Aaah, Kokoro Connect, I finally get to see you now especially with the busy schedule and RoundtableOtakus recording last July 8. It’s definitely better than what I expected of it, has an interesting plot that has me intrigued, and finally character familiar designs that finally worked! Excellent music and voice acting are contained too!
Let’s start with the character designs. We all know it was drawn by the same guys who drew the ones for K-ON! and I wouldn’t be trashing nor ranting about the character designs here. The character designs here finally worked and did it’s job of properly portraying the characters — and not confuses you into thinking the characters are middle-school brats. It’s fairly detailed and smoothened out, of course, although there are spots in the animation where there are some slight waste of detailing. Only highly-scrutinising eyes would be able to notice it though. Background and setting art is sparse and could have been better. It’s just average traditional art. The animation is good, but the lack of polish in the art makes it hard to see how good it is.
Voice acting is excellent. It helps in defining the characters, moods, and the scenes! Kudos to all of the cast who collectively contributed their voices in this very first episode. Toyosaki Aki’s voice for Iori was quite unpredictable and surprising. The songs used for the opening and ending themes are superb and nice companion to the ears. The background music, however, needs more episodes for me to say anything about them.
The writing is good and helps in giving a good narration of the events presented to us. It’s just average but the direction makes it feel different. It’s not at the same aspect of Mouretsu Pirates, or Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse but it makes the events all the more intriguing. It is about a strange phenomenon where a group of five friends exchange bodies with each other. You may queue all of the weird and perverted thoughts in your brain now, but how it was shown in the episode isn’t as pervertedly disturbing as you’d imagine.
Kokoro connect is one of those intriguing series in this season. Personally, it’s on my probation list whether I shall forget it or put it on my marathon list. And the aforementioned screenshot is a justification for me to ask for a yuri doujin of it. I’ll be watching it for some shippable moments, then
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