Sometimes love hits you unexpectedly.
Looks like it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for this week’s Inari Konkon.
Saving the Day
Best marriage interview ever.
Last week we were set up for some drama thanks to Uka-sama being forced into marriage interviews by her mother. Turns out all this is for the sake of reputation, as Uka-sama’s mother has some sort of rivalry going on with another Goddess. Forcing your daughter to get married because of petty vanity sounds pretty stupid, and thankfully Inari picks up on this fact. Her first attempts to break things up might have been pretty infuriating; after voicing her resolve to put an end to Uka-sama’s suffering, a simple glare from Uka-sama’s mother is enough to intimidate her? But in the end Inari pulls through thanks to a bit of prodding from Susanoo, Uka-sama’s father and Amaterasu’s brother (those familiar with Japanese mythology will know this). I’m still a bit put-off by the need in the end for Inari to have a helping hand from a third party in the form of Susanoo, but I’m not so upset that I won’t accept all’s well that ends well. Thus ends the sily marriage interview business.
The next matter of concern addressed is Touka and Uka-sama. Last we left off, things were looking pretty bad between them because Uka-sama hid the fact that she’s given Inari some of her powers from Touka. I thought that the root of this dispute was Touka’s concern for his sister. And it’s not entirely false, but it turns out I was more or less mistaken. Instead, he’s more upset because he thinks Uka-sama doesn’t trust him for being a human, even after all the fun times they’ve spent together in his room. Basically, he’s throwing a rather roundabout and tsundere fit about a “friend” not trusting him enough to share her problems with him. And by “friend” he really means “romantic interest,” because we all know that Touka pretty much likes Uka-sama. And vice versa is almost certainly true as well. Anyway, those two certainly made very good progress this episode once Touka confessed his unease to Uka-sama and they came to an understanding that she’s not just being standoffish because she doesn’t trust him. Cue the waterworks.
A tearful heart-to-heart.
Now for the final and most important development. So we’ve been seeing that there are complications from Inari using Uka-sama’s powers. Mainly, it is revealed that by continuing to use the divine powers, Inari will eventually “steal” them completely from Uka-sama. Side effects include the Goddess fading away into nothingness, which is pretty extreme. So why aren’t they making progress to return said powers to their rightful owner? It’s not like Inari really needs them now that she’s solved the original problem of being stuck in Akemi’s form. Well, turns out the issue lies on Uka-sama’s side instead of being an insurmountable problem as we had been led to believe. It seems that once Uka-sama takes back her powers, which she knows how to do, Inari will no longer be able to see or interact with her. And the thought of “losing” such a near and dear friend is intolerable to the Goddess.
Inari stands up for Uka-sama.
Now, that all sounds slightly fishy to me because I’m pretty sure Inari was able to see and speak with Uka-sama that one time just before she obtained the divine powers. But perhaps that was a special case or something and what usually happens is she’s unable to perceive the supernatural (the flashbacks of Inari’s childhood certainly affirm this). Even so, I’m pretty sure Inari won’t be happy about causing Uka-sama to disappear, and the Goddess knows this deep down. So Uka-sama just needs to be more honest about acknowledging that her troubles are not just her own. Her learning Touka’s concerns this episode is a good step forward, but it doesn’t seem his bringing up Inari’s feelings was enough to make Uka-sama open up and tell the girl the truth. Now that the truth is known to Amaterasu though, we can be sure that something will be set into motion. Case in point, her locking Uka-sama in the Ama-no-Iwato of legend.
I recently read that Japanese viewers ranked Inari Konkon seventh out of their top ten Spring anime. This was pleasantly surprising because I honestly haven’t seen too much buzz or talk about this show around the internet. That said, these are the opinions of the Japanese viewers and there is usually a clear disconnect between them and us western viewers (and perhaps even other Asian, non-Japanese viewers). Anyway, I’m glad that the show is at least well-received over there. It’s a very nice and relaxing story about love, friendship, and the hardships that can accompany them; all very human concepts in spite of the supernatural nature of the show. In fact, the latest developments demonstrate that the very Gods the show features are in need of a little lesson about how to treat each other from a “lowly” human like Inari. But I digress. Here’s looking forward to the last two episodes of the show.
What is Amaterasu plotting?