What’s the show? Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, Episode 12.
So what happens in the final episode? What, no jabs about how ‘perverted’ this show and by extension I am for liking it? I expected more from you!
Oh I’m sure it’ll come up naturally in the course of this review, so go on then… I will never cease to be amazed at how quickly but at the same time how seamlessly this show can transition from being all lewd and harem-y and fan service-y, to being heartfelt and emotional and genuinely touching. After Nonko once again is put under the pump to meet her publishing deadline and has to enlist the help of Kogarashi, Yuuna and Oboro (as the others are all away for Summer break) she decides the treat the 3 of them and herself to a beachside getaway in Okinawa!
Wait, didn’t we just have a beach episode like two episodes ago?! I know! Aren’t we lucky! So after the requisite beachside shenanigans of skimpy bikinis and suntan lotion application we get into the proper story of the episode. Turns out there’s a ghost other than Yuuna here, a bound ghost who is stuck with her “lingering regret” at having lost her lover while waiting for him at the cliffs edge. They were to elope you see but she crashed his motorcycle on the bend before the cliff side and plunged into the ocean so she jumped in to try and save him and they both died. So Kogarashi being the gentlemanly spirit medium that he is tries to get them to reconnect (he’s stuck haunting the bend he crashed at) so they can both pass on.
And what’s this got to do with anything? Well, if you’d bothered to pay attention to my reviews you’d know that Yuuna too is a bound ghost with an unresolved lingering regret and a burgeoning romantic connection with someone who wants to help her ‘pass on’. This episode, flawlessly and emotionally brought that particular bitter-sweet factor of their relationship back to the forefront while solidifying Yuuna and Kogarashi’s connection. Duh!
Right. Sorry. So what else happens in this episode? A lot of Kogarashi getting into harem-related shenanigans and being thrown out windows by Yuuna’s poltergeist abilities. And, while this episode doesn’t stray too far from the tried and true formula this series has enacted since episode one it does have a definite wistful, almost melancholic feel—that’s not to mention giving us plenty of “god-rays” and well placed fog that’ll soon be in wonderful uncensored glory soon enough!
You’re such a pervert it boggles my mind sometimes… and there it is! Wonderful! Wouldn’t be a Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs review without your scornful words! And so the episode and the season ends with our whole cast having a bath and Kogarashi crashing in, much like he did in the first episode. In addition to that melancholic feel I mentioned above there’s something very cyclical about this season that I really like. Immediately after this episode I went back and watched the start of episode 1 (which for those who don’t know starts with a scene presumably takes place years in the future with Yuuna ‘passing on’) and there’s a definite sense that should this show not get a second season we’ve at least got a sense of closure that you usually don’t get with these types of anime.
And do you think this will get a second season? Out of all the anime I watched this season this is the one I think most likely to get a second-season. It’s not my preferred, as that goes to How Not To Summon A Demon Lord, but it’s a close second. Here’s hoping there’s enough perverts out there like me buying up the uncensored blu-rays in Japan to warrant another season!
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
Dance With The Dead – Episode 11 Review
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