Fushimi mom sure is small. Actually, Touka is just huge.
This week’s Inari Konkon: cuteness overload. This is one of those feel-good episodes that just puts you that peaceful, happy mood.
Date at the Shrine
Y U SO CUTE
For such a great episode, there’s not too much to talk about. Which is the beauty of it. Inari and her friends visit the shrine. She spends some quality alone time with Kouji. And that’s it. Of course, I’m over-simplifying things and not mentioning the parts with plot. But the main gist of the episode is as such. All the main characters are having a good time, and we’re happy for them. That said, Inari and Kouji do deserve some special attention. Mainly, I’m starting to really think that Kouji might have feelings for Inari as well. Sure, he could just have a nice guy personality, but I believe his treatment of Inari goes beyond that of simple good will. Twice now he’s offerred to carry Inari without hesitation when she’s in trouble. Even for friends or acquaintances, that seems a bit too intimate. Plus, it’s hard to tell precisely due to the red lights of the shrine that Inari points out, but I’m pretty sure he was also blushing when he had her on his back. I suppose that could simply be due to the objective fact that he’s got a cute girl grabbing on to him from behind, but this combined with his looking out for Inari makes me suspicious. In fact, all things considered, the two were pretty much on a date at the shrine.
Uka-sama tells a lie.
Now that we’ve covered the cute bits, let’s move on to the plot. Mainly, we see that Inari and Uka-sama have some sort of emotional link (or perhaps it’s only one way from the former to the latter). This, I think, will be a very good thing for Uka-sama. As someone who’s shut her heart off from others thanks to a clingy siscon brother, the emotions of joy and love that she receives from Inari during her “date” with Kouji are surely a much needed experience for the goddess. I for one welcome it if it’s going to increase the chances of her getting together with Touka. At the moment she merely considers him a close friend, but that might be easily changed with a few pushes in the right direction. Touka aside, Uka-sama also has her friendship with Inari going on. The two have a very intimate relationship, and I don’t think even Toshi-sama invoking the well-used trope of the differing life-spans of humans and supernatural beings will be able to separate them. I should add that all this is getting awfully similar to Natsume’s Book of Friends, which is another great show I wholeheartedly recommend.
With what we see this episode, one has to think it’s only a matter of time before Inari is busted by Touka. I don’t think he’ll react too adversely though. His main thing is being protective of his little sister, so I don’t see how her having a little bit of transforming ability will be a cause for concern. Most likely it’ll only appeal to his chuunibyou tendancies. But then again, the way the show focused on Uka-sama lying to Touka and then regretting it makes me a bit worried that he might actually get more upset about it all than I would think. Anyway, that just about wraps things up aside from Akemi and Keiko. The episode presents the potential beginnings of them as a thing, but for now there’s not much to back it up so whether this unexpected pairing goes anywhere remains to be seen.
Out of the blue.