Review | Re: Mind / ????? (2017)

February 15, 2018 (Last updated: June 29, 2018)
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Netflix Original TV Series Re: Mind / ????? is a mystery that follows eleven female students as they try and find a motive behind why they have woken up bound to a huge dining room table. Written by Akira Uchikata, Yusuke Ishida and Yusuke Koroyasu and features thirteen episodes in the first season. It aired in the UK on February 15, 2018. 

There are aspects of Re: Mind / ?????  which seem completely outlandish, but in other ways it captivates the audience. Eleven school girls wake up, all with bags over their heads and their feet boarded and locked to the floor. There are mice and frogs singing, a villain with an obvious limp (well, actually he just drags his foot across the floor) and a strange sense that all of this is a practical joke taken way too far. Every motive is exhausted by the girls and the show does not provide many clues, enabling the audience to investigate themselves.

What Re: Mind / ????? does well is manage to keep you interested. You feel intrigued and invested in finding out who is going to such depths to gain revenge. Maybe it is because you don’t know why this person wants such revenge and why the culprit remains anonymous for so long. Another positive aspect, is that throughout the season there are only two stages used. The first is where the hostages are being held captive, and the second their school. Despite the limited settings, the mystery drama is still interesting to watch because the Netflix Original stays uncomplicated. The dialogue should also be rewarded; although the show is subtitled, the dialogue flows perfectly.

Another positive is the strong female presence in the 13 episode series. Re: Mind / ????? is female-directed, and a large majority of the cast are female characters which can be judged as a moral positive. The casting does not feel forced, but it is heartwarming to witness a TV series so heavily influenced by women. This is coupled with another benefit that it raises awareness of the harmful impact bullying, secrets and lies can have.

There are only a few negatives. Despite the dialogue offering a significant impact, one or two lines are questionable. To give an example: when the girls are all regaining consciousness one girl screams, “Stop screaming, I want to sleep more”. The character is obviously not bothered that she was unconscious, or why she has been bound to a huge dining table. Another drawback – the story does not, at times, fully explain the plot progression. An example, without giving away spoilers, is a rule that they are not allowed to have relationships. Before this ruling, one of the girls is complaining because she has gone through the whole of high school without a partner, but there are hints of a relationship between a victim and one of the suspects. Re: Mind / ????? seems purposefully complicated in a way that, at times, does not pay off.

It is not until the latter stages of the series that you find out who the culprit is and it is remarkably clever. The show manages to pull together all the clues as you sit there as the unsuspecting viewer. In all honesty, the later episodes provide the strength of the series and without them, the entire story could have felt a little worthless. Once the realization hits you, you begin to understand how clever the directors and writers really are. Unfortunately, this means you are sometimes left short-changed. As each girl disappears you never really understand their predicament, despite the investment from the audience into learning about each one.

As far as mysteries goRe: Mind / ????? is not bad, but it is not the best either. I cannot help but think that a Hollywood version of this show would have made this odd and cheesy. Overall, the development of the characters are strong and the way the story is delivered is done well. There are a few issues in this Netflix Original, but nothing that prevents a recommendation to view.

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22 thoughts on “Review | Re: Mind / ????? (2017)

  • February 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Well the only thing that bother’s me is how they can’t see anything when it blacks out while infact there are lots of candles in the room.

    • February 16, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      The candles were electronic, meaning that they were actually light bulbs which were turned on and off by the kidnapper

      • February 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm

        The candles were clearly real flames though. Sure the chandelier was electric but the other ones were fire

  • February 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    It gave me a headache just trying to get through the first series. I don’t recommend this show at all:(

    • February 16, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      is there a second series too??

  • February 17, 2018 at 7:58 am

    I just wished they didn’t cut the end off like that, there was a bunch of light and I want to know where she kept the other girls after they disappeared. HOW DID THEY DISAPPEAR ANYWAY

    • February 19, 2018 at 5:13 am

      It would be great to know how they disappeared without any trapdoor seems or anything conspicuous. The twist regarding Miho toward the end was maddening.

    • February 19, 2018 at 1:22 pm


    • February 22, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      I also wondered about the light…what was it?! She said they werent dead sooo where were they? Where was the water coming from? Too many questions… just left you hanging.

  • February 17, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Spoiler: I would have liked a more complete ending After investing so much energy learning about each character you dont really get to find out what happens to them

  • February 19, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I seem to have missed a lot of things. I’m probably just stupid but
    1)where did they disappear to and HOW? Especially the teacher? He wasn’t in leg shackles how did he disappear into the floor? How did they disappear through the leg shackles? This makes no sense. And what was the point of the key in the jug?
    2)Where were they?? On a boat? I’m so confused.
    3) where were the other girls being held?

  • February 19, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Complete waste of time. I was waiting for something to happen and it never did. stopped watching after 6 episodes.
    Dont watch, it sucks so bad I am upset that I wasted my time watching this crap

  • February 20, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Did the girls die or live ???

  • February 20, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I think they were on a boat. I can only imagine why there would be sudden rockings like an earthquake& water pouring in. Since Miho was last seen on a harbor or something like that

  • February 21, 2018 at 7:18 am

    You are a sexist for saying that one gender being used almost exclusively is a ‘moral positive’. Genders are equal.

    • April 5, 2018 at 8:16 am

      F**k off Jared

  • February 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I just watched the entire movie and still have lots of questions but to narrow it down, i felt like they were on a boat but I didn’t realize it until kinda the middle and the last part of the movie. I still would like to know what that deer head is doing in the room and who’s watching it? Is there something that the deer head is doing to make all of the girls disappear? Like some sort of magic? You don’t really hear anything like footsteps. I think that the deer head has something to do with the disappearance of those girls but I could be wrong it’s just my theory. This kinda movie makes me think for hours until I get a bad headache. I also find that the deer head is so creepy I don’t know why.

  • February 23, 2018 at 4:23 pm


    Camera was in the eyes of the deer head.
    The ending can be interpreted in two ways, happy or sad, your choice.
    The girls were held below deck.
    The key doesn’t make sense? Watch again and listen to what they say. It’s actually a clue.
    I recommend to rewatch the series. The 2nd time will explain a lot of things.

    • February 23, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      thanks for answering, but you could just explain the key instead of telling me to rewatch, unless you don’t know either. i still don’t get how they got through to under the deck through the leg shackles. i still feel like they left a lot of things unanswered. the ending in general didn’t really explain much and it feels very unresolved.

      • February 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm

        Sure. My reason is for not telling is because I wanted you to rewatch. I get how the girls disappear and the water flow in but what really bugs me is the teacher. Does that mean the floor has trap doors too? Anyway, the ending is probably left like that because some prefer it to be happy ending while some prefer angst. Also,key is pronounced as “Kage”. That’s the answer.

  • February 25, 2018 at 11:55 am

    I also felt that a lot was unanswered. Mainly where were the girls? How did she make them disappear? And without any scream or fight? I did not understand when she said that they would sink together, but now that you said they were on a boat it makes sense. The biggest question is: how could that little girl (and also new to town, and not particularly wealthy) put up all that complicated show and setup? She hinted to something made for a festival, but I really felt that was not enough of an explanation.

    • February 25, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      She got the money from her ‘father’. And teacher helped in setting up.

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