Peace seems transient passing, it looks that the characters of Kokoro Conenct remain afflicted now by a more generally repressing concern – yet at least there comes cuteness, oppai, and lolis to ease the mood.
To contrast the many waves of depression, this episode takes a more lighthearted start and develops with a fittingly easygoing mood from there – although of course, this doesn’t mean a darker overcast is totally absent. Straight into the episode, an Inaban outfitted in clothing of a classic panache is with her beloved Taichi – the two taking care of three children who incidentally look suspiciously similar to their three other club members, and unsurprisingly, that is as they indeed are the other three.
Our characters now must apparently face sporadic reversions to childhood – a situation vastly differing from either of the two events experienced prior, and for many a reason. Striking first of all is how this is a physical, and not merely a mental or spiritual conundrum to be concerned with – and secondly, it’s not as straightforward as one would initially come to assume.
The actual downsizing back into a child is simply something done for our amusement – an exquisite means of providing some side-entertainment and satisfaction to a fairly teary-eyed series, and not something which our characters actually need obsess over. As for what our crew does however need to be cautious with, it’s how their minds are messed with when time rolls back.
Heartseed makes no appearance this episode, although shifting over to a scene at the clubroom, our characters spot a message left for them on a blackboard – it consists of a list of names from their club, alongside a time frame, which as they come to learn, is essentially a warning of expectation. Only select individuals will be reverting to their days of ignorance – and it will always only take place during a specific period of the day, from afternoon to a while before sunset.
Much attention goes towards merely showing us how our characters quickly adapt themselves to meet and overcome the problem which they’re in – and whilst it does present us with plenty to appreciate, like Inaban’s bare upper body, it also introduces possibilities and awareness, potential for the worst to occur.
Worry is prevalent, many are distraught in that when they return to childhood, it also resurrects memories – seemingly turning a forgotten or overcome past into one which is now being relived as if it were modern day. Therefore, even if our characters managed to beat all their points of sorrow, those predicaments, among others, are merely becoming relevant once more – and unwillingly at that.
For each of our characters, this means a separate realm of strife in accordance to their current role – as well as their sentiments of past. In the case of Inaban, there’s no clear cloud of worry – although she’s certainly frightened over what may occur. On the other hand, the blonde bishoujo of the group seems to be troubled over a particular woe – something best not remembered is starting to seep into her mind. Meanwhile, one could say the same of the blonde bishounen – and as for Iori, she’s at a point where losing herself is a vexation yet again.
Setting aside Kiriyama, as there’s still little information on her matter, the blonde bishounen Aoki’s apprehension stems from having had a crush on a different female in the past. With feelings being brought back, he now questions how he came to lose his love for that girl – as well as just what “love” is to begin with. It’s a confusion of the mind – and one which does well to show that indeed, the physical aspect of becoming a child once more is not where our characters truly need be disturbed, rather, the torment remains mental.
Inaban and Iori’s fears are mainly at the chance of what could happen, rather than anything which has actually taken place – meaning at the moment, it is Kiriyama and Aoki who seem to be struck with a blast of solid misfortune.
Now as for our protagonist, he’s apparently exempt from the unfavorable – a second, perhaps unrelated Heartseed seems to be responsible either in part or in full on this ordeal, and that antagonist character confirmed our protagonist will remain stable under the reasoning that someone must keep order. If all five of our crew turned to kids, there would be chaos – as if such is not present already.
Perhaps this is now where Taichi will truly have to prove himself – as it’s not far-fetched to think that the meager worrying felt this episode was merely a forecast of far more tragedy impending. Yet on a lighter note, hopefully the sight of Inaban’s birthday suit was similarly a promise for more great things awaiting.