Mixed Wills

Black coffee and coffee with milk
How do you like your coffee? Black, or with milk? Enomoto explains the space-time transfer device by likening Kokoro to coffee with milk and Satoru to black coffee. However, this is really explaining something besides the space-time transfer. Black coffee is pure, but milk coffee has a foreign substance mixed in. Satoru’s consciousness is pure: it is completely occupied by [ORE]. Kokoro’s consciousness is impure: it is a mix of [WATASHI] and Kokoro’s consciousness. That’s why Kokoro doesn’t lose her memories, and this situation allows for the player to be introduced into the story.

EVER 17 SPOILER ALERT (highlight to read)
To put it in terms of Ever 17’s Blick Winkel:
Kokoro = Kuranari Takeshi
Satoru = The Kid
It’s not exactly the same, but it’s kind of a similar concept.

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The secret behind the choices and the TIPS
This concept appears in more than just the coffee scene. First, let’s consider the choices you make throughout the story. In the choices that appear in the Kokoro route, the choices use the third-person “Kokoro”; however, in the Satoru route, the choices use the first-person [ORE]. This wording reflects the perspectives of [ORE] and [WATASHI]. From [WATASHI]’s point of view, Fuyukawa Kokoro is not [WATASHI]. Therefore, it refers to Kokoro as Kokoro. On the other hand, from [ORE]’s perspective, Satoru is [ORE]. That’s why the Satoru choices use [ORE] to refer to itself. This phenomenon also shows up in several places in the TIPS as well. [WATASHI] views the story more as an observer than a participant, and this is why the TIPS from the Kokoro route are written in third-person. However, [ORE] views the story from the perspective of Yukidoh Satoru, so the TIPS from the Satoru route are written from [ORE]’s perspective (with a few exceptions).

(Translator’s note: I checked some other Japanese R11 references, and as far as I could tell there’s only one choice that actually uses the third-person “Kokoro” in the choice text (if you’re curious, it’s the choice on day 4 where you have to decide whether Yomogi or Kokoro is going to be in charge of the tin with everyone’s rations. TLWiki translated the choice as “I’ll safeguard it”, but it’s true that the Japanese is more literally “Have Kokoro hold on to it”) Furthermore, there were several choices that I saw on Kokoro’s route that use the first-person [atashi]. I’m not sure if this is an oversight on the author’s part or if my research just wasn’t thorough enough. I will admit it’s likely that the guides I checked didn’t list every possible choice in the game, but there’s also clear evidence that counters the point he’s trying to make here.)

The difference between [ORE] and [WATASHI]
From the perspective of Blondie’s body, [ORE] is the dominant consciousness. From the perspective of Kokoro’s body, [WATASHI] is a consciousness that is mixed together with Kokoro’s normal consciousness. If you look at it the other way, to [ORE], Blondie’s body is [ORE] itself. To [WATSHI], Kokoro’s body is just one part of [WATASHI]. In other words, [WATASHI]’s consciousness isn’t just mixed with Kokoro, but also the world itself. You could say that [WATASHI] still has some of the will of the player contained in it.

The being that decides the world
I’m going to propose a theory: “As long as it causes no contradictions, it’s possible for the player to change the world.” Basically, [WATASHI], which contain’s part of the player’s will, has the power to decide things about the world. It sounds crazy, but there are examples of this in the story. First is the dinner scene on the first day of the Kokoro route. If you say you want to eat stew, everyone wants to eat stew. If you say chuuka-don, everyone wants to eat chuuka-don. What you want to eat propagates to everyone else. This is because the player’s will—[WATASHI]’s will—decides how the world is. Next is on day 4 of the Kokoro route, when deciding who will manage everyone’s rations. If you choose “Leave the food to Yomogi”, Kokoro will try to pass it off to Yomogi, but if you choose “Have Kokoro hold on to it”…Kokoro still tries to get Yomogi to do it. In the end Kokoro holds on to it though, so rather than deciding Kokoro’s will, it’s more accurate to say it decides something about the world. Finally, there’s the 6th day of the Kokoro route, when the satellite phone miraculously connects. There’s no hard proof, but it’s possible that [WATASHI] influenced that incident.

NEVER 7 AND EVER 17 SPOILER ALERT (highlight to read)
At first this might sound like a crazy theory, but when you consider that similar phenomena exist in both Never 7 and Ever 17, it’s not so farfetched.
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[ORE], [WATASHI], and That Guy

The entity known as [WATASHI]
Remember 11 has the tagline “The labyrinth of memories that’s killing [WATASHI]”. Who does [WATASHI] refer to? There is only one scene where the first-person pronoun [WATASHI] is used: the first scene of the second day of the Kokoro route.

The [WATASHI] who experiencies nothingness.
The [WATASHI] that is not [atashi].

Who is [WATASHI]? At the very least, it appears to be different from Fuyukawa Kokoro, who uses [atashi].

The entity known as That Guy
That Guy—the person who Sunglasses is out to get. Who is That Guy? According to TIPS 88, the concept of time doesn’t exist for That Guy. He is a point; nothingness; zero-dimensional. Sunglasses said that That Guy’s memories were implanted in Satoru.

That’s right, That Guy is the player, or at least something extremely close to the player.

If you look at it from the perspective of the characters that exist in the story of Remember 11, the player is a formless, abstract entity. Yet it is also an absolute entity. There are hints that point toward this in the story, notably when you’re about to get a bad end. You leave behind your physical body and look calmly over the world. This is the player’s will. These hints to the existence of the player exist in both the Kokoro and Satoru routes. The player’s will is reflected both in [ORE] and [WATASHI], and the consciousness that combines the two is That Guy; in other words, the player.

The meaning behind EPR pairs
The term “EPR pair” refers to a pair of quantum particles that exert an influence on each other. While they serve as an explanation for the space-time transfer, they are also used as a metaphor. In the Level 1 topics I mentioned that Kokoro and Satoru are linked together like an EPR pair. To be more precise, [ORE] and [WATASHI] are what form the pair. During the story, the phrase “Kokoro and Satoru are one in mind and body” is used. Of course this is true, because [ORE] and [WATASHI] are part of the same entity to begin with.

“There’s a difference between one staying as one and one suddenly becoming halved, you know?”

[ORE] and [WATASHI] were both originally parts of the player’s mind.

Sekijukansei
The existence of Kokoro is necessary for Satoru to exist as he does. In the story, this is expressed through the proverb sekijukansei (“red accepts blue entirely”). Once again, we can think of this in terms of [ORE] and [WATASHI]. In order for [ORE] to exist as Satoru, he needs to know what the player knows about Satoru from the Kokoro route. Without the Kokoro route, [ORE] in the Satoru route would have no memories at all. Therefore, Satoru can only exist because of Kokoro.

Who’s that behind you?
What meaning does Kagome Kagome hold in the context of Remember 11? On the third day of the Satoru route, Inubushi tells Satoru that “kagome” (literally “cage woman”) refers to a pregnant woman and that the song is a metaphor for a baby being born. However, she didn’t explain the meaning of the last line: “Who’s that behind you?” All she says is the suggestive “I wonder who it could be…?” If you’ve read this far, then you probably have an idea of who it is. Of course, it’s the player. Kokoro and Satoru see the world from a first-person perspective. So to them, the person behind them isn’t simply someone standing behind them, but the person on the other side of the screen.

The entities [ORE] and [WATASHI] came into existence through the story of Remember 11, and Kagome Kagome hints at this. In addition, at the end of the epilogue of the Kokoro route, Kokoro refers to herself as a “kagome”. What is the true meaning behind this statement? Is it simply because she was trapped inside a closed space? Think back to the pregnant woman metaphor, and you can start to figure out what Kokoro meant. “Kagome” likely refers to the infant’s personality—and also [WATASHI]—that occupied her body.

In Inubushi’s interpretation of Kagome Kagome, the baby died due to a miscarriage. Why did Inubushi interpret the song in this way…?