The central question of Kokoro Connect is a fascinating one. “If our bodies lose their significance, will we still be ourselves?”
Jesus said, “Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe
to the soul that depends on the flesh.”
— The Gospel of Thomas v. 112
As Nagase says, the body is the foundation of identity. But as the attachment to one’s body degrades, what becomes of one’s identity?
Well, I think what we’re going to see from Kokoro Connect is that one’s identity becomes less constraining. The characters are able to, quite literally, walk in one another’s shoes once they are freed from the tyranny of the flesh. And then their hearts connect (kokoro = heart).
This show has had some great characterization. I especially love the teacher and Heartseed. Finally we have a teacher who isn’t such a stickler for the rules. He actually trusts his students and doesn’t worry about the tiniest things. This is what many of my teachers were like in high school.
And Heartseed is… interesting. He doesn’t seem evil, but he doesn’t seem good either. He’s just lazy. He kept talking about what wasn’t the students’ mission, but he never said what it was. I’m quite curious about this.
Finally, the body switching is hilarious. I was worried at first this would become the kind of show that focused on perverted hijinks, but it has thankfully largely avoided that. I’m looking forward to the battle for Iori’s heart next week!
Note: I decided to blog this but not Natsuyuki Rendezevous. This one I feel like I can relate to better and have more to say.