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NEIGHBOR AREA
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BGM Friends.


NEIGHBOR AREA, also known as FRIENDS PLAYGROUND[1], is one of the many locations found within BLACK SPACE in OMORI. It is the last BLACK SPACE area before entering the CHURCH OF SOMETHING.

GEOGRAPHY

The NEIGHBOR AREA takes on the appearance of a colorful room identical to that of NEIGHBOR'S ROOM, but stretched vertically and filled with various distorted objects that seem to glitch in and out of reality. The entire pathway as a whole is greatly corrupted and the objects featured are all from various HEADSPACE locations.

The only characters OMORI can interact within this area with other than BASIL are the distorted versions of AUBREY, KEL, and HERO. Unlike the ones that accompany him throughout the game, these ones are inhumane and unsettling as shown during their brutal murder of BASIL.

STORY

When OMORI enters this room, he finds himself in a long pathway resembling NEIGHBOR'S ROOM as mentioned before. After heading north, OMORI finds BASIL, who is shown looking through his PHOTO ALBUM. Upon noticing OMORI, BASIL expresses relief while apologizing for having to constantly be saved by him all the time. Regardless, BASIL will start to follow OMORI as they continue north. The player can choose interact with a swing set, leading to short cutscene where OMORI and BASIL are shown sitting on the swings.

While continuing to walk, BASIL tells OMORI that even though he felt scared being alone in BLACK SPACE, the PHOTO ALBUM helped him remain optimistic. He notes that there might some photos missing but switches topic to wanting to see their friends again. The two eventually find HERO walking up to a tree. BASIL calls out to him but the latter doesn't respond. HERO then heads north, leading to OMORI and BASIL following him.

As the three head further north, the surroundings around them become more corrupted until they hit a gap in the ground. A group of RED HANDS form a bridge to allow HERO to walk over to the other side. BASIL follows him, leaving OMORI with no choice but to follow behind. They then meet up with their friends within a corrupted version of the FOREST PLAYGROUND with the BIG YELLOW CAT watching over them. BASIL tries talking to them but they all start attacking him upon HERO blowing his whistle. KEL and AUBREY begin their brutal onslaught of BASIL, killing him in the process.

After BASIL dies, the player can interact with HERO, KEL, and AUBREY to hear dialogue from the beginning of the game, except their portraits are distorted. Going back south by following red footprints will reveal the key. After collecting the key, several RED HANDS will spawn and interacting with them will take OMORI back to the center hub of BLACK SPACE.

CHARACTERS

QUOTES

Basil Dialogue (Neighbor Area)
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BASIL

OMORI, you're here!
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BASIL

Oh... I'm so relieved.
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BASIL

I tried finding my way out, but... I kept getting lost over and over.
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BASIL

I'm sorry... You must be tired of saving me all the time. Maybe I should have tried harder.
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BASIL

Anyway, everything is fine now that you're here.
Let's go home!

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BASIL

The whole time I've been here, I've been looking through my PHOTO ALBUM to keep me company.
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BASIL

When I was feeling scared, I would look at all our happy memories together. It really helped me keep my hopes up!
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BASIL

I feel like there are some photos missing, but maybe I'm just imagining things...
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BASIL

How are AUBREY, KEL, and HERO anyway? I hope you all didn't worry too much about me. I can't wait to see everyone again!
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BASIL

HERO? Is that you?
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BASIL

OMORI! Look it's HERO!
You didn't tell me everyone was already here!

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BASIL

Come on! Let's follow him!
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BASIL

KEL! AUBREY! It's so good to see you, guys!
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BASIL

How have you been? Did you miss me? Hehe...
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BASIL

W-Wait... What... What are you guys doing?
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BASIL

OMORI-
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FRIENDS (Dialogue)
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AUBREY

Hi OMORI! We were hoping that you'd come by soon.
Wanna play cards with us? We were just about to start another game!

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KEL

Maaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnn...
AUBREY always gets what she wants.

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HERO

KEL and AUBREY have been fighting a lot again...
You would think they'd get tired of it after a while, but they're both just so full of energy.

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GALLERY

TRIVIA

  • The NEIGHBOR AREA is one of the ten optional BLACK SPACE areas the player can explore. It is also one of the few areas where BASIL can be found.
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  • The BIG YELLOW CAT found in this area appears to be a twisted, distorted version of the original variant. This variant cannot be interacted with as it is simply just part of the area's background.
  • The BGM used for the NEIGHBOR AREA sounds identical to the BGM played in the NEIGHBOR'S ROOM. However, the last few notes of this area's BGM appears to be slightly distorted and warped.
  • HERO blowing a whistle references his original tag ability in the 2018 demo, where he had the ability to blow a whistle and call an assitant who will help the party to resolve a puzzle. This ability is also shown briefly in the JUNKYARD when HERO summons EMS for help.

REFERENCES

  1. The RPG MAKER MV project of the game labels this area as FRIENDS PLAYGROUND.

SITE NAVIGATION

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LOCATIONS
HEADSPACE
GENERAL: WHITE SPACE  •  NEIGHBOR'S ROOM  •  NORTH LAKE  •  BLACK SPACE  •  NEIGHBOR'S BEDROOM  •  SNOWGLOBE MOUNTAIN  •  THE ABYSS  •  CLUB SANDWICH  •  BORING ROOM
VAST FOREST: FOREST PLAYGROUND  •  TRAIN STATION  •  PINWHEEL FOREST  •  BASIL'S HOUSE
OTHERWORLD: OTHERWORLD CAMPSITE  •  OTHERWORLD OUTSKIRTS  •  SPACE BOYFRIEND'S HOUSE  •  CATTAIL FIELD  •  SPROUT MOLE COLONY  •  FROZEN LAKE  •  JUNKYARD
ORANGE OASIS: DINO'S DIG  •  OASIS INTERIORS  •  ORANGE JOE'S HOUSE  •  RELL'S HOUSE  •  PALMIE'S HOUSE  •  DONUT HOUSE  •  RAIN TOWN  •  BREAVEN
PYREFLY FOREST: SPROUT MOLE VILLAGE  •  SWEETHEART'S CASTLE  •  LOST FOREST  •  LOST LIBRARY  •  THE DUNGEON
UNDERWATER: LAST RESORT  •  GHOST PARTY  •  DEEPER WELL  •  HUMPHREY  •  BOSS RUSH
FARAWAY
FARAWAY: PARK  •  PLAZA  •  HANGOUT SPOT  •  OTHERMART  •  HOBBEEZ  •  GINO'S  •  FIX-IT  •  CHURCH  •  CEMETERY  •  RECYCULTIST'S HQ  •  TREEHOUSE  •  HOSPITAL
UPPER HOUSES: SUNNY'S HOUSE  •  KEL'S HOUSE  •  CRIS'S HOUSE  •  MIKHAEL'S HOUSE  •  PRINCIPAL'S HOUSE  •  KIM'S HOUSE  •  THICK EYEBROWS' HOUSE  •  CHARLENE'S HOUSE
LOWER HOUSES: GRUFF GUY'S HOUSE  •  COUPLE'S HOUSE  •  CLUMSY GUY'S HOUSE  •  AUBREY'S HOUSE  •  BASIL'S HOUSE (FARAWAY)  •  WRINKLY FOREHEAD'S HOUSE  •  FASHIONABLE MOM'S HOUSE  •  ARTIST'S HOUSE
MEMORY: BASIL'S MEADOW  •  MEMORY LANE  •  BACKSTAGE
BLACK SPACE
BLACK SPACE: PAIN AREA  •  DISCO AREA  •  SCRIBBLE AREA  •  TOWN AREA  •  BACKYARD AREA  •  PUNISHMENT AREA  •  WATERMELON AREA  •  BEACH AREA  •  SPIDER AREA  •  RAIN AREA  •  FACELESS AREA  •  TREEHOUSE AREA  •  FISHBOWL AREA  •  RAFT AREA  •  MIRROR AREA  •  BED AREA  •  REEF AREA  •  NEIGHBOR AREA  •  CHURCH OF SOMETHING  •  RED SPACE
BLACK SPACE 2: BLACK FOREST 1  •  THE DOCKS  •  BLACK FOREST 2  •  WEATHERVANE AREA  •  CLOUD WALKWAY
FURTHER BLACK SPACE: STATIC VOID  •  LOST AT SEA  •  RED MAZE  •  CORRUPTED JUNKYARD  •  MARI IS HOME  •  RED ROOM
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