「ある告白、そして死は……」 (Aru Kokuhaku, Soshite Shi wa…)
“A Confession, and then a Death…”
This episode proves that Kokoro Connect is the definitely not your average school-life/slice-of-life/drama anime. There are so many things I could say about this week’s episode that I don’t even know where to start. It was predictable but some things (mainly Heartseed) totally blew me away… I did not see that coming.
First things first… Yui and Aoki were two people that I thought would have more of the spotlight this week. Turns out, they only had a quick (second) confession from Aoki, which (to no one’s surprise) Yui put off responding to. I can’t say that Aoki isn’t a good guy… from what I see, he’s decent, devoted and although he has almost next to no background yet, I don’t see why he couldn’t be a great boyfriend to someone he likes. Yui on the other hand, absolutely left me stunned when she delivered the line involving her relationship with Taichi. Oh come on… why not? I told a commenter already that I think a Yui/Taichi ending would be unpredictable, yet lovable and that’s why I would enjoy seeing that coupling (although highly unlikely).
Moving along… that confession! I actually burst out in happiness when I saw that Taichi (actually) finally told Iori that he loved her! After last week, I was so convinced that it was Himeko would be who he was attracted to. But no! It’s Iori! *does her happy dance* < (^.^)> < (^.^<) <( . )> (>^.^)> < (^.^)> And for everyone that says otherwise, I respect your choice in girls. I’m sure all three of them have their appeal but I always thought that Iori deserved to have someone next to her and that someone is Taichi (not just anyone). Although, I could’ve seen that trick up her sleeve. Taichi should have known better and his little speech afterwards almost sounded like my post last week. In a sense, changing who you are around people and being adaptable IS a personality trait and that does not mean you’re “less of a person” but merely that is who you are.
Heartseed’s appearance blew me out of the water of course. He actually scared me a little when the mood/music dramatically changed and forced Iori to jump off the bridge. My heart stopped. Who does this guy think he is?! I just… could not fathom what his character is good for. Not to mention the bashing I had for episode 2 and the lack of motivation and explanations. I will not get into that again, but I still cannot understand why he is doing what he is doing. Who’s to say what is interesting or not? And why does he get to dictate the drama within the group? Even by the end of the episode, I was most upset with his character. He feels no remorse or sorrow or guilt for the pain that he put everyone through and for that, it’s almost like he lacks humanity. Someone like Heartseed cannot possibly by human… can he? I will deem him to be an alien for now. The “philosopher” in me would claim that his character himself lacks all these traits that the 5 protagonists portray and therefore needs this “experience” to help him identify to humans more closely.
The ending was… predictable in a sense. I could tell that the kiss was not “the end” for them and their relationship would have to carry forward. Iori is too important to die! The scene with Taichi gave me butterflies but at the same time, I pitied Himeko for having her first kiss stolen by someone who loved another girl inside her. That sounds quite messed up now that I think about it. I’m sure there are movies about this… (the only reference I can think of at the moment is The Host by Stephanie Meyer – which is a novel and not a movie yet). This only makes the love triangle more awkward… and with no previews this week, this seemed more like a cliffhanger than anything else. Someone once mentioned that this was the best anime of the season and I can definitely back that up with this episode.
Quick note: Thanks to Divine once again for doing my screenshots! I made him catch up with all 5 episodes just to do these caps for me, so thank you! This makes it a lot easier for me to keep on top of my shows during my 2 week-delay.