Senin, 08 April 2013

Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect (ココロコネクト Kokoro Konekuto?) is a Japanese light novel series written by Sadanatsu Anda, with illustrations by Shiromizakana. The first volume was published in January 2010, and nine volumes have been released by Enterbrain as of September 2012. Two manga adaptations have been published by Enterbrain and Kadokawa Shoten. A 13-episode anime adaptation directed by Shinya Kawamo and produced by Silver Link aired in Japan between July and September 2012. Four additional episodes aired on December 30, 2012.

Story Synopsis
The story involves five high school students, Taichi, Iori, Himeko, Yoshifumi and Yui, who are all members of the Cultural Research Club. One day, they begin experiencing a phenomenon in which they randomly swap bodies amongst themselves. As these five friends face many different phenomena at the whims of a mysterious being known as Heartseed, their friendship is put to the ultimate test.


Taichi Yaegashi (八重樫 太一 Yaegashi Taichi?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima
Taichi is the main protagonist and a big professional wrestling fan. He and four others formed the cultural club because their school did not have the club they wanted to join. He is generally selfless and will usually try to help others in need. He confesses his love to Iori in the Hito Random arc , however gets rejected since it was believe she was going to "die". Taichi confesses to Iori again in Michi Random but was rejected because Iori believed Taichi didn't know the real "her". During the events of Michi Random, his feelings began to change and then confesses to Himeko by the end of the arc.

Iori Nagase (永瀬 伊織 Nagase Iori?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki
Iori is the easy going president of the cultural club. She lives alone with her mother who is seldom at home. Having previously had a violent stepfather, she had learned to alter her personality to fit the expectations of others to the point where she is unsure who she was originally supposed to be. She is in love with Taichi, but decides to postpone their relationship until the phenomena was over. In Kizu Random, she finds out that Himeko has feelings for Taichi, too; Iori confronts her and later encourages her to confess to him. By the end of the Kako Random arc, she starts to question whether or not she has feelings for Taichi and if people really know the real her. She is sometimes controlled by "Heartseed" when a phenomenon is about to end.

Himeko Inaba (稲葉 姫子 Inaba Himeko?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Himeko is the vice president of the cultural club, who has a contrasting personality with Iori. She often reacts violently to Taichi or Yoshifumi's jokes, and is nicknamed "Inaban" by Iori. She was a computer club member but quit after having an argument with the president of that club, and then joined the cultural club. She is generally distrustful of others and worries a lot, even more so when they begin swapping bodies. Between them, she is the most calm and rational when dealing with unexpected situations. During Kizu Random, Heartseed confronts her in coming to the realization that she has feelings for Taichi when she was pretending she didn't know. She confesses to him after the class trip by the encouragement of Iori, declaring that she would make him fall for her even if he was in love with Iori. Over the course of the series, she gets more and more attached to the group, especially Taichi, and softens her sharp and rational personality.

Yoshifumi Aoki (青木 義文 Aoki Yoshifumi?)
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima
Yoshifumi is Taichi's best friend with whom he often shares adult videos with. While having a non-serious attitude, he loves Yui and does not hesitate to show it seriously. As a kid, he vowed to live life to the fullest after a student he knew died. He is considered as the weakest of the five by Heartseed.

Yui Kiriyama (桐山 唯 Kiriyama Yui?)
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto
Yui is skilled in karate but developed androphobia after she was almost raped in junior high school. She starts having a different opinion of boys after Taichi helps her. She has rejected Yoshifumi numerous times, but she later admits that she is just not yet ready to have a relationship. She overcomes her androphobia after Yoshifumi reaffirms his love for her.

Chihiro Uwa (宇和 千尋 Uwa Chihiro?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (drama CD)
Chihiro is one of two freshmen that joins the cultural club. He was given a power by Heartseed called Illusory Projection, which allows him to transform into anyone by having the same physical traits of the person including their scent and voice.

Shino Enjōji (円城寺 紫乃 Enjōji Shino?)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (drama CD)
Shino is one of two freshmen that joins the cultural club. She is in love with Chihiro.

Heartseed (ふうせんかずら Fūsen Kazura?)
A supernatural being who is the cause of the phenomena surrounding the cultural club. It communicates with the group by possessing other humans, most often Mr. Gotō, and often speaks in a tired monotone voice. Its name comes from the balloon plant, whose seeds have heart-shaped patterns. There is more than one Heartseed. The first one refers to itself with "boku" while another one uses "atashi", which possibly means that the first one is a male and second is a female. 

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