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This week’s Inari Konkon is a beach episode! \o/
Awkward Beach Trip
As you can see, they’re getting along.
The basic summary of things is that human relations is hard. Here we have a collection of girls who are all jealous of each other in one way or another without realizing that the others feel the same way for different reasons. And then they decide to have fun at the beach while this is going on, so pretty much what should have been a fun day off turns into an awkward-fest. I’ll admit I found myself a tad bit annoyed by the roundabout jealousy, but such is the dramatic life of the average middle schooler. Who can fault the shy, generally unpopular Maru-chan for thinking she will be supplanted by the pretty and seemingly sociable Akemi? And who can fault the apparently popular but actually lonely Akemi for feeling bad about hanging with the unpopular Maru-chan? Not to mention Akemi is also jealous of Inari for being so close to Keiko. This is like the perfect time bomb just waiting to go off! Seriously though, the girls just need to get over their standoffishness and start speaking openly with each other, because that’s really the only way they’ll be able to learn about each other and thus get along.
Next we move on to some real serious business. I had always wondered if Inari would be able to transform others since she now has Uka-sama’s powers and we know Uka-sama was able to transform her. And the events at the end of this episode more or less confirm this in my eyes. It’s not explicitly shown what happens (presumably that’s saved for next episode), but all of the divine powers gushing from Inari suggest to me that what’s about to happen is she’ll unconsciously grant Akemi’s wish to become her. Which would, you know, make things even more awkward than they are now. Also there’s the fact that Inari’s cover will pretty much be blown when this happens, so we’ll see how she deals with it. I don’t think there will be any direct consequences with Kouji since there doesn’t appear to be any questions about her stint as Akemi, but there will definitely be backlash from Akemi if she realizes that the Keiko who escorted her earlier was actually Inari in disguise. Sure, Inari didn’t mean any harm by it, but clearly her actions have unintentionally ruined Akemi and Keiko’s relationship, which so far had been the most solid (though not by much) between the girls.
Uka-sama is having a hard time.
Then there’s the continuing problem of Uka-sama’s well-being whenever Inari loses control of her powers. This time there is no Amaterasu-sama to quell Inari’s powers, so there is potential for things to reach a breaking point.
Things are getting pretty heated, and it’s only just halfway through the show. The way I see it, the current situation with the girls will likely be superceded quickly with revelations of Inari’s supernatural powers. Which, despite my previous hand-waving, might still have an adverse effect on her relationship with Kouji. It’s a little disturbing to be with a girl who can change her form at will, after all. Though it’s entirely possible that Kouji won’t mind this point and things won’t take as bad a turn as I might think.
Will Inari grant Akemi’s wish?