On Kokoro ConnectPosted: August 1, 2012 | |
There’s been a lot of talk about why this show is shallow. Kokoro Connect has a whole slew of minor problems… including, but not limited to:
- Iori’s backstory (in the future)
- Inaba’s backstory
- Yui’s backstory
Basically, the whole argument is that Kokoro Connect blew off these heavy issues very easily, be it with a kick to the groin or a mood-killing secret. But really, what did you expect? The problems unearthed by this simple “body swapping” device are both interesting and not over-the-top. The solutions Taichi comes to are comedic, and fitting of a high school student who is too nice to others.
The more important question here is where this show is going to go next. Aeroblip has voiced his predictions of a downward spiral, and I don’t blame him. His expectations are grounded both in the shallow backstories we have seen so far and the regular cliches of a harem-type show (i.e. the unresolved/nobody wins ending). But, he also comments on the predictability of the show…
The lack of depth ultimately makes this show predictable. Because of the lack of dynamics regarding characters and their respective relationships, there are not many directions this show can progress. People are talking about how this show is “deep” or “provocative” it is. Call it intuition or cynicism, but I already have an idea of exactly how the series will pan out. Put on your goggles, kids. Professor Aeroblip is about to lay the truth down.
Kokoro Connect is neither deep nor provocative, but it does touch on subjects that most shows of this kind would never dare consider. And it pulls these off in a light-hearted manner, fitting for a show about boys and girls switching bodies. That’s impressive. But to call it predictable? Is being able to guess the plotline of a harem anime some kind of admirable skill these days? Plotwise, these past four episodes have been nothing but predictable. But it’s the interactions between the characters that makes me camp Nyaa and Tokyo Toshokan for the latest subs. Look at Inaba’s cocky smile. Did you expect that?
Sure, the show might pan out the way Aeroblip says. But that really isn’t the point here. The way Kokoro Connect will approach these “shallow” matters is going to be fun and way out of the league of your usual harem anime. I look forward to it.