Putting the Bust in Ghostbusting – ‘Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs’ Episode 1 Review

What’s the show? Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, Episode 1.

That sounds familiar…It should I reviewed Volume 1 of the manga only a couple of weeks ago!

Oh right, and as I recall you were exceedingly positive about it? Indeed and not just for the reasons all the people who are reading this are probably eye-rolling about.

I eagerly await the uncensored blu-rays!

What would that be, all the fan-service? Well, duh. This is a heavily ecchi harem anime but it’s also got good action scenes—the protagonist, Kogarashi Fuyuzora is an exorcist/psychic who punches ghosts for a living—and a surprising amount of depth and heart. I actually shed a little tear at multiple moments during the episode when Yuuna was confiding in Kogarashi about how she’s never had anyone talk to her the way he was able to and towards the end when she’s fighting off an attacker who wants to “send her to heaven”—but she wants to stay because she’s got a new friend she wants to get to know!

He has some pretty impressive abilities!

I feel like we’ve kinda skipped ahead too much, you haven’t even explained what the show is about? Sorry I got ahead of myself, I just assumed everyone would know what it’s about by either reading the synopsis or having read my manga review.

Yes, because everything you write is read by everyone right? Shuddup.

So what’s it (briefly) about? Yuuna is the ghost of a dead girl who’s haunting a Hot Springs Inn, it’s also the home to a bunch of other young and attractive girls, Kogarashi moves in with the intent of exorcising Yuuna—but he’s initially hesitant to do so because he doesn’t want to “punch a girl”, later he’s even more hesitant but that’s because he’s started to develop ~feelings~ for her.

Such a tsun.

Seems like things are moving pretty quickly in just one episode? Undoubtedly, but it’s also ~kind of~ necessary to do so… not only is there a lot that needs to be established but the manga (and by extension the anime) is adamant that it’s not going to be labelled as just some shallow and silly harem. Yes it has the requisite shenanigans and tropes and fan-service, right down to the unintentional breast grope—but it’s also got an interesting story and well-developed main characters to back it up!

So seeing as you’ve already read one volume of the manga how does this adaptation compare. Honestly, it’s almost better. I was surprised by how much chemistry Yuuna and Kogarashi have in such a short span of time—and Yuuna’s voice actress is so good, which is even more remarkable because she’s only done two other voice-acting roles and they’re both from other Summer 2018 anime!

You don’t often talk about voice-acting, was it that good that you had to make mention of it? It was more that the way Yuuna is written in the manga could have easily lent itself towards an obnoxious, shrill and overbearing performance but she manages to avoid that for the most part and that was pretty impressive in my opinion.

Protect that (ghost) smile.

And the other girls in the harem? They each get a very brief introduction, but like the manga they’re wanting to focus on establishing the ‘couple’ before diving too hard into the supporting cast—I eagerly await more development as there are a couple of characters I especially like but that can wait ‘til another episode to talk about…

A cute bunch!

Seems like a foregone conclusion at this point but do you recommend Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs? If you have an aversion to fan-service this isn’t the show for you—at all, I mean it’s set in a hot springs, every episode is going to be wall-to-wall bare skin. But if you’re interested in it at all, and want a heaping dose of harem fun with surprising amounts of heart then it earns an overwhelmingly positive recommendation. If you’ve watched this episode and are still on the fence—and assuming it adheres to the manga as it is appearing to—trust me it only gets better.

It’s hard for ghosts to hide, especially thicc ghosts.

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6 comments

      1. Haha…well trust me on this you are not: So many people love your posts, because truly there is no one that writes reviews in the way that you do. You really are totally unique, and that is absolutely meant as a big compliment 😊

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  1. I enjoyed this one, although it’s the kind of show I wish would settle and slow down a bit. I prefer a somewhat less frantic episode. Spend a little more time on stuff like the welcome party, or the random spirit busting. I thought they’d take a little more time with the other exorcist guy making his move, but no, two brief bad-guy-establishment shots of him and then WHAM he’s breaking into someone’s room to exorcise Yuuna. Maybe it’s a first episode / first chapter thing, or maybe it’s just the way this is written, but I am hoping it chills out a little.

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    1. It should do if the manga is any indication, there’s a ping pong chapter that while still pretty fast-paced at least feels more like an introduction to the other characters. I think they were just rushing to establish both that 1) this is a show that’s going to have “baddies of the week” and 2) that the Yuuna and Kogarashi relationship is intrinsic to the central story.

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