12 Days of Christmas 2014 #06 – Kokoro Connect and Understanding Iori Nagase

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In November this year I stumbled upon a blog I had encountered once before, but forgotten the name of (it’s excellent and I highly recommend following it!). On it, I discovered a well-written piece about Kokoro Connect and the main character Iori Nagase called “Kokoro Connect: A Glass Half-Empty”.

I found reading this fairly engrossing, as it was the first time someone had discussed the series from Iori’s perspective and shed light on something that may had gone overlooked. The text itself was so interesting it spurred me to rewatch the final arc of Kokoro Connect, which I initially had problems with when released. Continue reading

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Winter 2013 Anime Previews – A Calm Season

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Have some mo(e)chi.

After a great 2012 it seems that we will have a slow start to the 2013 anime year. While there are some interesting series starting, as always, there is nothing “big” this season. The new year will start with a whimper, huh?

Personally, I will use this season to watch older series I have missed. Continue reading

The Most Surprising and Disappointing Anime of 2012

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Before I start listing the best and worst anime of 2012 I want to tell you about some anime that managed to either surprise or disappoint me. Continue reading

Ditch the Source Material – Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect

Untapped potential.

Now that the anime summer season of 2012 has ended, it is time to look back at a few series that aired during this time. To start, let us look at how Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect became so much worse due to strictly following their source material.

When it comes to the most interesting anime concepts of this year, I would not hesitate to nominate both Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect. Their concepts may not be deep or convoluted, but depending on the way they are used, it could result in rather intricate and intellectual series.

Lucky then that both series decides to do jack shit with them. Continue reading