The Best Re:Mind Theory I’ve Seen

The Best Re:Mind Theory I’ve Seen

The last time we talked about the trailer for Kingdom Hearts III’s Re:Mind DLC, we focused on the new cutscenes, one showing a conversation between Young Xehanort and a hooded figure and the other showing a conversation between Xigbar and Luxord.

This time, however, we’re going to discuss how the gameplay sections shown might factor into the new story.

Note: This post will include major spoilers for the end of Kingdom Hearts III.

I didn’t come up with this theory myself, but it’s the best Re:Mind theory I’ve seen so far. I saw it posted on Reddit, shared by someone who couldn’t remember the original source.

(So if this is your theory, we love it!)

This theory begins with the fact that while we’ve been writing it as “Re:Mind,” the logo actually writes it with a coda in between “Re” and “Mind.” In music, the coda is a distinct part of a song used as a conclusion. The instruction “To Coda” tells the musician to go to the coda after finishing a repeated section of the song.

Next, the coda moves on to the trailer itself. The gameplay sections showed battles from Kingdom Hearts III’s climax, including battles in the Keyblade Graveyard, except with characters such as Riku, Aqua, and Roxas being playable instead of Sora.

Most people speculated that either the game’s climax would be updated to let you play as other characters or the trailer showed data battles.

This theory, however, believes those battles are part of the new story and that they tie directly into the “coda” theme. We know from the Scenario Mysteries interview from the Kingdom Hearts III Ultimania that the unusual part of Kingdom Hearts III that appears to contradict the rules of time travel by rewriting the past is actually the result of the power of waking.

Because of how Sora uses (or perhaps abuses) the power of waking to save his friends, he is actual able to rewrite reality. Young Xehanort and Mickey warn him this abuse of the power of waking could have dire consequences for him, and the ending implies he faded away after using the power of waking to save Kairi.

Getting back to the Re:Mind theory, what if Sora uses the power of waking to go through the Keyblade Graveyard sequence again, this time with the ultimate goal of saving Kairi.

Why are we seeing battles we already played through? Because Sora is going through them again to rewrite reality once more. Why are other characters fighting those battles instead of Sora? Because he’s focused on making sure he saves Kairi before Xehanort kills her.

I love this theory and think it’s a fantastic way to show what made Sora fade away in the ending.

It’s a cool theory on its own… but the latest Famitsu interview with Nomura, translated here by KH Insider, lends even more credence to it.

In the interview, Nomura confirms that the symbol in Re:Mind’s logo is a coda and that the musical symbols vide (skipped part of a musical piece) and coda (explained above) are meaningful. More importantly, he confirms that the gameplay shown in the trailer are not from the Limit Cut (data battles) content.

The majority of what is shown in the trailer, including the parts where you play as the other characters, is from the new scenario.

All of that fits perfectly with this theory and makes it feel even more likely to be true. What do you think? Will Re:Mind be the story of Sora attempting to rewrite reality a second time to save Kairi? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments!

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4 Replies to “The Best Re:Mind Theory I’ve Seen”

    1. It isn’t my theory, but one I found on Reddit. 🙂 The link to the original Reddit post is near the start of the article.

      The more I think about it, the more sense it makes.

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