&jin; the darker mirror
Jin Kisaragi is the secondary protagonist of BlazBlue saga. He is an officer of a international governmental force named the Novis Orbis Librarium. He is mostly a stoic man who hides behind a mask of smiles. He was orphaned pretty young and was adopted by the Kisaragi family, a very powerful, influential family with prodigies. Jin rose from the ranks and possesses one of the special weapons called Nox Nyctores, Yukianesa. One year, an incident occurred that he barely remembered - the Ikuraga War. Apparently, he was a hero, although one man claimed he was a murderer. Nonetheless, life was dull for Jin until he heard word about Ragna the Bloodedge. Then all hell broke loose.
Jin Kisaragi is actually the younger brother of Ragna the Bloodedge. Under the pressure of his weapon, his need for his brother's love fueled him to a terrifying violent rage in which he will not hesitate to kill anyone in his way. For some reason, he felt that he had to kill his brother, in order to save him from his fate.
When BlazBlue went under production, many people, usually old Guilty Gear fans, accused it of being a clone of their beloved fighting game series. Not surprisingly, it was developed by the same team (Arc System Works), so there was a possibility for many of the characters to adopt their predecessorsí looks, fighting styles, and stories from the original cast. It was obvious that Jin Kisaragi was based on Ky Kiske for various reasons:
- Rivals with the Sol-like protagonist? Check.
- A prodigy who managed to gain a high position at a young age? Check.
- Fights as a magic swordsman specializing in one element? Check.
- Functions as a playable character for rookies to master? Check.
- Is Eurpoean? Check.
- Was part of a great war? Check.
- Is a blond, wears a blue and white uniform, and works for an elite police organization? Check.
If Ky and Jin ever met each other, it would no doubt lead to hostility. Despite the fact that they both had religious experiences (Ky is a Christian, while Jin was raised in a religious orphanage), their backstories and personalities hardly link with one another. Ky had a decent childhood and was ignorant to the world around him. Jin was a lot more realistic to the cruelty of humanity. He was mocked, and envied by many, which only made his heart grow smaller. His only light was with his brother, whom he already betrayed for his own reasons, and as a result, his mind became much more dysfunctional than Ky's. So while Ky is committed to noble goals, he seems to scorn the very values Ky fights for.
They both seem to be chasing someone - Ky feels resentful toward Sol, and the way Jin would describe him would immediately remind him of that barbaric fool. He normally wouldn't fight unless he absolutely had to, but for some reason, the Major's attitude would irritate him. A man like him would be a danger to the public. Jin's only focus is his brother, so of course, everything else to him is an obstacle and has no qualms to squash Ky.
Aside from their personality juxtaposition, their mere fighting capabilities also clash. Ky wields the sacred Fuuraiken blessed to stop against the "evil" Gears. Our devilish friend possesses Yukianesa, a weapon that seems to come from a more dark source of power. And in battle, Jin is proficient in ice, an element suitable to his ice-cold personality. Ky uses the element of lightning, describing the rage from the heavens. Ky could paralyze Jin, while the Major would freeze him in his tracks.
Yet, despite all these differences, they neglect one comparison entirely. They both seem to mature in some way. The white knight grew from his hatred for Gears to understanding. While we still have yet to see Jin "grow up", we see a result that could have happened as Hakumen.
In addition, I notice that both Jin and Ky had relationships with female characters that are heavily implied to be a canon romance. Compared to the subtle relationships with the rest of the cast, they are also the only ones who might be headed for a committed relationship at the end of their games. It took the second game in the BlazBlue series to develop Jin's relationship with Tsubaki Yayoi, a childhood friend who looked up to him so much that she was willing to kill her best friend in order to be with him. Even Jin cooled down from his dark rage when it meant protecting Tsubaki. Ky's relationship with Dizzy also flourished the same way, although the aftermath is shown more than Jin's; he might (Okay, who are we kidding? He will) eventually marry Dizzy and even have a son with her.