7.7
289 votes
Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect

Tokyo MX 2012

The "love and teen pentagonal comedy" follows the strange phenomena at the Yamahoshi Academy's Culture Club, starting with the five male and female club members switching bodies with each other.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect - S1E17

#1 - Connected Hearts

8.61

Season 1 - Episode 17

As Taichi, Yui and Yoshifumi learn of Himeko's kidnapping via the emotion transfer and rush to save her, Iori remains conflicted over what she should do, but inevitably decides to follow Taichi and Himeko's advice and live for herself. As the others start fighting against the men who kidnapped Himeko, one of them puts a knife towards her. Just then, Iori arrives and manages to use the emotion transfer to get Himeko to safety. Afterwards, Kaoru explains how she was resentful towards Iori for turning down a boy from the Jazz Club that she liked, but never wanted it to go so far and apologises for her actions. Noticing that they have something in common, Iori gives Kaoru the same advice the others gave her and asks her to be friends with her. As the gang make their way home, one of the kidnappers comes at them with a metal pipe, hitting Taichi as he protects Himeko. After Taichi and Iori have a mental discussion via the emotion transfer, where they decide to start their relationship from scratch, Taichi awakens and decides to ask Himeko out, to which she agrees. As the phenomenom comes to its conclusion, Goto is impressed by the gang's presentation and decides to continue moderating both clubs. With Tachi and Himeko now dating and Iori making friends again, the gang enter the new school year with their paths ahead of them.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 33 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E13

#2 - As Long as the Five of Us Are Together

8.38

Season 1 - Episode 13

As Taichi is forced to tell the others what he had been hiding, the second Heartseed reminds them of the consequences, making the age reverts random and including Taichi amongst those who can turn younger. As the gang are forced to stay at the building to avoid others discovering themselves, Iori becomes stressed when she believes her mother to be in danger from her violent second husband, who wants to get back together with her. After briefly turning younger for a short period and regaining memories of that age, Iori tries to head off on her own but the others stop her, asking her to let them help. As Tacihi, Iori and Himako reach the house and hear violent noises, they are forced to retreat after Iori turns into a baby. Just then, the first Heartseed approaches them, ending the age revert phenomenom and offering Iori the opportunity to go back in time and rectify some of the bad decisions she made in her youth. After some encouragement by Taichi and Himeko, Iori declines his offer, saying her past mistakes have allowed her to become the person she is now. Afterwards, everyone goes with Iori to see her mother, where they both realise they had both made mistakes trying to make the other happy. After Iori's mother gains the encouragement to turn her ex-husband away, Iori gives thanks to everyone who made her who she is whilst Yui apologises to Chinatsu, promising to meet her at the next karate tournament. As winter vacation comes to an end, Iori starts to question if she truly loves Taichi.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 29 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E5

#3 - A Confession and Death...

8.36

Season 1 - Episode 5

Yoshifumi once again confesses to Yui, explaining the reasons why he likes her, to which she replies that she's not ready to go out with anyone just yet. Afterwards, Iori, pretending to have swapped places with Himeko, asks Taichi how he feels about her, to which he says he likes their current relationship before Himeko walks in, revealing it was Iori all along. As Iori runs off, Taichi realises his folly and chases after her, finding her on a bridge over the river. Taichi tells Iori how he admires her, whatever personality she puts herself in before confessing that he loves her. Just then, Iori's body is taken over by Heartseed, who forces her to jump off into the river. As Iori is put in intensive care, Heartseed, in Goto's body, appears before the others and tells them that Iori's body will soon die, giving them thirty minutes to decide amongst themselves whose soul will die with it, giving them the ability to switch bodies on verbal request. As Iori swaps with Yoshifumi and learns of the situation, she offers to die with her own body, not willing to sacrifice anyone else. As she spends time talking to everyone individually, she confesses to Taichi that she loves him too, asking to kiss him whilst in Himeko's body. As the group make their decision to Heartseed, it is revealed that Iori had managed to survive, the whole thing being planned out by Heartseed. As Iori recovers from her injuries and returns to school, the gang assume the body swapping has stopped whilst Himeko gets revenge on Taichi for stealing her first kiss.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 36 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E4

#4 - Twin Feelings

8.34

Season 1 - Episode 4

As Taichi and Iori escort Himeko home, the girls get Taichi to spill the beans about what happened between him and Yui, leaving Iori a bit shocked as she was unaware of Yui's androphobia. After dropping Himeko off, Iori tells Taichi about the troubles she faced due to her mother constantly getting remarried, constantly changing her personality to fit the tastes of others that she had forgotten who she originally was, feeling that the personality swapping would cause her to just fade away. The next day, Taichi confronts Himeko, who eventually she reveals that she can't trust that noone will use another's body to perform evil deeds, hating herself for feeling that way. As Taichi tells Himeko she doesn't need to change who she is to be accepted by others, he tells her a secret that he's thought of her and the other girls in a sexual manner. Moved by his confession, Himeko decides to share her issues with the others and finds the others accept her.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 35 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E10

#5 - Putting into Words

8.31

Season 1 - Episode 10

As the school goes on the field trip to the mountains, Himeko remains concerned over what Heartseed had told her. As Iori takes notice, she learns that Himeko also has romantic feelings for Taichi. As Iori confronts Himeko, she reveals she never acted on her feelings as she didn't want the group to fall apart, believing noone would want a weakling such as herself. Iori tells her to stop putting herself down and reassures her that she'll always be her friend despite her flaws. Just as they make up, Heartseed possesses Iori and tells Himeko that Taichi had been in an accident, causing Himeko to panic believing he had fallen down a cliff. Upon discovering had simply fallen off a tree whilst rescuing a kitten, remaining relatively unscathed, Himeko breaks down in tears out of relief. With the desire unleashing phenomenom declared over, Himeko decides to confess to Taichi and, despite getting rejected, remains confident in the fact she may one day win against Iori and gives him a kiss.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 36 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E11
#6 - A Story That Began as We Realized It
8.30
Season 1 - Episode 11

On the day before Winter break, following a brief period of peace after the unleashing of desires, a new phenomenom takes place in which Yui and Iori temporarily revert to a younger age during 12pm and 5pm that day. After returning back to their normal age, they lose memory of what happened, but remember things from when they were that age. Later that night, a second Heartseed appears before Taichi through his sister's body, tasking him with watching over the others and warning him not to tell the others about his existence. The next day, Taichi stumbles upon Yui who is argued at by an old karate rival, Chinatsu Mihashi, over breaking a certain promise which she can't remember. As the gang meet up at an abandoned building, this time Himeko and Yoshifumi shrink, with the now ten-year old Yoshifumi likening Yui to a girl named Nana Nishio. After reverting to his normal age, Yoshifumi explains Nana was a girl he went out with once before she moved, leading him to be conflicted over how his feelings for both her and Yui stand. The next day, as Taichi and Himeko watch over a 14-year old Iori, Himeko voices her worries.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 33 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E12
#7 - Into a Snow City
8.26
Season 1 - Episode 12

As the gang have to look after Iori who winds up as a baby, Yui is confronted by Chinatsu, who challenges her to a karate match and defeats her. Meanwhile, Yoshifumi ponders if his feelings for Yui are because of her similar appearance to Nana. On the second day of the New Year, Yui reverts to right after she was assaulted and, upon returning to normal, remembers vividly about that age. As Yui refuses to talk things out with Chinatsu, Yoshifumi tells her to stop running away from her problems. Talking with Taichi, Yui reveals her promise with Chinatsu was to meet each other at the national karate tournament, which she was unable to keep after contracting her androphobia, and laments how weak and reliant she has become. After sending Yui home, the others speak with Yoshifumi, who remembers his personal vow to live carefree and decides to go visit Nana to tell her about his love for Yui. Afterwards, Yoshifumi reconfirms to Yui that he loves her for who she is. This encourages Yui to face her own problems and embrace Yoshifumi and overcome her androphobia. Afterwards, Himeko becomes suspicious of Taichi hiding something from everyone.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 31 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E14
#8 - The Days Fall Apart
8.20
Season 1 - Episode 14

As Heartseed puts the gang through another phenomenom, in which their true emotions will be randomly transmitted to each other, Iori turns Taichi down when he asks to start dating her. As Valentine's Day comes and Maiko suggests Taichi turn his attention towards Himeko, the gang grow concerned when they learn Goto will only be able to be an advisor for one club, meaning they will have to outdo the Jazz Club in a presentation in order to keep him. As the discussion turns to Valentine's Day, both Himeko's feelings for Taichi and Taichi's rejection by Iori gets transmitted to the others. As Himeko tries to get Iori to speak her reasons, Iori's selfish thoughts end up getting transmitted to everyone, which in turn leads Iori to hear everyone's concerned thoughts about her, including a harsh one from Himeko. As Himeko asks Iori about it privately, she responds that the experiences with Heartseed has affected her decision making, making her uncertain about if she actually loves Taichi or not. Afterwards, Taichi and Himeko have a talk, listing the things he likes about Himeko, although still pointing out he is in love with Iori. As the gang decide what to do for their presentation, Yoshifumi hears Iori's thoughts about how everyone has their own idea of her personality. Later, as Yoshifumi is approached by Heartseed, who claims he is useless, he strengthens his resolve with thoughts of Yui, who also hears his thoughts.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 30 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E3
#9 - Jobber and Low Blow
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 3

As Taichi questions Himeko about what she said in front of Maiko, she implies to Taichi that he has feelings for Iori whilst also worrying about how the body swapping could eventually break them. Later, Taichi and Yoshifumi learn that Yui has a fear of men. That night, as Taichi switches with Yui, she revealed she gained that fear after almost being raped in middle school, believing there was no way she could beat a man in a fight. Wanting to help her get over her fear, Taichi teaches Yui about the one weakness that all men possess; the crotch. The next day, as Yui becomes a bit more confident and decides to take up martial arts again, Himeko suddenly collapses before Taichi.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 46 votes.

Kokoro Connect - S1E2
#10 - Some Fascinating Humans
7.93
Season 1 - Episode 2

The next morning, Himeko, Yoshifumi and Yui all switch bodies together, though soon revert to normal. After the gang make up excuses for their teacher, Mr. Goto, Taichi briefly ends up switching places with Yui before getting grilled by Iori over what happened whilst he was in her body. Just then, the gang is approached by someone who had swapped bodies with Mr. Goto, calling himself Heartseed, who is revealed to be responsible for the body swapping, vaguely explaining the situation before leaving. Following the encounter, the group discuss how best to handle the situation without making anyone else suspicious. A week later, as Iori swaps bodies with Yoshifumi, she talks with Taichi about how the switching may affect their individuality before she switches back. The next day, as Taichi and Himeko switch and end up having to go on class duty with Maiko, Himeko decides to get revenge against Taichi and declare to Maiko that Iori is hers whilst in Taichi's body.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Kokoro Connect from 54 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

Comments

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Honestly, it's really intense when watching this anime. The story is amazing and the way it goes just makes the anime a lot more intense. I recommend watching it!!

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An interesting and enjoyable series. I found the various phenomena inflicted on our characters to be interesting ideas which raised a lot of "what if" questions for if you yourself were facing a similar situation. I didn't think the concept was always executed as well as it could have been, but it was interesting nonetheless. I generally liked the characters, although at points some did annoy me a bit, Iori being the main offender (especially in the final arc). The series did tend to get a bit too angsty for my liking at times as well, but not to a degree where it ruined things too much or stopped me watching. The final 4 episode arc, which was aired a couple of months after the "regular" TV broadcast ended, wrapped things up quite nicely and gave a satisfying conclusion for me, whilst still keeping the door open for a possible sequel. Overall, a very enjoyable watch.

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