I dedicate this song to Inaba Himeko (cv: Sawashiro Miyuki), who entirely shocked my otaku world. Inaba Himeko is the heroine from Kokoro Connect, and the first time ever heard that a girl confessed to a guy, “I’ve made you my okazu. (I’ve masturbated to you).” As an otaku, it was the most shocking moment of the year 2012. Okazu is a sexual fantasy for masturbation, or any source like gravure model photos. Yes, sexual stimulant!
Ray and I are back in our first entry in the Face Off series in years…and this time we’re talking about one of the most talked about shows this season, the high school body swapping drama Kokoro Connect. The strengths and the weaknesses of the show are well-known by now—the great acting, the questionable resolution of girls’ problems, among other things—and Ray and I cover a lot of that ground, and more. We especially discuss the impact of the 5th episode, which contained many shocking events and threw into question some of the assumptions we’ve made about the characters—especially “selfless freak” Taichi.
For the time being it’s going to be audio-only, but I’m going to try to see if I can do an auto-transcript with the new transcription abilities on my computer and tablet sometime later. In the meantime—enjoy!