In which Hoshi gets really pissed off because she asked for drama and got too much of it.~
|Of course when I ask for something from an anime, I get too much of it. Episode five was just…WOW. It was definitely the best episode yet, but at the same time I couldn’t help but feel pretty pissed off at the events that followed. Anyway, let’s get into the details of the past two episodes of Kokoro Connect.~|
More Personal Issues Revealed
Inaba and her inability to trust – It turns out Inaba’s small fainting episode that caused quite the cliffhanger back in episode three was due to her own personal issue. For Inaba, two direct feelings were clashing: distrust for the group as they could do anything they wanted in someone elses body and hate at herself for not being able to trust who she calls her best friends. Certainly that kind of mental stress would be tough on anyone, even on the strongest characters like Inaba as we’ve seen. I would say the whole fainting/throwing up thing seemed a bit over-dramatic, but stress can do some pretty crazy things to the body. I find Inaba’s feelings of distrust for the group totally understandable; no matter who it is, I know I would feel uneasy of having someone else in my body, fully capable of doing whatever they wanted in it. But the issue was that she was feeling so badly about not being able to trust her very best friends. What every kids show has taught me at least once was that real best friends will accept you despite your flaws and personal issues, so Taichi, being the ‘selfless freak’ that he is, was the one to help Inaba realize this by having her reveal her issue to the group. And of course it was successful. On another note, I kind of expected Inaba to have trust issues; she seems very logical and sharp, so having a complete distrust of everyone around her fits her character.~
Iori and her many personas – To be honest, hearing Iori talk about having different personas sounded strange and a little eerie. Maybe it was the way they animated her facial expressions? Anyway, hearing about Iori’s different personas made what Inaba said about her being the weakest link in the group (and Iori’s philosophical behavior) more understandable. I can only image how terrifying it must be to not be able to have grip on who you truly are and then go through something as trippy as the body swapping phenomenon, where you’re suddenly losing your physical self as well. I think Iori made her multiple personas thing bigger than what it really was, probably because of the body swapping. She was worried about not being able to find her true personality, but all her supposed personas/different personalities were her. With Iori, I believe it’s not that she has different masks, but different sides to the whole being that is Iori. As Taichi had said, whatever side she shows is still her. She needed to learn to accept all those sides of herself, just as the rest of the group needed to accept their own quirks/issues.~
Heartseed and his assertion of power
So this is where I personally started losing it. Not only did Heartseed have to interfere right in the middle of this sweet love confession, but he had to use poor Iori to pull this nearly tragic stunt to show that he truly is the all-powerful leader among the group. He kept mentioning that they didn’t understand what he was capable of doing, so I’m assuming they were taking the body swapping too lightly for his liking? Did he want them to fall into some sort of chaos just for the pleasure to watch? The group did handle the body swapping phenomenon in an ordeal manner without any extremely serious events…until Heartseed took over Iori’s body and flung her over the bridge. However, the group still took care of the deadly ultimatum Heartseed gave them with a bit of ease, at least in that they knew who would be the one to go with Iori’s supposedly dying body. In the end, he did definitely want them to realize that he is powerful, and capable of doing what he wants. Heartseed at least has some sort of morals as he admitted that he couldn’t kill Iori or any other innocent person. A terrifying last lesson for the group, but Iori is safe and the body swapping apparently over and done with.~
Currently I’m celebrating at the fact I actually caught at least one theme for Kokoro Connect. I’ve said this twice in the comments in the previous post, but I believe the point of the show up until now was to reveal that every person has personal issues, traumas, etc. A lot of people don’t communicate those problems to others and when they keep it to themselves, they usually make it out to be worse than it really is (like how Inaba and Iori felt about their issues). For these characters, they were practically being forced to reveal their personal issues because of the body swapping, which invaded the personal block they set in front of their friends. However, because of it, they actually got help with their problems and found solace, while at the same time built stronger friendships with each other through solving and talking about them. It’s…a little too feel-good for me, but it is a nice message to get out there.
Anyway, episode five of Kokoro Connect was, without a doubt, amazing. There were so many emotions from the frenzy of searching for Iori, to the heart-fluttering love confessions, to the startling, horrific, and heart-wrenching news of Iori dying, to the absolute relief and happiness knowing that Iori would be surviving. It was like a box filled with all sorts of emotions that had me squirming in my chair. I was actually pretty mad at the ending. I was pissed off at the fact that they put me through all that stress, only to have it completely relieved in two minutes. YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME, MAN. Then again, I did ask for the drama, so I got the drama; I just didn’t expect it to be that sudden and heart-wrenching!
So obviously the big question is, what now? There’s a number of directions this series can follow. Episode five certainly felt like an ending to an arc with the body swapping supposedly over. However, Inaba’s words during the fifth episode ending credits possibly hints at the phenomenon happening again; I mean, we don’t know if it’s truly over. If it were to happen again, what for? What would the reasons be? Also, would it be them in some different period in time, or just a few months later? Maybe Heartseed will pick new candidates, but that would be a bit odd. If there is no more body swapping then, are we just going to be following their daily school lives without any supernatural events for the rest of the show? Honestly, I don’t think I can handle another seven episodes without it, but I guess if the story is done right and still somewhat interesting I can stand to watch it. I’ll just have to agonizingly wait for this Saturday to see what Kokoro Connect has in store for us now.~
Preview: ‘A story that continues without anyone realizing it’…Will that mean we will be following the group’s daily lives now, or will the body swapping continue again as I’ve said? Until next week then~!!