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Kokoro Connect pre-air

Yup. Sure is a new anime season.

Kokoro Connect decided the best way to beat everyone else to building hype was to have a pre-release of the first half of the first episode broadcast online. My interest was immediately crushed by the first 5 seconds with that above scene, which has to be a new personal record. It continued in pretty much the same vein. The main character is a highschool male lead whose personality could be charitably described as ‘everyman’ and more accurately described as ‘non-existent’. The character designs are done by the same guy who did the ones for K-ON, except they lack the free-flowing super blobby factor that made K-ON look somewhat unique. The show introduces the other characters not by having them display their personalities naturally through their actions, but by having the main character dully narrate what they’re like. In fact, he doesn’t even do a particularly good job of that, since each of his narrations essentially say that “these kids are just normal high school students”. So we’ve got a uninterestingly directed anime about Yuji Everylead the Bland and his boring classmates. Wonderful start, and we’re only 3 minutes in.

The show thankfully does get a teeny bit more interesting after that (although I struggle to see how it could do even less to endear itself). Once the show allows the characters to interact, their personalities are allowed to shine through. Well, asides from maybe Yuji Everylead the Bland, and I guess the other male character falls rather neatly into dumb wingman, but the female characters are fairly interesting. They’re confident and abrasive without being obnoxious or pathetically thick-headed. When the male character suggests that the male population in the school would like to see the two girls naked (oh yeah there’s a bunch of perv jokes, but they’re not bad because they don’t expect us to laugh at perversion alone), the female characters don’t do the typical moeblob thing of going “EEEEHHHHHHHHHHHH” or “YUJI EVERYLEAD THE BLAND NO ECCHI~!”. Their reaction fires the suggestion back at him and manages to be somewhat amusing as a result. Also while they’re confident, they’re not obnoxious about it as in Yuru Yuri. They actually feel like people.

Hard to say much about the actual set up given it was only just introduced at the end of the half-episode, but early impressions aren’t great. What’s irritating is how dull the directing and presentation is. The onii-chan wake up call is just a nice little snippet of this show’s apparent fear of stamping out its own mold. It’s the same dull set up in the same dull setting with the same dull male lead with some actually refreshingly non-immature female characters, but I somehow doubt they’ll be enough to hold the show up by themselves.

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41 Comments

  1. Posted June 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    You keep on hating, Scamp!!

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      It’s what gives me life

  2. Posted June 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I was planning to check every anime this season, for the first time ever, and blog about it, because my blog is dead since February, but now I am not so sure. The first thing from Summer and I’m already in doubt. Yeah.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

      Mate, if you’re struggling at Kokoro Connect, you’ve got a long way to go. This isn’t even that bad

    • Posted June 27, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

      Oh god oh god I’m trying to start a blog but other than knowing how to write articles I have no idea what I’m doing – I am useless at making it look pretty and even if I can do that I have no idea where I should be getting readers from. Maybe I’m overthinking this and I should just write regardless of my ugly as sin page layout and leave it in the website field of comments sections like this (not that this is a plug or anything as I haven’t got my shit together at all!)

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    With a name like Kokoro Connect, what were you expecting?

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      A siamese twin version of Jormungand

  4. Posted June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    The character designs are done by the same guy who did the ones for K-ON

    Actually, Horiguchi Yukiko is female.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      Guy is my gender nuetral term

      • Noname
        Posted June 27, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

        That is a really lousy neutral term. XD

        Next time use the term person. ^^

  5. Posted June 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I was afraid that this is going to be another anime. From your first impression looks like this show is exactly that

  6. Posted June 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    That character didn’t even feel all that protagonist-y to me, the first few second cut to all of the main cast members, and they had equal screentime later as well, the other guy didn’t even interact with him (so I wouldn’t even call that a wingman either), and his existence didn’t start the plot (the other couple were the first to body swap). It’s more like he just happens to be the one who narrates it, but only a protagonist in the same way as Yui is the protagonist of K-on.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      Still counts as protagonist in my book. Even if he isn’t, he fits into the Yuji Everylead mold

  7. Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t this the show that had that sort of “melancholic” trailer?

    If it was this means I have to sit through multiple episodes to see what that was about :/

  8. Noname
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    You know not every show must stand out as unique. Some shows are run of the mill shows that will find their their target audience. Skimming through various blogs including yours I discovered that if you dig deep enough you will find fans for every show there is. EVERY one. Even the ones that one might hate with the flaming passion of a thousand suns.

    There is something to be said about conformity. =p

    • Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      Just because people like it doesn’t change the fact that it is cliched and that some of us don’t like sitting through the same recycled stuff over and over.

      • Noname
        Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

        True but the way he wrote it made it seem like cliche shows are somewhat of a sin. At least that is the impression I got. (overworking imagination =p)

        Somewhat along the lines: “How dare be only normal! Normal is not good enough for my critical eyes and beautiful mind!”

      • Harry
        Posted June 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

        There is a difference between being normal within a genre and recycling the exact same settings, themes, character prototypes and plots. There is a difference between being normal and being boring. There is a difference between being good to mediocre and being bad.

        I would argue that any anime that is merely recycling others’ ideas and styles and/or is boring is a bad anime. Scamp seems to indicate that Kokoro Connect is at least recycling anime traditions before it without any great originality, which I would find boring. If it is, it is (by my definition) bad.

      • Noname
        Posted June 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

        I personally don’t equate boring with bad. Boring is simply boring. If there was a scale for -10 to 10. Boring would be some set of values around zero. Bad would be the more negative numbers towards -10.

        That is how I see it at least. =P

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      But I’m not even criticising Kokoro Connect for lack of originality. The things it do would be bad even if no other anime ever did them. It just so happens that they have and I have ready made terms for them

  9. Anonymous
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I looked at the chart for the upcoming season, there’s a grand total of 21 shows that are either Romantic Comedy and/or School Girl themed.

    What a world we live in.

    • Grande Prince
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      In one of the best possible ones.

  10. Erif
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR.

    Too soon?

    • diz1776
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Never too soon

  11. Posted June 27, 2012 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    New anime seasons these days make me wonder if I’ve been hit by a groundhog day curse – except it’s not Bill Murray waking to ‘don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s coooold out there’ and instead a fish eyed girl starting the day to ‘onee-chan, you’ll be late for your first day of highschool baka baka baka’.

    Considering it’s a gender bender, our Yuji everylead and his soulless buddy will inevitably have their noses stolen and get stuffed into ovary equipped bodies wearing school uguuforms. Consequently we will have the added bonus of the female bodied members of the cast being the ones with no personalities again, just like in every h-game adaptation/harem anime ever made. Oh man, I can only imagine how the guys at Bakacast will react to this.

    I seem to recall you saying that this thing was going to get serious back in the season preview, which has left me with a sneaking suspicion that we are going to be getting a lot of tedious melodrama giving it more than a passing resemblance to Clannad and Key’s stable of brainless tear jerkers, which could be a shame as I bet that would mean it won’t explore the more interesting problems involved with gender bender drama as explored by shows such as Kaiba (I’d mention Wandering Son but the gender issues there are a different kettle of fish).

    I guess that’s a lot of unfounded speculation there, My bad, I think I’m suffering from pre-season paranoia.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      Just don’t watch it then. There’s always at least 2-3 anime worth you time, normally more

      • Posted June 27, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        Oh yes, I know that. I was just thinking that I’m going to have a lot of fun listening to Glen freaking out at this!

        By the way, are you going to check out the first episode of Kingdom? They’ve gone and decided to start it weeks before everything else so there are three or so episodes out subbed by A-Destiny (ancient chinese setting AND getting subbed?! Shocking!). I have trouble making head or tail of what to think of it, personally.

        Admittedly it is the summer season, but there are still a bunch of things I’m looking forward to; The two NoitaminA shows – which means I’ll have to finally get down and watch Moyashimon like I’ve kept meaning to, Muv-Luv (cautious interest, hopefully if it isn’t good it will be entertainingly bad) and maybe that Uta Koi thing will turn out to be interesting. Oh yeah, and Binbougami Ka as well as Humantity has Declined might be good for a laugh.

  12. Posted June 27, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I read the two chapters of the manga that’s out and this show is easily my most anticipated this season.

    I only skimmed through this preview, but it wasn’t bad. Hard to say since I never watched it properly. The art is a bit “fat”, though, probably since it’s by the person who helped with K-ON. The manga is more slick in comparison.

    This will rock your world Scamp. I wish you blog it.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      Did you even read the post?

      • Posted June 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

        Cold as always :(

      • Scamp
        Posted June 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

        Your comment is really dumb though. It doesn’t relate to anything I wrote in the post, it gives no reason why you like it, and you ask me to blog the show when my review is clearly negative. As I said, did you even read the post?

      • Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

        Geez, you really come off as annoying sometimes, you know that?

        You bring up Kokoro Connect, I do a comment about that. What do you expect me to say otherwise? “Your impressions rocked/sucked”, “I totally agree/disagree with that”? There really isn’t anything about what you said to comment on, hence why I commented on the episode itself.

        If you want to be petty, I commented on the art, which you brought up.

        I don’t really see what you’re trying to prove here.

      • Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

        My edit didn’t appear… weird.

        Do you expect me to do some deep analysis to why I liked it, besides that, well, it caught my interest which is obviously said in my comment? Do you want me to not do a silly thing like saying “blog this”, when it’s clear that it’s just that: a silly thing not to be taken seriously? What do you expect from a commenter?

      • Scamp
        Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

        I’ve had this discussion with commenters before. Ultimately I guess a commenter can write whatever the hell they want if it makes them happy, but I’ve always wondered why someone even bothers to comment if it has nothing to do with what was actually written

  13. Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    HEY! IT’S SUMMER ANIME!

    Put down those remotes, close those laptops, turn off those tablets, and go for an ice-cream! Anime will be back in the fall!

    • Sigma
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      b-but its winter :(

  14. Grande Prince
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Better than expected from a K-ON look-alike.
    Nobody should take Scampy too seriously. He, obviously, likes to complain and overemphasise stuff he don’t like.

  15. Posted June 28, 2012 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    “but early impressions aren’t great”

    “What’s irritating is how dull the directing and presentation is”

    Not a good sign, Oonuma.

  16. Banarok
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I can agree that kokoro connect is seriously makeing a dull first impression, i hope it gets better within 2-3 episodes or even better, within the secound half of this one.

    Are you gonna join bakacast for next season aswell?

  17. Terra
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Aw man Scamp, idk if its just cause you only saw the first half of the epp or what, but this seriously had me rolling.

    I’de like to add on to what someone else said, basically that Yuji Everylead really didnt feel like a lead, in fact I find it very hard to point out one particular main character. I wont argue however that he isn’t Yuji Everylead, cause he kinda is.

    I feel like I can even ignore the “G’morning Onii-chan!” crap, because I feel like they did that specifically to set up and show exactly how different the one girl’s home life is.

    I walked into this epp going “here we go, another boring slice of life…” and was pleasantly surprised! I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but once the show gets to what its all about, it constantly had me laughing much harder then i have in a while. Ive already finished epp 2, and I can say their plot set up, the reason for “why” is rather lame and bland, but so long as it keeps delivering excellent character interaction, ill give this show a b at-least.

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