Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs – Full Season QandA Rundown

What’s the important information? Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs is a Summer 2018 harem/ecchi/comedy anime that aired 12 episodes from July to September. It is based on an ongoing shonen manga series by Tadahiro Miura.

What’s it about? Kogarashi Fuyuzora is a spirit medium who has lived a luckless life, frequently possessed by spirits and constantly homeless because of it, he finds himself at the doors of Yuragi Inn, a suspiciously cheap boarding house and former hot springs. The reason for the affordable accommodation is because it is haunted by the ghost of a high school girl named Yuuna. Immediately sensing a connection both physical and spiritual between himself and the girl he endeavours to find out Yuuna’s “lingering regret” that keeps her from moving on to heaven while also encountering the other ~supernatural~ secrets of the other female tenants of the inn.

The girls are all here, well until more join later in the season…

Why did you watch it? Aside from the fact that I’d read some of the manga before the series started it’s also an ecchi heavy harem series that is filled with beautiful anime girls who happen to tick off so many boxes both visually and characteristically. Of course I didn’t hesitate to watch this show!

Did you enjoy the show? I adored this series—while there’s plenty of things to nit-pick on the presentation side of things it’s easily overlooked for just how much fun this series is.

Don’t get on Sagiri’s bad side!

What was your favourite episode? It’s hard to pick because of every episode—regardless of the actual ‘plot’ of the individual episode—contributes at least a little to the overall story and characterisation while also endearing us to one or more of the characters in a substantial way. The episode that perhaps balanced the fan-service and the wholesomeness that this show became noteworthy for is Episode 9, “Chisaki of the Yuragi Inn” which puts Kogarashi amidst a cavalcade of harem shenanigans and yet has him acting gentlemanly and respectful throughout despite the ludicrous temptations thrown at him!

An easy thing to sleep through apparently.

What were your most favourite things about the show? Kogarashi is the most ~feminist~ a harem protagonist I’ve ever come across and I don’t use that word lightly as it’s practically unheard of that “harem” and “feminist” are combined favourably in a sentence. Never once does he underestimate or speak down to any of the women in Yuragi Inn, never once does he objectify or sexualise them. Sure he ends up getting involved in ~shenanigans~ but they’re never caused by his conscious efforts but as the results of genuine accidents or misunderstandings.

He’s also a badass fighter, which is pretty damn cool! Even if the fights take a backseat to the harem shenanigans.

What were your least favourite things about the show? This show will be infinitely better on blu-ray. Gimme them uncensored shenanigans already!

Who was your favourite character? Yuuna is a beacon of wholesomeness and innocence despite the ~shenanigans~ her sleep spreading gets her into with Kogarashi. She’s endearing and sweet but with a depth that’s rare for a character like her (amnesiac ghosts have seldom seen so fully realised). Sagiri comes so close a second that I’m tempted to call it a tie, but while this yandere has a ton of body-issues that are absolutely unfound of, not to mention all the other insecurities that come with being a feminine ninja her connection to Kogarashi and therefore the audience by proxy is just a bit weaker hence why I’m picking Yuuna as best character!

It was an accident!

Thoughts on the OP (opening) and ED (ending) and the soundtrack in general? Initially I wasn’t too thrilled with the OP, “Momoiro Typhoon” by Luna Haruna but the more I listened to it week after week the more I enjoyed it—especially the latter part. And my opinion in the ED “Happen ~Kogarashi ni Fukarete~” by the female cast is somewhat similar, I enjoy it more now than I did at first.

What’s something unique about this show? The very concept of this show is unique, a harem anime but where the male protagonist’s goal is to never see the female main again by having her ~ascend~ to heaven because she’s a ghost with “lingering regrets” that keep her tied to the living world? Whether or not the series actually goes through with having Yuuna “cross over” it’s still a dark ending that the show is all too aware is the expected end goal.

Protect that smile.

What other anime are most like it for the sake of comparison? Monster Musume is a pretty solid comparison—though Kimihito—the protagonist in that series doesn’t hold a candle to Kogarashi but likewise the girls in Monster Musume are far more unique and distinct. As far as anime go, regardless of what you think of the harem genre’s tropes this is still a considerably unique anime and well worth the time spent on it!

I mean obviously there’s going to be a tentacle scene…

Who would you recommend it to? As long as you’re fine with excessive fan-service and harem related shenanigans this series is worth a recommendation to almost anyone—despite its genre its surprisingly wholesome and character driven—in addition to being ridiculously sexy—what, it can be both?!

Sum up the season in one sentence: ‘In death we’re privy to the allure of life in all its unexpected minutiae, aka ghost girls just wanna have fun.’

Final score? 92 out of 100.

Any excuse to use this gif again. lol

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
Summer Lovers – Episode 12 Review


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8 comments

  1. Adding to my list. Thanks.
    One of the things I really enjoyed about Hundred was that the male protagonist wasn’t a pervy jerk. He was honourable and respectful but just kept finding himself in hilariously awkward situations that escalated at a million miles an hour.

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    1. Yeah the manga’s pretty great, but I felt the fan service was even better in the anime… (ahem also the voice acting and stuff is great too I’m totally not just here for the fan service, ahem). Wise idea to wait for the blu-ray, I’ll happily watch this show again uncensored, and I rarely watch shows twice!

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  2. Been meaning on adding it to my Plan To Watch lists of ecchi animes. How would you rate this against something like To Love Ru (which I find the most similarities to and is the main reason why I’m interested in it), that is if you’ve ever watched it!

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    1. I dunno if you care about some random other guy’s (namely me) opinion, but this one felt a little more grown up, and for me less sketchy, than a show like To Love Ru. Kogarashi is a MUCH better protagonist than Rito Yuuki. He’s much more on top of things, and while situations still happen to him, they’re far less “bunch of stupid things happen in a row to end up with Rito’s hands on someone’s breasts”. There’s a more responsible feeling to this one, where Kogarashi owns whatever ends up happening to him in a way that always makes him more endearing. I like these characters a lot more and like the style this show has a lot more.

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  3. You know, I’m still going with Monster Musume as my favorite in this genre. But you know what? I’m having a hard time justifying my positions! As you said, the characters here are every bit distinct and delightful, and the male lead is even more capable. I mean, on the power scale of “able to punch a god half way across a continuum” and “able to cook anything anywhere,” it’s hard to argue on behalf of the chef!

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