A magical story about love and… shape shifting?
Hey guys, sorry for the delay on Inari Konkon (this one also unfortunately has no official shortening). This should be the last of the First Impressions, so let’s get on with the show.
I love that Inari has a close friend to lean on.
Inari Konkon is one of this season’s slightly shorter anime, having only 10 episodes in total. The other being Maken-Ki, but no one cares about that show. It looks like Kadokawa has been going for this type of format more recently with Mondaiji in Winter 2013 and Blood Lad in Summer 2013, so it’s possible we might continue to see more 10 episode shows from them. Although from those previous two examples the sales have been pretty much abysmal, so one wonders if the trend might continue after all. Or perhaps Kadokawa simply isn’t too concerned about sales to begin with, so it might continue making shows that are technically unsuccessful regardless.
Make a Wish
At least the fox is dry.
But enough about boring numbers. Let’s talk about the show. For a premiere, Inari Konkon is pretty decent. What sets it apart from the other shows immediately is that everyone, absolutely everbody, in the show speaks in the very distinctive Kansai-ben (well, the humans, at least). I don’t think I’ve seen another anime in which the entire cast spoke with a dialect different from standard Japanese. Kimi no Iru Machi had the potential with its Hiroshima dialect. But the first arc was never fully animated beyond a bunch of flashbacks in the anime, so there goes that. Anyway, Highway described Sonico’s life as “charmed” in SoniAni. And if that’s true, then I don’t know what that makes Inari’s life. Because she’s quite literally charmed thanks to the favor and protection of a Goddess. In all honesty, I don’t know if her clumsily falling into the river and then catching the fox pup whom we now know as Kon (yes, another fox familiar named Kon) should give her all too much favor in the eyes of Uka-sama. Perhaps the lesson is that it’s the little things that matter? But I think the bigger point was that Inari had loved and frequented Uka-sama’s shrine ever since she was a little girl. So I take it the way it goes is Uka-sama had always favored Inari, and this latest act gave her an excuse to reach out and grant the human girl one wish to alleviate her troubles.
A crush… and a rival?
Of course, being the clumsy girl that she is, Inari goes ahead and wishes to become another girl all because of what I suspect to be a misunderstanding. Akemi may be pretty and outgoing, and more importantly speaks freely with Kouji. But there has been no real indication that the two have more going on between them than just friendship (Kouji might like her a bit but there’s no suggestion that she reciprocates those sentiments). Plus, you can’t seriously expect to confess your feelings when you’re not even in your real body. A problem which Inari thankfully realizes after running into her crush. But despite these fumbles, we can’t brush Inari off as a silly girl completely. It’s important not to forget that she was really hurting at the time due to her belief that the guy she’s always loved now hates her. Having such problems preoccupying her mind can certainly compromise her ability to think properly. Fortunately though, this turns out to be yet another misunderstanding. So there’s hope for her to end up with Kouji yet.
This was a nice, strong start for Inari Konkon. I can see people laughing the show off due to Inari’s absurd wish. But I think those people are ignoring the profound influence that love can have on a person’s actions. It can make people do the most peculiar and drastic things without realizing how crazy they were until in hindsight. Which, is really exactly what happened here. I will admit I found Uka-sama’s solution to Inari’s predicament rather amusingly strange though. You can’t grant more than one wish per person because that would be favoritism (which we all know the Goddess has for the human). So the solution is to bestow said human with some of your own divine powers so that she can transform herself back to her original form, and into any other human form she so wishes from now on? How does this not violate more divine rules than granting her one more wish?
Can Inari’s brother see Gods as well?