Kokoro Connect 3: Whoops
In this spicy new Kokoros Connecting, the guys are having the time of their lives getting the girls to do their wildest fantasies while they use their bodies. However, when Aoki notices that Yui is very scared around men, will they find out what is making her scared, and if so can they cure her phobia? Find out and stuff
The beginning moments continue the trash picking session between Taichi and Inaba as they discuss a strategy on how to handle the body switching. Inaba wants Taichi to look after Iori and try and get together with her, but Taichi takes this with a grain of salt. This causes Inaba to lash out at him for being so careless about Iori’s safety considering that she’s been getting the brunt of the problems with the switch. However, Inaba calms down and apologizes for being rash before changing the subject to much nicer things.
While Iori gets some good news from her mother, the guys get their chance to go inside two of the girls’ bodies. This gives them the chance to enact their wildest sexual fantasies onto one another: mock confessions!
Inaba whips the shit out of them with a belt in a flurry of vengeance but more dramabombs must be set off as Aoki mentions that whenever he’s in Yui’s body, she starts to shake around other guys. Yui, however, isn’t ready to say why she does that so she flips out on them and storms off. Aoki spends the rest of the day punishing himself
As the night closes in, Taichi and Yui switch bodies and call each other up to meet in the park. When they do, Yui tells him that she has Androphobia which stems from a time she was almost raped at school and had a hard time struggling in order to escape. Taichi says that he can help her out by showing her a guy’s weak spot the hard way.
Yui kicks Taichi in the balls while Yui is still in his body, allowing her to feel his pain for a while until they switch back and Taichi feels his own balls numb from his kick. Fucked up methods aside, the two must run away as Fujishima is walking her dog in the area and they share a heart-to-heart as Yui thanks him for helping her realize to always aim for the balls. Fujishima & Aoki on the other hand are thoroughly pissed as the former already saw the two and figured that he was “cheating on Iori” and Aoki isn’t too keen on NTR.
Inaba is quite pleased at this turn of events as Yui finally doesn’t have to be mortally afraid of men, giving her some optimism about how maybe some good can come out of body switching. Sadly, the episode ends on a down note as Inaba collapses into Taichi’s arms.
This episode really impressed me as we get some much needed information regarding our main cast’s personalities and emotions. I’m starting to like Inaba a lot due to her logical reasoning behind trying to figure out how to deal with this body switching as well as her doubts of living a regular life culminating when she lashes out at Taichi. Also, the fact that she was quick to retain her composure and regrets lashing out is pretty refreshing in the sea of unapologetic abusive tsundere in anime.
Yui’s backstory is also interesting as she had been a great martial artist before the attempted rape made her afraid of guys, but I like the more realistic portrayal of androphobia as more of a trembling fear towards other guys rather than the typical anime approach with punching guys in the face because of it. Though I have to say that it’s this reason that I was irked a little at Taichi kicking her in the balls when they switched bodies (yeah it helped ease her from her fear of men, but Yui can still feel that pain in Taichi’s body) and I do wish that Aoki could’ve helped her because he’s the one that loves her while Taichi has little to nothing to him aside from being dense and loving wrestling. Still, these developments do give me hope for the future of K.C.