Kokoro Connect (TV) Blu Ray Review
Somewhat of a cross between Freaky Friday and K-On!, Kokoro Connect is a fun, sometimes cringeworthy series about a bunch of friends who try to maintain their secrets and composure after body-swapping with friends.
"There’s a student exchange problem in the Cultural Study group.
You’ve heard of foreign exchange in high school, but body exchange?
Having seemingly been caught up in the whims of a supernatural character called Heartseed; Taichi, Iori, Himeko, Yoshifumi and Yui are about to learn more about each other than most. Not only are they switching bodies, they’re switching genders!
Now they’re truly discovering things about each other, including stuff that go beyond basic anatomy. Every member of the Cultural Study group is hiding something, but how long can it stay a secret when their body is no longer their own, and they can't keep watch 24/7?
It just might be time for them to face their demons" - Hanabee
The cringeworthy moments in this series are totally deserved and they're delivered on purpose. The thought of High School friends swapping bodies with their friends while retaining their personality is bad enough but, you know, boys... Yep. It's these sort of moments that make your skin crawl but they also lead to some pretty good character developments with certain members of the group acting in contradiction to what you'd expect. Considering that this is only a 13 episode series, there's a fair amount of character development, more than enough for the characters to grow on you and to become emotionally invested in them. In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee wrote, "you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb in his skin and walk around in it". My English teacher would be so proud!
There are some striking visual similarities between the characters in
Kokoro Connect the Complete TV Series is available now on Blu Ray and DVD
Kokoro Connect the OVA is available now on Blu Ray and DVD
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