Kokoro Connect 08-09
“Isn’t hurting and troubling each other just what friends are for?”
Within these two episodes we witnessed Tachi’s transformation from the awesome life lessons Goto and Fujishima gave him. Just what are friends to you? What does it mean to have a friend? Goto’s got to be one of the best teachers for not only being kick-back, but having the ability to help his students move forward (I admire that as an aspiring teacher… not so much the lazy side though). His lessons of what friends are for really touch me deep down and I totally agree with him – it’s better to try and fail than not try at all in whatever issues you have with your friends. Distance and postponing the issue will only do you worse as it gets much more awkward or up until the point where there is no bond left to fix… and that’s quite saddening.
Fujishima’s advice is fairly similar to Goto’s message as she believes that “humans are supposed to hurt each other”. Alongside with Goto’s advice, our selfless freak finally understands that their’s a bunch of other people who’ve been affected or could affect the StuCS club issue for the better or worse. What should’ve been obvious from the start, Tachi only realized recently… but our initial thoughts in that scene would be “oh… finally Taichi… gosh”. I don’t know about you guys, but I thought of it as quite the beautiful resolution alongside with Iori’s message of strength.
It might be due to the brilliant use of music which Kokoro Connect never loses face in but 9 episodes in, it’s allowed us to really develop a connection to each of these characters. So seeing Taichi rebuilding the broken bonds between Iori, Aoki and Yui were a treat for my fragile self. Isn’t it always best to see your characters get alone and have fun? But as much as Tachi has done a lot of work in getting together the StuCS club members, there’s still one more member who’s the biggest emotional train wreck amongst them all: Inaba.
Our strong-headed but fragile Inaba has not only been isolated physically on her own will to protect her friends but with Heartseed visiting and completely ruining her resolve, now Inaba’s fallen into a mental isolation. If this keeps up, she really will go into a physical/mental breakdown and that seems likely from the preview. Other than the mask she constantly wears, just what are those feelings she’s trying to suppress that could destroy the group? Her love for Taichi? Or something else?
Rating: I’ve decided to give both episodes an overall 8 out of 10. I’m enjoying the emotional ride more and more now that things are getting heated up (from episode 8, 9 and the preview). Heartseed is as much of a troll as ever so it intrigues me how Inaba approaches the group (mainly Iori) within the next episode. There were finally some Aoki spotlight and it was a site to behold. Maybe it didn’t make up for the 8 episodes he was hardly ever in but it did well as to really use his character in bringing Yui back into school. Like in the past, Kokoro Connect knows how to change the atmosphere from suspense to comedic or anything in between. Not so much for Fujishima’s field trip talk of enthusiasm but the desire to eat being unleashed was really enjoyable to watch!