omg seeing ur tags abt basil and sunny's relationship in one of ur most recent omori tags made me feel so relieved bc i feel the same way. imo it felt as tho we were being Told they were Best™ friends (but ngl the tulip dialogue is so cute) but, by the end of the game, i never rlly thought much of those two as 'best friends.' maybe it's cuz we see basil for so little of the game, and most of their interactions (both in the dream and real worlds) were just so strange and off putting to me lol
Oh my gosh anon, you GET me lol. I 100% agree and had these thoughts a day after playing the game but didn’t want to say anything because I knew I’d be in the hard minority on this one. Like, we’re just verbally told they’re best friends but nothing in the game really indicated that to me. I never left the game feeling like they were because it was a very “tell” instead of “show” kind of thing. Maybe from lack of time? Idk.
Even though Basil isn’t in the game as much, there still could’ve been repressed memories/dialogue, or at least more pictures to indicate Basil and Sunny are such close friends that they hang out together the most out of anyone but there just ISN’T, imo. Yeah there’s two photos of Basil saying Sunny is good at listening to him vent, and them reading books or whatever but…that’s not really anything? Sure they have a table where they talk together in Sunny’s house but we never SEE that interaction, or even get a text memory/photo of it. Meanwhile Kel is Sunny’s next door neighbor and they’ve been hanging out since elementary school; Kel is the one always going over Sunny’s house; Kel is the one having memories Sunny recalls like breaking vases with him or leaving his shoes behind because he goes there so often; Kel is the one shown to be in the same class as him at school; Kel is the one telling Sunny emotional memories that he hasn’t told anyone else. Like….huh????
Besides, Aubrey is the one who brings Basil into the group and they’re in the same part of the neighborhood so they would be more likely to hang out anyway. Them being best friends would even make the whole Bully Aubrey-Victim Basil situation more heartbreaking, and the Aubrey pushing her best friend into a lake would serve as a better parallel between the also close pair of Sunny and Mari. Like even in the lost library text the one time Basil is mentioned he’s hanging out with flipping Aubrey LOL.
So I can only assume that:
A) Basil calling Sunny his best friend wasn’t just exclusive to Sunny. They each consider the other members of their group to be their best friends as well but Omocat thought Basil highlighting this with only Sunny would be a good way to make the player get more attached to Basil who shows up so little in the game already. Didn’t really work for me, but to each their own.
B) Basil considers Sunny to be his best friend because he already gets so little attention from everyone else that the instant he finds some kind of affection he’s “oh we’re totally best friends”, but Sunny doesn’t really consider him his best friend, or at least his ONLY best friend lol. (Hey, when I was in middle school-high school I certainly had friends who I thought I was best friends with, only to realize they already had a best friend who was very much not me; it happens to the best of us, Basil xD)