Episode 4 Impressions: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha

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It’s time for the festival to begin! Inari gets some time to enjoy the festival with her friends as well as the one she likes, while Uka comes to a harsh realization and fights with accepting a cold truth that Otoshi will fight for her to realize. All while Touka over steps his brotherly boundaries.

Synopsis
e4konkon1After seeing his mother in both Inari’s room and the dinning room, Touka becomes suspicious that Inari has obtained divine powers. To this suspicion, he begins stalking her everywhere. Inari flees to Uka at the shrine where she fills her in on the situation. Uka assures her that things will return to normal after the festival where she will tell Touka that nothing has happened. She also mentions that Koji will be at the festival as well as his family visits every year.

Back at home, Inari’s mother assists her with her Yukata to prepare for the festival. After preparations she meets with Akemi and they talk over visual novels before heading to the festival together. Though while taking a detour, they realize they are being followed and Keiko shows up to swiftly kick the man unconscious. Though it turns out to be Uka’s perverted brother so Inari drags him away. Akemi is oddly thrown into a crush, comparing Keiko to a fierce combatant in one of their visual novels. While she’s flustered, Keiko assures her that everything is fine.

At the festival, Inari splits off from the group to see Koji who is with his mother and brother. Realizing the situation, Koji’s mother takes her brother on ahead. This leaves Inari and Koji to spend a great deal of time together visiting the stands and walking to the temple together.

e4konkon8Uka becomes filled with the joy that Inari is feeling but it’s cut short by the appearance of her brother who was finally able to enter the shrine that was now lacking a barrier. Uka realizes at this time that her divine power is finally fading. After getting some help from Touka (who was stalking Inari) to restrain Otoshi, Touka demands to know what is happening with Inari.

Though extremely hesitant, Uka lies to Touka and says that she only gave her a small amount of power to be able to see her. Touka accepts her promise of truth and leaves. Though after he leaves, Otoshi questions why she’s upset over a lie. He reminds her that deities are not supposed to treat humans unequally and that friendships with them are bad due to their short lifespan.

Uka understands this, but wishes to witness the joys of humankind for just a moment. While admitting this, Inari elsewhere admits that all the joy she was experiencing with the friends she had was due to Uka’s help. Inari wishes to one day repay that to Uka and help her find happiness too.

e4konkon2Thoughts
What can I say? This show knocks it out of the park once again. I am so happy to see Keiko finally make a return as I just love her character. And no sooner did she get me laughing out loud at her popping Inari with the pop gun! I loved seeing Inari get some time alone with Koji. She was absolutely adorable in her Yukata and her thinking to herself was way too cute. Especially her mentions of red lights covering her blushing. Though I believe Koji was as well!

It was unfortunate to see Uka continuing to digress, as it’s really going to be heartbreaking later when they have to make a difficult decision. I’m sure Inari is dead set on correcting the situation by sacrificing what power she has. Based on her comments made at the end of the episode.

Episode 4: Scarlet, Festival Eve, Romance

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
ADORABLE!

Goods:

  • Inari was adorable!
  • Keiko’s return!
  • Laugh out loud moments
  • Uka’s harsh realities

Bads:

  • Otoshi’s siscon getting overdone

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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