Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha: Episode 4 – “Scarlet, Festival Eve, Romance”

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha focuses on a middle school named Inari, and she’s in love with her classmate, Kouji Tanbabashi. One day, she overhears Kouji and a popular girl named Sumizome, and it sounds like they’re talking about a love confession letter from Kouji to Sumizome. Upset, Inari runs to a nearby Inari shrine that she’s loved and visited since she was a child. Uka, the resident god of the shrine, grants Inari’s wish, which is to be Sumizome. After physically turning into her but still having her own personality, she wants to return to normal. While Uka can’t return Inari to normal, she is able to give her a portion of her power, which is the ability to transform into other people. Uka also gives Kon, the fox that Inari rescued, to serve as her familiar.

At the beginning of episode four, Touka believes that Inari had been endowed with divine powers; when he shares this with his parents, they just laugh it off. Touka starts trying to follow Inari everywhere she goes, much to Inari’s chagrin.

However, most of the episode focuses on the festival that’s taking place at Uka’s shrine. We get to see that while Inari has become friends with Sumizome, Inari’s friends Keiko and Maru don’t see Sumizome as a friend yet. Between what they’ve gone through together and liking the same manga, it’s not surprising that Inari and Sumizome have become friends. We also learn that Sumizome has figured out that Inari is in love with Tanbabashi.

Speaking of Tanbabashi, he and his family come to the festival, too. Inari finds the courage to go up to him, and Tanbabashi’s mother makes herself and his younger brother scarce for the two of them to spend time together. There’s some very sweet scenes of Inari and Tanbabashi together at the festival.

Uka’s brother, Ohtoshi, also appears in this episode and manages to get through Uka’s barrier. She comes to the realization that her magic may be weakening. Touka also finds himself entangled in Uka and Ohtoshi’s storyline.

This would definitely count as the festival episode for Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. However, I believe this is actually a rather important episode for the progression of the series and not simply done as a filler. This episode allows Inari to get a little closer to Tanbabashi, and may end up planting the seeds for a relationship for these two later on in the series. Is it just me, or do Inari and Tanbabashi make a cute couple?

This episode also establishes the idea that Uka giving some of her power to Inari is causing Uka’s power to weaken overall. Between episode three and episode four, there had been some talk to trying to find a way to remove the power from Inari and return it to Uka, but no solution has been found yet. Inari mentions in this episode that while giving the power back would make her life easier, she doesn’t want to because it would mean she wouldn’t be able to see Uka, Kon and the others anymore. But with that Uka has discovered by the end of episode four, it may become imperative to find a way for Inari to return Uka’s power.

As I finish each episode of Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, I find that I’m liking series more and more. About having a somewhat rough start for me, I’ve come to enjoy this series and am now looking forward to watching the series every Wednesday.

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