“Dressing up on the outside won’t change what’s on the inside.” – Ukasama.
I’m gonna be straight with’cha; When this show was announced I had from zero to no interest in it. Heck, I didn’t even make a first impression on it mainly because I didn’t have an impression to share; Granted faith brought me and Inari Konkon, Koi Iroha together when it was already on it’s fifth episode, and boy, am I thankful for it.
Story & Thoughts
Starting out as a cliché shoujo rom-com that just happens to have a god in it, Inari Konkon Koi Iroha (Konkonkoi hereafter) still gave me strange optimistic, innocent and expectant vibe that, for me personally, is the best part of the entire show.
Fushimi Inari is a not so bright middle school girl who is named after a shrine and is also innocently in love with Tanbabashi, a boy in her class; One day after saving a fox, the godess Uka-sama grants her the ability to change into whoever and whatever she wants…and thus beings the cute and refreshing tale of friendship, love and growing up.
Yes, if you’re looking for a Black Lagoon or a Detroit Metal City, you’re not gonna be finding it here; It’s cute, but not in the moe kind of way. It’s refreshing, but not something we’ve never seen before. It’s the kindof show that makes your kokoro go doki doki. Basically.
While the manga continues, I can safely say that I’m satisfied with the pacing of the show, nothing felt too rushed or unnatural, which is to be expected seeing that the show relies on it’s characters to deliver.
Characters, music & animation.
And this is why Konkonkoi is pretty high up in my Best of Winter list; The characters and their relationships.
In a season infected by 12-episode-long shows and even counting the the leftovers from last season, I can guarantee that Konkonkoi gets so much more done in 10 weeks than, I don’t know, the Golden Time cast does in 24.
Relationships grow; Be it romantically or as friends, even throwing in a girl on girl couple (sorta) done in a way where it’s not the shows focus; Which personally, I found very, very cool of them to do.
And while, sure, the relationships don’t really have a conclusion which is a bit of a turn-off for the show as a whole; I enjoyed it while it lasted, and I could really just sit back and enjoy; ‘Cause this show has a whole lot of heart and care put into it.
Apart from that, Studio IMS is a pretty new studio and director Tooru Takahashi hasn’t done many things; A big budget wasn’t to be expected but I can say that, somehow, this doesn’t affect the quality of the animation and music at all; The animation is fitting and so is the music. That’s all there really is to it.
So, objectively, one could write off this show as; Short, sweet and forgettable, a good start for a new studio, but nothing memorable; 6 for story, 6 for characters, 6 for animation and 6 for music.
Mixing this with the subjective values of the same criteria, KonkonKoi gets the great result of 6.6 out of 10, a recommendation to watch it only when in the mood of something innocently cute and if you’re lookin’ for something similar to this, I recommend Kamisama Hajimemashita (Which is fantastic and very shoujo) and K-on if you want more of cute girls talking to eachother.