Let’s Talk about Rika and V
I think “Let’s Talk” is gonna be a series here, do you guys want that?
Anyway, though, here we go. (I’m sorry for any typos that may be in here) From someone who, as I’ve mentioned before, went through an ordeal similar to V’s (minus all the cult shit), there’s a few things I would like to say. I am fully aware this may start a bit of discourse.
I’m gonna clarify, though, as I did with the Jumin post, I am not saying V is perfect and did absolutely nothing wrong. He is not perfect and I know that. I’m just gonna do my best to give you an insider’s view on this kind of relationship. (I am not going into detail on my personal experience, I’m only giving opinions on V and Rika’s because that’s the focus here)
1. I see a lot of people getting mad at all of the hate Rika gets, but I haven’t seen a good, solid reason as to why. One of the only reasons I’ve seen is “She was mentally ill!!” No, no. That does not work here.
Correct: Rika was mentally ill. That does not excuse what she did. She was capable of making decisions for herself, she wasn’t completely helpless and I think this is where people get confused. You can’t look at a serial killer and say “He’s mentally ill! He didn’t know he was killing people!” Often times, serial killers are pretty fucking aware that they’re murdering people. Rika knew what she was doing, and if you’ve completed what the game has to offer so far, you would know that and you would know that she’s even acknowledged this.
She knows that she’s hurt people, she knows that she’s ruined people. I would even go as far as to say all that “I wanna help them” shit was a scam too, and that brainwashing was her intention from the start.
As mentioned in the post I re-blogged about her, she was going to a therapist and then chose to stop doing that. It is not and never was V’s job. Rika was a grown woman and that’s the decision she made, knowing full well that she was making it.
2. Her and V’s relationship as a whole was not healthy when this began. From my experience, here’s how this goes: You fall in love with this person. This person starts to turn into something you never thought they would become. You try to speak up, you try to help, and they do not listen. They guilt trip you, they make you feel like this is your fault, they say everything they can to get you to stay.
Now you’re their toy. Now you’re wrapped around your finger. You can’t just go anymore because it’s become something more and your mind is in a constant battle, trying to figure out what to do and trying to get those gears to turn. You know this isn’t good for you but you just can’t go. You can’t. You’ve been mentally, emotionally, verbally, and maybe even physically or sexually abused at this point and you are completely lost. That is basically what Rika did to V. Did V make plenty of questionable, even wrong decisions? Yes he did. Did V’s limbs allow him to get up and walk out of that? They damn well could have, but so could mine and both V and I, in a time of confusion, chose to stay because we thought it was our duty to help.
You are not in the right frame of mind then. You have been manipulated and you do not know how to properly function anymore. That is exactly what she did to V and Saeran. She also did it to Yoosung and Jumin, but it was more mild. You think that without this person, you will lose all purpose in life. You think that without them, you’ll be lost forever. Everything they do comes with an excuse, a reason, and you take it like it’s set in stone when it isn’t. Because when you questioned them, they got upset. They lashed out, they cried, they threatened and maybe they beat you. Your brain tells you that shouldn’t happen again and so you become this person’s pet. It is hard for you to leave now.
I understand both sides. I really do. I stop agreeing when her mental illness becomes an excuse for what she did. I know there are gonna be quite a few people that might attack me for saying that. I am not saying that every single person to ever stick up for her in any way has used it as an excuse. I’m not saying that. I’m saying that’s almost all I’ve personally seen.
I’m also not painting people with mental illness to be these terrible monsters, as I suffer from it myself and I know that isn’t true. The case isn’t “mental illness made her do this” and unfortunately a lot of people look at it that way, most commonly in the forms of:
“Mental illness made her a horrible creature”
“Stop hating on her, she was mentally ill”
It is something in-between, and I tried to explain that here.
Looking at the secret endings really shows a lot, and I feel like not enough people pay attention to those and really, really look at them before stating something.