Fushimi Inari has a hopeless crush on her classmate Tanbabashi. One day, while trying to interact with him, she accidentally humiliates him in front of the whole class. He refuses to accept her apologies, and, to make matters worse, she discovers that he probably has a crush on their incredibly cute classmate Sumizome.
She has all these things in mind when she is summoned by Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami, a pale fox goddess. In return for rescuing a little fox-spirit creature before school that day, the goddess offers to grant a single wish of Inari's. Without thinking, she blurts out that she wants to be Sumizome. As one might expect, this wish does not go nearly as well as Inari had hoped, and the kindly goddess breaks a goddess-rule to give Inari the ability to change herself back. Now, Inari can change her own shape at will, and using her new skill is very tempting as she keeps trying to win Tanbabashi's heart. But if Inari flaunts her ability, both she and the goddess might end up in trouble with Amaterasu!
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. is really enjoyable manga. It beautifully connects romance, comedy and character-driven story with bittersweet and meaningful tones.
Despite simple story Inari Konkon doesn't get repetitive or boring. The pacing is great and new characters get introduced slowly enough for readers to have time to get used to them. Author gave a lot of attention to all characters, which allows us to not only see, but also understand their point of view. Thanks to that, this manga really succeeds at avoiding "black and white" split. Everyone has their own feelings and goals. As one might expect, it often leads to more meaningful or
sad scenes, which also are of high quality.
When it comes to romance Inari Konkon doesn't go that deep. We get some cute, romantic and sad moments, but topic of love isn't explored as deeply as I'd wish, especially considering there is more than one pairing.
Comedy is based on generally light-hearted atmosphere and cuteness of some characters. It can make you smile and feel better, but don't expect to burst out laughing.
Art is another strong point of this manga. It's clean, without useless clutter or effects that make it harder to read. Characters are unique and, simply put, look good. Their expression are great, but sometimes I felt they lacked in quantity.
The last thing to note is the "enjoyment" part, and just as I said in the beginning, it's really enjoyable manga. Despite its length, Inari Konkon didn't have any boring chapters - everything that happened was fun to read, which makes this manga a title that I'd gladly recommend to others.
This manga relies on its characters than most stories rely on their plot and that's likely because every character here is special.
You will see characters be introduced, often as a hurdle to 'overcome' and later you and Inari realize that -- just maybe -- that the person you were both writing-off had feelings, too. Within this story you will read of sorcery and sociology, hopefully answering taboos that exist only to crush one's spirit. Is it taboo because you're in love, mustn't you correct the mistakes made in the name of love? What if they won't love me back?
Inari attempts to solve these questions by
using other peoples answers, often gaining confidence through someone else in more ways than one. But the more she adopts another's facade she knows less of from whom that confidence is coming from. Lastly, Uka mai kami