Kokoro Connect ~ Review
“An amazing story of love, friends and connections!”
Now here’s one that you should probably already know if you’ve been keeping up to date with all of the recent series… or should I say, all the recent awesome series. Because there hasn’t been many in these recent years, but here’s one that fits the bill. Of course, at first glance it doesn’t look all that flashy, new or interesting. But they always say, never judge an anime by its cover. And that rule especially applies to this anime; it may not look like much, but the insides are freaking awesome.
Kokoro Connect revolves around the five members of the Cultural Research Club (from left to right in the above picture: Yui, Iori, Taichi, Inaba and Aoki) who one day, experience a strange phenomenon. Without any warning, their bodies swap amongst themselves. This strange phenomenon is the works of a strange being called Heartseed, who began this strange game so that “he can enjoy himself”. While the five friends face many different personal challenges and other strange phenomenons, their friendships and connections are put to the ultimate test.
The series is known for its high use of drama elements, blended perfectly with the story and deep character developments.
The series contains 13 episodes that aired during the Summer 2012 Anime Season (July 2012 – September 2012). There were also 4 extra episodes that aired on the 30th of December on limited stations, making a total of 17 episodes altogether. The series is animated by Studio Silver Link, who have created many well-known series including Baka to Test to Shoukanjyuu, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia and Onii-chan dakedo Ai sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!. The series is originally based off a light novel series created by Anda Sadanatsu and illustrated by Shiromizakana (who is also famous for being the character designer for Lucky Star and K-ON!, hence why the character designs for this series have been quoted to being similar to that of K-ON!).
The series contains many notable voice actors including Mizushima Takahiro who voices Taichi (and is also known as the voices of Rolo Lamperogue from Code Geass and Takemoto Takeru from This Ugly Yet Beautiful World), Toyosaki Aki who voices Iori (and is also known as the voices of Yui from K-ON! and Momo from To LOVE-ru) and Sawashiro Miyuki who voices Inaba (and is also known as the voices of Kusaribe Hakaze from Zetsuen no Tempest and Canaan from CANAAN).
The series was a very anticipated before beginning its airing as the light novel series, as well as the manga release, became a fairly large hit in Japan and throughout the online anime community. Of course I was one of the many that was looking forward to this series (as I have read the first couple of volumes of the light novel series). The series, I believe, was very well put together; the drama, suspense and pure romance really drew the viewers in. And when those last 4 episodes aired near the end of last year, that just did it for me: I knew this series was one of the best of this year. But in all sense, please watch this series if you haven’t yet done so because you are missing out on a lot.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 9/10