Synopsis
Taichi confessed to his club mates that another Heartseed had spoken to him.  As a result their time shifts became very random.  Iori was worried and wanted to go home to confront her mom's second husband, who had returned home.  However, her club mates convinced her to let them help her.  The original Heartseed appeared and offered Iori the opportunity to return her in time to fix past mistakes.  She refused because she accepted herself and realized that her personality was shaped by her past good and bad deeds.

Analysis
The Kako Random arc ended with a strong and satisfying episode 13.  There is not much to analyze.  Kokoro Connect continues to be an immersive, emotional and well animated series.  Every once in a while it takes sudden turns, but they are welcome.  I hope the next arc is interesting, and that the series concludes with some kind of closure.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10. 
 
 
Synopsis
Yui again ran into Chinatsu Mihashi, an acquaintance from her karate days.  Chinatsu wanted to remind her of a promise they once made to fight at nationals.  She also begrudged Yui for giving up karate and becoming a weak person.  Aoki continued being unable to clearly know if he loved Yui for her or because she reminds him of Nana Nishino, a former girlfriend of Aoki's.  After Aoki sorted out his feelings and reaffirmed her love for Yui, she realized that she needs to become strong again.

Analysis
Episode 12 of Kokoro Connect was emotionally heavy but kind of disjointed.  We finally learned more about Aoki.  He had been probably the least fleshed out character up to this point.  It is sad that Yui lost some of her conviction to live probably as a result of her attempted rape.  This episode had very good moments but nothing overly dramatic.  But the last episode of the Kako Random arc promises a whole lot of hell breaking.  Episode 12 of Kokoro Connect gets a 9 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Chitanda once again called Houtarou to ask a favor.  This time he was going to help Chitanda during a traditional Japanese procession.  Other than a little mix up, the procession went fine.  During the ceremony Mayaka and Satoshi were watching together (not sure if as a couple or not).  At the end of the day Chitanda and Houtarou were chatting about future plans.  It was bittersweet to see how much Chitanda and Houtarou have learned to care for each other but being unable to express their feelings.

Analysis
Hyouka has ended at 22 episodes.  The last episode was good but did not feel much like a conclusion.  I can only give this last episode a 8 out of 10.  As far as the whole series, it is beautifully animated and had lots of potential.  Unfortunately the creators were not able to properly take advantage of the potential of the story, especially in regards to character development.  I am also disappointed that the conclusion did not have much closure.  Hyouka is a decently good series but not very good.
 
 
Synopsis
The episode began with Taichi and Inaba at a shrine, with younger versions of Iori, Yui and Aoki.  The supernatural development for the new arc, Kako Random, is that between 12 pm and 5 pm everyday, Inaba, Iori, Yui and/or Aoki will revert back to younger versions of themselves.  Taichi has been spared most likely because a different Heartseed (Number Two) has informed Taichi that he has an important mission.  So far this phenomenon has hit Yui and Aoki the hardest. 

Analysis
Episode 11 of Kokoro Connect was great.  I really like the new arc, and the new developments that might come with it.  It looks like we are going to learn a lot from Inaba, Iori, Yui and Aoki.  I am also very intrigued by this Number Two character and what his intentions might be.  I continue to look forward to new episodes of Kokoro Connect every Saturday.  This episode gets a 10 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Rokka and Atsushi continued to sort things out, while Ryousuke watched patiently.  After Rokka convinced Atsushi to give the body back to Ryousuke, it seemed as if she was going to the death with Atsushi.  Fortunately, Atsushi left and allowed Rokka to keep living.  Ryousuke and Rokka stayed together until they died.  In the end Atsushi's soul was wondering around the shop.  He asked Rokka's and Ryousuke's grandson to throw his things away because he did not need them anymore.

Analysis
Natsuyuki Rendezvous ended at episode 11.  The final episode managed to wrap things up in a good, but somewhat predictable, way.  Natsuyuki Rendezvous was a good series overall, but I feel it was weak in the second half.  I would like to have seen more story and character development, instead of 5 episodes of fairy land.  Natsuyuki Rendezvous was an enjoyable and unusual series with very good animation.  I just wish it had been better executed.  This last episode gets a 9 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
It was Valentine's Day.  Mayaka angrily swore that she was going to make the best chocolate Satoshi ever had.  After Houtarou and Chitanda had an awkward talk before going to classes on Valentine's Day, the chocolate cake/cookie Mayaka made was stolen.  After some investigating by Houtarou, he cleverly figured out that Satoshi stole the chocolate.  Satoshi did it because he was not sure how to respond to Mayaka's feelings.  In the end things between Satoshi and Mayaka seemed to have worked out fine.

Analysis
Episode 21 of Hyouka was a strange one.  It focused a bit more on character development, and that is the reason why I want to see more of it is because it can be well done by the creators.  I felt bad for Mayaka, but hopefully things will work for her in the end.  Also, when Mayaka asked Chitanda if she liked somebody, she apparently confessed to Mayaka that she likes Houtarou.  During the investigation Chitanda became very agitated, and it was very interesting and exciting to see.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
The school trip began with a clingy Iori toward Taichi and a calm but tense Inaba watching them.  When Taichi noticed a small cut on Inaba's hand, he tried to watch it to prevent infection.  Inaba refused and ran away.  Iori caught up to her a saw her gently kiss the injured finger that Taichi tried to tend to.  Iori figured out that Inaba was also in love with Taichi.  After an intense and emotional discussion, Iori convinced Inaba to fight for Taichi's love and assured her that they were going to remain friends no matter what.  

Analysis
I liked episode 10 of Kokoro Connect a lot.  This episode concludes the Kizu Random arc, and I am so glad it did not involve anyone being in the brink of death.  Inaba has finally been able to act like a typical, normal person.  I still like Inaba's stoic personality, but I also want her to enjoy her life to the fullest.  For now Kokoro Connect continues to be a strong series with an interesting story and appealing characters.  I have faith that Kokoro Connect will remain strong.  This episode gets a 10 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Suddenly both Ryousuke and Atsushi found themselves arguing in the fairy world.  The fight escalated to the real world, where Ryousuke (now as a wondering ghost) realized that Atsushi had hijacked his body to be with Rokka.  Atsushi kept acting like a jerk toward Ryousuke, but he seems to have realized that it is too selfish to wreck the life of Ryousuke and potentially Rokka's.  She also seems to have realized that although she feels happy to have interacted with Atsushi again, she is already in love with another man.

Analysis
Episode 10 of Natsuyuki Rendezvous did a better job showing the direction the show is going to take.  Atsushi seems ready to move on after seeing how much his rival loves her former wife.  Ryousuke seems very sure of himself and is ready to return to normal life.  Rokka seems to have found closure with Atsushi's death.  The big question to be solved is what is going to happen with the relation between Rokka and Ryousuke.  The next episode needs to be great to get everything right.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Chitanda invited Houtarou to a shrine on New Year's Day.  At the shrine they met with Mayaka, who was working as a shrine maiden.  On their way to running an errand, Chitanda and Houtarou accidentally went into a shed and were locked in.  Both were freezing, but in the end managed to get Satoshi's attention.  Satoshi went to the shed and unlocked Chitanda and Houtarou.

Analysis
Episode 20 of Hyouka was another cool one.  I was very happy to see Mayaka and Satoshi again.  The awkward interactions between Chitanda and Houtarou continue to be amusing.  When they were locked in the shed I thought they were going to hug each other to fight off the cold.  That did not happen, but Chitanda was close to getting naked when Houtarou was looking for a string (removing the string on Chitanda's kimono would have undone it).  This episode gets a 8 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Taichi and Iori agreed that all the members of the club would be better if they were together.  Also, Taichi and Aoki made up.  Finally, Taichi and Aoki convinced Yui, using weird logic (like Aoki proposing Yui to go to a love hotel), to return to school.  Taichi, Iori, Aoki and Yui seemed to have made their peace in dealing with their current situation, but Inaba has not.  This prompted a Heartseed's home visit to Inaba.  Heartseed challenged Inaba by questioning her true intentions with Taichi, and how this might affect her other friends.

Analysis
Episode 9 of Kokoro Connect was very solid.  It also had lots of information and has beautifully set up the conclusion of the second arc (Kizu Random).  It is good that Taichi, Iori, Aoki and Yui seem to finally have learned to deal with their desires.  Unfortunately for Inaba, she continues to suffer for not being able to be honest with herself and Taichi.  Kokoro Connect continues to be a strong series and has become my favorite show of the Summer 2012 season.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.