Kokoro Connect

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Kokoro Connect (ココロコネクト) is a Japanese light novel series written by Sadanatsu Anda, with illustrations by Shiromizakana. Anda entered the first novel in the series, originally titled Hito Tsunagari Te, Doko e Yuku (ヒトツナガリテ、ドコへユク?), into Enterbrain's 11th Entertainment Awards in 2009 and the novel won the Special Prize. As of April 2013, the series has 10 volumes (8 main volumes and 2 side-story volumes).

An ongoing manga adaptation under the same name was written by the original author and illustrated by CUTEG in October 2010. A 17-episode anime adaptation was made by Silver Link; the first 13 aired in July 2012 and the last 4 aired in December 2012. These episodes adapted the first four novels of Kokoro Connect.

A Drama CD has been released in February 2011, and a second has been released in January 2012. A PSP visual novel, Kokoro Connect: Yochi Random, has been released in November 2012, featuring an original story taking place after the events of the first novel, Hito Random.

The Kokoro Connect series is also available in the following languages:

(Note: Translation progress varies for each version.)

Story Synopsis

The story involves five high school students, Yaegashi Taichi, Nagase Iori, Inaba Himeko, Aoki Yoshifumi and Kiriyama Yui, who are all members of the Cultural Research Club. One day, they begin experiencing a phenomenon in which they randomly swap bodies amongst themselves. As these five friends face many different phenomena at the whims of a mysterious entity known as «Heartseed», their friendship is put to the ultimate test.

Series Information

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Slice-of-life, Supernatural
Japanese Title: ココロコネクト
English Title: Kokoro Connect
Author: 庵田定夏 (Anda Sadanatsu)
Illustrator: 白身魚 (Shiromizakana)
Volumes: 10 (8 main, 2 side-story)
Status: Ongoing


Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (このライトノベルがすごい!) 2011

  • 14th place in Best Novel Series, Anda Sadanatsu

Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (このライトノベルがすごい!) 2012

  • 12th place in Best Novel Series, Anda Sadanatsu
  • 8th place in Best Illustrator, Shiromizakana
  • 6th place in Best Female Character, Himeko Inaba

Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (このライトノベルがすごい!) 2013

  • 15th place in Best Novel Series, Anda Sadanatsu
  • 4th place in Best Illustrator, Shiromizakana
  • 3rd place in Best Female Character, Himeko Inaba


Translators Needed

There are still some Kokoro Connect volumes that have not been translated.

Anyone with decent Japanese or Chinese skills will be allowed to translate. Please note that some of the chapters are translated from the Chinese version of the novels, which are known to have some minor mistakes compared to the original Japanese text. If you have access to the originals and spot any errors, feel free to make any corrections.

If you would like to help translate this series, please post in the forums, and we will help you get started. Thank you.


All translators need to register the chapters they're working on.

Format Standards

All edited translations are to be in British English.


Visit the forums to give your feedback or discuss this series.


  • April 21, 2014 Volume 6 completed
  • April 21, 2014 Volume 6 Epilogue completed
  • April 20, 2014 Volume 6 Chapter 7 completed
  • December 27, 2013 Volume 6 Chapter 7 completed
  • September 12, 2013 Volume 6 Chapter 6 completed
  • August 26, 2013 Volume 6 Chapter 5 completed
  • August 14, 2013 Volume 6 Chapter 4 completed
  • August 9, 2013 Volume 6 Chapter 3 completed
  • August 5, 2013 Volume 6 Chapter 2 completed
  • August 3, 2013 Volume 6 Chapter 1 completed
  • August 1, 2013 Volume 4.5 Kiriyama's First Time Experience completed

Older updates can be found on the Kokoro Connect Updates page.

The Kokoro Connect series by Sadanatsu Anda

Volume 1 - Kokoro Connect: Hito Random (Random People) (Full Text - PDF)

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Volume 2 - Kokoro Connect: Kizu Random (Random Wounds) (Full Text - PDF)

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Volume 3 - Kokoro Connect: Kako Random (Random Past) (Full Text - PDF)

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Volume 4 - Kokoro Connect: Michi Random (Random Courses) (Full Text - PDF)

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Volume 4.5 - Kokoro Connect: Clip Time

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Volume 5 - Kokoro Connect: Nise Random (Random Fakes)

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Volume 6 - Kokoro Connect: Yume Random (Random Dreams)

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Volume 6.5 - Kokoro Connect: Step Time

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Volume 7 - Kokoro Connect: Asu Random (Random Tomorrow) (I)


Volume 8 - Kokoro Connect: Asu Random (Random Tomorrow) (II)


Volume 8.5 - Kokoro Connect: Precious Time


Project Staff

  • Supervisor: N/A
  • Project Manager: N/A




  • MCsq2 (from Chinese text)
  • Alight (from Chinese text)
  • s07195 (from official Chinese text)
  • Lantern (from Japanese & Chinese text)







Series Overview

  • Kokoro Connect Hito Random -ココロコネクト ヒトランダム (January 30, 2010) ISBN 978-4-04-726290-4
  • Kokoro Connect Kizu Random - ココロコネクト キズランダム (May 29, 2010) ISBN 978-4-04-726537-0
  • Kokoro Connect Kako Random - ココロコネクト カコランダム (September 30, 2010) ISBN 978-4-04-726775-6
  • Kokoro Connect Michi Random - ココロコネクト ミチランダム (January 29, 2011) ISBN 978-4-04-727030-5
  • Kokoro Connect Clip Time - ココロコネクト クリップタイム (May 30, 2011) ISBN 978-4-04-727280-4
  • Kokoro Connect Nise Random - ココロコネクト ニセランダム (October 29, 2011) ISBN 978-4-04-727585-0
  • Kokoro Connect Yume Random - ココロコネクト ユメランダム (February 29, 2012) ISBN 978-4-04-727839-4
  • Kokoro Connect Step Time - ココロコネクト ステップタイム (June 30, 2012) ISBN 978-4-04-728122-6
  • Kokoro Connect Asu Random(I) - ココロコネクト アスランダム上 (September 29, 2012) ISBN 978-4-04-728350-3
  • Kokoro Connect Asu Random(II) - ココロコネクト アスランダム下 (March 30, 2013) ISBN 978-4-04-728736-5
  • Kokoro Connect Precious Time - ココロコネクト プレシャスタイム (September 30, 2013) ISBN 978-4-04-729150-8