English: Kokoro Connect
Jul 8, 2012 to Sep 30, 2012
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe five members of the Cultural Research Club—Taichi Yaegashi, Iori Nagase, Himeko Inaba, Yui Kiriyama, and Yoshifumi Aoki—encounter a bizarre phenomenon one day when Aoki and Yui switch bodies without warning. The same begins to happen to the other club members, throwing their daily lives into disarray.
At first the five students find some amusement amidst the confusion, but this unwarranted connection also exposes the painful scars hidden within their hearts. As their calm lives are shattered, the relationships between the five students also begin to change...
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Paradigm (パラダイム)" by eufonius (eps 1-10)
#2: "Kimi Rhythm (キミリズム)" by Masaki Imai (eps 12-13)
#BD: "Kimochi Signal (キモチシグナル)" by Sayuri Horishita (eps 1-10)
Ending Theme#1: "Kokoro no Kara (ココロノカラ)" by Team.Nekokan [Neko] featuring. Junca Amaoto (eps 1-5)
#2: "Cry out" by Team.Nekokan [Neko] featuring. atsuko (eps 6-10)
#3: "Salvage" by Team.Nekokan [Neko] featuring. Rekka Katakiri (eps 11-13)
We all want to be nice to others, be friends with others, and continue being friends with our close buddies, sometimes even at the expense of being untruthful. As humans, we have all probably hidden some parts of ourselves or put on a facade in front of others so as to maintain an even keel, because when it comes to maintaining friendship, voicing out everything in our minds may not be diplomatic at all. Kokoro Connect would probably speak to the hearts of many as it explores the psychological effects of facing the dark truths of the human heart...supernaturally, that is.
Kokoro Connect is mostly an original story, with certain elements already been used before. The show is set up from the beginning to feature some light comedy here and there with a serious tone, with a hint of dark atmosphere which will eventually become the prevalent atmosphere. The plot premise is not complex but the story is, featuring deep character developments and challenging psychological elements. There are many intense moments and some fairly tearjerking moments, and all is handled well due to the good direction, save for some mediocrity that I will mention later. The story tries to be logical by including some expository elements, however in some cases they may actually raise more questions than actually addressing lingering ones. There are also times where logic is abandoned for the sake of plot progression (aka plot devices/plot conveniences), which may do more damage to the story and characters than it seems, but it is all eventually debatable. This is a show that requires the thinking caps, not for solving mysteries but for understanding the human condition, and also for making out the logic in certain scenes when it seems obscure. There is romance in the story, and while it does become a major element during certain parts, it is still not the main element of the story. The story is told in arcs, with each arc presenting a different obstacle for the group of five to overcome. The story flow is natural and the pacing is great, and the overall tone of the show is quite consistent.
The first arc of the story is great and does not have many problems. It is well directed and well handled, showing promise for the rest of the series. However, the story begins its sudden downfall from the second arc onward. The story becomes extremely contrived and predictable, with many plot conveniences and illogical moments. It can be argued that humans are not always logical, but there is a limit to how illogical a person can be, especially when the characters in the show are set up to be fairly intelligent and capable. The show does attempt to make its themes and morals clear, but at the expense of repetitive elements which may make audience go "Yeah I get it already. Please carry on". Yes, character development and set up is important for good pay offs, but repeating thoughts and dialogues will not get the story very far. There are also some elements that should be understandable by the characters even at face value, but as a plot device, the characters become dumb when they need to. Another element that plagues the series is melodrama. Kokoro Connect falls under the 'Drama' genre, so naturally melodrama is to be expected and that is fine. However, melodrama should be the result of a rising tension during a conversation or argument, and not a sudden or random outburst. The melodrama in Kokoro Connect happens so suddenly and uncalled for many times that it is usually unnecessary. The dramatic arguments are not built up well at times, leading to an illogical state of melodrama which might distract the audience from the storytelling into a debate of realism and logic.
The ending is also extremely convenient and unsatisfactory. With all that intense build up and character development since the first episode, one would expect the ending to payoff well, with all the developed elements coming into play. However, that is not the case. The last arc has no true climax and it ends abruptly. Of course, this 13 episode series will then be taken further by another four episodes in 'Kokoro Connect: Michi Random', a Special which serves as an exact continuation as well as the final four episodes of the entire series, which I will review separately. With all that being said, the last half of the show can be frustrating to watch at times, but the excellent character developments and psychological elements should serve as redemption. In fact, even with all these negativity, I should have no problems giving the story a minimum rating of 7/10. But why 6/10? Because of the issue I am going to address below.
This is not the only show that explores the psychological patterns of people (or the human psyche as some might call it), but its supernatural twist makes it original and interesting. However, it is this very supernatural element that makes the overall moral of the story hypocritical and pretentious. The show does seem to be preaching some morals to the audience, with the repeated dialogues and all, which is great because they are meaningful and thought provoking. However, upon further analysis, one might realize either a fault in the portrayal of the message, or a double meaning in the message, or a reverse psychology in the message. Complex messages are not uncommon in the ‘Seinen’ genre (e.g. Black Lagoon, Steins;Gate), and much less uncommon in live action feature films (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner). Some may also be familiar with the ‘Deconstruction’ genre, where the stories take a huge and dramatic twist/turn into something entirely different from what it was set up to be (e.g. Neon Genesis Evangelion, School Days). However, Kokoro Connect was not set up to be that kind of show, and it was never meant to be, or at least it never tried to be. That being said, it all depends on how the audience approach Kokoro Connect. If the audience does not read too much into the show and accept it at face value, they may leave satisfied after an incredible psychological journey. Otherwise, they may either choose to live with it or go into debate. For the non-critical viewers, forget this factor and consider my rating for the story 7/10. If not, my 6/10 is absolute.
Kokoro Connect is animated by Silver Link, and the art style is the spitting image of Kyoto Animation. All the characters in this show resemble those of K-On! and Tamako Market, from the eyes to the face shape down to the lips. Throughout the series, I could not believe that Kyoto Animation had no involvement in it. Either the animators of Silver Link are from Kyoto Animation, or they just simply copied the style. The similarities aside, Kokoro Connect does spot good animation, from body movements to background design. The body movements are fluid and realistic enough with generally nothing to nitpick about. The background designs are realistic and detailed enough, although they do not stand out. Kokoro Connect is not a visually charged show, so its level of detail in animation is good enough. The show is generally dull looking to achieve the depressing mood of the series. With that, the cinematography is excellent. Lighting is used very well to convey a character’s feelings as well as the mood/atmosphere of the scene. Cheerful scenes are lighted brighter and are more colourful, while the serious or depressing scenes are lighted darker with a limited colour palette. The colours are de-saturated, making the series look generally lifeless which goes in line with the show’s themes. The quality of the art is consistent throughout the series and holds up till the end. The character designs are simple and do not stand out, and each of them have their individual uniqueness that allows the audience to recognize each one easily. However, some characters resemble those from Kyoto Animation, so they may not be distinct enough to be identified as characters uniquely from Kokoro Connect.
The sound design does not stand out, but it does its job effectively. Dialogue is clean and well prioritized, and no sounds drench out one another.
The voice work in this show is excellent. Voices are very nuanced and packed with feelings. Shift in voice tones are instantly recognizable, conveying the characters’ shift in feelings and emotions. The voice cast is great and they all brought the characters to life and made them believable, especially Toyosaki Aki for the character Nagase Iori. Voice actress Toyosaki Aki is probably known best for her work in K-On! for the character Yui and also some other moe characters in other series’. With that, I was a little doubtful that she would be able to pull off the depressing and melancholic voice that the show would eventually require. However, she did an exceptional job at it and it was one of the stand out points of the series.
The soundtrack is effective, albeit not exactly memorable. Some recurring themes played during intense moments can be identified easily. It is the standard kind of soundtrack for any anime series, and it is nothing to cough at.
If all other technical aspects of the series do not live up to the hype, the character aspect would probably do. The first arc of the series is largely character driven, and then it becomes plot driven from the second arc onward. With that, the character development in the first arc is extensive. Every character is characterized excellently, from behaviour to personal issues. Most of these revelations are unfolded nicely without rush nor contrivance. Character motivations are clear from the start, and additional motivations arise as the story progresses. All character strengths and flaws are well developed and even more so as the series progresses, which will all come into play even in the second and third arc. While there are only one or two main characters, the other characters are almost as important. There is extended emphasis on the main characters, however the rest are developed sufficiently without much lacking. Each character has a different personal issue, and while the audience may not be able to relate to everyone, the character developments make their situation easy to understand.
As mentioned before, the characters do become dumb when the series needs them to be. They start making illogical decisions and engaging in unnecessary acts, all for the sake of tension and feels. The once-intelligent characters become very questionable in terms of their decision-making and actions, and while most of these issues can be classified as ‘conflicting human emotions’, most still beg the questioning of basic logic. Nonetheless, the pros triumph over the cons. Some character irregularities may be putting off for some, but most should be able to get past the flaws and continue enjoying the thought provoking journey of self-discovery.
Despite the excellent character developments and great scenes, the characters are still ultimately not as memorable. These characters are not original – they are cut from the same cloth from other anime series’. None of these characters here have a single unique trait that has not been portrayed before, but they are some of the better portrayed ones in recent memory. That being said, the audience would probably remember the story or scenes more than the characters themselves, but they may nonetheless be delighted when reminded.
Kokoro Connect is one of the shows that I really wanted to like and praise a lot, but I could not due to its less-than-good execution from the second arc onward. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the character developments and the psychological aspects of the show. There is good humour from time to time, and its fan service is so minimal it is not even worth mentioning. I would probably not revisit Kokoro Connect because I do not wish to go through the last half of the show again, especially its continuation Special ‘Kokoro Connect: Michi Random’. I do not dislike the show, but I could not bring myself to like it.
Kokoro Connect is a social commentary that explores realistic issues (despite its supernatural setting) and relatable thoughts, and it does so with efficiency and excellence. However, the series favoured the convenient way to invoke feels than to properly develop them and making them more impactful when it should have. This is a could-have-been great series plagued by occasional misfires and unfortunate lazy writings here and there. The first arc triumphs, the second arc falls, and the third arc crashes with parachutes lessening the impact. If it were not for its excellent psychological aspects, I would have rated Kokoro Connect a 6/10. Kokoro Connect is ultimately not a show to avoid or even reject, as it still works as a great thought provoking series that has many things to go for. I cannot say for sure that it has more to like than to dislike, but it is still a worthy watch and a worthy experience. read more
Disclaimer- this review takes into account the 4 episode "sequel" to the show
With the massive rise in access to entertainment and media/pop culture, we have gotten to the point where our options on what to watch are so stratified that we have the privilege of not liking something because its not our particular taste. In the world of anime and manga this leads many to disregard shows that simply don't fit the criteria of what we find entertaining. However, this does not mean that certain shows are objectively good or bad, it sometimes means that a show is an excellent version of whatever style or genre it is supposed to be.
Kokoro Connect is a perfect example of this concept. I am relatively new to Anime, and (despite my actual list) my tastes range from the classic DBZ (im old) to my new favorite Spice and Wolf (season 3 please!). I try to watch each show objectively recognizing how it is supposed to fulfill its role in its particular genre. Aside from Toradora (the show that made me pay attention to slice of life shows) i cannot think of too many shows that do such a great job of showcasing compelling drama, laughs, and heart warming romance. For what it is supposed to be, Kokoro Connect is almost perfect.
The story of Kokoro Connect (KC) revolves around a supernatural conceit that drives the drama of the story. Simply put, a group teenagers (already known for not having the best sense of control) are put in a position where they no longer truly control their own bodies. Over the course of the story this takes on several different forms (some more compelling than others), but the awesome thing about it is that the writers were clearly creatively inspired by this seemingly silly premise. A show that could have easily went on an ecchi, slapstick, "accidental pervert" fest, decided to use this as a way for the characters to learn more about themselves and each other, and we as the audience end up doing the same. Toward the end the show does wander into some of the inane melodrama that plagues a lot of animes, but understanding that this is an inherent characteristic of the medium, such things cannot be helped. To put it in perspective, this is the first anime i was able to get my completely uninterested wife to watch (most of it at least).
As a relatively new serious fan of anime (i had been a casual fan for decades) I really can't speak from confidence on sound and art. I have not developed a discerning eye for these things. Ill just say that i personally enjoy clean, smooth, and crisp visuals/sound in my anime. I have seen my fair share of shows in the past few months, and with many, i just cant get past the visuals. Whether it be an awkward and uninteresting art style, (Bokura Ga Ita) bland sound (Kimi No Todoke) or dated visuals (Peach Girl). Kokoro Connect is great in all categories, its just not anything spectacular (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions).
I am an English teacher by trade (writer by fantasy). I know what good character development is and how it is supposed to be done. Although the techniques are gimmicky, and there are a few one note main characters (Aoki) i was still very impressed with the amount of depth delivered by the characters in this story. More significantly, this was not the typical anime that made me roll my eyes at their behavior (most of the time). When the inevitable love triangle presents itself, it makes sense. When the guy starts choosing, it makes sense, when people get hurt- it makes sense. When the drama and tension rises- it makes sense. All of the characters motivations are not fully developed, but they are developed enough to make you care and not swoon over how contrived they are. Again, for the genre and medium, this was an amazing job of characterization.
I have a short attention span when it comes to anime. So when i actually watch all the episodes of a show (instead of wikipedia searching the plot til it gets to the good parts) i have to give that show high marks. My favorite thing about this show is that it is an almost perfect length. They dont draw out the inevitable sooooo long (I love you Toradora but im talking to you) and they dont end it anticlimactically (every 3rd SOL romance does this). The second to last arc was a little weak and less compelling and funny than the first two, but it was short and still entertaining. Again, if you are looking for a SOL/romance/comedy anime that doesnt make you embarrassed to be a fan with ridiculous characters, gratuitous fan service, and a blah ending. You cant do much better than this.
Overall-9 read more
Is it just me, or do I only review shows beginning with the letter K?
Anyway, just so you know, I'm also including the Michi Random specials in this review.
What would you do if you and your friends started randomly switching between each other's bodies? Or if your deepest darkest desires were suddenly brought to the surface, out of your control?
Here we have a series that takes a supernatural storyline, adds some well-written high-school romance and plenty of compelling drama, and pulls it all together into one amazing package. Although some of the ideas may have been done many times before, Kokoro Connect manages to make it fresh and funny, whilst also being surprisingly realistic with how it portrays the effects of each of the phenomena. I felt the drama wasn't overdone at all and every arc introduced interesting new aspects of the story and allowed many sides of the characters to be shown.
Ultimately, Kokoro Connect succeeds in blending its comedic school life shenanigans with more serious emotional moments, a testament to the quality of the writing and the great direction.
I really liked the art for this series - everything is crisp and smoothly animated. The characters instantly reminded me of K-On!, though upon checking, I was surprised to find that these two series don't actually have the same character designer.
The settings are fairly detailed and we have some beautiful backgrounds and lush scenery. As far as I could tell, there were no off-models or problems with animation.
The characters are all very expressive when they need to be. Whether they are happy, angry, embarrassed or otherwise, their on-screen demeanours fit very well with the excellent voice acting.
Whilst I enjoyed the colourful and upbeat opening animation, it was the endings that really shone in my opinion.
Overall, Kokoro Connect is a very attractive looking show - Silver Link doing a commendable job here.
The background music is great to hear; they fit the scenes nicely and add to the drama and emotion.
The ending song also fades in before the ending animation, which I always find to be a nice touch when executed well like this.
My personal favourites were the 2nd OP (Kimi Rhythm by Imai Masaki) and the 3rd ED (Salvage by Team.Nekokan [Neko] feat. Katakiri Rekka), though they are all really decent.
In terms of voice acting, I think it was a job well done by all the seiyuu. Even Heartseed with his tired, monotone voice I found to be sufficiently entertaining. Throughout the series, a wide range of character traits and personalities were portrayed.
The characters are what really make Kokoro Connect. Unlike some other school-based romantic comedies, Kokoro Connect features fully fleshed out, three-dimensional people, each with very real pasts and flaws, which was what made me really care about them as I watched their story unfold. They are apparently all somewhat misfits, so they form a Culture Club of sorts.
Without going into too much detail, we have:
Taichi, an altruistic pro-wrestling fan who has a selfless urge to help others;
Iori, a friendly energetic girl who is popular and loved by all;
Himeko, the cool and responsible one of the group, with considerable skill in information gathering and analysis;
Yui, an expressive karate practitioner, who loves cute things;
and Yoshifumi - their casual friend, who is attracted to Yui (though she resists his advances).
I also have to mention one of the cutest imouto in anime - Yaegashi Rina - who is a caring sister that looks out for Taichi and, despite being younger, seems to give him advice about his relationships.
Kokoro Connect was really one of if not the best show of its season. Watching the characters mature and develop was very compelling. Over the course of the series, their pasts are revealed, along with their own shortcomings and how they overcome them. The highlight is the character drama, and all in all, the series was practically perfect for me.
I have to say, Kokoro Connect is a must watch and I recommend it to everyone. It was fully entertaining throughout. As the supernatural phenomena start to take their toll on the five main characters - will their friendship be able to survive? Join them on an emotional rollercoaster as you see them handle various unusual situations, all the while learning more about themselves and each other.
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Yet ANOTHER update on this review. This is one tricky anime to write a review on- Here goes.
In a school where extracurricular activities are mandatory, there exist five "outlaws".
Yaegashi Taichi, the pro-wrestling maniac
Nagase Iori, your typical spunky, bubbly, lovely character type
Inaba Himeko, the intelligent, cool computer expert... who is maybe just a tad bit too cool at times
Kiriyama Yui, lover of all things that are cute
Aoki Yoshifumi, frequently subject to rough treatment by the girls around him.
These five students form their own club, the "Bunkenbu" (Bunka Kenkyuu-bu)- and each day spent together is as ordinary as can be.
Kokoro Connect is best described as unique. It does not follow the plot of traditional romance anime, but instead, adds its own splash of color to what could have been considered "trite and overused". The first arc -Hito Random- sets the story off with the odd-at-the-very-least phenomenon of body-switching among the five main characters. Subsequent arcs deal with various phenomena (including a release of all desire and a manifestation of one's past self)- all quite intriguing and entertaining... but not limited to "fun"/
While the events in Kokoro Connect are obviously not realistic, the audience is lead to think "What if?". Imagine suddenly being thrown into a mess of body-switching. Everyone has his or her own darkest secrets, desires, painful memories, and insecurities. Now, throw in the condition that four other people have access to all of the above at any given time. These people are close friends... but can they really be trusted? Would you want them to know about your past? Your thoughts? Your secrets? The answer is probably "Some things are better left untouched".
In addition to a superb cast that really brings life to the characters, Kokoro Connect very realistically displays how a person would react when facing situations such as the ones listed above. It takes a concept that may sound lighthearted and shapes it into something deeper- even deeper and more complex than love ties that exist elsewhere in anime (which is saying quite a bit).
Two shows with a focus on drama and the personal relationships between a group of friends.
Feelings, emotions, love affairs + supernatural touch.
Both anime have a similar story about relationships between friends
AnoHana has more in common with the heavier aspects of Kokoro Connect, primarily personal issues and how these strain friendships. While Kokoro Connect might be how a group of friends can fall apart, AnoHana starts with estranged friends after the damage is already done. A visitor tries to change that, though reconciliation can be a difficult journey.
There's a very similar atmosphere in both series. Each of the characters are extensively explored and gain a better understanding of each other through very unnatural experiences.
The premise of the series may be different, but excluding that, if you like the character development in either of the series, you'll sure to like the other show.
They both focus on à group of friends and due to some supernatural events their feelings and relation are put on the edge. Both anime have the same warm feelin. There's comedy but Both series also touches some heavy subjects, wich makes them both great.
Ano Hana and Kokoro Connect are similar because they both involves friendship and romance. Problems come up between the friends but they eventually solve it and have a better understanding of each other.
Both are drama anime that deal with character relationships and life problems. AnoHana is almost always serious with a melancholic tone, whereas Kokoro Connect tends to be lighter with more comedy. I encourage any drama fans to check these out.
Both are great anime dramas
Kokoro's group of friends face issues that may tear them apart, and Ano's group faces issues which also cause life-changing effects
Both animes have a bit of supernatural aspect to them
They both are very well crafted stories that delve into the human condition and the relationships between the characters through a supernatural event. Both stress the importance of friendship and the supernatural catalyst causes them to come together (In Anohana this is more evident and Kokoro Connect delves far deeper into what strains can develop between friends).
Both have a group of friends that more or less deal with the supernatural. Controversy spreads through both series, but the group eventually works together. The pace of both series flow very well and will surely touch your heart. Oh, and they both have love polygons.
Both are based on a group of friends that go through various conflicts due to supernatural causes
Both plots arise and fall because of the strong emotions that run through the groups
Both have love/hate relaitionships within the group
First of all Kokoro Connect probably won't make you break down AS hard as Anohana. Besides that all the character relationships are there among these friends. So sally forth on another emotional rollercoaster!
Both stories center around childhood friends who went through a series of trials and struggles together upon encountering a supernatural phenomenon. The theme for both series revolves around the importance of friendship and accountability. They were also able present impeccable artistry (especially the musical scores) and spiritual value.
Both anime are capable in mixing the viewers' emotion as they offer emotional conflicts. They also provides the viewers with a lesson about life, as the conflicts that appear in the anime are somewhat similar to our daily life and may happen in regular occurance
Both are about group of friends and their encounter with supernatural.
Both of these animes focuses on the bonds between the group of characters that you'll probably love, and both are about a sudden "surprise" in their lives, although Kokoro Connect was cut into many different arcs. They have just too many similarities, such as the animation. Not to mention that they both deal with the "supernatural," although again, Kokoro Connect gives much more of that feeling than Ano Hana
If you liked either Kokoro Connect or Ano Hana, give the other one a try, you won't regret it! :)
- Both anime deal with the theme of friendship during adolescence and have characters that are realistic and relatable.
- Both anime have great art style.
- Both anime also share supernatural elements which catalyse emotions in both groups of friends.
- Both anime are emotional.
First of all, both anime have these following themes in common: comedy, slice-of-life, supernatural, and school. The settings are the same; they are both a school and the characters are part of a club that only consist of five members: two boys and three girls. I also feel that the characters have similar personalities with some slightly differences.
Both are shows with a highschool setting that have supernatural theme.
Both start as random comedy but end up evoluting to something serious/darker.
Both have two males and three girls in a group.
Two boys and three girls who dedicate much time for their little school club. They are involved into the supernatural and must keep it secret. Many conversations take place inside the club's room in many episodes, and some events and moods are similar.
Same genres: School, Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural and Mystery
5 main characters: 3 girls and 2 boys,
Cultural Study group = SOS Brigade.
School kids vs. Aliens; interaction and the existence of other beings in the universe, learning about feelings, friendships and relationships, as well as impressive characters.
-after school club whose sole purpose is friend-making
-groups of friends hanging out, 3 girls: 2 guy ratio (my gosh they're like guppies)
-romance in the friend group
-"weirdness club": (one is about the consequences arising from random body switching,
one is centered around an omnipotent alien.)
Both shows are about a group of friends in the same clubs experiencing weird supernatural phenomenon. If you enjoyed Haruhi Suzumiya, then you're bound to enjoy Kokoro Connect.
When I watch Kokoro Connect, I keep think how similar it is to Suzumiya Haruhi. Both story focuses on a club full of teenagers, both consisting of 2 boys and 3 girls. Both clubs end up doing weird/random things that start affecting their daily lives. Both of them are light novel adaptions. Iori and Haruhi are both cheerful club presidents.
Wacky stuff happening to high school kids. Both shows have the same vibe. Kokoro Connect is much more heartwarming and less about the paranormal and more about the relationships between the characters.
How can Kokoro Connect not be the most recommended next to Haruhi Suzumiya no Yuuutsu? Five main characters that all participate in a club, two males and three females. During their time spent at school, a series of supernatural events set off around them being caused by one person.
Both have a group of five friends, 2 boys and 3 girls, who have to deal with various supernatural events that affect their lives. Both have comedy but are also serious at parts, they also have a great cast of characters. If you like Haruhi and her SOS Brigade going through supernatural occurrences while trying to solve them, watch Kokoro Connect! If you haven't seen any of these anime, watch them now!
Both series revolve around five students, two boys and three girls, that are all in a club together that deal with paranormal activities.
Both have a mix of comedy, drama and (as mentioned) paranormal activities to varying degrees.
Kokoro focuses more on romance between characters and character development
Kokoro is much less episodic than Haruhi, i.e. they will have to deal with a specific situation over a series of episodes not just one
Haruhi is much more episodic, i.e. each episode usually has its own separate focus
The character tropes are similar but Haruhi takes them to more of an extreme
In my opinion are both well worth watching if you haven't already. read more
Clubs, School,Comedy ,And Epic drama scenes!
-Both of them start with a sense of humor, after that they start getting in to somthing darker.
-Both of the supernatural events happens in school (club)
-The number of the club members the same
-Same genres School/Slice of life/Comedy
Both involve a school club slice of life anime style that eventually turns into more of a supernatural theme.
Both shows have main character ratios of two boys to three girls.
When looking at the artwork for Kokoro Connect and Hyouka, the artwork looks strikingly similar to each other, despite being animated by differing studios. Hyouka's artwork is a marvel to look at since it was animated by KyoAni, but Kokoro Connect's artwork is also very good.
Kokoro Connect, synthesizes comedy and drama in a very appealing way. It does not rely on straight gags, and it doesn't try too hard for laughs. This is a positive, because it doesn't seem forced like in other anime. The drama is not over the top and does not seem forced at all. There are also slice of life elements in Kokoro Connect, but is not the central focus for this anime.
Hyouka is marketed as a Mystery anime, but it does have some supernatural, comedic and dramatic components as well. The mysteries that are solved in most of the episodes may be trivial, but the process isn't boring at all. The mystery solving process is done through continued interactions between the characters.
If the mysteries were solved straight away... then what would be the point of having entire episodes? Just to force laughs out of the person watching, like some other anime do? Hyouka paces the mystery solving very well, and also contains slice of life and some romance to mix things up.
If you liked Hyouka and also a great mix of comedy, drama, with some romance and supernatural... without seemingly forced... then give Kokoro Connect a try!
Daily life anime (actually an acceptable name of a genre in Japan, being called nichijou which literally mean daily life,) but with a teaspoon of supernatural touch.
Kokoro Connect actually have somethings extraterrestrial taking place (body switching) but refuses to treat itself as a supernatural anime. Instead it always goes on like it is no big deal.The mood and tone of the show resembles other daily-life anime where sci-fi or supernatural elements cannot be found.
Hyouka on the other hand actually have no sci-fi context or supernatural power whatsoever, but is being treated as having one. There are sequences that look otherworldly, but no, there are nothing outside Physics law.
It is also worth noting that while production quality is not as stellar, Kokoro Connect character design (not about they look or personalities, but how they are drawn by animator) closely resembles that off KyoAni's Hyouka. Which possibly be another reason you might like the show. There are plenty of people who prefer anime with certain styles of art regardless of genre, so if you like K-On, Hyouka or other KyoAni goodness, why not give this a try.
Both Anime aired around the same time, both have a school setting, both have a mystery element and they have similar styles. They also deal with clubs that are rather minor and simply print a particular publication which isn't typically a big deal for the rest of the school.
I just have this feeling they are similar to each other since strange things/phenomena happen with both clubs although Hyouka is more on solving mysteries. But still when I see Kokoro Connect, it reminds me of Hyouka.
Both series revolves around a group of friends at a school life setting with a mixture of comedy and drama.
In both series, there is a slice of life style theme as the students breeze through the typical days.
Both series also contain a mystery like theme with questions that needs answers.
Additionally, both series has great artwork and a fitting soundtrack to go along with the mix.
Both anime are similar in the sense that they don't force you to like them from the start. Rather they slowly pull you in and get you hooked before you even realise it. Both are quite simple but at the same time are very interesting.
They both start on a K-ON artwork + slice-of-life framework, but develop their premise in an inspired and convincing fashion on top of it. Both have elements of mystery and drama and are heavily character-driven. Hyouka is somewhat more episodic and self-contained with different cases to be solved in each episode/arc. Kokoro Connect has more of a single thread of plot, although it's still very slice-of-life in that, while each episode leads to the next in an interconnected fashion, there's not much going on externally. For both, much of what happens is internal - within and between the characters.
Both have some mystery in them and very interesting changes.
The style of drawing imo is very similar. Both anime's are mostly about a boy and his day-day relationships with other people (though in Kokoro Connect theres a weird twist). This is a very good pickup for anyone who likes how a main character comes to love somebody. However, almost no romantic scenes exist in this anime until the very end, so if you're super into romantic stuff, then turn away now. However, if you're interested into how a boy eventually comes to realize his feelings in the very last episode, watch it. ;)
the only dissimilarities is, hyouka doesn't have any complicated romance
The story follows a group of friends who joined a club, but an incident occurs in the surrounding presents around them. As the incident occurs, they take a role of somewhat an amateur (somewhat professionals) detectives who find some specific task and completing them. Can you figure out the cases before the character do?
Hyouka, is much more of a mystery detective show where it uses mostly trivial questions and theories. Kokoro Connect, follows a supernatural detective show, with a mixture of comedy, drama and more romance.
Less drama, but still has the mystery component. You'll find yourself rooting for romance but both of them still heavily focus on plot instead of letting romance destroy it. They both have a mystery component which is really interesting but Hyouka's main mystery is in the first few episodes while Kokoro Connect extends and extends. The episodes after the main mystery in Hyouka are slice-of-life and school lifey mysteries.
Both Mystery genre
Both has a little romance in it
Fun to watch
Both involve the whole switching body theme
Kokoro Connect being more dramatic and Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo being more comedic
Both series plot includes a group of individuals that have their conciousness/body swaped. Kokoro Connect Is a rather more dramatic series that revolves around relationships and the "Painful scars hidden within their hearts." Both contain comedy but Kokoro connect is more dramatic based. If you enjoyed Kokoro You will enjoy Yamada. If you've Just finished Yamada and want something in similar taste and plot Kokoro Is you go to anime.
- Both shows include as the main plot (Only on the first episodes) a Switching body phenomenon.
- In both shows the main characters are in the same school club.
- Similar Supernatural genre
- Kokoro Connect: Drama / Yamada-kun: Comedy
Body switching fun... Yamada seems more silly as of how far it is through airing, but they revolve around a similar premise.
These animes are similar in the romance department and both focus on a certain club in which supernatural things happen. Both include the shift of one person into another person's body, and vice versa, as well as many other abnormal transactions that occur throughout the animes. While Yamada-kun is more light-hearted and comical, Kokoro Connect can be more dramatic and serious at times. Nevertheless I highly recommend either one of these great animes!
-Both Anime almost have the same concept of body swap and many other things
Even though the story of animes are very different from each other while watching Yamada and seven witches I remembered Kokoro connect
- both animes are about couple of friends (which are in school clubs)
- both anime have body swapping,telekinesis and other magic stuff (in Yamada and seven witches there are witches while in Kokoro connect there is different situation)
- both anime have some little dirty moments
- both anime have comedy/romance moments (more romance in Yamada)
Kokoro Connect and Yamada-kun share a lot of similarities. Both use a high school club setting as the premise of the story. They also share a lot of the same themes, such as body-switching, etc. The only major difference is that the characters in Kokoro Connect undergo much more substantial development than Yamada-kun.
- Both have a supernatural event occurring in a school setting.
- Both deal with a club/group of friends daily lives and problems they face.
- Main guy is very altruistic and is in a love triangle.
- Both are very unusual comedies that carry a lot of dramatic moments bringing out your emotions in every episode.
-Both anime deal with the characters' hidden emotions that are forced to be heard by, or from others because of a unnatural phenomenon or skill that can't be controlled by themselves.
Both series takes place at a school setting between a group of friends in their every day life. The catch? There is some supernatural elements involved in which we don't see often (if at all) in normal high school settings.
Both series involves a club where most of the main characters are part of. Together, they make the most of their school lives while dealing with drama and other incidents.
There seems to be a love triangle in both series and the main male protagonist is in the center of it all.
Both series are rare gems for their way of presenting drama and comedy at the same time. Although lighthearted, they do have emotions and pours heavy drama at surprising moments.
Well, they're both slice-of-life anime with a hint of the supernatural.
Both have romance that builds throughout the shows.
Both are generally funny, but tend to have tendencies to become very quickly dramatic, and very overly dramatic as that. If you can look past the unrealistic drama, then you will surely enjoy both of these otherwise brilliantly executed shows. :)
- love comedy(romcom)
- supernatural influences relationships
- romance are both really cute and both are fun to watch
-both series have their own dark drama moments. Kokoro Connect does this a Bit better than Kotoura-san
- Both animes are well worth the watch. I personally enjoyed kokoro connect a lot more
Both have a nice sense of romance and good grasps of the supernatural. They both have to go through tough times cooperating as a team.
-Supernatural things and unexpected events happens in their summer
-School life/slice of life anime
The same feeling while watching both of them.
Supernatural phenomena happening to a group of students and lots of drama.
Supernatural events, unrequited love and lots of drama.
Main characters are just relaxing in their daily lives until some supernatural entity enters it. They try to stay as friends while dealing with the alien, and learn different morals on their journey.
Both these anime provide romance with ALOT of drama and it involves inhuman powers. This makes these two anime very different from your basic romance anime.
-coming of age story
-an intervening force in the daily lives of the characters
-learning about love and loss
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