What’s the show? Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, Episode 11.
So what happens in this episode—as if I need to ask? What’s that supposed to mean?
Oh, nothing, nothing… do go on… Hmm, anyway, so the episode continues on from last week where two of Kogarashi’s male classmates have, in their adolescent anger against not getting to partake in the test of courage with their female classmates knock over a stone that’s sealing a powerful Yokai. Thankfully Kogarashi is nearby and stops the beast from killing the boys, not by force this time but by having the others apologise for waking him. Recognising Kogarashi’s strength the beast accepts their apology and retreats back to its resting place.
Okay… I’ll admit it’s kind of anti-climactic, but then again this show isn’t really about fighting monsters, that’s just an added seasoning to the thing this show does best!
Let me guess, boobs? How dare you?! No actually, this might surprise you but the thing this show does better than (nearly) any show this season is heart. And the scene I’m specifically referencing in this episode was genuinely one of the sweetest things I’ve seen Kogarashi do for Yuuna—I’m actually tearing up just at the thought of it.
Fine, what’s so “sweet” about this thing what Kogarashi does for Yuuna? Well there’s the obligatory (and non-compulsory—thought it was interesting they added that caveat) ‘cheek-to-cheek’ dance around the bonfire, which should be instantly familiar to anyone who’s watched a school based anime. And of course Yuuna, having died before having had the opportunity to partake in such a ‘life event’ wants to dance too, Kogarashi recognises this instantly and takes her to dance, even though as a ghost Yunna is invisible and so Kogarashi just looks like he’s dancing with himself like a mad man. But Kogarashi doesn’t care, he simply says to her “as long as I can see you” and hearts everywhere melted. What a gentleman!
Well, okay, I admit that is rather nice of Kogarashi but what about the harem shenanigans? Did I say anything about them going away? No, of course they’re still there, what kind of show do you think this is? It wants to have its cake and grope it too!
Ugh, so anything else happen? Well, yeah, that’s only like half the episode! Later, everyone’s back at the hot springs inn and Kogarashi, Sagiri and Yaya are all helping each other study for upcoming exams so Yuuna decides she wants to cook a treat for them all. Meanwhile, Oboro is still trying to blunt-force seduce Kogarashi but after that fails again, she consults Koyuzu the mischievous tanuki loli for some ~magical~ assistance in the form of a love potion. She adds it to one of the three deserts but Nonko ends up distracting Oboro and she loses track of which desert has the potion. But rather than tell anyone she just lets the ensuing shenanigans play out.
Of course she does… she sounds as bad as you! Quiet. So Kogarashi doesn’t receive the tainted desert but Sagiri does and proceeds to blushingly half-confess her feelings while also dealing with her own insecurities about her ‘femininity’ (i.e. that she thinks she’s not feminine enough for Kogarashi to be interested in her). And even with a face full of Sagiri’s fine assets he still manages to say exactly the right thing to say and doesn’t take advantage of the situation—it’s almost like he’s too perfect of a harem protagonist. The love potions wears off, everyone’s embarrassed, Yuuna is relieved, Koyuzu apologises but it’s Sagiri who has the most interesting reaction as she hides under the blankets in her room.
What’s that? That she wished she was more “confident” when under the influence of the love potion, meaning she clearly wants Kogarashi and just is beholden to her shyness and inexperience—poor girl!
So overall thoughts on the episode? Filled with heart, laughs and tons of fan-service, what more could I need?! Seriously though, a strong contender for best episode so far even if it did start a little bit weaker than others!
Previous Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Reviews:
Putting The Bust In Ghostbusting – Episode 1 Review
Supernatural Ping Pong Girls – Episode 2 Review
Attack of the Perverted Plushies – Episode 3 Review
More Fish For The Cat God – Episode 4 Review
Breast Friends Forever – Episode 5 Review
The 100 Year Old Middle School Girl – Episode 6 Review
A Ghost Of A Chance – Episode 7 Review
How To Derail Your Dragon-God – Episode 8 Review
The Things That Go Hump In The Night – Episode 9 Review
I Dream Of Bikinis – Episode 10 Review
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