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Locked in a mysterious room together, these high schoolers will have to reveal their deepest sins if they want to escape alive. note 
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Re:Mind is a 2018 television show, released from Netflix, and starring the entire lineup of J-Pop Idol group Hiragana Keyakizaka46.

Eleven high school girls wake up in a mysterious room around a dining table, with their feet locked beneath the floor. Realising that they are all from the same class and were kidnapped the day before graduating. Using various clues around the room, they must remember the ways in which they hurt one another if they are to escape with their lives.


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  • All There in the Manual:
    • The drama was originally targeted towards Hiragana Keyakizaka46 fans, hence there is no proper introduction for the girls in the beginning since they already expected the viewers to know them.
    • Most of the information that was left out in the drama, such as the identity of Miho and Kumi's best friend, and the fact that they are on a boat were explained by the girls themselves in blogs and interview.
  • Ambiguous Ending: It's not really clear what happens in the end at all, so the audience is left to speculate. Kage realises Miho is alive after all, while Kumi is still trapped in her chair. A ray of light shines from the ceiling followed by rumbling and the screen goes black. Did they sink? What kind of building were they in that it sunk? Was the light from a rescue team? What happened to the other girls (who Kage confirmed were still alive)? Kyoko indicated in her blog that the ending is actually open to the viewer's interpretation, and it is up to them to choose the ending that they prefer (whether all of them died or survives to attend their graduation ceremony).
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  • Armoured Closet Gay: Kyoko. Despite the group seeming to hold no prejudices, she's unwilling to admit her relationship even after Ayaka vanishes.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: This is potentially what happened to all the girls. None of them can remember exactly how they were captured, but all woke up with velvet bags over their heads.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: A lot of the girls suffer from this when confronted with something they have done to wrong another, eventually they all give in. A notable example is Kyoko, who is unable to confess her love for Ayaka - not even when she is about the disappear.
  • Cute Mute: Shiho. She lost her voice a while before the series opens up and is referred to by the other girls as 'cute'. It's later revealed that her voice came back, but she was pretending it was still gone.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Mirei. She is clearly the girl in the room with the most spotlight, figures everything out and while she does make it very far into the story, she is the last to vanish, leaving Kumi as the protagonist all along.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: About half-way through the episodes, a strange man with a limp and a bag over his head enters the dining room and silently sets the table. He is deeply sinister both before and after his identity is revealed as their high school teacher. But he is not the kidnapper, and is vanished himself when he breaks protocol in an attempt to smash the camera hidden in the deer head.
  • Elective Mute: Turns out, this has been Shiho for a while. She was initially a genuine mute following Miho's suicidal text message but her voice naturally came back but she continued to pretend it hadn't.
  • Everyone Can See It: Kyoko and Ayaka were pretty obviously a couple to most of the class, though they were polite enough not to call them out until it became an issue at the table. Even the viewers probably guessed as much before the reveal.
  • Evolving Credits: The opening for episode one features all eleven girls standing atop the table in the order they are sitting around it. Then there's a shot of a twelfth girl standing on the table with a hood covering her head. Episode two's opening shows her without her hood, and it's Miho.
  • Faking the Dead: Almost every major character is bumped off one by one throughout the episodes. It's revealed in the final episode, however, that not only are none of the girls (and their teacher) actually dead, but neither is Miho. Who knows whether they all - bar Miho - genuinely died at the end of the show.
  • Forced Out of the Closet: Kyoko and Ayaka. Miho caught them kissing and threatened to tell their parents, however, she didn't follow through. Turns out, a fair amount of the girls already knew and essentially drag them out at the dinner table.
  • His Name Is...: Mirei vanishes after finally putting together who is responsible for their predicament, but before managing to say it.
  • The Lad-ette: Kyoko is, by her own admission, the least feminine of the girls, swearing the most and being more willing to engage in violence to solve their problems. Ayaka complimenting her looks is what led to the two being a couple, as it was the first time someone had done so.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Miho and Kage are sisters. This is definitely a wham reveal, there are only subtle hints in early episodes that are hard to interpret.
  • Present Absence: Miho and Kumi's best friend is never seen, nor referred to by name, due to having died prior to the series. Despite this, the impact of her death is a catalyst for many of the things that happen before the first episode. The girls revealed in the interview that the best friend is Nagahama Neru, a former member of Hiragana Keyakizaka46. Now she is a full member of Kanji Keyakizaka46.
  • Secret Relationship: The show has plenty, that all come to light as the episodes go on.
    • Kyoko and Ayaka have been dating for a while but kept it quiet from everyone. Miho eventually found them kissing and threatened to tell everyone, leading to them bullying her.
    • Shiho and Okazaki dated briefly in secret after he broke up with Miho.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Mana to Okazaki. She secretly steals her friend's phone and figures out her passcode in order to find his phone number. She then repeatedly calls him and hangs up and watches him at work. It's to an obsessive degree as she interprets 'I don't hate you' as 'I could like you'.
  • To Absent Friends: It doesn't take the group long to realise the empty seat at the dining table belongs to Miho. They spend the majority of the series remembering how they all hurt her in various ways.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Mao. The first girl to disappear, we don't learn a huge amount about her compared to the others, but she does reappear in flashbacks.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The final episode, "Re:Wind", is a flashback episode that doubles as an interview of sorts, having the girls break the fourth wall at points to address the camera.

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