A student club with three girls and two boys meets after school to chat and do nothing in particular. They start randomly swapping bodies.
Now, I seem to be largely alone here, but I actually liked this episode. It was mostly people sitting around and talking, but I don’t mind because I actually like these people. Sure, they’re high school students who hang around and chat and do nothing, but I don’t think that makes them boring. They have genuinely interesting personalities. These are people I could see myself being friends with.
Take as an example the computer girl. At first I assumed she’d be a Yuki Nagato clone. She’s not at all though, she’s actually overbearing and quite talkative. And she actually treats each of the other characters differently, as if she has a relationship with them. This is one of the reasons I enjoyed Hourou Musuko so much. For characters to feel genuine to me, they need to have relationships with others. Real people don’t treat everyone else equally like they do in anime. We joke with some people, we’re serious with others, we talk about one hobby with one friend, a different hobby with another. Kokoro Connect seems on track to portray more genuine relationships in this way.
The first episode wasn’t all that funny, but I don’t think it was supposed to be. I think we’re just building up the characters at the moment. The atmosphere reminds me a bit of both Natsuiru and Hyouka, with how we follow a tight-knit group of friends.