Remember 11: The Age of Infinity

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Remember 11: The Age of Infinity
Remember 11 cover.jpg
Cover art, featuring the main characters.
Developer(s) KID
Publisher(s)
  • JP CyberFront (PS2 Ren'ai Game Selection, PSP)
  • TW T-TIME Technology
Composer(s) Takeshi Abo
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Windows
PlayStation Portable
Android
iOS
Release date(s)
  • JP March 18, 2004
  • TW 2007 (PC)
  • JP April 4, 2008 (Infinity plus)
  • JP April 16, 2009 (PSP)
  • JP November 21, 2012 (iOS)
  • JP December 10, 2012 (Android)
Genre(s) Science fiction, Thriller, visual novel
Mode(s) Single-player

Remember 11: The Age of Infinity is a Japanese visual novel produced by KID, originally released on March 18, 2004 for the PlayStation 2. The game was released for the PC as a part of the Infinity plus on April 4, 2008. A handheld version for PlayStation Portable was released in 2009, while a similar version for Android and iOS was released in 2012.[1] Unlike its predecessor, Ever 17: The Out of Infinity, the game was never officially released in English, but a complete English fan-translation exists.

Remember 11 is the third entry of the Infinity series by KID. The previous games in the series were Never 7: The End of Infinity and Ever 17: The Out of Infinity, both of which take place within the same universe. It was followed by an "official" fourth title Code 18 which had no involvement from the series' previous main directors and writers. In contrast to the other two Infinity games and most visual novels, Remember11 does not have a renai focus or plot routes that are based on specific heroes or heroines.

After KID announced bankruptcy in 2007, CyberFront took over the brand name; rights have been given to T-TIME Technology of Taiwan to release a Chinese version for Windows.

Plot[edit]

Settings[edit]

The story of Remember11 primarily takes place in two places in Japan. One is an emergency cabin located on Mount Akakura and the other is a fictional island named Aosagi to the east of Rebun Island.

Characters[edit]

Protagonists[edit]

Cocoro Fuyukawa (Kokoro Fuyukawa in the English translation.) (冬川こころ Fuyukawa Kokoro?)
20 years old, 3rd year sociology major. Protagonist of the Snowy Mountain branch; she is the representation of Anima. Voiced by: Rika Morinaga
Satoru Yukidoh (優希堂悟 Yūkidō Satoru?)
21 years old, graduate student in the field of Quantum Physics engineering. Protagonist of the SPHIA branch; he is the representation of Animus. Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu

Other characters[edit]

Lin Mayuzumi (黛鈴 Mayuzumi Rin?))
23 years old, Lawyer. One of the survivors of the plane crash. She is the representation of Persona. Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi
Seiji Yomogi (黄泉木聖司 Yomogi Seiji?)
35 years old, Professional Mountain Hiker. One of the survivors of the plane crash. He is the representation of the Wise Old Man. Voiced by: Masashi Ebara
Kali Utsumi (内海カーリー Utsumi Kaarii?)
27 years old, elementary school teacher. She transferred to SPHIA, presumably employed as a psychologist, in order to take revenge against Keiko, who was responsible for the death of her first child, Junichi, in the 2009 killings. She is the representation of the Great Mother. Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
Hotori Suzukage / Keiko Inubushi (涼蔭穂鳥 / 犬伏景子 Suzukage Hotori / Inubushi Keiko?)
19 years old, cram school student. A girl living in SPHIA that appears to be suffering from DID, where she was confined after being acquitted of murder charges on grounds of insanity for her murderous rampage in a hospital. While birth records identify her as Keiko, she claims to be Hotori and has no recognition of her actual name (this is initially believed to be an effect of DID). She is the representation of the Shadow. Voiced by: Akane Tomonaga
Yuni Kusuda (楠田ゆに Kusuda Yuni?)
11 years old, 5th grade student. The only character to be in both story arcs, and the representation of the Trickster. Voiced by: Junko Minagawa

Story[edit]

The story of Remember11 takes place consecutively in 2011 and 2012 for seven days from January 11 to January 17. The game begins in 2011 with Fuyukawa being on board a flight as she heads towards the Specified Psychiatric Hospital for Isolation and Aegis (SPHIA) institution to interview a patient with dissociative identity disorder. The plane experiences turbulence and subsequently crashes on Mount Akakura. With the help of Kusuda's directions, Yomogi is able to carry Mayuzumi and Cocoro to take shelter from the blizzard in an emergency cabin. Elsewhere on Aosagi Island on 2012, Yukidoh falls from the SPHIA facility's clock tower and loses consciousness.

When Fuyukawa wakes up, she realizes she is in a room and is later relieved to find that Kusuda is safe and sound. Kusuda does not recognize Fuyukawa and upon looking at herself in a mirror, Fuyukawa realizes she is in a man's body. A similar event occurs when Yukidoh awakens as he too comes to realize that he is in a woman's body. Both characters switch back to their respective bodies later but the phenomena continues and the two comes to terms with the fact that their consciousness is transcending time and space. At the emergency cabin, there is a news article dated July 4, 2011, that speaks of the three survivors' death on January 17 and of Kusuda being the sole survivor. Yukidoh has a magazine at SPHIA from July that says the same thing.

As the days go by, several inconsistencies can be spotted in the different characters' perspectives. Yukidoh is of the opinion that it is 2011 at Mount Akakura and 2012 in SPHIA whereas Fuyukawa believes it is 2011 in both places. Yukidoh later notices an inconsistency wherein he can see the same lunar phase at SPHIA and at the emergency cabin and that both areas are surrounded by a body of water. It is also later revealed that the Kusuda at the emergency cabin is from the year 2012 to assist with the manipulation of events to change history whereas the Kusuda at SPHIA is from 2011. Yukidoh eventually comes across a locked room in the basement of the SPHIA facility and encounters a person named Enomoto.

Enomoto explains to Yukidoh that it is not their consciousness that is being transferred but the entire space within a 110 metre radius that is transported across time. This explains why Yukidoh can see the same lunar phase at SPHIA and at the emergency cabin because the area surrounding the cabin is transported to Aosagi Island of 2012. Yukidoh attempts to destroy the facility and Enomoto tries to stop him. In the ensuing battle, Enomoto is stabbed to death multiple times by Yukidoh. Another inconsistency arises here because neither Yukidoh nor Fuyukawa committed this act.

Upon reviewing the recorded footage that Enomoto was monitoring, Yukidoh concludes that there is actually a third personality that is in the consciousness transfer loop between Yukidoh and Fuyukawa, and consequently a third transfer point. Yukidoh leaves the SPHIA facility and waits at the shore for the emergency cabin of Mount Akakura to be transported to Aosagi Island. After the avalanche disaster, which supposedly claimed Yomogi, Mayuzumi, and Fuyukawa's lives according to the newspaper and magazine, is avoided, everybody is safe and sound.

The Kusuda of 2011 is left at Mount Akakura to be rescued by the rescue team and to presumably continue the infinite loop. In the epilogue, Yukidoh reviews his theory regarding the DID patient, Inubushi Keiko; initially, he was resolved that she was experiencing the body transfer phenomenon along with the protagonists, and that her conscious found itself in the dying body of Hotori Suzukage (a passenger of flight) at Mt. Akakura (when the 110 meter radius around the cabin transferred to the island), where her host body died, leading him to conclude that the consciousness of Hotori inhabited Keiko's body, rendering her harmless and free of homicidal tenancies.

However, at that moment, he notes the inconsistency in his theory - namely that his consciousness is local to the island as is Keiko's, thus Hotori cannot exist while he occupies his own body. The final scene shows Keiko standing on the edge of a cliff holding Utsumi's second infant child (who was formerly revealed to be deceased as of 2012), and singing, with the appearance of pure malice in her eyes.

Development Team[edit]

Music[edit]

The original OP song for the original PS2 game and subsequent Infinity Plus box PC port is "little prophet", sung by KAORI, also the singer of Ever17's OP song LeMU. The ED song, "Darkness of chaos", is sung by Junko Minagawa, the voice actress for Yuni.

The PSP release of Remember11 featured new OP and ED songs by Ui Miyazaki. The new opening theme is called"Uchū no Sutenshiru (宇宙のステンシル?) and the ending theme is called "Kirenai Naifu" (キレナイナイフ?).[2]

Release history[edit]

Remember11 was originally released for the PlayStation 2 on March 18, 2004, in regular and limited editions. The limited edition included a CD with design materials and information about the game.[3] The game was later released for the PC as a part of the Infinity plus box set on April 4, 2008.[4] Remember11 was released for the PlayStation Portable on April 16, 2009.[5]

Reception[edit]

The combined sales of the PC and PlayStation 2 versions of Remember11 is over 40,000.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Infinity Visual Novel Series – Never7, Remember11, And 12Riven – Coming To iOS". Siliconera. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ui Miyazaki's official website's "Information" section" (in Japanese). 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Remember11 Official Home page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Infinity plus" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  5. ^ "PSP Software: "Infinity" + "Integral" series" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  6. ^ "PlayStation.com (Japan) > Software Catalogue > Remember11 -the age of infinity-" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-05-10. 

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