So, another episode of ‘fixing’ people, but at least there was something waaaay out of left field that turned the episode into something else entirely. It’s an odd strategy for producing/writing a show, but hey, I guess it works! Start telling a pretty cliche story and then BAM! throw something incredibly strange out there that makes the audience even forget what you were talking about. So, yeah…a fun episode for none of the reasons it set out for.
Things begin with the characters checking up on Inaba, who had apparently collapsed due to overexertion at the end of the previous episode. She’s back up and moving before too long, and cautions Taichi about caring too much, but then goes and blurts right out to him and Iori that Taichi should try and ‘fix’ Iori’s trauma. But her conflicting words do make sense a bit later. Iori is a bit angry at Inaba bringing up that she has some issue that’s been bothering her, but she asks Taichi is he can keep things the same between them if she tells him. Sitting along the riverbank, she tells Taichi that her mother’s frequent divorces and remarriages was tough on her, in particular one stepfather who could be violent. She changed her personality to keep his temper from flaring up, but she wasn’t quite sure what she really wanted by the end of it all. She’d lost track of her own wants and preferences after changing herself so many times. It seemed more like she just needed to get it off her chest, since feeling disconnected with herself had dulled her perception of the people around her. Taichi sort of stumbles through the conversation and almost says that he’s in love with her, but stops himself and goes for a more friend-like reassurance. Can’t say that I’m that thrilled to see him taking center stage so much and ‘fixing’ people. Having five main characters made me hope for more variations in binaries helping each other through things, rather than Taichi becoming something like a harem lead.
Ship ship ship (part 1)
No, really, I’d rather he didn’t. I don’t have anything against him, but I don’t want everything to revolve around him for the sake of the story and character relationships.
Don’t get all Gasai Yuno on me, Iori.
Nope. It’s just a crush now, but by the end of the show you will realize your true feelings for Inaba!
Yes, your self-friendzoning is just proof of your lack of true feelings!
Not only is Iori likely doomed because she’s the first girl (crushes at the start often fall apart later), but she’s channeling the ill-fated Minori from Toradora.
The latter 2/3 of the episode is basically one scene. Taichi (Inaba) goes to the club room to rest up since Inaba’s body is still weak, and Inaba (Taichi) follower before their bodies swap back. She starts to talk about why she’s been so weak, and the cause. She’s been kept awake worrying about the body swapping business, and that someone in the group could cause problems by committing crimes or basically doing anything while in her body, with her left to take the heat for it once they switch back. She can’t seem to trust anyone in the group, though she doesn’t trust people generally. Taichi tries his usual nice reassurances, but Inaba gets angry and tries threatening him into backing down. Then, to show Inaba that he trusts her completely, with anything, he says something that’s either incredibly stupid, brilliant, or both. The big secret he has to share, the one that he says would ruin his ability to have a normal life if it got out…was that he masturbated thinking of Inaba. Though I guess once again his stupid and incredibly clumsy way of trying to help people actually worked, since Inaba laughed so much at him that she kind of forgot her trust issues for a moment and opened up. From there on, Inaba berates him but then starts crying over how stupid he was but how touching it was, in a way. Things between the two of them are even better than before, and now she has something she can troll him about FOREVER. By way of this, she ends the episode by telling him later, when they’re with the group but away from them, that she masturbated to thoughts about him too. Yep.
I really hope not, I don’t want Taichi to become any more like a harem lead.
But damn, I can’t dislike the guy. At least if he does become the center of things, he’s not a self-righteous douche about ‘saving’ people.
Points for honesty?
Now kiss! (Not scene-appropriate, but you can’t stop the shipping.)
Don’t argue with results, I guess?
I know I do.
Final Thoughts: – I wasn’t really feeling the resolution to Iori’s issue being done by Taichi, but it wasn’t so bad I guess. Mostly just something she needed to talk to someone about rather than the huge trauma it was made out to be at the start. Taichi wasn’t bad there, but again, I’d rather that it have been someone like Inaba or Aoki to do the helping this time.
- Inaba’s trust issues weren’t as well written as they could have been, since they didn’t really give sufficient reason for her to be worried to the point of not sleeping just because. She also didn’t come off as completely convincing that she distrusted the other club members, though that was likely because of her and not the writing. She seemed to want to not trust anyone, that it was a safety mechanism amid the turmoil of the body swapping. But that all kind of fell away amid probably the most ridiculously funny revelations in anime. Completely out of nowhere, and what’s more, something I don’t think I’ve ever seen directly talked about in anime. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a character say directly to another that they masturbated to them. I think the very strangeness and shock of the admission, especially in a point of intense drama, really derailed the episode but in a fun way. That seems to have been Kokoro Connect‘s formula over the last two episodes: build up a conflict, bring things to a head, and then go for the laughs. Though I have to admire their creativity and daring in making that the reveal. And I guess it works. Taichi just acts so obliviously dumb that the other person can’t help but laugh and feel a bit better.
- Hoping for a few things out of the next episode or two: more Aoki, a less central role for Taichi, and some more interaction with Heartseed and/or reveals about the nature of the body swapping business. If it weren’t for the characters being so fun, and the ‘solutions’ to people’s problems being so amusing, I’d think that the show’s starting to get a bit bogged down for a one-cour series.