Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha Episode 1 Impressions

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Inari Konkon, Koi Iroha Episode 1 (14)High school is often one of the hardest times in our lives, school in general. Not university or college, but school, when you seem to be stuck in that same rut and rhythm every day. Of course, there’s that one boy or one girl that you’re crushing on and you just can’t seem to muster up the courage to speak your true feelings, whether it’s a confession or simply a “good luck” for thei r next basketball game. For Inari Fushimi, a shy and clumsy girl, that boy is Tanbabashi… and after a really awkward pants dropping incident, he’s totally avoiding her. In Inari’s attempts to apologize to Tanbabashi, she overhears Tanbabashi’s confession to their cute and charming classmate Sumizome. In heartbreak, Inari cries out for god, and what do you know, Uta-no-Mitama-no-Kami, the resident god of Inari shrine appears. She agrees to grant Inari a wish because Inari saved one of the goddess’s injured familiar foxes that morning. Normally, humans wouldn’t be able to see familiars, but since Inari’s always had a love and affinity with the shrine, the goddess considers her a pretty special human.

Inari then wishes to become Sumizome, thinking that she would be able to find the confidence to speak her heart to Tanbabashi, but she ends up realizing that mere appearances won’t change her personality and confidence. Inari’s family and friends end up searching for Inari all night and it’s Inari’s luck that she happens upon two of Mistress Uka’s familiars. When the two foxes bring Inari to the goddess LOLLLLL THE GODDESS IS PLAYING AN OTOME GAME – HAHA I GUESS GODDESSES GET BORED TOO.

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The only thing is… it’s impossible for a god to grant multiple wishes to a human. After all, hundreds of humans being wishes to the shrine every day and it wouldn’t violate the celestial rules in order to grant another wish. Mistress Uka’s solution is to give Inari part of her divine power, granting her the ability to transform at will. Inari is then able to transform back to her true self. YAY – of course, Inari needs a cute transformation scene LIKE A MAGIC GIRL – Inari, konkon, CHANGE! Kawaii desu-ne?

Mistress Uka also grants Kon, the fox, to Inari, the same fox she saved that morning AND IT’S THE CUTEST FOX IN THE WORLD OHMIGOD. When Inari returns home, it seems like things are going back to normal for her except Tanbabashi is absent. Also, the next morning, as Inari’s brother passes the shrine, he glares angrily at Mistress Uka (What’s the back story there?) And I’m not celestial expert, but isn’t there a rule against granting divine powers to a mere human? What consequences lie there?

Inari Konkon, Koi Iroha Episode 1 (50)I have to say, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha is a really special anime, with something really meaningful that I haven’t seen in a long while. First of all, this pilot episode actually gives us an opening song at the beginning of the anime and I think the song is quickly becoming one of my favourites this season. I can’t wait to see what the show has in store for us. The animation and art style by Production IMS is also aesthetically comfortable and pleasing. The show’s been categorized in comedy, romance, school, supernatural, seinen and even gender bender so it covers a wide range of genres.

Hope you guys liked this first impressions and I really hope you’ll give Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha a chance! Thanks for reading!!

– Cloudy

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