English: Inari Kon Kon
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 15, 2014 to Mar 19, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisFushimi Inari is a shy, not-so-bright middle school girl living in Kyoto's Fushimi ward. She has a crush on her classmate Tanbabashi, but cannot express her feelings. One day, as thanks for helping a fox pup, the deity Ukanomitama-no-kami grants her the ability to change her form.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.
Sequel: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. OVA
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Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha is a sort of feel good anime. After every episode I watched, I just had this feeling of content that felt very relaxing. But of course, that doesn't mean this anime doesn't have any exciting moments. It very much does.
Inari is a normal middle school girl that lives in Koyoto's Fushimi ward. Like many girls her age, she has a tough time liking herself, which leads to her envying her good looking and friendly classmate Sumizome. Inari has a crush on her other classmate Funbabashi, but she can't seem to work up the nerve to talk to him, as compared to Sumizome who has no problem with that. The plot picks up when, after seeing Sumizome give Funbabashi a love letter, Inari finds herself at the Inari shrine, a shrine for the god Inari.
There, she meets Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami (or simply Uka-sama for short). As thanks for saving a fox earlier, Uka-sama grants just one wish for Inari. Her wish is to be Sumizome, which leads to her acquiring powers to change her form at will.
The story sounds weak, and even starts out a bit weak, but with each episode the story grows stronger with the series of morals and life lessons it presents with each segment. The show itself sounds like it's a shoujo, but love and romance isn't heavy, contrary to what the synopsis says. It may seem like the main part of the story in the first few episodes, but the romance takes a back seat to the rest of the plot once the show gets going. Plus, it's middle schoolers primarily, so the romance shouldn't be too overbearing to begin with.
A lot of people seem to think the art is decent or average at best, but I actually enjoyed it a lot. The character designs were slightly plain when it came to the human characters, but the designs for the gods were unique and quite nice, even beautiful when it came to Uka-sama. The art is rather easy on the eyes, as in it's soft and colorful. The backgrounds were pretty and had amazing detail put into them.
As for the sound, I don't remember much of the OST, so it's pretty easy to forget and doesn't leave that much of an impression. The OP was nice, but also forgetful and lacking when compared to the ED. The ED, on the other hand, was a beautiful song. I think it's the best ED of the 2014 winter anime season.
At first, Inari acts just how she's supposed to act for her age: prone to crying and whiny all around. It's easy to see how many would become annoyed with her in the first few episodes. But, her character development is truly remarkable! At first she starts off as an insecure girl that wants to be like her classmate, but at the end she's learned to appreciate herself for who she is. It was very sweet seeing her go through this transformation. Even a few of Inari's friends went through some character development, as well as her older brother Touka. This series had a surprising amount of character development for only having 10 episodes.
Overall, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha was an interesting take on the deity concept. It didn't need romance as the main idea, unlike a lot of other deity themed anime. I would even argue that the love between Inari and Uka-sama was the main relationship. They formed a loving friendship that was very pleasant to see and experience. The characters were all fun to watch, and I truly enjoyed all of them. The moral behind the series was refreshing as well.
So if you're looking for an extremely pleasant anime that also has exciting moments in it, then this is for you. If you're looking for an anime with a nice amount of character development, then this is also for you.
I like to compare "Inari Konkon" with a person's first love, it's beautiful but really awkward.
Story- 6/10 Inari is your typical slice of life RomCom with a dash of supernatural tossed in. The biggest problem with the story is it tries to have too many themes, is it a romance? A comedy? About friendship? Who really knows, and most of these themes don't really play out other than friendship. The romance element was very lacking, and for a series that I supposed to be centered around romance they didn't spend much time on the relationships at all. If you're looking for a slice of life or romance, you're better off looking elsewhere.
Art - 9/10 the artwork was one of the only reasons I kept watching this series, it is very well done. All the shrine work and landscapes are absolutely beautiful. Character designs aren't anything special, but they're unique enough to be something special, especially since the story is so generic.
Sound - 8/10 lots of traditional japanese music played throughout the series and a very catchy op. Sometimes the sound tracks did get a bit repetitive but I like then enough it didn't bother me.
Characters -6/10 the characters of thinks series are kind of over dramatic, I really like Uka, but most of the other characters were simple and pretty forgettable.
Enjoyment/overall - 7/10 Inari Konkon was a little too short, and a little too shallow to be truly great. It's quite unfortunate because it's artwork it's so phenomenal that it almost hurts that it's wasted on such a mediocre plot. If you skipped this one you wouldn't be missing out on much, but if you're looking for a decently quick story about friendship with great art, give it a shot! read more
Both anime revolves around a girl who lives in a shrine and has the power to see the inari's that live in the shrine, both are daily life events and are cute and funny at times.
A heartwarming story about a girl, Inari shrine, and spiritual creatures resides within it. It also contains supernatural elements and small hint of romance
Main character from both series are shrine priestess. The bridge between humans and god/spirits is a central theme. They can see and interact with them. Both dealing with Fox deity who watches over the main character. Giving them advice. One series deals with the daily life of a shrine priestess while the other is the romantic side of it. Similar feeling are presented in both anime. From the animation, music/ost, and character design.
The stories of both series takes place in a similar setting involving shrines and priestesses. Our main female protagonist is a shy girl but is helpful, compassionate, and caring towards others.
For the stories, there are supernatural elements such as spirits and otherworldly beings that inhabits the worlds they are living. Some of them are helpful while others tends to cause a bit of trouble. The main girl deals with these beings on a daily basis.
Gingitsune has a slice of life feling while Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha has more romance. Both of them are adapted from manga and follows their perspective stories.
Both stories involve fox (Inari) shrine settings. It is the common place for people to go to. From the preview of Inari Konkon at least, it seems that both anime will have very beautiful scenery in it. Both anime are adaptations of their respective mangas.
Another similarity is the reference to the deity in both shows. The deity in Gingitsune is not present, although he/she is mentioned. Inari Konkon has this deity (Ukano Mitama) present as one of the main characters.
Gingitsune is slice of life while Inari Konkon is romance. Both however rely a lot on character interactions for the story. The main characters in both stories make mistakes but grow and learn from their experiences.
The story follows a girl who live close to a Shrine and has the ability to see any Spirits in front of her perspective view. Some characters can also see spirits, but other characters can not. The girl usually have a conflict of herself and ask the spirit to cooperate with her or do things by herself. It has a good, calm atmosphere filled with comedy and romance around the show.
Not much of a difference since both have the same characteristics. Although Gingitsune focuses on Heralds and help her needs, while Inari, follows a girl who a spirit gave her powers by transforming.
Both are school life series that involve shrines and fox spirits.
While Gingitsune is a light hearted anime which is specially focused on friendship, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha seems to be a romance comedy which involves other genres such as fantasy and supernatural.
- Bot are romance, comedy, supernatural anime.
- Both have a cute and cheerful main protagonist.
- Both focus a bit on high-school life though Inari Konkon is more slice-of-life-y.
- Both involve the concept of Gods, shrines and familiars.
A treat especially for those who love shoujo-ish anime.
In both, normal girls somehow 'received' god power from a god.
Though the plot in the 2 series go into different paths, become a god or remain as a human.
Nanami is 'bind' by her role as a land god but Inari is going into the direction so that she can control and live with the power as a human without becoming god.
Both contain their troubles with love and interaction with other gods.
Taking place in modern times, it takes on the romance genre and mixes it with fantasy elements involving a deity that comes in contact with a young girl. From there on, the characters' lives change forever as they get involved with supernatural beings they've never imagined before.
There is a certain degree of drama present in both series but also at the same time, scenarios of comedy. The female characters are compassionate toward others and are always ready to give a helping hand to those in need.
Both start out with a supernatural being meeting normal girl and giving her powers, although this is presented in a different way in both, with one departing after making arrangements for the heroine to have a place to stay, and the other remaining a source of comfort and guidance for the heroine.
Both share themes of romance and fox-related (Inari) beings. Struggles faced with love are important parts of the story in both.
The same genre where it involves deities, high school girls, romance a supernatural.
Opening Theme#1: "Kyou ni Koiiro (今日に恋色)" by May'n (eps 1-9)
#2: "SAVED." by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 10)
Ending Theme#1: "SAVED." by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 1-8)
#2: "Dare Yori mo Taisetsu na Hito e (誰よりも大切な人へ)" by Ukanomitama-no-kami (CV: Houko Kuwashima) (ep 9)
#3: "Kyou ni Koiiro (今日に恋色)" by May'n (ep 10)
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Related ClubsEpic Shounen Anime/Manga, May'n Fanclub, Maaya Sakamoto fanclub, Satoshi Hino Fans, Magical Girl Fans Unite!!, I ♥ Yuri & Shoujo Ai, Anime Animals/Creatures, Romantic Comedy Anime (RCA<3), Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, Anime ID Centar, Japanese Monsters Club, Romantic-Love Club
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