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Anime Spotlight: KOKORO-CONNECT

by Justin Sevakis,
July, 2012 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Chief Director - Shin Onuma
    (Baka and Test, Natsu no Arashi!)
Series Composition - Fumihiko Shimo
    (Air, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad)
Character Design - Toshifumi Arai
    (Sound of the Sky)
Animation Production


And thus began the changing daily lives of these five people.


Taichi Yaegashi, Iori Nagase, Himeko Inaba, Yui Kiriyama, and Yoshifumi Aoki, five members of the Cultural Research Club, encounter a strange phenomenon. One day without warning, Yui and Aoki swapped minds… This phenomenon soon spread to all of the others as well, hurling them out of their ordinary lives. Despite their confusion, they try to enjoy their new situation, but by connecting their hearts, hidden wounds are brought to the surface…

The moment their ordinary lives collapsed will forever change their relationship!


Taichi Yaegashi
VA: Takahiro Mizushima
Though Taichi doesn't speak much, he's very sympathetic towards others and wants to help his friends when they're having trouble. He suddenly becomes passionate when he starts talking about his hobby, pro-wrestling, and Inaba stops him when he tries to add wrestling topics to their Cultural Research Club's newspaper. He has a little sister in elementary school, Rina.
Iori Nagase
VA: Aki Toyosaki
Iori is Taichi's classmate, a bright, friendly, popular girl. She's the president of the Cultural Research Club, but rather than lead everyone, she sets the mood and gets them excited. Occasionally she takes bold actions in front of others, be it due to carelessness or simple naivety.
Himeko Inaba
VA: Miyuki Sawashiro
Himeko is vice president of the Cultural Research Club. She excels in gathering information and analysis, possessing private data on each of the club members. She's calm and logical, but she's actually a bit clumsy, so her difficulty with roundabout phrasings causes her to surprise many of those around her with her blunt statements.
Yui Kiriyama
VA: Hisako Kanemoto
Yui is very active and expressive. She's a bit small, but she holds ranks in Karate, and even won tournaments when she was in middle school. She absolutely loves cute things, and her room at home is filled with fancy items. She always ends up insulting Aoki when he tries to approach her.
Yoshifumi Aoki
VA: Takuma Terashima
Yoshifumi is Yui's classmate. He holds affection for her, and continues his attempts to approach her, but she never gives him a chance. In the Cultural Research Club he's often called out, and his pathetic side stands out more, but he also relaxes them with some of his casual statements.


Taichi Yaegashi
Takahiro Mizushima
Iori Nagase
Aki Toyosaki
Himeko Inaba
Miyuki Sawashiro
Yui Kiriyama
Hisako Kanemoto
Yoshifumi Aoki
Takuma Terashima
Maiko Fujishima
Shizuka Ito
Ryuzen Goto
Keiji Fujiwara
Rina Yaegashi
Asuka Ogame


Original Author
Sadanatsu Anda
(Famitsu Bunko “KOKORO-CONNECT” Series
Enterbrain Publishing)
Original Character Design
Chief Director
Shin Onuma
Shinya Kawamo
Series Composition
Fumihiko Shimo
Character Design
Toshifumi Akai
Color Design
Miyuki Kibata
Art Director
Koichi Monma
(Studio Tulip)
Director of Photography
Kazuhiro Yamada
(Asahi Production)
Masato Yoshitake
Sound Director
Toshiki Kameyama
Sound Production
Yasuhiro Misawa
Music Production
Starchild Records
Animation Production
Opening Theme
by eufonius
Ending Theme
“Kokoro no Kara”
by Team Nekokan featuring. Amaoto Junca

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