Inari Konkon Koi Iroha Ep 1 [First Impression]
Eva’s First Impression:
Ah the cuteness! Inari Konkon Koi Iroha has a very simple storyline that is very relaxing to watch or read. One of the things I love the most about Inari Konkon Koi Iroha, is Inari’s friendship with Ukanomitama! This adaption will only have ten episodes, which should work well if they handle the pace properly. There isn’t really that much material to work on, but the ED definitely implies there may be a jump to get to the drama (since the manga has a the tendency to drag it on for a handful of chapters) and we may go as far as the latest chapter to date (Ch 37) and perhaps an original ending. That being said I will be cautious with my expectations of how loyally they will be adapting this. (At least they did a good job on this episode!)
Our heroine Fushimi Inari has always loved visiting the local Inari Shrine ever seen she was a child. Unlike her brother (this is not a major spoiler), Inari cannot see spirits, but her love for the shrine gave her the ability to rescue a fox (she had mistaken as a dog) named Kon, who was serving under Ukanomitama. In return of her kindness, Ukanomitama grants her one wish. As they say, be careful of what you wish for! Inari made a wish to be Sumizome, however while she does end up possessing Sumizome’s body, she is still herself.
I have always liked Inari’s character. She is incredibly flawed, so she makes a lot of mistakes. She is a kind girl who always have good intentions in mind, but they never quite work out as she hopes. The poor really doesn’t have much luck when it comes to her love life! She ended up humiliating her crush (Kouji) in gym class by accidentally pulling his pants down!
Then we have Ukanomitama! She is is a very selfless character who is willing to sacrifice herself for a lot of things. In order to help Inari turn back to herself again, she gave her a proportion of her powers. She is an absolute sweetheart and is such a charming character. She also super awesome because she plays video-games and Otome Games during her free time, and he enjoys overseeing those who visit the shrine. As the story goes you will learn about a secret wish she harbours deep in her heart which really defines her character.
This may surprise you but Inari Konkon Koi Iroha’s romance serves a lot more as a sub-plot. It’s not (and it shouldn’t be) the main focus on the storyline (but who knows how this adaption will go!). As one should expect, Inari has to learn and take responsibilities of her newfound powers that Inari had bestowed her with good intentions in mind, and face the consequences that comes with it when she uses it on the whim.
I am very pleased with the quality of the animation and the character designs, and the seiyuu voices really suit the characters as well. Both the OP and ED Sequence were pleasant to watch, but I wasn’t entire a big fan about the OP song. It’s nice, but it’s something I’d grow tired of very quickly. The ED Song on the other hand is great! I can see myself sitting through it to listen to it while waiting for the preview!
Unfortunately I think it’s unlikely that I will be blogging this. While I do love the manga, and am especially pleased with the quality of the animation, I don’t think I will have an easy time covering this kind of storyline. But one of things I am really hoping to see featured in this adaption is Ukanomitama’s and Touka’s relationship. They are my OTP despite the fact they are the secondary couple to the main, so I can’t help but be greedy about that hahaha!
Possibility of Blogging: Low
Possibility of Watching: Guaranteed
Chris’ First Impression:
Oooo, I’m pleasantly surprised. A mixture of comedy, romance and sexy Goddesses…basically, anime bliss. Episode 1 of Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha introduced us to all (or, at least, most of) the main characters, it introduced the ‘plot‘, it introduced the romance, and the animation was pretty darn nice, especially considering the fact that, firstly, I’ve never heard of Production IMS before, and, secondly, I’m tired of watching romantic comedies that don’t look as nice as they should just because they’re romantic comedies. The fact that the series is only going to be 10 episodes long is slightly disheartening, but as long as they’re 10 good episodes, I’m not going to complain. Perhaps the reason the animation is ‘better‘ than some rom-coms is because they only have to animate 10 episodes? Who knows. Regardless, episode 1 of Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha was pretty darn nice, and I’m curious to see just where this series will end up.
Inari likes Tanbabashi (who looks a lot like Tada Banri) who seemingly like Sumizome – but who really knows, eh? – and…well…yeah, that’s basically the set up for the romance side of things. It’s nothing revolutionary, and it’s not going to blow your mind, but I found that it was the comedy aspect of the romance that made it somewhat ‘fresher’ than you’d expect. Not only is Inari cutely anxious and cutely cute, she’s also a bit of a clutz…which ultimately results in her depantsing poor ol’ Tanbabashi…oh! And then she meets this Goddess (and believe me, she’s a Goddess alright…) called Ukanomitama-no-kami (which is a ridiculous name so we’ll just called her ‘Uka’) who grants her a wish…the wish to be Sumizome…which, in my opinion, is kind of a waste. I mean seriously! Why wouldn’t she just ask Uka to make Tanbabashi like her
(because then it wouldn’t be real love, silly – dur!)? But I digress. I found the story enjoyable, but I do have my concerns as to how they’re going to make an entire anime out of the premise. They’ll do it, sure, but I’m worried more so about the quality of said plot. Put simply, if you’re here in such of a romance that’ll be able to fight one on one with that of Clannad (or Toradora, depending on your tastes), then I don’t think this is for you. In fact, if what I’ve read from Eva’s impression is true, romance isn’t even the main focus of the anime! Stick around for the supernatural fun-time if for anything, but expect lighthearted comedy and cute girls, not deeply emotional drama. That is all.
The characters themselves are actually pretty interesting, Inari’s brother though being the one to interest me the most. If the assumption I’ve made is correct, he too can see spirits? And, again, if my assumption is correct, there’s some history between him and Uka (although from the surprised look on Uka’s face, I doubt it)? Regardless, it was nice to see the cutesy antics of the girls’ group and the fawning of Inari – let’s just hope Uka continues to be an amazing paragon of Otome-lovin’ goodness.
In conclusion (because I don’t want to ramble too much, especially since Eva covered a lot of the main points), I like Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha – it was nice. Whether or not I can blog about it for an entire season is questionable, however…
Possibility of Blogging: High (giving it three episodes to prove itself)
Possibility of Watching: Guaranteed