Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha Review

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There are shows that focus on appealing to our desires to see someone rise to power, capture us in a romantic struggle, riddle us with epic plots, or fuel our desire to crack a good laugh. However InaKon is a bit of a different beast altogether. Instead of focusing on any of these elements, it simple captures one’s heart and never lets up.

Story
Inari Fushimi is a typical middle school girl with typical problems. She has issues with expressing herself and has a boy she likes that she can’t find the courage to confess. She also frequents a nearby shrine that seems to be the one place she finds comfort in her most troubled moments of her life.

konkon2This is the same shrine she visits one day after finding another girl possibly confessing to the boy she likes. Filled with grief, she cries out to god and finds herself lured by spirits to an inner temple. It is there that she meets Uka, a deity that has watched her for some time and wishes to grant her wish.

Still confused and filled with grief, she mistakenly wishes to be the girl that she thought was confessing to the boy. Though after realizing this was a mistake, she returns to Uka and asks to be turned back. While Uka can only grant one wish, she desires happiness for Inari and instead gives her a part of her very essence which grants her the ability to change into any human form.

With this new-found power, and the constant support of her new cherished friend Uka, Inari struggles with daily life as she learns to open up more to others and perhaps win the heart of her admirer.

InaKon puts a heavy emphasis on creating characters you’ll grow to love. I immediately found myself adoring Inari and her loving spirit, as well as Uka’s nearly motherly aura. Their bond and friendship is put through quite a few trials and the conclusion always brought a smile to my face.

e3konkon2Outside of Inari’s abilities which don’t turn out to be much of a focus but rather a tool, InaKon focuses on the bonds and friendships around Inari as well as dipping a little into the world of the gods. Nothing feels overdone and at no points does it feel like too much to handle.

Some might find this aspect to be a bit disappointing as I too assumed that the deities and the transformation would be a big part of the series. Instead I met the heart of the show. That being Inari and Uka. As mentioned earlier, each episode was heartwarming and often tear jerking. The characters were well designed and I couldn’t help but root for them in every situation.

The only real part that felt out-of-place was Akemi Sumizome. She at first was a great character and I quickly fell for her great personality. However she quickly transitioned into a yuri shoe-in for the series that felt out-of-place. Unfortunately it was explored more often than Inari’s own love for Kouji, which made absolutely no sense to the story. It also didn’t help that it went absolutely nowhere in the end. Making it just a big distraction to the more important plot points (like Inari and Kouji).

My second issue with the series was its shortness. Running at 10 episodes, it cuts short the potential of the show. There were many plot elements that never got touched and the conclusion, while still great, didn’t make too much sense to the laws that the show put into place early on. It worked well to produce some tears, but looking back it wasn’t too logical.

Animation
e4konkon2The character designs shine in this show. Each character looks adorable and lovable, especially Inari who has a very unique appearance. Best of all they don’t look like skinny twigs in most cases. Each character had a variety of flavors in their design. Even having a more chunky Maru that didn’t look off-putting, she was still cute!

This meshes well with the very vibrant and colorful environments that set a tone for the show. Transitioning between colorful and scenic shrines, to school settings, to even the stylistic Celestial Plains.

The animation was also top-notch, bringing the characters to life and making each emotional moment impact the show more. I felt for the characters in their grief, I sat in suspense during some dire magical situations, and laughed during their more comical moments.

Sound
Similarly to my last paragraph about animation, the voice acting and music joins in to create this experience. However the music must be noted even more so. There were a few points in which this show brings in some orchestral scores that manages to make a standard moment of suspense and turn it into something that I truly got involved with.

Conclusion
e3konkon3InaKon is a fantastic show for anyone just looking for a great heartwarming simple tale. The characters are lovable and the moment by moment situations created for some memorable moments that continue to make me smile. While you won’t find any deep or non-stop action, there’s still a clean and entertaining story to be experienced.

Family Friendliness-InaKon is a very clean show that is fairly acceptable for all ages to witness.  There are a few points in the show that explores the idea of Uka being a prized wife and at these points it shows a little cleavage.  Outside of that there’s only a brief swimsuit segment.  Though each of these are very clean and aren’t focused on.

VERDICT: 4 / 5

Pros:

  • Heart warming
  • Great character design
  • Fun plot elements

Cons:

  • Some unanswered questions
  • Oddly placed yuri interest
  • Too short
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