Monday, April 22, 2013

Reversal of Fortune : Kokoro Connect

  (Note: I should add that Kokoro Connect is based on a manga series that I haven't read as of yet.  The review concentrates on the anime only)

  Five students (Two male, three female) form a club to satisfy school policy.  Then, without explanation they begin to switch personalities.  Thus is the start of the anime series Kokoro Connect.


  The show starts out with two of the students, Yui Kiriyama and Yoshifumi Aoki trying to explain to club president Iori Nagase and other club members that they had switched bodies the previous night.  Of course they aren't believed until the same phenomenon starts to the others as well.
  Of course, it pretty much goes without saying the problems that occur considering the gender difference.  Bathroom use and unaccustomed body parts are the first thing addressed right from the start. No surprise there.


  While trying to discuss what to do about the situation, we are introduced to "Heartseed" a spiritual being,  who has taken residence in the body of one of their teachers.  He explains that they are set with a undefined task that they are to fulfill and just to go on about their lives.

  One of the big problems early on with this show is that the swaps happen without rhyme or reason, so getting the characters and their traits straight can be a chore.  This is kind of a turn off for anyone who doesn't want to put too much thought in their anime watching.  Thankfully, it mangages to work itself out as the series continues.

  Of course, the situation gets sticky when the male students Taichi Yaegashi and Yoshifumi are caught filming themselves giving fake love confessions while in female students Yui  and Himeko Inaba's bodies.  To make things more complicated, Yui has a fear of men due to a past trauma.



  Meanwhile, confessions are made and complications arise between the friends when dishonesty about switching takes place between Iori and Taichi.  In the aftermath, Taichi confesses his love for Iori, just to be disrupted by Heartseed and causing catastrophe.

  Here in the series it changes from bittersweet romantic comedy to tense drama, almost emulating the very story it is trying to convey.
 To be honest, the series seems to use this theme throughout.  It is safe to say that was the intention of the writers to do just that, but that seems to make the whole story muddled.

  In episode six, the rules change when Heartseed informs them that instead of  switching bodies, now their bodies now act on pure impulse in accord to their deepest feelings.  They are also told that it will continue until he finds it no longer entertaining.  If the anime could only follow the same rules. 



  
    This, of course causes them to act in odd and impulsive ways that causes chaos in their personal life's...sound familiar?
It should, considering it is about the same thing that happened in the first six episodes, just the premise is different.

  Kokoro Connect would work out fine if the characters had been fleshed out a lot better and it would have stayed with one situation or the other, instead of breaking the series up with two stories that uses (for the most part) the same formula.
  In fact, it makes the show drag considerably.  Instead of holding ones interest, it just seems to ramble endlessly.  The potential is there though.  Not for the easily bored.

Overall Grade: C

Availible Streaming on www.crunchyroll.com 
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Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san Z


 Yet another offering this spring from Production IG, anime short where Hell comes to Earth...in plushie form. 

Bartender


 The title pretty much says it all here in this 2006 anime about...well, you know.  Different cocktails are featured in each episode. Recommended.

  I am going to try and push out a couple more reviews before Fanime, but that all depends on the schedule at hand up to that point!

Until next time!!  Cory JS 

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