Clumsy, below average intellect, and shy – these are some of the traits that Inari Fushimi possesses. Despite her shortcomings, she is very considerate of others. She can’t ignore anyone's plea for help! She also has a long time crush on Kouji Tanbabashi, who she admires for being cheerful and always hardworking. The problem is, Inari’s incurable shyness makes it difficult to express her feelings for Kouji.
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha starts with Inari taking a shortcut to her school. She happens to see a fox pup that’s about to fall to the river. Although she’s running late, she just can’t ignore the pup. Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami, the god of the Inari Shrine, is thankful for Inari’s kindness towards the young fox, who turns out to be a familiar named Kon. To show her gratitude to Inari, she fulfills one of Inari’s wishes. But the fulfillment of the wish only invites trouble. To compensate, Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami bestows Inari a small part of her divine power that gives Inari the ability to transform into anyone at will.
Inari now possesses a power of a god, even if it's just a small portion. Otherworldly beings suddenly take an interest in her, for better or worse. What kind of adventure awaits Inari, and will she be able to tell Kouji everything that she has kept in her heart for so long?
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha is the type of show where you’d come in expecting what you’ll get. The thought of ‘typical romance with a cute middle school girl’ is what most people will come into mind. And you would be right because this show is about a middle school girl named Inari Fushimi, a clumsy character with an innocent personality and heartwarming crush on her fellow classmate, Koji Tanabashi. In essence, this show is what a classic shoujo would offer – a spirited series of cuteness, fun, charms, and shape shifting. Wait, stop there. Shape shifting? Now, that’s something to take notice. Of course, Inari doesn’t obtain that ability after she recuses the spirit fox Kon from falling into the river. She has no idea that her life is about to change forever.
Based off the manga of the same name, Morohe Yoshida crafts a work with traditional shoujo tropes but adds in additional elements. These elements ranges from the spiritual God Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami (aka. Uka), dealing with personal issues, and other life conflicts that can be relatable. By this standard, we can learn from Inari as a girl who is bound for discovery. This is because her ability now allows her to transform into the physical form of any human being as she wishes at will. With an ability like that, there’s no limit to how much she can discover into another person’s life. Perhaps more importantly may also be Inari’s curious mind to discover herself with these new powers. Indeed, a shoujo series taking the concept of an identity license to not formulate it into a crisis but rather as a device should be something to think about.
To take this series to heart will take some patience as we get to know our main character, Inari. Because the show only adapts 10 episodes from the manga, the story may not expand to a point where complex plot holes will come together in packages. Rather, take the story like an anthology where each episode depicts a story involving Inari and her friends. This comes with the supernatural elements such as her ability to transform into the physical forms of others. It’s a fun gag to think about considering the possibilities you can do with it. For Inari, it might be a dream come true because of her crush on Koji. What better way than become the most beautiful girl at the school that almost everyone wants to be friends with? Despite having these possibilities, she quickly learns that her powers has limits and is not as simple as it seems. Throughout each episode, we learn that Inari uses her power not for personal gains but rather as a way to help others. This is evident in particular episodes to protect certain people from danger. We see her maturity from a clumsy girl to a young woman capable of taking responsibilities. Despite her initial self-doubt, she also begins to learn how to utilize her powers with success and praise. In retrospective, Inari’s powers gave her more than just the ability to shapeshift but also a way of discovering people both inside and outside. The show captures moments where this is explicitly well done with its performance with other characters that Inari forms relationships with. It explores various human emotions that fulfills themes such as jealousy, doubt, regret, insecurity among others. With great power comes great responsibility and Inari becomes the centerpiece of that.
As a show that focuses on romance, expect that abstraction to take on a more innocent form. Inari is a shy young girl that causes a rather embarrassing scene with her crush in the gym through her clumsiness in the first episode. It’s funny how this can be relatable since love can be blind and make people do silly things. For Inari, it’s can be more than just silly because her powers allows her to make possibilities and dreams into a reality. In fact, her dream is want to become someone special, a person of admiration, or as in the classic Yamato Nadeshiko. The character that would most closely resemble such an icon would be Akemi Sumizome. She has a pretty face, kind personality, and marvelous figure. In essence, she is both a character of admiration and envy for Inari. Yet, deep down, she has her own insecurities including her attraction to someone that makes her very insecure about herself. Despite seemingly existing in the opposite side a world, the duo forms a close relationship through discovery. Relationships are important in this show whether it’d be romantic, platonic, parental, or between siblings. It’s valuable to notice how relatable the show can be despite its fantasy elements as we see realism between certain characters.
Taking on the fantasy trope comes forth spirits, apparitions, and Gods. Uka stands out on the fantasy side with her abilities to grant wishes including giving Inari the will to transform. Possessing a kind spirit, she blurs a bit between fantasy and reality with her characteristics. She holds wisdom but is also curious about the real world with her fascinations. This is evident by her interest in otaku game (otome genres seems to be her favorites), manga, and cultural norms that often pertain with the younger people. Her relationship with Inari’s brother Toka is also quite amusing as the duo is incompatible but seems to get along through curiosity. Unfortunately, despite the insight that Uka brings into the show, she suffers a bit of characterization. We only know a little about her past and most of it is connected with Toka rather than with Inari or the others. Seemingly, she acts more like a character to test others (humans) because of her origins. Other supporting characters with fantasy attributes such as Miya and Kon suffers from personification of their selves. Most of the humans gets more insight to their relationship dynamics while the Gods features less emphasis.
Being labeled as a romantic comedy means the show should have a mixture of both. The romance aspect actually covers more than just Inari. It expands to characters including Sumizome, Koji, and even Toka. It brings a charm to this show that is innocent. There’s no extreme jealousy or complex love triangles that spans out of control. Rather, it’s simplistic and feels natural. However, some of the results of these romance angles might not satisfy fans. Bring a show together with a composition of only 10 episodes also means a suffering from development. Most of the relationships are only explored on a basic level with perhaps Inari getting the most spotlight. A more complex problem involves Sumizome as her feelings seems to rush out too quick that shows a lack of development. There’s also less emphasis on the way drama are resolved. It feels more like soap opera at some points rather than a fantasy love story. There’s less focus on dynamics but more on the drama, some which makes little sense. The strength of the comedy though does make up for this. Dialogues may feel cheesy but holds values of interest. We know that the characters are serious about their feelings and it’s easy to understand where they come from. It mixtures it in with humorous scenes such as delusions, symbolisms, and fantasy elements. It comes together in a tolerable way with fun laughs. The show also doesn’t rely on fan service to deliver its message. Instead, it’s out in the open and straight forward on most parts. Oh and how can we forget when Inari transforms into someone else to fool others?
The first word that comes to my mind to describe this show’s artwork is fantastic. It’s fantastic no just in the way of being beautiful but rather as a credible way of portraying its settings. The background reflects a charming atmosphere with the temples and shrines. Transformation scenes matches well with consistency. Additionally, the Gods all have their unique designs with their hair styles, outfits, and distinctive features. Inari’s design also captures her character as a clumsy girl who is walking steps to adolescence. Sumizome reflects exactly as a pretty girl with her figure. Even Toka is noticeable with his face expressions that defines him as a concerned brother. Elegance decorates this show on various levels and artwork fits with that title.
Soundtrack mixes on a traditional scale with its fantasy vibes. More noticeable however is the character voices as some of them adapts a kansai accent. Main characters such as Inari and Sumizome speaks in Kansai-ben, rather than traditional Japanese. It’s a distinctive trait that is quite noticeable yet can take time to get used to. Otherwise, there’s a good mixture of voice mannerisms in the show such as Inari’s spontaneous energy or Uka’s curiosity in the human world. The OP & ED songs are decorated with colorful features that depicts exactly how a fantasy setting can be when mixed with modern values.
Taken for granted, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha is a charming show with innocence, values, and elegance. The story itself will feel a bit predictable and lack depth in characterization. However, its attributes in presenting human relationships between Gods and mortals is something hard to take eyes off of. Inari’s life of discovery is fascinating that leads to various results between many characters. Its straightforward humor isn’t rocket science but instead has its elements that will bring a keen sense to laugh. On the other hand, the romance aspect can feel a little childish. Yet, it defines innocence in not a strategic but effortless way. Sometimes, not everything needs to be complex even if you can take on the form of anyone you want. This show is simple just like how it should be. read more
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
Lately it’s been difficult to find a good romance show without needless harems and fanservice, and even more rare to find one with a strong female lead. Despite being a short series of only 10 episodes, Inari Konkon managed to fulfill my need for an uplifting yet simple romance show. Inari Konkon is a slice of life story about a girl named Inari who has a crush on a classmate and gains supernatural powers from a deity after saving a fox pup. The premise doesn't seem too unique at first, but the characters are what really make this show a great anime.
The story isn't anything that hasn't been made before, but it is very well done in terms of progressing plot and character development. It’s a simple story of a girl who likes a boy and wants him to like her back; sounding basic at best I wasn't expecting much going into the show. Only until I had finished a few episodes did I start to appreciate how this show handles the struggles of growing up and the feelings involved in liking someone. That being said, the thing that puts this anime above others is the focus on not only the romance aspect but also the friendships. Inari's relationship with her friends is just as important as her budding relationship with her crush. There are some downsides to the plot as well, the biggest being the lack of a substantial ending. With the manga ongoing and not having a clear stopping point at the time of the anime coming out, it feels very rushed and isn't satisfying in the least. It doesn't help that the anime itself is only 10 episodes rather than 12 or 13.
It’s very heartwarming to see many different types of people portrayed in anime, ones that aren't typical archetypes, but ones that feel more like how a real person would be. Inari Konkons strongest point was its characters, each one of them had their strengths and weaknesses, all of which were believable and maybe even relatable to some. Like real people not everyone is who they seem to be on the outside, people are complex, and this is an important part in the series. The relationships and friendships in this show are some of the best I've seen in awhile. Yet, looking at the anime overall, the friendship aspect seems to overshadow the romance at some points. If you’re looking for a show that has a relationship with a solid conclusion at the end, you may be disappointed.
More and more anime these days are getting great animation and style, this show being no exception. The art style is not extraordinary but it has a slightly different tone to it than many other shows have. It looks light and keeps a constant relaxing feel to it while still being a cutesy-moe show. The character designs are simple, no weird colored or impossibly styled hair, just a basic look that fits nicely with the style of the show.
The OP and ED have a light yet melancholic feel to them that fits perfectly, and the OST is simple when it needs to be and stronger at the more dramatic moments. Many of the background tracks stuck out to me, not by being bad, but by sounding unique, refreshing, and giving off a pleasant vibe. The voice acting is well done, each characters voice seems to fit them perfectly and I don’t have any complaints about them.
If you like great characters and bit of supernatural elements tying into the plot, chances are you will enjoy watching Inari Konkon. It certainly stands above most of the more recent anime that share similar genres. If you’re looking for a hardcore romance anime then there are some aspects that you probably won’t like, but I would still recommend watching it for the perfectly portrayed and developed friendships.
Pros & Cons:
+ amazing cast of characters
+ simple and light mood
+ maintains a good plot
+ fantastic female friendships
- ending is rushed and disappointing
- romance doesn't have good closure read more