Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha: Episode 6 – “Touka, Mistress Uka, A Woman in Love”

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.

This episode continues the beach trip Inari has taken with her friends. While Inari and Sumizome are in an emotional conversation, Sumizome says she wishes she was Inari; at that point, divine power starts pouring out of Inari. At first, Inari has no idea how to stop it. However, after she stops, thinks, and takes a deep breath, she’s able to talk about how she had wanted to be Sumizome earlier in the series, so that makes them the same. Sumizome is able to calm down, and as she calms down, the divine power emanating from Inari also dissipates.

The remainder of the trip sees Sumizome and Maru becoming friends, and Sumizome admitting to Inari and Maru that she thinks she’s in love with Sanjo. Maru is totally OK with this, since she draws gaya bara and yuri stuff. Inari doesn’t really say anything either way.

Meanwhile, Touka runs into Uka as he’s walking by the shrine on his way home. When he sees her, he asks if she’s getting sick again; unbeknownst to him, Uka’s a bit drained because of all of the divine power flowing from Inari earlier. She says she’d feel better if she could play videogames and asks to come over. Touka says it’s too late today but to come over tomorrow.

Uka’s so excited that she shows up rather early in the morning, waking Touka up. He ends up letting her stay, and they play videogames. Unfortunately, he gets frustrated and rage quits in the middle of one of the games. Later, she looks through a photo album, and the two of them have a conversation. Uka has a flashback to a time when Touka had gotten lost on Mount Inari 10 years ago and how she took on a human form to lead him out of the shrine. She’s amazed by how much he’s grown during that time and how time goes by fast for humans.

Episode six was definitely a character development episode for several of the characters, so the overall plot itself really didn’t progress much. However, a lot of the character development here is very important, especially the development for Inari’s group of friends.  Now that they’ve become a group of friends and this tension is gone, I’m suspecting the focus will be returning to Inari and Tanbabashi once summer vacation ends and they return to school.

I was also impressed to see Inari be able to use self-control and not allow the divine power take over and try to grant Sumizome’s wish. She was able to remember her experience and how becoming someone else didn’t help her out at all. I was pleased to see that Inari has matured a bit since the beginning of the series.

The interactions between Touka and Uka were fun to watch. I still suspect that a potential love interest angle is being developed for these two characters.

Overall, I was satisfied with how episode six progressed the story arc that began in episode five. I’m curious to see what kind of story arc will begin in episode seven.

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