Inari, KonKon, Koi Iroha (Manga)
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha [ いなり、こんこん、恋いろは ] is authored by Yoshida Morohe [ 吉田もろへ ], this is a romantic comedy series that runs monthly in young ace, right now it has 3 volumes.
In case you need it, the chinese name for this is 稻荷恋之歌
The story is pretty fun and the way things are handled is interesting, this is like, the only non light novel romcom that I'm following. Yoshida Morohe has only worked on shoujo before this, and that kinda shows in the writing, but don't let that turn you away from the story.
Serialization started in 2010 and the series is still on going, the scanlation has been handled by Sense-scans and Shoujo Crusade (it's a joint release), right now there is 12 chapter scanlated in english and 20 in chinese (the latest magazine chapter). Volume 3 raws are recent, thus we are going to have to wait a while for volume 4.
There is a jwiki page
and a chinese wiki page
but no eng wiki.
Inari is a normal middle school student who happens to have a pretty big crush on one of the schools most popular lads, the sporty Tanbabashi-kun. Normally Inari is fine with watching him from afar and growing closer naturally, but lately Tanbabashi-kun keeps gazing Suminoe-san, the school's madonna.
While trying to push forward her relationship with Tanbabashi, she literally "stumbles" into a stupid mistake which worsens their relationship to the point where Tanbabashi starts ignoring her completely...
Desperate, Inari runs towards a shrine in order to be alone and sort out her feelings... However, something is unusually strange in the normally quiet shrine... Inari so happens to meet Uka no Mitamano, one of the highest ranked Gods in Shintoism and a Fox Goddess. It looks like Inari's constant praying and good deeds managed to get some divine intervention in her case.
Well, as I said before, I really like the series, when I started it and read the first 3 chapters I thought that it was ok, but that it wasn't going to get much better; but the series actually totally caught me by surprise and got a lot better. The architecture of the events is pretty nice and things are usually surprising in a good sense, plus the characters do have weight and thus feel meaningful, even the joke characters have things to add to the story.
Whenever I'm read this, I'm usually reminded of Lare, in other words most of his critics on romcoms actually end up nicely when interpolated with this story, this is a romance which has good & clear writing, plus you can feel that the author has a plan with the story and is sticking to it. Furthermore there it aren't "cheap harems" or "cheap love triangle" elements, this one is good & interesting without falling into cheezy overdone developments that you saw coming from miles away.