of my favorite characters from DMMD.
yknow anon, i said i was done with the subject but you messaged me earlier and have been super mega-patient with me and for that i am eternally grateful and feel like my liveblogs arent really response enough, so i shall answer your questions (i hope im not too late)! SPOILERS AHEAD
OK so in R:C, Mink is supposed to have a drastic character change right off the bat. It’s not made obvious at first since he appears to be less than happy about Aoba finding him. However, as time drags on and they sit and have an actual conversation for the first time, you can see that Mink is doing and saying things he would have never considered in the first game- he invites Aoba into his home, he shows him hospitality, and while he is silent and distance still, he answers his questions and is open about telling him what he’s been up to and where he’s been living this entire time.
I should probably note that in the first game, Mink always had some smartass crap coming out of his mouth and was incredibly cold on purpose so he wouldn’t connect with anybody because he knew that caring about others would get in the way of his revenge. He couldn’t afford to openly love someone, he wasn’t mentally ready whatsoever. But of course the whole shabang with Aoba happened and while he lived on in the good end, he stayed away from Aoba- NOT because he didn’t want to see him or reconcile or explain himself, but because he felt it would be better that way FOR AOBA to live on without seeing him ever again after all the terrible things he had subjected him to for his own means.
But in the patch, while he gets the same linear pattern of what is going on, Mink’s dialogue is so… okay, we all know how blunt and forward Mink is, right? He says what’s on his mind and isn’t afraid to. Along with Juri’s translations and my own (I translated portions of his route myself prior to knowing she had done them all first and compared mine to hers, both were very spot on and actually excited me cause 1. yay im learning more Japanese! and 2. yay I know what’s going on in Mink’s route!) I was able to understand how Mink thinks a little more and that him being so blunt actually wasn’t him being “mean” or “rude” but just… himself? And he was NEVER that rude to Aoba in said translations but in the patch he still calls Aoba insults like “dumbfuck” and Aoba calls him and “asshole” and it’s like DUDE NOT EVEN THAT’S NOT EVEN WHAT THEY SAID? The only insult he says is “baka ga” which is literally “You idiot/fool” and he says it in a way as to not be insulting but because he thinks Aoba’s actions by going outside all night and looking for Mink were idiotic and unnecessary. It’s not a dirty insult like the ones I previously mentioned (and originally Aoba never once insulted him in the route, not ONCE).
And then there are moments where Mink will show genuine emotions like shock, surprise, FEAR etc. but, surprise, surprise, instead of applying that to Mink they’re forced onto Aoba instead? This gives the player the thought that “oh Aoba is still afraid of Mink and Mink hasn’t changed a fucking bit” and it’s ridiculous.
Basically, instead of progressing their relationship, it just did a huge backflip into the sun. I mean honestly, you don’t have to like Mink. That is absolutely fine by me and many other Mink fans, it’s ok to not like things holy shit!
call yourself professionals
when you cannot even leave your personal judgement and character preferences out of a translation meant to be enjoyed by EVERYBODY.