Manga of the Month: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
(いなり、こんこん、恋いろは)
by Morohe Yoshida

hisui_icon_4040 If you want to set yourself up as a soothsayer for the manga industry there is one simple rule that will make you look like you can read the stars with perfect accuracy: Look what happened to the anime industry 5 years before and then just predict the same will happen with the manga industry. You will be the Nostradamus of manga. In that respect we are finally moving into aperiod with the simulpubs of manga as well as a far more robust marketplace for digital manga. While the demand for physical manga has not become the complete niche collectors market that the anime sphere has become there is a growing demand and preference for a digital option. That means new companies popping up to meet that demand.

The thing is all these new services need titles to hook potential costumers into trying their services. A title to draw in readers when they could be buying physical books, using other manga services, or just spending their time and money elsewhere. If you remember the launch of Crunchyroll manga you will remember they came out swinging with titles like Fairy Tail and Attack on Titan. Viz has all its best-selling Jump manga. But beyond that you need a good base of good series that are not a big marquee titles but are enough of a draw that hopefully people will look into them when they are done with books that drew them in. At least that seems to be standard formula.

It seems that Book Walker has gone done a different path. Instead of having one or two killer series and backing them up with a handful of other series they seem to have gone with a wide breadth of solid mid-tier manga. They have a lot of series with have anime and good reputations but nothing that is guaranteed to sell like Naruto or Sword Art Online. It is not that these titles can’t get that popular it is just that they are much more likely just to do well as opposed to selling like gangbusters. But that also means there are some titles in their lineup that are extremely good but for one reason or another that have been passed over by the transitional physical manga publishers.

One of those series is definitely Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. We wrote about the anime in 2014 but the anime was only part of the story. But now that you can get all of the series in English I felt like it was worth talking about the manga again.

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Case Closed Reviews: Fall 2013 / Winter 2014

A new short podcast series! First impressions are great but what about our thoughts after we’ve watched an entire series week to week? We figured our listeners might want to hear our final impressions as well so we’ve created the Case Closed Review podcast. Just like the S.W.A.T. Reviews, these will be mini-podcasts and completely off the cuff.

Here are the 8 shows we finished from the fall and winter seasons:

Listen – Final impressions of Kuroko’s Basketball S2 from Production I.G with ending “Hengen Jizai no Magical Star” by GRANRODEO. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha from Production IMS with ending “Saved” by Maaya Sakamoto. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions of Buddy Complex from Sunrise with ending “Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de” by ChouCho. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions of Kill la Kill from Studio Trigger with the opening “ambiguous” by GRANiDELiA. It is streaming on CrunchyrollHuluDaisuke, and Aniplex Channel.

Listen – Final impressions of Gundam Build Fighters from Sunrise with the ending “Han Pan Spirit” by Hyadain. It is streaming on Gundam.info.

Listen – Final impressions of Space Dandy from Studio BONES with ending “Welcome to the X Dimension” by Etsuko Yakushimaru. It is streaming on HuluFunimation, and Adult Swim; plus it is being broadcast on Toonami.

Listen – Final impressions of Hamatora the Animation from NAZ with ending “Hikari” by Wataru Hatano. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Silver Spoon S2 from A-1 Pictures with ending “Oto no Naru Hoe” by Goose House. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha: Wrath of Konkon


(Watch Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha on Hulu for free.)

hisui_icon_4040 If you asked anyone what their favorite series from this season was you would get a wide selection of answers but Kill la Kill and Space Dandy will probably come up the most. On the other hand if you ask Kate she will say Kuroko’s Basketball because . . . well she is Kate. BUT if you ask what was the best NEW show of the season we would both pick an anime that is sadly overlooked. It is a wonderful mix of comedy and romance. A series based on a seinen manga with a shojo appeal. That show is Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha is easy to dismiss as the “spirits and humans” story of the season to fill for a lack of a new season of Natsume’s Book of Friends or Mushishi but that is selling the show short. Konkon has an infectious joy that sets it apart from the pack. Unlike some other the other anime and manga in the genre that either go for a gentle melancholy or a soft warm glow like Kamichu! and Gingitsune this show goes for the laughs first and foremost. But at the same time there are some strong romantic undercurrents and well as solid friendships to bring it all together.

narutaki_icon_4040 It is funny to use “nice” as a way to describe a show I want others to watch, but Inari Konkon Koi Iroha is nice. Nice like it wraps you up and makes you feel good while watching it. You might find yourself sighing in contentment while viewing the show even.

But that’s not to say niceness is the only quality the series has to offer. Inari Konkon Koi Iroha is a nice, hilarious, fun, and sweet story featuring wacky gods, new loves, and the bonds of friendship.

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