Another heroine with child-bearing hips.
Even though it left so much open-ended, this was a perfect ending for Inari Konkon.
I was wondering how Inari Konkon would wrap things up given that it only has 10 episodes instead of the usual 12 or 13, but it seems that didn’t turn out to be an issue. Episode 9 found the time for one last hurrah with love troubles; Inari botching Minami’s love letter came back to haunt her. Fortunately, things didn’t become excessively dramatic and the whole case was resolved mostly without incident. I can see there being some concern with the speedy and easy resolution, but I think this was very much in line with the tone of the show. It’s not about the dark and ugly side of humans, but rather about our strengths and our ability to overcome difficulties. In this case, the ability to reach a peaceful understanding helped put to rest a misdirected sense of justice. Note also that the girls who attempted to isolate Inari and friends were thinking only of their own friend, Minami, instead of using her as an excuse to be bullies. Anyway, all of this was very well done and left us with a good feeling about human nature, as I’m sure it was intended to do.
Rushing to Uka-sama’s aid.
Moving on, it became apparent that the brief quarrel actually served as exposition to direct us to the final challenge in the finale. That is, preventing Uka-sama from fading away. This too was achieved with relative ease thanks to the help of Uka-sama’s fox familiars, her brother (of all people), and Amaterasu relenting slightly. I admit I did find the whole situation of Amaterasu locking Uka-sama up a bit silly. Did the sun goddess really think now was a good time to teach Uka-sama a lesson about being too friendly with humans? I would have thought a better use of their time would be to approach Inari and have the girl return the goddess’s divine powers. It also didn’t help that at the end of it all, Amaterasu didn’t make an ultimatum on human-deity contact and essentially let Uka-sama continue mingling with humans. So the whole thing basically didn’t even have a point. But anyway, I understand there wouldn’t have been nearly as much impact without the situation so I suppose we can forgive this questionable development for the sake of story-telling.
So now Inari Konkon is over, and where does it leave us? Inari is no longer capable of seeing or speaking with Uka-sama and life goes on. This is sort of a bitter-sweet ending, but I think it’s the right way to wrap things up. Inari has had her fun with divine powers, and more importantly she’s learned an important lesson that one doesn’t need supernatural abilities to interact with others. All you need is to speak frankly and muster the courage to be open with each other. Now, this is obviously a bit of a naïve idealization, but this I believe is the real message that the show tries to convey. And it does so while simultaneously presenting a mostly calming and pleasant story that can only be described as leaving us with a good feeling. This is a nice change of pace from most of the other more action-packed, drama-filled, or even laughter-inducing shows that we usually have no shortage of. And Inari Konkon isn’t even classified as a slice of life!
This is not goodbye.
Admittedly, there are a few things left unanswered, such as Touka’s relationship with Uka-sama and Inari’s relationship with Kouji. But even though these very central matters remain unresolved, I’m somehow not upset. Sure, I would definitely be pleased to see some closure like Touka reaffirming that he will be there for Uka-sama and possibly Inari finally confessing to Kouji. But in hindsight, I don’t know how much more such developments would really add to the story. Touka and Uka-sama are already more or less a thing, and it’s plain as day to us and even the other characters that Inari and Kouji are on their way similarly. So I guess this really is one of those rare moments where an open-ended conclusion works out well.
Wrapping up, I must say that Inari Konkon is a very satisfying watch. Despite being only 10 episodes, it has managed to become one of the more pleasing experiences I’ve had with a slightly out of the ordinary school romance setup. In fact, it might even be deceptive to classify the show as such since so much more focus is given to the friendship between Inari and Uka-sama and the implications their friendship has on the relationship between humans and deities. In any case, I would definitely recommend the show to anyone for a short and relaxing watch in some spare time.
A great ending to a nice show.