Better put ‘em away boys; Yui’s ready to karate chop some very sensitive parts.~
|Posting this a day before the new episode! Is this what you call a YOLO moment? Anyway, while I didn’t enjoy the first episode very much, I’ve taken more of liking to Kokoro Connect after these past two episodes. I’m still anxiously waiting for some drama though! I need something to freak out over, you know?|
Body swapping: The fun pro
Experiencing how to live as the opposite sex - Let’s start with the fun stuff, no? While the body swapping may have been unsettling at first for the group, they’ve quickly adapted to the random switching by establishing basic guidelines. Personally I was glad they actually covered some of the realistic problems that come with body swapping, such as going to the restroom in the opposite sex’s body, instead of just completely ignoring it. Anyway, establishing guidelines still doesn’t mean that everyone will be able to avoid certain situations or stop from doing random shenanigans in another body, which has created some unexpected, and completely intentional, fun for us viewers. The boys brought on most of the fun, especially after my favorite scene where they got to tape their favorite ladies make love confessions while being in their bodies. Best body swapping scene though was when Taichi (in Yui’s body) kicked Yui (in his body) in…well, the crouch, then ended up getting switched back in the middle of the pain. It was pretty hilarious, but honestly, I would’ve been pretty pissed having to experience that…~
Body swapping: the serious and potentially dangerous cons
Unintentionally prying into each other’s private lives – Kokoro Connect so far has made body swapping seem a little fun, but of course, the fun can’t continue for long. With the body swapping becoming more frequent and random, the more the group is starting to see into each others’ private lives and unintentionally trigger some personal issues. Most notable and in-depth was Yui’s androphobia issue, which was discovered after Aoki began to ask her harmless questions. She ended up revealing not only her fears, but her personal story about how she was almost raped in middle school. Iori’s family situation was also brought to light, though it was only a bit part (that may stem to be something bigger later on). I can sense obvious drama coming from the members suddenly stepping into someone’s life, possibly resulting in the group pulling apart at some point or making one member going completely out of line. Just who will it be, when it will happen, and what will trigger the potential chaos among the group? There have been some hints through out these past two episodes, but of course we won’t know till more episodes progress.~
Heartseed: the lazy observer having fun - The obvious big reveal in episode two was finding out the culprit behind the body swapping, Heartseed. Apparently he’s a vine speaking through Mr. Goto’s body, who is the supposed observer of the group and the one causing the body swapping. His motives are as mysterious as the rest of his weak answers to some of our biggest questions. His eerie arrival has me asking MORE questions like how in the world is a plant doing this? And what does does he mean by “that is not the task you have been assigned”? He said that he would stop the swapping once he found it fun, but is there something else he wants them to do? Also, I wonder what the significance of the heartseed vine is. I looked up the plant and found out that it does have seeds with a heart-shaped imprint on them, but is that really it…?~
Taichi, “the selfless freak” - Our “selfless freak” Taichi (which has quite the negative connotation the way Inaba says it for some reason) definitely seems like the problem solver of the group, doing whatever he can to help everyone else. He’s also naïve, making him the typical kind protagonist that will probably be everyone’s savior in the end. So far there doesn’t seem like there’s a dark side/personal secret he has, but it has been only three episodes (and I will be ready for it when it does happen). Anyway, these past two episodes Taichi has essentially showed the actual good that comes out of the body swapping and accidentally revealing personal issues. After learning about Yui’s androphobia, he was able to have her discuss it, then reassure her that she can protect herself using a pretty painful move on forceful guys. In Yui’s instance, the body swapping actually helped her personally, along with Taichi’s selflessness.
Inaba, the protective leader? - Inaba is our strong, leader character, protecting not only her girls, but the boys as well. As president of the club, she’s also become the leader pushing guidelines concerning the body swapping and generally trying to make sure the whole situation (and the members) stay under control. It seems though that Inaba is most protective of Iori, as seen through her odd behavior in the beginning of episode three. I was confused at first why she was pressing Taichi so much about him possibly crushing on Iori until she began to speak more about Iori. She’s been the only one to notice Iori hurting underneath her cheerful expressions, so she’s looking for someone to unconditionally support her; Taichi obviously being the right pick. However I think there’s another reason why Inaba is so protective of her, especially during this phenomenon they’re currently experiencing.
Iori, the “weakest link” - Despite her upbeat appearance most of the time, Iori is starting look like the weakest link, as Inaba said. It seems she’s weak mentally as a possible side effect from her parent’s divorce and her mother not being there all the time for her; plus whatever new situation is occurring with her mother from that scene of the two in the cafe. She’s enduring it, and the current body swapping problem, but judging from Inaba’s words, she might break at any time. I think that’s what Inaba is the most afraid of: someone losing it in someone else’s body. Iori may be the prime candidate, but hey, we never know. It could very well be anyone in the group; it’s now just a matter of waiting.
These past two episodes were definitely a lot more entertaining and intriguing than the first, which I suspected. As I said in the opening, I’m itching for some drama to blab about and I hope it starts soon! The characters themselves seem to be hinting at such possible drama in little tid bits of dialogue. I feel though that Iori’s question to Taichi while in Aoki’s body at the train station was a big foreshadow into what will happen in the series, but that may just be me. I expected there to be a budding romance between Taichi and Iori since the first episode, so the crush news didn’t surprise me. Also, I was kind of happy they kept Fujishima. I loved her in the first episode and I’m actually awaiting some more yuri antics from her, heh. All in all, not a bad two episodes, but personally I’ve only been mildly satisfied even with the big reveal in episode 2. However, with this sudden incident with Inaba, I’m feeling a little excited for the next episode.~
Just what caused Inaba to collapse, and what’s with this teary aftermath? Also, it looks like Iori will tell more about herself, possibly giving us a better look into her emotional state. Until next, well, day then~!!