Suffering subsides within Kokoro Connect’s latest arrival – realizations made better late than never manage to rescue the characters from themselves, although one individual remains lost, unfortunate as it may be.
There’s an abundance of items to note and consider – yet taking this gradually from the beginning, recall how Taichi came to a resolution last episode, determining that hurting a friend is simply an aspect inevitable of the relationship known as “friendship”. And not only that, he’s come to figure it’s a far more rewarding route for them to put forth the effort, and remain together, to then subsequently overcome whatever they may encounter from there – rather than simply segregate themselves over hypothetical concerns.
Taichi tells all he learns to Iori – and she accepts it all with smiles and teary-eyes. She’s been attempting to do all he’s mentioned – save for the fact that she struggled to ensure no one would hurt another, only to now hear Taichi say such a thing simply does not matter.
It’s a splendid reunion of lovers, and it further grows in excellence as the blonde bishounen is back as part of the crew once more as well – a strong point of Kokoro Connect to point out, it’s exquisite how the characters converse in a manner honest, direct, and legitimate. Aoki and Taichi apologized to one another – and one could truly grasp both of their ideals and reasoning.
Taichi’s issue was more transparent – and as for Aoki, he admits to having been jealous of Taichi, since unlike Taichi, Aoki wasn’t able to contribute much anything to aiding his friends in the first run of trouble.
Unsurprisingly however, Kokoro Connect is not a series which introduces characters solely for the purpose of using them as background decor – Taichi and Aoki are set on bringing Kiriyama back to her healthy lifestyle, and whilst discussing the subject beside a riverbank, Aoki seems to actually conjure up an idea he’s quite confident in.
As Aoki and Taichi head to see Kiriyama, she lets them in – and from there, Aoki expresses his unshakable love with conviction. He asserts that Kiriyama needn’t keep staying at home worrying whether she may end up injuring anyone through untamed desire as she’s capable of controlling it, despite what she may feel – and as proof, he insists how whilst he loves her, he prevents himself from doing anything too explicit for public television to her as his desire to keep her safe is far stronger.
Before anything else, he wouldn’t want to hurt her – and Taichi steps up to further elaborate. As Kiriyama has experienced the pain of injuring others, it’s only logical that now her desire to never do such a thing should be far more stable.
With scenes of moe most rewarding, the club seems all back in tact save for the Inaban who is still missing – however, it seems Inaban will have to take action whether she wishes so or not.
Later in the day, Heartseed meets an Inaban sitting in the dark at her home – and straight to the point, Heartseed first seems to point out that Inaban’s circle of friends truly mean the world to her, however, there’s also someone else specifically that she holds quite significantly. And of course, one should already know that the person in question is Taichi – her crush.
Inaban has been forcing herself to pretend that she hasn’t any interest in Taichi whatsoever – reason being she feels that such a thing may rupture the peace of her club. Heartseed however brings the thought forward in her mind – and indeed, it seems it’s not possible for her to keep it hidden or tossed aside any longer. Inaban is made to realize that she loves Taichi – and of course, this is going to make matters rather awkward, among other things.
Whilst one may naturally assume Heartseed’s deeds to be villainous, he actually aided Inaban in making her aware of her love interest – she wasn’t helping herself by hiding from her own reality of mind. What unfolds from here is definitely, undeniably, going to be tough – although that’s part of life, and the events to follow will certainly test the characters not merely in their friendship, yet also as individuals.
A settlement must be met amongst our characters – and not merely curiosity, but concern of true sincerity stems at how they will achieve this. The two females in conflict, Iori and Inaban, must come to accept that they share a single love – and likewise, Taichi must become aware of this, yet he also must come to make a decision. The characters will have to first understand different emotions, then accept and settle on them, and finally, make their ultimate response.
The task is far from simple – yet surely the characters hold enough of some sort of positive sentiment in one another to be able to overcome adversity, regardless of how difficult.