With Yui secluded at home and Inaba distant, the rest of the members of the Cultural Research Club met to discuss how to help Kiriyama. Things ended badly with Taichi and Aoki having a heated discussion, and the former hitting a moderating Iori. To further complicate matters, Fujishima put Taichi, Iori and Inaba in the same group for a field trip. At the end of the episode Taichi seemed to have gained some confidence and valor after a brief talk with the upbeat Fujishima.
Episode 8 of Kokoro Connect was very tense. It is sad and frustrating to see the protagonists so indifferent to each other. However, I think that it is probably the right decision for the protagonists to be apart for a while. I cannot wait to see how the rest of the current story arc unfolds. This episode gets a 10 out of 10.