English: Kokoro Connect
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2012 to Sep 30, 2012
24 min. per episode
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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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)
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.
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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).
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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Kokoro Connect (KokoroCo) surprisingly manages to present a meaningful and emotional story to the viewer, but unfortunately the presentation doesn't manage to bring out everything the series has to offer. The content is magnificent yet the packaging is of a poorer quality, like how the experience of recieving a new shiny toy is ruined by the difficulty of getting it out of the damn plastic. The 'package' KokoroCo has been forced into makes the content appear equally disappointing, yet luckily it can still be enjoyed, lingering in the back of your head, once you manage to pull it out of its poorly constructed cardboard box.
This review also concerns the final four episodes known as the Michi Random arc (ep. 14-17), because there's absolutely no reason not to include it or watch it as it matches the regular show perfectly and provides us with a more satisfying and resolving conclusion.
The main drawback of KokoroCo's package is the setting; a high-school location with some really strange events being made possible by reasons which remain unexplained. The setting which allows for these strange happenings was obviously chosen merely for the possibilty to draw out some interesting dramatic events and character interactions. Though as I wonder whether all the drama the cast finds themselves in wouldn't have been equally plausible without all the paranormal mysteries, it does make for some interesting stuff to think about and allows certain story aspects to move along at a faster pace. The fact that all the mysteriousness remains unexplained therefore doesn't harm the story directly persé, but does make for some poor development at crucial plot points, mainly at the ends of each of the seperate arcs which comprise the story.
Also the locations chosen for many scenes seem to be decided mainly on what would be the most convenient and desireable for the characters to find themselves in and certain events to happen. Characters find themselves sulking upon a bridge they've never been on before, which sets up the story perfectly for a major plot device; bumping into a side character while passing through a snowy alley, so that they don't have to stay and talk for too long; hiding in appartment buildings without a set location and running into empty warehouses which are oddly placed nearby a high school. And many locations for dramatic events don't just seem to conveniently exist, but lack the presence of other people as well.
The 'poor development at crucial plot points' I just mentioned can easily be explained by the overuse of the deus ex machina, which has been known as a poor plot device since even before the year 0 (which the more critical readers will tell me doesn't exist). The story develops up to a point where it seemingly gets 'stuck', the characters find themselves in a position they can't easily find a way out of unless something unexpected happens. And these unexpected events do happen, a lot. They are perfectly catered by the setting, which allows for random and easy manipulation of characters and dialogue, and combined with the convenient locations provided the series manages to pull off some ridiculous feats. And though the setting allows for these kinds of the things, it remains clear that the plot devices are chosen so obviously in favor of the dramatic endings and continuation of the story that it makes the lack of any further explanation or reasons given unacceptable.
But let's move on to something a bit better, the characters. The main cast is definitely based upon already existing archetypes but they managed to add a lot of variety to them. They are not reduced to stereotypes but remain recognizable as such and are thus easy to understand for most anime-watchers. Because of this they lack the complexity for truly deep character interaction and development, but are definitely on par with the rest of the series, which gives me only a couple of small things to comment on.
Even though the main cast has some depth to them, this is not the case for the few side characters the show has. The side characters often remain one-dimensional, though because of the small role they have to play this does little harm anyways. Though the large role the main cast has to fulfill still doesn't carry them beyond being merely two-dimensional. What I mean by this is that they often seem to have a serious and non-serious side, but not much in between, the details of their personality remain a bit vague which is also made worse by the lack of a real backstory for most of them. Their background is often mentioned in a few words or sentences but not much more is shown or made available to the viewer. Especially Taichi remains very bland in the first half of the series even though there he has the most important role by far, he is basically put above the rest of the main cast but fails to fullfill his role as a character.
The development of the characters however is fantastic, you can see them slowly and realisticly change the further the series progresses. They don't gain much in terms of depth or complexity but their reactions and changes follow the natural flow of the story very well.
The plot development is also good, but can't work around the implementation of all the deus ex machina, the arcs end and start very suddenly and without warning. Several problems also turn out to be easily solvable by the characters raising their shoulders and saying 'we don't care' or 'it doesn't matter', often accompanied by some misplaced dramatic reaction. Though the development up until these kinds of happenings doesn't disappoint, but that might also be contributing in the conclusions being just that little bit more disappointing.
The good development manages to suck you in as long as the story is moving along nicely, though the seperation of the story into some very distinct and isolated arcs distracted from the continuation of the story. It gives you a feeling that the story has ended and another is starting, not carrying on the interest that had developed in a previous arc.
Yet if this 'lack of carry-over' was limited to the arcs itself it would've been only a tiny issue, mainly depending on my own dislike of dividing a story into arcs like that. Yet with this series I noticed something I had never noticed before, namely that the scene-transitions are equally bad. It's hard to say whether the problem lies with the directing or editing, but one scene doesn't progress nicely into the other. This may be part due to the random locations, many of which aren't introduced in previous scenes but appear out of nowhere, leaving you unknowing of what mood or environment the scene will take place in. But part of it is also the sudden changes in athmosphere, without the latter scene being properly introduced. Leaving you lagging behind in your mindset and first having to adapt, making you lose interest and not being able to immediately identify with an on-itself well executed scene.
Though if you manage to keep your focus and involve yourself in the story, there is little to complain. The characters are, as mentioned, understandable and believable enough. Their emotions and responses are usually relateable and capable of getting you involved. The setting allows for many thought-experimental situations, which will make you reflect not only on the characters, but also upon yourself. Thinking about what you would do in the (sometimes poorly) given situations is a fun experience in itself, and this makes the series eventually into a meaningful experience.
The drama is overdone at parts however, as mentioned the solutions are sometimes very simple and obvious, and an overly dramatic reaction in such a situation is not something you will find necessary, and is often uninteresting to watch. Drama is only interesting when it gets you involved, unlike action or comedy which can be enjoyed more easily. The series tries to put some of that easy entertainment in in the form of comedy, and even though it's a nice break from the continuous drama it is often poorly timed and constructed. Very few moments would do more than make you smirk, and it is often more of an interruption than an addition to the scenes. The series' main focus is interesting enough and could've done without the sloppy comedy in my opinion.
The inconsistent nature of the series makes it hard to watch and enjoy every minute of it, but the enjoyment here lies more in the afterthought. The story and the meaning behind it is great and upon reflection it will teach you more about yourself and will make you appreciate the characters and emotions more than you would while watching.
Despite some issues with the recording (which I will get at in the Sound section) the VAs did a great job acting out the characters and having them express a great deal of emotion. The dialogue and characters being a crucial part of the series, their role for bringing expression and life into them was highly important, and they well succeeded in doing so. Honestly, it were the VAs who were mainly getting you involved in the drama, and without them the series wouldn't have succeeded in effectively putting the scenes on display. With main non-story aspects of the series (dialogue, visuals, directing etc.) being somewhat mediocre, the skill of the actors managed to bring the drama and dialogue up a level. Except for a bit too much of a perfect articulation at times, which did a little bit of harm to the 'genuinety' of the more vivid emotions, the acting was basically spot on. Special mention for Kanemoto Hisako, who did a great job acting out her character Yui.
Not much can be said about the art, mainly because it surprises very little. It's simple, unoriginal and just about average for modern day standards. At times they try to mask how incedibly bland the series would look with some fancy lighting effects, but they help very little. The poor colour selection makes it look weird sometimes and just plain boring in general. The backgrounds have some nice complexity at times, but often lack the detail to be really impressive.
The sound is also one of the poorer qualities of the series, and for a melodramatic series, the sound and music should be of fairly high importance I would say.
It starts with the voice recording, which is a major issue. I have stressed the importance of the voice acting for this series already and it's a shame they apparently lost their pop filter when they were recording it. The loud breathing and sharp consonants make it hard to listen to yelling and whispers especially, and makes for an overall terrible listening experience. Soundeffects can be equally bad at times, often being a bit too loud and also poorly recorded it seems.
And even though the music is fairly good, it is often not used in scenes where it was needed in my opinion. Music is great for accompanying scenes in order to set a certain mood and to help emotions get transcribed to the viewer more easily, yet some scenes didn't seem to have a song which did it properly for the mood required, or they just didn't have any music at all. It is that the VAs had the job mostly covered, but for a drama it's a pitiful loss anyways.
Overall personal experience
In the end though, it is a series you can and probably will enjoy having watched, but having to watch it can be a challenge at times. You have to readily accept a lot of things, ignore the bad visuals and sound design and correct some very poorly directed scenes in your head by yourself. Another pain you'll have to struggle through sometimes is the repetitive dialogue and needlessly extended and overly explained scenes, while at other times it feels rushed and poorly thought out.
But, I do feel that the struggle was worth it, and despite many points of criticism, the end result may be appreciated nonetheless. Once you finally decide to just take out those scissors and simply cut right through the plastic instead of trying to open it nicely, you'll be rewarded with your shiny toy in the end.
Story (setting, plot, development), Art (art), Sound (sound, voice acting), Character (characters) and Enjoyment (immersion, emersion, overall experience) were split up into more manageable portions so I could remain focused on 1 aspect of the series in an attempt to remain objective and spoiler-free. Also no unnecessary synopsis, and the OP and ED of a series aren't an actual part of the anime! Know that all feedback is appreciated, please use the helpful button like you should, and thanks for reading! read more
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! :)
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
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 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
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.
-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)
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