Written by Sadanatsu Anda
Illustrated by Shiromizakana “Yukiko Horiguchi”
Directed by Shinya Kawamo
Produced by Silver Link
Summary by Juytei (Elenya M.)
Kokoro Connect is a story about five friends (Taichi Yaegashi, Iori Nagase, Himeko Inaba, Yui Kiriyama, and Yoshifumi Aoki), first-years in high school, who have to experience strange phenomenons together. They all came together because they were the stragglers when it came to choosing a club so they created one together, known as School Culture Club. In their club, they write a new paper each month with a different topic for students to read. They soon realize they have to hold off these writings to deal with a problem.
Two members of their group come to them one day about a mutual feeling that they had switched bodies some time during the previous night. Most of the group was in disbelief at this notion, even one of the members it had happened to. Soon following the same thing happened to two other members of the group and then again the next day between the three other members. A familiar face then visited them with a different presence; he told them his name was Heartseed. Heartseed was pulling all the strings and switching their bodies for amusement; he let them know that this was not going to end until he decided upon it.
The group gets into strange situations and find out more about each other than they ever would have without having to switch places. Heartseed is a powerful being who wants to be amused as well as test their group. He goes so far making one of the members jump off a bridge to test their friendship. Eventually the body switching ends, but Heartseed soon starts up a new antic. He brings out the group’s inner desires. Their desires begin to tear them apart, but their friendship soon brings them back together. They decide to go through everything together no matter what pain it brings them. Heartseed decides that his job is finished and he leaves them alone after that, but something strange soon follows.
A written message on their chalkboard soon leads to the member’s ages reverting to a random time in their lives. During this change, they would relive past experiences and once they change back to their current age they remember everything from that time in the past. Only four of them have this happen to them while the other member is unaffected. Soon the other member encounters a second Heartseed, whose motives are different from the previous one. The second Heartseed warns him not to tell the other members of the group, but his friends pressure him to talk. After this point, things get out of control during a crucial decision for one of the members and it leads to the first Heartseed stepping in, stopping the age reduction. Heartseed gives one of the members a choice, to start over or to continue where they left off. Their friendship leads them to choose the present time and work through their troubles together just as they are.
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