Twilight Nebula Citizen and Friend (Bestest) Taylor the Impaler was up to his trix again, plumbing the depths of Masahiro Ito’s knowledge. For those who don’t know who this amazing man is, Masahiro Ito was the Silent Hill series lead art director up to and including Silent Hill 3.
In our supplementary video to The Real Silent Hill Experience we made the argument that everything in Silent Hill and all it’s goin’ ons is happening in the REAL world, not some craziness spanning forty dimensions of time and space.
This received a lot of confusing backlash despite its sound logic. Jeremy Blaustein, localization and acting director for Silent Hill 2-4, was asked for his take on the feelings of the original team.
Blaustein: …the SH team stated all the time that there was a real world and the otherworld. So I have to say that … there is the REAL WORLD and then there is the changed world as it gets infected or influenced by the dark forces. So my answer … is that there are 2 worlds in SH…
It is clear that J Blau is describing what we had previously described as an easy way to refer to the nightmare-changed real world. They are merely the same real world in two different states. Yet, his words were not as clear as all that for some people. Arguments still originated from the Making Of Silent Hill 3 featurette, where Masahiro Ito is apparently “quoted” saying that players move back and forth between one world and a “parallel” world (despite the word “parallel” not being spoken by Ito himself. We regard this as a translation error).
Taylor the Impaler to the rescue! Taylor decided it was time to stop mincing words and get a straight answer from an actual member of the original team! Below is Taylor’s full conversation with Masahiro ito via Twitter:
Taylor the Impaler: I’m not sure if someone has asked you about this before, and if they have, I apologize for bringing this up again.
But In the ‘Making Of’ video for SH3, when you explain the meaning behind Valtiel… the subtitles say ‘In Silent Hill 3, you go back and fourth between the real world and a parallel world. Valves that the monster opens and closes represents the passage of these two worlds.’
This a little unclear for most people, are you actually saying “parallel world” in Japanese? Did you mean ‘Otherworld?’ Can you please explain in better detail behind these words? Thank you.
Taylor the Impaler: So you meant it more like the real world changing and twisting into another world, rather than going to a separate ‘parallel world’?
It’s the word “world” that’s the cause of all this confusion. While characters in Silent hill may see two perceived worlds, this does not necessarily mean they are two parallel, physical worlds on two planes of existence. Because guess what? Two planes of existence = two “dimensions”. And now we know for sure it ain’t that.