I know it’s early in the show, but I doubt more episodes are going to change my current opinion of this waste of space.
Okay, I know I was harsh on this anime in my initial impressions, but Kokoro Connect has massively improved since then. It still has a bit of a problem with “show don’t tell”, but it brings a lot to the table as well. It has a few funny jokes that are well thought-out. It has drama that manages to be subtle and well-written. And it has some of the most well-rounded female characters I’ve ever seen. Nothing on the level of Mayaka from Hyouka (although I guess Inaba comes close), but I do legitimately like them. What could possibly hold this anime back? Oh, I don’t know. How about a main male character that literally sucks my soul every time he’s on screen?
I’ve made it clear in my Top Ten Anime Cliches I Hate that I can’t stand characters who are all action and no personality and that’s pretty much what Taichi is. You know how Fam single handedly destroyed the Last Exile sequel? Or how people got irritated with Yuki from Future Diary? Well now I know how those fans feel, because this guy fucking sucks as a character. And because he takes up so much screen time with his presence and has the role of solving the girls’ problems, it’s hard for me to enjoy the thing. And the other guy, Aoki, is just as boring, as he’s a “pretty-boy”, flirtatious, idiot who occasionally spouts out helpful advice. To be fair, if he was voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi (the guy who voices Waku from Bokurano, Sunohara from CLANNAD, and Satoshi from Hyouka), I would like him a little more. But he’s voiced by the guy who does Apollo in the crappy Aquarion anime and a lot of supporting roles in various anime, so that’s neither here nor there.
But back to Taichi, I didn’t get a good first impression of him due to the fact that the first episode introduced him by having his little sister go “Wake up Onii-chan”. Yeah, that’s a good way to get introduced. But by the time we hit the third episode, it occurred to me that I don’t know a thing about the guy other than the fact that he’s kind of nice and is into wrestling. He looks generic, he acts generic, his voice is generic…he’s so much like Junichi Asakura from Da Capo and the protagonist from Dusk Maiden of Amnesia that it hurts. The way he solves problems isn’t exactly generic (kick to the balls, anybody?), but he doesn’t have the personality to back up his actions, so I couldn’t even get mad at his quick solutions like some other bloggers did. Because the source of this solution is such a black hole of nothingness. If I was actually giving a deep analysis of his character (which let’s face it, my character analyses aren’t), I would only be able to describe his actions and nothing else. The characters in Mushishi had more to talk about than him, and they only get 22 minutes to shine.
And to make things worse, this show doesn’t hint at all regarding whether they’ll focus on him, and him in particular. It’s focused on the girls. Normally, I’d welcome that because the girls are the interesting characters, but when you have this guy acting as the catalyst for their stories, there’s something wrong. It’d be like if three interesting males fought over one generic female character we don’t care about. I say ditch the bitch and solve your own problems amongst yourself. And it’s not like I can’t enjoy a show where girls are helped by one guy. I happen to be a very big fan of Tomoya Okazaki. But even before the show actually focused on him, he was sarcastic, mopey, playful,…he was very well-rounded as a character (and the fact that he is a lot like me didn’t hurt). And it’s not like I can’t like characters who are stereotypes. The main characters in most of the Digimon series? The girls in CLANNAD? Sayaka from Madoka Magica? But those characters worked because they had their stereotype expanded on.
I know it’s too early to say that Taichi won’t get his stereotype expanded on and there’s a possibility I’ll have to eat my own words and address the issue after the series ends with another analysis of him. Hyouka, after all, took time to expand on the stereotypes of its characters and now I love them (I liked them beforehand though). This series is based on an on-going LN series and is scheduled for 12 episodes. They can’t possibly waste all of that on just the girls, right? But if he doesn’t develop a personality soon, I won’t be able to give a crap if he ever does get focused on. Remember Mikado from Durarara and how boring he was, even after his reveal? Yeah, exactly like that.
I know I sound mean, but let me make it clear that I do like the show. There’s a lot I like about it. But I will never love the show while this guy (and his male friend) hogs all the spotlight as the personality-less savior of the girls. Fuck you Taichi. Get out of this anime!
- Oh, and for the record, I like Yuki. And at least he had a personality.
- The rest of the Madoka Magica characters (besides Kyuubey), I couldn’t give a crap about.