Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha Episode 2 Notes

January 22nd, 2014.

The Meddlesome Gods

The way I expect this show to progress is semi-episodic – we’re going to have a different “situation” and “transformation” every episode, while the romantic sub-plot advances continually week by week, as Inari learns to understand herself and her desires better. Well, let’s see.

Shorter Asides:

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha episode 2 anime notes

  1. Uka-sama is as pretty as always <3 (Album)
  2. So, unlike Gingitsune we truly see the deities, and the celestial bureaucracy.
  3. Transliterated OP? Couldn’t you have at least translated it? :3
  4. Inari had always been a klutz who likes to cry, her friends are right. It’s ok though.
  5. I really like those water-colour mid-episode stills.
  6. A trip in the skies, quite reminiscent of Uchouten Kazoku, eh?
  7. The soundtrack here is wonderful, even if I don’t actually care for any piece of music as a piece of music, it complements the scenes wonderfully. Yeah, that part where she sat in the train thinking of the past, with that music playing along, it was emotional.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) The Human World:

1) LOL, awkward, being given a dirty magazine by the boy you have a crush on. Inari is using her power to escape facing her crush face to face, she’s not escaping her issue, since she doesn’t truly avoid it, but she should be careful, it’s too easy to keep running. Well, this is the price she has to pay; before she would’ve heard he crush likes someone else, and now she gets to see what sort of girls her crush likes :P

Sometimes, it’s just better to be honest.

2) Looking at this shot you’d think she’s talking to her crush, not the girl her crush has a crush on ;)

2) The World of the Gods:

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha episode 2 anime notes

1) And the nice visual direction shift as we leave the world of mortals, and enter the world of the gods.

2) She might be an old and somewhat obnoxious old lady, but she’s still the head deity. Never forget.

3) “Test”, as a student, and as a guilty goddess, that doesn’t sound promising. Well, it sounds like it’s promising pain :P

4) And now she breaks her kind grandma voice, and a test that should be easy. SitCom time, hit us! We’ve got the seemingly easy condition, after all, she’s spent her whole life like this, but surely it won’t be so simple.

3) The Price of Mixing The Worlds Up:

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha episode 2 anime notes

1) This is like Satan in Job’s story, or a fairy tale. The gods meddle and try to trip the human up. Technically, since she knows they’re all fake requests, she could just ignore them and head straight to the game :3

2) Poor Sumizome, she should’ve just stayed behind. Inari feels guilty, so she will transform, but I can already see how it will go – Amaterasu will either waive it completely or postpone it, because by transforming at a cost to herself for the sake of another, she will have truly displayed her worth as someone bearing divine power. Let us observe.

There’s always a price to pay, and it’s scary. The real issue here is that no matter what she chooses, someone else will also pay the price. Uka or Sumizome.

3) And here the goddess takes the same friendly gesture that Inari’s friend does. The symbolism here is clear, they’re friends, they stand on equal footing. Also, good for Inari, love interest, available!

4) As I thought, her brother can also see Uka-sama, which makes you wonder what’s up, and why she lets a mortal address her like that :3 I keep noticing Inari’s eyes are red, and I wonder if that’s relevant somehow.

Post Episode Notes:

Well, when you think you’re out of conflicts, you get more! Both the love interest (but how is that a conflict? He’s free! – Well, that’s always the issue in such shows, admitting it), and the situation with the brother. I personally think there’s something special about Inari, and he fears the goddess will take her away, or even reclaim her. Just a guess, hadn’t read the source material at all.

I had fun. This show is small and simple and elegant, and I like it. Fills the hole Gingitsune left from last season, though not as “feel-goody”, but them’s the breaks :)

Finally, Amaterasu is just like Uka-sama, the deities are moved by small and petty things, guess with eternity to while away, they just don’t want to be bored. The gods are exceedingly human.

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