When five students at Yamaboshi Academy realize that there are no clubs where they fit in, they band together to form the Student Cultural Society, or “StuCS” for short. The club consists of: Taichi Yaegashi, a hardcore wrestling fan; Iori Nagase, an indecisive optimist; Himeko Inaba, a calm computer genius; Yui Kiriyama, a petite karate practitioner; and Yoshifumi Aoki, the class clown. One day, Aoki and Yui experience a strange incident when, without warning, they switch bodies for a short period of time. As this supernatural phenomenon continues to occur randomly amongst the five friends, they begin to realize that it is not just fun and games. Now forced to become closer than ever, they soon discover each other’s hidden secrets and emotional scars, which could end up tearing the StuCS and their friendship apart. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
If you are looking for a series that makes you look at yourself and your friends in a new light then Kokoro Connect should be high on the list.
I was a bit unsure of Kokoro Connect the first time I saw it, but I liked the initial push of it with what it wanted to do. And as the series went on week by week, I found myself really enjoying it even more as it became a show that I looked forward to. With a marathon viewing session with both the TV and OVA side of the project, the structure of the series is all the clearer and the results are even better. The characters here most definitely grow and change across it and it provides for some very engaging entertainment that makes you feel invested and connected to the cast. The situations may be outlandish because of what Heartseed does, but it’s just the door to the real meat of the story which is worth the investment in time. Kokoro Connect is a very engaging show and one that had me from the start here and kept my attention throughout and it’s definitely a boon to fans to have the TV series and the OVAs together in one package.
Even though this anime is great, and is definately something i recommend for all its pros, this anime feels somewhat lacking and unmemorable towards the end, which is quite frustrating seeing as this anime is a good anime.
The Anime Man
The series was a very anticipated before beginning its airing as the light novel series, as well as the manga release, became a fairly large hit in Japan and throughout the online anime community. Of course I was one of the many that was looking forward to this series (as I have read the first couple of volumes of the light novel series). The series, I believe, was very well put together; the drama, suspense and pure romance really drew the viewers in. And when those last 4 episodes aired near the end of last year, that just did it for me: I knew this series was one of the best of this year. But in all sense, please watch this series if you haven’t yet done so because you are missing out on a lot.
LOL Let Us Review
I really enjoyed this one. It is a must see for all anime watchers and really makes you wonder about you and your friends. Every minute is worth watching and is never a waste of time. It is really addicting and hooks you in during the first few minutes.
I don’t know how I missed this anime last year. I feel bad that it took me this long to watch it. The anime is absolutely beautiful. I’ve never enjoyed a drama as I’ve enjoyed this. The way the phenomenal effect their lives was crazy. It brought them closer together and solved their issues. Thus, the characters weakness were their strength in away. I love how the base of the anime kept changing. You would never have expected it nor seen it coming. Also, it was never boring. The only downside of the anime was that its too focused on Taichi. I know he’s the main character, but I would’ve loved to see more of the other characters struggles.
All in All! This show is one of the greats! a definite have to for any, Rom/Com, Slice of Life, or Pych/Thriller lover! If you don’t mind reading that is. I can’t say I’ve ever seen anything else like this before
What also made this such a surprise is the studio behind it: Silver Link. My opinion of this before this show started was as a collection of bad Shaft-wannabes. That definitely changed with this series: they stopped trying to adhere to their Shaft roots and instead try to go with their own style (albeit slightly inspired by K-On). The animation ends up surprisingly good. Perhaps not Hyouka-levels, but the attention to detail still is quite impressive. The voice acting also is quite good, and unlike any of Silver Link’s previous hammy series. They really did something different here, and while it suffered fierce competition this season in the drama department (Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Hyouka), it held its own and delivered a high school drama that actually managed to stand apart from the rest.
Anime News Network
Kokoro Connect is not an outstanding series so far, but it exploits its defining gimmicks effectively enough to avoid being labeled as a heavily-derivative, run-of-the-mill one. Some solid characterization combines with a good balance of light humor and varying degrees of drama to create an entertaining variation on slice-of-life series.
Despite the artificiality of its plot, Kokoro Connect thrives due to its ensemble cast of genuine, likable characters.
Kokoro Connect tries its very best to pull from an emotionally rich place with the struggles of not only youth, but love and friendship. Even early into the series, two characters with a connection swap and it becomes a momentary comic relief, but a history of abuse gives everyone else (viewers included) a glimpse at what exists beyond the surface of things for these five. Trust becomes a part of this, with one’s innermost secrets and feelings being able to be accessed or left private, testing the waters of friendship. There isn’t an exact answer to the mystery behind the events in the first place, but it is certainly an evaluation of humanity, bonds, and the way people would handle taking on information that isn’t something we’re supposed to be privy to.
My Anime List
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.
When the body swapping started I feared this might become yet another fanservice series… Taichi’s first act on finding himself in a female body was to feel its breasts… then another female student walked in and offered to help! Thankfully it isn’t that sort of series at all; it was just done to show one of the awkward dilemmas of their swapping bodies. The story managed to balance the humour and drama of the situation nicely and just as one idea had been used enough it was over and they had to deal with another strange situation. The characters were fun without being silly; there may have been some funny moments but it didn’t descend in to wackiness. The character designs may be fairly generic but the animation was pretty good and the voices seemed to suit the characters although not speaking Japanese I can only judge them on the way they sounded. Over all I’d say this thirteen part series is well worth watching if you are an anime fan; especially as it can be legally watched on Crunchyroll at the time I’m writing this.
okoro Connect is one of those rare anime that I can envision being received positively among non-anime fans, particularly those who enjoy their evening soap opera. Any fanservice is done in context to the story and doesn’t feel out-of-place, and Heartseed is a straightforward, apparently simple-minded enough of a villain that he fits perfectly up against US Cartoon standards. It is simple enough to watch and enjoy with friends but interesting enough to keep wanting more, as it explores the consequences of “body swapping” and other similar phenomena in a more psychological level than films done before.
The Foodie Geek
The anime is as cheesy as it sounds: connecting hearts. The fact that Heartseed is forcing awkward and problematic situations onto our characters suggests he wants them to be better people. And making the right decisions, which are usually attained after a hard struggle within themselves, are also what makes Heartseed entertained. There’s nothing like that said in the show, but I think he’s actually a good guy. If you’re open to this wild concept of an anime, then I recommend it.
The Anime Accord
The show itself is not very long but it does an excellent job of conveying the story, every episode felt very “packed”, that is to say, no episode felt like it was wasted or used as a filler. It was also very entertaining to see how not only did the characters not truly know their friends but that they didn’t even understand themselves fully.
Alex And Manisier
Watch it, if only for the first arc. It’s a learning experience, for sure. You may even like the series on a whole. It’s not a waste of time like some other series, it’s worth a watch. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either.
Would watch more if the last three arcs were animated (sadly it sounds like that scandal killed any chance it had at selling well since 2ch decided to boycott it, read that as part of a blog write-up on the whole thing which I can’t find at the moment) and I would like to get this from Sentai when they put it out here (rather curious how they’ll do it though, I hope it’s in just one set but it’s 16 or 17 episodes long which makes it a bit awkward). Everything expect the DVD special is streaming on Crunchyroll and they might get those episodes once the actual DVDs come out, if not I’m sure Sentai’s release will have them.