Rin - A story about becoming conscious of one’s own weakness
Completing all the heroine routes, things have finally started coming to light. Masato stopped joking around and Kyosuke, who Riki always admired is stopping Riki. So far, I liked this route the most and these are my views on this route.
So first, let’s look at the way Rin developed as we progressed through the game.
When we played Rin 1, it was obvious that she wasn’t confident enough to do anything and would always depend on Kengo, Masato, Kyosuke or Riki. She wouldn’t be able to call Komari by her first name and she would avoid talking to rest of the Little Busters whenever possible.
But now, things are different. Just as Riki points out, Rin now calls Komari her friend. She can do things on her own, she knows how to behave formally, and she helps Kud in moving in along with Riki.
But since the transfer student program to save the sister school, the way I see it, Rin has done nothing except avoid reality. She runs away with Riki but even while being in a tough situation, she brings in more and more cats to entertain herself while Riki is working as hard as he can to support the entire family (including cats) . This shows that she still didn’t want to come to terms with the fact that they were being chased and things weren’t the way they used to be. Even till the end, when Riki tried to run away with Rin after being found, she still wanted to bring the cats with her and in turn ended up being caught.
Just why is it that Rin who showed such tremendous growth suddenly so weak now?
Now let’s think, what was it that made Rin become so strong? I remember saying in another post that Riki, whose name means strength is the reason why Rin is able to grow stronger but here is the truth :
She says the people around her is what gives her the strength. Not a person. I was thinking about this for a while and came up with a conclusion. Riki as his name suggests is Rin’s strength but
strength is a vague term.
Strength, although commonly associated with physical strength, it can also be understood as the good qualities possessed by the individual that makes them reliable or trustworthy as an authoritative figure.
This is where we should look at the other heroines and the original Little Busters along with their good qualities. Although they are not perfect on their own, if we think carefully about their usual behavior, or at least how they change by the end of their respective routes, we can find at least one strength for each of these characters that when together, can bring enormous results.
- Mio - Formal ways of speech and vast knowledge in forms of literature
- Komari - Optimism and the ability to find the good in the bad
- Kurugaya - Intelligence and the ability to persuade others
- Haruka - The ability to forgive others (by the end of her route)
- Kud - Bravery to face the world despite the oppression
- Masato - Physical strength and the ability to advise others (we actually see him do this a few times)
- Kengo - Calm and collected, can grasp the situation quickly
All this while it wasn’t just Riki who was the source of Rin’s strengths. Rather, it was everyone around them who gave them the strength!
And now, you might ask me "But what about Kyosuke?"
If we look at these strengths, they are all qualities found in good leaders. Who is the leader of the Little Busters? It’s Kyosuke. Which brings me to my next point which is about Natsume Kyosuke
Throughout the route, Kyosuke has been seen characterized as a sort of God by Riki; as Someone who can manipulate reality and the future to his will. This is something I actually agree with Riki about. You could, at least in this route view Kyosuke as the God of the world or rather, the God of this world.
In order to learn the secrets of this world, Riki and Rin must defeat Kyosuke, the one person who knows the answer to everything.
Another thing to note is that Kyosuke is described as a crucified Christ heavily implying his actions are for the Little Busters’ good.
But if so why won’t Kyosuke just tell Riki what is the secret?
(note : this is just a theory) It is because this secret is the truth, a painful truth that Riki is not yet strong enough to face. That is why Kyosuke states :
The first sign of which is the loss against Kyosuke.
I remember saying that Rin has been avoiding reality too much but to be honest, I believe this is more focused on showing Riki’s weakness.
To begin with, let’s take a look at what Kengo said :
He never said that everything will fall once Rin stops following Riki but rather, when Riki lets go of Rin. This means that Riki must be the one pulling Rin by the arm and the tragedy of the route happened because he was too weak to do that.
And finally, this brings me to the last point! The final choice of the route
Rin’s name means bell and as I have stated in another post, bells symbolize expansion of consciousness . Back then, I had no idea how this is really related at all, but now everything makes sense.
The final choice implies that Riki is now aware of his weakness and also shows his determination to become stronger. But what was it that gave him this determination? It was none other than Rin. This is why the two need each other.
Riki is now conscious about his own weakness and is willing to become stronger in order to face the truth or in other words, the secret of the world.
To further prove this point, let’s look at the title screen upon completing Rin 2, the New Game option fades away to reveal the final route : Refrain. This means Riki is ready to accept reality and wishes to proceed forward.
However, if you choose to give up, the New Game option still exists suggesting that Riki has also chosen to deny reality and decided to go back to the time Rin was still with him.
Taking all that into account here are some of my speculations for Refrain :
Rin and Riki will be the ones to partner up against Kyosuke.
Riki is going to try to become like Kyosuke who is his symbol of strength
Note : Don’t tell me that I’m right even if I am.
So my closing words about this route is that despite its short length, it was interesting to see the changes from the different playthroughs as well as the change in personality of other characters as well.
Feels a bit rambly but those were my thoughts! Please feel free to share your thoughts on my views and ideas!
Also, a question for everyone : What do you think about Kyosuke’s motives? Just what is he planning and why is he suddenly acting so harshly towards Riki? Also, what do you think about the sudden change in Masato’s and Kengo’s behaviour? Do they also know the secret of this world?
Also I love you @machelmore I wouldn’t have noticed I skipped a picture if it were’t for you