Kokoro Connect – 02
「なかなか面白い人間達」 (Nakanaka Omoshiroi Ningen-tachi)
“Some Fascinating Humans”
This week’s episode dives straight to the cause and root of the problem with the soul-swapping. It’s not a surprise that the creepy man in the OP ended up being their teacher. What did surprise me though, was the lack of explanation! There is neither an explanation for the group of students being chosen nor a “technical” explanation for the random switching. Maybe it’s because I hate open-ended scenarios, but it bothers me how there is no reason for this setup; it was just handed to them. Heartseed basically said, “This is it, now deal with it while I watch behind the scenes and giggle.”
What I like and don’t like about the story so far is how quickly and suddenly everyone swaps bodies. There are situations that make it really amusing and the randomness adds to the hilarity. Take Taichi and Yui for example and Taichi’s interesting sitting position (for a female!). I admit that it’s probably humorous to us as an observer, but it must be awfully scary just swapping places with someone so suddenly. I too, would probably run and hide somewhere. On the other hand though, I always find it hard to determine when and who they swapped places with. The show tries to make it obvious (by making phone calls and calling names), but I still it annoying that at first sight, I cannot tell who is who – especially when more than 2 people are involved.
As funny as this show is, there is a serious underlying tone that emerges when each of the characters start talking about their respective families and especially the first introduction of Heartseed. It’s always the teacher I tell you… or the quiet ones. I take it that someone named Heartseed has taken over the body of Gotou Ryuuzen (Fujiwara Keiji) and from what I gather, this is some form of “experiment” on the selected group of students. I know that the core of this show isn’t about the science of how it’s done, but rather what happens to each of the 5 characters as they swap places. But it still irks me that I don’t know how or why it happens! I hope it’s explained later on because I’ll bother me to no end if Heartseed is just an “antagonist” for the sake of moving the story along. I would consider him the “bad guy”, all things considering, he did do this to them.
The actual interesting storyline kicks in in the latter half of the episode when some of the characters start opening up. It’s obvious that Taichi and Aoki are good friends so Iori takes this opportunity to open up to him and talk about her worries of swapping bodies and losing her identity (since your identity is most closely related to your physical being). I definitely agree on the idea that talking in Aoki probably makes it easier for Taichi to connect with Iori… which brings me to the cliffhanger at the end. Romance is already brewing and who’s going to be heartbroken in the end? I really hope no one is… I hate love triangles because I almost always root for the underdog – who almost always loses. I love the Iori and Taichi dynamic going on though… but then where does that leave Himeko? Where does she fit in?