[Drama Fall 2018] Like Kokoro Connect? Watch This!

When Kokoro Connect came out in November 2012, it introduced anime fans to a vibrant mix of slice of life drama, supernatural mystery, and romance all in one. Kokoro Connect offered a unique plot revolving around teenagers switching bodies and the intervention of a strange being pulling the strings behind the scenes. This offered a refreshing story and left us seeking more anime like it. If you feel the same way, you’re in luck this season because we found two brand new anime that seem to fit in well alongside Kokoro Connect.

Liked Kokoro Connect? Watch Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai!)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 2018 – December 2018

A young man named Sakuta Azusagawa is studying in the library until his attention is drawn to a wandering girl in a bunny costume who is seemingly invisible to those around her. As it turns out, this mysterious bunny girl is a celebrity and Sakuta’s classmate, Mai Sakurajima. Determining this strange phenomenon is part of what Sakuta refers to as Adolescence Syndrome, he befriends the girl and sets off on a journey to make the world see her again.

Major Similarities Between Kokoro connect and Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)

1. Supernatural Mystery

Much like the overlying mystery that is at the core of Kokoro Connect’s plot, so too does this anime explore an enticing phenomenon which impacts the day-to-day life of the protagonist Sakuta Azusagawa, who begins to encounter more and more mysteries as he befriends different students at his school.

2. School Life

Just like Kokoro Connect, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai revolves its plot around the lives of high school students. Even when balancing the supernatural mystery themes, this anime still progresses the day-to-day life of the protagonist and his friends, still addressing the regular problems that students face such as exams, part-time jobs, and romance. If you enjoyed Kokoro Connect for the way it grounded its mystery in a realistic setting like school, you will be sure to enjoy this anime.

Liked Kokoro Connect? Watch Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara (Iroduku: The World in Colors)

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Hitomi Tsukishiro is a seventeen-year-old mage living in a future Nagasaki. Much like her grandmother and other family members, she has the ability to use magic. Despite this magnificent talent, she was born with a stale sense of the world reflected through her color blindness. Her grandmother, wanting to help, utilizes her powerful magic to send Hitomi back in time to 2018 so she can attend school with her grandmother when she was also seventeen years old. What does her grandmother expect to achieve by sending her into the past?

Major Similarities Between Kokoro Connect and Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara (Iroduku: The World in Colors)

1. The Plot Device

While magic and supernatural elements in Kokoro Connect were never really established as a set norm that applied to the rest of society, there were still rules prescribed to the main cast of characters around these themes. Similar in that respect is the use of a small magic system in the world of Iroduku whereby the magic that does exist is utilized to drive the progression of the story forward, beginning with making the very premise of the story itself possible through the use of time magic. For those who like to see magic and supernatural themes play a role but not obscure the focus of the story on the characters, you will enjoy this anime.

2. Self-discovery

When it comes to slice of life stories featuring young protagonists, a key feature of those tales is the development of the characters along the way. As is the case in Kokoro Connect, Iroduku features the journey of self-discovery which Hitomi goes through as she travels back in time and experiences life with her grandmother and other ancestors. Even in the first couple of episodes, we begin to see a development or change, however slight, in Hitomi’s mood as she adjusts to her new circumstances.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have enjoyed our recommendations and that you take this opportunity to jump into what the fall anime season has to offer before it wraps up. What did you think of our suggestions? Do you agree with our comparisons or is there a better case to be made? Let us know in the comments.

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Author: Joshua M

I’m an avid anime fan and writer born and living in Toronto, Canada. When I’m not watching or writing about anime, I write poetry and short stories. I’m currently working towards my Post-Graduate Diploma in Publishing and work in the child and youth mental health sector. I thoroughly enjoy Fantasy RPGs and other story driven games, comics, and I’m a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons.

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