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Basil is someone from Omori's past.

With how Basil is portrayed in the trailers, it not only shows that finding Basil isn't just a one thing side quest (it might even be the main quest for the entire game), but it also implies that Basil is someone very important. This is even further shown in the demo, where we see Basil's sprite for a split second in the dark stair room where Omori opens the box.

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  • Confirmed. Basil was there when Sunny accidentally pushed his sister Mari down the stars, and he had the idea of making it look like Mari killed herself by hanging, but the shared guilt manifested as Something, which haunts them throughout the game.

Hero will be able to call on Pluto to go to areas they've previously been to in the full game.

  • Confirmed. Pluto acts as the game's Warp Whistle, though anyone can call him at specific locations.

Basil is in love with Sunny.

Basil is very gentle, sensitive and somewhat effeminate, describes Omori as "perfect" on more than one occasion, and calls Sunny his best friend. Cutscenes show the two holding hands or comforting each other in a very tender way. But the biggest indicator is Basil's reaction to Sunny accidentally killing Mari by pushing her down the stairs during an argument. He is so convinced that Sunny is perfect and innocent that he has a full on breakdown and helps Sunny stage Mari's suicide rather than accept that Sunny could have killed her. That level of sheer devotion to another person goes beyond friendship or even hero worship. This is the sort of action a person would take to protect their spouse or child. I'm not saying that Basil is homosexual, but he certainly seems to have strong romantic feelings for Sunny.

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The Mari that said goodbye to Sunny wasn’t headspace Mari.

Rather it was the ghost of Mari appearing in his dreams to see Sunny one last time considering she acknowledges Sunny’s existence and Headspace Mari still appearing in the picnics after that scene.

  • Something similar might be the case for that moment when she apologized for the fight that resulted in her death.

  • Another theory for those that don't want to take the paranormal/supernatural approach is that Sunny's subconscious decided to go "woah, wait a minute." in the middle of Omori's adventures and take control of the moment. Sunny had just gone through the 2nd day in a row of exploring Faraway Town and had to endure Aubrey yet again yelling the truth that Mari is dead in the most blunt ways possible. Perhaps Sunny's subconscious was ready to "let go"? There's also the fact that the voices in the tunnel after Humphrey specifically mention that Mari will leave and then be reborn with the undying soul Omori has cursed her with. Basically, Sunny wants to let her go, but Omori keeps re-creating her afterwards because it's Omori's job to keep Sunny distracted and keep the truth covered up. He can't keep the truth covered up if Mari is nowhere to be seen, and so he re-creates Headspace Mari after Sunny manipulates the dream.
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The "Oldest" and the "Wisest" are Humphrey and Abbi.

The Branch Coral talks about the "three great creatures" that always existed in Headspace: the oldest, the wisest, and the favorite. It explicitly says that the "Favorite" is the big yellow cat who lives in Neighbor's Room, but only drops vague descriptions of the other two. With the "Oldest," it describes him as "a parasite within himself," and that he lives just beyond this cavern. Humphrey can materialize within his own body, acts like a parasite despite being inside his own body, and indeed, just a few screens from the Branch Coral's spot, you encounter him. The "Wisest" is a bit more cryptic, and you won't fully make the connection unless you play the Hikikomori route. For some unknown reason, the "Wisest" did something that opposed Omori's will, and as a result, she was stripped of her wisdom and banished to isolation, "a special prison somewhere deep, deep down." In the Hikikomori route, you're able to travel past the end of the road in Deep Well to a new area called the Abyss, through which you continuously descend deeper and deeper. At the very bottom, the lone entity—Abbi—begs you for forgiveness after the battle with her. You never find out what it is she's asking you to forgive her for, but it's highly likely to be the act she committed that led to Omori sealing her away.

Mewo is Bernkastel.

Here to torment Sunny by enjoying the tale of him killing his own sister and then ripping the guts out of that tale.

Omori's Story takes place after the Hikikomori Ending.
The Omori of Omori's Story introduces himself as Omori, implying that he has successfully inflicted a Split-Personality Takeover upon Sunny, is old enough to indulge in porn and alcohol, and makes no reference to Basil, most likely having forgot all about him after moving away from Faraway and leaving him behind to kill himself.
  • It should be noted that this is OMORI in the dream world, not SUNNY in the real world, and the role of TAKO in the predecessor evolved into the character of ABBI in the game, who was abandoned from a previous dream cycle as she was implied to get in the way of his suicidal urges and want him to confront and accept the truth.

The friend group will forgive Sunny and Basil in the good ending.

One of the most important Aesops of the Main Route is that grief can make a person selfish, but it's not all about you and you can forgive your loved ones for their mistakes. Kel forgives Hero for treating him as the Dumb Jock and lashing out at him after Mari dies, once Hero feels guilty enough to remember and apologize. Likewise, everyone forgives Aubrey for nearly drowning Basil, when she admits that it was an accident and she was lashing out for no reason. When they hear what happened, as well as the fact that the guilt kept Sunny indoors and Basil on the verge of a constant breakdown, they may be angry but understand that it was an accident.

  • Further supported by the "secret ending". Sunny stands at Basil's bedside and waits for him to wake up. Basil wakes up and looks at Sunny, and sees Something floating behind Sunny. Sunny gives a warm friendly smile to Basil while his Something starts to fade and closes its eye. Basil returns the warm friendly smile while his Something recedes and disappears. If Sunny hadn't been forgiven by the friends, would he have been able to stand calmly at Basil's bedside and smile so warmly and genuinely, especially after the cruel heart-wrenching things Omori said to him during their fight, especially about how the friends would never forgive him?

Sweetheart’s real-world origin is Mew Mew Kissy Cutie.

She is, obviously, the Pink Heroine, and has cat ears that didn’t carry over to Headspace for some reason. In the show, she is the typical Nice Girl and Incorruptible Pure Pureness, but Sunny conflated her with Miss Candice, creating the narcissist we all know and love to hate.

  • Close, but no cigar. While you're right in that Sweetheart is partly based on an anime character from the real world, she's actually just based on an anime original to the game rather than from any pre-existing work. In fact, the final chore on the Hikikomori route is sorting your stuff, and among the items that is sorted is a doll of none other than Sweetheart herself.

Faraway Town is supposed to be in or near Downstate New York.

Assuming that the fictional Faraway Town is meant to exist in our world, there are several in-game clues as to where it may be geographically located. Firstly, Faraway Town's currency is USD (represented by an image of George Washington and a dollar sign in the menu), so it would have to be in a country or territory where it is standard. Things like NPCs called "All-American Guy" and "All-American Mom" further indicate that OMOCAT intended the setting to be in the United States.note  Secondly, Hero's nickname comes from the Hero Sandwich, which is an item depicted as an Italian sub. This type of sandwich goes by many different regional names, but is only predominantly known as a hero in New York City, strongly suggesting that Gino's is at least based in the New York metropolitan area (probably serving New York-style pizza as well, which the pizza items also resemble), likely around or close to the archipelagic region where it is a more usual term. Lastly, Sunny's mom refers to the place that they plan to be moving in a few days as "the city" in her first voicemail. By itself, this means little, but paired with the sandwich name origin, it is common to hear the borough of Manhattan colloquially referred to as "the city" by commuters and even residents. This narrows down the most probable location of Faraway Town as within the New York City suburbs of Long Island.

Each of the friends is meant to represent the Five Stages of Grief.

This is something that came to me when thinking about how each of them coped with Mari's death.

  • Sunny represents denial: He's the one who accidentally killed his own sister, and he managed to suppress the memory for so long that he eventually completely forgot about his own involvement in it.
  • Aubrey represents anger: Seeing the friend group slowly split apart after Mari's death made her angry that everyone seemingly abandoned her, leading to her eventually falling in with the hooligans and doing things like pushing Basil around.
  • Basil represents bargaining: Having witnessed his best friend kill someone (accidental as it may have been), Basil began reasoning with himself that said best friend couldn't possibly do something like that, slowly going insane in the process.
  • Hero represents depression: Understandably, Hero's pretty torn up about losing the girl he was in love with — so much so that it's mentioned he became a shut-in for a full year after the fact. The episode with Mari's ghost playing the piano shows he still hasn't gotten over it yet.
  • Kel represents acceptance: While Kel is still a bit shaken up by Mari's death, he managed to bounce back far faster than the others, finding happiness in making new friends and playing sports. Of course, he still hasn't forgotten about his old friends.

The bad ending is another layer of Head Space
  • Unlike in the ending where Sunny stabs himself, we don't actually see Omori-in-Sunny's body hitting the ground, and players noted that hospitals tend to not be that high. The background also changes to the trippy visuals from Head Space and Black Spaces, hinting that it's not real. As Omori sees it, Sunny doesn't deserve the sweet release of death for killing Mari and believes that Sunny wants to be punished forever.
  • Sunny is actually comatose or catatonic in the pediatrics ward. He's lying in bed but unable to wake up, which is the significance of the lyrics of "My Time" where the singer encourages the listener to close their eyes so the dream will be over.

What the single event that set the whole plot of the game in motion was.
  • MOM: "SUNNY ... we're moving away." There is an entire room in Black Space of all places, dedicated to this one singular line (and a few beds, and a background full of clocks and tally marks). The STRANGER in the room says "You've buried the truth for so long, but something made it slip." and in the same room, we find a ringing phone with the aforementioned line. Sunny had been in a stable loop of going through his adventures in headspace, until he inevitably finds out the truth and Omori resets Headspace so they can do it all over again. Something (not that "Something") changed everything. One might think it is Kel knocking on the door, but in the Hikikomori Route, that doesn't apply. There has to be something in both routes that caused this loop to be different than all of the ones before it. The fact they're moving away seems like the #1 suspect. The fact they are moving was also the catalyst for Kel to knock on Sunny's door as well, though nothing forces Sunny to actually answer the door.

If Headspace is real and not merely Sunny's dream world...
  • ...One can only access it after great trauma. It's an Eldritch Location that welcomes visitors that wish to leave their world, and give them the adventure they like. Some of the entities seem to have existed before Sunny dreamed up this world.
  • If that's the case, then it's possible that the friend group could have connected to Headspace as well if they had succumbed the way Sunny had to take refuge in dreams. They didn't because each found different outlets, healthy or unhealthy. With that said, the Fanfic Fuel is strong about what Headspace would look like depending on the dreamer and what their monsters or quests would be.

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Basil knows that Omori killed his dream self.

  • Basil can see Something, both his and Sunny's. He also has undergone some Sanity Slippage after covering up Mari's death and faking her suicide. It's possible that he was dreaming and saw Omori's multiple resets. Before, there was an uneasy status quo because Dream Basil before then never brought up Mari. That would not help his relationship with Sunny at all when the latter finally leaves the house and tries to break the ice after four years of silence. Then this quest happens, to find Dream Basil, which ends in Black Space, corrupted versions of the friend group, and Omori himself killing each version of him. It's traumatizing enough for the players; imagine being Basil and being subjected to that repeatedly.
  • The next day, Basil refuses to leave his room. Kel assumes it's because Aubrey nearly drowned Basil and she needs to apologize. It's actually because Basil dreamed of Omori, who looks like Sunny, killing him over and over again, and it was an Et Tu, Brute? moment.
  • What supports this? Basil, for the only time in the game, draws a weapon on Sunny, "reassuring" him this is for the best. He ostensibly is attacking Something, but hits Sunny in the eye. Basil had a Twitchy Eye during this, in denial about Mari's death.

Kel spent four whole years with all his loved ones at arm's length at best.
  • While Kel was by far the quickest to accept the loss of Mari, that doesn't mean he hasn't seriously suffered from it. He's estranged from his parents over him being The Unfavorite, his siblings couldn't do much to keep him company, Sunny is the first person he was effectively able to reach out to, and his basketball friends never seemed anywhere near as close to him as the Hooligans became to Aubrey. Kel's carefree spirit may have been a healthier coping mechanism than those of his friends, but it still concealed a lot of grief.

Basil wearing his pink flower on his head was inspired by Aubrey's pink bow.
  • He may have also saw it as a reminder of his and Aubrey's former personalities.

Basil won't be as In Touch with His Feminine Side when he grows up.
  • He's a growing boy who's already 16 (not the innocent baby some make him out to be), and many people have some changes to their most outward traits as they become adults.

Basil's venting worsened Sunny's mental health.
  • While the friends were close enough for Basil to share his issues with Sunny, it's possible he did it enough to make Sunny more anxious about the world around him.

Omori was repeatedly deceived by the Stranger into getting Sunny close to the truth.
  • Omori constructed Headspace to keep Sunny away from what he repressed, and both at the end of the game's prologue and in Black Space, the Stranger leads Omori towards certain unpatched holes in Sunny's rampant escapism. What other reason would Omori have to be anywhere near such?

Even in the waking world, the romantic love between Sunny and Aubrey is unrequited on the latter's end.
  • Sunny might not have really projected his feelings on Headspace!Aubrey, since he may have never like liked Aubrey in his whole life. Furthermore, for all of Headspace's escapism, Omori doesn't seem to return Aubrey's Puppy Love in the same way at all. Headspace!Aubrey's affection is a major aspect of the exaggeration of her waking self.

Each living member of the friend group has a different favorite love language.
  • Sunny's is quality time.
  • Basil's is gift giving.
  • Kel's is physical touch.
  • Aubrey's is words of affirmation.
  • Hero's is acts of service.

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