This episode goes straight to the heart of what I was saying last week— the students are not alone. It’s not just that they have each other, either. They have the entire community to lean on, but they are led to believe they have to solve everything by themselves. Continue reading Kokoro Connect 08 — Living in Community
The club members are set free to unleash their wildest desires, and what they do? Sleep in and yell out embarrassing things. I love how down to earth this show is. Continue reading Kokoro Connect 07 — Sin, the Church and Judgement
After last week’s episode, I was already prepared to look at this episode through the language of Christianity. It’s surprisingly easy to do: Kokoro Connect’s message mirrors Paul’s epistles remarkably closely.
Desires of the Flesh and of the Spirit
Heartseed’s new game is to make the characters subject to the whims of their desires, greatly weakening their powers of self-control. According to Paul, there are two types of conflicting desires:
Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. — Galatians 5:16-17 Continue reading Kokoro Connect 06 — The Epistles of Paul: Animated Edition
In the latest episode of Kokoro Connect, Iori dies. Wait, you may say, she didn’t really die! But I would have to disagree.
My understanding of this episode comes through the language of Christianity, since that is the language I am familiar with (most of this post’s ideas were gleaned from Richard Beck’s series on the Slavery of Death, which I can’t recommend enough if you’re interested). I believe these ideas are fairly universal, and I am certain that the creators of this episode would not use my language to describe things. But this is the language I use, so please bear with me and trust me when I say the connection to Kokoro Connect will soon become clear. Think of this interlude not as an exercise in religious indoctrination, but simply as a lesson in vocabulary. Continue reading Kokoro Connect 05 — To Conquer Death, You Only Have to Die
Now that Taichi has “cured” Yui’s drama, it’s Iori and Inaba’s turns! Whoo-hoo! Continue reading Kokoro Connect 04 — Apologetics