Kokoro Connect – 01
OP: 「パラダイム」 (Paradigm) by eufonius
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「気づいた時には始まっていたという話」 (Kizuita Toki ni wa Hajimatteita to Iu Hanashi)
“A Story That Had Already Begun Before Anyone Realized It”
Here I present a new supernatural/comedy/romance series that features a group of students who seem to swap souls at random. The story jumps right in by introducing the five main characters and together they form the Student Cultural Society at the school. Just like the title implies, the story has already begun and starting with the morning after Kiriyama Yui (Kanemoto Hisako) and Yoshifumi Aoki (Terashima Takuma) experienced swapping bodies in the middle of the night. There must be a lot to cover in this one-cour show because it seems like this anime does not take any time for breathers.
Although I can’t say the premise is very unique, I really enjoy seeing a fresh new set of characters and their unique personalities. If there’s one thing that I think a story like this should have – it’s different personalities that help distinguish everybody apart. After all, that’s what’s going to make the show humorous and easy for the audience to tell who is in which body. I loved seeing Yaegashi Taichi (Mizushima Takashiro) discover that he was in Nagase Iori’s (Toyosaki Aki) body. Obviously your first instinct to “verify” is to touch yourself…. (and I’m not even being sarcastic). I can only imagine what was going on through Iori’s mind when she realized that she had something “extra” between her legs. Taichi wasn’t (or was he?) as lucky when Fujishima Maiko (Itou Shizuka) walked in and offered to help him touch himself. I never knew girls could be so open about it… (clearly I went to the wrong school).
The anime not only shows and talks about big breasts though, there is a good amount of conversation going on in the episode – mainly discussing and verifying whether or not their souls did switch. There’s also some discussion about what the club actually does, but what really impressed me were the short family scenes that flashed in the beginning and end of the episode. I actually thought this was a great way to tie in the background behind each character. Iori being warm and cheery actually has an absent mother. Taichi (who is the “lead” character of the cast) has an adorable younger sister. Not much on Inaba Himeko (Sawashiro Miyuki), although she seems like your typical quiet, female smarty. There seems to be an ongoing pending relationship between Aoki and Yui too, so I’m excited to see how that’ll move forward. I don’t want to spoil too much for myself, however judging from the OP, there also seems to be a romance brewing for Iori and Taichi.
Overall, the series has a lot of promise in my opinion and although the idea’s not terribly original, I still enjoy the antics between our characters. There’s a deeper meaning besides their club activities and I’m excited to be given the chance to blog it… especially when I had no intentions to. It’ll replace Sankarea as my romance/comedy of the season and I already have high expectations for it.
In terms of production value – I’ve never seen anything produced by Silver Link (aside from Tasogare Otome x Amnesia). Everything is very simplistic, not huge amounts of details and some of the character designs remind me of K-On! actually. Not that it’s a bad thing; the anime focuses more on the happenings and plot rather than pretty scenery. Moving along… the OP is sung by eufonius whom I wasn’t a huge fan until I repeatedly listened to the Clannad and True Tears OP songs. I love her voice now and it’s such a soothing song to introduce the anime. I also love the ED! Not just the song, but also the animation and how it focuses on Iori; which I’m sure, can be seen as some form of foreshadowing? Regardless, I can just anticipate a great soundtrack, so I hope the anime can keep it up!
ED: 「ココロノカラ」 (Kokoro no Kara) by Team.ねこかん[猫] featuring. 天乙准花 (Team.Nekokan [Neko] featuring. Junca Amaoto)
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