In the final first episode review of this season, we have a show that doesn’t really accomplish much in the first of its 10 episode run. Inari Konkon spends much of its time trying to create a moral lesson only to have it disappear without consequence in the end. Or will there be consequences?
Few things are as stupid as giving a heartbroken middle school kid anything they wish for at that instant. There’s not much of a lesson learned and they can’t move on. So in the setup for this series, Inari goes down the morally deviant path when given a wish and chooses to change into the girl her crush has eyes on. When she learns her lesson that her appearance will not change who she is on the inside, she’s given the power to transform into any other person. Everything that happens from this point becomes horribly contrived because of this.
The object of Inari’s affections, Tanbabashi, is quite a well developed character at this point in that he seems like a real teenager. He gets embarrassed by the fact he literally has his pants pulled down in front of his classmates. His dealings with girls are quite awkward and easily misinterpreted. He’s constantly trying to play an act of the good guy while still trying to live up to expectations with his peers. He’s astonishingly normal.
The goddess of the shrine was also a pretty entertaining character. It’s nice to see deities that cool down at night by playing otome games with her manga reading familiars. I think she as a character will sum up what will happen with this series. It will be non-threatening fun that doesn’t really go anywhere. Will it be able to distinguish itself from the other 80% of shows that are in the same boat? I have very real doubts about that.