Kokoro Connect – 12
OP2: 「(キミリズム」 (Kimi Rizumu) by 今井マサキ (Imai Masaki)
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「雪降る街へ」 (Yuki Furu Machi e)
“Into a Snowy City”
A new opening to welcome the end of Kokoro Connect. How fitting, and I’m not being sarcastic. I think this episode has rejuvenated my appreciation for this anime. I used to think that Iori-focused episodes were a ball to watch, however that’s changed to Yui now. I love her! It might have to do with the fact that her episodes feel self-contained and there’s always some form of resolution at the end which makes it worthwhile watching. The Iori/Taichi/Himeko love triangle has really started to drag…
It’s a shame that this episode is the second-last to air. I believe there is a budget set for more, however episode 13 is going to be the last for me to blog until the remaining come out on the web or released with blu-rays/DVDs. With that said though, there is a ton of story left to be told and I’m sad that they’ve decided to showcase Aoki/Yui’s relationship dynamic so late in the game. It’s no surprise that I probably awwww-ed and smiled a lot while Aoki and Yui both came to grips with their past (and present). Aoki’s was easy enough… he made a (very) quick trip to see Nana and without even really talking, he already knew that he wasn’t in love with her anymore. I was actually expecting him to date her or talk to her at the very least to find out that he loved Yui. That’s a little too unrealistic for my taste because I’m someone who has trouble confronting my past and seeing that person again – would revive all those feelings I’ve had (especially if there was no closure for me). I suppose for Aoki, it was just so clear cut that he loved Yui now and it’s even more evident when he reverted back to being 10 and he still recognized Yui. Cute!
Yui on the other hand, has her own issues going. She feels like a “side character” and someone who depends on others a lot. Given her condition, I can imagine how someone like her always lacks internal strength; which is sad to see since I think Yui would be such an outstanding character on her own if she didn’t feel so codependent. This is why I guess she needs someone like Aoki who loves her unconditionally. At least, for this moment. I can’t help but think that Yui and Taichi make a better couple though. They have a lot of chemistry, even with the very few one-on-one scenes they have. When Yui “confessed”, I actually gasped… but knew that it couldn’t be true. KC wouldn’t go and throw us another twist like that. A better topic of discussion though is how people feel when they find out that someone who’s confessed doesn’t actually love them anymore. I cannot emphasize just how much I can relate. Out of all the topics and subjects that have come up on KC, this is what I can probably blog an entire essay on. But I’d like to hear other people’s experiences as well – if any. Personally I’ve felt emotions all across the board, from relief (when you know that person isn’t chasing you anymore) to disappointment (when you realize that you like them and they don’t like you anymore). Funny how that works right?
So where does that leave us with our love triangle? Well Himeko is no idiot, obviously. She clearly knows that Taichi has something up his sleeve (because it wasn’t obvious enough that he was the only one that didn’t turn into a child). I don’t know where this confrontation will take us, but Heartseed comes back for our “finale” next week and we’ll probably see Taichi’s sister/2nd Heartseed make an appearance as well. I’ll be sad to see Iori/Taichi broken up when their relationship has barely begun. Himeko is slowly inching her way in there… but is it weird that I’m cheering for a Taichi/Yui ending now? One can always hope.