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Inari Kon Kon: The Complete Series & OVA
Inari Kon Kon is a Japanese anime series
the manga which was written and illustrated by Morohe Yoshida. The
revolves around a girl who is given the gift of transformation from a
god after she helps to rescue the life of a young fox spirit who almost
in a river.
The girl's name is Inari Fushimi. She is granted
from the god after saving the fox spirit. She wishes to become another
her class named Sumizome (a girl who she thinks is more popular with
including her school crush Kōji). Inari quickly realizes that she
to appear as the girl and wants to just be herself.
However, the spirit god Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami
"Uka" for short) cannot reverse the wish that was granted to Inari.
Uka can help Inari get back her normal appearance by giving her some of
powers. Inari is given divine powers from Uka which she can use while
remaining a human being. This allows Inari to transform into various
animals at will. She can maintain her normal appearance while also
being able to shift into her brother, classmates, and others by using
Over the course of the series, Inari must learn
control her powers and eventually how to return to her normal self.
becomes close friends with spirit god Uka and with a small fox spirit
spends time with Inari. She becomes friends with her classmate Sumizome
continues to hang out with her other friends.
Inari Kon Kon largely becomes a
which focuses on Inari's relationships with friends, classmate crush
spirit god Uka, and her older brother Tōka (who for some reason can see
spirit gods). The question remains: Can Inari return to being a normal
The series is a largely sweet natured one. The
characters and storyline is charming. The series has a nice energy to
it's a nice slice-of-life style of storytelling which is much more
the characters and their journeys than on the concept. The series
actually isn't explored as much as one might expect based on the start
series. Even so, the overall quality of the show is notable and the
While the end of the series felt a bit rushed, the
did manage to be an entertaining and generally satisfying series from
to end. The additional OVA episode was also a charming side-story
around Inari's fox spirit friend. The OVA episode takes place following
of the series and it is a highly enjoyable additional episode of the
The series was adapted by anime studio
Production IMS. This is an exceptionally well animated program. The
involved in this production have crafted a beautiful anime with
production qualities. The series has excellent background art, rich
and strong character designs. The overall quality of the art is quite
This is certainly a strong effort which shows a lot of promise for the
by Production IMS.
Written by Touko Machida, Inari Kon Kon excels at
character-based storytelling and it does have some fun at times with
concept. The series writing has strength in the strong characters and
journeys. The comedy sprinkled throughout is a bit lackluster and
usually work well, but when the series is focused on the dramatic
the story these episodes are usually quite entertaining and are
well-crafted. The music for the series is by Takeshi Senoo (Aria).
The score is quite lush and serene. It is a wonderful addition to the
Directed by Toru Takahashi, Inari Kon Kon excels at
being a fun and engaging slice-of-life anime with a solid pace. The
series has some
great episodes and some average ones but it's entertaining throughout.
style of the series is quite impressive throughout.
Inari Kon Kon manages to be a solid
good storytelling, animation, music, and direction. The series doesn't
excel at its original concept but it does excel at being a stronger
average slice-of-life genre production. Fans of anime series which are
character-focused and drama-based will appreciate this charming anime.
Inari Kon Kon is presented in 1080p High
with a strong MPEG-4 AVC encoded presentation. The
series is presented in the original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio.
This is certainly a beautifully animated series and the high-definition
presentation looks excellent. Clarity is strong throughout and the art
colorful and vibrant.
Inari Kon Kon is presented
in Japanese 2.0 stereo Dolby TrueHD.
The series did not receive an English dub so no English audio option is
included on this release. This is a strong lossless audio presentation
excellent dialogue clarity. The music score by Takeshi Senoostyle=""> sounds beautiful.
The included English subtitles are excellent.
style="">This release is a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack.
Includes textless opening/closing themes,
and trailers for other Funimation releases.
This release also includes several comedic
min.) done in a unique animation style and featuring the spirit fox
The release also includes the OVA episode produced
end of the series. It is a strong episode and one of the best
Inari Kon Kon is a fun and enjoyable
anime with a fun concept. The series isn't perfect but it has strong
characters, storytelling, and animation. This is a worthwhile anime
of charming anime series creations will find entertaining. The Blu-ray
is strong with superb PQ/AQ and a nice selection of extras.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.