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  • General Hentai
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    Re: Episode 13 (Finale)

    A nice pause to a great series.

    This episode packs a lot in, but never feels bloated. It also didn't feel rushed to me. However, we really don't get a full ending, largely because of the unanswered questions that remain, and the fact that there's a movie coming that will follow-up on the largest unresolved issue of the series, Shoko.

    As anyone who's watched the series realized, Kaede woke up, regaining her lost memories, but in the process, losing the memories she'd gained over the last 2 years. Sakuta is absolutely devastated, to the point that the weird claw slash on his chest opens up again, after he flees the hospital in the rain. Only for Shoko to literally appear out of nowhere, take him home run his bath, read him Kaede's diary which showed how much she cared for him, and that even if that Kaede vanished, she wanted to leave Sakuta good memories of his sis. Shoko vanishes the next morning, but her comfort helped Sakuta get it together. We even have him with Futaba, with her wondering whether Shoko is a fantasy induced by Sakuta.

    Mai arrives the next day, but seeing the note Shoko left, immediately turns around and leaves, to the great distress of Sakuta. Bummed out, he turns into someone even klutzier than Tomoe at work. Where, appearing as he leaves, is Nodoka, who is there supporting her sister, and is shocked that Sakuta was unaware of the public fact that it was Mai's birthday. Finally kicking into action, Sakuta blows his money on a bullet train ride and just makes it to be with Mai on her birthday. Mai had wanted to be the one to comfort Sakuta and didn't take it well when she wasn't, but all's well that ends well for the two of them.

    Each ED so far has featured the main girl of the arc singing; This time we get all the girls singing it, a nice touch.

    This show's proper range is in the "A" category. I can see those who say A-, and those who say A+, even a weak A+. I give it an "A". There's just a few too many loose ends to merit an A+, and the Kaede arc's ending was a bit weak. I agree with the final episode, the bulk of it, being the weakest of the series, but that weakness, the unresolved issues don't undermine it enough to move it off of the "A" spot for me.

    This is a highly recommended series, easily one of the best of both the season and the year.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Re: Episode 13 (Finale)

    Huh, not much of a resolution to the Kaede arc after all. Not much has changed from the point where the previous episode ended, as this was ultimately more about Sakuta and Mai, which is appropriate enough. At least Kaede-san is starting to learn about Kaede through her diary and accepting her into herself, but it's definitely not like the Puberty Syndrome resolutions we've gotten until now. It didn't detract from my opinion of the series overall, but I was hoping it would propel it past the heights it had already achieved. Unfortunately, I think the Kaede arc was the only real step down over the course of the series, and as such I like it a little less now than I did at the end of the Nodoka arc. Of course, it's not really over, because we still have the movie that all of the Shoko material has been leading into. Since they've been mixing the arcs together a bit more, perhaps that will also include some progression on the Kaede situation. If so, maybe the series isn't even complete without that piece. Fingers crossed hard that Aniplex does a theatrical run and my local theater gets it. Chances are honestly pretty good, but I don't want to get my hopes up too high. I suppose that happened about this very series as it went on.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 13 (Finale)

    She gave everything, including sadness.

    So it ends with a grown-up Shoko (I have to believe that's her supernatural condition that will be what the upcoming movie is going to be about) coming to Sakuta's rescue after Kaede's sudden amnesia had him drowning in despair. Shoko had to drill it into his head by reading her diary letting him know that Kaede put a lot of effort into her life because of him. So while things were all squared away with Kaede, at least until she goes to school as she wants, not so much with Mai as she left for Kanazawa for a film shoot. While he shouldn't have had any reason to follow her, it was her birthday. So while they patched things up there, they haven't kissed, and it's probably too soon for that, anyway. The ending just felt underwhelming as it rushed to put a close to Kaede's problem, but it does drive home the point that while the girls have grown up, Sakuta himself needs to do that. It's onto the movie as while the TV series is over, there are still more girls that need to be helped out.

    Overall, this show does just about everything right with the storytelling. It's straightforward and while it's fast-paced, it works for a show like this as it means little time for sidetracks that would have been out-of-place and interrupted the flow of the story. But above all, the characters are what make this show great as they are all lovable and great people who just needed to tackle their inner demons. The supernatural aspect is well-utilized as that made this show really stand out. Just about the only gripe I had with this show is the way the last character arc was handled as it felt the fast pace wasn't the right call. In all, it's one of the best shows of the season in large part because of it's strong storytelling.

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  • General Hentai
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    Re: Episode 12

    Well, I think we all saw this coming once the flag was raised. There's still a great deal we don't know here, but we get a rundown as Sakuta explains to Mai and Nodoka the history of Kaede losing her memory. And that the apparent price for regaining her lost memory is to lose the memories she's had since she lost them the first time. There's a lot to cover in the remaining episode, but this series has done it before.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Re: Episode 12

    This one was a slight improvement, but still not the best the series has been. Leading into the finale, though, there's a lot of potential with the resolution to Kaede's story facing its greatest challenge yet with Kaede-san returning to overtake the Kaede that Sakuta has been building a relationship with all this time. Similar to Futaba in some ways (although it sounds a bit more like Shoko, with the distinction between the original, more mature "-san" and the more recent, more childlike version), the ideal outcome is naturally for the two Kaedes to coexist and become one, more complete person. The difference this time is that they're in the same body already, but that just makes it more complicated, as there's no way to access the Kaede who has been working to try to reintegrate into society, much like there wasn't a way to access the Kaede-san that had ceased to exist all this time. While the newer Kaede is the one we have a relationship with, the original is definitely in a sympathetic situation. She was suppressed due to the trauma of severe bullying, and now she returns as if no time has passed at all, with all the confusion and distress such a phenomenon would cause. It's a lot to wrap up in an episode, but not for this show.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 12

    How quickly she forgets.

    Kaede's problems are really complex here as her syndrome all started through cyber bullying going to show just how dangerous social media can be. All this leads her to not only experiencing sudden bruises, but to forget stuff just like the ending there where after a trip to the zoo and the school at night, she doesn't remember any of that happening. Pretty emotional that got there with Sakuta taking Kaede places going to show that she just needs to believe that she should be living for the many, not the few. One more episode left as it's back to the drawing board after all the progress that was made suddenly vanished.

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  • General Hentai
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    Re: Episode 11

    Mai-san for Waifu has to be off the charts in Japan right now.

    Meanwhile, bombshell incoming.

    Oh, sure, she was tops before this episode, but she keeps getting better all the time, and with the press conference and her treatment of Kaede, understanding about Shoko-san, well, the girl's waifu status has to now be officially in orbit.

    Things went surprisingly smooth for the boyfriend/girlfriend status issue, and was inspirational for Kaede. A letter is dropped off for Sakuta from Shoko-san, his mystery girl of the past who helped him get through his own Puberty syndrome. But while leaving school to meet Shoko-san, he's stopped by an old school/childhood friend of Kaede's. We never do get to meet Shoko-san, but we see that Sakuta's well satisfied with his present lot in life.

    This is another fun episode, though on the slow side as we get some more info on Kaede, witnessing her difficulties in dealing with life outside their house, with both illness and mysterious injuries that had been previously alluded to making their appearances. But step by step, Kaede finally makes it outside, and even to the beach. But it is a chance encounter with the past childhood friend that results in the ending bombshell revelation from Sakuta: Kaede has no memories.

    And with that, we have to wait another week to find out more. Clearly she remembers her brother. Clearly she remembers the people she's met since we've been watching this show. But how extensive this memory loss was, we'll have to wait to find out. However, it does explain why Sakuta's been extremely protective of Kaede, with zero attempt to rush her outside. He totally has been letting Kaede set the pace, encouraging but not pushing at all, which seemed contrary to his personality.

    This great show remains an exceptional enjoyment.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Re: Episode 11

    This was the first time in the series that my enthusiasm took a slight dip, but since it's just been skyrocketing until now, it basically just set it back to the point it was at two episodes ago. It was probably just a combination of not loving Kaede quite as much from the outset and the fact that it takes quite a while for them to really get into the plot of this arc. Since this one has to last the rest of the series, I have to have faith that it will really blow me away with its resolution.

    On the bright side of the content not quite focused on the arc at hand, Sakuta and Mai are incredibly adorable as a couple. It's also interesting to see the Shoko plot continue to be integrated into other arcs of the series, even if it hasn't amounted to much yet. We don't even meet Shoko-san. I'm definitely curious about how the story of Shoko-san and Shoko-chan will significantly differ from the double Futaba. Of course, they're different ages, but it still seems like it could have a lot of overlap. I'm not too worried, though. My local theater is getting I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, so I'm hopeful that Aniplex will get the movie for this series here not too long after it's Japanese release.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 11

    Gotta take that first step.

    And now, it's onto Kaede as her problem is that she suffers from sudden injuries whenever stress and anxiety flares up. As such, she has been living a sheltered life at home, and she's trying to change all that. It took quite a lot out of her just to make it outside home, but she finally did make it. However, the real test has yet to come. It will be interesting to see who this Kotomi person is aside from the fact that she's Kaede's friend from school that she doesn't remember, and how Kaede is going to put this problem behind her just like with what everybody has experienced.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Re: Episode 10

    It's a story about young people's relationships to their parents, not only for Nodoka and Mai but for Sakuta and Kaede as well. It's a story about Mai's greatest performance to date, which she pulls off as flawlessly as any of those with much lesser stakes. And most importantly, it's a story about a beautifully well-realized inferiority complex that goes to the point of wishing to switch places and seeing that it's not even that easy, only making it worse. "Even she can be me better than I can." And yet, it goes both ways. It's not even a body swap, exactly. Another wonderful short arc.

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 10

    Nobody is superior.

    All it took was for Nodoka to drop her inferiority complex and the sisters are back to being themselves. To do that, Sakuta made Nodoka realize that Mai doesn't see herself as being superior to her in the way Nodoka does. The girls see just how difficult things are in the other person's shoes with Nodoka requiring 13 takes to get a filming scene right, while Mai nearly had a spill at the concert. That box of letters there was what put an end to this matter as it goes to show just how much Mai values Nodoka as her little sister. Next time, it will be Kaede's turn to experience some supernatural phenomenon.
    Mai does not nearly have a spill at the concert. That's the "lead" singer, Zukki (it's also unclear if that was a planned part of the show). But it turns out, Mai lied. She never hated her little sister, as the box full of letters Nodoka had written her when they were children proves. Also, it turns out that this was a literal body swap, not a brain swap. They transformed into each other. Looking back we have the clue for this: When Mai wakes up in Nodoka's body, her own phone is by the table. Since we'd not seen Mai's room before, there was nothing to clue other than the phone that they'd literally changed into each other. Which startles the heck out of Sakuta when they change back. Ultimately it's a combination of things that leads Nodoka to switch back: Mai's love and acceptance, the reassurance that she can live as she wants, but also seeing the awarding of her to be the next lead singer and seeing her mother's smile. She tells Mai that she wanted those things. and she's clearly jealous of Mai for being on the receiving end of those events. But, IMHO, she also realizes that if she'd not wanted to be Mai, if she had stayed in as her own self, she'd have been the one receiving those great moments.

    In the end it works out, but it also ends with Nodoka moving in with Mai. The episode ends with Mai showing on her phone a speculative report: Someone got a photo of Sakuta walking with Nodoka, who was using Mai's body at the time.

    The other developments: Li'l Sis Kaede tries out her school uniform, and looks to be building up to try to go back to school and we meet Sakuta and Kaede's dad, with the next arc clearly going to be Kaede focused.

    Just a great show!

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 10

    Nobody is superior.

    All it took was for Nodoka to drop her inferiority complex and the sisters are back to being themselves. To do that, Sakuta made Nodoka realize that Mai doesn't see herself as being superior to her in the way Nodoka does. The girls see just how difficult things are in the other person's shoes with Nodoka requiring 13 takes to get a filming scene right, while Mai nearly had a spill at the concert. That box of letters there was what put an end to this matter as it goes to show just how much Mai values Nodoka as her little sister. Next time, it will be Kaede's turn to experience some supernatural phenomenon.

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 9

    Switching places.

    And now, the syndrome is what Kokoro Connect started off with as Mai and Nodoka have swapped bodies. These co-workers are now having to do the other girl's work, and it's already tough enough having these packed schedules in the entertainment industry, but having to fill in for each other, even more so. While Mai has handled it well, not so much with Nodoka as she got dizzy during a filming segment seeing that her talent deficiency in Mai's role is much greater Mai's in Nodoka's role. And thus, a serious problem has arisen, and it will be tough to figure things out.
    Re: Episode 9

    Whoa, coworkers? How about sisters? Half sisters, to be exact, same father, different mothers. Anyone paying attention to timestamps and posting order should be able to realize that I watched both episodes 8 & 9 in a row, and, therefore, my comments in talking about Episode 8 were made after having already seen Episode 9. Nonetheless, those comments and predictions were exactly what I was feeling when watching the end of Episode 8. I remembered the blonde girl from earlier, and it seemed like a classic body swap situation (reminds, me, I need to go back and refinish re-watching Kokoro Connect, again. Great show!)

    And behold, I was right. What I didn't expect, although we'd been told of her existence way back, was that the blonde is Nodoka, Mai's younger sister, a member of a small-time idol group. Oh, and forgot to mention it, but my feeling that a dating ban was coming for Mai was proven right in Episode 8. Here, we have Nodoka having the ultimate perfect older sister, one who she's supposed to love and respect, but who she hates, having been compared, unfavorably to, all her life, especially by her own mother, with the mothers of the 2 girls both loathing each other and using the girls as proxy pawns. Worse for Nodoka, just when she finally starts making headway career-wise, while Mai had quit showbiz, then Mai comes back, stronger than ever.

    We get to see the inside of Mai's home, which she bought, and that Mai's feelings toward Nodoka also hold animus. We end with Mai loaning the key to her apartment to Sakuta so he can check on Nodoka, who's having problems dealing with all the pressure of being Mai, with strict instructions to never, ever open certain cabinets in her home. You know he's going to open it...and you should know that Mai knows he will.

    Another great episode. We even get a meaningful contribution from Kunimi's girfriend., making him realize the obvious, the sisters' feelings are far more complicated than merely love or hatred. This great series continues. Man, but I hope we get another season, but with the film coming, I'm not holding my breathe.

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 8

    Two's a crowd.

    Futaba was just feeling miserable there, but Sakuta's persistence paid off in a big way. All it took was a phone call to Kunimi letting him know that she wants to watch the fireworks with him, and the Futaba clone has vanished. But getting there was quite hazardous as Sakuta ventured out in the middle of a typhoon and ends up in the hospital. Nevertheless, that was a great way to resolve Futaba's insecurities as backing out on social media and getting her to realize how important her relationship with Kunimi is was the key. And now, it looks like Kaede is the next girl Sakuta is dealing with.
    Re: Episode 8

    Well the point is they're not clones, they're both the original. Think back to classic Star Trek where Kirk was divided into 2 different sides of himself, although this isn't to that extreme. And with a phone call, they fuse back together as one, symbolized by keeping the new hairstyle but with glasses. A nice story, that seemingly ends with a failed Futaba confession. But the important thing is she knows she has friends, that she's not alone.

    And with that, we end up finally seeing the blonde girl, picking up Mai's phone, and being surprised by what she saw in the mirror. The blonde was briefly seen in the background on TV earlier in the episode, as someone who (idol?) liked Mai Sakurajima.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Re: Episode 9

    Without a doubt, this is the second best thing airing, only behind JoJo.

    We move onto a Sister Panic, not dealing with Sakuta's sister but Mai's, in the perfect scenario to force Sakuta to become involved with her, that being the first of the Puberty Syndromes that Kokoro Connect explored (since, as I've been noting since the preview for episode 4, the two series operate in roughly the same manner), as well as a phenomenon featured even more prominently in the greatest and most successful anime of the past several years: the good old body swap!

    I do hope Kaede gets some time to shine outside of just trying to jump on her brother (and aptly commenting on Sakuta's apparent harem protagonist nature as he brings a different girl home every time an event occurs), but I was also hoping that Mai would get some more focus instead of being relatively on the sidelines as she has been for the past couple of arcs, so I'm not disappointed in this.

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