Who is Inubushi at the end?

No matter how you look at it, the Inubushi in the last scene is the personality of the original Inubushi Keiko. In that case, is the real Suzukage Hotori’s consciousness trapped on the mountain? Let’s look at some possibilities.

Was Hotori swallowed up in the avalanche?
On the 7th day of Satoru’s route, during the avalanche scene Inubushi still feels like Suzukage Hotori. At this point, she can talk. However, once she’s swallowed up by the avalanche, she falls into a daze. When Kokoro is asking her questions she’s silent, only responding by nodding or shaking her head. Doesn’t this seem like Hotori?

Her personality before and after the avalanche
Let’s think about what’s happening here. First of all, at 4:40 AM on January 17th, SPHIA is transported to Mt. Akakura. At this point, Inubushi and the others’ consciousnesses are left behind, and the personality switch occurs. As usual, Hotori’s consciousness — which is on Mt. Akakura — enters Inubushi’s body. Inubushi’s consciousness is in the white underground facility, which just got transported to Aosagi Island. However, there is no body for her to inhabit here as the twins are outside the circle along with Utsumi. Therefore, for these 33 minutes, Inubushi becomes nothing but a consciousness.

And then, Hotori and the others and Mt. Akakura get swallowed up by the avalanche. The fact that she is able to speak her is likely because she recovered from her aphasia. She only speaks three times during this scene so I can’t say for sure, but the way she talks feels a little different from Inubushi. Unfortunately, after the avalanche, the shock causes Hotori to lose her voice again…

Consciousness transfer?
During that period, several transfers occur, but since they are outside the circle, Hotori’s consciousness remains in Inubushi’s body. Inubushi’s consciousness is left at Aosagi Island with no body to inhabit. Then, Hotori returns to SPHIA, which is at Mt. Akakura. The next transfer takes SPHIA to Hotarubi. However, no one’s consciousness is left at Hotarubi. If Hotori’s consciousness stayed behind during this transfer, Inubushi’s body would be left empty. In order to prevent that possibility, it is conceivable that this time Hotori’s consciousness goes along with the body.

Satoru and Kokoro never actually see Inubushi’s body without a consciousness, but since Hotori was holed up in her room, they could have just missed it by chance. However, it’s likely that she was tending to the wounded Yomogi and Kokoro and followed Yomogi’s instructions to prevent frostbite during this time. It would be strange to think of her being in her room for 33 minutes.

Finally, SPHIA transfers to Aosagi Island. Let’s say that Hotori’s consciousness stays with her body at this time as well. If her consciousness stayed behind then it would have no body to reside in. At this point, you might think “But Inubushi’s consciousness already doesn’t have a body.” However, that was allowed to happen because Inubushi is a part of the player’s consciousness. Hotori is not directly connected to the player’s consciousness, so it would be unnatural for her consciousness to remain in the world without a body. Therefore, her body started moving together with Inubushi’s body.

Inubushi and Hotori
When SPHIA returned to Aosagi Island, Inubushi’s consciousness probably tried to return to her body. However, Hotori was already in her body. Even still, it needed to return. Inubushi, who had DID from the start, incorporated Hotori’s personality into her body.

After that point, no more transfers occurred. From then on, Inubushi’s original personality became mixed with Hotori’s, and she would probably switch between them like the typical symptoms of DID. Hotori may have lost her body, but her consciousness was able to survive.

Whether or not you believe this is up to you. After all, if there isn’t a logical explanation, wouldn’t you rather believe the most romantic option…?

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7 responses to “Who is Inubushi at the end?

  1. i JUST finished the game yesterday and left mindblown by all this like most people… im glad this update just came out a couple weeks ago. Nice timing

    having read Danganronpa’s , Zero escape and 999 and Stein’s gate, i didnt expect Remember 11 to be anywhere THIS complex.. man was i wrong!

  2. Thanks a lot for translating this! I’m not sure if I believe ALL of the theories presented here, but they certainly help clear up a lot of doubts I had. I will be looking forward to the next update!

  3. Out of all the many thought-provoking theories by the original author this is the one I find the most difficult to swallow. Only because I have a separate theory on who the personality is at the end in Keiko’s body: Sayaka herself. The ‘kagome kagome’ song ‘Keiko’ sings at the end is a big clue.

    The map of swapping conciousnesses outlined in this entry is accurate, but it also leaves a lot open to interpretation. Considering this is Satoru’s (the real Satoru and not That Guy/We the Player) YUKIDOH Plan’s Endgame (to bring the survivors of the plane crash to Aosagi Island alive and well to 2012) his entire impetus for doing so should theoretically be to save the sister he lost 11 years ago (the girl from the Prologue flashback as posited by the author of this blog entry).

    I’m with the author up to the moment where they hypothesize that Hotori is in Inubushi’s body while it’s at the underground facility– I rather think that Hotori stays behind in her own body at Mount Akakura/Aosagi (wherever the SPHIA was located prior to the spacial displacement transfer that takes it to Hotarubi) and SAYAKA enters Inubushi’s body when everyone transfers to the facility. The twins were the ‘test subjects’ to help secure That Guy and the Shadow personalities’ participation in the mind-swapping phenomena. Once original Satoru’s YUKIDOH Plan is successful at doing that, he no longer needed the twins and let pregnant Utsumi leave the underground facility.

    Just like a near-death Hotori can still inhabit an alive-Keiko’s body, I think a near-death Sayaka from 11 years ago would be able to inhabit Keiko’s body if there was no other conciousness residing inside at the time. Somehow (and this probably would have been explained more in detail if a 3rd route was made) Satoru pinpointed the moment of Sayaka’s death, and after the twin fetuses leave the facility he is able to use the ‘test’ between himself and Enomoto to bring back Sayaka’s conciousness moments prior to her death. Remember– Enomoto and Satoru would have needed a THIRD person to complete the mind-swap they’ve engaged in, and up until the Remember11 ending (and in the YUKIDOH’s Plan Failure ending) we the player/That Guy have only seen two people involved in their test swap– I submit that the third entity in their test swap was Sayaka herself (of 11 years ago).

    To clarify, in the YUKIDOH’s Plan Failure End, we see Enomoto in his own body, and Satoru in his own body, yet That Guy is still transferred to the underground facility while in possession of Enomoto’s body– how is this not a temporal paradox? Why would Enomoto and Satoru both be okay with killing [ORE] if it were possible that they both could somehow end up being tied to [ORE]’s body in the future? The answer is that they see [ORE]’s arrival to that particular time and space as a “failure” of their ultimate goal– to call back Sayaka’s personality and/or body from her moment of death– not That Guy. This would also explain why Enomoto hates That Guy so much– perhaps he’s always annoyed to encounter That Guy instead of the Sayaka personality as it’s never the person he wants to meet (because they want to summon Sayaka and not [ORE]).

    This is the ultimate goal of Remember11– to resurrect Sayaka inside the DID-affected mind of Inubushi Keiko, and the fact that both That Guy/Satoru and Kokoro/WATASHI are alive and both present on Aosagi Island should confirm the fact that “Inubushi” (or “Hotori”, it really doesn’t matter who is in Inubushi’s body or in Hotori’s dead body that wasn’t transferred to Aosagi– but still buried in the avalanche at Akakura and dead I’d assume) now has the presence of Sayaka’s conciousness added to their DID personalities, and she celebrates her rebirth into the world of the living by singing Kagome, Kagome.

    Of course this is all speculation as well but I like my theory much better– and it also explains who the third person is in the Enomoto/Satoru/??? test body swappage that I have yet to see anybody else’s theory handle to this day.

    • It was already established that Inubushi really is Sayaka who has developed a severe case of DID, -plus- the unexpected conciousness of Hotori. Regarding their birth dates this is pretty much confirmed that they are one person (See: Inubushi Keiko and Yukidoh Sayaka | Why are they so similar?), so I wouldn’t call Sayaka “dead”.
      The Yukidoh-Plan’s goal was therefore (in my opinion) “to heal” Inubushi and bring back the Sayaka her brother Satoru once knew and loved, but was torn out of his life and is currently being detained on Aosagi Island (far, far away of any civilization she could possibly do harm). They try to achieve this goal by trying to shove the Inubushi-part of Sayaka’s body into one of the fetuses while using the other one as temporary storage container for Satoru’s/Kokoro’s consciousness.
      After all this is as much a scientific experiment as it is a personal matter to Satoru.

      As to who incorporates Sayaka’s body in the end, let me quote the two last lines of the article on this very page:
      “Whether or not you believe this is up to you. After all, if there isn’t a logical explanation, wouldn’t you rather believe the most romantic option…?”
      And where the logic fails, magic begins to happen, much like being able to swap multiple consciousnesses of different persons across space-time.
      And yet I refuse to believe that is is Sayaka who we see at the very end, because of that one very last CG: Her evil grin as she holds one of the newborns in her arms, the subtle tone of her voice as she sings ‘Kagome, Kagome’, as well as the songs actual meaning (think of “the turtle slipped and fell”, as in it might be hurt) all point to one person: Inubushi Keiko, or more accurately, her one personality which seeks to harm others.

      Cheers,
      Johnny

      Also, a Happy New Year, everyone!

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