「そして誰もいなくなった」 (Soshite Dare mo Inakunatta)
“And Then There Were None”
I admit that I’m personally not enjoying Kokoro Connect as much as I initially did during its first arc. The first 5 episodes were fresh and different and I liked the speed of the character development. Although the second half does show a very different side to the characters, I can’t help but think that they’re approaching the situation a little too realistic for a TV show. It’s slow and not as “interesting” as I was hoping Heartseed would make it. Nevertheless though, the anime is still very solid and given the huge following it has, I’m sure that it’s building up for something epic and a good resolution for our cast.
If there’s one aspect that this episode displayed well, it’s how each character was experiencing a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. And each of them handled it differently. Yui by locking herself up at home, Himeko by isolating herself and Iori by trying to return things to normal. If it was me, I would probably side with Iori by pretending like nothing is wrong to bring normalcy back to the group. However, I know that a lot of individuals don’t think this way and that’s what makes the show so unique as well. Amongst the 5 main characters, there’s someone, somehow, someway that people can relate to.
The focus on this episode was mainly on Taichi and his classmates (which include Himeko and Iori). I thought what was more interesting than simply his day-to-day life though, was how everyone (not just his club members) noticed that something was up. His class president, his family and even his teacher added their two cents in order to help him resolve his issues. In fact, Maiko went as far as to set everyone up by placing them in the same group… oh she’s sneaky. And speaking of Maiko, she is quite wise for someone her age. I’m not sure what her story is, but it’s always easier to get perspective from a third person. When she suggested that Taichi make a decision on what is more important to him, you wouldn’t think that the decision would be that simple – but it is!
Now that the buildup is over, it’s all up to Taichi to finally make a move! I was half expecting him to run after Iori on the way to Yui’s house, but I guess that’ll have to wait until next week. As boring or slow as it seems, I actually appreciate the individual character developments and screen time that they dedicate to each person. My only complaint would be to know when to stop and how much is enough. Luckily, next week seems to be the tip of the iceberg to our finale. Heartseed is back and confronting Himeko alone. I knew she was going to be pivotal to this arc but I still have no predictions as to why.