Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha is about a middle school girl with her first love. This kind of drama and romance anime series mixed with the supernatural touch. Yes, it brings the supernatural power given by God so make her gain shape-shifting abilities. However, the story line itself mostly developed by main character’s ability, including the vital one – relationships both with friends and her lover.
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Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha anime review
Nowadays it’s hard to find a great romance anime series without needless harems and fan-service, and much more rare to get one with a strong main female character. Even though being a short series of only 10 episodes, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha is able to satisfy my need for an uplifting yet simple romance anime genre. But still, you will find some drawbacks… especially the concept! Let’s discuss it with me!
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha Anime
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, or also known as InaKon for short is the Japanese romantic comedy and supernatural anime TV series produced by Production IMS and directed by Toru Takahashi. The anime was broadcast on Tokyo MX and other networks in Japan starting from January 15 to March 19, 2014.
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha itself is based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Morohe Yoshida of the same name, which began serialization in Young Ace magazine between August 2010 and May 2015. Kadokawa Shoten then published into 10 of tankoubon volume which first released on March 31, 2011.
It’s full of drama. You can find good drama from the beginning of the series until the end. But it’s not a tearjerker anime series that could make you cry loudly. You also can find romance and comedy in almost every episode. However, I think the romance itself isn’t the main object here, but it’s about the relationship between main characters with her friends including the God, Uka-sama.
Please note that there’s also a little bit of Yuuri and siscon, which could be a taboo thing in several countries. However, you won’t find any fanservice, harem, strong language, or other inappropriate contents. Which means that this show could be very safe for teens, 13 or older.
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha Anime Review
Fushimi Inari is a typical middle school girl that lives in Kyoto’s Fushimi ward. Just like a lot of girls her age, she has a hard time liking herself, leading to her envying her attractive and beautiful classmate, Sumizome. Inari has a crush on her other classmate Tanbabashi, but she can not seem to work up the nerve to talk to him, different with friendly Sumizome who has no hassle with that. The story picks up when, after seeing Sumizome gives Tanbabashi mysterious letter (like a love letter), Inari finds herself at the Inari shrine, a shrine for the fox god Inari.
There, she encounters Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami (Uka-sama). as thanks for saving a little fox earlier, Uka-sama grants only one wish for Inari. Then she’s acquiring abilities to change her form at will.
Story / Plot / Concept
The concept is really bad, however, the creator somehow can make this anime well-executed. The development, especially the relationship and story, whether to deepen their relationship bonds or make their friendship torn apart, are hugely caused by our stupid main character, Inari, who transforms into someone else without thinking. It’s irresponsible action. I wish I can see every character could deepen their bonds by their own action, not because Inari transform into them. I understand that this isn’t Inari’s fault, but because of the concept! Mixing drama and transform into someone else is not a good idea, I guess.
However, this anime is still good and well-executed because of another aspect such as drama, romance, and comedy. Those three aspects are saving the show.
The art style is one of the good reasons I keep watching this anime, it’s really well done. Each of the shrine work and backgrounds is really attractive and beautiful. Character designs are not anything special, but they are quite unique to be something special, mainly since the story can be so generic.
Almost all characters have good development, but not for the main female protagonist, Fushimi Inari. It’s really rare to see this kind of the show, while additional characters got such good developments, Inari stays like that. She’s holding her foolishness from the very start of the show until the end, except in the last episode. Worse, her selfishness when using god’s power irresponsibly for the sake of her personal urge or to help her friends, mix with her stupidity, making everyone get involved into troubles.
However, I have no problem with other characters. Rather, they got such a great developments. For example, the relationship between Sumizome and Marutamachi, or Touka’s kindness toward someone, and others.
A lot of traditional Japanese music played throughout the series and a really catchy. Many times the soundtracks did get a bit repetitive but it didn’t bother me at all. The OP and ED have a light-hearted yet melancholic atmosphere to them that matches properly, especially the ED which I really fond of. The backgrounds music is simple when it has to be and stronger at the intense moments.
While the seiyuu are well done, the voice of each character seems to fit their personality perfectly. I really love when they’re speaking in Kansai dialect.
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha would be a great anime series for romance and drama lovers. It also contains the relationship between friends and a lover. I really enjoyed to watch this series from the start to the end, but not for the main concept – shapeshifting. I highly recommend this anime to anyone who also loves romance, slice-of-life, drama, and light-hearted supernatural genre.