Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha: Episode 9 – “Fox, Twilight, Milky Way”

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.

The episode is set in November, and Inari discovers that Uka has not returned from Izumo; unbeknownst to her, Uka has been shut up in the Heavenly Cave by Amaterasu so Uka can do some soul searching.

Meanwhile, Momoyama, the girl who asked Inari to deliver her love confession letter to Tanbabashi, learns from him that he never got the letter. Momoyama is depressed that he never saw the letter, and her friend, Kangetsu, takes it upon herself to punish Inari.

During a class trip to clean the shrine, Kangetsu tells the other girls to ignore Inari and her friends. When Inari learns what’s going on, she and Maru go to confront Kangetsu. There’s a heated argument, which ends with Kangetsu pushing Maru down. This causes Inari to let loose her divine power to the point that it causes an earthquake. Uka manages to muster enough strength to use her power to send a spirit to Inari to calm her down.

Afterward, Inari is able to make things right with both Momoyama and Kangetsu, but Touka suddenly appears and drags Inari off. Miya also arrives from the Celestial Plains, and she tells them that Uka is fading away. Miya and Touka both explain to Inari what’s been happening to Uka when Inari uses her power. The end of the episode sees Inari trying to get to Uka in order to talk to her.

I have to say that Kangetsu having the other girls ignore Inari and her friends came across as very realistic, since this is a rather common tactic used my middle school girls when they’re mad at someone. During Inari’s confrontation with her, Kangetsu and the two girls with her also make snide remarks about Inari and Sumizome. It’s at that point when Maru tries sticking up for the two of them, and is knocked down by Kangetsu. It was kind of scary, though, when the divine power was surging out of Inari and she said that she hated Kangetsu and the girls she was with. Those aren’t words you would expect to come out of Inari’s mouth. I was glad to see this situation be resolved in a realistic manner as well.

As I watched this episode, I was really getting the impression that the story is heading to its climax. But last I had heard, there were supposed to be 12 episodes, so I was like, how can this stretch for three more episodes? But doing some quick research quickly revealed that there’s only 10 episodes, with an OVA scheduled to come out Summer 2014.

It’s so hard for me to believe that I only have one more episode of Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha left to watch. I’ve really enjoyed this series, and I will definitely miss it after I watch episode 10 next week.

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