Kokoro Connect 13

Bonds of people is the true power.




Every time I watch KC, I never cease to be amazed by how each episode has its own “theme of the day”, where the said theme touches on the psychological behavior of human beings, with the “what if” scenarios acting as a catalyst to speed up that process. Today’s topic is pretty straightforward, but so thought-provoking at the same time.

Unity is strength

There are many sayings going around for this, such as “no man is an island” or the one about chopsticks/bamboo whereby breaking a single is easy, but in a bunch they become so much more difficult. Indeed, unity does translate into strength, while there is much one can achieve alone, as a team so much more can be done.

With Taichi letting the cat out of the bag, the CRC members landed in hotter soup – The previous 12-5 regression now has no limits and can happen anytime, anywhere. Although it was more like Heartseed #2 directly pulling the strings given the coincidences when it comes to the cast having their time regressed. This showcased the power of unity, with the members who are currently unaffected aid those who are currently unable to help themselves, literally.

Even though physical support is one of the key benefits while being in a group, moral support is arguably the more important aspect of having a clique. Despite human beings being generally selfish creatures, never forget that they are equally capable of acts of kindness as well. Helping out our friends in need by giving them advice, lending a shoulder, or just by being there for them is the very definition of moral support.

In Iori’s situation, having her friends interfere in her family problems raises an eyebrow for me, since it is a rather personal matter after all. On the other hand, it is also friends like these that are hard to come by – the ones that will even accompany you to your house to provide moral, if not physical support.

In the past, we’ve witnessed how easy the group fell apart when they decided to isolate themselves, now that situation has reversed and instead they are now teaming up and working to overcome their adversary together. It isn’t money that makes the world go round, but rather the bonds that people share with one another.

Ask, and you shall receive

Iori’s stubbornness is essentially like me looking into a mirror. I hate to admit it, but I don’t like to ask for help, even though at times it is better to receive help. Usually it is an issue of pride and not wanting to trouble others. However, one of the previous episodes brought up a valid counter point – Aren’t human beings meant to hurt/trouble one another? Sometimes, asking for help is as simple as asking for it. Ask for it, even though there will be those who shun and reject you, there will be an equal amount who are willing to weather the storm with you. Terms and conditions apply.

Take that a step further, ask someone if they need help even before they sound out. Everyone needs help at some point in their lives, it is just a matter of whether they voice it out or not.

Scars remind us that the past is real

Another popular “what if” question that we often ask ourselves – what if you had the option of going back into the past to redo your life. I don’t know if this is a thought to seriously entertain, since time travel is scientifically impossible, even so I still gave it some personal thought.

When you hear “people” (e.g celebrities) answer that question, don’t be fooled. Yes, the past makes us who we are, without that past they wouldn’t be there answering that very question. So obviously 99% (it is proven that 98% of the statistics are made up on the spot) say no. Honestly though, it is inevitable that each one of us have that desire to go back and redo a certain portion (not all) of their lives.

Barring other “what ifs” that come along with the question, unless your life is a major train wreck, the answer is more often than not, no. There are many decisions made or events in life that we end up regretting, but to regret is to live. Denying your past is as good as denying yourself. And that is why people often say not to dwell in the past but rather look forward to the future.

I love you..I love you not

It was a fitting way to end off this arc, with Iori’s family issues finally being resolved, as she garnered the courage to speak up to her mother with the support of the CRC. It was a simple matter of miscommunication. If we do not speak up, the other party can only assume, which is what happened to Iori and her mother.

With that, everyone seemed to live happily ever after..Only for Iori to start questioning her “love” for Taichi. Somehow, I kinda saw that coming. Given their age, “love” can be rather fickle. Supposedly, I heard that this final TV arc is better than this. What could the next “what if” scenario be?

Having said that, the TV airing of this series has come to an end. The last remaining arc of episodes 14-17 is supposedly BD (Blu-ray disc) only or aired online. I was contemplating to leave my impressions here instead of waiting for remaining episodes to be released, but in the end I decided to most likely include my impressions thus far in an “upcoming” season review.

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2 Responses to Kokoro Connect 13

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  2. Christina says:

    Unconditional bonds between all of humanity are the cement of the future society. Thank you – great reading.

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